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Senate Appeals Ruling Nullifying Omo-Agege’s Suspension

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
The Senate has appealed Thursday’s ruling of a Federal High Court in Abuja that voided the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Delta Central Senatorial District and member of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The Senate and the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who is the second defendant in the case, also filed for a stay of execution of the judgement by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba.

The Senate said the appeal was promptly filed through a Notice of Appeal and a Motion for Stay of Execution of the ruling at the Court of Appeal.

THEWILL recalls that Justice Dimgba in an earlier ruling Thursday annulled the 90 legislative days suspension handed Omo-Agege and declared it unconstitutional.

The judge said while the Senate has the powers to sanction its erring members to protect its integrity, he added that no institution or authority has the powers to strip any citizen of his right of access to the court.

“The suspension of the plaintiff for 90 days is ultra-vires of powers of the 1st defendant (Senate). Any suspension of a member of the Senate which exceeds 14 days, is null and void and unconstitutional,” the judge said.

The judge ordered the Senate to recall the plaintiff immediately and equally pay him any salary or allowances that accrued to him within the period he was illegally suspended.

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