By Umar Muhammad Puma
Following a High Court ruling which declared his suspension illegal, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has said he has prepared to attend today’s plenary of the senate, saying nobody can stop his entrance into the chamber.
Addressing journalists at the APC National secretariat in Abuja yesterday, Senator Omo-Agege who represents Delta Central, said there is no reason why he should not report to the Senate sitting, having upturned his suspension, adding that he was confident that the Senate and all those involved in the case has been served the court judgement.
He said the judgement of the court was not necessarily based on the merit of his case, but because the senate suspended him while his case was pending before the court which is an act of contempt of court.
When asked if he will report to the senate sitting on Tuesday, he said “absolutely”, 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 it has been served on the senate. Thereafter, I reserve 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 they were contemptuous.
“My matter was in court and notwithstanding, they proceeded to purportedly suspend me. It was on that basis that the court exercises 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. 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.