Senate To Appeal Court's Ruling On Omo-Agege's Suspension
The Appeal Court must be waiting for the Senate.
The ruling of the Federal High Court on Thursday is not something that members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly are willing to take.
It had on Thursday nullified their decision to suspend a member of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege who represents Delta Central Senatorial District.
After the court’s ruling, the Senate on its Facebook page said it had filed a motion for stay of execution.
It read: “The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Coram Nnamdi Dimgba .J. in a judgment delivered today, the 10th May, 2018 in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/314/18 between Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege V. Senate & 2 Ors held that the Senate and the Senate President who where the 1st and 2nd Defendants in the suit filed by Sen. Ovie Omo Agege can punish erring members of the Senate.
"The Court also held that all reliefs of the plaintiff are not grantable as they could not be supported by the processes filed by the plaintiff.
"However, relying on Relief 8 which is the Omnibus prayer, the Court held that the suspension was not in accordance to law, the Senate and the Senate President promptly filed a Notice of Appeal and a Motion for Stay of Execution of the same Judgement on the 10th of May, 2018".
The court had ordered Omo-Agege’s reinstatement and payment of his remunerations.
Delivering the ruling, Justice Dimgba said that although the Senate could punish its members, it is only empowered to suspend an earring member for 14 days and one legislative day.
Omo-Agege was suspended by the Senate on April 12 allegedly for his remarks at a press conference that the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Omo-Agege and some of his colleagues accused the National Assembly of deliberately adopting the conference report on the electoral amendment, which recommended that the presidential elections should be conducted first.
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Even though he had apologised to the lawmakers for the purported allegation, the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges recommended in its report that Omo-Agege should be suspended for 181 legislative days.
After the suspension, some hoodlums invaded the Senate and made away with the mace.
There are also insinuations that he masterminded the Senate mace snatching.