2019 Polls: Omo-Agege Absent From Senate Tuesday Sitting
The Senator representing Delta State central senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege, was on Tuesday absent from plenary.
Omo-Agege was suspended by the senate on April 2, 2018 following alleged “dissenting comments’’ over the decision of the Upper Chamber on adoption of conference report on INEC Commission Act (2010) Amendment Bill.
The senator went to court to challenge his suspension, which the court ruled unconstitutional, saying the Senate could not suspend a member beyond 14 days.
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The Senate appealed the ruling but said in a statement that while it was waiting for a stay of execution, it would not stop the lawmaker from resuming plenary.
Bounce News had reported that on Monday night, the senate made a U-Turn and asked Omo-Agege to resume on Tuesday.
But the APC senator was no where to be found in the house on Tuesday and no official statement has been made on his absence.
Omo-Agege’s suspension, which was expected to last for 90 legislative days, followed a report of the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions.
His suspension was based on his comment that amendment to section 25 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), bordering on reordering of elections sequence was targeted at President Buhari.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of Federal High Court on May 10, held that while the National Assembly had the power to discipline its erring members, the premise on which Omo-Agege’s suspension was anchored was illegal.
Although the court refused to grant any of the seven prayers sought by the senator, it held that the suspension could not hold on grounds of the “violence” it did to the Constitution.
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