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Nigeria Now Earns $2bn Annually From Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts
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Nigeria Now Earns $2bn Annually From Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said that amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act has increased remittances from the sharing contracts into the federation account from $260 million to $2billion annually. He also vowed that “demons” frustrating the passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) within the last fourteen years will be defeated this year by the 9th National Assembly. Lawan stated this on Tuesday while speaking with journalists on his 62nd birthday celebration in Abuja. He said the patriotic zeal used by the National Assembly in October 2019 to pass an amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act would be deployed for expeditious consideration and passage of the PIB already before it, latest by...
Buhari’s Acceptance To Address Reps Proof of Executive And NASS Synergy – Kalu
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Buhari’s Acceptance To Address Reps Proof of Executive And NASS Synergy – Kalu

Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu, has described Buhari's acceptance to address the green chamber over insecurity summon, as a proof of great synergy between the executive and the 9th National Assembly. MCI had earlier reported how the Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed to appear before the House as requested by the lawmakers. In a statement forwarded to us Wednesday night, while reacting to the development, the Reps Spokesman who represents Bende Federal Constituency, said the president's acceptance was quite commendable. Kalu, who had on Tuesday hinted that President Buhari would honour the Reps’ invite, said he had been proven right, following the president's acceptance. “I said ...
Remi Tinubu, Adeola And Osinowo Are Failed Senators – Lagos PDP
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Remi Tinubu, Adeola And Osinowo Are Failed Senators – Lagos PDP

The performance of the three All Progressives Congress (APC) senators representing Lagos State in the 9th National Assembly is nothing to write home about, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lagos state chapter has said. Speaking in a chat with DAILY INDEPENDENT on Saturday, Taofik Gani, the party’s Publicity Secretary said Oluremi Tinubu ( Lagos Central), Bayo Oshinowo (Lagos East), Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos West) have failed to meet the expectations of Lagosians as their representatives in the upper chamber of the National Assembly. It said the three senators have failed to move the motion for the National Assembly to urgently accord the 37 local council development areas in the state full status of local governments. It also said they have failed to convince the fed...
I’ll Assign Portfolio To Ministers At Inauguration – Buhari
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I’ll Assign Portfolio To Ministers At Inauguration – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, disclosed that he will assign portfolio to members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) who have been confirmed by the Senate at the point of inauguration. The President, however, did not mention any particular date for the inauguration of the new ministers. Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, commended the Senate for its diligence and prompt confirmation of his ministerial nominees. He said: “Specific portfolios shall be assigned with the inauguration of the cabinet.” Buhari also expressed satisfaction in the process which he described as swift and efficient. According to the President, the people of Nigeria want results, and with this list of ministers, we are confident they ...
Lawan, Gbajabiamila Under Pressure Over Juicy Committee
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Lawan, Gbajabiamila Under Pressure Over Juicy Committee

A head of the 2nd July, 2019 resumption date of the two chambers of the National Assembly, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila are under intense pressure on how to share ‘juicy’ committees to their colleagues, especially those who campaigned for them. LEADERSHIP Sunday reports that the two chambers of the National Assembly embarked on a three-week recess and will resume on Tuesday, 2nd July, 2019. But sources said that both Lawan and Femi, who were the preferred choices of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to head the legislative arms before the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, are now faced with serious dilemma as their colleagues from different political parties scramble for committee chairmanship. ...
PDP Mounts Pressure On Dogara To Accept Minority Leader
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PDP Mounts Pressure On Dogara To Accept Minority Leader

STRONG Indications have emerged that the National Working Committee, NWC of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is mounting serious pressure on the immediate past Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to be the Minority Leader in the 9th National Assembly. Vanguard gathered that the delay in producing the list of Principal Officers from the House of Representatives is due to the fact that the former Speaker from Bauchi, North East is refusing the officer, against the backdrop that he wants to be a floor member now. According to a source, the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus and members of the NWC will today meet with PDP Caucus in the House of Representatives where the list would be finalised and a letter written to the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila to read wh...
Photos As Rochas Okorocha Is Sworn In As Senator
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Photos As Rochas Okorocha Is Sworn In As Senator

Former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has been sworn in as a senator of the 9th National Assembly. He was sworn in on Thursday during first plenary by Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Recall that Okorocha was not inaugurated on Tuesday because he had yet to collect his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Okorocha, representing Imo West Senatorial District, was however issued certificate at the end of Tuesday.
Ben Kalu Reacts To Exclusion Of South East From 9th NASS Leadership
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Ben Kalu Reacts To Exclusion Of South East From 9th NASS Leadership

Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu, member representing Bende Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has reacted to the exclusion of South East from presiding offices of the 9th National Assembly. Igbere TV had reported that the inauguration of the 9th Assembly held on Tuesday, June 11, which saw the emergence of presiding officers in the two legislative chamber. For the Senate, while Ahmad Lawan from Yobe (North) emerged as Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege from Delta (South) clinched on to the Deputy Senate President seat. Similarly, for the House of Representatives, while Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos (West) emerged as Speaker, Idris Wase from Plateau (North) clinched on to the Deputy Speaker seat. This development saw the exclusion of the South East geopolitical zon...
Buhari’s Message To Newly Sworn In Officers Of 9th National Assembly & Legislators
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Buhari’s Message To Newly Sworn In Officers Of 9th National Assembly & Legislators

President Muhammadu Buhari on last night took to his twitter account to congratulate the Newly Elected Presiding Officers of the 9th National Assembly and also all the National Legislators. She tweeted saying.... I congratulate the newly elected presiding officers of the Ninth National Assembly. Congratulations also to all national legislators and their political parties for the display of patriotism and non-partisanship before and during today’s elections. ‏ The transparent and fair nature of the voting process is commendable; a plus for democracy in Nigeria. Today marks a new dawn, different from the duplicity and perfidy of the immediate past. We all, including today’s winners, must use our exalted positions for the higher interest of Nigeria, her people, and for the gro...
Why I Contested Against Omo-agege At The Eleventh Hour – Ekweremadu
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Why I Contested Against Omo-agege At The Eleventh Hour – Ekweremadu

Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy Senate President, has said his decision to contest again for the position at the formation of the 9th Senate is to protest against the invasion of the National Assembly last year. Mr Ekweremadu who did not indicate interest to aspire for the position until few hours to the election of principal officers at the National Assembly was nominated by his colleagues at the red chamber. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker was however defeated by the preferred candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. Mr Omo-Agege was alleged to have led thugs to invade and cart away the symbolic power of the red chamber last year. Despite being indicted by the Senate committee that investigated the incident, the APC lawmaker was no...
Tight Security At National Assembly Ahead Of Inauguration, Election Of Leaders
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Tight Security At National Assembly Ahead Of Inauguration, Election Of Leaders

Security has been beefed up at the National Assembly as members-elect continue accreditation ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly on Tuesday. All staff and visitors to the national assembly were critically checked before being allowed entry into the premises. Those who could not identify themselves properly were turned back. Meanwhile, there is a presence of security operatives at strategic areas, while moving around designated areas for accreditation was limited. Speaking to newsmen after his accreditation, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha from Taraba State, said the process was going on smoothly. On why PDP is keeping quiet on who to endorse for senate presidency, he said, “there is dignity in silence and mischief in noise making” Sen. Kabiru Gaya (APC-Kano) also...
Why Femi Gbajabiamila Should Be Elected As Speaker Of House Of Reps – FFK
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Why Femi Gbajabiamila Should Be Elected As Speaker Of House Of Reps – FFK

Fani Kayode went ahead to list out why the APC and PDP members of House of Reps should vote Femi Gbajabiamila The inauguration of the 9th National Assembly will take place on Tuesday and there would be voting amidst the lawmakers on who would become the new Senate President for the Senate and the new Speaker for the House of Representatives. Ahead of the voting exercise on Tuesday, Nigerian former Min. for Aviation and legal practitioner, Femi Fani-Kayode has called for support for Femi Gbajabiamila to be elected as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives. Fani Kayode in his statement stressed that he doesn’t like how Gbajabiamila conducted his campaign, he however, declared that he believed that he deserves to be elected as the next Speaker.
National Assembly Leaders’ Elections: Management Picks Secret Poll
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National Assembly Leaders’ Elections: Management Picks Secret Poll

There were clear indications on Saturday that the election of the presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly will be conducted by secret ballot method on Tuesday. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the management of the red chamber took the decision to avoid rancour on the day of inauguration. A senior member of the management team of the federal parliament told one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity on Saturday that the elected lawmakers had already been given House Rules stipulating the voting method. He said, “There were attempts to amend the rules of both chambers to give room for a secret ballot but the idea was frustrated by the outgoing leadership. “I’m aware that advocates of the secret ballot method mounted pressure on the outgoing Senate President, Bukola ...
9th NASS: Management Bars Journalists From Covering Inauguration
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9th NASS: Management Bars Journalists From Covering Inauguration

Despite the withdrawal of the draconian guidelines for the accreditation of journalists, the National Assembly Management has again moved to bar over 150 accredited journalists from covering the inauguration of the 9th national assembly on Tuesday, June 11. The decision which is coming barely three weeks after the management of the national assembly suspended the move to issue fresh guidelines to the journalists covering the parliament. The new move was discovered on Thursday following the instruction by the management that only 10 reporters would be allowed to cover the inauguration as far as print media is concerned, just as few of television and radio reporters were selected for the event. Out of over 15 photojournalists covering the two chambers, only one was accredited to...
Senate Presidency: Goje’s Sacrifice Appreciated — El Rufai
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Senate Presidency: Goje’s Sacrifice Appreciated — El Rufai

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has applauded Sen. Danjuma Goje (APC-Gombe Central) for stepping down for Sen. Ahmad Lawan (APC-Yobe) in the race for Presidency of the 9th Senate. El-Rufai spoke with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after he, Lawan, Goje and Senator-elect, Uba Sani (APC-Kaduna Central) emerged from a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday. He said that Goje had withdrawn from the race for Senate Presidency and endorsed the candidacy of the Lawan, who was the preferred candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). “We discussed steps to unify our leadership in the National Assembly starting with the senate. “I am very pleased to announce that distinguished Sen. Goje has agreed to fully endorse and s...
60 Senators, 249 Reps Bid National Assembly Farewell
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60 Senators, 249 Reps Bid National Assembly Farewell

No fewer than 309 out of the 469 members of the 8th National Assembly, which winds up today will not return to the 9th National Assembly billed for inauguration next week Tuesday. This means that of the 469 member-National Assembly, only 160, who served in the 8th National Assembly, will make the 9th Assembly. This comprised 49 senators and 108 members of the House of Representatives. The Senate has 109 members, while the House of Representatives has 360. The affected lawmakers either failed to get return tickets at the primaries of their respective political parties that preceded the 2019 general election or lost at the main elections, which held between February and March this year. However, eight out of 60 senators, who won’t participate in the 9th Assembly, went for gover...
Long-serving Legislators Returning To Ninth Assembly
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Long-serving Legislators Returning To Ninth Assembly

When the ninth National Assembly is inaugurated this month, some of its longest-serving members are expected to return to the hallowed chambers and play crucial roles in the next legislative session. Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI looks at some of the antecedents of affected lawmakers and the parts they would play in the assembly. ALL over the world, lawmaking is regarded as one of democracy’s worthiest pursuits. Like old wine, legislators mature the longer they serve. While new legislators bring fresh ideas, experience matters when it comes to crafting legislative proposals. Frequent kicking out of popular and competent lawmakers ultimately results in a bad return on the investment of time spent learning and mastering the ins and outs of policymaking at that level. But, i...
Speakership: PDP Caucus Directs Members to Support any APC Candidates of their Choice
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Speakership: PDP Caucus Directs Members to Support any APC Candidates of their Choice

The caucus of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may have jettisoned its reported interest in contesting for the position of the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives, it emerged Tuesday. Following caucus meeting on Monday at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja on Monday, the caucus has directed its members to vote for any aspirant of their choice from the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting for the positions of the presiding officers of the 9th House. In a statement by the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor Tuesday, the decision was taken in the interest of the nation. Ogor said: “While the nation looks forward to the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly, the PDP House Caucus is leaving no stone unturned in furtherance of its resolute determination to proac...
Plaintiff Withdraws Suit To Stop Gbajabiamila From Contesting
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Plaintiff Withdraws Suit To Stop Gbajabiamila From Contesting

14 days to the election of a new Speaker for the House of Representatives, Phillip Undie, who approached a court to stop Majority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila from contesting, has offered to withdraw the suit. Undie has sent a letter of authorisation to his counsel, Ayodele Temitope Justice, to file a withdrawal notice in court. The counsel, who confirmed on the telephone that he got the notice of withdrawal from his client, was however silent on the next step. In a May 27, 2019 letter, “Authorisation to file my withdrawal as plaintiff from suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/539/2019, the plaintiff said he has got fresh facts confirming that Gbajabiamila was cleared of no criminal conviction by the Office of the General Counsel of the State of Georgia. Undie’s letter to the counsel reads:...
EFCC Interrogates Mohammed Sani-Omolori National Assembly Clerk, Seizes Passport
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EFCC Interrogates Mohammed Sani-Omolori National Assembly Clerk, Seizes Passport

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday, grilled the clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Mohammed Sani-Omolori over the legislature’s “finances” and other undisclosed issues. Politics Nigeria learned that Omolori’s passport was seized after an intense interrogation that lasted over 6 hours. Inside sources reveal that he was also quizzed about the emergence of leaders in the 9th national assembly. The clerk oversees the election of new leaders in each assembly. The current method for election of principal officers in the two legislative chambers is an open secret, but the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is expected to produce the next crop of leaders is said to be advocating for a different method. The anti-graft agency asked Sani-Omolori for the re...
Saraki, Dogara’s ‘Coup’ Won’t Happen Again – Presidency Boasts
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Saraki, Dogara’s ‘Coup’ Won’t Happen Again – Presidency Boasts

The presidency on Tuesday said it is confident that the events of June 9, 2015 which produced Bukola Saraki as Senate President and Yakubu Dogara as Speaker of the House of Representatives will not repeat itself in the election of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly. Ita Enang, Senior Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters (Senate), said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is on top of the situation, adding that the wishes of the party will eventually prevail. In 2015, APC had penciled down Senator Ahmad Lawan, the current Senate Leader, who hails from the North-East for the position of Senate President while Femi Gbajabiamila from the South-West was positioned for the Speaker slot. However, some APC lawmakers rebelled against the party and in concert with...
9th National Assembly: 469 Members To Receive N4.68bn Welcome Package
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9th National Assembly: 469 Members To Receive N4.68bn Welcome Package

Four hundred and sixty-nine lawmakers who were elected on the platform of various political parties in the February 23 National Assembly elections and the subsequent supplementary election will get N4.68bn as welcome package immediately after their inauguration in June, The PUNCH investigation has shown. The package is to help the lawmakers sort out accommodation and furniture issues. According to the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, accommodation and furniture allowances are two of the irregular entitlements of lawmakers and other political office holders. While accommodation is paid once every year, furniture allowance is paid once in four years. Each member of the House of Representatives on resumption, therefore, is entitled to N9.926, 062.5, accor...
Buhari Won’t Interfere In 9th National Assembly Leadership Tussle – Presidency
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Buhari Won’t Interfere In 9th National Assembly Leadership Tussle – Presidency

The presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari will not interfere in the bid by some lawmakers to challenge the zoning formula of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the leadership positions of the 9th National Assembly. Already the APC has settled for the duo of Senator Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North) and Femi Gbajabiamila (Surulere 1) as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively, for the 9th National Assembly. However, the positions are being challenged by some lawmakers who described the party’s position as imposition and an attempt to meddle in the leadership selection process of the National Assembly. In the Senate, Ali Ndume (Borno South) and Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central) have indicated interest to contest for the exalted positi...
NASS Leadership: PDP Leaders, Others Move To Back Lawan, Gbajabiamila
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NASS Leadership: PDP Leaders, Others Move To Back Lawan, Gbajabiamila

Some leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are reaching out to newly elected or re-elected federal legislators from the party and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure a rancour free election of principal officers of the 9th National Assembly. The concerned PDP leaders, according to sources, are keen on persuading their fellow party members to shelve any idea of opposing the preferred choices of the majority APC during the election of Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives. Involved in the initiative are serving and newly elected governors, returning and outgoing senators as well as other chieftains of the opposition party. “To many of them, it is time for the PDP to drop the toga of a party that is seen as disrupting governance through...
9th NASS: Buhari Takes Over Lobby For Lawan, Gbajabiamila
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9th NASS: Buhari Takes Over Lobby For Lawan, Gbajabiamila

President Muhammadu Buhari has personally taken charge of lobbying incoming members of the 9th National Assembly in the bid to install Dr. Ahmad Lawan as the next Senate President and Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives. The President, according to well placed sources, is taking nothing for granted this time around to avoid a repeat of the 2015 ‘coup’ when dissenting members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their allies in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hijacked the election process and picked candidates other than those preferred by the ruling party. The Nation gathered that shortly before leaving for London on a private visit last week, Buhari took the driver’s seat at meetings with some of the aspirants for the two plum offices. He...
9th NASS: Battle For Majority Leader In House Of Reps Begins
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9th NASS: Battle For Majority Leader In House Of Reps Begins

The battle for who succeeds Hon Femi Gbajiamiala as the Leader of the House of Representatives is getting tough, with different gladiators expressing interest in taking the plum job, JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH writes. In less than two months, a new leadership of the 9th National Assembly will emerge. Right now, there is ongoing horsetrading, permutations and negotiations on who becomes the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The All Progressive Congress (APC) had recently adopted Femi Gbajiamiala as its preferred candidate for the office of tr Speaker of the House in the 9th Assembly. However that has not stopped other contestants from throwing their hats into the ring. A female aspirant for the office of the Speaker, Hon. Nkiru Onyejeocha (APC, Abia), has called on Gbajabiamila to...
NASS Leadership: What Happened In 2015 Might Repeat Itself, Saraki Warns
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NASS Leadership: What Happened In 2015 Might Repeat Itself, Saraki Warns

Bukola Saraki, President of the 8th Senate, has said the All Progressive Congress (APC) might lose hold of the incoming 9th National Assembly if care is not taken as what happened in 2015 might play out again. Mr Saraki during the formation of the 8th Senate in 2015 emerged Senate President against the wish of the APC even though he belonged to the party at the time. He defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last year. Lawmakers at the National Assembly are to elect principal officers of the legislative arm of government. His emergence was possible due to his alliance with lawmakers of the PDP. This angered the APC which severally failed in series of plot to oust the top lawmaker. Although he lost his bid to return to the red chamber, Saraki has warned leaders of th...
Senate Leadership: APC Governors Step In
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Senate Leadership: APC Governors Step In

Determined to avert a crisis in the 9th National Assembly, All Progressives Congress (APC) governors have waded into the row over choice of principal officers, especially the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The race for Senate President is being hotly contested by the Senate Leader, Dr. Ahmad Lawan; the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen. Danjuma Goje, and a former Senate Leader, Sen. Ali Ndume. A team raised by the governors may this week hold talks with Goje, who is rated as the favourite of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). The governors are stepping in following speculations that Goje may declare his ambition for the coveted seat this week. According to a source, the APC governors are worried abou...
You’re Only Making Noise – Reps Member, Anayo Edwin Nwonu To Oshiomhole
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You’re Only Making Noise – Reps Member, Anayo Edwin Nwonu To Oshiomhole

The member representing Ezza North/Ishielu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Anayo Edwin Nwonu, yesterday told the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that only the lawmakers will determine the leadership of the National Assembly not Oshiomhole and the APC. He said Oshiomhole’s insistence that APC must determine the leadership of the 9th National Assembly, billed for inauguration June 11 and the party’s endorsement of some newly elected lawmakers, NASS leadership position for would not work. He noted that only the lawmakers have the say on who leads them and that it is them that will choose their leaders on the day of their inauguration. Nwonu, who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ...
John Dyegh Ignores Gbajabiamila’s APC Endorsement, Declares ‎Speakership Bid
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John Dyegh Ignores Gbajabiamila’s APC Endorsement, Declares ‎Speakership Bid

Another member of the House of Representatives, Mr John Dyegh, from Benue State, has declared his ambition to run for the speakership seat in the 9th National Assembly. ‎Dyegh’s declaration in Abuja on Wednesday came some hours after the ruling All Progressives Congress ‎zoned the seat to the South-West and endorsed the Majority Leader, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, as its candidate. President Muhammadu Buhari had host members-elect to a dinner on Tuesday where the deputy speaker seat was also zoned to the North-Central. In his declaration speech, Dyegh alleged that the North-Central geopolitical zone had been marginalised in the leadership of the House since 1999. Another aspirant from Niger State, Mr Mohammed Bago, had also said aspirants from the zone would reconsider their agitat...
Senate Presidency: Lawan Defies Oshiomhole, Meets PDP Governors, Senators
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Senate Presidency: Lawan Defies Oshiomhole, Meets PDP Governors, Senators

The Senate Majority Leader and All Progressives Congress candidate for the Senate presidency in the 9th National Assembly, Ahmed Lawan, has reached out to some Peoples Democratic Party governors to brighten his chances of winning the number three position. This is contrary to the ruling party’s earlier position that it would not need the PDP for its candidate to emerge winner in the race. Lawan’s adoption by the ruling party’s National Working Committee has divided the party, with Senators Ali Ndume (Borno) and Danjuma Goje (Gombe) insisting on contesting the post despite the APC’s position. The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, had shortly after the NWC’s adoption of Lawan, said the ruling party did not need the PDP lawmakers’ votes to clinch leadership seats in...
Senate Presidency: 35 APC Senators Back Ndume
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Senate Presidency: 35 APC Senators Back Ndume

There are strong indications that no fewer than 35 senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), are backing former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, to clinch the seat of the President of the Senate in the 9th National Assembly. It was gathered that the lawmakers are angry with the leadership of the party over its decision to impose Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan without recourse to them. The lawmakers, who pleaded anonymity expressed disappointment at Lawan over an alleged statement credited to him that all the APC State governors have donated their Senators to him to ensure his victory. The Senators-elect said: “We are not happy over claims by Lawan that APC governors have donated their Senators-elect to him in order to realise his Senate Presidency. “Even they have gone...
Lawan, Ndume, Goje Shift Battleground To PDP Camp
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Lawan, Ndume, Goje Shift Battleground To PDP Camp

As the battle for the leadership of the Senate intensifies ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly in June, the camps of the senators-elect seeking to take over the leadership of the Red Chamber have shifted their attention to opposition members. Already, the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has settled for one of the aspirants and current Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) as its choice for the Senate top job. However, Senator Ali Ndume (APC,Borno), himself a former Senate leader, has vowed to go against his party and contest the position. Another senator said to be eyeing the position is Danjuma Goje who is said to be working from behind the scenes to achieve his ambition. We gathered that with the party, APC, already in favour of Senator Lawan, the c...
What Saraki Tells Incoming Senators At Orientation Programme
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What Saraki Tells Incoming Senators At Orientation Programme

Below are five key things that Saraki asked lawmakers of the 9th National Assembly to do. 1. In its constitutional role, the National Assembly carries out oversight, makes laws and ensures constituency representation. In carrying out constitutional functions, lawmakers must always recognise that the independence of the legislature is non-negotiable. It is an independent and co-equal arm of government. Therefore, it behooves members of the National Assembly to lead the way in asserting the principle of Separation of Powers, thus ensuring accountability in governance. To achieve that, it is expected that members will carry out their duties in a manner that commands that respect from other arms of government as well as the people you represent. 2. In Nigeria, the misapprehension as to...
APC Senators-elect Move Against Party’s Choice Of Senate President
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APC Senators-elect Move Against Party’s Choice Of Senate President

The crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the choice of the leadership of the 9th National Assembly deepened at the weekend as some of the lawmakers threatened to dare the party in the leadership tussle. Some senators-elect of the ruling APC have also frowned at what they described as the recent utterances of the National Leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, over the composition of the leadership of the National Assembly, saying such outburst should not have come from a national leader of the party. Some of the party’s senators-elect, Akelicious further learnt, met in Abuja last night to discuss the decision of the party to determine the federal legislature’s leadership. Tinubu had at the weekend in Lagos asked elected party members, not comfortable with...
Support Lawan And Gbajabiamila Or Leave APC – Tinubu
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Support Lawan And Gbajabiamila Or Leave APC – Tinubu

Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, said that party discipline would be upheld in addressing the leadership tussle of the 9th National Assembly. Mr Tinubu said this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos on Friday after a Prayer Programme organised by Islamic and Christian clerics to mark his 67th birthday. The ruling APC recently endorsed the candidature of Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives. “Party discipline is key, we must be discipline in the party. We were a little careless in 2015. We created the opportunity for serpent to get into our party and that did not allow Nigeria to make the desired progress. “You have seen the result of it and we are not going to a...
I Can’t Appoint Or Impose Anyone On The Senate – Oshiomhole
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I Can’t Appoint Or Impose Anyone On The Senate – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole has said that contrary to claims in some quarters, he does not possess the power to chose who becomes the Senate President of the 9th National Assembly (NASS). He said all that he has done with regards to the issue of who becomes president of the 9th NASS, is to engage members of the National Assembly and members of the executive, in a bid to bring the two together to discuss questions of how the party can manage its huge majority in the parliament. Oshiomhole said he stressed that he has no power to appoint or impose anyone on the Senate. “Do I look like someone who can appoint and impose somebody on the Senate, even if I wished to?” Oshiomhole asked. He said all he has is the power to “persuade, the power to negotiate and the power to point out what might go wr...
National Assembly Are Not Children You Can Dictate To, PDP Tells Oshiomhole
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National Assembly Are Not Children You Can Dictate To, PDP Tells Oshiomhole

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, cautioned Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on his utterances over the election of the leadership of the incoming National Assembly. Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent on the comment made by Oshiomhole that APC would not share power with PDP in the nineth National Assembly, Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP said Oshiomhole has no capacity to order members of the legislative arm of government, which is independent on how to go about its business. He said “Oshiomhole is not talking to soldiers or robots. He is not addressing school boys or girls or babies. He is addressing adults who have the right to think and act according to the dictates of their thinkin...
Buhari ‘Favours’ Lawan, Gbaja To Lead 9th National Assembly
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Buhari ‘Favours’ Lawan, Gbaja To Lead 9th National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the nod to Ahmad Lawan as senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the house of representatives in the in-coming national assembly, TheCable can report. The duo, who are currently the leaders of the APC caucus in the upper and lower chambers of the national assembly, enjoyed the support of the president in 2015 but Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of reps, teamed up with some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers to edge them out. While Lawan did not get the opportunity to go head-to-head with Saraki, Gbajabiamila lost to Dogara by eight votes. However, Saraki is out of the way, having left the APC for the PDP and lost his re-election bid. Dogara is also not expected to put a fight as ...
Tinubu Opposes Wife’s Bid For Deputy Senate Presidency
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Tinubu Opposes Wife’s Bid For Deputy Senate Presidency

The ambition of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, lawmaker representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, to become the Deputy Senate President in the 9th National Assembly may not materialise as her husband, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is opposed to the move. According to Daily Independent findings, Tinubu is more interested in Lagos State producing the incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives, a position Femi Gbajabiamila, the incumbent Majority Leader of the House of Reps, is seriously eyeing. Credible sources said it was impossible for Lagos State to produce both the Deputy Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the same dispensation. Tinubu’s efforts to ensure Gbajabiamila emerges the spea...
Buhari Won’t Interfere In 9th Assembly Leadership – Enang
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Buhari Won’t Interfere In 9th Assembly Leadership – Enang

President Muhammadu Buhari will not interfere in the emergence of the leadership of the National Assembly in the coming 9th Assembly, a presidential aide has said. Ita Enang, who is the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters (Senate), told journalists in Abuja yesterday that the president believed in the principle of separation of powers, hence he would not interfere in the activities of the legislature, including the leadership. Buhari had in 2015 said he was ready to work with anybody that emerged in the National Assembly leadership, a development that saw the victory of Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker respectively. Enang said: “The principle of President Muhammadu Buhari is that each arm of government should fu...
President Buhari Expresses Joy Over APC’s Majority Win In The Senate
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President Buhari Expresses Joy Over APC’s Majority Win In The Senate

President Buhari says he is happy over the majority win of the All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the Senate and is looking forward to a mutual and effective working relationship with the ninth National Assembly toward improving the budgetary process and restoring the country to the January-December fiscal cycle. The President stated this when he received his old school mates, who came to congratulate him on his re-election for a second term, at his home in Daura, Katsina state on Monday, March 11th. He recounted how the delay in the passage of budgets hindered timely execution of projects across the country. With the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the presidential election and majority seats in the ninth Senate, President Buhari expressed confidence...
9th National Assembly… Dogara Moves To Retain Speaker’s Seat
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9th National Assembly… Dogara Moves To Retain Speaker’s Seat

Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara is making frantic moves to retain his seat when the 9th National Assembly will be inaugurated in June this year, Reporters has learnt. Dogara’s moves, it was learnt, are coming despite the fact that he is now a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The PDP, so far, has a little over 100 reps-elect against the 220 seats of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Although the constitution does not restrict any leadership position in the National Assembly to the party with majority, the tradition has been for such a party to produce the leadership since it has the required numbers to do so. Dogara became speaker on June 9, 2015 under APC, ‎defying the party’s decision for current House Leader Femi Gbajab...
9th National Assembly: Tinubu, Boroffice, Folarin Eye Ekweremadu’s Seat
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9th National Assembly: Tinubu, Boroffice, Folarin Eye Ekweremadu’s Seat

Developing signals have started emerging on the struggle for the leadership of the 9th National Assembly billed for inauguration in June. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that more lawmakers were expressing their interests by the day to preside over the chambers and be among the principal offices of the Senate and the House of Representatives. An aide to one of the aspirants in the Senate, who is privy to the discussion in the All Progressives Congress caucus, said the ruling party had zoned the Senate presidency to the North-East and the Speaker of the House as well as the Deputy Senate presidency to the South-West. The source disclosed that three ranking senators wanted to become deputy senate president. According to the source, the leading aspirants in the South-West gunning for the ...