With the sworing in of Senator Biodun Olujimi ( PDP Ekiti South), into the 9th Senate Thursday, the number of female Senators has increased to eight as against seven female Senators who served in the Eighth Senate.
Senator Olujimi’s sworing in, was sequel to the nullification of senatorial mandate of Senator Adedayo Adeyeye of the All Progressives Congress (APC) last week Wednesday by the Court of Appeal Kaduna on the strength of litigation instituted against Adedayo’s mandate by Olujimi.
After the administration of oath of office and oath of allegiance on Olujimi by the Clerk of the Senate , Nelson Ayeeoh, the President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan in his remarks said with Olujimi ‘ return to the Senate , the number of female Senators in the 9th Senate , has increased to Nine.
“With the coming of Senator Biodun Olujimi from Ekiti South into the 9th Senate , the number of female Senators has increased to eight.
“The solid eight female Senators will no doubt bring about additional productivity and stability to the 9th Senate.
“I therefore on behalf of the entire Senate , call for unity of purpose from us all, in the best interest of Nigerians,” he said.
The seven other female Senators in the 9th Senate are Oluremi Tinubu ( APC Lagos Central), Aishatu Dahiru (APC Adamawa Central), Betty Apiafi (PDP Rivers West), Stella Oduah ( PDP Anambra North) and Uche Ekwunife ( PDP Anambra Central).
Others are, Senators Rose Oko (PDP Cross River North ) and Akon Eyakenyi ( PDP Akwa Ibom South).
Statistically on membership composition across party lines , with the coming of Olujimi of PDP against Adeyeye of APC, the number of APC Senators in the Senate has decreased from 64 to 63 , while PDP increases from 43 to 44, YPP 1 while the remaining seat which is Kogi West , will be decided by the rerun election slated for this Saturday.