Chris Steven, Abuja
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has nominated Senators Ahmed Lawan from Yobe and George Akume from Benue State to run as the party’s candidates for the office of Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively in Tuesday’s election at the National Assembly.
In an election held at the International Conference Centre Abuja on Saturday night, Mr. Lawan scored 32 votes, while Akume got 31 to emerge as Deputy Senate president.
Two votes were declared invalid. The APC has 59 Senators in the 109- member Senate.
Announcing the result, the returning officer of the election, Mala Buni, who is the APC’s national secretary, said by the result, Messrs Lawan and Akume are now the recognised candidates of the APC for the office of Senate president and Deputy respectively.
Senators loyal to another candidate, Bukola Saraki, boycotted the election and it yet unclear where they would vote when the lawmakers convene for the inauguration this week.
Saraki, former governor of Kwara covets the position of the Presidency of the Senate to position himself for a shot at the Presidency but many are uncomfortable with him especially because of his role when he was the Chairman of the powerful Governors Forum.