28 previous, current governors who could also be senators in 2023

Though no regulation within the Nigerian Structure precludes them from contesting to be senators, the

Though no regulation within the Nigerian Structure precludes them from contesting to be senators, the Nationwide Meeting now appears to be a retirement residence for outgoing and former governors.

Within the present Nationwide Meeting, whose life will expire on June 11, 2023, there are 14 former governors serving as senators representing districts from the north and south of the nation.

Whereas a number of the serving senators who’re ex-governors misplaced out within the just lately concluded main elections of their political events, some who’re about to complete their tenure because the chief govt officers of their respective states have gained tickets to take part within the 2023 senatorial elections.

Actually, some former governors at present serving as senators who didn’t get a return ticket within the APC have defected to different events to bag their tickets. A typical instance is former Kebbi governor, Adamu Aliero, who flipped over to the PDP to select its ticket for Kebbi Central.

In contrast to state governors whose tenure in workplace has a constitutional restrict of eight years, 4 years per time period, which is renewable, senators don’t have any restrict of phrases.

A number of political analysts say former governors have now made it a convention to retire to the senate to stay related throughout the loop of energy. Which explains why they do the whole lot legally doable, and even extra-legal, to win a ticket to the senate.

After the latest main elections of the assorted political events within the nation, PREMIUM TIMES discovered that 28 previous and serving governors could effectively return as both recent or returnees, as senators within the tenth senate.

There are 109 senators within the Nigerian Senate, together with the Senate President. If the entire 28 former governors and soon-to-be- ex-governors get elected to the tenth Senate, it means 1 / 4 of the senators can be former governors, a quantity that may type a conspicuous discussion board within the senate!

Ex-governors who could also be recent senators

Adams Oshiomhole

He’s a former two-term governor of Edo State and as soon as served because the Nationwide President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, a place that shot him into nationwide prominence.

Adams Oshiomhole

In addition to being a former governor, he’s additionally a former nationwide chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He was eyeing the nation’s primary job – president – till he emerged because the candidate of the APC for Edo North Senatorial District.

His emergence pressured the incumbent senator, Francis Alimikhena, a former political affiliate of Mr Oshiomhole, to flee to the PDP to search out succour. And he did discover succour in his new tent as a result of he gained the PDP ticket for the district. He’ll slug it out with Mr Oshiomhole in 2023.

If elected, Mr Oshiomhole can be a first-term senator, which can maintain him within the background going by the conference of the senate. Mr Oshiomhole could, nonetheless, change into a outstanding member, being a vocal voice, and will function a principal officer of the senate if Bola Tinubu is elected because the President.

Dave Umahi

The outgoing two-term governor of Ebonyi State participated within the APC presidential primaries the place he polled 38 votes to come back a distant sixth within the election gained by the previous Lagos State governor, Mr Tinubu.

Governor Dave Umahi [PHOTO CREDIT: @DavidNwezeUmahi2]
Governor Dave Umahi [PHOTO CREDIT: @DavidNwezeUmahi2]

Mr Umahi now holds the APC ticket for Ebonyi South, a ticket initially held in belief for him by his youthful brother, Austin, who had gained the primary primaries performed by the get together and monitored by INEC.

After Mr Umahi’s failed presidential bid, the APC cancelled the earlier primaries and rescheduled one other one which the governor gained.

Aminu Tambuwal

He isn’t new to the Nationwide Meeting having been a member of the Inexperienced Chamber up to now which culminated in his election because the Speaker of the seventh Home of Representatives throughout his third time period within the Home.

Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, Chairman of the PDP governor's forum [PHOTO CREDIT: @AWTambuwal]
Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, Chairman of the PDP governor’s discussion board [PHOTO CREDIT: @AWTambuwal]

Nonetheless, if elected within the February 2023 Nationwide Meeting elections, he can be a recent senator representing Sokoto South on the platform of the PDP.

He’s going to sq. up towards Ibrahim Danbaba, the incumbent senator representing the district, who just lately defected from the PDP to the APC.

Mr Tambuwal was elected governor of Sokoto State in 2015 on the platform of the APC however was re-elected in 2019 on the ticket of the PDP following his defection in 2018.

Mr Tambuwal had participated within the PDP presidential primaries of 2018 the place he got here second to the winner, Atiku Abubakar.

He additionally just lately participated within the 2022 presidential primaries although he stepped down on the tail finish to help Atiku Abubakar, who emerged because the winner, beating Governor Nyesom Wike, who got here second.

Darius Ishaku

The outgoing governor of Taraba State, if elected, can be serving as a senator for the primary time on the ticket of the PDP.

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He, as anticipated, simply gained the ticket of the ruling get together within the state for Taraba South.

Darius Ishaku
Darius Ishaku

Bar all odds, he’s anticipated to win the principle election, PDP being the dominant get together within the state.

From all indications, the architect-turned politician, going by his antecedents, will more than likely be a quiet, inconspicuous senator having fun with his retirement from gubernatorial duties, if elected.

Samuel Ortom

Like Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Ortom, on the final lap of his gubernatorial tenure in Benue, was elected governor of the state in 2015 below the APC however defected to the PDP in 2018 the place he was re-elected in 2019.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom [PHOTO CREDIT: @benuestategovt]
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom [PHOTO CREDIT: @benuestategovt]

Mr Ortom, a former minister and ex-official of the PDP, can be a recent senator representing Benue North-West if he wins the 2023 election. He gained the primaries as a consensus candidate.

Okezie Ikpeazu

Governor Ikpeazu of Abia State, if elected senator in 2023, will merely be following within the footsteps of his predecessors who’re present senators.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

Mr Ikpeazu, a PhD holder, at present has the PDP ticket for Abia South, and is predicted to win the election, different issues being equal.

If he wins, and Orji Kalu additionally wins, it signifies that two former governors of the state can be serving as senators within the tenth senate. It’s the identical state of affairs within the ninth senate with Mr Kalu and Theodore Orji each ex-governors of the state serving.

Abubakar Sani Bello

The outgoing two-term governor of Nigeria State needs to signify Niger North below the APC from 2023.

The incumbent senator, Aliyu Abdullahi, who’s in his second time period within the Senate, didn’t win the ticket of the get together for the third time period. He got here a distant second to Mr Bello within the main of the get together.

Ibrahim Danwkambo

The fast previous two-term governor of Gombe State tried to come back to the senate in 2019 after his tenure however misplaced the election to the incumbent senator for Gombe North, Seidu Akali of the APC.

With the ticket of the PDP in his kitty, having gained the first, Mr Dankwambo, a former accountant-general of the federation, will make an try once more within the 2023 election to be elected a senator, although it seems the state is firmly within the fingers of the APC.

Abdulaziz Yari

Abdulaziz Yari would have been within the senate since 2019 however for the judicial nullification of all the first elections of the APC in Zamfara State. The implication of this was that each one the victories polled by the APC within the 2019 basic elections have been ceded to the PDP which got here second, primarily based on the Supreme Courtroom ruling.

On the peak of the disaster rocking the APC within the state, Mr Yari virtually ditched the get together for the opposition.

Some political observers within the state attribute his APC senate ticket for Zamfara West to be a part of the rapprochement offers from Governor Bello Matawalle to make the previous governor keep put within the get together.

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

On the final lap of his gubernatorial stint within the Coal Metropolis, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi, like numerous his governor colleagues, can also be searching for a brand new life within the Senate on the platform of the PDP.

His profitable the ticket for Enugu North barely triggered any rumpus within the PDP, because the incumbent senator representing the zone, Chukuwka Utazi, didn’t buy a type to take part within the primaries as ‘a mark of respect for Governor Ugwuanyi.

It doesn’t appear the governor will lose the principle election come February 2023.

First elected into the Home of Representatives in 2003 to signify Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency, Mr Ugwuanyi, was additionally re-elected in 2007 and 2011, earlier than his election as Enugu Governor in 2015.

Simon Lalong

The outgoing governor of Plateau State isn’t new to legislative tasks as he as soon as served as a member of the Plateau State Home of Meeting and was even elected because the Speaker through the Joshua Dariye administration.

With the APC Plateau South ticket within the bag for the lawyer-turned politician, he could also be enjoying on the large stage as a lawmaker within the Pink Chamber come 2023

Gbenga Daniel

Gbenga Daniel can be reactivating his political profession after a lull enjoying on the periphery, following the top of his tenure because the chief helmsman of Ogun State in 2011.

Because the finish of his reign as governor, he was in political limbo till just lately when he moved to the APC from the PDP. And it appears, thus far, the facility brokers within the get together nonetheless want his providers, therefore his latest reward with the APC ticket for Ogun East.

He’s near the incumbent governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun, additionally searching for re-election for a second time period, and so they each come from the identical district.

Besides the sudden occurs, Mr Daniel can be within the Pink Chamber as a freshman senator in 2023, particularly because the PDP in Ogun continues to be battling an inside disaster.

Former governors who could also be returnee senators in 2023

Aliyu Wammako

Aliyu Wammako, a former two-term governor of Sokoto State, is the undisputed chief of the APC within the state.

Quiet and typically inconspicuous, but he’s no pushover within the politics of the North-west state.

First elected as a senator in 2015 and re-elected in 2019, bar all odds, he’ll but return as a third-term senator in 2023 to signify Sokoto Central, which contains eight native council areas.

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Although the ruling get together within the state is PDP, the APC can also be firmly rooted there, largely because of the management Mr Wammako is providing the get together within the state.

Kabiru Gaya

A Third Republic Governor of Kano State, Kabiru Gaya is searching for to be a fourth-time senator in 2023 to signify Kano South

He’s unassuming however may also be strategic in his political calculations. He was one of many main canvassers who marshalled help for the presidential ambition of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, towards the governor of the state, Umar Ganduje, who supported Bola Tinubu, who finally emerged because the presidential candidate of the APC.

The politics of the state is at present fluid because of the inside crises within the APC and the PDP and the emergence of a formidable third power, NNPP, led by a former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, an influential politician within the state.

Chimaroke Nnamani

Chimaroke Nnamani, governor of Enugu State between 1999 and 2007, appears to have gotten his political profession again following his re-election into the senate in 2019 below the PDP to signify Enugu East

He was within the senate between 2007 and 2011 shortly after his tenure as governor however didn’t return following his estrangement along with his former protege, Sullivan Chime, who took over the management of the state from him in 2007.

Following their parting of how, Mr Nnamani discovered it troublesome to outlive within the PDP till Mr Chime ended his tenure in 2015 and later moved over to the APC.

In 2019, Mr Nnamani re-emerged within the senate to signify Enugu East. He could as effectively come again in 2023 as a result of he already has the ticket for the get together in his bag for the district.

Additionally, his political creation, the Ebeano household, appears to be on the upward swing once more as his former chief of workers, Peter Mba, is the gubernatorial flag bearer of the PDP for the 2023 elections.

Umar Al-makura

He made an try just lately to give up the senate for the nationwide chairmanship of the APC however failed in his bid.

One other former senator from the state, Abdullahi Adamu, emerged the shock winner of the competition, believed to have been made doable by the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari.

First elected as a senator in 2019, Mr Almakura appears to be like sure to return in 2023 as a senator on the platform of the APC to proceed to signify Nasarawa South.

Danjuma Goje

Danjuma Goje completed his tenure because the governor of Gombe State in 2011 and has since been within the senate heading numerous committees, representing Gombe Central.

An APC member, he’s more than likely to return as a senator for the fourth time period in 2023, having reconciled with the incumbent governor, Inuwa Yahaya, with whom he had political variations within the latest previous.

Orji Kalu

A former two-term governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu, present Senate Chief Whip, could come again once more in 2023 as a second-term senator, representing Abia North.

Although the PDP is the ruling get together within the state and nonetheless very formidable as an election-winning get together within the state, Mr Kalu appears to have devised a manner of profitable elections regardless of the hurdles of being within the opposition.

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Kashim Shettima

Sensible and articulate, Kashim Shettima, an ex-governor of Borno State, is firmly in command of the APC within the state and enjoys a strong relationship with the present governor, Babagana Zulum.

Besides if he will get the next calling, like he’s being tipped as operating mate to Mr Tinubu, Mr Shettima appears to be like strong and set to return to the senate once more in 2023 to proceed representing Borno Central Senatorial district.

Ibrahim Gaidam

Quiet and easy-going, Ibrahim Gaidam is Yobe APC and by extension, Yobe State, the place he has the spectacular credit score of being the longest-serving governor of the state – ten years – up to now. He appears to be like set to return to the senate for the second time period in 2023 to proceed representing Yobe East.

Seriake Dickson

Popularly referred to as the ‘contriman governor’, Seriake Dickson appears to be like set to return to the senate in 2023 as a second termer. That is after his stint as a two-term governor of Bayelsa State on the platform of the PDP.

He was first elected to the senate within the October 2020 by-election for Bayelsa West. The seat turned vacant after the occupant was sworn in because the state’s deputy governor.

Earlier than his election because the governor of the oil-rich state, he had served as a member of the Home of Representatives within the sixth Inexperienced Chambers.

Saminu Turaki

2023 can be a decisive second for Saminu Turaki, a former governor of Jigawa State, who has been out of political circulation for some time.

Mr Turaki, who was first elected senator in 2007, could stage a comeback to the political limelight once more in 2023 if he wins within the basic elections.

He sojourned for some time within the APC, the ruling get together within the state, earlier than making his method to the PDP the place he emerged unopposed because the get together’s candidate for Jigawa North-west just lately.

He’s at present standing trial over an allegation of N32 billion fraud he allegedly perpetrated throughout his interval as governor.

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Gabriel Suswan

Gabriel Suswan served within the Home of Representatives for 2 phrases from the place he proceeded to be governor of Benue State for 2 consecutive phrases.

He tried to come back to the senate in 2015 after his gubernatorial stint however misplaced to Barnabas Gemade who contested below the APC. In 2019, he gained on the platform of the PDP to signify Benue North-east. He’s searching for re-election for the second time period in 2023.

Ibrahim Shekarau

A two-term governor of Kano State, from 2003 to 2011, Ibrahim Shekarau seeks to return to the senate for the second time period on the platform of the NNPP.

Ibrahim Shekarau

Mr Shekarau, who at present represents Kano Central within the ninth Senate, had defected to the NNPP from the APC as a consequence of some inside wranglings within the latter.

The NNPP is a brainchild of one other former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, with whom he used to tango politically up to now.

His mixture with Mr Kwankwaso, who’s operating for president, could sway the senate election within the path of Mr Shekarau.

The APC’s ticket for Kano Central is held by a senatorial beginner, Abdulsalam Zaura, backed by the outgoing governor of the state, Umar Ganduje.

Adamu Aliero

Adam Aliero was primarily a robust political power in Kebbi State the place he was governor, till just lately when he had points with the present governor, Atiku Bagudu, which precipitated his loss within the APC main for Kebbi Central.

Senator Adamu Aliero

Mr Aliero, a former minister of the FCT, has since defected to the PDP to attempt his luck once more within the 2023 elections.

He at present holds the PDP ticket for Kebbi Central, although there’s one other claimant, Haruna Saidu, who had earlier gained the PDP main supervised by INEC. It stays to be seen who can be recognised by INEC. Even at that, the eventual rightful proprietor of the ticket could also be determined by the courtroom in the long term, if there’s no amicable decision of the dispute between the events concerned.

If Mr Aliero wins, he can be returning to the Senate for the fourth time, thus, making him one of many longest-serving within the state.

Sam Egwu

Sam Egwu can be returning to the senate as a third-term senator if elected in 2023 to proceed representing Ebonyi North.

Mr Egwu, a former two-term governor of Ebonyi State on the platform of the PDP, additionally as soon as served as a minister of schooling within the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Sam Egwu

Though the ruling get together within the state is APC below the management of Governor Dave Umahi, who can also be contesting to be a senator, Mr Egwu, an ex-university trainer, is projected to win primarily based on the relative power of the PDP within the state and his personal grassroots recognition, although he gained the primaries performed by a faction of the get together loyal to him.

Mr Umahi is, nonetheless, believed to be doing the whole lot doable to ship your entire state to the APC, a celebration he embraced after he had gained his re-election in 2019 on the platform of the PDP.

Atiku Bagudu

He’s one of many northern governors within the APC who insisted that the get together should cede its presidential ticket to the southern a part of the nation.

Gov. Atiku Bagudu

Different issues being equal, he could also be coming to the Senate on the platform of the get together. Nonetheless, his emergence because the winner of the ticket for Kebbi Central and his administration of the get together within the state has additional polarised the get together, which led to the exit of some bigwigs, together with Mr Aliero, who’ve since embraced the opposition within the state.

Mr Bagudu can be returning to the senate for the third time period if he wins within the 2023 election. He was first elected to the senate in 2009 at a bye-election to select a substitute for Mr Aliero who was then appointed a minister by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua.

He gained once more in 2011, defeating Mr Aliero who contested on the platform of the defunct CPC. He moved to the APC and have become the governor of the state on its platform in 2015.

Godswill Akpabio

The fast previous Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, returned to select the Akwa Ibom North-west senatorial ticket for the APC after his failed presidential mission.

Godswill Akpabio

As issues stand, controversy surrounds the ticket as a result of it’s believed the faction of the get together that performed the primaries the place he emerged isn’t recognised by the regulation, though INEC reportedly monitored the election.

Nonetheless, within the listing of winners of the APC for numerous senatorial districts within the nation, the get together submitted the identify of Mr Akpabio towards Udom Ekpoudom, a retired Deputy Inspector Normal of the police, who had earlier gained the APC main performed by one other faction of the get together.

Mr Akpabio was first elected to the senate in 2015 on the platform of the PDP however didn’t return within the 2019 election after crossing over to the APC in a shock transfer.


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