Shouting match in Senate as lawmakers disagree on Open Ballot system

National Assembly complex

The National Assembly complex

Lawan and Ndume

There was commotion at the Senate as lawmakers disagreed on what form of voting system should be adopted to elect principal officers of the upper chamber.

Trouble started when the Clerk of the Senate, Mohammed Sani, read President Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation letter to members of the Senate, and announced that open ballot would be used for voting exercise.

This led to commotion as those who supported the idea and those opposing it engaged in a shouting match.

However, one of the contestants for the Senate Presidency, Senator Ali Ndume accepted his nomination for the Senate President which was moved by Adamawa-North Senator-elect, Ishaku Abbo of the Peoples Democratic Party and seconded by Rivers South-East senator-elect Barinada Mpigi.

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Ndume urged his colleagues to vote according to their conscience, noting that his decision to run was a tough one, and that there was a need for the Senate to be inter-dependent from the executive arm of government.

According to him, there was a need to make a legal framework for constituency project which usually causes controversy.


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