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Tsunami: Voters sack 76 serving senators
Seventy- six serving senators will not be returning to the chambers of the National Assembly, when the eight Assembly is reconvened in June. This is even as the APC has also emerged the party with majority members in the Senate.
In essence, the new President of the Senate would emerge from the party. APC got 60 seats, while the PDP gets 49.
Some of the current members of the Senate did not contest the March 28 National Assembly election either because they were denied their party’s tickets, or they were interested in the governorship seats of their states. Some contested and lost.
33 of the senators won elections. In the South-West, only five out of the 18 senators from the zone are returning to the red chamber. They are Senators Gbenga Ashafa and Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos); Robert Boroffice (Ondo); and Babajide Omoworare and Olusola Adeyeye (Osun).
The Tsunami also affected the South-East zone, as six senators, like Eyinnaya Abaribe (Abia), Andy Uba (Anambra), Soni Ogbuoji (Ebonyi), Ike Ekweremadu and Gilbert Nnaji (Enugu) and Hope Uzodinma (Imo), made the list.
In the South-South, only Senators Emmanuel Paulker (Bayelsa) and James Manager (Delta) would return to the Senate.
In the North-Central, Senators Bukola Saraki and Shaaba Lafiaji (Kwara); David Mark, George Akume and Barnabas Gemade (Benue); Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa) and Joshua Dariye (Plateau) won the poll and returned.
In the North-East, Senators Ahmed Zannah (Borno); Danjuma Goje and Joshua Lidani (Gombe); Emmanuel Bwacha (Taraba); Bukhar Ibrahim and Ahmad Lawan (Yobe); and Kabiru Marafa and Ahmad Sani (Zamfara) were returned by their constituents.
Those who made it in the North-West are Senators Kabiru Gaya (Kano) and Ibrahim Abu (Katsina).
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April 3, 2015 at 9:54 am
This is good for our democracy. Perform or be kicked out. One more thing: The salaries and emoluments of these Senators and members of the House of Reps has to be slashed to a maximum of 25%-30% of their current values. That is nearer reality. Proudly Nigerian!!
April 3, 2015 at 12:35 pm
This wind of change is really blowing…It really shows people know what they want or atleast wont manage what is not good enough. If any of these senators go in and not do anything, then come 4 years, they get sent packing again.