Not less than five former governors are in the race for the 10th senate presidency they are former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia North), Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi (APC, Ebonyi South); former Edo governor, Adams Oshiomhole (Edo North), former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari (APC, Zamfara West), and former governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio (APC, Akwa Ibom North-West).
Not less than twelve former governors were also elected into the 10th senate, the former governors were drawn from both the PDP and the APC.
Those returning back into the chamber are :Orji Kalu,( APC Abia north) Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe Central), Aliyu Wamakko ( APC, Sokoto North), Adamu Aliero ( PDP, Kebbi Central), and Seriake Dickson (PDP, Bayelsa West).
Those joining the Senate for the first time are Dave umahi,( still in office till may 29) Adams oshiomhole, (former edo governor) former Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel, Yari,(Former zamfara state governor) and (former Gombe State governor), Ibrahim Dakwambo.
Over the years, Nigerians have decried the high percentage of former governors retiring to the senate.
The Director-General of the National Institute of Legislative Studies Prof Abubakar Suleiman, while lamenting said
“There must be a way to stop these governors from turning the National Assembly, especially the Senate, into a retirement home.
“I have said this on several occasions and I am repeating it: they (former governors) have not been adding value to what they (lawmakers) do there. Look at the array of ex-governors there now, hardly will you see two or three that have really added value.
“Must you, after leaving the state government, come to the National Assembly as a senator? Is it a must? Are there no people in your constituency or state that can represent the people?
“As I said, some of them do it out of ego. They believe that if a senator is there (from their senatorial district), they have to bring them back and go there too.
Meanwhile, an analysis of the 10th Senate by revealed that 72 out of the 109 seats will be occupied by first-timers in the Senate.
The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, lamented that many of the 10th Assembly lawmakers had no legislative skill or experience, adding that a lot of money would be required for the training of the lawmakers.
“And I use the word costly deliberately because what this means is that, the 10th Assembly, we must make provisions immediately for capacity building for new members of the National Assembly if we want to achieve our goals and set targets.
“Everybody is enthusiastic. Everybody is ready. We want to come in and continue to contribute to making Nigeria better. But the parliament is not like the executive.”