There was a rowdy session today as senators gathered to elect the new Senate President and Deputy for the 9th National Assembly.
All stakeholders are currently present and preparing to cast their vote for either of Ahmad Lawan or Ali Ndume.
However, court order on the method of voting seems to be causing a slight delay in the commencement of voting.
Rowdiness in the Senate over a standing court order on the method of voting.
The senators are to elect the New Senate President and Deputy Senate President this morning, June 11th. pic.twitter.com/m5G1PTZYS3
— Laila Ijeoma (@LailaIjeoma) June 11, 2019
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have endorsed Senator Ali Ndume for Senate President and Umar Bago for Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, ahead of National Assembly inauguration on Tuesday.
The duo was endorsed during a meeting of the National Working Committee including party leaders, state governors as well as senators and NASS members-elect on the platform of the PDP.
FULL TEXT OF THE STATEMENT
June 10, 2019
Nass Leadership: PDP Endorses Ali Ndume, Umar Bago
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders resolves to support Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, ahead of National Assembly inauguration on Tuesday.
The final resolution on Senator Ndume and Hon. Bago was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, party leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.
This decision is in the best interest of the nation, in line with our party’s determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance with the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.
All senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP are to be guided accordingly.
Sen. Umar Ibrahim Tsauri
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