…Gbajabiamila emerges Speaker, Picks Zamfara ex-Speaker as COS
…Says he will Shake the Table
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, Senator representing Yobe North Constituency of Yobe State has emerged the new Senate President of the 9th National Assembly with Ovie Omo-Agege, Senator representing Delta State central Constituency as his Deputy.
Senator Lawan pulled 79 votes to defeat Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume with 28 votes.
His Deputy, Senator Ovie Omo Agege also polled 68 votes against Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s 37.
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Meanwhile, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila also came out as Speaker of the 9th Federal Assembly, with Hon. Ahmed Idris as Deputy Speaker.
The Speaker thanked his peers for deeming him fit for the position and assured them of his ingenuity througout his tenure.
“The Contest for the Speakership of this 9th Assembly is now over and its time to move on. Our country is presently confronted with a myriad of problems and it is our responsibility as members of this institution to set aside political , ideological and other differences that may distract us from the assignment the Nigerian people have sent us here to perform”, he said.
“We must roll up our sleeves, settle down and attend to the peoples business. Whatever political party each one of us may belong, we must be conscious of the fact that Nigerians are truly desirous of good governance and are looking to us to be the agents that will through meaningful legislation combat security, poverty, corruption and other problems and contradictions that have held our country back and stunted our development”, he added.
“Our vision is very simple, and that is to use the legislative platform and the instrumentality of the law to make Nigeria a better and more perfect union”.
“The 9th Assembly under my leadership is going to be a House of reforms…the reforms will be dished out piecemeal and at intervals so as not to shock the system… it will not be business as usual and we will be shaking the table just a little. We will be introducing various reforms that will reposition this institution but please be rest assured that they will be for the greater good”, he assured.
“The House must be reformed before the country can be reformed”, he stressed.
The Speaker immediately announced his appointment of Hon. Sanusi Rikiji, former Speaker of Zamfara State as his Chief of Staff. “Hon Sanusi comes with a wealth of legislative experience and I believe his inclusion in this Assembly will add immense value”, he maintained.
It will be recalled that Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey also emerged Speaker of the 7th Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly on Monday, June 10.