Friday, 11 May 2018

Senate Appeals Nullification Of Omo-Agege’s Suspension

The Senate has appealed the Federal High Court Abuja’s nullification of the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege on Thursday. The Senate and the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who is the second defendant in the case, also filed for a stay of execution of the nullification of the suspension.

According to the upper legislative chamber, the Senate and the Senate President have promptly filed a Notice of Appeal and a Motion for Stay of Execution of the same Judgement on the 10th of May, 2018. The Federal High Court in Abuja had earlier on Thursday nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and declared it illegal. The court however also ruled that the Senate had the power to punish its members.

The senator representing Delta Central (APC) was suspended by the senate because he openly criticized the amendment of election sequence carried out by the senate. Senator Omo-Agege had accused the Senate of targetting President Muhammadu Buhari with the Electoral Act Amendment, especially that aspect that deals with modification of election sequence.

Omo-Agege who was referred to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions for investigations of comments attributed to him, sued the senate asking the court to stop the committee from investigating him. Following the suit, the committee recommended that the senator be suspended and he was subsequently suspended for 90 legislative days.

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