Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye has retained his position as the worst performing senator in the weekly YNaija Effectiveness Ranking for senators.
Melaye assumed the position last week due to his war of words with Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello. The vocal senator is under intense pressure as he is currently battling to save his seat at the upper chamber following the decision by his constituents to effect his recall as their representative.
As signatures increased to effect his recall, Melaye took to his Instagram page to shade Bello in a comical post, while accusing some Kogi state appointees of forgery, saying they will end up in jail. The senator was also reportedly caught on tape scheming with a top officer on how to frame people for the assassination attempt on his life.
I call on all politicians, leaders and stakeholders to be responsible in their utterances. pic.twitter.com/L0DnaSBRtY
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) June 20, 2017
While Melaye was busy battling with his recall woes, the senator, representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Ben Murray-Bruce clinched the top position in the week under review, as he took to his Twitter account to call for peace.
In a country where sitting senators are seen hobnobbing with Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, and a key proponent of hate speech, Murray-Bruce’s call is a welcome development.
Over the past weeks, the nation has been on a knife edge with youth from the South East and the North exchanging words over the Biafra agitation. But, the Common Sense senator was having none of it as he decided to weigh in with some words of wisdom, saying, “I call on all politicians, leaders and stakeholders to be responsible in their utterances”.
Bruce’s rise sees Senators Bukola Saraki, Enyinnaya Abaribe and Ovie Omo-Agege drop down to the second, third and fourth positions respectively.
Senator Sabo Mohammed representing Jigawa South West rose to the top twenty this week. Mohammed’s rise followed reports that he helped secure the release of thirteen inmates from prison in his state.
Senator Sani Danladi (Taraba North) fell off the ranking totally, as he was sacked the Supreme Court and replaced by Shuaibu Isa Lau, who debuts on the last position in the ranking.
|Name||Zone||Rank This Week||Rank Last Week|
|Ben Murray-Bruce||Bayelsa East||1||4|
|Bukola Saraki||Kwara Central||2||1|
|Enyinnaya Abaribe||Abia South||3||2|
|Ovie Omo-Agege||Delta Central||4||3|
|Samuel Egwu||Ebonyi North||5||5|
|Andy Uba||Anambra South||6||6|
|Ike Ekweremadu||Enugu West||7||7|
|Isah Hamma Misau||Bauchi Central||8||8|
|Utazi Chukwuka||Enugu North||9||9|
|Gershom Bassey||Cross River South||10||10|
See full ranking here
*The YNaija Effectiveness Ranking is a perception index based on perceived levels of effectiveness of public officials, as determined by correspondents assessment, news reports and opinion surveys.