By Tola Akinmutimi
….as Gbajabiamila leads in House of Reps speakership battle
After over five weeks of political gerrymandering by the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to influence the elections of the National Assembly, the party’s preferred candidate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senator representing Yobe North constituency, was elected the President of the Senate of the ninth National Assembly.
Lawan defeated his opponent, Senator Ali-Ndume, who was strongly backed by the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), with 79 votes out of the 107 total votes during the exercise
The clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, announced the results of the election after which Lawan was immediately sworn-in.
For the position of the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, the Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial district of the APC, defeated his opponent, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has emerged as the Deputy Senate President of the Ninth Assembly.
Ekweremadu, a former Deputy Senate President, is member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.