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Senator Abdulaziz Yari has alleged betrayal from some senators made him lose the Senate presidency race to Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Yari made this disclosure on Thursday, two days after he failed to clinch the number third citizen of Nigeria’s seat.

Akpabio, a former Akwa-Ibom State Governor and lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North-West was the anointed candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and he emerged as President of the 10th Senate on Tuesday after polling a total of 63 votes. Yari, also of the ruling party got 46 votes.

Speaking during an interview on Thursday in Abuja, Yari claimed his permutations as of 3 am on Tuesday showed that he would get at least 61 out of the 109 votes available which would have helped his dream.

However, despite feeling betrayed by the turnout of events, the former Zamfara governor believed only God knew what transpired.

“Yes, I can say there was a betrayal. That’s the truth because as we are taking stock as of 3 am, Monday-Tuesday election, we took stock of over 76. But as usual, human beings, we thought we are going to get a pullout of about 15 which we will have a comfortable 61 to win the election,” he stated.

“But it’s become the reverse which only God knows what happened. So, I feel betrayed but life continues and it’s a cycle.”

Asides from Akpabio, Senator Jibrin Barau, who represents Kano North Senatorial District, emerged unopposed as Senate Deputy President, succeeding Ovie Omo-Agege

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