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Published On: Wed, Feb 21st, 2018

Election sequence: Senate moves to suspend Omo-Agege

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By Christiana Ekpa and Ikechukwu Okaforadi

Senate yesterday directed its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central,) over a statement to the press indicating that the decision taken by the National Assembly to alter the order of election was targeted at President Mohammadu Buhari.
This was sequel to a Point of Order by Senator Dino Melaye who cited order 14 of the Senate Standing Rule, informing the Senate that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege made a statement to the press amongst other things, saying the decision taken by the Senate was targeted at President Buhari and that he would not be a part of it.
He however asked the Senate to investigate the matter, saying “I cannot be part of any group of persons. I swore on oath on the 9th of June 2015. If decisions in this Senate is now being teleguided and targeted at any particular person, then that is no longer democracy. That statement to me is weighty.
“I personally campaigned and followed the President to 35 states of the Federation. The only place I did not follow him to was Yobe where we did not even go throughout the campaign. When I was following Buhari to campaign to become the President of this country, Ovie Omo-Agege was labouring in the Labour Party.
“Today, to take the decision of the Senate, the integrity of the Senate put together, that it was tailored towards targeting a particular person, it isunheard of, it is in bad taste. And I do not want to be part of that.
“I want to add that this statement was made by Omo-Agege among other statements, that the Committee on Ethics and Privileges need to investigate this matter and find out if truly our decision was made and targeted at Mr President among other issues raised by him.
“And that was not enough, another interview was granted and I will want to state categorically that I will not be part of any group or decisions that will be targeted at a particular character, talk less of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Recall that the Senate suspended Ali Ndume, its former leader, who had asked for investigation of allegations of importing a bullet proof range rover with fake documents involving Senate President Bukola Saraki and that of perjury involving Dino Melaye after the resolution to uphold the recommendation of the committee on ethics and privileges chaired by Samuel Anyanwu, that Ndume action was aimed at rubbishing the image of the senate.
In his ruling Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu referred the order cited by Senators Melaye to the committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report back within two weeks.
Senator Omo-Agege, is to face a probe from the Senate for allegedly criticizing the sequence of election passed by National Assembly and claiming they are to frustrate President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that some of the lawmakers had protested against the adoption of the report by the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on the Amendment to the Electoral Act.
The lawmakers against believe that the amendment of section 25 subsection one which has changed the sequence of the election for the conduct of the National Assembly to come first, then the governorship and state houses of assembly, before that of the President is targeted at President Buhari.

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