Ahmad Lawan, the Senator representing Yobe North constituency,has emerged the President of the 9th National Assembly.
He defeated his opponent, Ali-Ndume (APC Bornu South) with 79 votes to 28 votes. 107 senators cast their votes.
After a roll call of the new senators was completed, Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North – APC) moved the motion to nominate Lawan, and the motion was seconded by Adeola Solomon (Lagos West – APC).
Ndume was nominated by Ishaku Abo (Adamawa North – PDP), and the motion was seconded by Mpigi Barry (Rivers South-East – PDP).
After all 107 senators present voted, Lawan won 79 votes while Ndume finished with only 28 votes. He was promptly sworn in by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
Lawan, 60, was first elected into the Senate in 2007 after his stint in the House of Representatives, and has won re-election three times since. He was Senate Leader in the 8th Senate after his failed bid to become Senate President in 2015.
Also, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC Delta Central) has emerged Deputy President of the 9th Senate.
Omo –Agege polled 68 votes to defeat the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu (PDP Enugu West) who polled 37 votes.
106 senators-elect voted, with Senate President Ahmad Lawan not voting.
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