Omo-Agege Condemns Alleged Attacks On Oshiomhole

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Senator Ovie Omo-Agege addresses reporters in Abuja on July 15, 2019.

 

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has condemned the attacks on the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in Benin City, Edo State.

Omo-Agege said this in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yomi Odunuga, in Abuja on Sunday.

Describing the development as callous, cowardly, inhumane and totally unacceptable that should be condemned by all, he noted that political practice in the country should not be allowed to degenerate to a situation where violence becomes the language of activism by both politicians and their supporters no matter how disgruntled such persons may be.

Oshiomhole was reported to have escaped a major attempt on his life by armed thugs who swooped on his Benin residence in Okorotun Street, GRA, on Saturday. The thugs were said to have shot sporadically into the air.

The lawmaker called on the police to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

This, he noted, will serve as a deterrent to others that political violence is not the best way to resolve conflicts, if any.

“Such criminal attack, remains utterly condemnable and illegal. Whatever their grievances, they should learn to explore dialogue rather than resort to violence.

” I call on the police to get to the root of the matter by prosecuting those involved in the act. It is my belief that the fine principles and ethos of democratic practice do have inbuilt mechanisms through which internal wranglings can be resolved without recourse to violence as it was the case in Edo State on Saturday.

“I would like to call on the parties involved to explore those options that would strengthen the party as entrenched in the constitution of the APC as that is the best way to move the state and the nation to the Next Level in which all citizens are expected to reap the dividends of the trust they reposed in the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari”, he stated.

Omo-Agege also called on parents to warn their wards against political violence, adding that the attack negated democratic principles.

Gbajabiamila, Omo-Agege, Others Attend Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference In Tanzania

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives  Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila is leading the Nigerian delegation to the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Africa Region, Conference taking place in Zanzibar, Tanzania from September 1.

Members of the Nigerian delegation include the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and lawmakers from both chambers of the National Assembly.

The 50th Conference, with the theme ‘E-Parliament: Seamless Platform for Facilitating Democracy’ will feature discussions at plenary sessions on different categories such as ‘Parliamentary Affairs: The use of ICT in strengthening public involvement in the Legislative Process,’ and Social Affairs: The use of Social Media in enhancing Parliamentarians’ Constituency engagement.’

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Other categories are Gender Affairs: Empowerment of Women: Strategies to enable Women’s participation in decision making; Youth Affairs: Implementation of Youth Policies as a tool to combat Migration.

The rest of the categories for discussion at the conference include Economic Affairs: Enhancing Information and Communication Technolgy (ICT) use in providing life-changing solutions in rural communities, and Political Affairs: The role of technology in developing democratic practices.

Speaking on the conference, Speaker Gbajabiamila said the CPA platform would be maximized by the Nigeria delegation towards enhancing the country’s democracy and help deepen cooperation with member countries to strengthen democracy in Africa.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Conference is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, the 4th September 2019.

Delegates from other African countries in the Commonwealth are expected at the 50th CPA Conference.

Deputy Senate President Omo-Agege Appoints Five Special Advisers

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has appointed five Special Advisers that will take charge of critical departments in his office.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Deputy Senate President on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, the appointment takes immediate effect.

The appointees are Mr. Alex Onwudiamu, Deputy Chief of Staff; Elder Omeni Sobotie, Special Adviser, Political Affairs; Mr. Godwin Anaughe, Special Adviser, Special Duties; Prince Efe Duku, Special Adviser, Legislative and Plenary Matters; and Mrs. Estella Nwene, Special Adviser, Administration.

According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Deputy President of the Senate on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yomi Odunuga, a letter confirming the appointments has been conveyed to the Clerk of the National Assembly and they are to take immediate effect.

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Onwudiamu, a lawyer with over 28 years practice, is from Illah in Oshimili North Local Government of Delta State. He was first appointed to the board of the Rural Development Agency in Delta in 2007. He was also the third executive member representing Delta North on the board of Universal Basic Education (SUBEB). He was the former Secretary under the Chairmanship of Prof. B. I. C. Ijeoma of Anioma Political Forum. He chairs the Anioma Agenda—-a political pressure group for the Anioma people. He is currently the Principal Partner in the law firm of Chibuzo, Nnamdi and Co with offices in Asaba and Lagos. He is married with four children.

Sobotie is a veteran political leader and a former Students’ Union Government President at the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi. He worked in Shell for several years and was, at different times, a political adviser to governors of Delta State. He joined the ruling All Progressives Congress last year and campaigned vigorously with the party’s governorship candidate, Chief Great Ogboru. He also played critical role in the reelection of Senator Omo-Agege.

Anaughe, a graduate of Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has extensive experience in banking, investigative reporting in Nigeria’s oil and gas sectors. He is also a political strategist who until his new appointment served as SSA, Communications and Strategy to the Deputy President of the Senate.

He was, for several years, the Economic, Financial and Energy correspondent/ Staff writer at the defunct Financial Post, the first weekly financial tabloid in Nigeria.
In 1990, he joined Nationwide Merchant Bank and worked in
Strategic Planning, Financial services, Treasury/ Investment banking departments and rose to become the Deputy Head of Treasury.
He is married to Victoria Agbo Anaughe and blessed with many children.

Duku holds first degrees in Electrical Electronic Engineering and Law from the University of Benin and Robert Gordon University, Scotland respectively. He also holds an MBA degree in Human Resources Management. He was appointed as Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Omo-Agege in 2016, having worked very closely for over a decade with the 2019 Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Great Ogboru.

An experienced hand in legislative matters with close to two decades at the National Assembly, Mrs. Estella Obukowho Nwene hails from Oria Abraka in Ethiope East LGA of Delta State. She was first appointed into the National Assembly service as a Legislative Aide attached to Late Senator Fred Aghogho Brume from Delta Central Senatorial District. She became a Permanent staff of the National Assembly in 2005. Estella Nwene holds two masters degrees in Public Administration and Legislative Studies. She has worked in several Committees in the National Assembly including Senate Committee on Appropriations. She was the Assistant Clerk, Senate Committee on Women Affairs for Seven years, also acting Secretary, Tables Duties Department in the Senate. She is married to Engr Obi Odilichukwu Nwene from Anambra State and their union is blessed with a son.

Omo-Agege Appoints Chief Of Staff, Media Aides

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie 0mo-Agege, has appointed Dr Otive Igbuzor as his Chief of Staff, Mr Yomi Odunuga as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ms. Lara Owoeye-Wise as Senior Special Assistant on Electronic and New Media.

Omo-Agege, in a statement personally signed by him and released by his office on Wednesday, said that the appointments which take immediate effect are based on merit.

Igbuzor is Founding Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD). He was once the International Head of campaigns of ActionAid International and Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria. He was also an honourable Commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC).

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He was a Programme Co-ordinator of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), independent research, information and training institution dedicated to policy-oriented scholarship on questions of democratic development and peacebuilding in the West African sub-region. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Delta State University, Lagos Centre and has published many scholarly articles on democracy, gender, politics and development. He is a versatile writer, researcher and author of several publications.

His specialities include but not limited to Strategy Formulation, Programme design, implementation and evaluation, Policy Analysis, Leadership Training and Research.

Odunuga is the Abuja Bureau Chief and Deputy Editor (Nation’s Capital) of The Nation newspapers.

Born on June 2, 1966, Odunuga a poet, lyricist, reporter and columnist, started his journalism career with the PUNCH newspaper over two decades ago. He was, for several years, the State House Correspondent of the paper where he maintained two columns–Life in Abuja and the popular weekend treat called Inside Aso Rock.

Ms. Lara has had a working stint with the Voice of American, Washington DC and KSTP Channel 5, Minnesota.

Omo-Agege Defeats Ekweremadu To Emerge Deputy Senate President

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has emerged as the Deputy Senate President of the Ninth Assembly.

The Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated his closest opponent Ike Ekweremadu a former Deputy Senate President and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Omo-Agege got 69 votes while Ekweremadu polled 38 votes to win the second leadership position of the National Assembly.

APC National Working Committee Adopts Omo-Agege For Deputy Senate President

The Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

The National Working Committee (NWC) of All Progressives Congress has adopted formally adopts Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the positions of Deputy Senate President and Hon. Muhammed Idris Wase as Deputy Speaker.

This resolve was reached after emergency meetings which held on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of June 2019.

According to a statement by Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party’s national publicity secretary, the committee arrived at their decision after wide consultations with President Muhammadu Buhari and party stakeholders, including APC governors.

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Recall that the party had earlier announced the duo of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the partys candidates for the positions of Senate President and Speaker of House Representatives respectively.

Mr Issa-Onilu’s communique further stated that all elected APC members of the Senate and House of Representatives are hereby directed to fully mobilise as a united force behind the party’s choice.

It also stated that members who have earlier signified interests in these positions are urged to support the party’s decisions as loyal and committed members of APC by working with other members to ensure the emergence of the adopted candidates.

Appeal Court Upholds Judgment Nullifying Omo-Agege’s Election

Senate To Appeal Court Ruling On Omo-Agege's Suspension
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Friday reaffirmed the nullification of the re-election of the Senator representing Delta Central district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ovie Omo-Agege.

The court also nullified the election of Francis Waive, who was declared winner of the Ughelli North, South and Udu House of Representatives seat on the APC platform.

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In a judgement delivered by Justice Tosin Adegoke On March 18, the Federal High Court 1 sitting in Asaba, the Delta State capital, had sacked the Great Ogboru/Ovie Omo-Agege factional State Executive Committee of the APC led by Jones Erue and upheld the O’tega Emerhor faction led by Cyril Ogodo as the authentic state executive committee.

The Federal High Court also nullified all actions taken by the sacked Erue-led executive, including ward and local government congresses, party primaries and the list of candidates that emerged from the primaries.

Following the judgement of the Federal High Court, Omo-Agege and Waive thereafter, approached the Court of Appeal to seek the leave of the court to appeal the judgment nullifying their candidatures and re-election.

At the hearing of the case on Friday, the Court of Appeal, however, dismissed their applications, saying it lacked merit.

Consequently, the court awarded a fine of N300,000 each to the two candidates.

2019 Elections: Court Nullifies Omo-Agege, Others’ Candidacy

The Federal High Court sitting in Asaba today sacked the Jones Erue-led executive committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State. 

In its two-hour judgment, the court, presided over by Justice Toyin Adegoke upheld the Cyril Ogodo-led Delta APC faction in the state, declaring the executives as duly elected.

Justice Adegoke further held that all actions purportedly taken by the Erue-led executives were null and void, thereby nullifying the candidacy of the candidates who emerged from the primaries conducted by the Erue-led executives.

According to Rowland Ekpe,  the counsel to the Cyril Ogodo exco, the re-election of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central and other candidates in the just-concluded elections, is now null and void following the judgment since they all emerged from the primaries conducted by the Erue-led executives.

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“The Primaries conducted by Mefor Progress, those names are the authentic names,”Mr Ekpe stressed.

Other candidates affected by the judgment include the state governorship candidate, Great Ogboru, and the senatorial candidate for Delta South Senatorial District and immediate past governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, among others.

Meanwhile, Mr Okubo Nwachukwu, counsel to the Erue-led executives said they would review the court’s judgment, noting that they would appeal the verdict passed by Justice Toyin Adegoke.

“We will look at the judgment, and see what we are going to do, but hopefully we are going to appeal against the judgment. I am very certain that the appeal will be favourable,” Mr Nwachukwu stated.

Senator Omo-Agege Resumes Plenary

 

 

The Embattled Senator representing Delta State Constituency has resumed plenary for legislative proceedings.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege arrived at the Senate Chambers on Wednesday morning after a Federal High Court nullified his six months suspension by the Senate.

The lawmaker who earlier promised to resume on Tuesday for legislative proceedings did not resume after the Senate had said on Monday that it will allow him to resume in accordance with the court rulings.

But the Senate Spokesman Aliyu Abdullahi said in a press statement that the upper chamber has filed an appeal against the court judgment and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the court of appeal.

The Senate had suspended Senator Omo-Agege for six months over remarks he made alleging that the upper chamber had sinister motives in the ongoing amendment of the 2010 electoral act.

Upon his resumption, he is expected to face the Senate committee investigating the invasion of the National Assembly and theft of the Senate Mace later today.

The committee has also summoned Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Senator Ali Ndume over their roles in the invasion of the National Assembly and theft of the Senate Mace.

The Senate is now in a closed-door session.

Court Nullifies Omo-Agege’s Suspension By Senate

[BREAKING] Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege Snatching Mace
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

The Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate for 90 legislative days.

The ruling judge, Nnamdi Dimgba on Thursday stated that the Senate is only empowered to suspend an earring member for 14 days and 1 legislative day.

Justice Dimgba, therefore, ordered the immediate reinstatement of Senator Omo Agege his salaries and other entitlements should be paid.

Senator Omo-Agege was on April 12, 2018, suspended during plenary over the remarks he made at a press conference that the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act which changes the sequence of elections set by INEC is targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari.

Although he had previously apologised to the Senate over his comments about electoral act Amendment.

But the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges recommended in its report that Senator Omo-Agege be suspended for 181 legislative days but the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, recommended that it be reduced to 90 legislative days.

Presenting the report on the investigation into the comments made by Senator Omo- Agege, the chairman of the committee, Senator Sam Anyanwu said that the committee found it unacceptable that after Senator Omo-Agege apologised to the Senate over his comments, he made u-turn and took the Senate to court over the matter which was referred to the committee.

Senator Omo-Agege alongside nine others accused the National Assembly of deliberately adopting the conference report on the amendment which they allege had a pre-determined motive targeted at President Buhari.

FG Orders Probe Of National Assembly Invasion

 

The Federal Government has ordered an investigation into the invasion of the National Assembly and theft of the mace from the Senate.

Several individuals suspected to be thugs had entered the Senate chamber during plenary around 11:30 am, snatched and went away with the mace.

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Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, said in a statement that the Federal Government was shocked by the incident and has ordered a probe.

The security agencies are “to immediately unravel the circumstances surrounding the breach of security that led to the invasion”, the statement signed by a Special Adviser to the minister, Mr Segun Adeyemi, read in part.

In addition to that, the statement said security would also be reinforced to prevent a recurrence.

The Federal Government’s directive is not the first to be received by the security agencies about the incident.

Shortly after the mace was stolen, the Senate accused Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of sending thugs to steal the mace.

It described the action as an act of treason and an attempt to overthrow a branch of the Federal Government of Nigeria by force, which must be treated with importance.

The National Assembly also gave the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and Director-General of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura, 24 hours to recover the Mace.

The theft of the mace has been widely condemned and many Nigerians took to the social media to react to it with many of them mocking the development.

Senate President Bukola Saraki who is in the United States issued a statement praising lawmakers for rising to the defence of the country’s democracy, while the House of Representatives called the incident a mockery of democracy.

 

‘Big Shame’: Nigerians React To Senate Invasion, Mace Theft

News that some hoodlums stormed the Senate on Wednesday to steal the mace has sparked various reactions.

Some Nigerians took to social media to pass hilarious comments and mock the incident while others lament how the symbol of authority will be stolen in broad daylight.

The Senate in reaction had earlier condemned the incident and accused the Senator representing Delta Central District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of leading the thugs to steal the mace.

Omo-Agege was thereafter arrested by the police.

Some Nigerians in their reactions on social media hailed Omo-Agege’s action while others described it as a show of shame.

 

Read the hilarious and mocking comments below:

 

 

Some Nigerian, however, did not find the incident funny. Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose described it as a show of shame while Senator Shehu Sani said the action is treasonable and an attempted coup de tat. Others lamented over the incident wondering how the hoodlums made their way into the Red Chambers despite security.

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