Ovie Omo-Agege

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Ovie Omo-Agege
Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate
Assumed office
11 June 2019
PresidentAhmed Ibrahim Lawan
Preceded byIke Ekweremadu
Nigerian Senator for Delta
Assumed office
May 2011
Personal details
Born (1963-08-23) 23 August 1963 (age 55)
Urogun, Ughelli North Local government area, Delta State, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
Political partyAll Progressives Congress (APC)
ResidenceAbuja, Nigeria
Alma materUniversity of Benin
ProfessionLawyer, politician

Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege is a Nigerian lawyer and politician. He is senator representing the Delta State central senatorial district at the Nigerian 8th senate. Omo-Agege is from Orogun in Ughelli North local Government of Delta State. He emerged the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate of the 9th National Assembly on June 11, 2019 after he defeated his rival, Ike Ekweremadu with a margin of 31 votes to win the second leadership position of the National Assembly.

Omo-Agege is the first Senator from Delta State to emerge as Deputy Senate President, and also the first Delta Central Senator to be re-elected. [1][2]

Early life[edit]

Omo-Agege was born on August 3, 1963 in Delta State. He attended St. George Grammar school, Obinomba Obiaruku. Delta State.[3]

Education[edit]

Omo-Agege graduated in 1985 from the University of Benin with a degree in Law. He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1986.[3]

In 2002, he obtained his masters degree in law from Tulane University Law School.[4]

Career[edit]

Omo-Agege was deployed to Kwara State for his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). He completed his NYSC with the Directorate of Criminal investigation and intelligence, Nigerian Police Force, Kwara State Command.[3] Omo-Agege started his career in law by working with PAT OKUPA & Co in Lagos in 1987.

In 1989, Omo-Agege moved to Lagos and co-founded a law firm; Agege & Co. Omo-Agege moved to the United States of America in 1990, where he worked as a foreign associate at Charles O Agege's law office in Los Angeles, California.

Omo-Agege was called to the state bar of California, United State District Court and the United States Supreme Court, Washington, DC.[citation needed] Omo-Agege returned to Nigeria in 1992 to establish Omo-Agege & Associates where he was also Senior Partner. In 1996, he merged his firm Omo-Agege & associates in a partnership resulting in the name Agege & Esin.[5]

Political life[edit]

Omo-Agege started out in politics by contesting for the ticket to be a representative at the Delta State House of Representatives under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, a ticket he lost in the party primaries. In 2003, former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, appointed Omo-Agege as an executive assistant, a position he held for two years. He was later appointed as a commissioner for special duties by the governor.[6]

Omo-Agege ran for the office of the Governor of Delta State but lost out at the People Democratic Party's primaries to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.[6]

Omo-Agege was appointed as the Secretary to State government (SSG) of Delta State by Governor James Ibori in 2007.

Omo-Agege ran for Senate in 2015 under the platform of the Labour Party (Nigeria). He was elected as a senator representing Delta central senatorial district on March 28, 2015.

Omo-Agege defected from the Labour Party to the All Progressive Congress (APC) on March 7, 2017.[7] In 2018 Omo-Agege led a group of thugs to invade the Senate chambers and disrupt the senate session after he was suspended. The thugs left with the mace which is the symbol of legislative authority.

Ovie Omo-Agege was re-elected as the Senator representing Delta Central in 2019 general election. On June 11, 2019, he emerged as the new Deputy Senate President of the 9th National Assembly[8] with 68 votes cast to beat Senator Ike Ekweremadu with 37 votes[9].

Personal life[edit]

Omo-Agege is married and he has five children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BREAKING: Omo-Agege Defeats Ekweremadu To Emerge Deputy Senate President". Channels Television. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  2. ^ Breaking : Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Elected Nigeria 9th Assembly Deputy Senate President More Details : https://ejesgist.com/breaking-senator-ovie-omo-agege-elected-nigeria-9th-assembly-deputy-senate-president.html
  3. ^ a b c "Things you should know about Senator Ovie Omo-Agege". 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ "10 things you need to know about Senator Ovie Omo-Agege accuse". Dailytrust.com.ng. 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  5. ^ "PERSONALITY: OBARISI OVIE OMO-AGEGE; A MAN WITH MILK OF KINDNESS FLOWING IN HIS VEINS".
  6. ^ a b "7 things you must know about controversial lawmaker, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege - Daily Post Nigeria". 18 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Senator dumps Labour Party for APC".
  8. ^ "Breaking: Omo-Agege emerges as new Deputy Senate President". Oak TV Newstrack. 11 June 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  9. ^ Nnamdi, Onyirioha (2019-06-11). "Breaking: Senator Omo-Agege emerges deputy Senate president". Legit.ng - Nigeria news. Retrieved 2019-06-11.