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Senate election commences amidst protest over use of secret ballot

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The inauguration of the 9th Senate started at 10:00a.m. on Tuesday with protest from supporters of Sen. Ahmad Lawan, following announcement from the Clerk of the National Assembly that secret ballot would be used for election.

The clerk, Mohammed Omolori, after reading the proclamation from President Muhammadu Buhari at exactly 10:00 announced the use of the 2015 Senate Rule which specifies the use of secret ballot in election of presiding officers.

He barely finished when supporters of Mr Lawan began protesting, saying they would not accept the use of 2015 rule.

Prominent among those who led the protest are Sen. Solomon Adeola (APC-Lagos) and Sen. Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano).

Speaking, the clerk explained that he did not receive any court order stopping him for from using anything other than the 2015 rule.

He also told the protesting members that they did not “have any voice till after the election.

At that point, the Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh, took the roll call.

At the end of the roll call, 107 senators-elect were present for the election. Two seats from Imo state were declared vacant.

Thereafter nomination of candidates for president of the senate was done to allow for the election proper.

As at 11:08am, the senators-elect have already begun voting.


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