The lawmaker representing Delta Central in the National Assembly, Barrister Ovie Omo-Agege, has vowed that no lawmaker remotely connected with Senator Bukola Saraki will be allowed to hold leadership of the 9th Senate. Omo-Agege stated this while giving an insight into how the next leadership of the National Assembly would be selected.
Omo-Agege lamented that those he described as Saraki’s relegates regime made sure all agenda of the government were shut down for almost three of the four years of Buhari first tenure. Independent quoted the lawmaker as saying the move to shut out Saraki’s men was necessary to avert a repeat of events of the out-going Assembly. Omo-Agege said that President Buhari, as leader of APC, would consult with the party’s caucus on who should emerge Senate President.
“For that reason, we are saying, it is the party’s caucus that will meet in consultation with Mr President and decide and recommend for the leadership position. And Mr President is the head of that caucus. “We’ll no longer allow relegates to govern the National Assembly. When they did the last time, you saw what happened,” he stressed. “I have not told anybody that I am interested in running for the Senate Presidency.
“But, having said that, I am just as qualified as any other ranking senator of the Ninth Senate. “So, when the time comes, depending on the decision made by the caucus of the party – Mr President and other relevant stakeholders – and depending on where it is zoned to. After the zoning, we consult ourselves and complied with the rules.”
Senate President, Bukola Saraki lost his bid for reelection into the Senate from Kwara Central on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. Saraki lost to Dr. Oloriegbe of the All Progressives Congress, in Saturday’s Senatorial election. Oloriegbe polled a total of 123,808 votes to defeat the Senate President who scored 68,994 votes in the four local governments of Kwara Central Senatorial District.
The result of the election was announced by the Senatorial District Returning Officer, Prof. Olatunbosun Owoyomi from the University of Ilorin. In Asa local government, Dr Oloriegbe of the APC polled a total of 15,932 votes to defeat Saraki that scored 11,252 votes. The APC candidate also got 30, 014 votes in Ilorin East local government to 14,654 polled by his PDP rival in the Senatorial race. In Ilorin West, stronghold of Sen. Saraki, Oloriegbe polled 51,531 votes to defeat the senate president with 30,075 votes.
The situation was the same in Ilorin South where the APC senatorial candidate floored the Senate President with 26,331 votes as against 13, 031 votes garnered by Saraki. The News Agency of Nigeria also reports that APC’s candidates won the the House of Representatives seats in Asa/Ilorin West and Ilorin South/Ilorin East Federal Constituencies. In the Presidential election, APC maintained the lead in 14 out of the 15 local governments already announced. NAN reports that PDP only led in Oke Ero local government with 6,242 votes to 6,079 votes polled by APC.
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