The stage is set for the inauguration of Nigeria’s 9th National Assembly (NASS) after President Muhammadu Buhari, based on constitutional requirement, pronounced the dissolution of the 8th NASS and announced the proclamation of the 9th federal parliament.
There would be elections to determine the presiding officers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, with Ahmed Lawan and Ali Ndume running for the highest position in the upper chamber and Femi Gbajabiamila and Muhammad Umaru Bago going for the position of Speaker.
President Buhari had met with lawmakers-elect of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the inauguration.
But despite the party’s position, Senator Ndume, from Borno state, and Honourable Bago, from Niger state, are gunning for the positions.
Stay with Concise News for updates on the elections and the inauguration.
When the Clerk made an announcement for another nomination there was none and Idris was, therefore, declared the Deputy Speaker.
For the Deputy Speaker position, Sada Soni, from Katsina, nominated Ahmed Idris, from Plateau.
Gbajabiamila scored 281 votes out of 358 votes cast against Umar Bago who got 76.
Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila has been elected as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Ninth National Assembly.
But the Clerk, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, said it was very illegal to snap.
Concise News learned that there was drama at the House of Representatives as some members were seen taking snapshots of their ballot during the election of the Speaker.
Attention shifts to the House of Representatives where no fewer than 358 members-elect are expected to choose between Surulere constituency 1 lawmaker-elect of Lagos State, Femi Gbajabiamila and Umar Bago of Chanchagi, Niger state.
The lawmaker from Delta state got 68 votes to defeat former deputy senate president Ekweremadu of the PDP. The Enugu senator got 37 votes.
Ovie Omo-Agege has emerged as the Deputy Senate President.
Ekweremadu, a member of the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), asked his colleagues not to vote for mace snatchers.
Meanwhile, Ike Ekweremadu has accepted his nomination for the post of deputy senate present – a position he occupied in 2007-2011, 2011-2015 and 2015-2019.
Concise News learned that the Yobe North lawmaker got 79 votes to defeat the Borno-South senator who had 28 votes.
Ahmed Lawan emerges President of 9th Senate
The Clerk of the National Assembly has announced the end of voting at the Senate. Voting ended in the upper chamber at 11.54 a.m.
Concise News understands that About 107 lawmakers-elect voted.