Senator Omo-Agege’s Suspension Is ‘Illegal And Subjudice’ – Lawmakers
Following the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege last week by the Senate for expressing his views on election reordering, some members of the Strategic Committee of the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) have resolve to stand by the suspended Senator.
Senator Omo-Agege is the Secretary of the group who are mostly a support group for President Muhammadu Buhari in the Senate.
A member of the Strategic Committee, who spoke in confidence with The Nation described Omo-Agege’s suspension as “unfortunate.”
He said” “A principal officer had intervened and assured PSG members that he will prevail on the leadership to accept the Senator’s apology.
“He said he was guaranteeing that Omo- Agege will not be suspended. We met on Wednesday before he was suspended on our line of action and we sent to the said principal officer to the Senate leadership to remove it from the Order Paper.
“Even when Omo-Agege saw the issue of his suspension on the Order Paper, he tried to reach out to the said principal officer without access.”
Asked of the next step, the source said: “We are already in court, the suspension is illegal and subjudice.
“The Senate does not have a right to suspend any member for expressing his views. It is only in the standing order to suspend a member who is unruly on the floor but not for more than two weeks.
“There is a subsisting judgement that the Senate cannot suspend a member for expressing opinion because the right of expression is guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.
“There is a subsisting court judgement in favour of Senator Ali Ndume which says that you cannot suspend a Senator for a day for expressing his views. The Senate has gone on appeal and there is no stay of execution of the judgement till date. So, it was illegal to suspend Omo-Agege.”
The source further added that “the report of the committee which the Senate used to suspend Senator Omo-Agege was signed by six out of 16 members of the panel. And all of the members except two are from an opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”