Ahmad Lawan, Ovie Omo-Agege Emerges Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively
While Lawan polled 79 votes, Ndume polled 28 votes. The Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori, made the announcement in Abuja. Announcing the result, the Clerk said that 107 Senators- elect voted. Lawan was immediately sworn in by the CNA after taking the oath of allegiance and that of office. Prior to the announcement, there was palpable tension and fear as Senators- elect commenced voting for either the Senate Leader in the 8th, Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC, Yobe North or the former Senate Leader and a strong contender for the position of Senate President for the 9th Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, APC, Borno South.
Also,Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, representing Delta Central Senatorial District, has been elected as the Deputy Senate President of the 9th Senate.
Senator Omo-Agege defeated the Former Deputy Senate President in the 8th Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu to emerge as the Deputy Senate Senate President. Senator Ike Ekweremadu was nominated by senator-elect, Chukwuka Utazi while Senator-elect, Rose Oko (Cross River North) seconded the motion for Ekweremadu’s nomination. Senator-elect for Katsina North, Ahmed Baba Kaita had nominated Omo-Agege while Senator-elect, Niger North, Abdullahi Aliyu Sabi seconded it. DSP Omo-Agege won with 68 out of 107 votes to defeat Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP. Ekweremadu polled 39 votes.