- Ovie Omo-Agege, the deputy Senate president, dismisses calls for his resignation over claims that he was convicted in the United States of America in 1996
- The deputy Senate president explains that he was alleged to have broken the law in California, and tried but in the end, was found not guilty
- Omo-Agege accuses a civic group of attempting to mislead gullible people with lies and propaganda in a bid to tarnish his image
Ovie Omo-Agege, the deputy Senate president, has dismissed calls for his resignation over claims that he was convicted in the United States of America by the State Bar Court of the State of California, Los Angeles in 1996.
The deputy Senate president, who faulted the claims by a civic group, explained that he was alleged to have broken the law in California and tried but in the end, was found not guilty, Premium Times reports.
In a statement by his media aide, Yomi Odunuga, the lawmaker accused the group of attempting to mislead gullible people with lies and propaganda in a bid to tarnish his image.
“He has been travelling freely to and within the United States as he was cleared of all charges in the said case and was never a convict in the USA as being alleged," the statement read in part.
“The fact is, at a point in his brilliant and bright legal career in California, USA, Senator Omo-Agege, then a young attorney, was alleged to have broken the law in California but in the end, he was found not guilty."
The statement further disclosed that Omo-Agege was declared innocent by the honourable Lance A. Ito, who presided over the popular O.J. Simpson murder trial case and G. Magnera of the Court of California, County of Los Angeles.
The office of the deputy senate president said Omo-Agege is currently in good standing at the State of California Bar Association, noting that such a situation would have been impossible if a valid and subsisting conviction were hanging on him.
Meanwhile, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has been appointed the leader of the south-south caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the region.
The Nation reports that the choice of Omo-Agege as leader of the party in the geopolitical zone on the evening of Thursday, November 28, was taken in the absence of some other key and senior members of the party from the region who were not part of the event.
Legit.ng gathered that the vice national chairman of the party (south-south), Hillard Eta, at whose instance the meeting was called, said the event was to appraise the performance of the party in the last general elections and the recent feat recorded with its victory in Bayelsa state.
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