Lawan, Gbajabiamila Seek Reconciliation After Victory

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•Omo-Agege emerges deputy Senate president, Wase clinches deputy speakership
•Buhari, Saraki, govs, events congratulate winners
•Oshiomhole: Defiant lawmakers will probably be penalised

Chuks Okocha, Deji Elumoye, Shola Oyeyipo and Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja

With their victories yesterday within the elections of presiding officers for the Ninth Nationwide Meeting, Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Home of Representatives Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, have vowed to place the bitterly-fought campaigns for the posts behind them and work in the direction of uniting members of the 2 legislative chambers to current a united entrance in attaining their legislative agendas.

Sources near the 2 principal officers advised THISDAY yesterday, shortly after their elections, that their important priorities was to make sure that no matter ill-feelings that arose within the means of their emergence as presiding officers have been assuaged so the legislature would current a united entrance and never be distracted by the type of crises that bedevilled the Eighth Nationwide Meeting, whose presiding officers, Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara whose emergence was tainted by accusation of perfidy towards them.
Earlier within the day, Lawan had defeated his major challenger and a fellow All Progressives Congress (APC) member, Senator Ali Ndume by 79 votes to 28 to be elected the Senate president.

Within the race for the Senate deputy presidency, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, additionally of the APC, polled 68 votes to defeat his predecessor, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), who garnered 37votes.
Within the Home of Representatives, Gbajabiamila of the APC, with 281 votes trounced his rival and get together mate, Hon. Umar Bago, who scored a meager 76 votes.

Nevertheless, within the deputy speakership election, Hon. Idris Wase emerged unopposed.
Lawan, Gbajabiamila and their deputies’ elections have elicited a wave of congratulatory messages from President Muhammadu Buhari, Saraki, governors, former Abia State Governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in addition to APC and PDP.

The street to victory started for Lawan when the Clerk of the Nationwide Meeting (CNA), Mr. Mohammed Sani-Omolori, learn the proclamation letter from Buhari and knowledgeable the senators-elect that the open-secret voting technique can be adopted for the election.
Some APC senators-elect, led by Barau Jibrin ( Kano North) protested.

They stated: ” No! No!! No!!! Didn’t you obtain courtroom judgment,” in obvious reference to an Abuja Excessive Courtroom order that suspended the 2015 Standing Guidelines, which really helpful open-secret poll system be used for the election of Senate presiding officers.
However the CNA stated ordinarily he wouldn't have replied the query however he would achieve this out of courtesy.
“I additionally heard concerning the order however I've not been served so we'll go in response to the 2015 Standing Guidelines of the Senate which made provision for open-secret mode of voting,” he added.

The CNA directed the Clerk of the Senate, Mr. Nelson Ayewoh, to take a headcount of the senators-elect current earlier than continuing for the election.
Whereas Lawan was nominated by an APC senator-elect, a PDP senator-elect nominated Ndume for the Senate presidency.
On the shut of voting, Lawan emerged winner with 79 votes as towards 28 votes scored by Ndume.
For the deputy Senate presidency race, Omo-Agege polled 68 votes to beat Ekweremadu who polled 37 votes.

In his acceptance speech, Lawan stated he can be truthful to all his colleagues, irrespective political, ethnic or spiritual affiliation.
In response to him, the Senate underneath his management will do justice to all, to make sure that it performs its position for the good thing about Nigerians.
He stated: “Elections are over. It exhibits that we voted for a united Senate and it's clear that the result is bipartisan.
“All events, together with the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) and Younger Progressives Get together(YPP), voted for me and with this consequence, the Ninth Senate is able to take off as a united Senate.

“Right now means so many issues. It's the graduation of one other decade of our democracy and we'll work to make sure greatest international parliamentary apply amongst different issues.”
Lawan stated he would guarantee a secured and affluent future for all Nigerians, including: “I’ll run a Senate that might be conscious of the wants of the plenty on whose mandate we're on the Senate.”
He referred to as for the help of his colleagues to make sure a strong Senate, saying that, “we won't accept something lower than the perfect. We'll dream huge, purpose excessive and take good initiatives.”

He stated the Senate would work in collaboration with the chief, to deal with cattle rustling, kidnapping and different crimes.
Beneath his management, the legislature may also work in the direction of discovering lasting options to the tutorial challenges within the nation.
He stated it was embarrassing to have about 14 million youngsters out of faculty.
On his half, Ndume congratulated Lawan on his victory, saying he is able to help him.
He expressed his readiness to work with Lawan within the curiosity of the nation.

Ndume described Lawan as a well-experienced lawmaker who was 4 years forward of him, including that he fortunately contested the election in tandem with the tenets of democracy.
He expressed hope that APC wouldn't see his motion as a riot, however as a step taken in deepening democracy.
“I hope the social gathering would agree with me that what I did was within the curiosity of democracy and I do know that energy belongs to God. It’s God’s will that my colleague turns into the president,” he stated.

Ekweremadu, whereas additionally pledging his help to Lawan, stated he contested for the Senate deputy presidency to not win however to show some extent.
“I consider there have to be a referendum. Take a look at what occurred on a day I used to be presiding and the chambers have been invaded. It's embarrassing that somebody who led that operation will take a bow and all of us stroll house prefer it doesn't matter. I needed a state of affairs the place we might current a referendum in respect of what transpired.

“Early this morning, we weren't minded to run for any workplace, we thought that our associates in APC would current a consensus candidate that we might all be pleased with. We didn't need a state of affairs the place we might say what occurred right here and you then come and endorse similar individual deputy president of the Senate. We have to exonerate ourselves. It was not a contest to win or lose, I needed to make some extent,” Ekweremadu stated.
He later took to his social media handles after the inauguration of the Ninth Senate to congratulate Lawan and Omo-Agege on their elections.

Gbajabiamila Emerges Speaker

Within the Home of Representatives, it was a clean transition for Gbajabiamila, who was the bulk chief within the Eighth Meeting to turn into speaker of the extant legislature.
He was nominated by the Director-Common, Gbajabiamila/Idris Wase Marketing campaign Organisation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, representing the Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency whereas Hon. Linda Ikpeazu of the PDP seconded the nomination.

Gbajabiamila, representing Surulere I, Lagos State, polled 281 votes out of 358 forged by his colleagues to defeat his Bago, representing Chanchagi Federal Constituency, Niger State, who acquired meager 76.
Sani-Omolori who pronounced Gbajabiamila because the speaker-elect, stated: “Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, having secured the very best variety of votes over and above the required variety of votes, has been returned because the speaker of the Home.”

Wase, who additionally emerged deputy speaker was returned unopposed by members.
In his inaugural speech, Gbajabiamila stated after the election, it was time to work within the curiosity of Nigeria and Nigerians.
He assured his colleagues that his management would work with each member, regardless of their get together affiliation.
He stated: “No higher honour could be finished a person than to be elected by his friends as their chief and normal bearer. That is the honour you could have given me right now and from the underside of my coronary heart, I say thanks.

“I perceive that I maintain this workplace in belief for you and Nigerians. Acutely aware of this sacred belief, I hereby dedicate myself to the service of this honourable Home and of the great residents of this nice nation, with the dedication that I shall always attempt to defend the structure of our republic.
“I equally commit myself to all the time observe the tenets of justice, fairness and equity in my dealings with my colleagues, and to use the beliefs of transparency, probity and accountability in my administration of the affairs of this honourable Home.

“The competition for the speakership of this Ninth Meeting is now over and it's time to transfer on. Our nation is presently confronted with a myriad of issues and it's our duty as members of this establishment to put aside political, ideological and different variations which will distract us from the task the Nigerian individuals have despatched us right here to carry out.
“There's much more that unite us than divide us. There's a lot work to be accomplished and we should now pull collectively, roll up our sleeves, calm down and attend to the peoples’ enterprise.

“No matter political celebration every one in every of us might belong, we should take heed to the truth that Nigerians are really desirous of excellent governance and wish to us to be the brokers that may via significant laws fight safety, poverty, corruption and different issues and contradictions which have held our nation again and stunted our improvement.”
He instantly introduced the appointment of a former Speaker of Zamfara State Home of Meeting, Hon. Sanusi Rikiji, as his chief of employees.

Buhari Congratulates New Principal Officers

Congratulatory messages began pouring in for Lawan, Gbajabiamila and others instantly after their elections with the president, saluting their doggedness.
Buhari, in a press release by his Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, additionally saluted all nationwide legislators and their political events for his or her show of patriotism and non-partisanship earlier than and in the course of the elections.
He recommended the clear and truthful nature of the voting course of, adjudging it as a plus for the democracy within the nation.

Buhari described the emergence of the brand new leaders of the legislative department of presidency as “a brand new daybreak, totally different from duplicity and perfidy of the quick previous.”
He, nevertheless, charged the winners to make use of their exalted positions for the upper curiosity of the nation, her individuals, and for the expansion of democracy.

”The chief doesn't want a rubber stamp legislature. Whereas separation of powers is important, collaboration amongst all arms of presidency ought to be the secret. Opposition needn't be virulent,” he stated.
The president urged contestants who misplaced out to be gallant in defeat and be a part of palms with the victors who ought to exhibit magnanimity and eschew vindictiveness.

Saraki, Okowa, Sanwo-Olu Greet Lawan, Gbajabiamila

Additionally, Saraki, Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and his Lagos State counterpart, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, congratulated Lawan and Gbajabiamila on their elections as presiding officers.
In a press release by his Particular Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki additionally congratulated Omo-Agege and Wase on their elections.
“As you set forth in your legislative endeavours within the subsequent 4 years, I ask that you simply all the time put the Nigerian individuals first in all that you simply do and shield the integrity of the legislative establishment,” he stated.

On his half, Okowa, in a press release in Asaba, lauded the resilience and political sagacity of the newly-elected presiding officers.
He recommended members of each chambers for his or her selection of leaders, noting that Nigerians are eagerly ready for a vibrant and unbiased Nationwide Meeting to make good legal guidelines for the great governance, safety and welfare of the individuals.
Sanwo-Olu, in a press release by his Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gbenga Akosile, described Lawan’s and Gbajabiamila’s victories as outcomes of focus, onerous work, resilience and staff spirit.

He stated the keenly contested elections in each chambers of the Nationwide Meeting indicated the deepening democratic tradition in Nigeria.
He urged the newly-elected principal officers to see their new positions as a heavy duty as a result of in response to him, “Management itself is duty’’.

APC: Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Others Emergence a Triumph of Democracy

The APC described the emergence of Lawan because the president of the Senate, Omo-Agege as Senate deputy president, Gbajabiamila as speaker and Wase as deputy speaker as a triumph of democracy over brazen anti-democratic forces within the opposition celebration.
The celebration, in a press release yesterday by its Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated the landslide victory by APC candidates was a triumph of inner democracy, anchored on consensus constructing.

The ruling social gathering stated the help of the Nationwide Meeting would stay essential as an arm of presidency to allow the APC-led administration to proceed to ship on its present scheme of provision of infrastructure all through the nation to spice up financial improvement; present jobs to the citizenry; and to extend the tempo of social investments and empowerment of our individuals.

PDP Salutes New N’Meeting Management

The PDP Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) additionally congratulated the Ninth Nationwide Meeting for its profitable inauguration.
The celebration, in a press release, recommended all those that made the competition strong for serving to to deepen democratic apply.
It stated it might all the time stand on the aspect of decency and utmost respect for the establishment of the Nationwide Meeting and the values Nigerians maintain as a individuals.

“The Ninth Nationwide Meeting subsequently should work exhausting to save lots of our nation from the prevailing despondency brought on by the misrule of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, by successfully making use of its statutory legislative devices to ensure good governance and monetary prudence, curb corruption, examine the excesses of the chief and shield the rights of Nigerians from incessant violations,” PDP added.

Kalu Hail New Management

In his response to the emergence of latest management for the legislature, Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Dr. Orji Kalu, congratulated Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Omo-Agege and Wase on their elections.
In response to him, the brand new management of the Nationwide Meeting will develop and maintain a harmonious relationship with the chief and judiciary arms of presidency.
Kalu described the newly-elected officers as skilled parliamentarians with the capability to drive the affairs of the nationwide meeting.

Oshiomhole: APC Will Self-discipline Errant Lawmakers

Additionally yesterday, APC Nationwide Chairman, Adams Oshiohmole, stated his celebration would look into the actions of recalcitrant members of the Nationwide Meeting who contested towards the social gathering’s decisions.
Oshiohmole advised Nationwide Meeting correspondents after Gbajabiamila and Wase have been elected that those that assume one thing was improper with the ruling celebration have been humbled by the victory of the celebration’s most popular candidates within the Senate and within the Home of Representatives.

“We've got guidelines. We anticipate individuals to obey the rule and the principles of democracy are clear. When we've got taken a place as a celebration, we anticipate social gathering members to conform. We'll take a look at the structure and we'll see what does it say about individuals who resort to deviant behaviors,” he added.

Why Ekweremadu Ran towards Omo-Agege

Ike Ekweremadu

In the meantime, it was learnt that Ekweremadu determined on the final minute to run towards Omo-Agege after the PDP gathered that the APC senator’s primary challenger whom the opposition social gathering senators-elect had determined to again, Senator Francis Alimikhena, may again out from the race.
The choice turned needed when the get together’s Senate caucus, having reached a choice to not vote Omo-Agege, for his alleged position within the theft of the Senate mace within the Eighth Meeting.
In line with sources, it was to fill within the hole that Ekweremadu was mandated to run towards Omo-Agege.

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