Delta Central: Omo-Agege Wins As Tribunal Dismisses Oboro’s Petition

A file photo of Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. Photo: Channels Television/ Sodiaq Adelakun.

 

 

The Delta State Election Tribunal sitting in Asaba has dismissed the petition challenging the election of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district.

A three-man panel led by Justice Abdullahi Abubakar, struck out the suit filed by the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election, Evelyn Oboro, for lacking in merit.

Oboro had approached the Tribunal, seeking the nullification of Omo-Agege, the Deputy Senate President, on the ground of alleged disqualification and non-compliance to the provisions of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.

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But Justice Abubakar, while delivering judgment on the petition on Saturday, held that the petition lacked in merit and the Tribunal was left with no option but to dismiss it in its entirety.

He ruled that the petitioner could not adduce evidence to prove her allegations, adding that the petition was infected with the cancer of defectiveness.

Addressing reporters shortly after the judgment, the lead counsel to the respondent, Matthew Omonade, said the judgment was not only a manifestation of justice but one seen to be so.

According to him, the ruling of the Tribunal which lasted hours is a product of thorough research by the judges.

Omonade added that there was much to learn from the judgement.

2019 Elections: Court Nullifies Omo-Agege, Others’ Candidacy

The Federal High Court sitting in Asaba today sacked the Jones Erue-led executive committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State. 

In its two-hour judgment, the court, presided over by Justice Toyin Adegoke upheld the Cyril Ogodo-led Delta APC faction in the state, declaring the executives as duly elected.

Justice Adegoke further held that all actions purportedly taken by the Erue-led executives were null and void, thereby nullifying the candidacy of the candidates who emerged from the primaries conducted by the Erue-led executives.

According to Rowland Ekpe,  the counsel to the Cyril Ogodo exco, the re-election of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central and other candidates in the just-concluded elections, is now null and void following the judgment since they all emerged from the primaries conducted by the Erue-led executives.

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“The Primaries conducted by Mefor Progress, those names are the authentic names,”Mr Ekpe stressed.

Other candidates affected by the judgment include the state governorship candidate, Great Ogboru, and the senatorial candidate for Delta South Senatorial District and immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, among others.

Meanwhile, Mr Okubo Nwachukwu, counsel to the Erue-led executives said they would review the court’s judgment, noting that they would appeal the verdict passed by Justice Toyin Adegoke.

“We will look at the judgment, and see what we are going to do, but hopefully we are going to appeal against the judgment. I am very certain that the appeal will be favourable,” Mr Nwachukwu stated.

Mace Theft: NASS Committee Recommends Suspension, Prosecution Of Senator Omo-Agege

Senate To Appeal Court Ruling On Omo-Agege's Suspension
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

The National Assembly joint ad hoc committee has recommended the immediate suspension of Ovie Omo-Agege, the senator representing Delta central, for 180 legislative days over the theft of the Senate mace.

The recommendation was on Monday made by the committee investigating the invasion of the Senate. The decision was made at the conclusion of their investigation.

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The committee also recommends that Senator Omo-Agege be prosecuted alongside six other suspects who accompanied him into the chamber on the day of the incident.

They are to be prosecuted for treasonable felony assault on National Assembly members of staff, conspiracy to steal and eventual theft of the Senate Mace.

The committee also recommends a total review of the National Assembly’s security architecture.

Senator Omo-Agege a few months ago appeared before the Senate committee investigating the invasion of the National Assembly and theft of the Senate Mace.

He appeared before the committee to answer questions about the invasion of the Red Chambers by hoodlums who made away with the mace, which was later recovered by the police.

Senate To Appeal Court Ruling On Omo-Agege’s Suspension

Senate To Appeal Court Ruling On Omo-Agege's Suspension
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

The Senate on Thursday said it will appeal the ruling of the Federal High Court which nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the lawmaker representing the Delta Central senatorial district.

The Upper Chamber revealed this in a statement on its Facebook, hours after the court ordered the reinstatement of the lawmaker and payment of his remunerations.

While the Senate and the Senate President were listed as the first and second defendants in the suit filed by Senator Omo-Agege, the Red Chamber promptly filed a notice of appeal and a motion for stay of execution of the same judgement.

Earlier, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had nullified the suspension of the senator by the Senate for 90 legislative days.

He noted that although the Senate can punish its members, it is only empowered to suspend an earring member for 14 days and one legislative day.

Justice Dimgba, therefore, ordered the immediate reinstatement of Omo-Agege, as well as the payment of his salaries and other entitlements.

The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate on April 12 allegedly for his remarks at a press conference that the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

Senator Omo-Agege and some of his colleagues accused the National Assembly of deliberately adopting the conference report on the electoral amendment, which recommended that the presidential elections should be conducted first.

While he consequently apologised to the lawmakers for the purported allegation, the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges recommended in its report that Omo-Agege should be suspended for 181 legislative days.

Senator Omo-Agege Apologises To Senate For Comments About Electoral Act Amendment

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

Senator Ovie Omo- Agege has apologised to the Senate over his comments about electoral act Amendment.

Omo-Agege had earlier accused the upper legislative chamber of deliberately targeting President Muhammadu Buhari by changing the sequence of elections.

Alongside nine Senators, Omo-Agege last week Wednesday made the statement after the Senate adopted the conference report on the amendment. They alleged that the amendment had a pre-determined motive aimed at President Buhari.

The Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, however, apologised on Wednesday, February 21, during the Senate plenary.

After the apology, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who presided at plenary advised Senator Omo-Agege to meet with Committee on Ethics which has been mandated to investigate the matter.

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The Senate on Tuesday, February 21 directed its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the statement credited to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. This was after Senator Dino Melaye raised a point of order saying his privilege as a Federal Lawmaker and that of the Senate was breached by the statement made by Senator Omo-Agege.

The adoption of the amendment to Section 25 of the Electoral Act 2010, provides that the presidential elections would be conducted last, instead of first, as is the current order.

Duty Payment: Senate Counters Customs Directives

Duty Payment: Senate Counters Customs DirectivesThe Nigerian Senate has asked the Nigeria Customs Service to stop its proposed clampdown on motorists in the country which the agency said have failed to pay customs duties.

The directive followed a motion of national importance moved by Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah at the floor of the Senate in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Service recently issued a statement signed on behalf of the Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, granting an extension till April 12 for all vehicle owners in the country whose customs duty has not been paid to do so.

The Senate, at its plenary on Tuesday, said the policy was undesirable and would only worsen the hardship Nigerians were going through.

Senator Dino Melaye and Senator Philip Aduda also condemned what they describe as “anti-people policy” at a time Nigerians are groaning under a recession.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, added his voice to the debate and wasted no time in confirming the stand of the Senate.

Meanwhile, a lawmaker representing Delta Central at the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, informed his colleagues at the beginning of the plenary that he has left the Labour Party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senator Omo-Agege’s defection has increased the number of APC Senators to 66.

Senate Seeks New Strategy On Corruption Fight

Senate on Corruption FightMembers of the Nigerian Senate have called on the executive to re-strategise on its war against corruption.

The lawmakers made the call on Thursday as the Senate continued the debate on the state of the economy at the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

They argued that some measures taken by the Federal Government so far were driving away investors.

While Senator Ben Bruce observed that the government’s approach to fighting corruption was doing the country more harm than good, Senator Olusola Adeyeye called for a total restructuring of the economy.

One after the other, they suggested solutions which they said would get Nigeria out of recession and put it on a course of economic recovery and growth.

 

Sale Of Government Assets

The lawmakers were also divided on the suggestion to sell the country’s assets to generate revenue.

Senators Ovie Omo-Agege, Abdulahi Adamu and Adeola Olamilekan, opposed the recommendation of the sale of government assets.

They also questioned the reluctance of the Federal Government to make use of funds in several intervention agencies to stimulate the economy.

The debate follows the called on the executive by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to raise capital from the sale of government assets and other sources to shore up reserves.

Senator Saraki had recommended part sale of the NLNG Holdings, reduction of government share in upstream oil joint venture operations and sale of government stake in financial institutions.

He also proposed several other measures to address Nigeria’s economic challenges, including the privatisation of major and regional airports and refineries.

Appeal Court Nullifies Election Victory Of Delta State Senator, Amori

appeal court on delta senatorial districtThe Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital has nullified the election victory of Senator Ighoyota Amori in the Delta Central Senatorial District.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator lost the seat to Ovie-omo Agege of the Labour Party on Sunday.

The five-man panel led by Justice Abba Aji upturned an earlier ruling in favour of Senator Amori and held that Ovie-omo Agege be sworn in as winner of the election into the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

With the Appeal Court’s judgment, there are two PDP Senators representing Delta State at the National Assembly.

Mr Agege is a former secretary to the Delta State Government and a Chieftain of the PDP until his defection from the party.