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

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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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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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