NATIONAL ASSSEMBLY ELECTIONS

NASS INAUGURATION: UPROAR IN SENATE OVER VOTING PATTERN

APC and PDP senators-elect are at loggerheads over the voting pattern at the National Assembly. APC senators are insisting open ballot system, while PDP lawmakers are insisting on secret ballot.

Clerk to the Senate Mohammed Sani Omolori, who is presiding, has adopted the secret ballot system.

He said he’s unaware of a court order compelling him to use open ballot system.

INAUGURATION: 12 APC GOVERNORS STORM NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

Twelve governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have arrived at the National Assembly, ahead of inauguration slated for 10 am today.

The governors were led by chairman of APC Governors’ Forum, and Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.

They headed straight to the gallery of the Senate, where they are expected to monitor the inauguration.

9TH ASSEMBLY: PDP ENDORSES NDUME, BAGO

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has endorsed former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume and Hon Umar Bago for the positions of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

The PDP in a statement by its National Secretary, Senator Umar Tsauri, on Tuesday morning, said the  party leadership took the decision after an extensive consultation with its stakeholders.

Consequently, the opposition party urged its members in the National Assembly to vote for the duo in the election of presiding officers of the federal legislature scheduled for today.

The statement read in part: “After very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders we resolved to support Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, ahead of National Assembly inauguration on Tuesday.

“The final resolution on Senator Ndume and Hon. Bago was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, party leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.

“This decision is in the best interest of the nation, in line with our party’s determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance with the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.

“All senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP are to be guided accordingly.”


National Assembly inauguration: Ndume arrives, Okorocha sighted

Ahmad Lawan arrives in company of 20 senators

The day is here. The much-awaited election of the Presiding Officers of the National Assembly is about to take off.

At about 12 hours to time, the social media was agog, Monday night that an Abuja Court had ordered that the secret balloting method as stipulated in the Senate standing rule of 2015 be jettisoned for an open ballot method.

However, at 8:30 am on election day, nothing was clear on the method of election as senators-elect awaited the arrival of the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani Omolori.

As early as 7 am, PDP’s adopted candidate and former Senate leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, had already arrived the Senate chamber thereby becoming the first to arrive the Senate.

He was followed by a candidate for the deputy Senate president position, Senator Kabiru Gaya, who reiterated his determination to run against Ovie Omo-Agege, the adopted candidate of the APC.

Gaya also denied knowledge of the court order saying that until proper information came through the right sources, he was not bound by the said court order.

Briefly, immediate-former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, walked into the chamber. He spent about ten minutes and later came out and walked away from the White House area of the National Assembly where the chambers are located

“I will be back soon,” he told journalists waving. At 8.54 am, he was yet to come back to the National Assembly.

About the same time, the number of senators-elect in chamber had risen quite significantly.

Ahmad Lawan, favoured by the APC, has also arrived. He arrived in company of about 20 senators.


9TH ASSEMBLY: PDP ENDORSES NDUME, BAGO

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has endorsed former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume and Hon Umar Bago for the positions of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

The PDP in a statement by its National Secretary, Senator Umar Tsauri, on Tuesday morning, said the  party leadership took the decision after an extensive consultation with its stakeholders.

Consequently, the opposition party urged its members in the National Assembly to vote for the duo in the election of presiding officers of the federal legislature scheduled for today.

The statement read in part: “After very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders we resolved to support Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, ahead of National Assembly inauguration on Tuesday.

“The final resolution on Senator Ndume and Hon. Bago was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, party leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.

“This decision is in the best interest of the nation, in line with our party’s determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance with the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.

“All senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP are to be guided accordingly.”

SENATORS-ELECT CONCLUDE VOTING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, COUNTING COMMENCES

Counting of votes for office of the President of the Senate commenced on Tuesday after 107 senators-elect cast their votes.

The voting pattern, open secret ballot as specified by the 2015 Standing Rule, and announced by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Omolori, commenced by 10:54 a.m.

Omolori who gave the guidelines for the voting pattern, further announced that the voting would be done based on states and alphabetically.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the voting process involves senators-elect picking up the voting form, ticking the name of their candidate before dropping on the ballot box, which was provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The candidates for the president of the senate are Sen. Ahmad Lawan(APC-Yobe) and Sen. Ali Ndume(APC-Borno)

Lawan was nominated by Sen. Yahaya Abdullahi(APC-Kebbi) and Sen. Solomon Adeola(APC-Lagos).
They were equally witnessed the counting on behalf of Lawan.

Meanwhile, Ndume was nominated by Senator-elect, Mr Ishaku Abu(PDP-Adamawa) and seconded by Mr Barry Mpigi(PDP-Rivers).

They witnessed the counting on behalf of Ndume.

BREAKING: LAWAN EMERGES 9TH SENATE PRESIDENT, POLLING 79 VOTES

The Senator-elect, Ahmad Lawan (APC-Yobe), has been declared the winner of the senate presidential election held at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday.

The Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori, made the announcement in Abuja.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Lawan and Senator-elect, Ali Ndume (APC-Borno), contested for the highest position.

While Lawan polled 79 votes, Ndume got only 28 votes.

Mr Sani-Omolori said having scored the highest votes, Lawan, had been duly elected as the Nigeria’s Senate President of the 9th National Assembly

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