The Nigerian senate has elected a new president after a short voting process on Tuesday.
Godswill Akpabio, 60, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) received 63 votes to defeat his rival, fellow party member Abdulaziz Yari.
Mr Akpabio was seen as the favourite going into the election and was backed by a majority of southern politicians for the post.
He will now lead 108 other senators who are being inaugurated on Tuesday.
Mr Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, was also a minister in the past