Senate Bows To Court Order Over Senator Omo-Agege’s Suspension
The Nigerian Senate on Monday said it will obey the court judgment which described as illegal, the authority of the upper legislative chambers to suspend Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from the legislative body.
Senate spokesman, Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi in a statement however said the resumption of Omo-Agege is pending the determination of the motion on stay of execution which it has already filed alongside an appeal of the court judgement at the Court of Appeal.
According to Abdullahi, “the Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday’s 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.”
Abdullahi said further added that “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’s decision on the pending motion.”