Voting ends at the Senate as the clerk of the upper legislative chamber announces the tellers for Lawan and Ndume. He also announces that sorting of the ballots would commence immediately.
There is joy and excitement in the camp of Ahmed Lawan as some of his loyalists congratulate him. Ali Ndume is seen walking up to Lawan to shake his hands as counting of votes begins.
Ahmed Lawan wins the presidency for the ninth Senate with 79 votes against Ali Ndume who polled 28 votes. The clerk of the Senate announces Lawan as duly elected and says he becomes the president-elect.
12:18 PM National Assembly inauguration Senator Adeola Olamilekan Solomon escorts Lawan to the podium for the swearing-in as the new Senate president. He takes the oath of office.