Ovie Omo-Agege becomes deputy senate president after beating surprise rival Ike Ekweremadu

SENATOR Ovie Omo-Agege has been elected as the deputy president of the ninth senate after securing a landslide victory in today's election beating his only opponent Senator Ike Ekweremadu by 68 votes to 37.


In highly transparent elections on the floor of the senate, Senator Agege, representing Delta Central Senatorial District easily saw off a challenge from Senator Ekweremadu from Enugu West Senatorial District. Senator Ekweremadu had been the deputy senate president for the eight and seventh senates and were he re-elected, he would have set an unprecedented record of holding the position for three tenures.


Catching everyone by surprise, the shock nomination of Senator Ekweremadu came out of the blue as Senator Chukwuka Utazi from Enugu North Senatorial District nominated him and the motion was seconded by Senator Rose Oko from Cross River North. This came after Senator Omo-Agege had been nominated by Senator Ahmed Kaita from Katsina North and the nomination seconded by Senator Abdullahi Sabi from Niger North.


After the candidates were nominated, senators were asked to come forward one at a time and cast their votes by placing a nomination slip in a ballot box. Tellers were then called forward to count the votes in the presence of the entire senate, with the number of clips held up as they were counted.


After the counting, clerk of the senate, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, read out the results for everyone to hear, in what was a very fair and transparent process. As soon as the winner was announced, senator Omo-Agege was sworn-in as was the case with Senator Ahmad Lawan, who was elected as senate president earlier on.