Senate Bows To Court Order On Omo-Agege’s Reinstatement

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The leadership of the Senate on Monday night resolved to comply with the judgement of the Federal High Court on the Delta Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, who was previously suspended for 90 days.

In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said it has been briefed by its lawyers on last Thursday’s judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja nullifying its suspension of Omo-Agege, adding that it had resolved not to stop the senator into the chamber.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the court had nullified the suspension of Mr Omo-Agege last week Thursday, saying that the Senate’s decision regarding the suspension, as well as the pattern adopted by the National Assembly, was constitutionally defective.

In the statement issued by Abdullahi, the Senate said it would allow the senator resume in obedience to the court order.

It read: “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.”

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