Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has said that he was never a convict in the United States of America as being alleged since September 2018, saying he had been cleared of all charges in the said case.
Till date, Omo-Agege said he travels freely to and within the country without any hint of harassment, adding that over the past few days, he had visited the United States and Canada “for personal and official reasons respectively, holding aloft the beacon of progressive ideology and an agenda for improving Nigeria’s image internationally.”
The Deputy Senate President, however, maintained that he 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 over an allegation that he was convicted by a court in the United States.
According to a statement issued on Monday, Omo-Agege said the youth group purportedly led by one Solomon Adodo is calling for his immediate resignation over “a spurious and malicious allegation of a conviction by a Californian court.”
The statement, signed by Yomi Odunuga, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the deputy senate president, said “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.
“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 subjudice. We will meet 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 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 – impossibility if a valid and subsisting conviction were hanging on him. These are verifiable public facts and truths.”
“We state, without any equivocation, that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege is 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,” the statement read in part.