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Senate President in Nigeria from 1960 Till Date

Senate President in Nigeria from 1960 Till Date

In every country where democracy is practiced, the legislature is one of the important branches of the government. Others are the executive and the judiciary. In Nigeria, the legislature is called the National Assembly which is divided into two – The Senate and the House of Representatives.

It’s imperative to point out that the composition of the legislature varies from country to country. Some countries provide for a single house while some others provide for two houses of legislature. The single legislature is called unicameral while the two houses of the legislature is known as bicameral.

In Nigeria’s situation, it is bicameralism (two houses of legislature). The Senate is also called the Upper Legislative Chamber and it’s headed by a Senate President.

Powers of the Senate President

In order of political hierarchy in Nigeria, the Senate President is the number three most powerful political officeholder, which means in a situation whereby the president and the vice president are concurrently absent, the Senate President can step in as the acting president like in the case of Nwafor Orizu in the 1960s

In a situation whereby both houses (house of reps and senate) hold a joint session, the Senate President presides over the meeting.

Senate President in Nigeria, like others around the world, has so much power while playing his lawmaking role that he could bring the president of the federal republic of Nigeria unto his knees.

Nigeria witnessed the core power of the president of the senate between 2015 to 2019 when Senator Bukola Saraki was the Commander-In-Chief of the Upper Legislative Chamber of the 8th National Assembly.

He made sure that budgets of the Executive were properly scrutinized such that President Muhammadu Buhari and his party loyalists claimed that his action “jeopardised” dividends of democracy the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) would have delivered to the Nigerian people.

Process of Electing Senate President in Nigeria

Nigeria has 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Each of the 36 states in Nigeria is represented by three senators while one represents the FCT. As such, Nigeria and its National Assembly has 109 senators.

The party with the majority produces the President of the Senate after much politicking and political calculation and strategic geometric by political stakeholders within the party with the majority in the Upper Legislative Chamber.

Even within the party that produced the highest number of senators, the party members meet to share major offices of the senate using the six geopolitical zones in the country for equity purposes or to limit the level of lopsidedness in the leadership of the Senate.

Oppositions within the “ruling party” are usually pacified with juicy committees or some undisclosed and unofficial monetary compensation simply to allow the consensus candidate to emerge as the Senate president.

In fact, the post of Nigeria’s president of Senate is also highly politicised that they embark on another campaign after winning their senatorial district election. Political onlookers and analysts saw this played out before the emergence of Ahmad Lawal on June 11, 2019, as the head of the senate.

Lawan, one of the longest-serving members of the National Assembly had lost the seat to a politically smarter lawmaker, Bukola Saraki, in 2015, when Lawan and his supporters were somewhere at a truce meeting at a Conference Hall some kilometres away from the national assembly complex.

While Lawan was hoping to come back to be announced as Senate President, Bukola who had secretly persuaded most of his PDP senators to wait behind, Bukola emerged as the President of the Senate.

That said…

Who are the Senate Presidents in Nigeria from 1960 till date?

At the time of this research, Nigeria has produced 14 presidents of the Senate since 1960 till date. Nnamdi Azikiwe was the first President of the Senate in Nigeria during the first republic.

He was succeeded by Dennis Osadebey while Nwafor Orizu was the last Senate President during the first republic, and as the acting president, he was forced to hand over power to the military.

Below are senate presidents in Nigeria from 1960 till date and the party that had the majority in the Upper legislative chamber:

Name/Age Year in Office Party/Remark
Nnamdi Azikiwe

Age: 91 years

1960 NCNC. He died on May 11, 1996
Dennis Osadebey

Age: 83 years

1960–1963 NCNC. He died on December 26, 1994.
Nwafor Orizu

Age: 85 years

1963–1966 NCNC. He died in 1999
Joseph Wayas

(Age: 80 years)

1979–1983 NPN. He died on November 30, 2021.
Iyorchia Ayu

Age: 69 years


1992–1993 SDP. He later became a minister and he’s the incumbent National Chairman of PDP
Ameh Ebute

Age: 75 years

1993 SDP
Evan Enwerem June 3, 1999-November 18, 1999 PDP. He died August 2, 2007
Chuba Okadigbo

Age: 61 years

November 18, 1999, to August 8, 2000 PDP. He died September 25, 2003
Anyim Pius Anyim

Age: 60 years

August 8, 2000 to May 2003 PDP
Adolphus Wabara

Age: 73 years

2003-April 5, 2005 PDP
Ken Nnamani

Age: 73 years

April 5, 2005 to May 2007 PDP
David Mark

Age: 73 years

May 2007 to May 2015 PDP
Bukola Saraki

Age: 58 years

May 2015 to May 2019 APC/PDP
Ahmed Lawan

Age: 62 years

June 11, 2019 till date APC



20 Requirements to Change Company Director in Nigeria

Change of company director falls under several reasons according to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigeria’s sole agency that is responsible for the registration of business and company in Nigeria.

Reasons for change of a director

Some of the instances that could call for the change of a director in a Nigerian company are:

  • Voluntary Resignation of a director
  • Replacement due to the resolution of the shareholders
  • Death of a director
  • Uncultured behaviour of a director
  • Transfer of ownership
  • Retirement
  • An addition

Failure of a director to optimally perform their role could also call for a change of director, whichever the case may be, such replacement of change must strictly follow the stipulated laws guiding the registration of a company in Nigeria

And a special resolution must be passed by the existing directors. Such inclusion or exclusion must get the consent of the existing director. The Board of directors may appoint new directors to fill any casual vacancy arising out of death, resignation, retirement or removal.

Section 274 (1) CAMA Act 2020, page 163


Who is a director in an incorporated company?

Chapter 11, section 269 (1) of the Company and Allied Matters (CAMA) Act 2020 defines a director of a company as someone who directs and manage the business of the


In general terms, directors are charged with the responsibilities of managing the financial and human resources of a company for the firm to meet its goals.

The law specifically states that only an individual and NOT a body can be appointed as a director.


15 Business Opportunities in Edo State For Investors

Edo State is the 22nd largest state in Nigeria in terms of land area, with its capital in the ancient Benin-City. It was formerly known as Bendel State until August 27, 1991, when Edo and Delta states were carved out of the old state. one of the 36 states of Nigeria, located in the southern region of the country.

In this guide, we’ll share with you some business ideas in Benin-City, Ekpoma, Auchi, Agenebode, and other towns in Edo State which can generate revenue for you.

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Feedspot Top 30 Real Estate Blogs in Nigeria

NaijaHouses, EucarlRealty, Joe Nigeria real estate blog, Independent Newspapers Real Estate, and Plisthub are among the top 30 real estate blogs in Nigeria, according to Feedspot, a blog discovery platform.

According to Anuj Agarwal, the founder of Feedspot, the property blogs were selected by a panelist of the blog discovery platform, which has over 50 experts who discover blogs that make contributions in a specific niche and industry.

Below is a list of Nigeria’s real estate and property blogs in descending order

Drekford Blog

Drekford is a real estate blog that lists property and provides useful real estate tips for potential investors.

Also, drekford which is ranked no. 27 also provides brokerage services, sales, and marketing. Its useful content in the industry makes the website discovered by feedspot.

Oakwood Heights Blog

Oakwood Heights Limited provides real estate services for property investors. The company which is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) also provides real estate guides on its blog by providing investment advisory to Nigerians in diaspora and at home who intend to invest in real estate back home. Oakwood heights blog is 26 on the list


On number 25 is Buy Land Lagos (BLL) which is a real estate brokerage firm and property management company that provides useful guide for intending investors in the industry across Lagos and Abuja. BLL doesn’t own any property, but partners with real estate companies with track records in the industry.

Zylus Group International Blog

Ranked no.24 by feedspot, Zylus Group International is an investment company with an interest in real estate, agriculture, and logistics. It investment tips on property investment are top-notch.

Veritasi Homes

Veritasi Homes blog provides marketing, advisory, and development services in the industry in Nigerian and selected African countries. It’s ranked no.23.

Nigeria Real Estate Hub

Ranked No. 22, Nigeria Real Estate Hub provides updates and news in the real estate industry. If you want to stay updated on what’s happening in the industry, Nigeria’s real estate hub is your plug.

Nigeria Property Zone Blog

This provides consultancy services in real estate to individuals and companies that want to take a dive into real estate.

Business Opportunities in Ebonyi State

10 Business Opportunities in Ebonyi State For Investors

One of the states in Nigeria where agriculture is their major job is Ebonyi, a state that was created on October 1, 1996. The state is dominated by the Igbo and has its capital in Abakaliki which also doubles as its largest city.

Ebonyi is the fourth-smallest state in Nigeria with a land area of 5,670km2. It has a huge deposit of salt, from which it derives its nickname, “The salt of the nation”

It’s a leading producer of rice. Other agricultural produce in the state includes yam, maize, cassava, and beans among others aparts from natural resources that Ebonyi is blessed with.

Several times, we’ve heard the state government promising incentives to local and foreign investors particularly in the agro-allied sector, while the government makes its promise, there are several other business ideas in Ebonyi you can personally implement that will generate revenue for you.

We’ll also share with you business opportunities in Ebonyi state for millionaire and billionaire investors to tap into the untapped resources of the state.

Are you ready?

Below are some of the business opportunities in Abakaliki and specific local government areas where you can focus your investment in the state.

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