Senate Vice President Omo-Agege backtracks and denies single-handedly drafting amended electoral law

Senate Vice President Senator Ovie Omo-Agege said he alone could not have drafted the amended election bill as claimed on social media.

Omo-Agege said this in reaction to an undated video where he claimed to have drafted the Elections Act 2022 due to politics in Delta State.

“No one will be the first to call the police to win the case. They (referring to some Delta politicians) are here (Delta), we are Abuja. You know what that means,” the Senate Deputy Speaker had said in pidgin English.

“As my boss, Dr Mordi, said, the electoral system does not change and this electoral act does not hear it, I write it. I write because I know how the politics of the Delta are.

However, speaking at a consultative meeting in Ughelli North, Delta State, Omo-Agege called on the public to disregard reports circulating that he alone drafted the election act, Punch reports.

He noted that the people were misinformed about the amended law which was authorized by the National Assembly and duly endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said: “We are not going to sit back and allow the state government to use the instrumentality of the Nigerian police to intimidate our people. I can state that, yes, they can wield power here at the state level, but we are also available to quell the activities in Abuja.

“That was the gist of the remarks I made there, but I also understand that there has been some misinformation and misinterpretation of those remarks, particularly as I, Ovie Omo Agege, claimed authorship of the new electoral law.

“So that people take a deep breath, don’t lose their sense of humor, nobody writes a bill alone and votes it in the National Assembly.

“It is now up to the courts to exercise the powers of section six of the constitution for judicial review to decide whether or not this section remains or should be removed.

“There is nowhere in the world I will claim authorship of Article 84(12) while I oppose Article 84(12)”

He assured All Progressives members of Congress that the introduction of the bi-modal voter accreditation system would bring transparency and ensure a fair and credible electoral process for the upcoming general election in 2023.

Scott R. Banks