Saraki sworn in as SenatePresident, EkweremaduDeputy

Sen. Bukola Saraki (All Progressives
Congress-Kwara Central) was on Tuesday sworn-in as President of the Senate, while Ike Ekweremadu (Peoples Democratic Party-Enugu-West) was sworn in as Deputy Senate President.
Saraki’s swearing in by Clerk of the
National Assembly, Mr Salisu
Maikasuwa, followed his nomination by Senator Ahmed Sani (APC- Zamfara West) and seconded by Senator Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi West).
Saraki was elected unopposed by 57 out of 108 senators-elect. 51 senators, including Senator Ahmed Lawan (APC Yobe North), were not present as of 10:30 a.m. when Saraki was returned as elected.
Lawan was a major contender for the seat of the Senate President and was the choice of the APC during the Saturday mock election.
Lawan, alongside other supporters, had allegedly gone for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at resolving the impasse among the contenders.
Meanwhile, Ekweremadu was sworn as Deputy President of the Senate, after he polled 54 votes to defeat Senator Ali Ndume (APC- Borno-South), who polled 20 votes, while one vote was declared invalid.
The 9jaupdate247 Reporters gathered that the day’s activity started at 10.00 a.m. with the reading of President Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation by the Clerk of National Assembly (CNA), Alhaji Abubakar Maikasuwa. Maikasuwa later ordered the Deputy Clerk of the Senate, Mr Adedotun Durojaiye, to take roll call of the senators-elect present.
Maikasuwa, in the course of the roll call, cautioned all senators-elect against raising any Point of Order. Election then commenced at 10.30 a.m.