Dear Prof Aluko,
Thanks for reaching into the archives - again.
But have you noticed that the court judgment voiding the suspension of the Progressives by the Bankole-led House of Reps was based on certain planks? 1, that there were suspended indefinitely, instead for the duration allowed by House of Reps law. 2, that the suspended Reps were not given fair hearing.
In this case, Ndume was suspended for six months. So, the matter the courts should address is if the six months is beyond the limit allowed by House of Senate rules, and if he got a fair hearing to defend himself. I also remember that the Senate under Pious Anyim, suspended Francis Arthur Nzeribe, and perhaps kept renewing the suspension for whatever duration and Nzeribe never returned until that Assembly's life expired.
On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 11:58 PM, Mobolaji Aluko <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
--My People:What an irony - and a danger to democracy - this suspension of Senator Ndume.In 2010: Court Nullifies Suspension Of Dino Melaye, Others["The 11 members (INCLUDING Dino Melaye] who called themselves 'The Progressives" had alleged that Speaker Dimeji Bankole misappropriated N9 billion between 2008 and 2009. When the matter came up on the floor of the House, the issue polarised members leading to a free-for-all and the suspension of the affected lawmakers."]In 2017: Senate Suspends Ndume For Bringing Saraki, Melaye Into Disrepute["(A Senate Committee) cleared Saraki of the allegation of taking vengeance on the Comptroller-General of the NCS, Hameed Ali, for seizing a vehicle purportedly belonging to him. It also exonerated Dino Melaye of the allegation of forging his degree certificate."]Our Senators really need to live up to our expectations....otherwise, this our democracy is truly endangered.Bolaji Aluko
Senate Suspends Ndume For Bringing Saraki, Melaye Into Disrepute
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