Omo-Agege Suspension: Reverse suspension or face legal action -Delta APC
Members of All Progressives Congress from Delta State have threatened to take legal action against the entire Senate over the suspension of the Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege.
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The APC leaders, who took their protest to the APC national secretariat on Tuesday, described the Senate decision “as unconstitutional, lawless, undemocratic, disrespectful, oppressive and ultra vires.”
According to them, The senator did not break any law of the land. Rather, he freely expressed his opinion as enshrined in sec 39 of the constitution of the fed rep of Nigeria
The statement read,
” We are Elders, Leaders and Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State. We called this press conference to address the world on the recent action of the Senate under Senator Bukola Saraki (APC, Kwara) in purportedly suspending our Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (The Obarisi of Urhoboland) from the Senate for 90 legislative days.”
Without much ado, we wish to and hereby state that we totally, firmly and unequivocally reject the so-called suspension action for being unconstitutional, lawless, anti-democratic, disrespectful, oppressive and ultra vires the powers of the Senate.
May we adumbrate further: “By the letters and spirit of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the Senate cannot nullify, tinker with, or suspend the election of a Senator of our Republic.
The Senate cannot compel a Senator to vacate his seat and, as a consequence, deny his people their constitutionally guaranteed right of representation. A Senator can only vacate his seat by the reason of death, a recall by his constituents or if, without a division in the Party on whose platform he was elected, he decamps from that Party, or otherwise by an appropriate judicial pronouncement. None of these is the case at hand.
“It now seems to be the norm for the Saraki Senate Presidency to arbitrarily suspend or threaten to suspend Senators, particularly those of the APC. First, it was the former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) who was suspended for 90 legislative days. Now, it is our Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta). Also, there are reported threats to suspend other APC Senators, particularly Senator Abdullahi Adamu and others in the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) for President Muhammadu Buhari. And those presiding over these suspensions are dyed-in-the-wool People Democratic Party (PDP) ideologues! This must stop.
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