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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged victorious in the February 25 National Assembly election, securing the majority of seats in the Senate. However, within the first 100 days of their tenure, several APC senators were sacked for various reasons.
One of the primary reasons for the dismissal of these senators was their failure to effectively represent their constituents. Many of them were accused of neglecting the needs and concerns of the people who elected them into office. This lack of accountability and responsiveness led to widespread dissatisfaction among the electorate, prompting their removal.
Another factor that contributed to the sacking of these senators was their involvement in corrupt practices. Despite the APC’s commitment to fighting corruption, some of their own senators were implicated in bribery, embezzlement, and other unethical activities. This betrayal of public trust was met with swift action, as the party took a strong stance against any form of corruption within its ranks.
In addition, a few senators were ousted due to their inability to work harmoniously with their colleagues.
Senator Thomas Onowakpo, Delta South
Senator Thomas Onowakpo, representing Delta South, was recently removed from office by the Delta State Senatorial Election Tribunal. The tribunal ruled in favor of Michael Diden, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had filed a petition against Onowakpo. The tribunal cited the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to follow proper procedures in the election declaration. As a result, a rerun of the election will be held within the next 90 days.
Jibrin Isah, Kogi East
Jibrin Isah, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Kogi East, was recently removed from his position by the Kogi State senatorial election petition tribunal. The tribunal ruled that there should be a supplementary election in the senatorial district due to the cancellation of the election in 94 polling units, which had over 59,730 votes. The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the district has taken the matter to court. The supplementary poll will take place in the affected polling units.
Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere, Kogi Central
Abubakar Sadiku-Ohere, who represented Kogi Central, was recently removed from office by Justice Kemakolam Ojiako of the tribunal in Kogi State. The tribunal declared Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan as the rightful winner of the February 24 election in the senatorial district. Natasha had filed a petition requesting the nullification of Sadiku-Ohere’s victory and for her to be declared the winner. The tribunal had been reviewing the arguments from both the petitioner and the respondent since July before making its decision.
This article was updated 3 weeks ago