Court dismisses suit seeking to stop Omo-Agege's reinstatement

Yolanda Curtis
May 17, 2018

The lawmaker, who was absent on Tuesday when he said he was resuming, had told a National Newspaper that he would be at the Senate on Wednesday (today). He did not till the end of the plenary some minutes after 1p.m.

Ndume represents Borno South while Omo-Agege represents Delta Central and are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

His suspension was based on his comment that amendment to section 25 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), bordering on reordering of elections sequence was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

The days of suspension was however reduced to 90 after pleas by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

It said the court ruled that the said motion by Mr Omo-Agege was actually refused, hence the motion against it was considered not meritorious.

Justice Dimgba noted that, while the application said it sought a stay of the judgment in which all the plaintiff's reliefs were granted, the May 10 judgment did not grant reliefs one to seven of the plaintiff, but merely made consequential order under the omnibus prayer.

The Senate and Saraki had through their lawyer, Mr. Mahmoud Magaji, SAN, prayed the court to suspend omo-Agege's resumption pending hearing and determination of an appeal they filed to challenge his recall.

The Judge said, the present application which the Senate sought a stay of execution of the nullification of the suspension of the Senator from the Senate, did not align with the judgment he delivered on May 10.

The Tribune reported that the Presidency has denied that Nigeria was represented at Monday's official opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.

Omo-agege was suspended from the senate for 90 legislative days on April 12 after being indicted by senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petition.

"That was the matured approach adopted by the Dimeji Bankole-led House of Representatives in the case of Hon Dino Melaye & Ors v House of Representatives".

He said, "However, the Executive branch of the Federal Government is called upon to emulate the good example of the Senate by complying with all valid and subsisting judgments of all courts in Nigeria".

"In the same vein, Colonel Sambo Dasuki ought to be released on bail in line with the orders of the Federal High Court, the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory and the Community Court of Justice Economic Community of West African States", Mr Falana stated.

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