Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has been sworn in as the Deputy Senate President of the Ninth Assembly.
The Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district of the All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged winner after defeating his closest opponent, Ike Ekweremadu, a former Deputy Senate President and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Senate Spokesman Aliyu Abdullahi said in a press statement that the upper chamber has filed an appeal against the court judgment and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the court of appeal.
The Senate on Monday said it will allow Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to resume in his office today, May 15, in accordance with a court ruling.
The Senator representing Delta Central was previously suspended for 90 days by the Senate.
In a statement signed on Monday by its spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, the Senate said it has been briefed by lawyers on the court judgement nullifying Omo-Agege’s suspension and will, therefore, follow the court ruling.
“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.
“We have equally filed an appeal against the judgement of the court and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the Court of Appeal.
“As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgement of the Federal High Court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution,” the statement read in part.
An Abuja High Court has granted Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta central, an interim order restraining the police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other law enforcement bodies from arresting him.
Omo-Agege got the interim order restraining the police, the Department of State Service and other law enforcement bodies from arresting him after his lawyers approached the court on Thursday to seek an interim injunction against arrest or detention of the Senator.
Senator Omo-Agege in his reaction, however, denied involvement in the theft of the mace. He said he has also left police custody.
A statement signed by a legal practitioner, Lucky Ajokperniovo, for the office of the Senator, said that he only went to the Red Chamber on Wednesday, April 18 to resume work and sit for plenary adding that he was only invited by the police to speak about his perspective on the incident.
“We are aware of several media reports suggesting that Senator Omo-Agege personally removed or encouraged anyone to remove the Mace of the Senate. This weighty allegation is not true at all.
“Following the said media reports on the Mace issue, the Police authorities decided to hear from Senator Omo-Agege. He has told the Police his perspective to help them carry out a proper investigation. He has since left the Police. Senator Omo-Agege trusts them to thoroughly investigate this very serious matter,” the statement read in part.
Omo-Agege also reacted to the statement by the Senate Spokesperson, Senator Abdullahi Sabi accusing him of leading the hoodlums to cart away the mace. Omo-Agege described the allegation as ‘very serious’.
“We are carefully studying Senator Sabi’s allegations to ascertain their full ramifications. Appropriate responses will follow, as may be necessary,” Omo-Agege’s statement read.