By Toby Prince
Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has disclosed that the only contested the Deputy Senate President election to prevent Sen Ovie Omo-Agege from winning.
The longest-serving deputy speaker revealed to newsmen that he only decided to contest the election just this morning.
His intervention, however, was not enough as Omo-Agege coasted home with 68 votes, beating Ekweremadu who secured only 37 votes.
In an interview with journalists after the election, Ekweremadu noted that he wanted to have a referendum over the invasion of the red chamber in 2018, allegedly led by Omo-Agege.
He said: “I believe there must be a referendum. Look at what happened on a day I was presiding and the chamber was invaded.
“It is embarrassing that someone who led that operation will take a bow and gets endorsed and we all walk home like it doesn’t matter. I wanted a situation where we could present a referendum in respect of what transpired.”
According to him, he only took the decision to contest “early this morning”.
“We were not minded to run for any office, we thought that our friends in APC had a consensus candidate that we can all be proud of.
“We didn’t want a situation where we will say what happened here and then you came and endorsed the same person as deputy president of the Senate. We needed to exonerate ourselves,” Ekweremadu stated.
For him, “it was not a contest to win or lose, I wanted to make a statement.”
He added: “For over 20 years I have been very busy with politics and governance. So I think I can have a rest and reflect on other things.”