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National Assembly#OrderPaperSpotlight: Profile of new Senate Leader, Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir

#OrderPaperSpotlight: Profile of new Senate Leader, Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir

 

On this episode of #OrderPaperSpotlight, we turn our attention to the newly appointed Senate Majority Leader; profiling his achievements as a legislator as well as major controversies around his political career thus far

 

It is no longer news that the recent primaries conducted by the various political parties influenced a lot of political reconfiguration in the country.

Expectedly, members of the National Assembly are at the centre of most of these changes, as a good majority of lawmakers in the current Assembly will not be returning to the hallowed chambers. While the quest to return saw some of them as casualties for the ambition of their ’emperor-governors,’ others sought to switch to another arm of government and were caught in the web of power play.

Of course, it may be too early to forget those who were unable to curry the electoral graces of ‘Almighty delegates’ at their respective primary elections. This development led to a swooping change of principal officers in the 9th Senate, as both the Majority and Minority leaders of the chamber switched allegiance to different parties.

READ ALSO: 3 Senators dump APC, as Senate gets new Minority Leader

One beneficiary of this development, therefore, is the lawmaker representing Sokoto East Senatorial District in the Ninth National Assembly.

With Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North); the former Senate Leader defecting from the governing party to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) following the controversial All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in his home state, Senator Gobir was announced as his replacement in the last week of July.

Gobir, who himself had lost the APC Sokoto Governorship primaries earlier in the year, emerged as majority leader for the Ninth Senate, following his nomination by the Senate Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

As contained in his nomination letter addressed and signed by the party’s National Chairman, to the President of the Senate, he became the “replacement for the Senate Leader and Chairman of the APC Caucus.”

Served at the highest level of the executive in his home state, and has 9 bills to his credit at the 9th Senate; this episode of #OrderPaperSpotlight is focused on 69-year-old Senator Ibrahim Gobir.

Legislative Profile

  • Lawmaker representing Sokoto East Senatorial District (2011 – 2015)
    Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)  
  • Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Trade and Investment (2011-2015)
    7th National Assembly
  • Lawmaker representing Sokoto East Senatorial District (2015 -2019)
    All Progressives Congress (APC) 
  • Chairman, Senate Services Committee  (2015 – 2019)
    8th National Assembly
  • Lawmaker representing Sokoto East Senatorial District (2019 till date)
    All Progressives Congress (APC) 
  • Chairman, Senate Committee on Security and Intelligence (2019 till date)
    9th National Assembly
  • Senate Majority Leader (July 2022 till date)
    9th National AssemblyREAD ALSO: 

    Ahead of annual recess, Ninth Senate gets new Leader

    MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS 

Has 9 bills to his credit in the 9th National Assembly

  • National Energy Bill, 2019
  • Federal College Of Education, Sabon Birni (Establishment) Bill 2019
  • Federal Medical Centre Gada (est. etc) Bill, 2020
  • Federal University of Technology, Sabon Birni (Establishment) Bill, 2021
  • Violence Against Person (Prohibition) Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2022
  • Federal Medical Centre Gwadabawa, Sokoto State (Establishment) Bill , 2022
  • Federal Medical Centre Gada, Sokoto State (Establishment) Bill 2021
  • National Security Agencies and Victims Compensation Trust Fund  (Establishment) Bill 2022
  • Federal College of Fisheries Goronyo, Sokoto State (Establishment) Bill 2021 

    READ ALSO: MIDTERM: Wamakko, Danbaba scored zero in motions, petitions

MAJOR CONTROVERSIES

 Executive Profile

  • Deputy Governor, Sokoto State (1999 – 2003)
    Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)

 Political Profile 

  • Governorship Aspirant, Sokoto State (2022)
    All Progressives Congress (APC)
  • Chairman, APC Senate Caucus  (July 2022 till date)
    Ninth National Assembly
Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James is a research writer and journalist with years of proven footprints in areas of crime and politics. She has M.Sc in International Relations and Strategic Studies; and B.Sc in Mass Communication.
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