The Nigerian Senate has on Thursday suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege APC, Delta Central for 90 legislative days over his comment that the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 to reorder the sequence of polls in a general election was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.
Senator Omo- Agege has also been asked to withdraw his suit against the Senate from the court.
The Senate has also mandated that Parliamentary Support Group( Senate) for President Muhammadu Buhari must be disbanded immediately.
These decisions by the Senate were sequelled to the report of Senator Samuel Anyanwu, PDP, Imo East led Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions which investigated the Senator.
Earlier, the Committee had recommended that Senator Omo- Agege be suspended for 181 legislative days for dragging the upper chamber to court and to serve as a deterrent to others, but it took pleads from Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan and Kabiru Marafa for leniency and in the spirit of one family, Senate President Bukola Saraki reduced it to 90 legislative days.
It will be recalled that the Senate had last month, asked the Committee to summon Senator Omo- Agege over his comments that the new amendment to the Electoral Act regarding election sequence in the 2019 general elections was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who presided then, referred the matter to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to refer back to the Senate at plenary in two weeks.
Senator Dino Melaye, APC, Kogi West drew the attention of his colleagues to interview granted by Senator Omo- Agege that the lawmakers came up with such arrangement of voting process because of President Buhari. Senator Melaye who came under Order 14, said that it was a very weight statement for a Senator to conclude that decisions taken by the Lawmakers was against the backdrop that they were teleguided.
It will be recalled that last week Wednesday, 10 pro-Buhari Senators kicked against the new sequence of elections adopted by the apex legislative chamber, following amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act.
Angered by the happenings at the red chamber and while sitting was still on- going, ten Senators of the All Progressives Congress, APC walked out on the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki while he was still presiding, went straight to the Senate Press Corps Centre to address Journalists, expressing their reservations and vehemently kicked against the bill.
The other nine senators may also be affected later. According to them, the action was not only a trash, but a rush, self-serving and targeted at the President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid, adding that the amendment was carried out in very bad faith which will not stand.
The ten aggrieved Senators were led by Chairman of Northern Senators Caucus and former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Abdullahi Adamu whose argument against the bill was truncated at the plenary session by Saraki. Other Senators that joined Senator Abdullahi Adamu in the protest were Abu Ibrahim (Katsina South); late Ali Wakil (Bauchi South); Abdullahi Gumel (Jigawa North West); Umar Kurfi (Katsina Central); Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North); Binta Garba Masi (Adamawa North); Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central); Andrew Uchendu (Rivers East); and Benjamin Uwajimogu (Imo North).
The protesting senators who had claimed to be 59 in number, said that others could not join them because they were attending to some official matters at different locations.