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House of Representatives (Nigeria)

The House of Representatives is the lower house of Nigeria's bicameral National Assembly. The Senate is the upper house.

House of Representatives
8th National Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Yakubu Dogara, PDP
since 6 June 2015
Yusuf Sulaiman Lasun, PDP
since 6 June 2015
Nigerian House of Representatives.svg
Political groups


Last election
February 2019
Meeting place

The current House of Representatives, formed following elections held in April 2015, has a total of 360 members who are elected in single-member constituencies using the plurality (or first-past-the-post) system. Members serve four-year terms. The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives is the presiding officer of the house.


Nigerian state delegationsEdit

Defection of some members in 2018Edit

A group of 37 House members of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress have defected to opposition parties underscoring rising political tensions due to the upcoming election in 2019. 33 members defected to the major opposition party, People's Democratic Party, while four defected to African Democratic Congress, ADC.[1]

Members (since 1979)Edit

Party leadersEdit

Party leaders and whips are elected by their respective parties in a closed-door caucus by secret ballot. With the APC holding a majority of seats and the PDP holding a minority, the current leaders in the 8th National Assembly are: Majority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Whip Ado Garba Alhassan, Minority Leader Ogor Okuweh, and Minority Whip Umar Barde Yakubu.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Nsisak Nseyen. "37 Reps Dump APC; 33 cross to PDP". Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Principal Officers of The House of Representatives". Archived from the original on 21 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.

Coordinates: 9°04′05″N 7°30′40″E / 9.06806°N 7.51111°E / 9.06806; 7.51111