The Urhobo people of Delta State have dragged the Nigerian Senate to Federal High Court in Abuja, asking for a reversal of the suspension of their representative at the upper chamber, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Thursday.
Recall that Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central Senatorial district was suspended for 90 legislative days. This came after the report of the Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges which investigated him over comment on the reordering of electoral timetable recommended his suspension.
The report, which was submitted by the Committee Chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu explained that the erring lawmaker declined to speak to the committee when he appeared.
The Buhari support group was also disbanded after the suspension of Omo-Agege.
The group, which was chaired by Abdullahi Adamu, a senator representing Nasarawa west, had Omo-Agege as a member.
The late Ali Wakili, senator representing Bauchi south; Binta Garba, senator representing Adamawa north; and Umaru Kurfi, senator representing, Katsina central; amongst others were part of the group.
However, Dissatisfied by the action, the plaintiffs, Chief Alfred Okaka, Mr. Chris Agaga, Mr. Kingsley Okrikpo, Harrison Akpojarho, Manny Edu, Lyndon Ugbome, Moses Adegor and Godspower Emowhomuere, are praying the court to hold “that the rights of the people of Delta Central senatorial district to an unfettered representation in the legislative business of the Senate by Senator Omo-Agege constitutionally guaranteed for a tenure of four years cannot be abridged, diminuted, suspended, abrogated and or vitiated, except as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution (as amended.)”.
Defendants in the suit are Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the Clerk of the Senate, the Department of State Services, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector- General of Police and Senator Omo-Agege.
They also want the court to declare that, “under the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the plaintiffs’ elected senator (Omo-Agege), representing Delta Central senatorial district cannot be made to vacate office other than as provided for by sections 68 and 69 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“A declaration that the Senate has no power under the 1999 Constitution as amended to suspend from office any senator and in particular, the 8th Defendant representing the Plaintiffs and other constituents of Delta Central senatorial district in the Senate.”
The plaintiffs are also asking the court to restrain Omo-Agege from appearing before any committee of the Senate to defend himself on his claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is the target of the bill to amend the Electoral Act.
Defendants in the suit are Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, the Senate, Clerk of the Senate, the Department of State Services, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Inspector- General of Police and Senator Omo-Agege.