Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio has emerged the 10th National Assembly Senate President.

Akpabio, who is the anointed candidate of the All Progressives Congress, defeated Abdulaziz Yari to succeed Ahmed Lawan.

He was declared the winner of the election into the Senate Presidency on Tuesday.

Senators-elect on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted for Akpabio on the floor of the Senate.

Sorting of votes was still going on, when it was clear he had won majority of the votes of his colleagues.

The voting which was done by secret ballot began after the roll call of senators-elect by the Clerk

Nominations were received on Tuesday at the inauguration for Senator Abdul’aziz Yari and Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Senator Orji Uzor Kalu from Abia State dropped his bid for the Senate presidency and formed an alliance with Yari to contest for the deputy Senate president’s position.

The camps of Akpabio and Yari had claimed to have secured the support of a majority of senators to win the Senate presidency.

President Bola Tinubu and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had endorsed Akpabio as the consensus candidate for Senate President of the 10th NASS.

The former Akwa Ibom governor was returned elected as President of the 10th Senate after scoring 63 votes defeating Senator Yari who scored 46 votes.

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