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Senate Appeals Nullification Of Omo-Agege's Suspension

Senate Appeals Nullification Of Omo-Agege's Suspension

He ordered the Senate to pay Omo-Agege all his salaries and allowances.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate on Thursday, May 10, rushed to the Court of Appeal against the nullification of the suspension of one of its members, Ovie Omo-Agege by the Federal High Court in Abuja just as the lawmaker reacted to the judgement in his favour.

Omo-Agege, who is the federal lawmaker representing Delta Central in the Senate, was recently suspended for 90 legislative days by the upper chamber of the National Assembly, for speaking against the Senate's bid to re-order the sequence of the 2019 general elections.

He said "gentlemen, the task of making Nigeria great again is the patriotic duty of all Nigerians. Omo-Agege believes that there are rare moments that demand the intervention of our courts to enrich the law and our constitutional experience". Ovie Omo-Agege and declared it unconstitutional.

The court maintained that the legislature is entitled to take measures to discipline any of its members whose action is capable of bringing the institution to disrepute.

The committee said he should be suspended for 181 legislative days.

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The court has now ruled that the suspension is unconstitutional.

The judge said Section 4 (8) provides that the exercise of legislative powers shall be subject to the decisions of the court. According to the judge, although the plaintiff, as a senator, is not prohibited from holding a contrary view from his colleagues, the right to freedom of expression is not absolute.

Dimgba addressed the Senate's decision as an affront on the judiciary.

Following his subsequent suspension from plenary, Omo-Agege, among other things, prayed the court for, "A declaration that the 1st and 2nd defendants' referral of the plaintiff to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions for trial for expressing his opinion on the purport of a Section of the Electoral Act N0".

After reviewing the committee's report, Omo-Agege was suspended by the Senate for 90 legislative days.