The Senate has announced that it will not prevent Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from attending plenary on Tuesday, in compliance with a Federal High Court order.
In an earlier submission, the Red Chamber stated it would not respect the order since it has filed an appeal in a higher court.
However, it abruptly gave a new position in a statement Monday night by its spokesman, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi, saying it would abide by the High Court ruling.
“The Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not.
“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 judgement 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”, said Sabi Abdullahi.
The senate backtracking came hours after Senator Omo-Agege vowed to attend today’s session despite the reported beefing up of security by the National Assembly authorities to keep him out.
Omo-Agege spoke at the APC National secretariat citing his legal victory after Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court ordered his reinstatement with immediate effect.
Dimgba said that the reason given by the Senate and the Senate President for suspending Omo-Agege was unconstitutional.
The judge also ordered the Senate to pay Omo-Agege any outstanding salaries or allowances which were due to him during the period of the suspension.