Tuesday 13 June 2023

BREAKING: Akpabio defeats Yari to become senate president

Godswill Akpabio, senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West, has been elected as the senate president.

He defeated Abdulaziz Yari, senator representing Zamfara Central, to win the election on Tuesday.

Before the contest, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume had nominated Akpabio, while Senator Elisha Abbo nominated Yari.

Yari’s nomination, however, did not go down well with Senator Tahir Mungono, who noted that Yari’s nomination was unconstitutional.

Mungono’s stance however led to a rowdy session before the Clerk of the Senate, Chinedu Akubueze, who presided over the session, ruled the Borno lawmaker out of order, saying he will only rely on Order 3 of the Senate Standing Rules to elect the President of the Senate.

Akpabio polled 63 votes to defeat Yari. Yari polled 45. A senator-elect abstained.

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