The senator representing Yobe north at the upper legislative chamber, Ahmad Lawan, has emerged the Senate president of the 9th National Assembly.
Amuwo Parrot News (APN) reports that Lawan defeated his main challenger and senator representing Borno south, Ali Ndume, after the counting of the ballot by the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
Ahmed Lawan received 79 votes, while Ndume had 28 votes.
There was an uproar from the supporters of Lawan after the clerk announced that the secret ballot system would be adopted for the election, stating that there was a court injunction which ordered that the open ballot should be used.
The clerk in his response noted that he did not receive any injunction to the effect as he insisted that secret ballot system should be adopted as amended by the National Assembly rules of 2015.