The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Ovie Omo-Agege has insisted that the appeal filed by the Senate and its President, Bukola Saraki against the nullification of his suspension will not deter or resist him from entering the red chamber on Tuesday (today).
Omo-Agege said this on Monday at the APC’s National Secretariat in Abuja while fielding question from journalists after Delta stakeholders led by Sani Dododo he accompanied to express its grievances to the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
It would be recalled that the Federal High Court in Abuja had on Thursday nullified the suspension of the Senator by the Senate, describing the action as unconstitutional.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in a judgment that lasted one hour held that while the National Assembly had the power to discipline its erring members, the premise on which Omo- Agege’s suspension was anchored was illegal.
It had earlier been reported that although the court refused to grant any of the seven prayers sought by the senator but held that the suspension could not hold on grounds of the “violence” it did to the Constitution.
According to the Senator, the enrollment of the court order is being served on the senate as we speak, saying he believed that it has been served on the senate.
“I reserve the rights to resume whenever I ever deem fit. I don’t expect any resistance because that will have its own consequences. This is a court order and you must understand the basis of the court judgement.
“The court rendered that judgement because is felt that they were contemptuous. My matter was in court and not withstanding, they proceeded to purportedly suspend me.
“It was on that basis that the court exercise its disciplinary power to reverse the suspension and not necessarily on the merit of my case,” the lawmaker said.
Speaking further, Omo-Agege said, “Now, I understand that they have gone to court to ask for a stay if that judgement, for those of you who are familiar with the law, that is an equitable relief. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.
“You cannot be in contempt of the court and ask the same time ask the court to grant you an equitable relief of stay. In any case, it is a declaration judgement which is not stayable in law, and the judge said with immediate effect.
“So, to answer your question, I will show up any time I deem fit. There is no reason why I should not show up tomorrow. More likely, I will be in the senate tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta state, Chief Great Ogboru, has accused the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, of undue interference in the conduct of the Saturday ward and local government congresses in the state.
Ogboru had last week at a Press briefing in Abuja tagged the Oyegun-led NWC “anti-democratic agent” describing his role during the ward congress as ignoble.
Asked what led to their outburst against National chairman, he said they have no regret confronting and informing Oyegun that his action was a slap on democracy.
“I felt, last week that the national chairman of the party interfered unduly, unjustly and unconstitutionally in the conduct of the congress in Delta state even though I am not so sure if this is the appropriate place to say it.
“It is sufficient to say that there was undue interference in the process which we felt that the chairman has no authority to do and which we told him to his face that what he did was not only unconstitutional but a slap on democracy,” he said.
Speaking before presenting their report to the national leadership of the party, the Chairman Ward and LGA Congress for Delta state congress, Alhaji Sani Dododo, claimed that all the stakeholders and state party officers are on the same page.
“Last week, we submitted the report of the ward congress conducted in Delta state and we are here today to submit the report of the Local Government Area congress.
“I had gathered all the delegates and stakeholders in Asaba and after addressing them we had swung into action with the conduct of the election in the presence of the INEC representative.
“There was no violence, rancour or intimidation during the congress. All the stakeholders are in the same page. There was only one single congress held in Delta state and it is the one I chaired.
“Senator Omo-Agege, Minister of State for Petroleum, Great Ogburu and all the state leadership of the party among other stakeholders are with me. We had lots of challenges but they are part of politics,” he said.