Godswill Akpabio Elected Senate President in Landmark Election
Former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, emerged victorious in the highly anticipated election for the Senate President of the 10th Assembly. The All Progressives Congress (APC) endorsed Akpabio as their preferred candidate for the prestigious position.The contest between Akpabio and former Zamfara State Governor, Abdulazeez Yari, was eagerly watched as they vied head-to-head for the coveted role. The voting process commenced ahead of schedule, catching many observers by surprise.The Clerk of the National Assembly, Sani Tambuwal, presided over the proceedings and after a brief recess, announced Akpabio as the new Senate President. Akpabio secured a significant majority with 63 votes, while Yari obtained 46 votes.Contrary to the scheduled starting time of 10 a.m., the election commenced promptly before 9 a.m., indicating the eagerness and anticipation surrounding the outcome. Upon the call for nominations by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume, representing Borno South, nominated Godswill Akpabio for the position. Akpabio graciously accepted the nomination. On the other hand, Elisha Abbo, senator-elect for Adamawa North, put forward Abdulazeez Yari, the senator-elect for Zamfara West, as a contender.The nomination of Yari sparked discontent among some senators who protested his eligibility as a first-time senator for such a significant role. Nevertheless, the proceedings continued as planned.Following the alphabetical order, the senators cast their votes, and two representatives from each candidate’s team were assigned to count the ballots. Senators Adeola Solomon and Ali Ndume represented Senator Akpabio, while Abbo and Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, representing Ondo South Senatorial District, represented Senator Yari.In the end, it was Godswill Akpabio who emerged triumphant, capturing the majority of votes and assuming the esteemed position of Senate President. His victory is anticipated to have far-reaching implications in the Nigerian political landscape, and it remains to be seen how he will steer the 10th Assembly in his new role.