All good issues, they are saying, should finish. The Eighth Senate was adjourned Sine Die on Thursday to mark the top of the legislative enterprise of the higher chamber. It was a sobering day for the excessive and mighty within the Senate chamber with a prolonged valedictory session to cap all of it.
It was additionally a day to say goodbye to the Senate with all its points of interest, a day to start to plot the way to face the world exterior the confines of the Nationwide Meeting advanced. For some, it was a day for chest beating and again patting. For others, particularly those that suffered defeat within the February 23, senatorial election, they sported the complete weight of a misplaced election like clothes.
Though a lot of the senators laboured to place up the ambiance of camaraderie within the chamber whereas the session lasted, it was apparent that many have been misplaced in considered the life after the Senate. Some couldn't conceal their emotion. Many didn't attend the session apparently for lack of what to say.
The large query is: what’s subsequent for among the heavyweights within the Eighth Senate who fell by the wayside throughout the election?
The place do bigwigs like Abubakar Bukola Saraki, David Mark, Godswill Akpabio, George Akume, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Ahmed Yerima, Magnus Abe, Shehu Sani, Gbenga Ashafa, Tayo Alasoadura, John Owan Enoh and others go from right here?
It could be tough to decipher or decode what the longer term holds in inventory for these movers and shakers of the Eighth Senate. What is for certain, nevertheless, is that a few of them are usually not completed politically. Some are already licking their wounds, whereas these within the All Progressives Congress (APC), who misplaced their deposit to return to the Senate, could also be fortunate to clinch ministerial and/or board appointments.
As a matter of truth, a few of them who're of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) extraction might return to the drafting board to plot a comeback. Some will play opposition politics as a way of survival.
For the two- time period former governor of Kwara State, the longer term seems unsure and the setting seems unfriendly. He misplaced his state to the APC. It was a humiliating defeat. The state rejected the whole lot he stood for or represented.
For 16 years, he had known as the photographs within the state. His phrases have been legal guidelines, his needs have been instructions. At the moment, a brand new order is in place. These against him through the years are in cost. He's now a political reject. Can he bounce again within the state? Will probably be fascinating to observe Saraki main the opposition in Kwara.
Going by the fluid nature of Nigerian politics, he might reach staging a political comeback within the state. However what turns into of him on the nationwide stage? Quickly after his defection to the Peoples Democratic Get together final 12 months, he was made the Nationwide Chief of the get together, being the very best political workplace holder within the get together. Will he retain the place now that he holds no political workplace?
Those that know him say his ambition to rule the nation as President nonetheless burns excessive in him. Though some describe the ambition as an uphill process for him, others see him as one politician who is aware of the way to surmount obstacles. Can he mount a robust marketing campaign for President as a non-office holder? Can he match former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a veteran of presidential contest? Will an Aminu Tambuwal, as an illustration, queue behind him? Will he nonetheless have the clout to pose any critical problem? The subsequent 4 years will both make or utterly render him irrelevant politically.
He declared his retirement from energetic politics voluntarily. Some say along with his wealth of expertise, the Benue South former Senate President will all the time be related within the scheme of issues within the nation. Some describe him because the cat with 9 lives.
Mark, who side-stepped the legendary banana peel within the Senate for eight years, is alleged to have weighed the choices and determined to take a deserved bow from the Senate. Others see him in another way. They imagine he's in his twilight years politically.
On the nationwide airplane, he will not be a think about his get together. In Benue the place the PDP is in energy, his alliance with the governor, Senator Suswan, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu and others secured victory for his get together. If the working understanding lasts, his relevance is assured. If it derails, he could also be seen and heard however ineffective.
For Akpabio, who represented Akwa Ibom North West, the coast is just not clear. He vowed in his speech throughout the valedictory session that he can be a part of the Ninth Senate. Akpabio is in courtroom to retrieve what he described as his “stolen mandate.” How he's going to do it's but to be seen.
However it's also mentioned that Akpabio is already negotiating for a ministerial slot. Any manner it goes, the “unusual Senator” should still play a task. His dwelling state is a hostile setting.
Senator George Akume holds the enviable report as the primary elected governor of Benue State to spend two phrases in workplace from 1999 to 2007. He adopted that up with a victory within the contest for the senatorial seat of Benue North-West and finally turned the minority chief of the higher chamber.
Within the jostle for the seat of the Senate President throughout the build-up to the Eighth Senate, he was a frontrunner earlier than he stepped down for Ahmad Lawan when it seemed just like the latter was the candidate favoured by the get together’s hierarchy till the Dr. Bukola Saraki pulled the rug off his ft by suborning members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) to emerge the Senate President.
If he had hoped to revive his ambition of turning into Senate President within the Ninth Senate, that too got here crashing as he misplaced his bid for re-election Orker Jev, a former member of the Home of Representatives and candidate of the PDP.
However he's in courtroom to problem his defeat, believing that it's not over till it's over. If he loses his bid to retrieve his mandate, he'll hinge his hope on securing a ministerial slot on the centre. In any other case, he might spend the subsequent 4 years within the winter.
Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was the primary governor of Kano State within the Fourth Republic, elected on the platform of the Individuals’s Democratic Get together. After ruling the state from 1999 to 2003, he misplaced his re-election bid to Ibrahim Shekarau within the 2003 governorship elections.
However he returned as governor in 2011 for one more four-year time period that resulted in 2015 when he contested the presidential primaries of the APC however misplaced to President Muhammadu Buhari.
His bid for the presidential ticket of the PDP additionally fell on its face as he misplaced it to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who additionally misplaced the election correct to President Muhammadu Buhari. Though Kwankwaso was handed the PDP construction within the state as a manner of compensation, his son-in-law who he backed for the governorship seat additionally misplaced.
His subsequent line of motion stays unclear, notably as he has since fallen out along with his former deputy and incumbent governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje. The defeat of the PDP governorship candidate in Kano State, observers say, might pressure him to retreat to plan a recent political onslaught to be able to stay related.
Former Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Sani Yerima, is standard for championing the reason for Sharia by being the primary governor to undertake it because the official mode of administration in his state. He held sway because the governor of the state for eight years from 1999 to 2007 earlier than successful election to the Senate.
Having been within the Senate since 2007, he was not a candidate within the final Nationwide Meeting elections. But when he had hoped to retire to the state along with his get together man within the saddle as governor, destiny determined in any other case because the Supreme Court docket declared all of the elections received by his get together within the state null and void.
With the nullification of APC elections in Zamfara State, new leaders have emerged. How he'll get across the troubling state of affairs stays unsure. How far he may go within the circumstance is unsure if his plan was to retire to Zamfara to play godfather politics.
He might, nevertheless, be aiming for a ministerial slot from his get together on the centre if solely to maintain his political relevance within the subsequent 4 years.
Senator Gbenga Ashafa, a civil servant-turned-politician, was within the Senate for 2 phrases representing Lagos East.
Though he was seen within the APC in Lagos and within the Senate, that was not sufficient to earn him one other time period. He misplaced the get together’s main to four-term member of the Lagos State Home of Meeting, Bayo Osinowo.
Observers count on him to stay in APC and stay seen. In addition they see him enterprise vigorously into enterprise.
He was within the Senate for only one time period representing Ondo Central.
He received election into the Senate on the platform of the APC in 2015 however fell out with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Having misplaced on each fronts, Abuja and Ondo, his subsequent transfer stays a matter of conjecture.
Senator Magnus Abe was one of many governorship aspirants whose desires collapsed within the simply concluded common elections. His bid to safe the governorship ticket may, nevertheless, not materialise as he engaged among the get together’s leaders in a working battle.
Satisfied that the governorship main of the get together didn't observe a due course of, he dragged the get together to courtroom to problem the candidacy of Tonye Patrick-Cole who had emerged the governorship candidate of the APC by means of the get together’s direct primaries.
He heaved a sigh of triumph when the Supreme Court docket dominated the candidacy of Patrick-Cole null and void. All of the whereas, there have been allegations within the APC circle that Abe was doing the bidding of Governor Nyesom Wike and different PDP stalwarts in his battles with the management of APC.
Even now, there are robust speculations that the Rivers East senator might defect to PDP to actualise his ambition. It is usually being speculated that the governorship slot of Rivers State can be zoned to his space in 2013 to pave manner for Abe to run.
Along with his rumoured closeness to Governor Nyesom Wike, Abe might exploit the state of affairs to grease his political marketing campaign for 2023.
JOHN OWAN ENOH
The erstwhile senator from Cross River Central was one of many aspirants who had a shot on the governorship slot of Cross River State.
Though he got here from the academia to bestride the darkish house of politics, Enoh weathered the storm to emerge the governorship candidate of APC. Sadly, he misplaced the election to the incumbent governor and candidate of the PDP, Ben Anyade.
Lots of people imagine that Enoh may return to the ivory tower and use it as a base from the place he would make one other shot on the governorship seat when the chance beckons once more.
The senator from Kaduna Central was a type of who weren't in good phrases with the governors of their states. Between him and Governor Nasir el-Rufai, there was no love misplaced, therefore his defeat on the ballot didn't come as a shock to many.
His working battle with el-Rufai is seen by many as his undoing. However Sani is one which many would see as a cat with 9 lives.
Having failed to choose the APC ticket, he defected to the Peoples Redemption Get together (PRP) from the place he hoped to grasp his ambition of re-election into the Senate. Nevertheless, he misplaced.
His subsequent line of motion could also be tough to foretell, contemplating that he got here from the background of an activist and will but return to his consolation zone. Lots of people imagine that activism runs within the vein of the Kaduna Central senator. (The Nation)