By Jon Egie

 

Comrade Adams Oshiomhole

The All Progressives Congress, APC has killed the ambition of Sen Ovie Omo-Agege becoming the Senate President of the 9th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The abortion of the dream was effectively carried out Monday night when the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole during a meeting in Aso Rock Villa, Abuja announced Sen Ahmad Lawan from Yobe state as the next Senate President.

 

Senator Ahmad Lawan

It was learnt that President Buhari and Adams Oshiomhole endorsed the choice of Sen Lawal for President of the 9th Senate of the FRN. Lawal is the majority leader of the 8th Senate.

In attendance at the meeting were President Buhari, eleven governors of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole and senators-elect of the APC.

It was also learnt that at the end of the meeting which held for over two hours, Adams Oshiomhole announced the recommendation of Ahmad Lawal as the next senate president in the presence of three other contenders for the senate presidency: Sen Ali Ndume (Borno), Sen Danjuma Goje (Gombe) and Sen Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa).

 

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege

Sen Ovie Omo-Agege was not one among the contenders even though he had given assurance to his constituents that when re-elected, he would become the Senate President, a position he hoped would provide ample opportunity for him to leverage on infrastructure and human capital development of his constituency.

The Urhobo senator who boasted of close knit relationship with President Buhari had in an earlier media statement, arrogated the power of choice of who becomes the president of the 9th senate on Buhari, a position that earned him public lashes for being supportive of attempt to subvert rule of law and negate the rules of the senate which require that only the senate could chose its leaders.

In separate media statement credited to the Urhobo senator, Omo-Agege had said that as ranking senator that he became following his re-election, he was qualified to be elected as Senate President and flew the kite to all his followers that he would be.

Sources said Omo-Agege’s ambition to becoming the Senate President was aimed at humiliating the Senate President   of the 8th Senate of the FRN, Dr Bukola Saraki who gave him a roughshod in the senate following Omo-Agege’s pro-Buhari stand; a situation that led to Omo-Agege’s suspension and the controversial mace theft.

It was further gathered that Omo-Agege’s conviction of becoming senate president was also hinged on the assurances given to him by the sagacious Adams Oshiomhole who shocked the APC senators-elect, during the meeting, when he told them that Lawan “is the next Senate President”  and gave no room for comments by the senators-elect.

Although it was not clear why the APC threw cold water on Sen Ovie Omo-Agege, a source who however pleaded for anonymity attributed the controversy surrounding his candidacy in the Feb 23, NASS election due to contending factions of the party  and the dismal performance of the party in Feb 23 and March 9 general elections in Delta state as having raised the red flag for him adding that the party, despite the professed love for Omo-Agege as a son of President Buhari did not zone the Senate President seat to the South-south.