FEMI-OLUSOLA IKUGBAYIGBE writes on the fate of some of the distinguished senators who will not return to the 8th National Assembly as a result of the electoral defeat they suffered last Saturday.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections have come and gone with many Nigerians filing out to elect the next president and the lawmakers in both the upper and lower chambers of the national assembly.
As the lawmakers get set for the inauguration to resume the 8th National Assembly in June this year, the last Saturday elections has created some upsets as some of distinguished senators can no longer from return to the upper legislative chamber as a result of their woeful performance in the election. Below are some of those who will be missing in the next Senate.
Chris Nwabueze Ngige, a medical-doctor turned politician, began his political sojourn when he joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He served as the party’s National Secretary between 2000 and 2003 and was a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP between 2001 and 2003. He contested the governorship seat of Anambra under the auspices of the ruling party and won in 2003 before he was removed in 2006 through a judicial process.
Dr. Ngige was ejected from the Anambra State Government House by a judicial pronouncement, which arose from an election petition instituted by the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Peter Obi. Against this backdrop, Ngige had a running battle with the PDP which later accused him of anti-party activities. He eventually defected to the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which later teamed up with two other parties and a faction of another to form the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In April 2011, Ngige won the Anambra Central Senatorial Seat on the platform of the ACN. He re-contested the Anambra Governorship election in 2013 under the umbellar of All Progressives Congress, APC and lost to Chief Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) who polled 180,178 votes, PDP polled 97,700 votes; while APC got 95,963 votes,
Ngige, who is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Science and Technology, will be taking a bow from the National Assembly on the eve of May 29. He was defeated by a House of Repre-sentatives member, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife of the PDP.
The Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Smart Adeyemi of the Peoples Democratic Party,( PDP) lost his bid to return to the National Assembly for the third term as he was defeated by Dino Melaye of the All Progressives Congress, APC
Smart Adeyemi is one of the chieftains of the PDP in Kogi State. Before he ventured into partisan politics, he was the President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) between 1999- 2006. He worked with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), where he made his mark as a seasoned reporter and a unionist.
He was elected into the National Assembly in 2003 to represent the Kogi West Senatorial District. Adeyemi was returned to the Senate in 2007 and 2011. The three-time senator, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was defeated in the last Saturday’s election by a former House of Representatives member Dino Melaye of the All Progressives Congress (APC). With this defeat, the Ijumu-born politician will bow out of the Senate at the expiration of the Seventh National Assembly to face his hospitality business.
Ibadan, Oyo State-born Femi Lanlehin trained as lawyer. As a legal practitioner, he had made an impact in civil litigation, commercial and land law before venturing into partisan politics. He served as a Commissioner for Special Duties and a Special Adviser to the former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He was elected on the APC ticket in 2011 to represent the Oyo South Senatorial District.
Lanlehin is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on National Planning, Economic & Poverty Alleviation. He later dumped the APC for the Accord Party. But his ambition to return to the Senate on the platform of his new party was truncated at the weekend when he was defeated by the APC candidate, Soji Akanbi. His tenure ends in May.
Ayoola Hosea Agboola has been a grassroots politician since 1999. He was the Supervisory Councilor, Works, Isehin Local Government Area of Oke Ogun, Oyo State. He capped his political feat when he was appointed the Commissioner for Local Government in the Pacesetter State and he served between 2003 and 2010.
The estate management expert, politician was a Senator on the platform of the PDP in 2015. He is the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Drugs Narcotics & Financial Crime. With the electoral loss he suffered at the weekend, Agboola will not be returning to the Legislative Chamber at the expiration of the Seventh National Assembly. He lost his seat to his APC challenger Fatai Buhari, who was a Commissioner in the administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
Olubunmi Adetunmbi, an Agricultural Economist, who veered into politics in his Ifaki Ekiti country home contested and won the Ekiti North Senatorial District seat of Ekiti State in 2011. His election into the Senate was his first public service. He is the Vice Chairman of the Committee on Interior Affairs. With his defeat by a former House of Representatives member, Duro Faseyi of the PDP, Senator Adetunmbi will not be returning to the Senate after serving out his term on May 28.
Trained as an accountant, Ahmed Markafi began his career with the Universal Bank where he rose to the position of Assistant General Manager. He was introduced to the public service as the Commissioner of Finance and Economic Planning, Kaduna State in 1994. He later became the governor of the state for two consecutive terms between 1999 and 2007.
He is representing the Kaduna North Senatorial District at the National Assembly for the second term after his election in 2007. He has served as a member of various Senate Committees including; Agriculture & Rural Development, Appropriation, Aviation, Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institution & the Chairman Senate Committee on Finance.
He was trounced at the poll by his APC challenger on Saturday.
Abdul Ahmed Ningi
Abdul Ahmed Ningi could be given the sobriquet ‘veteran Lawmaker’ after spending about 16 years in the National Assembly. From 1999 to 2011, he was in the House of Representatives. He was the Majority Leader of the Lower Legislative Chamber between 2003 and 2007.
Ningi, a graduate of Sociology had his first public service experience when he was employed as a social welfare officer in the state civil service. He has a brief stint with the First Bank in 1986 before he ventured into private business as the Chairman/ Chief Executive of NAJ Resources Limited.
His activities in politics have been rich and robust. He has served on various committees of the House of Representatives during his 12-year sojourn in the Green Chamber. The articulate and veteran lawmaker is the Chairman, Senate Committee on National Population & Identity Card.
Ningi will in May bow out of the National Assembly after 16 unbroken years following his defeat in the last Saturday’s election.
Anthony Olumuyiwa Adeniyi is a member of the APC, a platform that took him to the National Assembly to represent the Ekiti South Senatorial District. The legal practitioner ventured into partisan politics as a unionist and human right activist. He was the former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Akure branch between 1990 and 1992.
The Ikere-Ekiti born lawyer was a former Chairman, Omega Bank. He is the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Capital Market.
The Tsunami of the PDP that swept through Ekiti State last Saturday, denied Adeniyi the opportunity to return to the National Assembly on the platform of the APC.
He was elected into the House of Representatives on the platform of the PDP in 2003 and was reelected in 2007 to represent the Ogbomoso Federal Constituency. In 2011, Adeseun dumped the PDP for the ACN and was elected into the Senate to represent the Oyo North Senatorial Zone. He later defected to his former political platform – the PDP but his attempt to return to the National Assembly was scuttled on Saturday, when he was defeated by Fatai Buhari of the APC. Adeseun will be returning from the National Assembly after 12 years as a lawmaker.
Adegbenga Kaka was deputy to former Governor Olusegun Osoba between 1999 and 2003 under the Alliance for Democracy, AD/Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN platforms. His shot at the Ogun State governorship under the Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA) in 2007 failed. He returned to the progressives fold in 2011 and was elected to represent the Ogun East Senatorial District at the Senate. Kaka, followed Chief Osoba out of the APC to form the Social Democratic Party (SDP), under which he sought re-election into the Senate but he was defeated by the PDP candidate, Prince Buruji Kashamu. Kaka will be coming back to his home base as his people will be expected back from the Senate after the expiration of his tenure in May this year.
The poser is how the 8th Senate fare with the absence of these seasoned senators.