Election sequence: Omo-Agege begs Senate over 'offensive' comments

Doris Richards
February 24, 2018

Omo-Agege and nine senators had told the press that the re-ordering of the election sequence was done to target President Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

He was accused of misappropriating N70 million, which, in an oblique reference, Senator Shehu Sani said "was eaten by monkeys" at the farm of the senator. "We can not stand and allow a law passed against Mr. President to stand", Omo-Agege had alleged during a media parley.

Sundiata Post further recalls that the senate decision to investigate these claims, followed a point of order by Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West) who said Omo-Agege's comment was an affront to the integrity of the Senate.

Senators who protested against the reordering of election were Ovie Omo-Agege, Abdullahi Adamu, Abu Ibrahim, Benjamin Uwajumogu, Ali Wakil, Abdullahi Gumel, Binta Masi, Yahaya Abdullahi, Andrew Uchendu and Umaru Kurfi.

Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary commended Omo-Agege for being courageous to apologise for what he said.

Against the position of the dissenting voices that the legislative action of the upper chamber was targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari's reelection bid, the Senate is insisting that it amended the election sequence in public interest and for the stable growth of democracy.

"Since the matter has been forwarded to the committee, the clear instruction arising from that personal explanation which was given by the presiding officer is that the Senate committee on ethics should take note of the personal explanation, engage him so that it will form part of their report".

But upon getting hints that the ethics committee might recommend his suspension on that score, the Delta State-born lawmaker promptly tendered unreserved apologies on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday.

"That statement to me is wary".

Meanwhile, the Northern Senators Forum has sacked Senator Adamu as it's Chairman over the issue and he has been replaced with Senator Aliyu Wamakko.

The opposing lawmakers believed that the amendment to Section 25 (1) which, has changed the sequence of the election for the conduct of the National Assembly to come first, followed by Governorship and State Houses of Assembly, before that of the Presidential was targeted at President Buhari.?

He had asked for investigation of alleged importation of a bullet proof range rover with fake documents by Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Yesterday, the Senate directed its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to investigate the lawmakers and proffer adequate sanctions. "My brother and colleague, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, addressed the media where he said the decision taken by this Senate was targeted at Mr. President", Melaye stated. I made certain remarks during that interview, which my attention has been drawn to.

He said, "I rise this morning, heavily disturbed that we passed a resolution in this House last week and the aftermath of the resolution has a very serious effect on me as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria".

Responding, Ekweremadu said, "In my view, it takes a lot of courage to do this. In the circumstance, especially when the matter has been referred to the committee, what I suggest is that the committee quickly meets with him and then we'll be able to have the report as quickly as possible so that we'll be able to take a decision", he said.

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