MIXED REACTIONS TRIAL OVIE OMO-AGEGE’S SUSPENSION FOR 90 DAYS BY SENATE

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central Senatorial district was today suspended for ninety (90) legislative days by the Nigerian Senate but the Senator in a statement said he "remains unfazed and remains an ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda,"  while Gov Ifeanyi Okowa media aide, Barr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe said "Ovie Omo-Agege is now in the history books as the first Urhobo Senator to be suspended"
 
The suspension was recommended by the Senate Committee on Public Petitions, Ethics and Privileges which investigated him over comments made by the Senator on the reordering of electoral timetable.
 
The report which was submitted by the Committee Chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, stated that the lawmaker declined to speak to the committee when he appeared before it.
 
The report says Senator Omo-Agege told the Committee that he has taken the matter to court already and would not speak further.
 
In his ruling, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki could not be dissuaded by the appeal from Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan, who pleaded that he should not be suspended.
 
Saraki insisted that political leaders must be disciplined to serve as a deterrent to others and thereafter reduced the suspension from 180 legislative days to 90
 
In a reaction the office of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has responded to the suspension of the Delta Central Senator by the red chamber, saying the Senator remains unfazed and remains an ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda.
 
“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“It is the Senate’s view that the issues be withdrawn from court for an amicable resolution to hold.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,” in a statement signed by Senior Legislative Aide to the Senator, Prince Efe Duku
 
Although the Senator on February 21, 2018, apologized to the Senate over his comments about electoral act Amendment, the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges had recommended in its report that Senator Omo-Agege be suspended for 181 legislative days.
 
“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 deeply respects the institution of the Senate and his good friends in the Senate. He will never undermine them.
 
“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,” the Senator’s aide further stated.
 
Also reacting, Gov Ifeanyi Okowa media aide, Barr Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe said "the arrogant Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District at the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege is now in the history books as the first Urhobo Senator suspended for 90 legislative days, over conduct unbecoming of a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 
"AGEGE has finally crashed due to his desperate desire to be in the good books of Buhari, a man he hated with passion in 2015.
 
"AGEGE and Chief Great Ogboru campaigned for PDP presidential candidate, Dr Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 and referred to Buhari is an incompetent sick old man not intellectually endowed to be President of Nigeria.
 
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