How Omo-Agege defeated Ekweremadu as Deputy Senate President
Ekweremadu's intention came to many Senators-elect of PDP as surprise
Facts emerged how Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege defeated the immediate past Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Five Senators of All Progressive Congress (APC) had signified their interest to contest Deputy Senate President, namely Orji Uzor Kalu, Francis Alimikhena, Kabiru Gaya, Ajayi Borofice and Omo Agege.
ElombahNews gathered that the party leadership and APC governors prevailed on other aspirants to step down for preferred candidate of the party, Omo-Agege.
Omo-Agege thereafter picked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah from Young Peoples Party (YPP) as campaign manager in order for Ubah to mobilize votes from South East region of the country.
The deal for the emergence of Omo-Agege was sealed early Tuesday morning at the Transcorp Hotel where many Senators-elect slept before going to National Assembly for Inauguration.
Omo-Agege with his campaign team lobbied Senators-elect across party lines for votes at Transcorp Hotel, while Ekweremadu failed to show face at the Hotel to cajole Senators-elect for votes.
We further gathered that Ekweremadu believed that the APC Senators-elect were not be able to resolve the issue of Deputy Senate President before inauguration.
He did not realise that the issue has been resolved by President Buhari, APC governors and party leaders.
The immediate past Deputy Senate President intention came to many Senators-elect of PDP as surprise because there was no wide consultations on his aspiration.
Our correspondent further gathered that seven PDP Senators-elect decided to vote against Ekweremadu because there was no wide consultations on his aspiration among the PDP Senators.