OrderPaperToday– Going by the final list of cleared candidates recently released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 128 out of 360 members of the House of Representatives won’t be returning.
This figure represents 35.6% of the total number of members in the green chamber.
For the Senate, 36 senators representing 33.03% of the 109 members have been ruled out of the 9th assembly.
Currently, in states like Zamfara and Rivers the All Progressives Congress (APC) do not have the names of their candidates on the list as released by INEC, apparently in abeyance to a court order. This is somewhat of an automatic disqualification for APC lawmakers from these two states.
Kaduna State is in the lead with 8 lawmakers followed by Katsina and Osun States with 7 members respectively that will not return to the House of Representatives in the 9th assembly.
However, the following States: Abia, Ebonyi, Edo, FCT and Taraba have just a member each not coming back to Abuja.
In terms of the party with highest number of lawmakers who lost their tickets, the APC has 75; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with 50; and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and Action Democratic Congress (ADC) have a member each not returning.
For the senate, the non-returnees across party lines are distributed thus: APC 19, PDP, 16 and ADC with just 1.