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Jostle for Uwajumogu’s seat before burial worries senators

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The valedictory session for the late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu yesterday threw up many issues with senators expressing their concern over the jostle for his seat by compatriots while his body was lying in state.

Former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, while paying tributes to the late senator, admonished compatriots who want to take over his seat to tread carefully as life is full of vanity.“Some of our compatriots are already jostling for his position to take over his seat even as the body of the late Ben Uwajumogwu is lying out there.

“My advice is that we need to honour the death of Uwajumogwu and let us bury him before we can express our ambitions. “This is my 17th year in this chamber. I have had unfortunate experience of going through this exercise paying tributes to our colleagues who died in active service.

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Also, Senator James Manager cautioned those already jostling for the late senator’s seat to also take life easy, saying that there are a lot of stories making the round on how people are doing everything to outsmart themselves to replace Uwajumogwu.

The Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, in his tributes, recalled what happened during the Eighth Senate when the late Uwajumogwu and himself were named rebels for standing against the then leadership on the amendment of the Electoral Act that would have altered the election timetable. He said: “Everybody here knows what transpired in the Eighth Senate. You can call us rebels if you like. In the Eighth Senate Ben and I played a very critical role in our Committee on INEC.

“Uwajumogwu was my compatriot in that enterprise if you want to call it rebellion.”He said he had almost identical trajectory with the late senator as they both came into the Eighth Senate after much litigation up to the Court of Appeal.“There is no way the biography of Omo-Agege will be written without the commending role of Uwajumogwu. “We share so much in common, common ideals.”

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