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The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the senator representing Delta Central in the National Assembly, Ovie Omo-Agege, is its choice for the Deputy Senate presidency in Tuesday’s inauguration.
The party has also endorsed Idris Wase, a lawmaker from Plateau state, as deputy speaker of the house of representatives.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said Omo-Agege and Wase were adopted for the positions “after wide consultations.”
“You would recall that the party had earlier announced the duo of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the party’s candidates for the positions of Senate President and Speaker of House Representatives respectively,” he said.
“All elected APC members of the senate and house of representatives are hereby directed to fully mobilise as a united force behind the party’s choice.”
Issa-Onilu urged those lawmakers who indicated interest to run for those positions to support the party’s decision.
“Members who have earlier signified interests in these positions are urged to support the party’s decisions as loyal and committed members of APC by working with other members to ensure the emergence of the adopted candidates,” he said.
With this endorsement by the APC, the hope of the senator representing Abia North, Orji Uzor Kalu emerging as the Deputy Senate President now hangs by a thread.
Recall that the former Abia State Governor had declared his bid for the position weeks ago, vowing to push ahead with his ambition with or without the party’s support.