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FEMI GBAJABIAMILA: From Speaker to President Tinubu’s Chief of Staff

Only one man in the history of Nigeria’s National Assembly has been Minority Leader, Majority Leader and Speaker of the House of Representatives. In this EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES, Esther Adedoyin writes on Femi Gbajabiamila. Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila attended Mainland Preparatory School for his elementary education and then Igbobi College, where he completed his secondary education in 1973. He continued his studies at King William’s College on the Isle of Man, United Kingdom, for his A-Level qualifications....

EMEKA IHEDIOHA: Former governor, deputy speaker and ex-PDP stalwart

Emeka Ihedioha rose politically through the ranks from being an aide to a deputy senate president to deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and then governor of Imo state until the Supreme Court struck. Esther Adedoyin examines his political trajectory in this EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES. Emeka Ihedioha was born on March 24, 1965, in Mbutu, Imo State, South-East Nigeria. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Lagos....

SHEHU SANI: A journey of advocacy and activism from jail to senate

Driven by activism and relentless advocacy for democracy and good governance, Shehu Sani has journeyed from street protests to military dungeons and a four-year stint at the Senate. Esther Adedoyin examines his political trajectory in this EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES. Shehu Sani is many things including a politician, ex-senator, author, playwright, and human rights activist. Born October 29, 1967, in Tudun Wada, Kaduna state, he got his education at the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) primary...

OLUREMI TINUBU: First Lady, Senator, First Lady

Oluremi Tinubu, from first lady in Lagos to first lady of Nigeria with a stint in the senate in between. Her political trajectory is examined as OrderPaper’s Esther Adedoyin writes on EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES. Oluremi Tinubu’s political journey began as the First Lady of Lagos State, a role she assumed during her husband’s (Bola Ahmed Tinubu) tenure as governor from 1999 to 2007.  She founded the New Era Foundation during this period, a pet project...

Ex-Kwara Senator, Rafiu Ibrahim is dead

Former lawmaker, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim who represented Kwara South is dead. Rafiu Ibrahim, a former Senator who represented Kwara South at the National Assembly between 2015 and 2019 is dead. The former lawmaker died in the early hours of Wednesday after a brief illness at age 57. Ibrahim’s  passage was confirmed by his family through a statement signed by his aide, Abdulganiyu Abdulqadir. The statement reads “It is with a heavy heart that we announce...

KASHIM SHETTIMA: Odyssey from Senate to Vice Presidency

Kashim Shettima, known for his hard face and blunt talk has had his share of controversies. However, his political trajectory is examined as OrderPaper’s Esther Adedoyin writes on EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES. Kashim Shettima’s remarkable journey from political newcomer to Vice President of Nigeria stands as proof of his commitment to public service. Transiting from teaching to banking, Shettima joined politics and quickly rose through the ranks. Born on September 2, 1966, Shettima went to the University...

DAVID MARK: Doctrine of necessity, served 8 years as senate president  

David Mark, known for his blunt talk, did not pass through the Senate without his share of controversies as OrderPaper’s Sharon Eboesomi writes on EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES. Although he began his senatorial career in 1999 representing the people of Benue South senatorial district, it is fair to refer to him as the longest-serving Senate President as he served in this position for two (2) terms (2007–2015) under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Born on April...

Philip Shaibu: former lawmaker and embattled impeached deputy governor

In this report on EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES, OrderPaper observes that the dispute between Governor Obaseki, and his estranged deputy, Shaibu – a former lawmaker, led to an impeachment. Philip Shaibu is an accountant and politician who served as the deputy governor of Edo State from 2016 up until his impeachment in 2024. Born December 1, 1969, Shaibu attended St. Augustine Primary School in Tundu Wada, Kaduna, till completing his schooling at L.E.A Primary School in...

NICHOLAS UKACHUKWU: Businessman at war with Wike represented Abuja in the House

Forgotten until a recent scuffle with Minister Wike, ex-rep member Nicholas Ukachukwu returns to the limelight, writes Esther Adedoyin in this EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES To many, the name Nicholas Ukachukwu may not ring a bell. At least, not until the demolition of a choice property in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital territory, by the minister, Nyesom Wike, ignited a war of words between both members of the political elite. Recently, Mr Ukachukwu condemned the demolition of his...

DINO MELAYE: A celebrity politician’s dramatic legislative sojourn  

With a stint of four years in both the Senate and House of Representatives, Dino Melaye left a long trail of drama to remember him for, writes Esther Adedoyin in this EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES  Dino Melaye was born on January 1, 1974, in Kano State, Nigeria. From a young age, he showed a keen interest in the pursuit of social issues. A geography graduate from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Melaye’s educational journey provided...

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