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After the elections had been won and the ruling All Progressive (APC) will be dominating the National Assembly in Abuja, it’s obvious that APC will be producing the next President who will be succeeding the outgoing President Bukola Saraki.

The race for the presidency of the 9th senate, to be inaugurated in June, has already started. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has secured 65 seats announced so far according to The Nation.

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The top contender for that position of Senate president has to be Ahmad Lawan, senator representing Yobe north senatorial district, reported TheCable.

He was believed to have been favoured for the position by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Lawan was re-elected by his constituents on Saturday and is one of the ranking APC senators.

Four years ago, the APC caucus in the Senate was divided over the leadership of the national assembly. In an attempt to broker peace between the two APC factions, the president had summoned an emergency meeting at the International Conference Centre (ICC). While Lawan and his supporters were there, Bukoal Saraki teamed up with the PDP to become the nation’s No. 3 citizen.

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… Senator Kabiru Marafa chairman senate committee on petroleum and lawmaker representing Zamfara Central at the National Assembly

In the end, Lawan was compensated with the position of Senate majority leader.

HE REMAINED LOYAL TO THE APC NONTHELESS

Despite his hopes getting shattered, Lawan stayed with the APC even when the party was hit with wave of defections. On one occasion, APC lost 14 senators with Saraki announcing his exit shortly after.

Amid the defection storm, Lawan remained there to lead his colleagues and defend the APC. He defended the president for not signing the electoral act amendment bill and opposed those who contemplated impeaching the president.

ONE OF THE LONGEST SERVING LEGISLATORS

Lawan has been a member of the national assembly since the return of democracy in 1999, together with David Mark and Nicholas Mutu.

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… Ahmad Lawan

He was first elected a member of the house of representatives in where he chaired the committees on education and agriculture at different times. After eight years in the lower legislative chamber, Lawan took a shot at the senate in 2007 and was elected to represent Yobe north district, a position he has held ever since.

He is unarguably one of the most experienced APC lawmaker returning to the 9th senate, having been at the two chambers.

STRONG ACADEMIC RECORDS

The 60-year-old is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri where he read geography. He also has a postgraduate diploma in land survey, an MSc and PhD in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS), all from the University of Cranfield, United Kingdom.

TINUBU’S ADMIRATION FOR HIM

At a recent meeting of some APC leaders in Ibadan, Oyo state, Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC, spoke glowingly of Lawan. He defended the party’s choice of him as Senate president in 2015, praising his continued loyalty to the party.

“Senator Lawan … you are a great example of a very consistent and intellectually resourceful leader that we have in this country,” he said.

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… President Buhari chats with APC chieftain Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at a Presidential Dinner in honour of members of the National Assembly

“We saw in him, these leadership traits and the qualities we wanted in the Senate President. We know you are qualified and competent to be, that you would have led the most important arm of our government more effectively but the political prostitutes and their robbers and their collaborators denied you of it because of selfishness and selfish aggrandisement.

“But instead of fleeing, you remained constant and consistent, seeing this institution as a place for truly lawmaking that we the people and you have remained consistent and constant ever since on a progressive stand. Thank you.”

LAWAN GETTING SET?

Shortly after he won reelection bid, the senator the APC is not only confident of producing the next Senate president but that such senate leadership will mend the broken ties between the legislature and the executive.

“This time, it will not be the kind of National Assembly that will betray the trust of Nigerians; the national assembly will support Mr President to meet the needs of Nigerians,” he had said.

“The time for unnecessary bickering and opposition has come to an end; we cannot afford to waste more time on unnecessary politics and denying the people of the much needed development. The national assembly will support and cooperate with the president to effectively serve the interest of Nigerians.”

Sounds like he already has his plans all figured out and just waiting for the big moment.

Apart from Lawan, there are other ranking senators who could become senate president if the position is zoned to the north-east or north-central.

ABDULLAHI ADAMU

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… Abdullahi Adamu

Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa state who will be serving his third time in the senate, is a possible candidate for the . The senator was once accused of plotting the removal of Saraki but he later denied this, describing Saraki as his son. He represents Nasarawa west senatorial district.

ALI NDUME

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… Ali Ndume

Ndume who represents Borno south senatorial district is also another possible contender. He is also returning to the upper legislative chamber for a third term. He was made the senate leader along the line but was later removed in January 2007.

DANJUMA GOJE

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A two-time governor of Gombe state, Goje has been representing Gombe central in the senate since 2011. He is arguably one of the most vocal lawmakers in the senate and is in the mentions as possibly the next senate president. He currently chairs the senate committee on appropriation.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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The representing Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, has provided video evidence against the claim by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that it has no server.

INEC had denied having any server.

The electoral body said it has no sever where results of the February 23 were uploaded.

INEC’s position was made known at the ongoing Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja challenging the outcome of the election.

This was following Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, request for the court to order INEC to allow them access to the said server.

In a tweet on Sunday morning, Melaye uploaded a video showing how the election results were transmitted through the Card Reader to the said server.

Posting the video, the lawmaker, who has declared interest to run in the Kogi State governorship election, wrote, “When they claim they don’t have a server show them this.”

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The Presidency has welcomed the of the European Union (EU) on the general elections in , promising to analyse it fully and act on the recommendations in the best interest of the country.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the on Media and Publicity, made this position known in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

Shehu disclosed that the EU observers were invited to the country by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and welcomed by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He stated that this action was a clear indication of the administration’s good intentions, commitment to a pure democratic process and desire to improve on the next elections.

The statement read: “The administration of President Buhari will work with all Nigerian citizens, state institutions, parties, civil society, the media and other experts to make sure that the improvements recommended by the EU are implemented, and that these areas of concern are addressed.

”It is noteworthy that INEC is in receipt of a number of recommendations that form a part of the EU report.

”The Presidency assures that the Commission is in safe hands and happy that they are currently engaged in root and branch reviews of the 2019 general elections and will input lessons learned into its recommendations for electoral and constitutional reforms.

”We believe that the commission conducted a good and will continue to improve on its processes and procedures,” he said.

While expressing regret that the elections in a few parts of the country witnessed some violence among other shortcomings highlighted by the EU, Shehu stated, however, that none of these hitches affected the overall outcome of the elections.

The statement continued, ”Thankfully, EU did not question the results of the election.

”This is further proof that the polls reflected the overall will of Nigerians, and that the world is solidly behind the election of President Buhari for a second term.”

 

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