The inauguration of the seventh National Assembly came with the record breaking re-emergence of Senator David Mark as the Senate President. Also re-elected was his deputy in the sixth Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.
Street Journal had reported just after the National Assembly elections that Senator Mark was lobbying other senators in order to retain the Senate’s top job. As such, his re-election did not come as a surprise to many.
The journey of Senator David Mark’s second term as the Senate president started with a motion from Senator Ndoma Egba which was seconded by Senator Smart Adeyemi. The Senate President’s appointment did not pass through voting as he was a unanimous candidate for the 108 senators. He was therefore sworn-in by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa.
Senator David Mark has been in the Senate since 1999 and his second coming as the Senate President is being viewed in some quarters as a pointer to the fact that nothing new should be expected from the upper legislative chamber.
While thanking his colleagues, the Senate President promised to continue with the collegiate leadership style that characterized the last session of the Senate.
Street Journal also gathered that the full leadership of the Senate will be made known tomorrow.
Meanwhile in the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal from Sokoto State emerged as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. He polled a total of 252 votes to defeat Mulikat Akande-Adeola from Oyo State who scored 90 votes.
Hon. Emeka Ihedioha (PDP-Imo), who was the former chief whip of the House of Representatives, was elected as the Deputy Speaker. He was unopposed.