Former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been declared the new speaker of the ninth House of Representatives.
Mr Gbajabiamila scored a total of 281 votes to beat his rival, Umar Bago, who scored 76 votes.
After a secret ballot voting which lasted for over 3 hours, the clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, announced Mr Gbajabiamila’s victory to the cheers of many of his supporters.
“Femi Gbajabiamila, having secured the majority of the votes counted is hereby returned elected and declared speaker of the house,” he said.
Mr Gbajabiamila and Ahmed Lawan, the new Senate president, were backed by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in their bid for the National Assembly’s highest positions.
Concurrently, Ahmed Wase from Plateau State has been declared the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.
Mr Wase emerged unopposed after he was nominated for the office by Sada Soli from Katsina State.
He is the All Progressives Congress’ most preferred candidate for the office.
He was on a joint ticket with the new speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.