Ike Ekweremadu, a Nigerian lawyer from Enugu state and member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has retained his position as deputy senate president of the national assembly.
Ekweremadu’s challenger, Ali Ndume of the All Progressives Congress (APC), conceded the election by giving the winner a big hug long before the official announcement of votes polled. Ekweremadu, who has been deputy senate president since 2007, polled 54 votes while Ndume had 20.
He was sworn in immediately after the announcement of the result. A total of 75 votes were cast, but one was voided. Ekweremadu’s emergence had been anticipated as PDP’s reward for helping to enthrone Bukola Saraki as senate president, against the wish of the APC leadership.
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