By Dosunmu Moshood
The Nigeria’s 8th Senate comprises of different senators from different sphere of life, legislating tenaciously to improve the lives of Nigerians. Though, the senate had its fair share of controversies, dirty politicking and on-going trial of the senate president at the Code of Conduct Bureau.
Senators of the 8th Assembly come in different shades; from the manipulative senators to the conventional senators (at this point, i won’t mention names), from the old timers to new comers senators, from the outspoken ones to the reserved ones and the professionals to the academic ones as well as former senate president turned floor senator, ruminate in the hallowed chamber.
Away from the negatives, there are many influential senators in the senate but these are the seven picks.
Senator Ben Murray-Bruce: The self styled “Common Sense” Advocate due to his activities and rants on the social media, most especially his vibrancy on twitter. The media mogul represents Bayelsa East senatorial district in the Senate. He has presented some important bills like National Youth Service Corps (Amendment) Bill 2015, sponsored a motion on the Construction of Dams to Remedy the Perennial Flood Disasters in Nigeria among others.
Senator Shehu Sani: The Kaduna-born handsome senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, known for his philanthropic gestures to the impoverished and his feud with the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai. He is also influential in the senate for his contributions. He sponsored the motion on the Excessive Tuition Fee charged by the Nigerian Law School and presented a bill on National Commission for Peace, Reconciliation and Mediation among others.
Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyanwu: This senator represents Imo East senatorial district and also the chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition. His committee is one of the most active because they handle public petitions and other related matters on ethics. The committee handled petitions such as Nnoke Chinedum vs Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Limited, Stephen Balabacho & Others vs Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Adamu Abdullahi & Others vs National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Usman Pindar and Nasir Ahmed vs Petroleum Technology Development Fund, Amos Olaniyan vs Nigerian Police force and among others.
Senator Biodun Olujimi: This vibrant senator is the Deputy Minority whip and represents Ekiti South senatorial district. She is an active opposition member of the 8th The former Ekiti Commissioner of Works have contributed and sponsored a number of bills such as Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill, Counterfeit, Fake Drug and Unwholesome Processed Food (Miscellaneous Provisions) and many others.
Senator Stella Oduah: The former Minister of Aviation and famously known for the “N225million car scandal” represents Anambra North senatorial district. She is also a vibrant in the senate by sponsoring bills such as the National Youth Service Corps (Amendment), motion on the Construction of Dams to Remedy the Perennial Flood Disasters in Nigeria and many others.
Senator Dino Melaye: The popular, outspoken and controversial senator known for his “devil advocate” role in the emergence of senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate president and feud with SaharaReporters, represents Kogi West senatorial district in the 8th He is key ally of the Senate president and has sponsored a number of bills on the floor of the senate such as sponsoring the motion of the ailing Ajaokuta Steel Company and revealing the mismanagement of Treasury Single Account Funds.
Senator Olusola Adeyeye: The former local government chairman and a professor represent Osun Central senatorial district. He is serving as the Chief whip in the 8th He is very influential as a principal officer charged with the responsibility to maintain decorum, law and order on the floor of the senate as well as his unbiased contributions and bipartisan support for key legislations.