The All Progressives Congress preferred candidate, Ahmed Lawan, has been elected the president of the Nigerian Senate
The inauguration of the ninth National Assembly commenced in Abuja this morning with a rowdy session at the Senate following announcement by Clerk Mohammed Sani-Omolori that Standing Order 2015 as amended will be used to elect Senate President and other presiding officers.
Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr Omolori told the Senators that he did not receieve any court ruling banning the use of the 2015 Senate Standing Order as amended which adopts the secret ballot voting system.
He consequently ignored loud calls for the use of 2011 Rules and said he would not entertain any further question on the matter again.
NASS Management Denies Okorocha Entry
The Clerk of the Senate thereafter took the roll call of Senators elect with 107 out of 109 senators-elect present. Two lawmakers from Imo State including former Governor Rochas Okorocha, were absent and their names were not announced by the Clerk of the National Assembly.
Former Imo State governor Rochas Okorocha was present at the National Assembly earlier today but was denied entry to the Assembly Complex. The ex-governor on arrival headed straight to the office of the clerk and after some minutes, he walked out of the national assembly.
NATIONAL Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, the Chairman, Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Abdul Aziz Yari, and several state governors are in attendance.
The immediate-past Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the immediate-past Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, former Senate Presidents, Joseph Wayas and Adolphua Wabara are also at the Chamber.