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Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Nigerian Senate Bars 1st Term Senators From Running For Senate President Or Deputy..

Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 amended its standing orders to effectively stop first-term senators from vying for the position of Senate president and deputy Senate president.

This move by the Senate came a few months after Senator Abdulaziz Yari, a first-term senator who had earlier served in the House of Representatives, contested against Senator Godswill Akpabio for the position of Senate president.

With the new amendment to the standing orders of the Senate, first-term senators are now excluded from those qualified or eligible to contest for the position of presiding officers of the Red Chambers.

The amendment of rule 3(2) (1-3) of the Senate Standing Orders followed a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC – Ekiti Central).
It was titled: “Amendment of the Standing Orders of the Senate pursuant to Order 109 of the Senate Standing Orders, 2022 (As Amended).”
Rule 3 of the Senate Standing Orders as amended now stipulates that any senator wishing to contest for the position of the Senate President and Deputy Senate President must have spent a minimum of one term in the senate.

from The Nation


  1. Ridiculous. So to them, it's a given that senators will always win more than 1 term? What happens when there is a better leader among the 1st timers than the returning senators? They would rather elect a mediocre leader as usual.

    1. They are not interested in capacity

  2. What happens if the electorate kick out all serving senators and only elect all new people?
    Meaning everyone in the senate would be a 1st timer, who go lead them then.
    It sounds far fletcher, but if the electorate means business, they can kick all of them out and vote new people all round. Sha, benefits infrastructure no go let the..


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