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BREAKING: NASS adopts secret ballot as voting commences

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The National Assembly has adopted the 2015 Standing Rule for Senate [Secret ballot] as voting exercise to decide principal officers who will preside over the affairs of the upper legislative chamber commences.

Speaking on why the 2015 Standing Rule was followed the N/Assembly Clerk, Mohammed Sani Omolori said, “I did not receive any court order directing the use of 2011 Standing Order for the election of presiding officers of the Senate.”

Recall TheNewsGuru, TNG reported yesterday that there was a court ruling which ordered the National Assembly to return to its 2011 rules which provides for open ballot.

– Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, (APC, Kebbi) North nominates Ahmed Lawan to take chair as Senate President.

Lawan speaks after nomination: Delivering his speech on the floor, Sen. Ahmed Lawan advice lawmakers that is an opportunity for all to remain United and to provide sustainable governance in the country.
He advised that they should be devoid of partisanship in carrying out their work.
“If you elect me, I’ll work with all of you. I’ll ensure that our political differences will not hinder our progress as a nation.
Shortly after his speech,
Senator Isiaku Abu, Adamawa North nominates Ali Ndume to take chair as Senate President. This was seconded by a senator from Rivers…

Ndume words after nomination: Sen. Ali Ndume on his part, advice that the office of the Senate President be removed. He said the seat should be made one among equals.
He also talked about the financing of the budget of the country. He said the timeline for the passage of the budget should not be more than three months adding that the timeline for bills passage should be taken into consideration as well.
Speaking further, the senator adviced that they should be a legal backing framework for constituency projects.
He therefore concluded saying the past senators in the country should be well utilized in lawmaking and other National Assembly matters.

The voting proper which is open secret ballot as announced by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sani Omolori is ongoing now.

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