By Sanni Onogu (The Nation)
Almost half of the 109 members of the Ninth Senate may not return to the Red Chamber nest year, The Nation investigation showed yesterday.
The number may rise as more results of senate primary elections conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) that control majority of lawmakers in the upper chambers were either being awaited or being disputed.
Apart from those who lost their bid to return at the shadow polls, others likely not to return include those seeking their parties’ presidential slots and those who have either won or lost governorship tickets.
Three members of the upper legislative chamber – Senate President Ahmad Lawan, Deputy Whip Ajayi Boroffice and Senator Ibikunle Amosun – are jostling for the APC presidential ticket.
Senators who have won governorship slots are: Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central); Uba Sani (APC, Kaduna State); Teslim Folarin (APC, Oyo Central) and Senator Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River State); Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (APC – Adamawa Central) and Emmanuel Bwacha (APC, Taraba South).
Others who have crashed out of the governorship race in their states are: Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia State); George Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East); Gershom Bassey (PDP, Cross River South); Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi North); Yusuf Yusuf (APC, Taraba Central); James Manager (PDP, Delta South); and Senator Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West).
Abaribe, who pulled out of the race last Tuesday, has dumped the PDP and joined the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to run again for Senate.
Those who have lost tickets to their challengers are: senators Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe (APC, Kwara Central); Tolu Odebiyi (APC, Ogun West); Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North); Bulus Amos (APC, Gombe South); Bello Mandiya (APC, Katsina South); Barkiya Abdullahi (APC, Katsina Central); Olubunmi Adetunmbi (APC, Ekiti North) and Frank Ibezim (APC, Imo North).
Others are: Danjuma La’ah (PDP, Kaduna South); Cleopas Zuwoghe (PDP, Bayelsa Central); Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo South); Ayo Akinyelure (PDP, Ondo Central); Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo South); Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi West), Ezenwa Francis Onyeawuchi (PDP, Imo East) and Danlandi Sankara (APC, Jigawa North West).
Those who withdrew from the race are: Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, Francis Alimikhena (APC, Edo North); Godiya Akwashiki (APC, Nasarawa South) and Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central, among others.
Some are not seeking re-election. They are: Senators Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central), Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu North), Emmanuel Orker-Jev (PDP, Benue North West), Oseni Yakubu (APC, Kogi Central) and Theodore Orji (PDP, Abia Central), among others.
Senators Adamu Abdullahi and Abubakar Kyari who resigned from the National Assembly to become APC National Chairman and National Vice Chairman (North), are not seeking re-election.