The Senate has said it will not stop from prevent Delta Central Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from attending plenary on Tuesday, in compliance with a Federal High Court order.
The nation’s highest lawmaking body had earlier said stated it would not respect the order, because it has filed an appeal.
“The Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not,” spokesman for the Senate Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi said.
“We have equally filed an appeal against the judgement of the court and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the Court of Appeal.
“As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgment of the Federal High Court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from tomorrow May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution.
“The Senate has been advised that since the motion for stay of execution of the Thursday (May 10, 2018) judgement shall be heard and possibly determine on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we shall therefore respect the subsisting High Court judgement and await the appellate court decision on the pending motion.”
Senator Omo-Agege had vowed to attend Tuesday’s session despite the reported beefing up of security by the National Assembly authorities.
A Federal High Court in Abuja nullified the suspension of Omo-Agege for 90 days by his colleagues and declared it illegal.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba ordered his reinstatement with immediate effect.
He was suspended by the Senate because he openly criticised the amendment of election sequence, accusing the senators of disfavouring President Muhammadu Buhari.