Some constituents of Senator Ovie Omo- Agege, yesterday barricaded the main entrance into the National Assembly to protest the suspension of the lawmaker who represents Delta Central in the Senate.
Senator Omo- Agege was on April 12, 2018, suspended for 90 legislative days for imputing that the election sequence reordering by Senate was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
Although he is contesting the senate’s decision which is described as clear breach of both the 1999 constitution and the standing rules, some of the protesters who converged at the NASS said they were members of ‘Delta Central Collective’.
They urged the senate to withdraw the suspension describing it as illegality of the highest order even as they expressed the fear that if the suspension of Omo-Agege is not quickly withdrawn by Senate, it would lead to anarchy.
In a written speech signed by its chairman, Chief Clever Akpovona Egbeji, the protesters described Omo – Agege’s suspension as illegal.
According to them, neither the Senate nor the House of Representatives has any legal backing to suspend a lawmaker.
They said, “The Senate has no constitutional powers to suspend any of its members as established by judgements to that effect in the case of Senator Ali Ndume vs the Senate in 2017, Bauchi State House of Assembly vs Hon Danna, and House of Representatives vs Hon (now Senator) Dino Melaye and others in 2009/2010.”
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