NEWBIES: Ex-minister, Abba Moro, makes way to senate

OrderPaperToday – Gaining admission into Senate for the very first time to represent Benue South senatorial district is the former minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He takes the seat from David Mark who has served five terms including two as President of the Senate before voluntarily retiring from the red chamber.

According to the INEC Returning Officer, Professor Aunde Anune, Moro got 85,162 votes to beat his main challenger, Steven Lawani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled 47,972.

Abba Moro was born 3 July 1956 in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State and had his primary education at LGEA special Primary School, Odessassa between 1963 and 1969. He later attended Emmanuel Secondary School at Ugbokolo from 1969 to 1974 before proceeding to Federal Government College, Kano where he obtained a Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1975. He proceeded to the University of Lagos where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and Master of Science (M. sc) degree in Public administration in 1980 and 1983 respectively.

The senator-elect was elected chairman of Okpokwu Local Government Council in 1998. He was the PDP candidate for the governorship election in 2007 but lost to the opposition party and on July 2011, he was appointed as Minister of Interior by President Goodluck Jonathan.

His tenure as minister witnessed the deaths of several youths seeking employment into the Nigeria Immigration Service following a stampede in the stadium where a test had been scheduled to hold.

Reporting by Owokade Oluwatomilade

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