Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has defeated Senator Ike Ekweremadu to emerge as the Deputy Senate President of the Ninth Assembly.
The Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated his closest opponent Ike Ekweremadu, a former Deputy Senate President and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Omo-Agege got 69 votes while Ekweremadu pulled 38 votes to win the second leadership position of the National Assembly.
While accepting his nomination before the commencement of the election, Ekweremadu called on his colleagues not to vote for Omo-Agege due to his alleged involvement in the recent invasion of the Senate chambers and the taking away of the mace.
In April 2018, news emerged that some thugs gained access to the Senate chambers, while Senate plenary was ongoing, with the help of Senator Omo-Agege and the hoodlums made away with the mace while Senator Omo-Agege, who was not supposed to be in the chambers because he was on suspension, sat and watched events unfold.
Some National Assembly members were injured in the process.
The mace is the symbol of the legislative power of the Senate