The senator representing Yobe north at the upper legislative chamber, Ahmad Lawan, has emerged the Senate president of the 9th National Assembly.
Legit.ng reports that Lawan defeated his main challenger and senator representing Borno south, Ali Ndume, after the counting of the ballot by the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
There was an uproar from the supporters of Lawan after the clerk announced that the secret ballot system would be adopted for the election, stating that there was a court injunction which ordered that the open ballot should be used.
The clerk in his response noted that he did not receive any injunction to the effect as he he insisted that secret ballot system should be adopted as amended by the National Assembly rules of 2015.
One hundred and seven senators cast their vote as Lawan polled 79 while Ndume scored 28.
His victory was announced by the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expressed support for Senator Ali Ndume for the position of the president of the Senate of the 9th National Assembly (NASS).
The party in a statement issued by its national secretary, Senator Umar Tsauri, early on Tuesday, June 11, also endorsed Umar Bago for the post of speaker of the House of Representatives.
Tsauri said that the endorsement was arrived at after very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders ahead of the inauguration of the 9th NASS.