Abuja – The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, on Monday, debunked allegation of conviction by a court in the United States of America.
Recall that some groups under the aegis of Guardians of Democracy and Development, Partners for Legislative Agenda for Nigeria (PLAN), Empowerment for Unemployed Youth Initiative and Coalition of Civil Society and Youth Groups in Nigeria had called for the immediate resignation of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Movie Omo-Agege on being alleged convicted by the State Bar Court of the State of California, Los Angeles, USA in case No. 94-C-14401.
The groups had in a statement signed by Comr. Solomon Adodo and four others alleged that Omo-Agege committed crimes in the USA in 1992 and 1993 respectively, added that the Deputy President of the Senate willfully concealed the fact of the said conviction from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Senate thereby contravening the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and the Rules of the Senate.
The groups, had, however, warned that if in 72 hours the Senate didn’t prevail upon Omo-Agege to resign or impeach him or the law enforcement agency didn’t immediately initiate fresh prosecution against him, they will be left with no other option than to mobilize thousands of civil society and youth groups to occupy the National Assembly.
But, reacting to this allegation, Omo-Agege, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga said that over the past few days, he has been visiting the United States of America and Canada for personal and official reasons respectively.
The statement reads: “On the contrary, an unscrupulous band of mischief-makers at home calling itself a ‘youth group’ purportedly led by one Solomon Adodo is seeking to mislead gullible people with lies and propaganda by calling for the immediate resignation of the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, over a spurious and malicious allegation of a conviction by a Californian court.
“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.
“For the umpteenth time, we would like to reiterate the fact that Senator Ovie 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.”
Explaining further, the statement read: “We publish herewith details of our response to the same spurious allegation on September 25, 2018: To this extent, by way of ‘fair commentary’ only, we will speak to the non-existent criminal conviction knowing that the matter is now in court and therefore subjugated. We will meet at the blackmailer in court.’
“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 Honourable 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.