The 2019 presidential and national assembly elections held on February 23, 2019 with the ruling APC emerging the dominant party in the 9th Nigerian Senate.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the full list of the members of the ninth national assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which were presented Certificates of Return to all the successful candidates on Thursday 14th March 2019, inaugurated and sworn in on June 9, 2019.
The 2019 national assembly elections were held together with that of the presidential on 23rd February 2019 after the initial scheduled date of February 16, 2019 was moved forward by a week. The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, cited “logistics and operations problems” as the cause of the postponement.
The Nigerian Senate comprised 109 members, three from each of the 36 states of the federation and one from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
As at the time of filing in this report, INEC had released the names of the winners of all the 109 seats of the Senate. While a newly registered party, the Young Progressives Party (YPP) picked one, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured 45 while the ruling party, All Progressives Party (APC) got the lion share of 63 seats.
Senator Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North, APC) was elected the Senate President, while Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central, APC) deputises for him.
See the full list of all Nigerian senators in the table below:
SN STATES ZONES NAMES SEX PARTY 1 ABIA NORTH KALU ORJI UZOR M APC 2 ABIA CENTRAL ORJI THEODORE AHAMEFULE M PDP 3 ABIA SOUTH ABARIBE ENYINNAYA HARCOURT M PDP 4 ADAMAWA NORTH ISHAKU ELISHA CLIFF M PDP 5 ADAMAWA CENTRAL YAROE BINOS DAUDA M PDP 6 ADAMAWA SOUTH DAHIRU AISHATU AHMED F APC 7 AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST AKPAN BASSEY ALBERT M PDP 8 AKWA IBOM NORTH WEST CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN EKPENYONG M PDP 9 AKWA IBOM SOUTH EYAKENYI AKON ETIM M PDP 10 ANAMBRA NORTH ODUAH STELLA ADAEZE PRINCESS F PDP 11 ANAMBRA CENTRAL UCHE LILIAN EKWUNIFE F PDP 12 ANAMBRA SOUTH PATRICK IFEANYI UBAH M YPP 13 BAUCHI SOUTH LAWAL YAHAYA GUMAU M APC 14 BAUCHI CENTRAL JIDA DAUDA HALLIRU M APC 15 BAUCHI NORTH BULKACHUWA ADAMU MUHAMMAD M APC 16 BAYELSA EAST DEGI EREMIENYO DIOBARAKU WANGAGRA M APC 17 BAYELSA CENTRAL DIRI DOUYE (Departed) M PDP 18 BAYELSA WEST EWHRUDJAKPO LAWRENCE O. (Departed) M PDP 19 BENUE NORTH EAST GABRIEL TORWUA SUSWAM M PDP 20 BENUE NORTH WEST EMMANUEL YISA ORKER-JEV M PDP 21 BENUE SOUTH PATRICK ABBA MORO M PDP 22 BORNO NORTH KYARI ABUBAKAR SHAIB M APC 23 BORNO CENTRAL SHETTIMA KASHIM M APC 24 BORNO SOUTH NDUME MOHAMMED ALI M APC 25 CROSS RIVER NORTH OKO ROSE OKOJI F PDP 26 CROSS RIVER CENTRAL ONOR SANDY OJANG M PDP 27 CROSS RIVER SOUTH BASSEY GERSHOM HENRY M PDP 28 DELTA CENTRAL OMO-AGEGE OVIE AUGUSTINE M APC 29 DELTA NORTH NWAOBOSHI PETER ONYELUKA M PDP 30 DELTA SOUTH MANAGER JAMES EBIOWOU M PDP 31 EBONYI NORTH EGWU SAMUEL OMINYI M PDP 32 EBONYI CENTRAL OGBA JOSEPH OBINNA M PDP 33 EBONYI SOUTH MICHAEL AMA NNACHI M PDP 34 EDO CENTRAL ORDIA AKIMIENMONA CLIFFORD M PDP 35 EDO NORTH ALIMIKHENA FRANCIS ASEKHAME M APC 36 EDO SOUTH URHOGHIDE MATTHEW AISAGBONRIODION M PDP 37 EKITI NORTH ADETUNMBI OLUBUNI AYODEJI M APC 38 EKITI CENTRAL BAMIDELE MICHEAL OPEYEMI M APC 39 EKITI SOUTH ABIODUN OLUJIMI F PDP 40 ENUGU EAST NNAMANI CHIMAROKE OBONNIA M PDP 41 ENUGU WEST EKWEREMADU IKE M PDP 42 ENUGU NORTH UTAZI GODFREY CHUKWUKA M PDP 43 GOMBE CENTRAL GOJE MOHAMMED DANJUMA M APC 44 GOMBE SOUTH AMOS BULUS KILAWANGS M APC 45 GOMBE NORTH ALKALI SAIDU AHMED M APC 46 IMO EAST ONYEWUCHI EZENWA FRANCIS M PDP 47 IMO WEST ROCHAS OKOROCHA M APC 48 IMO NORTH BENJAMIN UWAJUMOGU (Died) M APC 49 JIGAWA SOUTH WEST MOHAMMED SABO M APC 50 JIGAWA NORTH EAST HASSAN IBRAHIM HADEJIA M APC 51 JIGAWA NORTH WEST SANKARA DANLADI ABDULLAHI M APC 52 KADUNA NORTH KWARI SULEIMAN ABDU M APC 53 KADUNA CENTRAL SANI UBA M APC 54 KADUNA SOUTH LAAH DANJUMA TELLA M PDP 55 KANO CENTRAL SHEKARAU IBRAHIM M APC 56 KANO NORTH BARAU JIBRIN I. M APC 57 KANO SOUTH GAYA IBRAHIM KABIRU M APC 58 KATSINA NORTH BABBA AHMAD KAITA M APC 59 KATSINA SOUTH MANDIYA BELLO M APC 60 KATSINA CENTRAL KURFI UMARU M APC 61 KEBBI NORTH ABDULLAHI ABUBAKAR YAHAYA M APC 62 KEBBI CENTRAL ADAMU MAINASARA ALIERO MUHAMMAD M APC 63 KEBBI SOUTH NA ALLAH BALA IBN M APC 64 KOGI CENTRAL YAKUBU OSENI M PDP 65 KOGI EAST ISAH JIBRIN M APC 66 KOGI WEST SMART ADEYEMI M APC 67 KWARA NORTH UMAR SULEIMAN SADIQ M APC 68 KWARA CENTRAL OLORIEGBE YAHAYA IBRAHIM M APC 69 KWARA SOUTH ASHIRU OYELOLA YISA M APC 70 LAGOS CENTRAL TINUBU OLUREMI SHADE F APC 71 LAGOS EAST OSINOWO SIKIRU ADEBAYO M APC 72 LAGOS WEST ADEOLA SOLOMAN OLAMILEKAN M APC 73 NASARAWA NOTH AKWASHIKI GODIYA M APC 74 NASARAWA WEST ABDULLAHI ADAMU M APC 75 NASARAWA SOUTH AL-MAKURA UMARU TANKO M APC 76 NIGER EAST MOHAMMED SANI MUSA M APC 77 NIGER NORTH ABDULLAHI ALIYU SABI M APC 78 NIGER SOUTH BIMA MUHAMMAD ENAGI M APC 79 OGUN CENTRAL AMOSUN IBIKUNLE OMOLAJA M APC 80 OGUN EAST MUSTAPHA RAMONI OLALEKAN M APC 81 OGUN WEST ODEBIYI TOLULOPE AKINREMI M APC 82 ONDO NORTH BOROFACE ROBERT AJAYI M APC 83 ONDO CENTRAL AKINYELURE PATRICK AYO M PDP 84 ONDO SOUTH TOFOWOMO NICHOLAS OLUBUKOLA M PDP 85 OSUN CENTRAL SURAJUDEEN AJIBOLA BASIRU M APC 86 OSUN EAST FADAHUNSI FRANCIS ADENIGBA M PDP 87 OSUN WEST OROLOWO ADELERE ADEYEMI M APC 88 OYO CENTRAL FOLARIN TESLIM KOLAWOLE M APC 89 OYO NORTH BUHARI ABDULFATAI M APC 90 OYO SOUTH KOLA ADEMOLA BALOGUN M PDP 91 PLATEAU SOUTH LONGJAN IGNATIUS DATONG (Died) M APC 92 PLATEAU CENTRAL DIMKA HEZEKIAH AYUBA M APC 93 PLATEAU NORTH GYANG ISTIFANUS DUNG M PDP 94 RIVERS EAST GEORGE THOMPSON SEKIBO M PDP 95 RIVERS SOUTH EAST MPIGI BARINADA M PDP 96 RIVERS WEST APIAFI BETTY JOCELYN F PDP 97 SOKOTO EAST GOBIR IBRAHIM ABDULLAHI M APC 98 SOKOTO NORTH WAMMAKO ALIYU MAGATAKARDA M APC 99 SOKOTO SOUTH IBRAHIM ABDULLAHI DANBABA M APC 100 TARABA SOUTH BWACHA EMMANUEL M PDP 101 TARABA CENTRAL YUSUF ABUBAKAR YUSUF M APC 102 TARABA NORTH ISAH SHUAIBU LAU M PDP 103 YOBE EAST GAIDAM IBRAHIM ALHAJI M APC 104 YOBE NORTH IBRAHIM AHMAD LAWAL M APC 105 YOBE SOUTH BOMAI IBRAHIM MOHAMMED M APC 106 ZAMFARA NORTH ALHAJI YAU SAHABI M PDP 107 ZAMFARA CENTRAL MOHAMMED HASSAN M PDP 108 ZAMFARA WEST LAWALI HASSAN ANKA M PDP 109 FCT FCT TANIMU PHILIP ADUDA M PDP
Source: The Independent National Electoral Commission, 2019 and Wikipedia.
In addition the table above shows that of the 109 elected members of the 9th senate, 102 male senators were returned, with only seven female senators scaling through the eye of the needle.
The Southsouth, Southeast and Southwest regions seem to be most gender friendly returning two female senators each, while the Northwest region took to the podium as the most gender unfriendly region returning only male senators.
So far there had been four departures from the 9th Senate, two cases each for death and election to higher offices. Senators Benjamin Uwajumogu (Imo North, APC) and Longjan Ignatius Datong (Plateau South, APC) departed to the Land of No Return, while Senators Diri Duoye (Bayelsa Central, PDP) and Degi Eremienyo Diobaraku Wangagra (Bayelsa East, PDP) were elected and sworn in as governor and deputy governor of Bayelsa state, respectively.
Source: Memorila Statistics
A cursory look at the returns of senators shows that PDP had its highest numbers of senators from the Southsouth (15). This was followed by the Southeast (11) and then the Northcentral and Southwest (5 each), with Northeast and Northwest getting returning 4 each.
The PDP were lucky in the Northwest when the Supreme Court gave them three seats from Zamfara state on a platter of gold when it upturned the elections of the APC on the grounds of non-conduction of primaries.
In the reverse case, the APC had more senators in the northwest (17), northeast came second (14), while the southwest and the northcentral region where the Saraki dynasty was booted out came third (13 each). The hitherto PDP swing states of southsouth gave the ruling party three senators, with ruthless machination of the ruling party also earning it three senators from the hitherto no-go-area of southeast region.
The 2019 general elections also saw about 17 former governors elected to the red chambers making up more than 15 percent of the total numbers of senators. This further buttresses the opinion of those saying that the Nigerian Senate is the retirement home of ex-governors.
The outcome of the bye-elections that will fill up the vacancies occasioned by death and promotions will further show where the pendulum of influence in the 9th Nigerian Senate will swing to.