Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has congratulated the newly elected Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan.
Sanwo-Olu tweeted his congratulatory message a few minutes after the Yobe State born Senator defeated his rival Senator Ali Ndume on June 11, 2019.
Lawan polled 78 votes while 28 members voted for Ndume, who had refused to step down for Lawan despite several persuasion by the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the presidency.
Lawan took an oath of office shortly after he was declared the winner, making him the 9th President of the Senate. He succeeds Bukola Saraki, who failed to make it the Upper Legislative Chamber.
“Congratulations to the freshly minted Senate President, Ahmed Lawan of the 9th National Assembly”
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) June 11, 2019
Also, a member of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Femi Fani-Kayode wished the new president of the Senate the best.
“Congratulations to Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan who has emerged as Nigeria’s Senate President. May God guide you,” the controversial politician tweeted.
Congratulations to Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan who has emerged as Nigeria's Senate President. May God guide you.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 11, 2019
Fani-Kayode was the former Aviation Minister under the administration of former Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan.
Thousands of his admirers have also taken to the social media to send congratulatory messages to the 9th President of the Senate.
Lawan got 73.8% percent of the vote. Note only did he win by the most votes, he also got more than 2/3 of the votes cast. He starts out as a popular Senate President on this account.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 11, 2019
Ahmed Lawan is a party man. From APP to ANPP to APC. Legislator per excellence. Senate leader to Senate President.
And now his watch begins!
— Ismaeel (@IsmaeelAhmedB) June 11, 2019
Congratulations Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan. Newly elected Senate president. Wish you the very best in office. pic.twitter.com/XbfAz9AoeV
— SENATOR BINANI FORUM (@aisha_binani) June 11, 2019
Congratulation to our Humble Senate President; Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, may Almighty Allah guide and protect you throughout your regime.
The good people of Yobe are proud of you.
— MK Abakar ?SPAIL (@abakar_spawa) June 11, 2019
VIDEO: Senator Ahmed Lawan takes Oath of allegiance as the Senate President of the 9th Assembly and the 14th Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. ?? pic.twitter.com/rrSsuLEpDy
— The Future Leader ?? (@Future_Leader) June 11, 2019
Sen. Ahmed Lawan: 79
Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume: 28
Thank you our friends from the other side.
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) June 11, 2019
Wishing Senator Ahmed Lawan the very best as the President Of the @NGRSenate Of 9th Assembly. With the president now having HIS candidate as the chairman of National Assembly, I pray this will bring an end to excuses & blame game and Nigerians can get dividends of democracy
— Bamikole Banks Omisore (@MrBanksOmishore) June 11, 2019
Ahmed Lawan as a Senate President, controlled by Buhari is worrisome but we should be more worried that our options were limited to Lawan & Ndume #NASS
Focused nations are being led by people with 21st century ideas we are here applauding mediocrity
Nigeria is finished pic.twitter.com/QZICIkrRjR
— The Hénry Nevoír (@Hxnry_Nevoir) June 11, 2019
OUR NEW PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE FOR THE NINTH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, SENATOR AHMED LAWAN. CONGRATULATIONS TO SENATOR AHMED LAWAN, PRESIDENT BUHARI AND TO APC. GOD BLESS NIGERIA. HURRAY. APC APC APC, NEXT LEVEL NEXT LEVEL NEXT LEVEL pic.twitter.com/bB9HNmaI16
— salako kehinde (@salakokehinde8) June 11, 2019
Congrats President of the Senate, Sen Ahmed Lawan. The task ahead is a super tough one. Being the num 3 citizen is indeed a herculean task. Moreover, our party the APC is entering a difficult phase ahead of the 2023 elections. Yours, is a history making moment. Handle with care! pic.twitter.com/2Ri77ELtvJ
— Peacock (@dawisu) June 11, 2019