OrderPaperToday – Like some Senators already profiled some members of the House of Representatives are equally eyeing governorship seats across the country. In this category, we also have members running as deputy governorship candidates.

In this report, OrderPaperNG examines the level of participation and legislative track record of these individuals in the green chamber in the current tenure.

Razak Atunwa

Atunwa, a former Speaker of the Kwara state house of assembly, presently represents Asa/ Ilorin West federal constituency in the green chamber and chairs the House Committee on Justice.

His committee investigated the alleged corruption in the award of Oil Prospecting License (OPL) 245 (popularly referred to as the Malabu scandal) to the tune over $1.1 billion involving former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke. In the course of the assignment, his committee moved to summon former President Goodluck Jonathan.

On the legislative flank, he sponsored a bill to make provisions for a system of standard scale fines and financial penalties imposed by courts, tribunal and other statutory instruments. He also moved a motion against the discriminatory treatment of Nigerian Cabin crew of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Formerly in the APC, he jumped ship to PDP following the Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s departure, being an ardent follower of the latter. This was evident when he stood up against the former Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, who had a face-off with Saraki.

Under the PDP, Atunwa is known for his confrontational stance against President Muhammadu Buhari who he described as a “tyrant”. Atunwa minced no words in expressing his displeasure at President Buhari for vetoing the electoral act amendment bill and cautioned his administration from proposed plans to increase taxes and tariff in a bid to grow the country’s GDP.

He emerged as the PDP gubernatorial flag bearer for Kwara state after beating an incumbent Senator, Shaaba Lafiagi. Atunwa was reportedly exposed for neglecting the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, an offence that could cost him eligibility for the office he seeks in addition to a 12 months imprisonment.

He was however able to scale through the controversy and made the final governorship list released by INEC.

Adekunle Akinlade

Akinlade represents Egbado South and Ipokia federal constituency of Ogun state and is the Chairman on House committee on Science and Technology.

There is no notable bill to his name although he is not found wanting in terms of sponsorship of motions. One of his motions asked for a probe some $17billion under remittances into the federation account; and another on cross border communal confrontation from the Republic of Benin in Itongeji Island of Ogun state.

Akinlade is the incumbent Governor’s ‘anointed’ candidate but was unable to secure ticket of the APC. He however left for the Allied People’s Movement (APM) which quickly made him its gubernatorial flag bearer.

Tony Nwulu

Nwulu is the author of the historic Not Too Young To Run bill which reduced age restriction for running for political offices in the country. To his credit, the bill was eventually assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari after a period of sustained pressure. The bill is arguably the only legislative effort attached to his name as even his attendance in the green chamber is nothing to write home about.

As part of the ConsTrack project, this newspaper queried him for his missing funds and projects for zonal intervention (constituency projects) in the 2016 budget- a claim he is yet to respond.

He was elected into the green chamber under the platform of PDP to represent Oshodi/Isolo II federal constituency of Lagos state but soon after his defection to the United People’s Party (UPP), he got the governorship ticket to contest as their candidate in Imo state.

David Ombugadu

Ombugadu represents Eggon, Akwanga and Wamba federal constituency and is also running for the governorship seat of Nasarawa under the PDP. He is said to be quite popular at the grassroots.

The bills crested to his name include amendment to the Freedom of Information Act bill, Forestry Research of Nigeria bill, repeal of the National Planning Commission Act bill and co-sponsored the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria Act.

As the Chairman House committee on HIV/AIDS, he expressed readiness to sponsor a bill that will decriminalize prostitution and called on the Nigerian Sex Workers Association to submit a proposal with the aim of curbing the spread of the viral disease.

Sunday Marshall

He currently represents the Jaba/ Zangon Kataf federal constituency of Kaduna state. Although he is not running for the main seat, he was chosen to serve as the running mate to the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Isa Ashiru.

One of his motions led to the investigation of the loss of $21 billion crude revenue to International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in the country while another sought to revive the textile industries.

Mr. Marshal was one of the members of the House who rejected the idea of establishing cattle colony in any part of Southern Kaduna and was part of the six reps from Kaduna state who moved against the incumbent Governor, Nasir el-Rufai by refusing to support the request of $350m World Bank loan made by the latter.

He chaired the ad hoc committee that discovered loopholes in the digital sector, asking for amendment of its laws including the National Broad Casting Commission (NBC) after its investigation into the process of Digital Switch Over from analogue transmission to digital terrestrial transmission.

Mohammed Onawo

Onawo is the Chairman House Committee on Industries and serves the representatives of Awea/Doma/Keana constituency of Nasarawa state.

He expressed unflinching support to the proposal of cattle colonies for herdsmen which was unanimously rejected by his colleagues who rather asked that the Federal Government work out modalities for the establishment of ranches by interested parties.

His motion led to the summoning of the security chiefs over the worrisome violence and insurgence ravaging several states in the country and another to investigate the funds collected from the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) from 2010 to 2015 by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

A bill sponsored him called for the establishment of a federal college of education, Doma.

He was chosen to serve as the running mate to his colleague, David Ombugadu.


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