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The nomination process commenced with Senator Abdul’aziz Yari and Senator Godswill Akpabio being put forward as candidates. After receiving the nominations, the Clerk of the Senate officially closed the nominations as there were no further candidates. The intense contest primarily revolved around Senator Yari, the former governor of Zamfara State, and Senator Akpabio, a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and ex-governor of Akwa Ibom State. Ultimately, Senator Akpabio’s popularity and support propelled him to victory, succeeding Ahmad Lawan as the Senate President.
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In a separate development, Senator Dave Umahi nominated Senator Jibrin Barau for the position of Deputy Senate President. Senator Barau’s credentials were read out, and he graciously accepted the nomination. With no other nominations put forward, the Clerk of the Red Chamber declared Senator Jibrin Barau as the Deputy Senate President without opposition. Following his successful nomination, Senator Barau took the oath of office and assumed the role of Deputy Senate President for the 10th National Assembly, succeeding Ovie Omo-Agege. The swearing-in ceremony marked the beginning of his tenure, as he joined Senator Akpabio in leading the Senate with dedication and integrity.
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This election and subsequent appointments signify a new chapter in the legislative landscape of Nigeria. Will the collective efforts of the newly elected Senate leaders, led by President Godswill Akpabio and Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, hold the promise of effective governance, legislative oversight, and the pursuit of the nation’s best interests? We will find out.
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