Senators who will not return

For some Senators, last Saturday’s election signalled an end to their membership of the National Assembly. Assistant Editor Sina Fadare takes a look at those who will be missing when the Red Chamber is inaugurated for legislative business in June.

With the results of the last Saturday’s National Assembly election, some incumbent senators will not be returning to the Upper Legislative Chamber when the lawmakers resume for duty in June. Those who will be missing include:


Smart Adeyemi

Smart Adeyemi is one of the chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State. Before his foray 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.


Chris Ngige

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 contested the Anambra Central Senatorial seat on the platform of the ACN and defeated a former Minister of Information & Communications, the late Prof Dora Akunyili of APGA. He polled 69,765 votes against the late Prof. Akunyili’s 69,292.

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 Representatives member, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife of the PDP.


Femi Lanlehin

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.


Hosea Agboola

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 Adetumbi

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.


Ahmed Makarfi

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 has 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 Adeniyi

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.


Ayo Adeseun

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

Adegbenga Kaka was deputy  to former Governor Olusegun Osoba between 1999 and 2003 under the AD/ACN platfom. 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 reelection into the Senate but he was defeated by the PDP candidate, Prince Buruji Kashamu. Kaka is expected back from the Senate after the expiration of his  tenure in May.

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