Nigeria: Ahmed Lawan, Omo-Agege Leads 9th Senate

After polling 79 votes and Ali Ndume garnered 28 votes in the secret ballot election, the Yobe North Senator, Ahmed Lawan emerged as president of the ninth Senate Tuesday afternoon.

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Just like in 2015, Mr Lawan again emerged as party favourite in 2019. At first, he was poised to contest against two of his colleagues; Ali Ndume and Danjuma Goje, but Mr Goje withdrew a week before the election day.

On Tuesday, 109 Senators-elect voted Lawan got 79 votes to defeat Ali Ndume, his closest rival.

A recipient of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), Mr Lawan is coming with a vast pool of parliamentary knowledge spanning a stretch of 20 years, from House of Representatives in 1999 to Senate.

Meanwhile, Senator Omo-Agege, representing Delta central senatorial district, has emerged the deputy president of the ninth Senate.

Omo-Agege of the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged victorious after defeating his challenger, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Senator Ike Ekweremadu representing Enugu west senatorial district.

Omo-Agege at the election for the ninth Senate claimed 68 votes, flooring his contender, Ekweremadu, who scored 37 votes.


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