9th NASS: APC's zoning formula best suits Omo-Agege - Northern groups

9th NASS: APC's zoning formula best suits Omo-Agege - Northern groups

- Senator Ovie Omo-Agege's qust to emerge the next deputy Senate president has gotten a boost

- The coalition of the Northern Civil Society and Social Cultural Movement for Peace, Development and United Nigeria, has backed the Delta senator

- The groups described Senator Omo’Agege as the most competent aspirant among all those clamoring for the position

The coalition of the Northern Civil Society and Social Cultural Movement for Peace, Development and United Nigeria, has said that the current zoning formula of the All Progressives Congress (APC) best suits Senator Ovie Omo’Agege for the deputy Senate presidency slot.

The group with branches in all the 19 northern states and beyond, also stressed that Omo-Agege's emergence will give all regions a sense of belonging, especially the south in the current leadership equation of the country.

The statement was issued at the end of their quarterly meeting held in Jos, the Plateau state capital.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, the movement’s national president, Alhaji Sadiq Ibrahim Doma, called on the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to stand by their earlier decision to zone the position of the deputy Senate resident to the south-south.

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He said the move will give every segment of the country a sense of belonging, even as he described Senator Omo’Agege as the most competent aspirant among all those clamoring for the position.

His words: “Ovie is intelligent, he has the legislative experience, he is a legal luminary and a very detribalize Nigerian with huge nationalistic spirit that many may mistake him to be a senator of all Nigerians in view of his love for every Nigerians irrespective of their ethnicity, religion and political affiliations that by every tickling of the clock crosses his path.

“In fact, if not him to occupy such exalted position with huge intellectual and magnanimous demands, who else among the APC senators from the south-south could occupy the position?

“The zoning formula as decided by the leadership of APC favors him, then there’s no need to search too long.

“Again, if they want to base their debate on loyalty to the executive arm of the Buhari-led government, Senator Ovie should be the number one.”

He implored President Muhammadu Buhari, the leadership of APC and senators-elect not vote those he described as selfish and greedy

He also called on all the aspirants contesting for the position from the south-east to step down for Omo-Agege to ensure spirit of sportsmanship.

Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu state has said that the party is still in support of the aspiration of the incumbent deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, to retain his seat when the 9th National Assembly resumes on Tuesday, June 11.

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The party said there was a secret agenda, as far as the leadership of the 9th National Assembly was concerned which it would unleash on the ruling APC when the parliament is inaugurated.

Youth leader of the party in Enugu state, Patrick Nwoko, who made this known during a chat with journalists in Asaba, Delta state, said the PDP was monitoring the political calculations of the APC with a view to taking the ruling party unawares.

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