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National Assembly Principal Officers are the law makers that speaks and acts on behalf of their colleagues. National Assembly Principal Officers election is done by senators-elect for Senators and Honourable-elect for the House of Representatives. I call them elect because it’s when they’re sworn in by their House Leader it is then, elect will be dropped from their title. The Clerk of the National Assembly is the main actor when it comes to the National Assembly Principal Officers election. Again, when it comes to the National Assembly Principal Officers, Standing Order must be followed. Why is that?  Because it is the rules that states clearly how election should be conducted.

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  • National Assembly Principal Officers.
  • National Assembly Principal Officers functions.
  • The numbers of senators(s) and Honourables allocated to each state of federation, including Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
  • List of Nigeria National Assembly Principal Officers from present 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th, 5th and the 4th National Assembly.

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

Principal Officers of the National Assembly are elected by the House members to speak and act on their behalf. Nigeria operates bicameral legislature. The House of Senate (also known as Red Chamber that is made up of 109 Senators. It is presided over by Senate President. The House of Representatives is which is sometime refers to as the Green Chamber is headed by the Speaker. This chamber consist of 360 Honourables members. The number of Honourables members from each state varies.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL OFFICERS FUNCTIONS

Below are the functions of the Nigeria National Assembly Principal Officers:

The Senate

(1) The Senate President: is the principal head of Senate, elected by the senators. He or she chaired the combine legislators session. He or she:

  • Preserve order in the chamber.
  • State parliamentary motions.
  • Rule on parliamentary questions, appoint committee chairman or Chairperson.
  • Refer bill to house committee and sign legislations writs and warrants.

(2) The Deputy Senate President: is elected by senators. He or she acts in the Senate President absence.

(3) Majority Leader: performs functions that relate to the floor duties. He or she:

  • Is the lead speaker for the majority party in the house debate.
  • Develops calendar of the House.
  • Give recommendations for committee appointment.
  • Assist the Senate President with program, development, formulation of policy and decision.

(4) Deputy Majority Leader: he or she assist the majority leader and acts in his or her absence.

(5) Minority Leader: is the main leader of the minority party in the House. He or she:

  • Leads debate for the minority.
  • Develops the minority position.
  • Negotiate with the majority party and
  • Direct activities of minority party on the floor the house.

(6) Deputy Minority Leader: he or she assist the minority leader and operates in his or her absence.

(7) Chief Whip: makes sure that members vote according to the wishes of the party. Also, he or she assist the majority leader, ensure members are in attendance and count votes.

(8) Deputy Whip: he or she assist the Chief Whip when not around.

(9) Minority Whip: make sure that members vote in line with the party wishes. He or she assist the minority leader, make sure members are in attendance and count votes.

(10) Deputy Minority Whip: assist the minority whip in his or her absence.

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National Assembly Principal Officers

NUMBERS of SEATS ALLOCATED to EACH STATE in NIGERIA INCLUDING FCT

The House of Senate

Each state in is represented by 3 Senators while only the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja is represented by only 1 Senator.

The House of Representatives

These are seats allocated to each state including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja: FCT (2); Nassarawa and Bayelsa State (5); Yobe, Taraba, Kwara, Gombe and Ekiti State (6); Zamfara state (7); Plateau, Kebbi, Enugu, Cross River, Adamawa, and Abia State (8); Osun, Ondo, Ogun, Kogi and Edo State (9); Niger, Imo, Deltal, Borno, Akwa Ibom State (10); Sokoto, Jigawa, Borno, Benue, and Adamawa State (11); Bauchi State (12); Rivers State (13); Oyo State (14); Katsina State (15); Kaduna State (16); Lagos and Kano State (24).

THE HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES

(1) The Speaker of House of Representatives: He or she is the Principal head of the House of Representatives elected by members of the house. He or she chaired the combine legislators session in the absence of the Senate President.

(2) Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives.

(3) Majority Leader.

(4) Deputy Majority Leader.

(5) Minority Leader.

(6) Deputy Minority Leader.

(7) Chief Whip.

(8) Deputy Whip.

(9) Minority Whip and

(10) Deputy Minority Whip.

All the principal officers of the House of   of Representatives mentioned above carryout functions similar to that of the House of Senate.

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THE 9th NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

The Principal Officers of the 9th National Assembly was inaugurated on 11th June, 2019 and will run it course till 11 June, 2023.

House of Senate

The Senate President:

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, APC.

The Deputy Senate President:

Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege, APC.

Majority Leader:

Abdullahi Abubakar Yahaya, APC.

Deputy Majority Leader:

Ajayi Boroface, APC.

Chief Whip:

Orji Uzor Kalu, APC.

Deputy Chief Whip:

Abdullahi Aliyu Sabi, APC.

Minority Leader:

Eyinnaya Abaribe, PDP.

Deputy Minority Leader:

Emmanuel Bwacha, PDP.

Minority Whip:

Philip Tanimu Aduda, PDP.

Deputy Minority Whip:

Sahabi Ya’u, PDP.

House of Representatives

The Speaker House of Representatives:

Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, APC.

Deputy Speaker:

Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, APC.

Majority Leader:

Hon. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, APC.

Deputy Majority Leader:

Hon. Peter Akpatason, APC.

Chief Whip:

Hon. Mohammed Monguno, APC.

Deputy Whip:

Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, APC.

Minority Leader:

Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, PDP.

Deputy Minority Leader:

Hon. Toby Okechukwu, PDP.

Minority Whip:

Hon. Gideon Gwani, PDP.

Deputy Minority Whip:

Hon. Adesegun Adekoya, PDP.

THE 8th NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

The 8th National Assembly was inaugurated on June 6, 2015 and was dissolved on June 6, 2019.

House of Senate

The Senate President:

Bukola Saraki, APC.

The Deputy Senate President:

Ike Ekweremadu, PDP.

Majority Leader:

Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, APC.

Deputy Majority Leader:

Bala Ibn Na’allah

Chief Whip:

Olusola Adeyeye

Deputy Chief Whip:

Alimikhena Asekhame Francis.

Minority Leader:

Godswill Obot Akpabio**

Deputy Minority Leader:

Emmanuel Bwacha

Minority Whip:

Philip Tanimu Aduda.

Deputy Minority Whip:

Biodun Christine Olujimi**

House of Representatives

The Speaker:

Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

The Deputy Speaker:

Rt. Hon. Yussuf Lassun.

Majority Leader:

Hon. Femi Hakeem Gbajabiamila.

Deputy Majority Leader:

Hon. Buba Jubril.

Chief Whip:

Hon. Ado Garuba Alhassan.

Deputy Chief Whip:

Hon. Pally Iriase.

Minority Leader:

Hon. Ogor Okuweh Leo.

Deputy Minority Leader:

Hon. Chukwuemeka Onyeama.

Minority Chief Whip:

Hon. Umar Barde Yakubu.

Deputy Minority Whip:

Hon. Binta Bello

** On August 4, 2018, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, PDP, formally resigned from his position as the Senate Minority Leader and decamped to APC. He was replaced by *Senator (Mrs.) Abiodun Christine Olujimi.

THE 7th NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

The 7th National Assembly was inaugurated on June 6, 2011 and was dissolved on June 6, 2015.

House of Senate

The Senate President:

David Alenchenu Mark, PDP.

The Deputy Senate President:

Ike Ekweremadu, PDP

Majority Leader:

Victor Ndoma Egba, PDP.

Deputy Majority Leader:

Ahmed Abdul Ningi, PDP.

Chief Whip:

Bello Hayatu Gwarzo, PDP.

Deputy Whip:

Amelio Bello Oladele, PDP.

Minority Leader:

George Akume, APC.

Deputy Minority Leader:

Ahmad Rufa’i Sanni, APC.

Minority Whip:

Ganiyu Olarewaju Solomon, APC.

Deputy Minority Whip:

Abu Ibrahim, APC.

House of Representatives

The Speaker:

Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, PDP / APC.

Deputy Speaker:

Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, PDP.

Majority Leader:

Hon. (Mrs.) Mulikat Adeola Akande, PDP.

Deputy Majority Leader:

Hon. Leonard Okuweh Ogor, PDP.

Chief Whip:

Hon. Isiaka Mohammed Bawa, PDP.

Deputy Whip:

Hon. Ahmed Mukhtar Mohammed, PDP.

Minority Leader:

Hon. Femi Hakeem Gbajabiamila, APC.

Deputy Minority Leader:

Hon. Kawu Sumaila, APC.

Minority Whip:

Hon. Samson Raphael Osagie, APC.

Deputy Minority Whip:

Hon. Garba Datti Muhammed, APC.

THE 6th NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

The 6th National Assembly was inaugurated on June 5, 2007 and was dissolved on June 6, 2011.

House of Senate

Senate President:

David Alechenu Mark, PDP.

Deputy Senate President:

Ike Ekweremadu, PDP.

Majority Leader:

Teslim Folarin

Deputy Majority Leader:

Victor Ndoma Egba, PDP.

Chief Whip:

Kanti Bello

Deputy Whip:

Muhammed Manna.

Minority Leader:

Maina Ma’aji.

Deputy Minority Leader:

Olorunimbe Mamora.

Minority Whip:

Ahmed Sanni.

Deputy Minority Whip:

Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya

House of Representatives

The Speaker:

**Rt. Hon. Olubunmi Patricia Foluke Etteh, PDP.

RT. HON. DIMEJI AYO BANKILE

Deputy Speaker:

**Rt. Hon. Babangida Saidu Nguroje.

RT. HON. USMAN BAYERO NAFADA.

Majority Leader:

Hon. Tunde Akogun.

Deputy Majority Leader:

Hon. Baba Shehu Agaie.

Chief Whip:

Hon. Bethel Amadi

Deputy Chief Whip:

Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Minority Leader:

Hon. Ali Muhammed Ndume, ANPP.

Deputy Minority Leader:

Femi Hakeem Gbajabiamila, APC.

Minority Whip:

Deputy Minority Whip:

Sulaiman Kawu

** On 30th October, 2007 Olubunmi Patricia Etteh resigned from her position after corruption charges was levelled against and serious pressure. Though her Deputy Babangida Nguroje hurriedly resigned from his position before his removal.

Hon. TERGU TSEGBA emerged Speaker Protempore (Interim Speaker) in an election conducted by the Acting Clerk. The Speaker Pro – tempore organized the election that ushered in  HON. DIMEJI AYO BANKOLE as the Speaker House of Representatives and USMAN BAYERO NAFADA as the Deputy Speaker both of them were members of People Democratic Party (PDP). Bankole was elected as the Speaker House of Representatives on November 1st, 2007. He held the position till June 6, 2011.

THE 5th NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

The 4th National Assembly was inaugurated on June 3, 2003 and was dissolved on June 5, 2007.

House of Senate

Senate President:

** Senator Adolphus Wabara, PDP.

* Senator Ken Ugwu Nnamani,  PDP.

Deputy Senate President:

Senator Ibrahim Mantu, PDP.

Majority Chief Whip:

Senator Victor Kashim Oyofo, PDP.

He was replaced by:

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma on 2004 – 2007.

House of Representatives

The Speaker:

Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, PDP.

Deputy Speaker:

Rt. Hon. Austin Adiele Opara, PDP.

Notes!

** On April 2005, Adolphus Wabara resigned from his position as the Senate President because he and others collected $400,000 bribe from the Minister of Education Professor Fabian Osuji in order to inflate his ministry budget. Though the court dropped the charges levelled against him. On 5th April, 2005 Senator Ken Ugwu Nnamani succeeded Adolphus Wabara as the Senate President.

THE 4th NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PRINCIPAL OFFICERS

The 4th National Assembly was inaugurated on May 29, 1999 at the commencement of the Nigerian 4th Republic and was dissolved on June 3, 2003.

House of Senate

Senate President:

** Senator Evan Enwerem, PDP.

** Senator Chuba Okadigbo, PDP.

** Senator Pius Anyim Pius, PDP.

Deputy Senate President:

Ibrahim Mantu, PDP.

House of Representatives

The Speaker:

** Hon. Salisu Buhari, PDP.

Rt. Hon. Ghali Na’Abba, PDP.

Deputy Speaker:

Rt. Hon. Chibudom Nwuche, PDP.

Notes!

*Senator Evan Enwerem was removed from office on November 18, 1999 on allegation that he falsified his name. What caused the controversy was, is the actual real name of Enwerem was Evan or Evans? His removal was spearheaded by Late Senator Chuba Okadigbo who later succeeded him as the Senate President.

* Senator Chuba Okadigbo was falsly charged of corruption and was removed on August 8, 2008. He was succeeded by Senator Pius Ayim Pius.

** Honourable Salisu Buhari resigned because he forged his certificate. He was succeeded by Ghali Na’abba. Salisu Buhari resigned his membership of the House of Representatives after he admitted publicly on July 23, 1999.

References

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330324759_DETAILED_THE_PRINCIPAL_OFFICERS_OF_THE_LEGISLATURE_USING_NATIONAL_AS_AN_EXAMPLE_1

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