The All Progresives Congress (APC) is lucky to dominate the two chambers of the National Assembly. The House of Senate is the more powerful of the two and there are several former governors who represent their respective districts in their states.
In Nigerian politics former governors often retire to the upper chamber of the assembly with a view of retaining some power and having some political relevance. So, it is not amazing that after they finish their terms in their states they pick up a nomination form for the House of Senate.
Now there is a particular APC senator that was a former governor. And as a former governor of his State, he spent at least 10 years in power instead of the statutory eight years as contained in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mr. Ibrahim Gaidam was initially sworn in as Yobe State deputy governor on 29 May, 2007. He left the office in January, 2009. Whereas he was supposed to hold on to that post till (at least) 2011. Then, why did he leave the office of Yobe State Deputy Governor?
The answer isn't far-fetched. Mr. Gaidam took over as the state governor upon the demise of his principal, Mamman Bello Ali, who reportedly died of liver problem. And as provided in the Constitution, Gaidam took oath of office for the first time in January, 2009.
And as permitted in the 1999 constitution, Gaidam contested for the seat personally in 2011 and the people of the state overwhelmingly voted for him on the platform of the All Nigerian People's Party (ANPP) . That would be his confirmed first term in office. He only helped the Late Mamman Bello Ali complete his tenure.
In 2015, Mr. Gaidam stood for another term. This is constitutional. By that time, the All Progresives Congress had emerged as the new formidable and viable political party, which is alternative to the PDP.
Mr. Gaidam joined the APC and took all the structure of the ANPP to be part of the APC project in Yobe State. With ease, he was elected again and he was sworn in on 29 May, 2015 for his own second term as the state governor. And he completed the term in 2019.
As the tradition, Mr. Gaidam lobbied the APC with his power as a sitting governor then to have the party ticket for the Yobe East Senatorial District poll. He did get it and because the PDP is extremely weak in the state, he rode to victory with ease. Gaidam was declared Senator for the said district, and since 2019 he has been representing the people of the area of Yobe.
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