Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan of the All Progressive Congress, emerges the Senate President of the 9th National Assembly, defeating his closest rival, Senator Ali Ndume with 79 votes to 28 votes.
17 members of the Peoples Democratic Party voted for Senator Ahmed Lawan in disregard of the directive of the PDP leadership that Ali Ndume should be elected as Senate President.
In a chat with Senator Ndume, he said that he is the winner of this election because he has given credibility to the election, and because he was in the fight till the very end.
Meanwhile, Senator Omo Agege has unseat Senator Ike Ekweremadu to emerge the Deputy Senate President with 68 votes to 37 votes.
By 9am, Tuesday 11th, June 2019, lawmakers started arriving at the NASS premises for the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.
The race for the NASS leadership of both the lower and the upper chamber started some months ago where between 11 – 13 members in the green chamber were vying for the apex position.
Along the line, some members stepped down for the candidate of choice by party, while Honourable John Dyegh (Benue), Hon. Nkeiru Ihejiocha (Abia) and Hon. Bago (Niger) continued to be in the race to the end.
Those who vowed never to step down maintained that they were been marginalized and that the zoning process was not properly done as such, despite the entreaties from the leadership of the party, they could not be swayed to change their mind.