Despite asking his colleagues not to vote for mace snatchers, a three-time former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, still lost deputy senate president position to Ovie Omo-Agege.
Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu-West senatorial district, was the deputy senate president between 2007-2011, 2011-2015 and 2015-2019, in the course of which he worked with David Mark and Bukola Saraki. He had also earlier announced that this would be his last term as a senator.
Omo-Agege, on the other hand, represents Delta Central.
Addressing his colleagues after he was nominated by Enugu-North lawmaker-elect, Ekweremadu, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, asked his colleagues not to vote for mace snatchers, obviously referring to Omo-Agege, his opponent.
Continuing, Ekweremadu had recollected how on a particular day, as he was presiding over the Senate, an unnamed colleague led people to snatch the mace, the symbol of authority of the National Assembly.
Nominated by his brother, the Enugu-North lawmaker-elect, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, and supported by Rose Okoh of Cross-River North, he still lost the contest to Omo-Agege, a lawyer and former Secretary to the Delta State Government.