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At last, Nigeria’s Constitution to be reviewed by 56-member committee – Senate

... as opposition senator alleges favouritism in selection

Senate on Thursday constituted a 56-member committee to review and handle all bills proposed for amendments in the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

Specifically, the Senate reveals that the committee comprises eight principal officers as steering committee while the larger and or expanded committee has two senators per geo-political zone, and a senator from each of the 36 states in the federation.

Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, announced the committee during plenary on Thursday.

He charged the committee members to be very patriotic so as to come up with a refined constitution that will guarantee the nation’s stability, foster peace and unity.

The committee is chaired by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. It is traditional for the Senate that DSP chairs the committee.

Other principal officers of the Senate in the committee include the Leader of the Senate, Abdullahi Yahaya, Deputy Senate Leader, Robert Ajayi Boroffice, Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Bwacha, Minority Whip, Philip Tanimu Aduda, and Deputy Minority Whip, Sahabi Alhaji Yau.’

Other members of the committee per state are Theodore Orji (PDP Abia Central), Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (APC Adamawa Central), Stella Oduah (PDP Anambra North), Albert Bassey Akpan (PDP Akwa Ibom North East), and Dauda Jika (APC Bauchi Central).

Also, Degi Eremienyo (APC Bayelsa East), Gabriel Suswam (PDP Benue North East), Abubakar Kyari (APC Borno North), Gershom Bassey (PDP Cross River South), James Manager (PDP Delta South), Sam Egwu (PDP Ebonyi North), Mathew Urhoghide (PDP Edo South), and Bamidele Opeyemi (APC Ekiti Central), are committee members.

The lawmakers representing states in the committee are: a former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu (PDP Enugu West), Danjuma Goje (APC Gombe Central), Rochas Okorocha (APC Imo West), Muhammad Sabo (APC Jigawa South West), Uba Sani (APC Kaduna Central), Kabiri Gaya (APC Kano South), and Ahmed Baba Kaita (APC Katsina North).

Others are Mohammed Adamu Aleiro ( APC Kebbi Central), Smart Adeyemi ( APC Kogi West), Sadiq Umar ( APC Kwara North), Oluremi Tinubu ( APC Lagos Central), Abdullahi Adamu ( Nasarawa West), Sani Musa ( APC Niger East), Ibikunle Amosun ( APC Ogun Central), Nicholas Tofowomo ( PDP Ondo South), Bashiru Ajibola ( APC Osun Central) and Teslim Folarin ( APC Oyo Central).

Also on the committee list based each allocation are Senators Dimka Hezekiah Ayuba ( APC Plateau Central), George Sekibo ( PDP Rivers East), Aliyu Wammako ( APC Sokoto North), Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf ( APC Taraba Central), Ibrahim Gaidam ( APC Yobe East) and Mohammed Hassan Gusau ( PDP Zamfara Central).

For representation of six geopolitical zones, the committee has Senators Bala Ibn Na’Allah ( APC Kebbi South) and Ibrahim Shekarau ( APC Kano Central ) for the North-West geo-political zone while for the North-East zone, Senators Kashim Shettima ( APC Borno Central) and Lawal Gumau ( APC Bauchi South) are selected.

The committee has Lilian Ekwunife (PDP Anambra Central) and Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North), are to represent the South-East geo-political zone.

While Eyinkenyi Etim (PDP Akwa Ibom South) and Rose Oko (PDP Cross River North) are representing the South-South and Abdulfatahi Buhari (APC Oyo North) and Biodun Olujimi (PDP Ekiti South) for the South-West geo-political zone, respectively.

For the North Central are Umar Tanko Almakura (APC Nasarawa North) and Yakubu Oseni (APC Kogi Central).

Meanwhile, an opposition senator, Ifeanyi Uba (YPP Anambra South) alleged partisanship and favouritism in the constitution of the committee, because according to him, not all political parties were considered.

But Lawan explained: “This composition is not about party affiliation but of equal representation from states and geo-political zones since the assignment before the committee is for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians devoid of partisanship.”

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