57 Senators Lose Parties’ Primaries Ahead of 2015

PDP-vs-APC-nigeriaResults from Senate prima­ries across the 109 senatorial districts from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Party (APC) have indicat­ed that no fewer than 57 serving senators failed to pick return tickets due to defeats suffered from fresh aspirants, including state governors.

The Senate has 109 members with three sena­tors from the 36 states of the federation with a sena­tor representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Therefore, as Senate resumes plenary tomorrow, the high turnover, which has always hit the Senate since 2003, will see the exit of no fewer than 57 senators in 2015.

Present statistics from the concluded primaries showed that in some states, all the three serving sena­tors lost return tickets to contest in the February 14, 2015 Senate election. The states are Akwa Ibom, Ad­amawa, Cross River, Edo, and Kebbi.

The senators were de­feated by either new candi­dates or schemed out of the race by powerful forces in their respective states.

Also, in other states like Abia, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Kogi and Plateau, two of the three serving senators lost out in like manner.

With the results of the primaries, 13 senators of the 57 opted to contest governorship seats of their respective states. Of these, four are women.

Two months ago, in an interview with The Sun newspaper, Senate Lead­er, Vcitor Ndoma-Egba, harped on the need for po­litical parties to stop the per­sistent high turnover of law­makers every election year in the interest of the nation’s developing democracy.

The turnover, he noted, had led to massive erosion of institutional memory in the Senate and by exten­sion, the National Assem­bly.

He specifically stated that only Senator David Mark, representing Benue South Senatorial District of Benue State, and Bello Gwarzo from Kano North Senatorial District, had al­ways been returned by their constituents since 2003, which he said made them to be the reservoir of parlia­mentary knowledge in the Senate, whom other sena­tors learnt from.

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