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After the elections had been won and the ruling All Progressive (APC) will be dominating the National Assembly in Abuja, it’s obvious that APC will be producing the next President who will be succeeding the outgoing President Bukola Saraki.

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The race for the presidency of the 9th senate, to be inaugurated in June, has already started. The All Progressives Congress (APC) has secured 65 seats announced so far according to The Nation.

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The top contender for that position of Senate president has to be Ahmad Lawan, senator representing Yobe north senatorial district, reported TheCable.

He was believed to have been favoured for the position by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Lawan was re-elected by his constituents on Saturday and is one of the ranking APC senators.

Four years ago, the APC caucus in the Senate was divided over the leadership of the national assembly. In an attempt to broker peace between the two APC factions, the president had summoned an emergency meeting at the International Conference Centre (ICC). While Lawan and his supporters were there, Bukoal Saraki teamed up with the PDP to become the nation’s No. 3 citizen.

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… Senator Kabiru Marafa chairman senate committee on petroleum and lawmaker representing Zamfara Central at the National Assembly

In the end, Lawan was compensated with the position of Senate majority leader.

HE REMAINED LOYAL TO THE APC NONTHELESS

Despite his hopes getting shattered, Lawan stayed with the APC even when the party was hit with wave of defections. On one occasion, APC lost 14 senators with Saraki announcing his exit shortly after.

Amid the defection storm, Lawan remained there to lead his colleagues and defend the APC. He defended the president for not signing the electoral act amendment bill and opposed those who contemplated impeaching the president.

ONE OF THE LONGEST SERVING LEGISLATORS

Lawan has been a member of the national assembly since the return of democracy in 1999, together with David Mark and Nicholas Mutu.

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… Ahmad Lawan

He was first elected a member of the of representatives in where he chaired the committees on education and agriculture at different times. After eight years in the lower legislative chamber, Lawan took a shot at the senate in 2007 and was elected to represent Yobe north district, a position he has held ever since.

He is unarguably one of the most experienced APC lawmaker returning to the 9th senate, having been at the two chambers.

STRONG ACADEMIC RECORDS

The 60-year-old is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri where he read geography. He also has a postgraduate diploma in land survey, an MSc and PhD in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS), all from the University of Cranfield, United Kingdom.

TINUBU’S ADMIRATION FOR HIM

At a recent meeting of some APC leaders in Ibadan, Oyo state, Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC, spoke glowingly of Lawan. He defended the party’s choice of him as Senate president in 2015, praising his continued loyalty to the party.

“Senator Lawan … you are a great example of a very consistent and intellectually resourceful leader that we have in this country,” he said.

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… President Buhari chats with APC chieftain Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at a Presidential Dinner in honour of members of the National Assembly

“We saw in him, these leadership traits and the qualities we wanted in the Senate President. We know you are qualified and competent to be, that you would have led the most important arm of our government more effectively but the political prostitutes and their robbers and their collaborators denied you of it because of selfishness and selfish aggrandisement.

“But instead of fleeing, you remained constant and consistent, seeing this institution as a place for truly lawmaking that we the people and you have remained consistent and constant ever since on a progressive stand. Thank you.”

LAWAN GETTING SET?

Shortly after he won reelection bid, the senator the APC is not only confident of producing the next Senate president but that such senate leadership will mend the broken ties between the legislature and the executive.

“This time, it will not be the kind of National Assembly that will betray the trust of Nigerians; the national assembly will support Mr President to meet the needs of Nigerians,” he had said.

“The time for unnecessary bickering and opposition has come to an end; we cannot afford to waste more time on unnecessary and denying the people of the much needed development. The national assembly will support and cooperate with the president to effectively serve the interest of Nigerians.”

Sounds like he already has his plans all figured out and just waiting for the big moment.

Apart from Lawan, there are other ranking senators who could become senate president if the position is zoned to the north-east or north-central.

ABDULLAHI ADAMU

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… Abdullahi Adamu

Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa state who will be serving his third time in the senate, is a possible candidate for the . The senator was once accused of plotting the removal of Saraki but he later denied this, describing Saraki as his son. He represents Nasarawa west senatorial district.

ALI NDUME

NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT AFTER BUKOLA SARAKI IS… Ali Ndume

Ndume who represents Borno south senatorial district is also another possible contender. He is also returning to the upper legislative chamber for a third term. He was made the senate leader along the line but was later removed in January 2007.

DANJUMA GOJE

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A two-time governor of Gombe state, Goje has been representing Gombe central in the senate since 2011. He is arguably one of the most vocal lawmakers in the senate and is in the mentions as possibly the next senate president. He currently chairs the senate committee on appropriation.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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German Government deports Nigerians 48 hours after Ekweremadu attack

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The German government has deported a new batch of Nigerian migrants less than 48 hours after the attack on former Deputy of the Ike Ekweremadu by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) NAN reports.

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Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was on Saturday disgraced by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany.

According to reports, the migrants have already left Frankfurt Airport at 8 a.m., and were expected to land in ’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The number of migrants deported was not ascertained as at the time of this , it was however, gathered that they were picked randomly from different accommodation centres.

It would be recalled Last month two batches of Nigerians were sent back home from the European country.

“The flight will be from Frankfurt on Monday. For those who have been given the information, the plane will take off by 8 a.m. and arrive in Nigeria between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“Those who will be deported will be picked randomly from their different accommodation centres from 3 a.m. till 5 a.m. in different regions and conveyed to a central place and finally to Frankfurt Airport,” the Co-ordination Activist for Network Refugees 4Refugees, a political platform for refugees and migrant self-organisation based in Stuttgart, Germany, Rex Osa, told The Nation.

Osa added, “When their asylum application is already expired, they are obligated to leave the country.

“For those who don’t leave voluntarily, they will be given a what is I can translate in English to mean toleration status. This status is not a resident title; it is to show that the person is still there because the deportation is hindered because of one reason or the other.

“These people are picked up early in the morning without expecting the police.

“Some would be picked up from work also. When the police arrive in their rooms, they would be allowed to pack things not more than say 64 kilos. The police will be standing to make sure the person does not escape.”

The activist urged the federal government to come to the aid of the victims as many of them are coming with a myriad of challenges.

“Among these people are many sick people. Nigeria should be expecting a lot of people who have psychological problems, and people with spinal cord problems leading to paralysis.”

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Three NYSC members die in ghastly motor accident – Official

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The National Youth Service Corps in Katsina State has confirmed the death of three corps members in a ghastly motor accident in Kankara Local Government Area of the state.
This was contained in a statement issued by the corps Public Relations Officer, Alex Obemeata, on Sunday in Katsina.
The statement said: “Sunday August 18,
is a sad day for the NYSC in Katsina State as three Corps Members lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident on their way to a Church programme in Funtua.
“The Corps Members numbering 12, were in one bus belonging to the National Association of Catholic Corps Members, Katsina.
“Three of them died on the spot.”
The PRO added that the accident occurred when the state Aminu Masari, was passing by at Gobirawa, Kankara LGA on Sunday.
He said that the governor stopped over and ordered a vehicle in the convoy to rush the injured to the State’s General Hospital immediately for treatment, while the corpses had been deposited at the mortuary.
Obeametta revealed that the State NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Ahidjo Yahaya, was at the hospital in company of some senior members of staff when the ambulance carrying the injured and the deceased arrived.
Though the spokesman did not disclose the identities of the deceased, he said Yahaya prayed for the repose of their souls and also for God to give the families the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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