kemibusari

Kemi Busari is a senior reporter covering the Nigerian Senate for PREMIUM TIMES. He has interest in human rights and has won awards for his works, including the Hans Verploeg Award and the PwC Business reporting award. Twitter: @kemi_busari

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Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Finally, Okorocha sworn in as senator

Former Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has been sworn in as a senator. Mr Okorocha, representing Imo West, took the oath of office Thursday morning. The former governor's certificate was initially withdrawn after the electoral umpire, INEC, said the issuing officer declared the result under duress after the February 23…

Ahmad Lawan

Lawan promises to check insecurity, unemployment, high suicide rates

Nigeria's new Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has promised a better relationship between the executive and legislature for the benefit of Nigerians. Apart from the executive, the ninth Senate will work with the judiciary to restore the value of the country, he said. Mr Lawan made this remark in his speech…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

NASS Election: Saraki congratulates Lawan, Gbajabiamila

Immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has congratulated his successor, Ahmed Lawan on his emergence as the President of the 9th Senate. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Saraki also congratulated Ovie Omo-Agege, who is the new Deputy Senate President. Mr Saraki also…

Ekweremadu addressing journalists after his loss to Senator Omo-Agege for the seat of Deputy Senate President

Deputy Senate Presidency: I didn’t contest to win – Ekweremadu

The decision to contest for Deputy Senate President was in protest of the 2018 invasion of the Senate, Enugu West Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, has said. Mr Ekweremadu said it is 'embarrassing' for the Senate to have as it's Deputy Senate President a lawmaker who led thugs to the chamber. This,…

Senator Ali Ndume addressing journalists after his loss to Ahmed Lawan for the seat of the Senate President

Senate Presidency: Ndume reacts to loss, says APC should commend me for contesting against Lawan

Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume, said the All Progressives Congress (APC) should commend him for insisting on running in the election of the Senate President of the ninth Senate. Mr Ndume eventually lost the election to the candidate endorsed by the APC, Ahmed Lawan. Mr Ndume said his insistence on…

Ali Ndume

PROFILE: Ali Ndume, former marketing teacher who tried to be Senate president

When Ali Ndume joined politics in 2003, he may never have thought he would one day aim for the number three position in the country, but that was the challenge fate threw at his door a few months ago. In the build up to the inauguration of the 9th Senate,…

Senator Omo-Agege taking oath of office

Omo-Agege, lawmaker who allegedly led thugs to steal mace, emerges Deputy Senate President

Delta Central Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, has emerged Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate. Mr Omo-Agege is still enmeshed in an allegation of aiding the invasion of the Senate chamber in 2018. He was alleged to have led thugs to the chamber to steal the mace. Police say they found the…

Senate President Ahmed Lawan

PROFILE: Crossing many hurdles, Ahmed Lawan, former lecturer, becomes Senate president

Nigeria now has a new Senate President. He Ahmed Lawan. After polling 79 votes, the Yobe North Senator emerged as president of the ninth Senate Tuesday afternoon. The other contender, Ali Ndume, garnered 28 votes in the secret ballot election held at the Senate chamber. A recipient of the Commander…

8.51a.m., APC's favoured candidate, Ahmed Lawan, arrives Senate chamber accompanied by some APC senators

Lawan announced as Nigeria’s Senate President

Yobe North Senator, Ahmed Lawan, has been announced as Nigeria's Senate President. Mr Lawan polled 79 votes to beat his closest rival, Ali Ndume, who garnered 28 votes. The Election of Senate President was held at the first session of the Senate on Tuesday. After a secret ballot voting, the…

Senator Ahmed Lawan

Lawan defeats Ndume, set to be announced Nigeria’s Senate President

Ahmed Lawan is Nigeria's new Senate President. Mr Lawan defeated his rival and only other candidate, Ali Ndume. The election of Senate President was held at the first session of the Senate on Tuesday. Although counting of votes is still on, figures counted by journalists during the sorting shows that…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senators, others protest as Clerk sticks to secret ballot

There is currently an uproar at the Senate following a decision to adopt the secret ballot system for the election of presiding officers. The uproar started after the Clerk of the Senate, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, announced that the Senate will use the 2015 standing order. The 2015 order favours secret ballot.…

Nigerian Senate

LIVE UPDATES: Lawan, Ndume face-off in race for Nigeria’s Senate Presidency

The election day is here when Nigeria’s 109 senators-elect will choose their presiding officers who will pilot the affairs of the upper legislative chamber. Constitutionally, the inauguration of a Senate is preceded by a proclamation by the Nigerian president. Having issued the proclamation last Thursday, the coast is now clear…

Orji Uzor Kalu

Deputy Senate Presidency: Kalu steps down for Omo-Agege

Abia North Senator-elect, Orji Uzor Kalu, has shelved his ambition of contesting for the Deputy Senate President of the ninth Senate. His decision followed the position of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) to support another candidate for the position. The party on Monday announced Delta Central Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege,…

Senator Ajayi Boroffice

Deputy Senate Presidency: Boroffice withdraws from race

Ahead of Tuesday's inauguration of the National Assembly, a contender for the position of Deputy Senate President, Ajayi Boroffice, has withdrawn from the race. Mr Boroffice said his decision was in deference to President Muhammadu Buhari. His withdrawal is coming some hours after the working committee of the All Progressive…

Omo-Agege in his office Wednesday morning

APC endorses Omo-Agege, who ‘sponsored’ mace theft, for Deputy Senate President

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally announced its choices of candidates for Deputy Senate President and Deputy Speaker. The party has adopted Delta Central Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege, as Deputy Senate President, and Idris Wase, representing Wase Federal Constituency, for Deputy Speaker. The decision was communicated to journalists in…

Nigerian Senate

EXPLAINER: How 109 Senators will elect Senate President, Deputy on Tuesday

Barring any last minute change, the Nigerian Senate will on Tuesday, June 11, get new presiding officers: Senate President and Deputy Senate President. The two officers, who will preside over the affairs of the upper legislative house for the next four years (if they are not removed from office) will…

Ahmad Lawan

Senate Presidency: Northern group rejects Lawan, gives reasons

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has opposed the candidacy of Ahmed Lawan as president of the ninth Senate. The group said the support Mr Lawan is currently getting from chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is in secret pursuit of personal ambitions ahead of 2023. Mr Lawan is expected…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki donates severance allowance to Leah Sharibu’s family, others

Nigeria's immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has donated his entire severance allowance to some victims of insurgency and a trust fund for the children of late senators. Mr Saraki's decision was communicated via a press statement by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Sunday. Severance allowance is a one-off…

Some Senators at the briefing

UPDATED: Senate Presidency: 61 senators endorse Lawan – Campaign Group

At least 61 senators-elect have signed up to vote Ahmed Lawan as Nigeria's next Senate president, his campaign organisation said on Saturday. The secretary of the organisation, Barau Jibrin, read the names on the list to journalists at a news conference at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Mr Jibrin said the…

Senator Ben Murray Bruce

Some of my colleagues don’t read – Nigerian Senator

A Nigerian senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, is angry at the level of knowledge displayed by his colleagues in the 8th Senate. Mr Murray-Bruce said the conduct of some of them (senators) made him think "they don’t make attempts to refresh their knowledge." At different times, Mr Murray-Bruce’ bills on phasing out…

Senator Dino Melayein Plenary

In 2018, I spent 124 days in police custody – Dino Melaye

The Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, on Thursday said he spent 124 days in police custody in 2018 in his various confrontations with the authorities. He also said the day hoodlums invaded the Senate will remain a sad one for him. Mr Melaye said this when he spoke during the…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

My saddest day as Senate President – Saraki

Nigeria's Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has said that April 18, 2018, was the saddest day of his tenure. Mr Saraki said this Thursday while delivering his valedictory speech. The valedictory session marks the last sitting of the eighth Senate. After other senators had taken turns to reflect on the eighth…

Late Sani Abacha

Senator praises Abacha, compares Saraki to late dictator

The senator representing Ebonyi central, Obinna Ogba, has likened the leadership style of the outgoing Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to that of Nigeria’s late military dictator, Sani Abacha. Mr Ogba made his comparison in his valedictory speech on Thursday. First, he criticised his colleagues for their display of ethnic sentiments…

Senator Olusola Adeyeye

Five areas Eighth Senate performed poorly – Chief Whip

The Eighth Senate faltered in areas of punctuality, oversight, legislation on restructuring and two others, Chief Whip, Olusola Adeyeye has said. Mr Adeyeye spoke during the Senate’s valedictory session on Thursday. The session, where senators are allowed to reflect on their time at the assembly, is usually the last session…

Deputy Senate President_Ike_Ekweremadu

There were plans to ‘overthrow’ eighth Senate – Ekweremadu

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said there were plans to 'overthrow' the outgoing 8th Senate. In his speech during the valedictory session held on Thursday, Mr Ekweremadu praised his colleagues for resisting the scheme. The valedictory session, where senators are allowed to reflect on their time in the…