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Opinion: 10 Lawmakers Who Should Not Be Given Ticket To Contest In 2023

The essence of law and order is to establish justice and if the purpose for which they are established fails, they become dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. 

According to Henry Ward Beecher, a law is valuable not because it is a law, but because there is right in it, as without lawmen are beasts. A given law is not expected to be one-sided but for all. Just as the president of Nigeria and governors of each state in the country are not expected to spend more than two tenures in the political office, so also should be for the Nigerian lawmakers. 

Since there is no verdict to the number of tenures or years each lawmaker is expected to spend in the House, some lawmakers have turned the office to be an inheritance. Because of this, there are ten (10) lawmakers who are not expected to be given tickets to contest come 2023.

1. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan

He represents APC in Yobe State and has spent 21 years in the house. He is currently the Senate President. 

2. Ike Ekweremadu 

He has been in the house since 2003 representing Enugu West Senatorial District under the platform of PDP.

3. Leonard Ogor

Ogor is a PDP senator who has been representing the Isoko North/South Senatorial District in Delta State. He has spent 18 years in the house.

4. James Manager

Manager is a member of PDP who has been representing Delta South as a Senator since 2003.

5. Femi Gbajabiamila

Gbajabiamila who succeeded Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the House of Representatives has been in the house since 2003. 

6. Ali Ndume

Ndume has spent 18 years in the house. He once represented Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Senatorial District and currently representing Benue South Senatorial District in Borno State.

7. John Owan Enoh

He is a PDP member in Cross River State. Enoh has also spent 18 years in the house and has decamped to APC

8. Yakubu Barde

Barde is serving as the current Minority Whip in the house. He has been representing Chikun/Kajuru Federal Constituency of Kaduna State since 2003.

9. Kabiru Marafa Achida

Achida has been in the house since 2003 representing Wurno/Rabah Federal Constituency of Sokoto State.

10. Philip Tanimu Aduda

Aduda is a PDP member who first represented FCT as a member of the House of Representatives in 2003 but became a senator in 2011. He is serving as a senator in the house.

Enough for these lawmakers. No matter their ages, it is time they leave the chamber for others to serve their states as well, as these have become landlords in the house. They serve people in other places rather than in the chamber.

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