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Senate says it’ll allow him to resume
Senate also said it’s ready to obey court judgement
The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Ovie Omo-Agege, who was previously suspended for 90 days, will resume his legislative duties at the National Assembly today May 15, 2018.
He’s banking on a court judgement nullifying his suspension.
Meanwhile the senate, which suspended the lawmaker for opposing the planned rearrangement of conduct of 2019 General Elections by some cabal in the house, has said late Monday night that the senator would be allowed to resume office in accordance with a court ruling.
Omo-Agege had publicly accused the chamber that the rearrangement was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senate’s spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, said the house has been briefed by lawyers on the court judgement nullifying Mr Omo-Agege’s suspension.
Omo-Agege had approached an Abuja Federal High Court to challenge his suspension for 90 legislative days.
In his ruling, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba nullified the suspension of Mr Omo-Agege last week Thursday, May 10.
The judge ruled that the Senate’s decision regarding the suspension, as well as the pattern adopted by the National Assembly, was constitutionally defective.
The senate and its president, Bukola Saraki, went to appeal the ruling asking for a stay of execution.
Infobase reported yesterday how Omo-Agege vowed to resume even while the senate appeal is pending at the Court of Appeal.
The threat had made the senate to tighten security at its chamber and other strategic locations within the complex, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report says.
We’re ready to obey court ruling- Senate
The senate said it makes law and is ready to obey court ruling regarding the judgement.
“The Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday’s judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not.
“We have equally filed an appeal against the judgement of the court and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the Court of Appeal.
“As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgement of the Federal High Court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from tomorrow May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution.
“The Senate has been advised that since the motion for stay of execution of the Thursday (May 10, 2018) judgement shall be heard and possibly determined on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we shall therefore respect the subsisting High Court judgement and await the appellate court’s decision on the pending motion,” premium times quoted the spokesman of the upper chamber as saying.
The Omo-Agege versus The Senate face off is one of the newest dramas of political development in Nigeria just as the country prepares for a general elections in 2019, which is going to be the most interesting election since the country returns to democracy in 1999.