OrderPaperToday – Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of Delta Central senatorial district has defeated Sen Ike Ekweremadu to emerge as the Deputy Senate President for the 9th Assembly.
The outspoken Omo-Agege scored 68 votes to Ekweremadu’s 37. 105 senators participated in the voting with one abstaining and an invalid vote recorded.
The senator who was nominated by Ahmed Baba Keita (APC, Katsina) defeated Ekweremadu who served as Deputy Senate President for three consecutive terms.
Omo-Agege was endorsed by his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and he defeated the longest serving Deputy Senate President.
Omo-agege’s nomination was by Senator Baba Kaita (APC, Katsina North) and seconded by Senator Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North) while Ekweremadu was nominated by Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu North) and seconded by Senator Rose Oko (PDP, Cross Rivers).
It would be recalled that Omo-agege was linked to the invasion of the red chamber by thugs who carted away the mace, a symbol of authority in 2018.
This was after he was served a 90 legislative day suspension. But he defied the resolution and challenged the matter in court.
He will be deputising Senator Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) who is the third citizen of Nigeria.