Senate of Nigeria

The Senate is the upper chamber of Nigeria's bicameral legislature, the National Assembly of Nigeria. The National Assembly (popularly referred to as NASS) is the nation's highest legislature, whose power is to make laws, is summarized in chapter one, section four of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. It consists of 109 senators: the 36 states are each divided in 3 senatorial districts each electing one senator using the first-past-the-post electoral system; the Federal Capital Territory elects only one senator also using first-past-the-post.[1][2]

Senate
9th National Assembly
Type
Type
Leadership
Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, APC
since June 11, 2019
Ovie Omo-Agege, APC
since June 11, 2019
Majority Leader
Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi, APC
since July 2, 2019
Minority Leader
Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP
since July 2, 2019
Structure
Seats109
Political groups
Majority (69)

Minority (39)

Others (1)

Length of term
4 years
Elections
First-past-the-post voting
Last election
23-24 February 2019
Next election
18 February 2023
Meeting place
Abuja
Website
nass.gov.ng

The President of the Senate is the presiding officer of the Senate, whose chief function is to guide and regulate the proceedings in the Senate. The Senate President is third in the Nigerian presidential line of succession. He is assisted by the Deputy President of the Senate. The current Senate President is Sen. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan and the current Deputy Senate President is Ovie Omo-Agege, both members of the APC.[3] The Senate President and his Deputy are also assisted by principal officers including the Majority Leader, Deputy Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Chief Whip, Deputy Chief Whip, Minority Whip, and Deputy Minority Whip. In addition, there are 63 Standing Committees in the Senate chaired by Committee Chairmen.[4]

The lower chamber is the House of Representatives.