👤 Abdul Tukur, DENISAURUS News
A former Majority leader has been elected as the next President of the Senate.
Ahmad Lawan, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, who has the support of leaders of the party was elected into office the day the ninth National Assembly was inaugurated.
The 60 year-old who represents Yobe north, successfully defeated Mohammed Ali Ndume by a large margin.
He received 79 out 107 votes, while the lawmaker representing Borno South gained 28 votes only.
DENISAURUS News revealed last week that a top contender, Danjuma Goje, the representative for Gombe Central, was stepping down for Senator Lawan.
The decision to support Senator Lawan came after Senator Goje meet with President Buhari in Abuja.
“In spite of all the support I have among my colleagues in the senate, I have decided to in deference to the loyalty I have for his excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and in deference to the loyalty I have for my party, the APC in the interest of our party and the development of this country, in other to assist Mr. President to deliver his promises, I have decided to respect his wish by not declaring to contest this senate presidency,” Senator Goje said after meeting up with the President.
Ovie Omo-Agege, a lawmaker accused of leading a group to steal the maze at the upper chamber, is expected to become the deputy.