Protesters storm National Assembly over Ndume's suspension

Senate President Bukola Saraki says reversing the suspension of a former Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, is beyond his power.

Fielding questions from State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Saraki said he lacked the powers to facilitate a recall of Ndume, saying the suspension was a collective decision of the parliament.

The committee made the recommendation after clearing Saraki and Melaye of allegations brought against them. "Decisions that are taken in plenary are decisions of all".

Ndume was suspended on Wednesday, March 29, over a petition raised against Saraki and Senator Dino Melaye.

"The Stand Up 4 Nigeria which is the ray of hope and light to our generation is therefore calling on all well meaning Nigerians to join us as we reclaim the Senate from Saraki and his boys and return it back to the people of Nigeria". I wish I had such powers.

NAIJ.com reports that Ndume was suspended for asking the upper chamber to investigate the scandals that rocked the Senate and involved a bullet-proof vehicle allegedly linked to Saraki and Melaye's certificate issues.

The recent rejection of Ibrahim Magu as acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the refusal of the senate to approve the confirmation of the 27 resident electoral commissioners (RECs) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) nominated by Buhari had further fuels reports of a feud. "We have so many important things and I think it's a mixture of all that should guide us, don't let us over heat the polity on some of these issues."‎.

He said that the National Assembly would soon pass the budget. They are just presiding officers.

  • Leroy Wright