- Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was absent from the upper chamber on Tuesday, May 15
- The lawmaker's suspension by the Senate was nullified by the Federal High Court in Abuja and was expected at plenary today
The suspended lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege was on Tuesday, May 15 absent from plenary.
The senator was on April 2 suspended over a "dissenting comment" on decision of the Senate on adoption of conference report on INEC Commission Act (2010) Amendment Bill, NAN.
NAIJ.com notes that the suspension was, however, upturned by a Federal High Court in Abuja, which declared the action unconstitutional, saying that the Senate could not suspend a member beyond 14 days.
The ruling was appealed by the Senate. But the upper chamber, however, said in statement that while it was waiting for a stay of execution, it would not stop the lawmaker from resuming plenary.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Senate, on Monday, May 14, reacted to the judgement by a division of the Abuja federal high Court, nullifying the 90-day suspension handed to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta central senatorial district.
Recall that Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Abuja high court ruled against the suspension, stating that the Senate's decision to suspend Omo-Agege was constitutionally defective.
The Senate's spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi said in a statement: “The Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday’s judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not."
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