Past the promised intervention by Dogara, it isn’t clear but what these lawmakers, who fell by the wayside in their social gathering primaries, have up their sleeves
Ndubuisi Orji and Fred Itua, Abuja
It’s election season. As anticipated, political actors are once more at their greatest. They don’t seem to be leaving any stone unturned in making an attempt to woo the citizens. Lawmakers, drawn from the Senate and the Home of Representatives, will not be omitted in the recreation as they’re progressively deserting the Inexperienced and Purple Chambers and relocating to their constituencies.
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In the midst of the politicking, some legislators who rightly or wrongly, have been schemed out throughout the lately concluded get together primaries are plotting on easy methods to take their pound of flesh. Whereas some have out rightly misplaced out, these who are positive of their reputation, have defected to much less in style political events to proceed to ply their commerce.
In 2015, 77 new senators have been elected into the higher legislative chamber. Some pundits consider that the development was a results of an present zoning association in some senatorial districts throughout the nation, the place lawmakers usually are not allowed to serve for greater than two phrases in workplace. Then, states in southern a part of the nation have been the worst hit. The yr additionally witnessed an upsurge in the variety of former governors who contested elections and have been elected into the Senate.
Nevertheless, with the celebration primaries concluded, senators who couldn’t safe their social gathering tickets are set for struggle. Senators Gilbert Nnaji, Fatima Raji Rasaki, Gbenga Ashafa, and Barnabas Gemade are in the record of these who misplaced their main elections. Senator Nnaji hails from Enugu State. He’s a former member of the Home of Representatives, the place he held sway as Deputy Home Chief. After two phrases in the Home, he contested towards a former governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani and got here to the Senate in 2011. Upon his election, he was appointed chairman of Senate Committee on Communications. In 2015, he re-contested and emerged underneath controversial circumstances. Governor Nnamani is believed to have gained that election, however was allegedly denied the victory. However Nnaji was defeated by Nnamani in the just-concluded primaries of PDP in Enugu State. In contrast to the different senators, Nnaji just isn’t seen as a formidable lawmaker who can spring up surprises on the flooring of the Senate.
He had hardly contributed to any movement or invoice on the flooring of the Senate. Every time he presents a movement or a report of his committee, he doesn’t veer off from his ready textual content. Pundits are of the view that Nnaji who has to date spent 16 years in the Nationwide Meeting, has no cause to complain. Rasaki Rasaki is one in every of the six ladies in the eighth Senate. Till July, 2018, she was a member of the PDP. She defected to the APC, however misplaced her return ticket in Ekiti State to a former member of the Home of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele.
Rasaki shouldn’t be a vocal senator and may not rock the boat. She can also be a reserved lawmaker, who seldom contributes to any deliberations on the flooring of the Senate. Together with her loss, plans by APC to oust the President of the Senate simply received extra difficult. Ashafa Gbenga Ashafa is a two-term senator. He just lately misplaced his APC nomination bid to a four-term member of the Home of Meeting in Lagos State, Bayo Osinowo. Ashafa, a former Everlasting Secretary in Lagos State, is the Senate Committee Chairman on Land Transportation. On the flooring, he’s vocal and defends APC and President Buhari. At the toddler stage of the eighth Senate, he vehemently resisted the present management. He was a part of these who dragged the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and others to courtroom over alleged forgery of Senate Standing Guidelines. Together with his loss, it’s unsure the place his loyalty will lie. Gemade, a veteran politician solely spent six weeks as a member of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP), and dumped the celebration as quickly as he was denied the ticket to return to the Senate. He opted for a comparatively unknown political celebration in Benue State, the Social Democratic Get together (SDP), the place he secured a ticket. Gemade is a former chairman of PDP. In 2014, he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). He secured its get together’s senatorial ticket and went forward to defeat the then incumbent governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan. Till mid-2018, when the senator was nursing his defection plans, he was one among the key defenders of President Muhammadu Buhari on the flooring of the Senate. At the peak of the killings in Benue, Gemade was nonetheless a fierce defender of Buhari. Together with his fallout with the PDP and APC, it’s unclear the place the senator stands in the higher legislative chamber. Up to now, he has maintained his cool and has not spoken but on the flooring of the Senate.
Victor Giwa, a public affairs analyst, in a chat with Sunday Solar, stated that the loss or in any other case of senators, may not have an effect on the clean operating of the Senate.
In line with him, the variety of these who misplaced is just too insignificant to pose any menace.
He argued that in a contest, some individuals are sure to lose and win.
“As for me, I don’t assume something vital will change. In contrast to what we had in 2015, the place over 70 senators didn’t return, that didn’t occur. Lots of the senators are first timers. They’ve gained their tickets. These who didn’t win usually are not on floor.
“I don’t also think that they will rock the boat as some people are predicting. The session is almost over. And I also think that APC has lost its chance to even remove Saraki as Senate President. Apart from the passage of the 2019 budget which is yet to be presented by President Buhari, this Senate is almost gone,” he stated.
Equally, in the Home of Representatives, a few of the lawmakers have fallen by the wayside in the run-up to the 2019 common elections.
These are members who have been unable to safe their return ticket in the simply concluded celebration primaries. Outstanding amongst these members is Hon Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, who represents Bende Federal Constituency of Abia State in the Inexperienced Chamber. Elendu-Ukeje, a really vocal member of the Home was gunning for a fourth time period ticket to return to the Home, however sadly,, she misplaced her nomination in the PDP to businessman-cum-politician, Chima Anyanso. In Ebonyi, Hon Linus Okorie from Ohaozara /Onicha /Ivo Federal Constituency, was given a left hand of fellowship by the stakeholders in his constituency.
Out of the six members of the Home from the Southeast states, Okorie just isn’t the just one who didn’t get a return ticket. In the neighbouring Enugu State, Hon Chukwuemeka Ujam additionally fell by the wayside. In Delta State, Hons. Daniel Rayenieju, Lovette Idisi, Onyemaechi Mrakpor and Ahwinahwi Solomon crashed at the primaries. Hon Dickson Dickson Dyegh (APC, Benue) and Emmnuel Udende (PDP, Benue) additionally misplaced their nominations. Ditto for Hon Buka Goni, (APC,Yobe) and Hon. Sani Zoro from Jigawa State. Equally, the destiny of APC members from Ogun and Zamfara is presently hanging in the stability because of the controversy surrounding the ruling get together’s nomination workouts in the two states. Though most of the members have been very quiet over their losses, the Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara blamed the improvement on impunity in the political events.
Dogara, who said this whereas welcoming lawmakers from their annual recess promised that the Home would intervene in the concern.
Whereas congratulating the lawmakers who scaled via at the primaries, the Speaker famous that “others are stated to have misplaced their nominations in circumstances, which stay contentious, to such, we will do all inside our powers to help them in the numerous political events to get truthful alternative. We have now all made large sacrifices and it is just truthful that that is rewarded.
“The leadership is aware of the impunity that characterised the conduct of some primaries in which some of our members allegedly lost the ticket to contest in the next election. We have done our best to ensure internal democracy within parties, but it appears parties prefer to pander to the whims and caprices of some individuals rather than the law.”
Past the promised intervention by Dogara, it isn’t clear but what these lawmakers, who fell by the wayside in their celebration primaries, have up their sleeves.
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Nevertheless, it might not be shocking in the event that they discover their approach again to the Home on the platform of different political events.
Aside from members of the Home of Representatives, who misplaced their primaries for the 2019 common elections, there are at the least 24 others who could be conspicuously lacking when the subsequent Nationwide Meeting is inaugurated in June subsequent yr.
Amongst these members are these who have determined to not search elective workplace for now and a few others, who have already indicated curiosity to contest for both the governorship election on their respective states or to contest election into the Senate. Hon Yussuff Lasun is outstanding amongst the Home of Representatives members that aren’t more likely to be a part of the ninth Meeting is the Deputy Speaker, Hon Yussuff Lasun. Lasun, who presently represents Irepodun/Olorunda/Osogbo/Orolu Federal Constituency of Osun State, contested the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship main in the simply concluded Osun guber election and misplaced.
Sunday Solar gathered that following the chilly conflict that ensued between APC leaders and Lasun after the governorship main, the deputy speaker didn’t acquire the social gathering’s type for the Home of Representatives main.
Though his subsequent political transfer shouldn’t be clear, sources stated that with the means the Osun gubernatorial ballot performed out, there’s now a rapprochement between Lasun and the APC management.
The Deputy Chief Whip, Hon Pally Iriase, who represents Owan Federal Constituency of Edo State on the platform of the APC like the deputy speaker didn’t acquire nomination type for any elective workplace in the 2019 basic elections. Earlier in the yr, Hon Bashir Baballe (APC, Kano) introduced on the flooring of the Home that he wouldn’t be contesting the 2019 basic election, citing sundry causes.
Equally, Hon Adamu Chika (APC, Niger) introduced publicly few months again that he wouldn’t be contesting the 2019 basic elections. He famous, amongst different issues, that he was not snug with the notion of members of the public about politicians, particularly the members of the Nationwide Meeting. Additionally, Hon Ahmed Baba-Kaita can be lacking in motion in the Home of Representatives in the subsequent session.
The lawmaker, who used to symbolize Kankia/Kusada/ Ingawa Federal Constituency of Kastina State, was lately elected senator in the Kastina-North Senatorial bye-election. It’s anticipated that he can be re-contesting for the Senate seat in the 2019 polls. Hon. Tony Nwulu represents Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency of Lagos State. Though he was elected into the Home on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Social gathering he just lately defected to the United Progressive Celebration (UPP), the place he had already clinched the ticket for Imo State governorship election. In Kwara, Hons. Amuda Adamu-Kannike, Zakari Mohammed and Ahman Pategi and Rasak Atunwa obtained the PDP governorship type to take part in the gubernatorial main in the state. Nevertheless, Atunwa clinched the governorship ticket. It isn’t clear but what 2019 holds in retailer for the others.
In a associated improvement, Hon Kunle Akinlade, who is looking for to be governor of Ogun State on the platform of the APC misplaced the nomination. Additionally, Hon Sani Jaji Zamfara (PDP, Zamfara), Hon Johnbull Shekarau (PDP, Plateau), Hon Jafaru Ibrahim (APC, Nasarawa), Hon Devematic Ombughado (PDP Nasarawa) additionally looked for the governorship ticket of their events. Aside from Ombughado, who clinched the opposition get together gubernatorial ticket for Nasarawa State, others misplaced the primaries.
Hon Tajudeen Yusuf (PDP, Kogi), Hon Sunday Karimi (PDP, Kogi), and Adams Jagaba Adams, misplaced out in their bids to maneuver as much as the Senate.
On the flipside, Hons. Diri Douye and Evelyn Oboro from Bayelsa and Delta states respectively gained PDP tickets for his or her respective senatorial zones.
Additionally, Hon. Betty Apiafi additionally from Rivers State clinched the PDP senatorial ticket for the 2019 polls. Equally, the Chairman, Home Committee on Guidelines and Enterprise, Hon Emmanuel Orker-Jev from Benue State will probably be contesting the senatorial election on the ticket of the PDP. It won’t be shocking if a few of these members looked for greater political workplaces and misplaced, for one purpose or the different, finds their approach again to the decrease chamber of the Home of Representatives in the subsequent session.