Senator Omo-Agege has said that he was qualified to become the Senate President. He, however, said that he would wait for the decision of the leaders of the APC.
He stated, “I have not told anybody that I am interested in running for the Senate presidency, but having said that, I am just as qualified as any other ranking senator of the ninth Senate. So, when the time comes, depending on the decision made by the caucus of the party – Mr President and other relevant stakeholders – and depending on where it is zoned to, we will consult with others and comply with the rules.”
Omo-Agege, in an interview with one of our correspondents clarified a statement credited to him that President Buhari would pick the next Senate.
He said, “I never said Mr President (Buhari) will pick the next Senate President. That language wasn’t mine. I don’t know where it came from. My position is that Mr President is the leader of the APC. He was our candidate and when we went into the election, we ran on the APC agenda and he was the head of that campaign to push forward that agenda.
“That agenda is contrast to Atiku’s (Abubakar) agenda. It was taken to the Nigerian electorate and they made a choice and they (Nigerians) chose our agenda. It’s not only Mr President that believes in that agenda. All of us that were elected on the party’s platform are also part of that agenda.”
Omo-Agege said that the APC expected a loyal and constructive opposition in the Senate, which would come from rival parties, not 65 APC senators.
He said, “It should come from the PDP. That is their job. It’s not our job (in the APC) to assist them or join them in becoming opposition to the APC-led government.”
On the Senate presidency, Omo-Agege said, “It is the party’s caucus that will meet with Mr President and recommend people for the leadership positions (in the National Assembly). Mr President is the head of that caucus. We will no longer allow renegades to govern the National Assembly. When they did the last time, you saw what happened.
“For almost three or four years of Buhari’s first tenure, the Dr Bukola Saraki renegade regime made sure all plans and policies of the government were shot down. We are hell-bent on making sure there is no repeat, and the only way to do that is to make sure no one that is remotely connected to the Saraki renegade agenda is allowed into the leadership of the Senate.”
According to him, the APC caucus will assess ranking senators and recommend some of them as principal officers of the National Assembly.