Real Reason Why Senate Suspended Omo-Agege, Disbanded Pro-Buhari Group
More insights have emerged why Senate, on Thursday, suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for 90 legislative days and disbanded pro-President Muhammadu Buhari group.
ElombahNews gathered that his suspension followed his alleged offensive remarks against the Upper legislative chamber for reordering the 2019 sequence of elections in its passage of the 2010 Electoral Act .
However, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has appealed for calm among his supporters over the matter
Senate in its resolution directed Omo-Agege to withdraw the suit he filed against from the court .
This just as it also called for disbandment of the Parliamentary Support Group for President Muhammadu Buhari(Senate) which has Omo – Agege as its Secretary and Senator Abdullahi Adamu ( APC Nasarawa West), as Chairman.
Presenting the report for approval before the senators during plenary, Senator Anyanwu said the allegations brought against the senate was false after due investigation and therefore recommended that Senator Omo-Agege be suspended for 181 legislative days, among other “punishments” to serve as deterrent to others.
The committee, he read had recommended that the court action instituted by the senator be immediately withdrawn while the Parliamentary Support Group for Buhari, in which he is the Secretary-General be dissolved.
He said the committee was surprised that Senator Omo-Agege changed his mind and took the Senate President and the Senate to court, having admitted guilt on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, 21st February, 2018 by apologising to the leadership and the entire Senate.
Senator Anyanwu added that “as an insightful, effective and forthright member of the committee up to that hour, this action infuriated all the members of the committee who fired questions from all directions at him”.
“When he was asked if his court action came before or after the matter was referred to the Committee and whether a court action could stop the Senate from carrying out its responsibility, he kept mute; but the Committee noted that his court action came after the referral and his apology;
“The Distinguished Senator had apologised, he and Senator Abdullahi Adamu published an advert in the Vanguard Newspaper with the heading, Parliamentary Support Group (Senate) for President Muhammadu Buhari”, suggesting that the Senate was polarized.
“The committee is of the opinion that the action by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of going to court after apologising to the Senate was totally unacceptable, especially as an experienced lawyer and member of the committee who is conversant with the modus operandi of same, and therefore, must be punished to serve as deterrent to others who might contemplate taking the Senate to court over its internal matters.”
However, Omo-Agege in a statement issued on his behalf by his Senior Legislative Aide , Prince Efe Duku, said that as already well-known by many, the issues acted upon today by the Senate are pending before a court of competent jurisdiction and therefore subjudice.
“It is the Senate’s view that the issues be withdrawn from court for an amicable resolution to hold. Until a resolution is reached, it is better to respect the court processes by not commenting on them.
“Also, we note that as part of the resolution of the issues, the Senate President, Distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki ruled that the Parliamentary Support Group, PSG, (Senate) for President Muhammadu Buhari should be disbanded.
“This should be a matter for the over 50 members of PSG to decide, possibly with President Buhari on whose behalf they openly work as Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic.
“In the circumstance, we appeal for calm and assure that as a fervent believer in the rule of law, our Senator is in positive spirit.
“He remains an ardent supporter of Mr. President’s agenda for a better nation for all and will continue to work assiduously for his re-election”.