The 2019 presidential and National Assembly election witnessed a lot of drama, accusations and counter-allegations. All through the process up to when the final declaration of results were made, Nigerians were on stand-by waiting to hear its outcome.
Four days after the election and the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the president, a stock-taking of the winners of various senatorial seats has thrown up 11 senators-elect currently battling with allegations of corruption and probe into their activities in government, as reported by Premium Times.
These senators-elect include:
1. Chimaroke Nnamani
He governed Enugu state between 1999 and 2007. In the 2019 election and on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nnamani scored a total of 128,843 votes to defeat Lawrence Eze, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who scored 14,225 votes to become the senator-elect for the Enugu East senatorial district.
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The report, however, noted that the former governor, his aide back then, Sunday Anyaogu, and six companies were arraigned same year he left his seat. They were accused of diverting about N5.3 billion.
The case was dismissed 11 years after by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos which pinned its ruling on lack of proper charges before it. The EFCC said it would go ahead with new charges against the former governor.
2. Ifeanyi Ubah
The oil magnate will be representing Anambra South senatorial district having being declared winner of the election on the platform of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) polling 87,081 votes and beating bigwigs of the two main parties, one of them Chris Uba of the PDP.
The senator-elect is, however, under the radar of the EFCC with his company over an allegation of fraud to the tune of N43.29 billion. He is accused of making false claims for subsidy payment.
3. Orji Uzor Kalu
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Abia state, Kalu will beat Mao Ohuabunwa by 30,580 against 21,940 votes. The businessman is facing the EFCC with a commissioner of finance under his government, Ude Udeogo, as well as a company linked to him.
He has been battling his trial since 207. In 2018, the EFCC reactivated the charges concerning N7.7 billion with issues at the court about Kalu’s foreign travels.
4. Gabriel Suswam
Gabriel Suswam, a former governor of Benue state, is said to be facing a 32-count charge with two others, Omadachi Oklobia and Janet Aluga, for allegedly diverting N9.79 billion.
They are also accused of “conversion of property derived directly from corruption; collaboration to conceal property derived from corruption; obtaining by false pretence and accepting cash payments, exceeding the amount authorised by law.”
5. Abba Moro
He was the interior minister in the government of Goodluck Jonathan and under the PDP, he has been declared to represent Benue South senatorial district after scoring 85,162 votes against APC’s Stephen Lawani.
He is facing fraud charges over the way a recruitment process led to a stampede that resulted in the death of 20 people in 2014.He pleaded not guilty concerning his alleged role in a $2.5 million that had to do with missing application fees.
His group is also accused of shooting a police officer, Danjuma Saliu, while on duty.
6. Peter Nwaoboshi
The senator on the platform of the PDP was reelected in the election after polling186,423 votes against Doris Uboh of the APC who got 36,360.
He was arraigned alongside two organisations for alleged fraud to the tune of N322 million.
In 2018, he Nwaoboshi was in court alongside two firms on charges bordering on conspiracy and money laundering and was remanded in prison before being granted bail. The trial continues.
7. Stella Oduah
A former aviation and representative of Anambra North senatorial district, she polled 113,989 votes in the recent election. But she still under the eyes of the EFCC, which, in 2018, drilled her and seized her passport over alleged money laundering as she was accused of diverting N3.9 billion from a N9.4 billion contract for the installation of security devices at 22 airports.
She has continued to deny the allegations.
8. Aliyu Wamakko
A former governor of Sokoto, Wamakko won the election to represent the northern district of the state after polling 172,980 against Ahmed Muhammad-Maccido who scored 138,922 votes.
The former governor, who left office in 2007, is facing investigation over alleged theft of funds to the tune of N15 billion. He has consistently denied this.
9. Ike Ekweremadu
The winner of Enugu West senatorial District for the fifth time after polling 86,088 votes against Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu of the APC who polled 15,187 votes, is facing allegations of owning about 22 properties in Abuja, London, the US and the UAE.
He was also quizzed and detained by the EFCC in 2018, but he has denied the allegation.
10. Danjuma Goje
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A former Gombe governor and chieftain of the APC is battling with a fraud charge filed against him by the EFCC at the Federal High Court in Gombe in which he is accused with four others of engaging in money laundering to the tune of N25 billion.
11. Abdullahi Adamu
The former governor of Nasarawa and chieftain of the APC is was arraigned arraigned on a 149-count charge of fraud to the tune of N15 billion alongside his co-accused.
Adamu who is to represent Nasarawa West senatorial district, was arrested in 2010 by the EFCC for allegedly misappropriating the amount alongside 18 others.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, rejected the result of the election won by President Muhammadu Buhari.
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