Wednesday, October 4, 2023


Yesterday, the Senate made a significant decision by prohibiting first-time senators, like the former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari, from running for the positions of President and Deputy Senate President. This decision, resulting from an amendment to the standing rules, effectively ended Yari's ambitions and others' aspirations.

Yari, who previously served in the House of Representatives during the 6th National Assembly, had used his "ranking" status to challenge Senator Godswill Akpabio for the Senate President position but was unsuccessful. Some lawmakers were contemplating an impeachment plan against Akpabio, potentially creating an opportunity for Yari. However, a majority of lawmakers amended the Senate's rules to block first-term senators from contesting these top positions, regardless of their prior legislative experience at different levels of government.

The specific amendment, outlined in Rule 3, subsection 2 – 1, 2, 3, and 4, now mandates that any senator vying for the office of Senate President or Deputy President must have served in the Senate at least once.

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