UPDATED: Ahmed Lawan Emerges Senate President
Senator Ahmed Lawan has emerged as the President of the Senate in the ninth National Assembly.
Senator Lawan won with resounding 79 votes while Ndume got 28 votes out of the 107 cast.
Lawan got 73.8% percent of the votes.
Note only did he win by the most votes, he also got more than 2/3 of the votes, thereby starting out as a popular Senate President on this account.
The election of Deputy Senate President is between Sen Ovie Omo-Agege and Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
Our analyst, Onwuasoanya FCC Jones reacts:
The option is now left for Senate President Ahmed Lawan to choose whom to be loyal to; the Constitution or the cabal. If I were a Senator, there was no how I would have voted him.
This is not because he is not qualified for the position of Senate President, but because of the circumstances surrounding his adoption for the position and the rhetoric of Adams Oshiomhole, the national Chairman of my Party, the APC.
Obviously, majority of the Senators of the PDP are not interested in opposition politics, nor the survival of their Party.
They are mostly looking forward to good accommodation by the APC and the President.
A Party that has so much chances to neutralize the influence of the ruling Party, but most of its members chose to vote for either their stomach or their fears.
Clearly, it would be impossible for me to support Senator Ovie Omogege as the deputy Senate President, but if the current voting pattern is sustained, then, he is as good as having emerged as the next Deputy Senate President.
The beauty of politics is in it unpredictability. Nigerian politics is too predictable and too boring. Little strategies and fewer surprises.
Congratulations to Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.
NIGERIA MUST PREVAIL!