OrderPaperToday – The Deputy Senate President in the 6th, 7th, and 8th assemblies, Ike Ekweremadu, has lost a fourth term bid for the position.
Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu) was defeated by Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta) who was adopted by the All Progressives Congress (APC). While Ekweremadu scored 37 votes, his competitor and replacement for the seat secured 68 to record an emphatic win.
Ekweremadu has been in the Senate since 2003, he was first elected as deputy senate president in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 and 2015 respectively. He had previously served as chief of staff in Enugu and secretary to state government.
He sprung a surprise on the ruling party in 2015 by going into alliance with former Senate President Bukola Saraki.