One of the most controversial Senators in Nigeria’s Upper Legislative Chamber Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege has emerged the Deputy Senate President of the 9th National Assembly.
He defeated the former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu. He polled 68 votes out of 107 members that voted.
Omo-Agege represents Delta State central senatorial district.
Omo-Agege, a popular senator became more popular in 2018 after he was accused of inviting thugs to the floor of the House to steal the mace which led to the disruption of the House of Senate.
At the time of the incident, he was on suspension, but he stormed the floor of the Red Chamber. The thugs had left the National Assembly with the maze in a black SUV.
The maze is the symbol of authority of the parliament.
One of the security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly said the thugs told him and other officers they were with the senator.
“We tried to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.
It took members of the Nigeria Police Force several hours to reclaim the mace, which they claimed was found by a member of the public under a flyover in Abuja and recovered by the police.
A high-powered police investigation was launched with a view to arresting the perpetrators.
He was arrested and later released by the Police.
Senator Bukola Saraki was the Senate President at the time.
The emergence of Omo-Agege means he will be assisting the new Senate President Ahmed Lawan who earlier won by a majority of votes.
Lawan had scored 79 to defeat Ali Ndume who secured 28 votes.