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PDP Senators To Oppose Yakubu’s Confirmation As INEC Chair
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PDP Senators To Oppose Yakubu’s Confirmation As INEC Chair

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the Senate is set to block confirmation of the nomination of Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for fresh five-year tenure by President Muhammadu Buhari, THISDAY’s investigation has revealed. This is coming just as the National Assembly resumes plenary today after a five-week break during which Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) defended their 2021 budget estimates before the committees of the federal parliament. Sources told THISDAY yesterday that the PDP senators met at the weekend and took far-reaching decisions, including opposing Yakubu’s nomination. Buhari had earlier this month forwarded the name of Yakubu to the Senate for confirmation, and President ...
If We Continue Borrowing, Nigeria Will Stop Breathing – Secondus To PDP Senators
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If We Continue Borrowing, Nigeria Will Stop Breathing – Secondus To PDP Senators

THE National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday lampooned the Federal Government over its continued engagement in External Borrowing, just as it warned that if the action continues, it would get to a position Nigeria as a country will Stop breathing, both politically and economically. Speaking with Journalists yesterday in Abuja after a three hour reconcilatory meeting with PDP Senate Caucus, National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has urged Senators on platform of the party, to henceforth protest against such a move by the Federal Government to embark on additional borrowing. The meeting which had in attendance members of the PDP National Working Committee, NWC and PDP Senators led by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP, Abia...
Ministerial Screening: You Abandoned Me – Saraki Tells PDP Senators
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Ministerial Screening: You Abandoned Me – Saraki Tells PDP Senators

Gbemisola Saraki, former Kwara Central Senator and ministerial nominee, on Monday said Senators on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, abandoned her. Saraki said this during her ministerial confirmation on the floor of the Senate. Responding to shouts by PDP Senators, the former lawmaker responded by saying, “You abandoned me.” When asked to make a few remarks after her introduction by Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Saraki said: “I don’t think there is anything else I need to add, except there is something else you want to know.” Following her comment, she was asked to “take a bow and go.” Saraki, who is a sister to the immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, was a member of PDP until April 7, 2015 when she defected to the ruling All Progressives Con...
Wike Blasts PDP Senators, Reps Over NASS Election
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Wike Blasts PDP Senators, Reps Over NASS Election

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has delivered a damning verdict on most of the Senators and House of Representatives members elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over their roles in the election of National Assembly principal officers on Tuesday. Most of them, he said, betrayed the party and are unworthy of trust. He accused them of selling out on the positions of the party during the heated exercise. The National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, early Tuesday morning, endorsed Senator Ali Ndume for the senate presidency. The party also instructed its members in the House of Representatives to support the ambition of Hon Umaru Bako to become Speaker. Wike, according to impeccable sources, mobilised NWC members to push through the endorsement...
Lawan Woos PDP Senators With Juicy Chairmanship Slots
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Lawan Woos PDP Senators With Juicy Chairmanship Slots

Major contenders for the position of the president of the Senate are making a last-minute push to consolidate on their successes. The two contenders are Ahmad Lawan and Mohammed Ali Ndume from Yobe and Borno states respectively. The APC and President Muhammadu Buhari have endorsed Lawan for the post. APC senators-elect equally gave him their support. But Ndume said the endorsement of Lawan means nothing, as he has the votes of the senators-elect based on promises made. In the midst of these, Daily Sun gathered that Lawan is making efforts to seal a deal with the caucus of the PDP. Sources revealed that Lawan has offered to concede some committee chairmanship positions to members of the PDP if they would support him to emerge as Senate president. Some of the committees...
Senate Presidency: No Problem With Lawan Begging PDP Senators For Votes -APC
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Senate Presidency: No Problem With Lawan Begging PDP Senators For Votes -APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday said it has no problem with Ahmad Lawan, its choice for the position of Senate President, meeting with relevant stakeholders in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to canvass for votes. Despite the threat by Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of APC, that it will have nothing to do with the PDP because the APC is the majority in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Lawan was reported to have met with some PDP senators and governors, soliciting their support for the number three position. However, speaking in a chat with INDEPENDENT, Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC’s National Publicity Secretary, said the party has no problem with Lawan meeting with relevant stakeholders in the PDP to canvass for votes. According to him, it...
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...
APC Has No Power To Decide Who Becomes Next Senate President, Says PDP Senators
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APC Has No Power To Decide Who Becomes Next Senate President, Says PDP Senators

Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the All Progressive Congress (APC) has no power to decide who becomes the President of the ninth Senate. The PDP lawmakers were reacting to the endorsement of Senator Ahmed Lawan by the APC wherein the ruling party picked him as its preferred candidate for the exalted office. The opposition party lawmakers also advised that the current Senate President, Bukola Saraki, be left out of insinuations in some quarters that the top lawmaker was plotting to influence the emergence of his successor. Mr Saraki lost his re-election bid to return to the red chamber and will not be part of the ninth Senate. In a statement signed by Senators Biodun Olujimi and Dino Melaye, the PDP lawmakers said every member of the red chamber can a...
Senate Leadership: Minority Leader Slot Tears PDP Senators Apart
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Senate Leadership: Minority Leader Slot Tears PDP Senators Apart

All appears not to be settled in the camp of Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) sitting Senators and Senators-elect. Feelers indicate as All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators are plotting for position of the Senate President, PDP Senators have launched intense scheming for the slot of Senate minority leader. It is gathered the intrigue and scheming for leadership positions in the Senate clearly manifested during the issuance of certificate of returns to Senator and members of the House of Representatives on Thursday. The PDP is expected to produce the minority leader in the ninth Senate with its 42 senators. APC boasts of 65 and YPP has one. A competent source in the National Assembly told our reporter on Monday the calculation is the South East geo-political zone with its...
PDP Will Not Support Separatist Agenda – Akpabio
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PDP Will Not Support Separatist Agenda – Akpabio

The Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senate Caucus, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, has assured Nigerians that the party will not support any separatist agenda in the country. Akpabio made this known while speaking at the Non-Elective Convention of the PDP in Abuja on Saturday. He said the party would continue to promote anything that would ensure the peace and unity of the country. The lawmaker, who is also the Minority Leader of the Senate, condemned hate speeches in some parts of the country, saying that the unity of the country was non-negotiable. He assured of the PDP’s support to policies of the present administration, which were aimed at taking the country out of recession. He, however, said that the party would not support any policy that would plunge the country in...
PDP Senators Ask Sheriff, Others To Return ‘Home’
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PDP Senators Ask Sheriff, Others To Return ‘Home’

Senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday asked dethroned Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, and other members who joined other political parties to “return back home”. Briefing journalists, the caucus, led by the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who made this known, described the Supreme Court judgement of Wednesday on the leadership tussle in the party as no victor, no vanquished. Akpabio assured the defected members of the party that nobody would be penalized for defecting when he or she returns to the party. He said the victory is not only for the members of the party, but for all Nigerians, adding: “Today is a great day for Nigeria’s democracy.” Also speaking, the former Senate President, David Mark, said the process of c...
PDP Senators Behind Magu’s Rejection — Rep Gudaji
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PDP Senators Behind Magu’s Rejection — Rep Gudaji

Rep Muhammed Gudaji Kazaure (APC, Kazaure, Gwiwa, Roni and Yankwashi Federal Constituency) of Jigawa State has blamed the protracted impasse between the National Assembly and the executive arm of government on members of the PDP in the legislative arm of government. Kazaure made the disclosure yesterday while exchanging views with newsmen in Dutse. He cited the rejection of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as one of the unpleasant developments hatched by the PDP lawmakers. The lawmaker, therefore, called on all members of the APC in the National Assembly to wake up from their slumber by upholding the interest of their political party through ensuring a harmonious working relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari. “PDP lawmakers ...