NINTH SENATE ASSEMBLY SET The 9th National Assembly will see a new nomenclature of Senators at the Red Chambers when they are inaugurated on 8th June, 2019. They filed forward at the International Conference Centre Abuja on Thursday, 14th March to collect their Certificate of Returns (COR) from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that moderated the elections. A very good number of the outgoing 8th NASS members had lost in the party primaries and were not in line for a shot to their seats in the 9th Assembly. The February 23rd and March 9th supplementary elections had the following victors who have collected their COR and are warming up for their swearing in. INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION 2019 SENATORIAL ELECTION 23RD FEBRUARY AND MARCH 9 SUPPLEMENTARY, LIST OF ELECTED CANDIDATES STATE – SN DISTRICT – CANDIDATE – GENDER – PARTY – REMARKS ABIA 1  NORTH – KALU ORJI UZOR (M) APC 2  CENTRAL – ORJI THEODORE AHAMEFULE (M) PDP
AKWA IBOM 7 NORTH EAST – AKPAN BASSEY ALBERT (M) PDP 8 NORTH WEST – CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN EKPENYONG (M) PDP 9 SOUTH – EYAKENYI AKON ETIM (M) PDP ANAMBRA 10 NORTH – ODUAH STELLA ADAEZE PRINCESS (F) PDP 11 CENTRAL – UCHE LILIAN EKWUNIFE (F) PDP 12 SOUTH – PATRICK IFEANYI UBAH (M) YPP BAUCHI 13 SOUTH- CANDIDATE TO BE DETERMINED APC BY COURT ORDER 14 CENTRAL – JIKA DAUDA HALLIRU (M) APC 15 NORTH – BULKACHUWA ADAMU MUHAMMAD (M) APC BAYELSA 16 EAST – DEGI EREMIENYO BIOBARAKU WANGAGRA (M) APC 17 CENTRAL –  DIRI DOUYE (M) PDP 18 WEST – EWHRUDJAKPO LAWRENCE O. (M) PDP BENUE 19 NORTH EAST – GABRIEL TORWUA SUSWAM (M) PDP 20 NORTH WEST – EMMANUEL YISA ORKER-JEV (M) PDP 21 SOUTH – PATRICK ABBA MORO (M) PDP BORNO 22 NORTH – ABUBAKAR SHAIB (M) APC 23 CENTRAL – SHETTIMA KASHIM (M) APC 24 SOUTH – NDUME MOHAMMED ALI (M) APC CROSS RIVER 25 NORTH – OKO ROSE OKOJI (F) PDP 26 CENTRAL – ONOR SANDY OJANG (M) PDP 27 SOUTH – BASSEY GERSHOM HENRY (M) PDP   DELTA 28 CENTRAL – OMO-AGEGE OVIE AUGUSTINE (M) APC 29 NORTH – NWAOBOSHI PETER ONYELUKA (M) PDP 30 SOUTH – MANAGER JAMES EBIOWOU (M) PDP EBONYI 31 NORTH – EGWU SAMUEL OMINYI (M) PDP 32 CENTRAL – OGBA JOSEPH OBINNA (M) PDP 33 SOUTH – MICHEAL AMA NNACHI (M) PDP EDO 34 CENTRAL – ORDIA AKHIMIENMONA CLIFFFORD (M) PDP 35 NORTH – ALIMIKHENA FRANCIS ASEKHAME (M) APC 36 SOUTH – URHOGHIDE MATTHEW AISAGBONRIODION (M) PDP EKITI 37 NORTH – ADETUNMBI OLUBUNMI AYODEJI (M) APC 38 CENTRAL – BAMIDELE MICHEAL OPEYEMI (M) APC 39 SOUTH – ADEYEYE CLEMENT ADEBAYO (M) APC ENUGU 40 EAST – NNAMANI CHIMAROKE OGBONNIA (M) PDP 41 WEST – EKWEREMADU IKE (M) PDP 42 NORTH – UTAZI GODFREY CHUKWUKA (M) PDP GOMBE 43 CENTRAL – GOJE MOHAMMED DANJUMA (M) APC 44 SOUTH – AMOS BULUS KILAWANGS (M) APC 45 NORTH – ALKALI SAIDU AHMED (M) APC   IMO 46 EAST – ONYEWUCHI EZENWA FRANCIS (M) PDP 47 WEST – DECLARATION MADE UNDER DURESS 48 NORTH – Pending. JIGAWA 49 SOUTH WEST – MOHAMMED SABO (M) APC 50 NORTH EAST – HASSAN IBRAHIM HADEIJA (M) APC 51 NORTH WEST – SANKARA DANLADI ABDULLAHI (M) APC KADUNA 52 NORTH – KWARI SULEIMAN ABDU (M) APC 53 CENTRAL – SANI UBA (M) APC 54 SOUTH – LAAH DANJUMA TELLA (M) PDP KANO 55 CENTRAL – SHEKARAU IBRAHIM (M) APC 56 NORTH – BARAU JIBRIN I. (M) APC 57 SOUTH – GAYA IBRAHIM KABIRU (M) APC KATSINA 58 NORTH – BABBA AHMAD KAITA (M) APC 59 SOUTH – MANDIYA BELLO (M) APC 60 CENTRAL – ABDULLAHI KABIR (M) APC KEBBI 61 NORTH – ABDULLAHI ABUBAKAR YAHAYA (M) APC 62 CENTRAL – ADAMU MAINASARA ALIERO MUHAMMAD (M) APC 63 SOUTH – NA ALLAH BALA IBN (M) APC   KOGI 64 CENTRAL – YAKUBU OSENI (M) APC 65 EAST – ISAH JIBRIN (M) APC 66 WEST – MELAYE DANIEL DINO (M) PDP KWARA 67 NORTH – UMAR SULEIMAN SADIQ (M) APC 68 CENTRAL – OLORIEGBE YAHAYA IBRAHIM (M) APC 69 SOUTH – ASHIRU OYELOLA YISA (M) APC LAGOS 70 CENTRAL – TINUBU OLUREMI SHADE (F) APC 71 EAST – OSINOWO SIKIRU ADEBAYO (M) APC 72 WEST – ADEOLA SOLOMAN OLAMILEKAN (M) APC NASARAWA 73 NORTH – AKWASHIKI GODIYA (M) APC 74 WEST – ABDULLAHI ADAMU (M) APC 75 SOUTH – AL-MAKURA UMARU TANKO (M) APC NIGER 76 EAST – MOHAMMED SANI MUSA (M) APC 77 NORTH – ABDULLAHI ALIYU SABI (M) APC 78 SOUTH – BIMA MUHAMMAD ENAGI (M) APC OGUN 79 CENTRAL – AMOSUN IBIKUNLE OMOLAJA (M) APC 80 EAST – MUSTAPHA RAMONI OLALEKAN (M) APC 81 WEST – ODEBIYI TOLULOPE AKINREMI (M) APC   ONDO 82 NORTH – BOROFACE ROBERT AJAYI (M) APC 83 CENTRAL – AKINYELURE PATRICK AYO (M) PDP 84 SOUTH – TOFOWOMO NICHOLAS OLUBUKOLA (M) PDP OSUN 85 CENTRAL – SURAJUDEEN AJIBOLA BASIRU (M) APC 86 EAST – FADAHUNSI FRANCIS ADENIGBA (M) PDP 87 WEST – ORIOLOWO ADELERE ADEYEMI (M) APC OYO 88 CENTRAL – FOLARIN TESLIM KOLAWOLE (M) APC 89 NORTH – BUHARI ABDULFATAI (M) APC 90 SOUTH – KOLA ADEMOLA BALOGUN (M) PDP PLATEAU 91 SOUTH – LONGJAN IGNATIUS DATONG (M) APC 92 CENTRAL – DIMKA HEZEKIAH AYU (M) PDP RIVERS 94 EAST SUPPLEMENTARY 95 SOUTH EAST – MPIGI BARINADA (M) PDP 96 WEST SUPPLEMENTARY SOKOTO 97 EAST – GOBIR IBRAHIM ABDULLAHI (M) APC 98 NORTH – WAMAKO ALIYU MAGATAKARDA (M) APC 99 SOUTH – SHEHU ABUBAKAR TAMBUWAL (M) APC TARABA 100 SOUTH – BWACHA EMMANUEL (M) PDP 101 CENTRAL – YUSUF ABUBAKAR YUSUF (M) APC 102 NORTH – ISA SHUAIBU LAU (M) PDP YOBE 103 EAST – GAIDAM IBRAHIM ALHAJI (M) APC 104 NORTH – IBRAHIM AHMAD LAWAL (M) APC 105 SOUTH – BOMAI IBRAHIM MOHAMMED (M) APC ZAMFARA 106 NORTH – KAURA TIJJANI YAHAYA (M) APC 107 CENTRAL – ALIYU IKRA BILBIS (M) APC 108 WEST – ABUBAKAR ABDUL’AZIZ YARI (M) APC FCT 109 FCT – TANIMU PHILIP ADUDA (M) PDP Leadership Newspapers had reported that about 42 of the 109 serving senators, representing 38.5 per cent will not be returning to the Upper Legislative Chamber due to their inability to secure return tickets in their various political parties. The remaining sixty-seven of the 109 serving senators, representing 61.5% that secured return tickets from their parties, may not scale the final hurdle of return bid on the day of the Presidential and National Assembly elections. “Those who will be missing include the former governor of Plateau State, Joshua Dariye, because he is currently serving a 14-year jail term. Others are: Gbenga Ashafa (APC, Lagos East), Lanre Tejuoso (APC, Ogun Central), Fatima Raji Rasaki (APC, Ekiti Central), Sola Adeyeye (APC, Osun Central) and Babajide Omoworare (APC, Osun East). Others are: Gilbert Nnaji (PDP, Enugu East), Emmanuel Paulker (PDP, Bayelsa Central), Ben Murray Bruce (PDP Bayelsa West), Fosta Ogola (PDP, Bayelsa South), Ahmed Abubakar (APC Adamawa South), Rafiu Ibrahim (PDP, Kwara South), Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North) and David Umoru (APC Niger East) Also among those not returning to Senate in 2019 are: Senators Ahmed Sani Yerima (APC, Zamfara East), Bukkar Abba Ibrahim (APC, Yobe East), Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South), Abubakar Kyari (APC, Borno North), Buruji Kashamu (PDP, Ogun East), and Kaka Gabbai (APC, Borno Central). Others are: Jonah Jang (PDP, Plateau North), Jeremiah Useni (PDP, Plateau South), David Mark (PDP, Benue South), Philip Gyunka (PDP, Nasarawa North), Sam Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East), Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako (APC Adamawa Central) and Usman Bayero Nafada (PDP Gombe North). Also in the category are: Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara Central), Shaaba Lafiagi (PDP, Kwara North), Ademola Adeleke (PDP, Osun West), Sonny Ogborji (APC, Ebonyi South), John Enoh (APC, Cross Rivers Central), Gbolahan Dada (APC, Ogun West) and Hope Uzodinma (APC, Imo West). Senators Enoh, Ogborji, Nyako and Useni are now governorship candidates in Cross River, Ebonyi, Adamawa and Plateau states respectively. In Bayelsa, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, denied Senator Ogola (Bayelsa West) the PDP return ticket. Ewhrudjakpo, who is Governor Seriake Dickson’s ally, polled 247 votes to defeat Senator Ogola who polled two votes at the PDP primaries. Also Senator Bruce, popularly called ‘common sense’ withdrew from the race few hours to the exercise. Those who lost their ticket to other contestants include : Senator Gilbert Nnaji who lost the PDP ticket to former Governor Chimaroke Nnamani for Enugu East senatorial district and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rule and Business, Baba Kaka Garbai, lost the Borno Central ticket to Governor Kashim Shettima .Senator Fatima Rasaki who recently defected from PDP to APC, lost the Ekiti Central senatorial district ticket to the Director General of Fayemi Campaign Organization and former member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele. Senator Lafiagi who contested for the PDP gubernatorial ticket but lost in Kwara state, was replaced by Alhaji Abubakar Sanni, Deputy Chairman of the old PDP. In Kwara South, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim stepped down his ambition to accommodate the emergence of Governor Abdulfattai Ahmed. In Osun State, the three senators, Senate Chief Whip, Prof. Sola Adeyeye, Babajide Omoworare and Senator Ademola Adeleke, lost their return tickets. While Prof. Sola Adeyeye, lost the return ticket for Osun Central to Basiru Ajibola, Babajide Omoworare (Osun East) lost to Hon. Ajibola Famurewa. However, Senator Ademola Adeleke (PDP) is not returning to the Senate because he still in Court pursuing his governorship ambition in court. In Lagos, Senator Ashafa lost his return ticket to a member of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Bayo Osinowo. General Jeremiah Useni has secured the PDP governorship ticket in Plateau, hence he is not returning to Upper Chamber. However, former Governor Jonah Jang, who lost out in the PDP presidential ticket will not be returning to the senate in 2019. The two APC senators, Lanre Tejuoso (Ogun Central) and Gbolahan Dada (Ogun West) have been replaced at the legislative primary election by their party with Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his Chief of Staff, Chief Tolu Odebiyi respectively. Senator Buruji Kashamu who was expelled from the PDP, has been replaced by Bola Kalejaiye. In Zamfara, former governor and serving senator, Ahmed Sani Yarima, has stepped down for Governor Abdul’azeez Yari for Zamfara West ticket. Marafa is not returning because of his governorship ambition”. The February 23rd elections had her intrigues. Senate President Bukola Saraki (PDP) was defeated at the Kwara Central by the APC candidate. It was a great fall as all his fielded candidates also lost in the Kwara tsunamis tagged ‘O to ge’ meaning IT IS ENOUGH because the Saraki dynasty had dominated Kwara politics for decades. Dino Melaye, his ally at the Senate who had several brushes with the law again defeated former National President of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), Smart Adeyemi at Kogi West while incumbent Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha who was earlier reported to have booked a seat in Imo State had his name blotted out because the Returning Officer for his zone said he declared the results under duress.  Okoracha has been threatening thunder and brimstones. There is a slight correction on the image from The Cable Newspaper here. APC as at 15th March has 65 members, PDP 37 and YPP 1 there are six outstanding results being expected. There are 43 returnee Senators into the Red Chambers. They are already jostling for leadership positions of the Senate. Right on the grounds where they collected their certificates, politicking for positions had started. Some APC members who know they would have the lion share of positions want President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of APC to act fast so that the hullabaloo of leadership of the 8th Senate where some people were said to have hijacked the leadership does not occur again. Despite the fact that the APC has not announced zoning of the positions like Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Senate Leader, Returnee Senators like Danjuma Goje (APC Gombe Central), outgoing Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan (APC Yobe North) and Ali Ndume (APC Borno State) who had brushes with the outgoing house which suspended him are spoiling for the Senate President Position. Notice that they are all from North East Zone. President Buhari is from North West Zone and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo is from South West. Interesting then is a long standing Senator and former Kano State Governor, Kabiru Gaya who wants to be Deputy Senate President. Oluremi Tinubu from Lagos may make history as the first female Deputy Senate if she can beat six other contenders from South West zone who think that position might be willed to their Zone. Oluremi is the wife of the APC National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu who was instrumental to APC victory in 2015 and 2019. She is going into the Red Chambers a record fifth time. Reports as at the time of writing this stated that her Husband has objected to the dreams of his wife. Politics in Nigeria is a Chess game. A returning Senator from the North and from APC has alleged that defeated Senate President is trying to manipulate the leadership of the Red Chambers from his undercard. Bukola Saraki can be trusted like the Fox because there was a precedent of how he manipulated the system to become Senate President. The Red Chamber is expected to be inaugurated on June 3rd by the President and new leaders are expected to emerge that day. *Written by Rev. Eniola Joseph Olatunji, HND Mass Communication (Ogun Poly); Master of Communications Arts MCA (University of Ibadan); Master of Divinity M.Div Baptist Theological Seminary, Kaduna. Former Radio Presenter/Producer/Editor with Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) and Radio Nigeria. Former News Editor, The Republic and Monitor Newspapers. 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