The embattled lawmaker representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, yesterday resumed duties at the Senate chamber following his victory at the law court on his suspension.. Omo-Agege, who walked into the chamber alongside his colleagues, signed the attendance register and momentarily left the red chamber before returning again to participate in the plenary session.
The lawmaker had on Monday vowed to resume duties but failed to show up even after the Senate had said it would not prevent him from attending sittings since he had obtained a court order nullifying his suspension.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had last Thursday, voided the suspension of Ovie Omo- Agege by the Senate. The court, in a judgment deliv ered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, held that the reason the Senate adduced for suspending Omo-Agege for 90 legislative days, was unconstitutional. The court further noted that the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the Senate recommended that Omo-Agege should be suspended to punish him for instituting legal action against the legislative house.
The court held that while the Senate has the powers to sanction its erring members to protect its integrity, no institution or authority has the powers to strip any citizen his right of access to the court. Justice Dimgba further noted that whereas sections 67(4) of the Senate Standing Rules 2014 and section 21(2) of the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act, okayed the suspension of any erring lawmakers for 14 legislative days, the Senate went ahead and handed Omo- Agege 90 days suspension.
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