Senate of Nigeria

8th National Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Bukola Saraki, APC
Since June 9, 2015
Ike Ekweremadu, PDP
Since June 9, 2015
Seats 109
Political groups

Governing Parties

Opposition Parties

Length of term
4 years
Multi-member plurality system
Last election
29 March 2015
Meeting place

The Senate is the upper house of the National Assembly of Nigeria. It consists of 109 senators: the 36 states are each divided in 3 senatorial districts each electing one senator; the Federal Capital Territory elects only one senator.

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 current Senate President is Sen. Bukola Saraki of the All Progressives Congress.

The lower house is the House of Representatives.

Nigerian State Delegations


Functions of the Senate


Bills may be introduced in any chamber of the National Assembly. However,the Nigerian constitution provides that money bills ( Revenue and Appropriation bills) must originate in the House of Representatives. Though the approval of both the Senate and the house of representatives is required for any bill, including money bills, to become law.

Checks and Balances

The constitution provides several unique functions for the Senate that form its ability to "check and balance" other elements of the Federal Government of Nigeria.These include the requirement that the Senate may advice and must consent to some of the President's government appointments; also the Senate must consent to all treaties with foreign governments and it tries all impeachments.

Majority and minority parties

The "Majority party" is the party that either has a majority of seats or can form a coalition or caucus with a majority of seats; if two or more parties are tied the vice president's affiliation determines which party the majority party. The largest party is the Minority party.


Senators serve a term of four years each.

The list of senators for Nigeria's 8th Assembly


External links

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