Senator Omo-Agege shows up, joins colleagues for plenary at upper chamber

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

The Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, on Wednesday, declined to stay execution of the judgment that nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate.

Dimgba recalled that he dismissed, among other reliefs the request by Omo-Agege to stop the Senate from punishing him for any offence he has committed.

The court held that the application, along with the notice of appeal that was attached to it, were "misdirected", saying it was not targeted at the May 10 verdict that nullified Omo-Agege's suspension.

"The court only made an order pursuant to the eight omnibus relief, on the basis that the sole reason given for the recommendation and the subsequent suspension of the plaintiff was an unconstitutional reason".

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The Senate and its President, Bukola Saraki, had sought to stay the execution of the May 10 judgment pending the determination of an appeal they claimed to have filed.

The joint Senate and House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the invasion of the Senate chamber and the snatching of its mace has invited Senators Ovie Omo-Agege and Ali Ndume. Danjuma Goje, laid the report before the Senate on Tuesday amid expectations that the budget bill might be considered and passed next week.

Senator Omo-Agege who is representing Delta Central Senatorial district had in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/314/2018, prayed the court to quash his suspension and declare that he was illegally barred from attending plenary at the Senate.

The lawmaker was suspended for 90 legislative days after he took the upper legislative chamber to court in a bid to prevent his suspension following his disagreement with the position of the senate on the election reordering bill.

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He added that even if the Senate had rightly suspended the senator, it could only have suspended him for only a period of 14 days - as prescribed in the Senate rules.

Omo-Agege had approached the court with a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/314/2018, challenging his suspension from the Senate, saying it was illegal.

"This court is minded to say that the reason for the suspension of the plaintiff by the 1st and 2nd defendants was unconstitutional", Justice Dimgba said and ordered the Senate to pay Omo-Agege all his salaries and allowances.

According to him, Omo-Agege's right was not breached when the Senate referred him to its committee on Ethics, Privilege and Public Relations.

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