Former deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu has said his decision to re-contest the seat was not to win or lose but to make a statement.
“We need to exonerate ourselves,” Ekwere told journalists on Tuesday. “It was not a contest to win or lose, I wanted to make a statement.”
Ekweremadu, a member of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who represents Enugu West Senatorial District in the National Assembly, said it is ’embarrassing’ for the Senate to have elected a deputy Senate president (Ovie Omo-Agege) who ‘led’ thugs to steal the mace in the Senate.
The former deputy Senate president contested and lost the election to Omo-Agege(APC – Delta State Central).
Ekweremadu polled 37 votes to Omo-Agege’s 68 votes.
“I believe there must be a referendum,” Ekweremadu said.
Omo-Agege allegedly led thugs to invade the Senate chamber in April 2018 and forcefully remove the mace.
A National Assembly joint ad hoc committee in July 2018 recommended the suspension Omo-Agege for 180 legislative days over the theft of the Senate mace.
The committee also recommended that Omo-Agege be prosecuted for treasonable felony, assault on National Assembly members of staff, conspiracy to steal and eventual theft of the Senate Mace.
“Look at what happened on a day I was presiding and chambers invaded,” Ekweremadu said. “It is embarrassing that someone who led that operation will take a bow and is endorsed and we all walk home like it doesn’t matter.”