Following the ruling of the Federal High Court Abuja, nullifying the suspension of Senator Omo-Agege and ordering his reinstatement, the Senate has agreed to obey the ruling.
The red chamber under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki, had suspended Senator Omo-Agege for opposing the Senate reordering of the 2019 order of elections, and insinuating that it is being done to attack President Muhammadu Buhari.
The willingness to obey the court order, is contained in a statement made available to newsmen and signed by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Sen. Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi.
The Senate, further stated that although, they have appealed the court order and obtained a Stay of Execution on it, Senator Omo-Agege will not be barred from sitting and participating in plenary, pending the determination of the Senate appeal.
Read the full statement below.
Our Position on the Omo-Agege Suspension Issue, By Senate
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.
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.
Sen. Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity