Lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege was on Tuesday, May 15 absent from plenary.The senator was on April 2 suspended over a dissenting comment on decision of the Senate on adoption of conference report on INEC Commission Act (2010) Amendment Bill, NAN.The suspension was, however upturned by a federal high court in Abuja, which declared the action unconstitutional, saying that the Senate could not suspend a member beyond 14 days.
The ruling was appealed by the Senate. But upper chamber, however, said in statement that while it was waiting for a stay of execution, it would not stop the lawmaker from resuming plenary.
Nigerian Senate, on Monday, May 14, reacted to the judgement by a division of the Abuja federal high Court, nullifying the 90-day suspension handed to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta central senatorial district. Recall that Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja high court ruled against the suspension, stating that the Senate’s decision to suspend Omo-Agege was constitutionally defective.
The Senate’s spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi said in a statement: “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.”