By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC Delta Central) has said that the 9th Senate has keyed into the next level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, just as he said he bears no ill feelings against any senator over what transpired in the 8th Senate.
Omo-Agege stated this in Abuja during a media briefing, pointing out that the 8th Senate was history as the focus now for all serving Senators in the recently inaugurated 9th National Assembly is how to improve the wellbeing and welfare of ordinary Nigerians through legislative interventions.
“Like all phases of life, Eighth Senate has come and gone, making all what happened then, history now.
“I begrudge nobody over any issue in the 8th Senate. Even the election that brought me in, as Deputy President of the 9th Senate last week has closed the chapter of the 8th Senate as far as partisan issues were concerned.
“At inauguration on the day of the election, there were 62 APC Senators, 44 PDP and 1 YPP, meaning that the 68 votes I got, cut across party lines.
“With such bipartisan or multi partisan confidence reposed in one, the era of partisanship is gone. I will assist the President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan in making the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly one for the benefit of all Nigerians”, he said.
“We shall give the required collaboration to the executive arm of government and help in putting in place the needed enabling environment for execution of the next level agenda”, according to him.
Recall that Omo-Agege, who got last minute endorsement by both President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), defeated the immediate past senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu by 68 votes to 37, to emerge victorious.