- Senator Ovie Omo-Agege says his victory over the Senate is not a defeat for the upper chamber
- Omo-Agege expresses satisfaction with the judgment quashing his suspension from the Senate
- The Senator says the victory is an experience to test the laws of Nigeria
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central has reacted to his victory at the court describing the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja which nullified his suspension and ordered his immediate recall as victory for democracy.
Vanguard reports that while reacting to the judgement on Thursday, May 10, Senator Omo- Agege said it was not a victory against the Senate but that it was meant to strengthen the laws of the country.
The statement signed signed by one of his aides, Prince Efe Duku, read: "Today’s (May 10) judgment by Hon Justice Nnamdi Dimgba rightly nullifying the suspension of the Senator Ovie Omo-Agege is consistent with our firm position that the Senate as a foremost national institution should live consistently by example and set the pace in legislative best practices."
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“We are grateful to His Lordship, and indeed the entire judiciary, for affirming once again that ours is a democracy guided by the rule of law and constitutionality.
“We want the good people of this great nation to appreciate this victory for what it is. It is not a victory against the Senate, as there is no war against that great institution.
“Rather, given his fine understanding of the law, Sen Omo-Agege believes that there are rare moments that demand the intervention of our courts to enrich the law and our constitutional experience.
“Today’s positive judgement is therefore not necessarily for or about him as an individual. It is about ensuring that no lawmaker is removed arbitrarily from serving his or her people. It is about ensuring that constitutionality, legality, good conscience and due process are the cornerstones of public leadership actions and decisions.
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“For their increasingly amazing support, Senator Omo-Agege is very grateful to the good people of Urhobo Nation whom he has the great honour of representing in the 8th Senate. He remains absolutely committed to their fine values of justice, honour and humility in service.
“His special gratitude also goes to his wonderful family, friends, and well-wishers for their prayers and overwhelming support. Above all, this victory belongs to God and to Him we give the glory.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that the decision of the Nigerian Senate to suspend Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for 90 legislative days was squashed by a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, May 10.
In delivering the judgment, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, submitted that the Senate did not adhere to the due process of the law in suspending Omo-Agege for 90 days.
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