Retaining Institutional Memory: Ranking Senators who will return to the Senate

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As the nation gets set to usher in the 9th National Assembly, it is important to highlight that going by the results so far, over sixty senators that would be sworn-in sometimes in June 2019 or there about are neophytes in the federal legislative environment. The unfolding results underscore the concerns often raised by observers and analysts on the high turnover characteristic of Nigeria’s legislative institutions which is injurious to institutional memory and capacity.

The LegislativeDigest in preview of theFebruary 23, senatorial election results thus far vis-à-vis the concern for retention of institutional memory, presents ranking senators who will be returning to the Red Chamber come June 2019. They are;

  • IKE EKWEREMADU

Senator Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West Senatorial District, is a ranking four-term senator.

Having won the Enugu West senatorial election on Saturday, he will be returning to the upper chamber for his fifth term.

He was first elected into the Senate in 2003 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ike Ekweremaduhas been the Deputy Senate President since 2007 – over a period of 12 years. His quality contributions on the floor of the Red Chamber endear him to colleagues and compatriots.Ekweremadu is one federal lawmaker who could be referred to as The Encyclopedia of the Senate.

  • JAMES MANAGER

Senator James Manager is also a ranking four-term senator who represents Delta South Senatorial District.

He assumed office in 2003 during the 5th Assembly under the platform of the PDP. His victory at Saturday’s election means he will be returning to the Senate for a fifth term.

He has also been vocal on the floor of the Senate as he has contributed to several motions.

  • KABIRU GAYA

Sen. Gaya is a ranking three-term senator who was elected into the Senate in 2007 to represent Kano South Senatorial District under the platform of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).

He was the Senate deputy minority whip from 2007 until 2011 and was at time, member of the opposition PDP. Gaya now a member of the APC, will be returning to the Senate for a fourth term.

  • AHMAD I. LAWAN

Sen. AhmadLawan, another ranking three-term senator since 2007 is currently the Senate leader. He represents Yobe North Senatorial District. He had served as member House of Representatives between 1999 and 2007.Lawan’s victory in Saturday’s election means he will be returning for his fourth term in the upper chamber.

As a member of the APC,Lawan has always been vocal on the floor of the Senate in the past four years. He has proven to be an ardent stickler for legislative efficiency.

As a Leader of the Senate, Lawan is in charge of all executive bills and other communications brought before the Senate.

  • OLUREMI TINUBU

Sen.OluremiTinubu’s return to the Senate will make it her third term in the chamber.

Tinubu, a former first lady of Lagos State was first elected in 2011 to represent Lagos Central.

Unlike a few other female senators, Tinubu has, over the years, been active.

She is currently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and has sponsored a number of bills including Social Security for Elderly Citizens Bill.

  • AJAYI BOROFFICE

Sen.Boroffice’s return to the ninth Senate will make it his third term in the upper chamber.

He was first elected in 2011 to represent Ondo North Senatorial District under the platform of the Labour Party. He later decamped to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011 and then moved again to his current party, APC.

He is currently the chairman of the Senate committee on Science and Technology.

  • ALI NDUME

SenatorAli Ndume is a ranking two-term senator representing Borno South Senatorial District. He was first elected in 2011.The ninth Senate will, therefore, make it his third term in the upper chamber.

Ndume was made the Senate Leader of the 8th National Assembly but was removed on January 10, 2017.

  • DANJUMA GOJE

Having served two terms as governor of Gombe State under the PDP from 2003 to 2011, SenatorGoje joined the national legislative service in 2011 on the platform of the PDP. Having served two terms in the upper chamber representing Gombe Central Senatorial District, MrGoje will be returning for a third term under the platform of the APC which he joined in 2014.

Senator Goje has been fairly vocal in the upper chamber. He is currently the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation.

  • ABDULLAHI ADAMU

Sen. Abdullahi Adamua former two-term governor of Nasarawa State under the platform of the PDPfrom 1999 to 2007, Adamu’s return to the 9th Assembly will be his third term having begun his legislative representation in 2011.

  1. EMMANUEL BWACHA

MrBwacha is a ranking two-term senator who was first elected in 2011 to represent Taraba South Senatorial District under the platform of the PDP.Bwacha’s victory in the recent polls means he will return for a third term.

MrBwacha is currently the deputy Senate minority leader and was former chairman of the Committee on Police Affairs.

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