SENATE Leader in the 8th, Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC, Yobe North has been elected the Senate President for the 9th Senate.
Lawan emerges having scored a total vote of 79
He defeated his co contender, former Senate President for the 9th Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South. Ndume polled 28 Votes. Announcing the result, the Clerk to the National Assembly, CNA, Mohammed Sani Omolori said that 107 Senators- elect voted. Lawan was immediately sworn in by the CNA after taking the oath of allegiance and that of office. Prior to the announcement, there was palpable tension and fear as Senators- elect commenced voting for either the Senate Leader in the 8th, Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC, Yobe North or the former Senate Leader and a strong contender for the position of Senate President for the 9th Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South.
There was palpable fear in the Hallowed Chamber as the voting commenced, apparently due to the fact that the move to use the open ballot system as being canvassed for by the Senator Lawan led group did not sail through.
The Senators- elect are using the open Secret ballot system where they are given a ballot paper, go to the cubicle to vote secretly for their preferred candidates and then drop it in the ballot box.
The voting commenced at 10 45am soon after the nomination of Lawan and Ndume, starting with Theodore Orji, Abia Central. The Clerk to the National Assembly, CNA, Mohammed Sani Omolori had called for nomination of candidates at 10.31am.
Thereafter, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, APC, Kebbi North nominated Ahmad Lawal for the position of Senate Presidrnt. It was seconded by Adeola Solomon Olamilekan, APC, Lagos West.
The CNA asked if there were further nominations and Ali Ndume was nominated by Ishaku Abu, PDP, Adamawa North and seconded by Barinada Npigi, PDP, Rivers South East. Both Lawan and Ndume addressed the Senators- elect on their plans for the 9th Senate.
At 10.54am, the open secret balloting election commenced It would be recalled that earlier there was a rowdy session at the hallowed chamber soon after the inauguration of the 9th Senate commenced as the Clerk of National Assembly disclosed that he did not get any Court Order to change the Rules.