The Senator representing the Delta Central Senatorial district, Ovie Omo-Agege, has declared that his recent victory in court gives him the right to attend plenary.
Omo-Agege said this while responding to questions from reporters at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja, on Monday.
He explained that consequent upon the judgement, he would not expect any resistance from his colleagues at the Senate should he decide to resume sitting today (Tuesday).
According to him, he does not see the court granting the Senate the stay of execution it is requesting because “He who must come to equity must come with clean hands.”
Omo-Agege argued that the same Senate went ahead to suspend him in spite of a subsisting court order and wondered how the Senate would expect the court to grant it a stay of execution order in this case.
The Senator said, “The enrolment 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 courts exercised its disciplinary power to reverse the suspension and not necessarily on the merit of my case.”
He also said, “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 a case, it has declared a judgement, which is not stay able (sic) 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.”
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