Smart Adeyemi

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Smart Adeyemi
Senator for Kogi West
In office
29 May 2007 – 2015
Preceded by Tunde Ogbeha
Succeeded by Dino Melaye
Personal details
Born (1960-08-18) 18 August 1960 (age 56)
Kogi State, Nigeria

Smart Adeyemi (born 18 August 1960) was elected Senator for the Kogi West constituency of Kogi State, Nigeria, taking office on 29 May 2007. He was a member of the APC.[1]

Early years[edit]

Smart Adeyemi was born on 18 August 1960. He earned a Post Graduate Diploma In Public Relations, Diploma in Law, Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication and a Masters In Public Administration from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, and became a journalist. He was National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists from 1999 to 2006.[1]

Political career[edit]

Adeyemi was elected to the Senate in April 2007. On assuming his Senate seat he was appointed to committees on Privatization, Industry, Federal Character & Inter-Government Affairs (Chairman), Federal Capital Territory and Appropriation.[1] Adeyemi was also appointed vice chairman of the Northern Senators Forum.[2] In a mid-term evaluation of Senators in May 2009, ThisDay noted that he had worked on bills on the State of the Nation Address and the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act amendment, and sponsored three motions.[3]

In May 2010 the Daily Sun said Adeyemi had asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to start an investigation of members of the National Assembly whom he alleged were corrupt. Adeyemi said that he had been misquoted. He said "I never said this National Assembly is corrupt [...] but if there are a few that are corrupt the EFCC should go ahead to expose them."[4] Despite his denial, Senate President David Mark announced a six-man ad hoc committee to investigate the issue, describing it as serious allegation. The committee was to be chaired by Senate Chief Whip Kanti Bello and to include Senators Ayogu Eze, Olorunnimbe Mamora, James Manager, Adamu Talba and Zainab Kure.[5] Adeyemi's allegation was similar to one Senator Nuhu Aliyu from Niger State had made in January 2008, which caused a similar strong reaction from the other legislators.[6]

Adeyemi won the PDP primary to compete for re-election as Kogi West Senator in the April 2011 elections. However, a court nullified the PDP primary election on 4 April 2011, saying it did not follow due process as defined in the electoral act.[7] A fresh primary was run on 7 April, in which Adeyemi defeated his opponent Abiye Abinso by 1,124 votes to two.[8] In the elections of 9 April 2011, Adeyemi retained his seat.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Sen. Smart Adeyemi". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  2. ^ TAIWO AMODU (March 28, 2009). "Governors will scuttle democracy —Senator Adeyemi". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ "An Improved Senate, But Some Uninspiring Senators...". ThisDay. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  4. ^ AMOS DUNIA (May 27, 2010). "Senate probes corruption allegation". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  5. ^ EBUBECHI EMMANUEL (2010-05-26). "Senate Sets Up Ad Hoc Committee To Probe Smart Adeyemi". The Will. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  6. ^ Festus Owete (May 31, 2010). "ASSEMBLY WATCH: Smart Adeyemi and charges of legislative corruption". Next. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  7. ^ Johnson Babajide (5 April 2011). "NASS election: Court nullifies Smart Adeyemi's candidature, orders fresh primary". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  8. ^ Johnson Babajide (8 April 2011). "Smart Adeyemi wins PDP's court-ordered primary election". Nigerian Tribune. Retrieved 2011-04-22. 
  9. ^ "Why I was re-elected – Sen Adeyemi". Vanguard. April 13, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-22.