Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Alhaji Abubakar Malami has been asked to intervene on the perceived violations of the country’s constitution that led to the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from the Senate.
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State, Prince Christopher Agaga in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP condemned the Senate’s decision to suppress the right of Senator Omo-Agege to expression himself on the floor of the Senate.
He said the decision meant that the Urhobo ethnic group has been left without representation.
The statement reads in part, “For as long as the minister of justice does not rise to the occasion to proactively stop the constitution from being desecrated and shredded so long shall we have this regime of impunity that has now become the forte of the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives as a cog in the wheel to the growth of democratic culture, governance and development of the country.
“But now that we are having on our hands a repeat too many to condone, in the latest imperial action of the Senate, in suspending an elected senator who is the voice and mouthpiece of more than two million people of Delta central senatorial district with a backlash that could debilitate the weak fabric of our federation especially with the perception of constituents hard hit by the suspension order that they are being technically excised from Nigeria, there cannot be a more apposite time than this for the minister to rise up to the challenge by initiating legal measures to arrest the ugly and disgusting situation.
with a view to reassuring the people of Delta central senatorial district who have vowed to protect their rights recognised by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Africa Charter on Human and people’s right that they are valued and recognised as an integral part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He said that this is the time to go back to the regime of deploying legal measures to curb the excesses of people and organs/ institutions of government. He noted that this option is far more rewarding than the Gestapo approach of using anti-corruption agencies to harass and intimidate people which was the hallmark of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government and copied by this government with little success to show for it. He added that the Gestapo style failed because President Muhammadu Buhari is not gifted with the sadistic temperament for such abusive actions.
“Nigerians can still remember the number of Senate presidents, governors and PDP national chairmen illegally removed from office by Obasanjo’s barbaric practices. We therefore call on the attorney general to always do the needful to protect our democracy and restrain people from advocating and calling for autocratic measures of Obasanjo that should be trashed forever,” he said.