How Former Governors Milk Nigeria At NASS

Nigeria News takes a look at the former governors who now spend time at NASS without meaningful contribution to the country.

Some state governors of the All Progressives Congress are not happy at all with the outcomes of the various primaries in their states. The National Working Committee of the party has disappointed them in that their anointed contestants did not emerge as candidates.

The National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole has been a torn in the flesh of many of these governors since he assumed office. And with the idea of direct primaries, many of the outgoing governors could not win the senatorial seats they contested for.

Most of Nigeria retired state governors have always found solace at the National Assembly. They actually turn the Senate to a retirement home where they make absolutely no contribution to the growth and development of the country.

Do we need legislature or National Assembly in Nigeria? In the last few months, the lawmakers have gone on a recession and invariably gone into oblivion in our national polity. I don’t think Nigerians have missed these lawmakers.

Government is running. Practically, it is now obvious the money being spent on the legislature is relatively a waste. As a matter of fact, the legislators have been running the arm on a full-time basis but with part-time agenda.

There is an urgent need to reform the legislature, perhaps to make it a mono-camera and formally put the legislative job on a part-time basis.

At about 53, one, Mr Abiola Ajimobi became a Senator and spent four years. At about 60, he became the Governor of Oyo State and publicly vowed that after his tenure, he would not contest for any political office again in Nigeria, so as to give other people chances to also serve.

As he is winding off as a governor after spending two terms in office, he reneges on his vow and on his integrity and throws himself in the ring to contest for a senatorial seat in the forthcoming 2019 election. If he wins, he will become a serving senator again at about 70.

Of course, he is likely going to win because he has the power of incumbency, he has money and other crude ways of winning an election in Nigeria. At times, I ask, is National Assembly a retirement complex for professional politicians? What is Senator Ajimobi bringing to the table at 70, at a retirement age, at the climax period of life?

Recalled that the present President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki was a two-term governor of Kwara State. Other include, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who was the former Governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the former Governor of Kano State, Shaaba Lafiagi of Kwara, Kabiru Gaya of Kano, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto, Theodore Orji of Abia, Sam Egwu of Ebonyi, Bukar Abba Ibrahim of Yobe, Joshua Dariye of Plateau, Danjuma Goje of Gombe, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Ahmed Sani Yarima of Zamfara, , Adamu Aliero of Kebbi and George Akume of Benue State. 

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