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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has demonstrated its political maneuvering with the victories of Ahmed Lawan and Ovie Omo-Agege as
President and Deputy President of the Senate and Femi Gbajabiamila as the speaker of the House of Representatives.
APC had 63 Senators, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP had 44 Senators while the Young Progressives Party (YPP) had 1 at the time of the inauguration of the Red Chambers.
The composition of the 9th House comprised 190 APC Members, 151 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 19 Members from other political parties.
However, on the June 11 when both Chambers of the National Assembly elected their presiding officers, the number was not reflected in the voting
pattern, showing how the ruling party infiltrated the ranks of the main opposition PDP and other parties.
At the polls on the floor of the Senate where Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman was visibly enforcing the party’s plan of conquest in the National
Assembly, its anointed candidate, Lawan won with 79 votes against his only rival, Ali Ndume, who pulled 28 votes despite been adopted by the PDP with 44 senators.
For the Deputy President of Senate, APC Omo-Agege garnered 68 votes to defeat PDP Ike Ekweremadu with 37 votes even as his party has 44 votes. In the House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila, the APC preferred candidate got an overwhelming victory with 281 votes against his challenger, Umar Bago from Niger State who polled 76 even though he was adopted by PDP which has 151.
In the 9th Assembly, APC did not take chances as the party immediately after the general elections microzoned the leadership positions to its
loyalists – Lawan and Gbajabiamila and unlike in 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari distanced himself from who gets what in the National… Read More...