The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has explained why he refused to pursue a third term senatorial ambition and opted for the governorship seat in Delta State.
Speaking on Thursday, 18 May, 2023, while playing host to Old Boys of his alma mater, St. George’s College Obinomba, Delta State, the Delta Central lawmaker stressed that eight years is enough to make a mark in the National Assembly rather than stay in perpetuity.
Omo-Agege who was the Delta APC governorship candidate in the last general election said his mind was made up not to contest the senatorial seat for a third time and move on with other endeavours.
He said: “When I came here to the National Assembly, my mind was made up on what I wanted to do. I don’t believe that one stays in power in perpetuity. You come, make your contribution and move on. I was determined to ensure that eight years is good enough for me in the National Assembly. If I am not able to leave my mark in eight years it means that I was not prepared in the first place.
“I came here, I knew what I wanted to achieve and I have achieved it. And before the APC primaries, I made up my mind that National Assembly was enough for me. That was why I took the decision that my services would be better appreciated this time if I am to serve as the governor of the state. And I very much believe this decision will come to fruition”.
With 41 record bills in the Ninth Senate, Senator Omo-Agege was first elected into the National Assembly in 2015 and reelected in 2019.
The federal lawmaker said he was upbeat of retrieving his stolen mandate from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to him, St George’s College has given so much to the Old Boys and they owed it a duty to give back.
“That I am here is because of the upbringing, discipline, what we were taught about life, relationships that brought us here today. And that is what had made all of us excel in our chosen endeavours.
“For as long as we are alive and God continues to bless us, we will be there to assist the school in any area where help is needed”, he said.
Earlier, the National President, St Georges College Obinomba Old Boys Association, Engr. Cosmos Nwanwene said the visit was to thank the DSP for facilitating the execution and completion of various projects in the school.
Engr. Nwanwene listed the projects to include 100 capacity hostels each for boys and girls, two floors classroom block, e-library, administrative building and dining hall building among others.
The projects, he noted, were a promise made and kept by the lawmaker, adding that the school has never witnessed such a face-lift since its establishment in 1960.