Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central) yesterday said that he will surely attend today’s plenary of the Senate following the judgement of the court, which declared his suspension illegal, null and void.
He told newsmen yesterday at the APC secretariat in Abuja that there was no reason he should not take his rightful position at the Senate having upturned his suspension, adding that he was confident that the Senate and all those involved in the case has been served with the court judgement.
Senator Agege said the court judgement was not necessarily based on the merit of his case, rather due to the Senate suspending him while his case was pending before the court, which in itself is an act of contempt of court.
He said: “I will absolutely report for plenary tomorrow” but was quick to add that his reporting to the Senate will depend on the advice of his counsel.
The senator said “The enrollment of the court order is being served on the Senate as we speak and I believe that once it is done, I deserve the right to resume whenever I 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 it felt that the Senate was contemptuous.
“My matter was in court and notwithstanding, they proceeded to purportedly suspend me. It was on that basis that the court exercised its disciplinary power to reverse the suspension and not necessarily on the merit of my case. Now, I understand that they have gone to court to ask for a stay of 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 at the same time ask the court to grant you an equitable relief of stay.
“In any case, it is a declaratory judgement which is not stayable in law, and the judge said with immediate effect. So, I don’t need any other action to take my seat, I will show up any time I deem fit.”