The 9th National Assembly will be inaugurated today Tuesday, June 11, and the newly sworn-in lawmakers will elect presiding officers that would pilot its affairs for the next four years.
Senator Ahmed Lawan will be taking on Senator Ali Ndume in the race to become the next Senate President.
While Femi Gbajabiamila will take on Hon. Umar Bago for the Speakership of the House of Representatives.
Naija News will be bringing you updates as events unfold at the National Assembly complex.
Ahmed Idris Wase has been elected as deputy speaker of the house of representatives unopposed.
Naija News Understands that Wase emerged after Gbajabiamila defeated Hon. Umar Bago to clinch the Speaker’s seat earlier today.
Wase was nominated by Sada Jibia (APC-Katsina) and seconded by Hon. Akpan Luke (PDP-Akwa Ibom).
Mr Femi Gbajabiamila has emerged winner of the 9th National Assembly speakership.
He secured 283 votes to defeat his only challenger, Umar Bago who garnered a paltry 76 votes.
His supporters, including National chairman of All Progressives Congress(APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, couldn’t hide their excitement immediately he got the threshold.
Currently, a mix of drama, anticipation, high expectations for the loyalists of the major contenders for the 9th National Assembly speakership.
Naija News understands that voting, however, commenced amid uproar in the green chamber.
The major contenders are Femi Gbajabiamila and Umar Bago.
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has emerged the Deputy Senate President of the 9th National Assembly.
He defeated the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ike Ekweremadu during the election which took place on the floor of the Senate Chamber on Tuesday.
Omo-Agege polled a total of 68 votes to defeat his challenger, Ekweremadu of the PDP who polled 37 votes of the 105 votes cast.
Senator Ahmed Lawan has emerged winner of the 9th assembly Senate president, defeating his challenger, Ali Ndume.
Naija News reports Lawan polled a total of 79 votes to emerge the winner.
Ndume gathered a paltry 28 votes in the election which held on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday, 11th June 2019.
Senators-elect have commenced voting to fill the position of Senate President for the 9th National Assembly.
Naija News gathered that only 107 out of 109 senators-elect are participating in the voting process.
Voting began after the nomination of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Senator Ali Ndume.
The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has departed the premises of the National Assembly in Abuja after he was denied accreditation.
Naija News understands Okorocha had arrived the assembly complex on Tuesday ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly.
Upon arrival, he headed straight to the office of Mohammed Sani-Omolori, clerk of the national assembly. But after some minutes at Omolori’s office, he walked out of the national assembly complex.
One of the top contenders for the position of Senate President of the 9th National Assembly, Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) has been nominated.
The former Senate leader was nominated during the ongoing plenary session in the Senate.
Speaking after accepting his nomination, Ndume stated that the Office of the Senate President was being eroded and that the Senate must maintain its independence.
Senator-elect Yahaya Abdullahi (APC-Kebbi North) has nominated Senator Ahmed Lawan to be the next Senator President of the 9th National Assembly.
The lawmaker-elect nominated the former Senate Leader during the ongoing plenary session on Tuesday.
The topmost aspirant for speaker’s position for the ninth House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has arrived the House chamber.
He was received by a thunderous chant of Gbaja, Wase by his supporters numbering over 100 lawmakers.
Ahead of the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly, APC most favoured Senator, Ahmed Lawan has entered the chamber accompanied by a large number of senators.
Naija News learnt that the chamber is almost set for inauguration which is scheduled to commence by 10 am.
Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, and Governors of the party on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly complex to witness the 9th assembly inauguration and the election of presiding officers.
The Governors were led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi.
Others in the entourage included the Governors of Kwara, Plateau, Kebbi Osun, Kano, Katsina, and Nasarawa among others.
Security operatives have barred vehicles from entering into the National Assembly Complex ahead of today’s election of principal officers of both legislative chambers.
Naija News gathered that all the entry points into the complex are manned by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) police and other security agencies.
The SGF entry point close to the Complex that was partially opened was barricaded by security operatives at the annex axis of the Complex as motorists were asked to use the main entry point.
The clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori has taken delivery of the ballot boxes for use in electing principal officers of the 9th National Assembly.
As previously reported by Naija News, the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly is set to take place today (Tuesday) in the premises of the National Assembly complex in Abuja.
The ballot boxes were released for use by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The preferred candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Senate President of the 9th National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume (APC-Borno South) have arrived the assembly complex for inauguration and election.
The lawmaker arrived at the premises of the federal parliament at about 7:20 am on Tuesday.
After exchanging pleasantries with some people on arrival, Ndume went straight to the mosque within the premises.
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Source: Naija News