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60 senators may not return in 2015

17 November 2014, 18:28

Abuja - About 60 out of the 109 members of the Senate may not return to the upper house of the National Assembly after the 2015 elections, reports NewsDay.

The figure comprises those who will not be returning because they are eyeing the governorship tickets of their parties, those ruled out by the power permutation in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those who due to the zoning policy of their senatorial districts, have been zoned out of the contest.

Also read: 11 PDP senators threaten to dump party

Already, more than 18 members of the  Senate are said to be interested in becoming governors in their respective states. They include Abubakar Yar’Adua (Katsina), Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia), Gyang Pwajok (Plateau), Ganiyu Solomon (Lagos), Helen Esuene (Akwa Ibom), Nkechi Nwaogu (Abia), Ayoade Adeseun (Oyo), Ayogu Eze (Enugu).

The others are Umar Tambuwal (Sokoto), Magnus Abe (Rivers), Chris Anyanwu (Imo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Simon Ajibola (Kwara), Paulinus Nwagu (Ebonyi) and Victor Lar (Plateau).

Also, about 40 senators belonging to the PDP would not return except the President Goodluck Jonathan and the party’s leadership convinced the PDP governors to rethink their opposition to the re-election of the senators.

The South-west zone is mostly hit as 12 out of the 18 senators from the zone wiil lose their seats in 2015.

Read more at NewsDay.

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