Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan representing Yobe North Senatorial District has been elected President of the 9th Senate.
Lawan, a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Majority Leader in the 8th Senate was elected as Presiding officer of the red chamber on Tuesday, having scored 79 of the votes cast to defeat his only challenger and fellow party man, Mohammed Ali Ndume who scored 28 votes.
From an initial contest of three heavyweights, Senator Danjuma Goje following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, June 6, stepped down from the Senate Presidency race for Lawan.
Despite being in the minority, the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had announced early Tuesday that its endorsement of Senator Ndume for the position.
He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1999 on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) before his election into the Senate in 2007 and subsequently in 2011, 2015 and 2019.
A total of 107 Senators along with Governors of some states were present at the inauguration of the Upper Chamber on Tuesday.