Akpabio, Abbas Emerge Senate President, Speaker

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News Investigators/ Former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom North-West), has been elected as the President of the Senate of the 4session of the 10th Assembly.

Similarly, Rep. Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu were elected as speaker and deputy speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

Mr. Abbas polled the highest votes of 354 to beat his rivals, Idris Wase and Sani Jaji who polled 3votes each.

Mr. Akpabio recorded 63 votes to beat Senator Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara Central) who recorded 46 votes.

He emerged winner in a keenly contested election which was by secret ballot system.

The former governor was pairs with Senator Barau Jibrin (Kano-South) who was returned unopposed as the Deputy Senate President.

Recall that Akpabio, who was Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, was the preferred candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the election.

Following his victory, the Clerk of the National Assembly has administered the oath of office on Akpabio.

The new Senate President was handed the gavel and a copy of the Senate Standing Rules.

Taking his seat after the swearing in, Akpabio exercised his authority for the first time as he hit the gavel.

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