Honourable Yakubu Dogara has emerged as the Speaker of the House of Representatives after defeating Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila in an election conducted in the House minutes ago.
Mr. Dogara scored 182 votes while Mr. Ggajabiamila polled 174.
Mr. Dogara is emerging the speaker against the wish of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, which had on Saturday conducted a mock election to choose Mr. Gbajabiamila as the party’s official candidate.
His chances to win the post received a boost early Tuesday when the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, adopted him as its candidate and advised its members to vote for the Bauchi lawmaker.