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Vote Buying Takes Centre Stage Ahead 9th National Assembly Elections

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Vote buying has reportedly taken the centre stage in both camps of the lawmakers seeking elective positions in the forthcoming 9th National Assembly.

Naija News reports that the 9th National Assembly will be inaugurated on Tuesday, with Ahmed Lawan representing Yobe North Constituency and Ali Ndume, representing Borno South, both on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, seeking to be the President of the 9th Senate.

Just like the Senate Presidency race, Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Francis Alimikhena (Edo), Kabiru Gaya (Kano) and Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta) are in a hot chase for the position of the Deputy President of the 9th Senate.

While Lawan is backed by the leadership of the APC including President Muhammadu Buhari, Ndume on the other hand, has vowed not to step down for him just like Senator Danjuma Goje.

This online news platform understands that the 37 Senators-elect endorsed Lawan on Sunday at a meeting in Abuja, a day after 64 Senators-elect endorsed him as unopposed to contest as Senate President ahead of Tuesday’s inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.

The development means 99 senators out of the 107 senators are already backing Lawan ahead of the National Assembly election on Tuesday.

A report monitored on Daily Independent newspaper by Naija News, says lawmakers contesting for elective positions are spending heavily to lobby to win the support of members.

The newspaper reports that in a bid to outdo themselves, thousands of dollars have exchanged hands just to woo members for support.


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