Ninth National Assembly to get 15 ex-govs as senators
No fewer than 15 ex-governors will be in the ninth Senate, which will commence in June.
Some of the senators-elect are incumbent governors, while others are former governors.
Based on the results of Saturday’s senatorial election released across the country, they include two ex-governors of Abia State, Orji Kalu (Abia North) and his successor, Theodore Orji (Abia Central).
In Borno State, the incumbent Governor, Kashim Shettima, has won the senatorial poll for the state’s central district.
In the Ebonyi North, a former governor, Sam Egwu was re-elected to represent the area. Also re-elected was the ex-Governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central).
The incumbent Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, also emerged as the senator-elect for the Imo West amidst controversies.
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosu, who represented the Ogun Central District between 2003 and 2007, won the senatorial poll in the district on Saturday.
A former senator and ex-Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani, is also returning to the Senate, where he represented Enugu East between 2007 and 2011.
Also, an-Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, will be representing the state’s central district.
The current Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Makura, is also heading for the Senate to represent the Nasarawa South.
One of his predecessors, Adamu Abdullahi, secured the third term to represent the Nasarawa West in the Senate.
Another ex-Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, will also return to the Senate for another term to represent the Sokoton North.
Among the senators-elect is the incumbent Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam, who won the poll to represent Yobe East.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’Aziz Yari, also clinched the senatorial seat for Zamfara West.
A former Governor of Kebbi Statel, Adamu Aliero, has also won a third term in the Senate, where he is representing the Kebbi Central District.
Two current governors, Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Ibrahim Dankawmbo (Gombe) lost last Saturday’s senatorial election as they were defeated by the PDP candidates
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress has won no fewer than 62 senatorial seats out of 98results of last Saturday’s senatorial elections.
The results, which were officially released by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the senatorial districts, showed that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party had won 35 seats in the ninth Senate.
The Young Progressive Party won a seat in Anambra State.
In the South-West, out of the 17 results released so far, the APC had won 14 seats, while the PDP clinched three. The commission has yet to release the result of the Ondo South election, which was declared inconclusive.
The APC clinched all the senatorial seats in Ogun, Lagos and Ekiti, and lost a seat each in Osun, Oyo and Ondo states.
In the North-West, INEC has released the results of all the 21 senatorial districts in the zone where the APC won 20 seats, while the PDP secured one.
The ruling party won the seats in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano, Jigawa and Katsina, but lost the Kaduna South seat to the PDP.
In the North-East, the APC swept all the senatorial seats in Gombe, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states. In Adamawa State, it won one seat.
The PDP secured the two senatorial seats in Adamawa and the two results declared in Taraba State.
In the North-Central, the PDP won all the 12 senatorial seats in Benue, Nasarawa, Niger and Kwara and lost a seat to the APC in Kogi.
The South-South PDP clinched the senatorial seats in Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa. The APC won one seat each in Delta and Edo states.
Except in Abia and Imo states where it won a seat each, the APC was defeated in other states in the South-East. The PDP clinched all the senatorial seats in Enugu and Ebonyi,
Among the senators-elect, those who are going to the upper chamber of the National Assembly for the first time are Ifeanyi Uba (Anambra South) of the Young Progresives Party; Bayo Osinowo (Lagos East) of the APC; Uba Sani (Kadunyia North, APC); Tolu Odebiyi (Ogun West); and Dayo Adeyeye (Ekiti South).
In a related development, the PDP has won four out of the seven results of the House of representatives elections conducted in Imo State last Saturday.
The Action Alliance clinched two seats in the House of Representatives, while the APC won one.
While the PDP won all the four seats in Imo East, the AA secured two seats in Imo West, while the APC got one.
INEC had yet to release the results of the three remaining federal constituencies. The state has ten federal constituencies.
According to INEC, two serving members of the House of Representatives retained their seats. They are Henry Nwawuba of Ikeduru/Mbaitoli constituency and Bede Eke of Ngor Okpala/Aboh Mbaise constituency.
Ikenna Elezieanya(of the PDP) won the Owerri constituency seat, while Emeka Chimezie( of thePDP) was declared the winner of Ezinihitte Mbaise/Ahiazu Mbaise federal constituency poll.
Kingsley Uju of the Action Alliance was declared the winner of the Ohaji Egbema/Oguta/Oru West federal constituency poll and Pascal Obi won the Ideato North and Ideato South Federal constituency election.
The Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Ugonna Ozuruigbo of the APC won the election conduced in Nwangele/Nkwerre/Isu/Njaba federal constituency.
While INEC declared the election in the Okigwe South Constituency inconclusive because of electoral fraud, the commission had yet to make any official statement about the outcome of the elections in Okigwe North and Orlu/Orsu/Oru East constituencies.