Bukola Saraki elected Senate President, while PDP’s Ekeremadu returns as Deputy Senate President
Bukola Saraki, a former governor of Kwara State, has been elected the president of the eighth Senate.
Mr. Saraki of the All Progressives Congress, APC, defeated his party’s preferred candidate, Ahmed Lawan, to emerge the Senate president.
He was nominated by Sani Yerima and seconded by Dino Melaye.
Mr. Saraki has been sworn into office.
Also, Nigeria made history in the Senate this Tuesday, as the immediate past Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, was re-elected to the position again.
Mr. Ekweremadu is a member of the minority Peoples Democratic Party.
He defeated Ali Ndume of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
He was nominated by Abiye Sekibo from Rivers State.
He won the race following a power sharing deal that had the minority but influential PDP back the new Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The PDP had openly declared support for Mr. Saraki in return for the election of Mr. Ekeremadu as his deputy.
So almost all the senators who voted for Mr. Saraki are believed to have also voted for Mr. Ekeremadu.
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