Senate Slams 90 Days Suspension on Sen Omo-Agege

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Among other prayers, they asked the court to hold that "the rights of the people of Delta Central senatorial district to an unfettered representation in the legislative business of the Senate by Senator Omo-Agege constitutionally guaranteed for a tenure of four years can not be abridged, diminuted, suspended, abrogated and or vitiated, except as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (as amended.)".

The immediate cause being fought for now in the Senate is the failure of the President to append his signature to the amended Electoral Act Bill.

Senator Saraki, who gave the ultimatum at Thursday's legislative proceedings at the Upper House of the National Assembly in Abuja, maintained that the committees can not hold the Senate back on the issues of budget.

With the suspension, Omo-Agege will stay suspended for 90 legislative days.


The respondents in the suit are the Senate, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

However, Saraki who spoke during plenary on Thursday, regretted that the senate had to get to the point of having to take such decisive action against one of its members. "To me, that is what I think is the most important thing for us", he said.

"Sometimes some people decide to act like they are holier than thou or more committed - at the expense of others".

"Distinguished colleagues, there must be discipline".


After making the statement, Mr Omo-Agege later apologised to his colleagues.

The plaintiffs in their affidavit of claim averred to by M. G. Duku and C.E. Umweni of M. G. Duku and Associates, Abuja, are seeking a declaration that the rights of the people of Delta Central Senatorial District to an unfettered representation in the legislative business of the Senate by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege constitutionally guaranteed for a tenure of four years can not be abridged, suspended, abrogated and or vitiated, except as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (As amended), among others.

Ruling, however, Justice Dimgba refused to grant the order directing parties to maintain the status quo.

Rather, the judge ordered that the defendants be served with the processes in the suit to enable them to respond to the Senator's application.


Mr Dimgba also said the court would ensure accelerated hearing on the matter.

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