By Adenike Lucas
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has been suspended from the Senate for 90 days after being indicted by a committee panel over an offensive statement.
The lawmaker who represents Delta Central Senatorial District had apologised to his colleagues at the National Assembly on the unpleasant comment he made at the red chambers this year.
But, the Senate’s Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions led by Senator Samuel Anyanwu, said a suspension of 181 days will serve “as a warning to other Senators.”
With the plea of the Senate President, the suspension was reduced to 90 days.
Senator Bukola Saraki in his recommendation said the senator involved should withdraw a case he initiated at court in a bid not to be reprimanded by his colleagues.
He said: “those of us that understand politics, understand that because of our own peculiar interest, sometimes some people decide to act like they are holier than thou or more committed — at the expense of others,” he said.
“This is not something that we should tolerate, and I believe that in an institution like this we must show discipline, but at the same time we must also show compassion.
“Distinguished colleagues, there must be discipline. We must show that such groups must be suspended and the case in court must be withdrawn.”
“I’d say that we should reduce the number of days by half but with an understanding that we can revisit and look at this issue.”
Senator Saraki’s recommendation was put forward and passed.