Ahmad Lawan Becomes New Senate President, Beats Ndume, While Omo-Agege Defeats Ekweremadu At The House Of Reps + Ned Nwoko Denied Access To Accreditation
It has been a long and exhaustive process in the selection of the new senate president and speaker House of Reps, which held amongst the NASS members. Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North – APC), who keenly contested with Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South-APC), eventually became the winner by a ratio of 79/28 votes.
And with that victory, Lawan is now the new Senate President of the 9th Senate, and was officially inaugurated today, Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
Lawan was the favoured one amongst the APC elite, having being nominated by President Buhari and Oshiomhole. However, Ndume who felt he had a chance at the Senate presidency race, went against the APC party to contest against Lawan, because he was allegedly backed by the former senate president Bukola Saraki, and was also endorsed by the opposition PDP in the NASS.
The election process was a closed ballot election, and 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 Lawan’s 79 votes win, he was promptly sworn in by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori. Lawan, 60, started as House of Reps member, before he was elected into the Senate in 2007. He has won re-election three times since then. He was Senate Leader in the 8th Senate after he lost the Senate Presidency bid to Saraki in 2015.
Also Hon Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy Speaker House of Representatives lost the bid to become Speaker House of Reps to Hon Omo-Agege.
Meanwhile, Hon Ned Nwoko, the husband of Nollywood actor Regina Daniels, suffered humiliation on Sunday at the NASS headquarters. This is because the management of the National Assembly, denied him an opportunity for the accreditation, which would qualify him to act as a NASS member and so participate in the voting process.
Hon. Nwoko was the first to arrive at the National Assembly complex for documentation, ahead of today’s inauguration ceremony. However, the Clerk to the National Assembly, Chief Mohammed Sani-Omolori, accosted him at the ‘White House’ lobby and informed him that he will not be accredited, until his electoral dispute in his Delta North senatorial district is settled.
It would be recalled that Nwoko is currently in a legal battle with Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, and a ruling of the Court of Appeal in May, nullified Nwoko’s victory and declared Nwaoboshi as the right candidate to represent the PDP in the senate.
Although Senator Nwaoboshi later came to the National Assembly complex for his own documentation, we cant tell if he succeded or not.
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