The Senate will not prevent Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District from returning to the red chamber when plenary resumes Tuesday, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi said in a statement on Monday.
“The Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday 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 decision on the pending motion,” the statement by the senate said.
The senate had suspended Omo-Agege on April 12, 2018 for suing the Senate following his opposition to the Senate’s botched bid to reorder the sequence of elections ahead of the 2019 poll which he said unfairly targeted President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking reelection.
Omo-Agege, a member of the ruling party, All Progressives Party, APC, had also successfully challenged his suspension and vowed to return to the senate chamber Tuesday after a judge ordered that he could not be suspended for a period more than two weeks according to Senate rules.
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