Ndume’s kinsmen ground NASS, want his suspension quashed
The access gate to the National Assembly, Abuja was on Tuesday barricaded by the indigenes of Borno South Senatorial District to protest the suspension of their representative in the Senate, Mohammed Ali Ndume former Senate Majority Leader
The Senate suspended Ndume last Wednesday , March 29, for six months for raising a motion urging the Senate during Plenary to investigate allegation of illegal importation of armoured sports utility Range Rover vehicle valued at N298million .
Ndume’ s motion was based on a reporter by an online media Sahara Reporters which indicated the Senate president neither paid appropriate duty nor got end user permit, (EUP) from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) as required by law.
The embattled Senator in the same motion called the attention of the upper chamber to another report by the same medium alleging that Senator Dino Melaye of APC Kogi West Senatorial District forged his first degree result.
The Senate subsequently referred the two matters to its Committee on Ethics and Privileges which carried investigative hearings on the two issues and cleared Melaye and the Senate President of the allegations.
The Committee having exonerated the Senators, majority of the members felt that Senator Ndume had erred by coming with such weighty allegations based on media reports that he did not bother authenticate.
He was immediately suspended for six months and his office sealed. His kinsmen who considered the suspension as punitive and lacking in merit had stormed the National Assembly in hundreds blocking workers of the hallowed chambers from resuming for duty on Wednesday with various placards.
Inscriptions on the placards read thus: “The suspension of Ndume is illegal. He did not commit any offence against Saraki and Melaye. It’s undemocratic and self serving and Saraki is a curse to democracy”.