The lawmaker representing Zaria Federal Constituency, Tajudeen Abbas, has emerged as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Abbas, who was elected in an “openly declare” ballot system was elected by members of the House on Tuesday.
He defeated fellow contenders – Ahmed Wase and Sani Jaji, who polled three votes each.
Abbas, who polled 353 votes, emerged as Speaker after a roll call of members-elect, 359 out of 360 members are participating in the process of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly.
A significant majority of the members-elect have “openly declared” their votes for Abbas.
There were three contestants in the race, with the winner expected to defeat the others by a simple majority.
Abbas, after crossing the winning margin in the election, defeated his opponents: outgoing Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, and Sani Jaji, who polled three votes, respectively.