Senator Ahmed Lawan of Yobe North Senatorial District, on Tuesday emerged the President of Nigeria’s ninth Senate. Lawan won with 79 votes as against the 28 votes garnered by Senator Ali Ndume. Long before the election, 60-year-old Lawan had been tipped to win, especially when the relationship between Senator Ndume and the leadership of the last Senate is put into consideration.
The voting pattern revealed that even Senators from the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party voted for Senator Lawan.
A twist however emerged to the voting pattern when it came to the election of the Deputy President of the Senate. The poll had the immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and Senator Ovie Omo-Agege of Delta Central District standing head to head. In accepting his nomination, Ekweremmadu, of the PDP, urged his colleagues to remember the ‘desecration’ of the chambers; apparently referring to the mace-snatching incident that occurred months ago.
At the end of the election however, Senator Omo-Agege won with 68 votes as against Ekweremadu’s 37 votes.
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