-Live Updates: Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan Wins Senate Presidency, And Nigerians React

 H.E Idris Ibrahim Kalgo.

“I believe things will start moving smoothly with the emergence of Senate Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan as Nigeria Senate President”- His Excellency, Idris Ibrahim Kalgo.

“He is non-controversial and,  he is a patriot, and it means a lot because he will work for the greater interest of the whole nation. I am happy that Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan won”- Chief Ndubisi Nzenweofor Chibuzor.

Chief Ndubisi Nzenweofor Chibuzor

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan defeats Senator Muhammad Ali Ndume in stunning upset.

They expressed hope that “with Senator Lawan on the seat, the 9th senate will deliver on its mandate.

Former Kebbi State governorship aspirant who contested under PDP at the last election, H.E Idris Ibrahim Kalgo, has this to say about Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan taking over from Senator Bukola Saraki as National Assembly’s Senate President, he says,

” His victory is a great thing for Nigeria. I believe things will start moving smoothly with the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan as Nigeria Senate President. You can see the election was open and transparent, and his victory is clear. We have great expectation that the next level agendas will start moving smoothly now. He loves this country, and I have a very strong believe in him, that he will do what is the best for this country”.

Reacting, Anambra state born Business mogul, Chairman of Nzenweofor Group, Chief Ndubuisi Nzenweofor Chibuzor, said the outcome of the election was an indication that the members-elect voted their choice and, he believed that Senator Lawan is not only non-controversial, but scandal free and that he is the right person to take the nation to next level.

He says, ” Today is a great day for this nation. There are high expectations like every other newly-elected persons. When a good candidate wins, people always have great expectation of him, that’s a positive vibe. They can’t afford to fail because they knew they may still have another tenure to fight for, so they will try their possible best to deliver so that they can be re-elected at the next tenure.

He continues, “Senator Lawan always wants the best for this country. He is a man of high integrity. Imagine, there is no corruption scandal attached to his name at all. He is non-controversial and being a patriot means a lot, because he will work for the greater interest of the whole nation. He will immediately kick the ball running, without any further delay, am sure”, he said.

The founder of Chief Ndubuisi Foundation added that the voting was democratic and keenly contested because nobody came unopposed even those from ‘so to say South-East Senators ‘voted and congratulated him’.

Speaking, Former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau said that the way in which the senators-elect conducted themselves was impressive.

Shekarau, who is a member of the 9th senate, said it is a victory for democracy.

“I congratulate all the senators-elect for democratic rights in their voting and I congratulate the president,” he said.

He said with Lawan’s leadership, he was optimistic that the 9th senate would be rancour free.

He added that he was hopeful that democracy would get stronger as the years go by and what happened was a clear indication of how much senators-elect believed in Lawan’s leadership style.

Sen. Matthew Urghoghide(PDP-Edo) also said he was satisfied with the outcome of the election, saying he had no regrets publicly declaring support for Lawan’s emergence.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege emerged Deputy President of the Senate after polling 68 votes to defeat his only contender, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, former Deputy President of the Senate, who polled 37 votes.

The Inauguration started on a rancorous note after a protest by some senators-elect over announcement by Mr Mohammed Omolori, Clerk of the National Assembly that open secret ballot system was to be used to elect the presiding officers.

It however ended peacefully as the situation was brought under control by the clerk, who officiated the election process.

It started at exactly 10:a.m. with 107 senators-elect in attendance as against 109 as two senatorial seats in Imo were declared vacant.

Pamela James reports

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