The Enugu West Senator, Ike Ekweremadu has disclosed that his decision to contest for Deputy Senate President was in protest of the 2018 invasion of the Senate.
He said it is ’embarrassing’ for the Senate to have as it’s Deputy Senate President a lawmaker who led thugs to the chamber.
Ekweremadu’s statement was in reaction to the inauguration of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central – APC) as the new Deputy Senate President of the 9th Senate on Tuesday after he polled just 37 votes losing to Omo-Agege who had 68.
Omo-Agege had allegedly led thugs to invade the Senate chamber in April, last year, and forcefully remove the mace.
Speaking to journalists after his loss Ekweremadu said his failure to clinch the deputy senate president position again does not matter.
“I believe there must be a referendum,” he said.
“Look at what happened on a day I was presiding and chambers invaded. 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. I wanted a situation where we could present a referendum in respect of what transpired.”
Ekweremadu further noted that he did not contest to win, but rather to take a few hours to the election, to make a statement.
“Early this morning, we were not minded to run for any office, we thought that our friends in APC in consensus candidate that we can all be proud of, we don’t want a situation where we will say what happened here and you came and endorsed same person Deputy President of the Senate. We need to exonerate ourselves. It was not a contest to win or lose, I wanted to make a statement,” he said.