In the face of the law, former senate president, David Mark, and eleven other lawmakers whose elections were nullified by the Court of Appeal last year, are no longer senators of the federal republic of Nigeria. However since the pronouncements by the courts, their bio-data and photographs had remained on the website of the national assembly as legitimate members until last week, when the names of eight of them were finally deleted. However the names of three sacked senators remain on the website as serving senators.
Mark, the longest serving senator in Nigeria’s history, had been in the senate from 1999 and was senate president for eight years starting from 2007 until his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost control of the senate in 2015. He however faces a tough Benue South senatorial re-run election against Daniel Onjeh of the APC. That election comes up on February 18th, 2016.
Other senators whose photographs and bio-data were removed include Uche Lilian Ekwunife who represented Anambra central until last December when she was also kicked out; as well as the three Rivers state senators – George Thompson Sekibo(PDP, Rivers East), Olaka Johnson Nwogu(PDP, Rivers South-East), Osinakachukwu Ideozu(PDP, Rivers West). Also deleted were those of Abdulrahman Abubakar(APC, Kogi east), and Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia North).
However, Nneji Athan Achonu (PDP, Imo North), Mohammed Abdulsalami Ohiare(APC, Kogi Central) and Ighoyota Amori(PDP) Delta central, who were also sacked last year by the Court of Appeal, are still serving senators on the website. While the pictures and bio-data of Achonu and Ohiare are still on the national assembly website, only the bio-data of Amori was seen there on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the bio-data of Abubakar Yusuf Abubakar who replaced Abba Marafa Bashir of the Taraba Central senatorial district in the senate has been uploaded on the national assembly website. His photograph is yet to be uploaded.