The South-South faction of the All Progressives Congress [APC] has endorsed the Senator representing Delta Central, Ovie Omo-Agege, for the position of the next Deputy Senate President.
Tufam Hilliard Eta, the APC Vice-Chairman (South-South), and his zonal Secretary, David Okumgba, in a statement made available on Saturday said the choice of Omo-Agege was "imperative".
The statement said:
“The leadership of the South-South Zone is fully in support of Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari).
“Our zone has been given the opportunity by our great party to produce the Deputy Senate President for the ninth National Assembly and we are thankful.
“It is important to state that our two illustrious sons, Distinguished Senators Francis Alimikhena from Edo State and Ovie Omo-Agege from Delta State had indicated interest to contest the office of the Deputy Senate President.
“Both of them are eminently qualified for that office, as both are ranking Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“However, considering the current zoning of political offices in our zone whereby Edo State produced the current National Chairman of our great party (Adams Oshiomhole), and other considerations, it became imperative that our zone supports the candidature of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the office of the Deputy Senate President.”
“The Zonal Working Committee acting on behalf of the Zonal Executive Committee, Elders and Leaders of the South-South geopolitical zone of our great Party, the APC, wishes to state categorically that we align ourselves with the decision of the national leadership of our great party in respect of the zoning of the principal offices of the 9th National Assembly.
“We commend our respected leader, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his sterling leadership of the affairs of our great country."
The statement hailed the party for zoning the position to the South-South and commended Oshiomhole for his sound administrative experience in piloting the affairs of the leading political party [APC]
Senator Francis Alimikhena representing Edo North had also declared interest in the office. He hails from the same senatorial district as APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, but he wasn't endorsed.