David Mark retains Senate presidency… as Aminu Tambuwal from Sokoto is Rep Speaker

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David Mark, emerges new Senate Leader

David Mark has been re-elected president of the Seventh Senate session. He was re-elected with his deputy in the sixth Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.

Both were adopted on Monday during the inauguration of the seventh assembly. Their re-election was hardly unexpected, as both men got the endorsement of almost every senator before today.

Mr Mark’s return as the Senate president followed a motion moved by Ndoma Egba and seconded by Smart Adeyemi. Mr Mark was a unanimous candidate for the 108 sitting senators and did not pass through voting. He was sworn-in immediately by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa.

Mr Mark, a retired army general, has set a record for being the only Senate president to earn a second term in office. He holds the record for leading the most stable Senate since 1999. He lasted a full four-year term as Senate president and has been in the Senate since the fourth session was inaugurated in 1999.

Born in Otukpo, Benue State, on April 8, 1948, Mr Mark is married with children. He said he is deeply humbled by the solidarity shown him by his peers in the Senate.

“This sends a strong signal about the new Nigerian spirit, the birth of a new National Assembly, and the increasing maturity of our democracy. I promise to continue with, and even deepen the collegiate leadership style, which was the hallmark of the last session,” Mr Mark said while thanking his colleagues at the Senate.

The sixth Senate session, which ended the previous day, is adjudged to be the most stable the country has had since 1999. It had little skirmishes and there was not even an impeachment threat on the office of the Senate president, compared with last session.

With the two topmost principal officers elected, the Senate is now set to announce its full leadership line up by Tuesday.

House of Representative

Aminu Tambuwal (PDP Sokoto) on Monday emerged the new speaker of the House of Representatives . He scored 252 votes to defeat his opponent, Mulikat Akande-Adeola (PDP-Oyo) who scored 90 votes. The total votes cast was 340, with eight invalid votes and one member abstaining.

Mr Tambuwal’s nomination was made by Emmanuel Jime ( PDP-Benue) and seconded by Nnenna Ukeje (PDP-Abia).
The new Speaker, 45-year-old lawyer, was elected into the House for the first term in 2003. He represents Kebbi/Tambuwal federal constituency of Sokoto State.
The election, which was conducted through an open secret- ballot system, was handled by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa.
Emeka Ihedioha (PDP-Imo), who was the former chief whip of the House of Representatives, was elected unopposed the Deputy Speaker.
Musa Adar (PDP-Sokoto), the former chairman, House of Representatives committee on electoral matters nominated him while Friday Itulah seconded.

House of Representative

Aminu Tambuwal (PDP Sokoto) on Monday emerged the new speaker of the House of Representatives . He scored 252 votes to defeat his opponent, Mulikat Akande-Adeola (PDP-Oyo) who scored 90 votes. The total votes cast was 340, with eight invalid votes and one member abstaining.

Mr Tambuwal’s nomination was made by Emmanuel Jime ( PDP-Benue) and seconded by Nnenna Ukeje (PDP-Abia).
The new Speaker, 45-year-old lawyer, was elected into the House for the first term in 2003. He represents Kebbi/Tambuwal federal constituency of Sokoto State.
The election, which was conducted through an open secret- ballot system, was handled by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa.
Emeka Ihedioha (PDP-Imo), who was the former chief whip of the House of Representatives, was elected unopposed the Deputy Speaker.
Musa Adar (PDP-Sokoto), the former chairman, House of Representatives committee on electoral matters nominated him while Friday Itulah seconded.

HON. AMINU WAZIRI TAMBUWAL..the new Speaker Federal House Of Representatives Former Title: Deputy Chief Whip
Date of Birth: 10/01/1966
Marital Status: Married
Political Party Affiliation: People’s Democratic Party ( PDP )
State: Sokoto
Senatorial District: Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency
Date Elected 20/01/2010
Seat Up Date: 29/05/2011
Education: Barister at Law, Nigerian Law School
Occupation: Legal Practitioner
Previous Elected Office:
Legistlative Experience: Personal Asst. to Senate Leader
Committee Membership:
Previous Appointments:
Awards & Honours: N.B.A 1998
Interest(s) Judiciary, Human Rights and Rural Transformation
Achievement(s) Delivery of good and lasting democratic dividends to Nigerians through responsive legislation.

 

Addition By Emmanuel Ogala, NEXT