Full list: Senators who voted against electronic transmission of election results
Against the general clamour for a lasting solution to the myriad of electoral problems facing the country, 50 members of the All Progressives Congress in the Senate and two of their counterparts in the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, on Thursday voted against electronic transmission of election results in the forthcoming general elections. Notwithstanding the constitutionally guaranteed independence of the electoral body, the senators insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission should be compelled to seek clearance from the Nigerian Communications Commission, while the heavily politicised National Assembly would have to approve the verdict of the NCC, which is a department under the presidency. SUNDAY ABORISADE presents the senators who kicked against the desire of Nigerians to have results of future elections transmitted electronically
Kabiru Gaya (Kano Central)
The former governor of Kano State is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC which recommended the controversial Section 53 (3) in the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill 2021 which empowers INEC to transmit election results electronically. Ironically, Gaya voted against the recommendation of the panel he chaired.
Ovie Omo-Agege (Delta Central)
The lawmaker is the current Deputy President of the Senate. He was accused of allegedly leading some thugs to the Senate Chamber in the 8th National Assembly to steal the Maze, which is the symbol of democracy in Nigeria.
Peter Nwaoboshi (Delta North)
The Senator recently defected from the PDP to join the APC in what many people believed was to seek refuge in the ruling party and escape justice in the multibillion-naira corruption allegations hanging on his neck at the Niger Delta Development Commission. Nwaoboshi is incidentally the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, which is saddled with the responsibility of carrying out oversight functions on the intervention agency.
Ali Ndume (Borno South)
The senator, who was the Leader of the Senate in the 8th National Assembly, contested the Senate Presidency with the incumbent, Ahmad Lawan, in 2019 but lost. He is representing Borno South District. Despite his state being ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency and constituents scattered in several internally displaced camps across the country, the state has been producing huge numbers of votes during elections.
Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central)
The Senator was a students’ union activist before he joined politics several years ago after his graduation. He served as a commissioner in Lagos State and was a House of Representatives member before joining the Senate. He is said to be eyeing the governorship seat in Ekiti State after the tenure of Governor Kayode Fayemi ends.
Ibrahim Gobir (Sokoto East)
Gobir is said to hold a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit in the United States, and a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering and Energy from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi State. He is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (UK) and of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
Mohammed Goje (Gombe Central)Goje is a former governor of Gombe State and was the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee in the 8th National Assembly. He had the intention of contesting the Senate presidency in 2019 until he was allegedly prevailed upon to drop his ambition by the cabal in the Presidential Villa for some obvious reasons.
Yusuf Yusuf (Taraba Central)
Yusuf is a member of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC. He was declared the winner of the seat in the Senate on September 29, 2015 after a tribunal sacked the PDP candidate, Bashir Marafa, who was earlier declared the winner of the seat.
Ibrahim Bomai (Yobe South)
The senator served as Deputy Director (Accounts) Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation on posting to the Federal Capital Territory Administration between 2005 and 2008.
Within the period, he served as the Auditor-General for the FCT area councils under the FCTA. Bomai was promoted to the position of Director of Treasury of the FCTA in 2008, a pivotal post he held until he retired from the civil service in August 2016.
Sahabi Ya’u (Zamfara North)Senator Sahabi Ya’u defected from the PDP to APC on July 21, 2021. He said his decision was necessitated by the endemic crisis that engulfed the Zamfara State chapter of the PDP which led the national body to dissolve the state executive of the party.
Uba Sani (Kaduna Central)
The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, appointed Sani as the Special Assistant (Political and Intergovernmental Affairs) in 2015. However, in 2019, Sani contested the Kaduna Central senatorial seat and won to succeed Senator Shehu Sani, who occupied the seat in the 8th Senate.
Elisha Abbo (Adamawa North)
Not much was known about this youngest member of the 9th Senate until a viral video about his alleged assault of a nursing mother at a s3x toyshop in Abuja surfaced in 2019. The senator who was elected on the platform of the PDP recently defected to the APC.
Ahmad Kaita (Katsina North)
SaharaReporters alleged recently that Kaita, who was invited by his friend, Alhaji Mannir Talba, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to a wedding ceremony, met with disgrace as irate youths allegedly humiliated him. The online medium reported that the angry youths accused Kaita of inadequate representation of his constituents.
Adamu Aliero (Kebbi Central)
Aliero, a former governor of Kebbi State, was appointed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua in December 2008. He left office in March 2010 when the then acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet.
Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North)
Abdullahi is the current Leader of the Senate. He tried all means, including using the name of God to beg the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, to drop his insistence on using headcount to determine senators who were in support of electronic result transmission and those who were against it.
Yakubu Oseni (Kogi Central)
The senator was appointed by Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello as the Executive Chairman of the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service from 2016 to 2018 before he resigned to contest the Senate seat in 2019.
Jibrin Isah (Kogi East)Isah contested the governorship ticket of the PDP in 2011 but lost to Idris Wada. He also contested against Wada again in 2015 but lost. He invariably got elected as a Senator in 2019 after a supplementary election.
Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West)
He was a former national president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He was elected senator on the platform of the PDP twice from 2007 to 2015. He lost to Senator Dino Melaye in 2015 and defected to the APC in 2019 to contest against Melaye, who had also defected to the PDP. Adeyemi lost the election but approached the tribunal. The court declared a supplementary poll which facilitated his return to the Senate.
Ibrahim Oloriegbe (Kwara Central)
The medical doctor, alias ‘giant killer,’ was announced the winner of the Kwara Central Senatorial District in 2019 which was occupied then by the erstwhile Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Oloriegbe played a major role in the now controversial and crisis-ridden ‘O to ge’ struggle in 2019 aimed at eliminating political power wielded by the dynasty of the late Senator Olusola Saraki in Kwara State.
Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central)Oluremi is the wife of the National Leader of the APC and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is unarguably the godfather of Lagos politics.
Solomon Adeola (Lagos West)
Popularly known as Yayi or Omo West, the Awori-Yewa senator is originally from Ogun State but has been representing Lagos West District since 2015 after his sojourn at the House of Representatives.
Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa North)
The former governor of Nasarawa State is said to be eyeing the National Chairmanship of the APC and is believed to have been mobilising massive support to realise his ambition.
Godiya Akwashiki (Nasarawa South)
The Senator was the Deputy Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly until 2019 when he got elected as a senator. A viral video of him shortly before the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly drew public attention to him. He was made the spokesperson of the Senate briefly before his replacement with Senator Ajibola Basiru.