GOVERNORS CLASS: How govs who contested for senate fared in the elections

OrderPaperToday – Most governors rounding up their second terms in office often seek a move to the Senate. Little wonder, the red chamber is also known as a retirement home for quite a number of governors.

In the Saturday national assembly elections, 8 current governors were on the ballot while 16 former governors were up for re-election to represent their various senatorial districts.

Of the incumbent category, 6 won their elections while 2 were defeated. For incumbent governor-senators 6 were defeated while 10 won their re-election bid.

As things stands, 15 former governors will be in the 9th Assembly. This is 14.7% of the 109 senators that will constitute members of the red chamber from June, 2019.

INCUMBENT GOVERNOR-WINNERS

Rochas Okorocha (APC, Imo)

The controversial governor of Imo state is on his way to the Senate after defeating Jones Onyereri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by polling 97,762 votes against the latter’s 68,117. He was elected as governor in 2011 and is on his second term in office.

Despite the controversy surrounding the election, as the Returning Officer, Innocent Ibeawuchi, claimed to have announced the results under duress, Okorocha has been declared as the Senator-elect for Imo West. This iberiberism exponent has had a tumultuous tenure as governor ending with a controversial bid to install his son-inlaw as successor.

Ibikunle Amosun (APC, Ogun)

Amosun is also on his way to the senate after his tenure ends as the Ogun State governor come May 29, 2019. He was elected as governor in 2011 and is on his second term in office.

He polled 88,110 votes to defeat his main challenger, Titi Oseni–Gomez of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) who scored 37,101 votes.

Notably, Amosun who is a former senator (2003-2007) and so will be returning to the red chamber as a ranking member.

AbdulAziz Yari (APC, Zamfara)

This governor who got serious backlash over a misguided comment that meningitis was a divine punishment for sin almost did not make it to the ballot due to a pall of disqualification of all Zamfara State candidates by INEC.

Gov. Yari of the APC polled 153,626 votes while Lawal Hassan of the PDP scored 69,293 votes in the Saturday elections.

He will be representing Zamfara West, replacing Sen. Sani Yerima who is a former governor, in the 9th Assembly. Notably, Yari was a member of the House of Representatives and so will be returning to the federal legislature as a ranking member.

Kashim Shettima (APC, Borno)

The governor of Borno State will represent Borno Central at the next Assembly having polled 340,898 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Mohammed Abba-Aji of the PDP who got 75, 509 votes.

Ibrahim Geidam (APC, Yobe)

Despite reports that the governor of Yobe state could not vote in the elections due to boko haram insecurity, Gaidam scored 139, 277 votes to defeat his closest challenger Tata Abbagana of PDP who scored 18,059.

Geidam will replace Bukar Ibrahim, a former governor, as representative of Yobe East Senatorial District.

Tanko Almakura (APC, Nasarawa)

The governor of Nasarawa state will join his predecessor, Sen. Abdulahi Adamu in the red chamber from June this year.

Mr. Al-Makura of the All Progressives Congress (APC), polled 113,156 to defeat incumbent Senator Suleiman Adokwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 104,595 votes.

INCUMBENT GOVERNOR-LOSERS

Abiola Ajumobi (APC, Oyo)

Mr. ‘Constituted authority’ lost his senatorial bid to Kola Balogun of the PDP.

The governor of Oyo state who is also a former Senator contested for Oyo South Senatorial District, but lost to his rival who polled 105,720 votes as against his 92, 218 votes.

Ibrahim Dankwambo (PDP, Gombe)

This election cycle is bad one for Governor Dankwambo, who suffered defeat at the PDP presidential primary election last December in Pirt Harcourt.

Last Saturday also, Dankwambo polled only 88,016 votes against Saidu Ahmed Alkali of the APC who got 152,551 votes. He lost a bid to become a senator.

Dankwambo who is Atiku Abubakar’s campaign coordinator for the Northeast could not deliver the state for Atiku, as the PDP candidate also suffered defeat.

EX GOVERNOR-WINNERS

10 former governors will be in the red chamber in the 9th Assembly

Gabriel Suswan (PDP, Benue)

The former governor of Benue state (2007 to 2015) defeated Sen. Barnabas Gemade of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to emerge as the senator-elect for Benue north district.

Gemade, a former National Chairman of PDP, recently returned to the PDP after joining the APC boat in 2014. When he was unable to secure a ticket in PDP, he decamped again to the SDP where he won the nomination but lost the election.

This is the second time the two political heavy weights will be slugging it out for the senate seat with Gemade emerging victorious in 2015. The tables have now turned and ex-governor Suswam is the man with a last laugh.

Chimaroke Nnamani (PDP, Enugu)

Nnamani, the former Governor of Enugu state will represent Enugu East Senatorial District in the 9th assembly.

Nnamani who contested under the PDP polled 128,843 votes to beat Lawrence Eze of APC who garnered 14,586 votes and the APGA candidate who polled a total of 1,586 votes to come a distant third. He was governor between 1999 to 2007 and got elected senator for a single term thereafter. He is therefore coming in as a ranking member of the red chamber.

Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe)

The Chairman of Senate Appropriations Committee and former governor of Gombe State has been re-elected to represent Gombe Central Senatorial District for the 3rd time.

Goje of APC polled 110,116 votes to defeat his closest rival, Alhaji Abubakar Nono of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), who garnered 39,760 votes. He was governor between 1999 and 2007.

Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa)

The former governor of Nasarawa state has been in the Senate since 2011 and he has been elected for the 3rd time to represent Nasarawa East Senatorial district.

Sen. Abdullahi Adamu of APC scored 115,298 votes while his rival, Alhaji Bala Ahmed Aliyu of PDP scored 85,615 votes.

In Feb 2010, Adamu was arrested for allegedly embezzling $100 million of public funds.

Aliyu Wammako (APC, Sokoto)

The former governor of Sokoto state, AliYu Wammako of the APC defeated Ahmed Maccido of the PDP to emerge again as the representative of Sokoto North Senatorial District. He was governor between 2007 to 2015.

Wammako scored a total of 172,980 votes against Maccido’s 138,922.

Senator Wammako was first elected into the red chamber in 2015 and is currently in supremacy battle with his successor, Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state.

Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia)

After failed attempts in the past, former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu will represent Abia North Senatorial district in the 9th assembly.

Kalu won with 30,580 votes while the closest opposition candidate from the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, recorded 21,940 votes.

Like most other former governors, the former presidential candidate of the PPA is under prosecution for N7.3B alleged fraud while serving as Abia state governor between 1999 to 2007.

Kalu will join his successor in office, Theodore Orji and his former deputy, Enyinnaya Abaribe, in the Senate. He was a member of the House of Representatives in the botched third republic.

Theodore Orji  (PDP, Abia)

The successor to Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, Theodore Orji, also secured his re-election bid to the senate.

He will continue to represent Abia Central Senatorial district in the 9th Assembly.

Orji polled a total of 55,461 votes to beat his APC opponent, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu who polled 29,860 votes. He was governor from 2007 to 2015 and then got elected to the senate.

Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano)

The former presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the 2011 general elections will be representing Kano Central in the 9th assembly.

The former governor of Kano who is now in the APC defeated the candidate of the PDP Aliu Madaki.

Shekarau scored 506, 271 votes to defeat Madaki who polled 276, 768 votes. This means Shekarau will replace his arch political enemy, Kwankwaso in the senate.

Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano)

Gaya, a former governor of Kano state in the short lived 3rd republic won his 5th term into the senate on Saturday.

Gaya polled 319,004 votes to beat his close opponent, Sani Rogo of PDP, who scored 217,520 votes. Yahaya Karaye of PRP came third with 30,013 votes.

Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi)

Adamu Aliero, a former governor of Kebbi state will continue to represent Kebbi Central Senatorial district in the 9th Assembly. He served as governor of the state from 1999 to 2007.

Adamu who is former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) polled 232,000 votes to defeat Shehu Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second with 75,638 votes.

 

FORMER GOVERNOR-LOSERS

Bukola Saraki (PDP, Kwara)

The Senate President and Director General of Atiku campaign Organization, Bukola Saraki, suffered defeat in his bid for 3rd term in the senate.

The godfather of Kwara politics served as governor of Kwara state from 2003-2011 before moving to the senate in 2011.

Saraki was defeated by Ibrahim Oloriegbe who polled 123, 808 votes to defeat the Senate President who scored 68, 994 votes in the four local governments of Kwara Central Senatorial District.

Emmanuel Uduagan (APC, Delta)

The former Governor of Delta state tried to dislodge James Manager, one of the longest serving senators in the Senate, but failed.

Uduaghan who recently decamped to the APC challenged Sen. Manager for the Delta South Senatorial district seat but managed to poll only 125,776 against Manager’s 258,812.

Uduaghan will not join his colleagues in the senate. He was governor between 2007 to 2015.

Godswill Akpabio (APC, Akwa Ibom)

Akpabio also succumbed to a crushing defeat in his request for re-election into the senate.

Akpabio who was the governor of the oil rich Akwa-ibom from 2007-2015 was defeated by Chris Ekpenyong who polled 118,215 votes to defeat the former who got 83,158 votes.

The former minority leader of the senate has been in a battle of control of the state with his godson and successor, Udo Emmanuel.

Olusegun Mimiko (ZLP, Ondo)

Mimiko’s aspiration to represent Ondo Central Senatorial district suffered a defeat on Saturday.

Mimiko served as governor of the sunshine state from 2009-2017 but came a distance third in the three horse race.

Both Mimiko and the incumbent senator, Tayo Alasoadura of the APC could not stand the tsunami of former Senator Ayo Akinyelure of the PDP.

Sen. Akinyelure scored 66,978 to beat the APC candidate to second place with 57,828. Mr. Mimiko came a distant third with a score of 56,624.

Andy Uba (APC, Anambra)

Although Andy Uba served for 14 days in 2007 as the governor of Anambra state, he is still regarded as former governor.

He has been in the senate since 2011 but his re-election bid on Saturday under the platform of the APC failed. He was defeated by the chairman of Capital Oil and Gas, Ifeanyi Ubah.

More humiliating for the ranking senator is that he came a distant 4th. Ubah of Young Progresives Party (YPP) polled a total of 87, 081 votes to emerge winner of the Anambra South Senatorial District, while the younger brother of the incumbent Senator, Chris Uba polled 62,462 votes. Nicholas Ukachukwu, candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) scored 51,269 votes. Sen. Andy Uba, the incumbent and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate got 13,245 votes.

George Akume (APC, Benue)

Sen. Akume, a former governor of Benue State has been in the senate since 2007 but his fourth term re-election bid succumbed to defeat at the hands of a member of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Oker-Jev.

Akume who is the leader of the ruling APC following the defection of the state governor, Samuel Ortom and Sen. Barnabas Gemade from APC was defeated by Oker-Jev who got 157,726 votes to Akume’s 115, 422.

 

THEN WE HAVE THE ‘DROP OUTS’

This category of former governors mostly lost out of presidential and governorship primary elections:

David Mark (military governor of Niger state, 1984-1986) who has been in the Senate for about 16 years lost out of a presidential election bid; same as Jonah Jang (military governor of Benue and Gongola state and elected governor of Plateau state 2007-2015), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano, 1999-2003, 2011-2015) while Shabba Lafiaji (Kwara, 1992-1993) lost out of the Kwara state governorship election primaries of the APC.

Joshua Dariye, former governor of Plateau State, is in prison while Jeremiah Oseni, ex military governor, is the governorship candidate of the PDP in Plateau. Sani Yerima and Bukar Ibrahim both ceded their seats to their state governors who are from their districts.

 

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