OrderPaperToday– Special adviser on Media and Publicity to the deputy Senate president, Mr Yomi Odunuga, has debunked reports of an alleged conviction of his principal by a Californian court in the United States of America.

Odunugu was reacting to a call made by a youth group led by one Solomon Adodo for the resignation of Senator Ovie Omo-agege over the matter.

Odunuga stated in a release issued on Monday that Omo-agege’s recent visit to USA and Canada was to “hold aloft the beacon of progressive ideology and an agenda for improving Nigeria’s image internationally”, and not as otherwise stated.

Odunuga said, “Ordinarily, we would have ignored this latest effort by political jobbers to drag the name of the Distinguished Senator into disrepute.

“However, in a political environment like ours where silence could be misinterpreted as consent and evidence of guilt, we make haste to dismiss the entire allegation as not only unfounded and illogical; it is the residue of the warped imaginations and misleading rumour peddled without conviction some years back.

“While the distinguished Senator remains completely unperturbed by the nattering nabobs of negativity and their faceless sponsors, it remains clear that this is another feeble round of mere shadow- chasing that ultimately amounts to nothing.”

The aide informed that Omo-agege was cleared of all charges in the said case and he was never a convict in the USA as being alleged.

“Till date, he travels freely to and within the country without any hint of harassment”, Odunuga said.

He explained that “The fact is, at a point in his brilliant and bright legal career in California, USA, Senator Omo-Agege (then a young attorney) was alleged to have broken the law in California but in the end, he was found not guilty.

“Accordingly, he was declared innocent by the honourables Lance A. Ito (who presided over the popular O.J. Simpson murder trial case) and G. Magnera of the Court of California, County of Los Angeles. Omo-Agege had to fight hard for his innocence and God vindicated him against the expectations of evil men like the most sadistic blackmailer in the world.

“Today, he remains an active member in good standing at the State of California Bar Association – an impossibility if a valid and subsisting conviction were hanging on him. These are verifiable public facts and truths.”

Odunuga reiterated that the deputy Senate president of the Red Chamber remains committed to his mandate and “would not be distracted by the antics of disgruntled and defeated politicians hiding behind a so-called ‘youth group’ without any meaningful antecedent, seeking to stir up confusion through mere mischief and without facts.

“Let it be put on record that while his media office has been strictly instructed not to descend into the gutter to play their piggery games of petty mischief, the senator has nothing to hide and he would continue with his passionate desire and populist dynamism, towards making Nigeria a better nation for future generations”, the aide added.

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