The Senator representing Yobe north at the upper legislative chamber, Ahmad Lawan, has emerged the Senate president of the 9th National Assembly.
Lawan defeated Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, with 79 votes after the counting of the ballot by the clerk of the National Assembly.
About 107 Senators voted, out of which Ali Ndume scored 28 while Lawan scored 79 votes.
Our report has it that the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan had the full support of his colleagues.
At the moment, Senator Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta has been nominated as deputy president of the senate.
Earlier, there was an uproar from the supporters of Lawan after the clerk announced that the secret ballot system would be adopted for the election, stating that there was a court injunction which ordered that the open ballot should be used.
The clerk in his response noted that he did not receive any injuction to the effect as he he insisted that secret ballot system should be adopted as amended by the National Assembly rules of 2015.
It would be recalled that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders supported Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively.
The final resolution on Senator Ndume and Hon. Bago was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, party leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.
In a statement signed by the National Secretary, Sen. Umar Ibrahim Tsauri said the decision is in the best interest of the nation, in line with our party’s determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance with the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.
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