- The concerned caucus of the All Progressives Congress has reject Senator Omo-Agege's purported endorsement for the position of deputy Senate president
- The group says the position of Senate president of the ninth National Assembly has not been zoned to the south-south
- The group was reacting to the statement credited to Senator Ita Enang that Senator Omo-Agege had been endorsed for the position of deputy Senate president
- Senator Omo-Agege is the lawmaker representing Delta Central senatorial district at the upper chamber
The concerned caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the position of deputy Senate president of the ninth National Assembly has not been zoned to the south-south.
The group was reacting to the statement credited to Senator Ita Enang that Senator Omo-Agege had been endorsed for the position of deputy Senate president, This Day reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the group, which rejected the endorsement of Senator Omo-Agege for the position, said Enang can neither speak for the party nor the presidency as he is no longer the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters (Senate) in line with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, June 5, the group said: “Section 151 of the 1999 Constitution states that the appointment of all special advisers shall cease when the President ceases to hold office, while Section 171 states that the appointment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and any office or the personal staff of the president shall cease when the president ceases to hold office.
"Our attention has been drawn to the statement of Senator Ita Enang in an interview on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
“In the interview, Senator Enang stated that Senator Lawan Ahmad will emerge as Senate president of the ninth Senate while Hon. Femi Gbajiabiamila will emerge as Speaker, House of Representatives. He went on to state that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege will emerge as deputy Senate president.
“Although, in the interview he was referred to as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, we write to state that he spoke in his personal capacity and expressed his own opinion and certainly not in any way the position of the presidency.
“It should be noted that his appointment as Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters ceased with the end of the president’s first term on May 29, 2019 as provided in Section 151(3) of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended).
“Therefore, his statement about Senator Ovie Omo-Agege should be seen wholly as figment of his imagination, because he has probably supported him.
“It must also be noted that All Progressives Congress (APC) nominated Senator Lawan and Hon. Gbajiabiamila for Senate president and speaker, respectively and not by any individual.
“Senator Enang cannot and could not have spoken for the party in the said interview.
“We wish to state that APC has not zoned the deputy Senate president to anyone. However, distinguished Senator Francis Alimikhena has been seen as the preferred candidate for the position."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta central senatorial district appealed to other ethnic nationalities at the Senate to support the bid of Ovie Omo-Agege for deputy Senate president.
The APC vice chairman in Delta, Adelabu Bodjor, read the party’s resolutions at a press briefing/solidarity support meeting for Omo-Agege in Warri on Sunday, June 2.
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