Delta state Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege has finally reacted to the 90 days suspension which was handed to him by the leadership of the Nigerian Senate.
The Senate had suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for 90 days over his comment that President Muhammadu Buhari was the target of the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 to reorder the sequence of polls in a general election.
Senator Dino Melaye wrote a petition and the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions investigated Omo-Agege’s comment.
At the end of their investigation, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was found guilty despite his apology to the chamber and recommended that he be suspended for 181 legislative days (one year).
The suspension was later reduced to 90 days after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, however, pleaded that the duration of the suspension be reduced.
The Senate had also resolved that Omo-Agege should withdraw a case he instituted against the chamber from the court, while asking that the pro-Buhari ‘Parliamentary Support Group’ be disbanded.
Reacting to his suspension in a statement released by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege’s media aide, Efe Duku, he said the issue is currently before a court of law for review.
The statement read:
“As already well-known by many, the issues acted upon today by the Senate are pending before a court of competent jurisdiction and therefore, subjudice.
It is the Senate’s view that the issues be withdrawn from court for an amicable resolution to hold. Until a resolution is reached, it is better to respect the court processes by not commenting on them.
Also, we note that as part of the resolution of the issues, the Senate President, Distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki ruled that the Parliamentary Support Group, PSG, (Senate) for President Muhammadu Buhari should be disbanded.
This should be a matter for the over 50 members of PSG to decide, possibly with President Buhari on whose behalf they openly work as Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic.
In the circumstance, we appeal for calm and assure that as a fervent believer in the rule of law, our Senator is in positive spirit. He remains an ardent supporter of Mr. President’s agenda for a better nation for all and will continue to work assiduously for his re-election.”
On the other hand, a source close to the leadership of the Senate told The Nation that Omo-Agege’s suspension had nothing to do with order of elections. Maintaining that, the suspension was primarily about Omo-Agege’s“filing a case in court after he had apologized to the Senate.”
He added that the unsolicited apology was an admission of guilt. He noted that ‘Omo-Agege through his conduct and utterances was becoming a divisive element in the Senate which is not good for the institution of the Senate.