OrderPaperToday – As the political permutations over who occupies principal offices in the 9th National Assembly hots up, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central in the Senate has been ranked as the best fit the post of deputy senate president.
The preference for Omo-Agege is premised on his requisite political experience, parliamentary exposure, administrative expertise, inter-governmental competencies and composure, needed skills to navigate and calm the often tension-soaked relations between the Executive and the Legislature.
He is also said to possess the capacity to build fruitful relations between both arms of government.
These was the outcome of a survey conducted by Global Forum of South South Professionals (GSSP) over the last three months in which thousands of respondents and stakeholders totaling over 10,000 were sampled and surveyed across the South South geo-political zone to ascertain, among others, who their choice for the position of Deputy Senate President.
The position has been zoned to the South South by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Over 80% of the respondents who were sampled using various communications metrics including focus groups discussion and random sampling tipped Omo-Agege as the best material to represent South South for the job.
Some of the respondents believe that the Choice of Senator Omo-Agege would help navigate a robust and mutually beneficial relationships between the Executive and the Legislature while maintaining parliamentary independence while many stakeholders argued that the Senate needs a politically suave and dynamic parliamentarian like Omo-Agege to occupy the office of DSP to help build consensus, bring parliamentary experience, global exposure and administrative skills to bear on and compliment the position of Senate President in the scheme of things.
According to Mr. Francis Omogosibo of GSSP, the survey outcome ranked Omo-Agege as most suitable material for the position going by field reports collated from its findings which deployed several survey research methodology and tools such as over 10,000 questionnaires administered to respondents across the six States of the South South Zone (Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Rivers States).
Tools methodologies as focus groups discussions and other global communications and research tools such as wiki, LexisNexis and survey monkey were deployed to track field reports and citizens political preferences throughout the duration of the survey.
Questions were put forward to respondents to elicit objective, neutral and empirically verifiable research findings, including: (a) among the South South (APC) Senators, who would you rather pick or support for the position of Deputy Senate President? (b) How would you rate the contenders for the seat of the Deputy Senate President? (c) In order of preference, please rate the Senators representing South South Zone?
For example one particular respondent from Cross River State said his choice of Omo-Agege is predicated on the fact that he has great competencies and political skills to help other stakeholders build on the efforts of great patriots in the Niger Delta by helping to strategically “douse mounting tension, hostilities and agitations over prolonged and age-long neglect of the Niger Delta region in the socio-economic and political setting in the country under successive governments since independence.”
Another respondent from Delta State noted that he is “strongly in support of Omo-Agege’s candidature for the position of Deputy Senate President because of his political experience, his bridge-builder composure and above all, ability to navigate the often heated relations between the executive and Legislature and help build calm for mutually beneficial results.”
Over thousands of questionnaires were administered to respondents in all the constituent States of the South South geo-political zone with representatives drawn from Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers States respectively.
Weighty subject matters such as competence, needed skills, bride-building, parliamentary capacity, administrative experience, Knowledge of the country among others were considered.
Already, the APC hierarchy is said to be favourably disposed to the choice of Omo-Agege. A presidency source hinted that the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, immediate past Governor of Edo State has since been saddled with the responsibility, among others, of delivering the Delta senator for the top job.
“Omo-Agege as a natural choice for the position of Deputy Senate President because both the National Chairman of the Party and the Deputy Senate President cannot come from the same state otherwise his first choice was Senator Francis Alimikhena from Edo State,” the source said.