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Defeated federal lawmakers shun legislative business

By IWPR Nigeria

Federal legislators are finding it hard to resume normal legislative duties after facing mixed fortunes in the elections.

More than half of the lawmakers suffered electoral set back and won’t be returning to the Senate and House of Representatives.

About 260 members, out of a total 360, failed to make it back to the House. The losers include the Speaker, Dimeji Bankole and his deputy Usman Nafada.

Meanwhile only 36 of the 109-member senate were re-elected. But unlike the House, the Senate President, David Mark and the deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, retained their seats.

Despite just resuming from a two-month election break, both the Senate and the House surprisingly adjourned for another week last Wednesday due to poor attendance.

The noticeable absentees were lawmakers who lost their return bids.

The Legislators have some important bills to consider before the current legislative session expires in June.

Among the bills are the Petroleum Industry Bill, the Anti-terrorism bill and the Freedom of Information Bill.