Breaking: At last, Buhari signs revised 2020 budget into law

July 10, 2020 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has just signed the revised N10.8 trillion 2020 budget into law. Signing the document inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, in the presence of top government officials including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha and National Assembly leadership, Buhari explained the reason behind the revised budget. He Read More

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Senate’ll ensure Buhari succeeds – Omo-Agege

July 13, 2019 Editorial III 0

Deputy President of the Senate Ovie Omo-Agege has said the Senate would do all in its powers to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari delivered on his next level agenda to Nigerians in the next four years. Omo-Agege stated this Friday while receiving a delegation of the Abraka Progressive Union at the National Assembly, Abuja. According to him, the upper legislative Read More

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9th NASS leadership and triumph of party supremacy

June 20, 2019 Editorial IV 0

From onset, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), made it clear it would not allow a repeat of the 2015 scenario, where it shared principal officers’ positions with the opposition. Obike Ukoh writes. APC and ugly past Besides, the ruling APC was unable to determine the composition of the National Assembly leadership in the two chambers. Unlike its previous lackadaisical Read More

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I supported Agege because he is my in-law-Sen Ekpenyong

June 19, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, Chris Ekpenyong has revealed that he played a key role in the emergence of Senator Ovie Omo Agege as Deputy President of the Senate because he is his in-law. Speaking with journalists in Uyo shortly on arrival from Abuja Tuesday, Ekpenyong said although the duo of Senator Ahmed lawan and Senator Ovie Omo Read More

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Gombe gov hails emergence of Lawan, Gbajabiamila as senate president, Speaker

June 12, 2019 Editorial III 0

Gombe state Governor Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has described the emergence of Ahmad Lawn and Femi Gbajabiamila as leaders of the Senate and Hosue of Representatives as “a collective preference for credible legislature that will work for Nigeria”. Govenor Inuwa description’s is contained in a statement signed and made available to Journalists Wednesday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media Read More

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PDP congratulates NASS new leadership

June 12, 2019 Editorial III 0

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congratulates the 9th National Assembly for its successful inauguration and charged the lawmakers to guard legislative independence. PDP in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan Tuesday congratulated the newly elected Senate President, Deputy Senate President; as well as the newly elected Speaker and Deputy Speaker Read More

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NASS leadership: How APC got it right

June 12, 2019 Editorial III 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) finally got its acts together and ensured the emergence of the leadership of the national Assembly of its choice unlike the blunder it committed four years ago.Patrick Andrew writes. Slumbering in arrogance Emerging from a rare feat of defeating a seemingly invincible sitting government, the All Progressives Congress (APC) tended to have swathed in the Read More

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Why 9th NASS assembly leaders won’t be rubber stamps- Adeyeye

June 10, 2019 Editorial III 0

Ahead of the inauguration of the 9th National Assembly on Tuesday, a legal practitioner and energy expert, Barrister David Adetunji Adeyeye, has allayed fears that members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting for leadership positions could be rubber stamps of the executive. Adeyeye, who contested to represent AMAC/ Bwari constituency in the House of Representatives under the Young Progressive Read More

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APC, NASS leadership and micro-zoning

June 9, 2019 Editorial III 0

“The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.” – Edward Gibbon (British MP, between 1774 and 1784) Following the overwhelming victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 23, 2019 presidential/National Assembly elections, the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, announced the adoption of Senate Read More

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Speakership: Constituents throw weights behind Gbajabiamila

June 8, 2019 Editorial III 0

Supports from the home front came the way of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila Friday in Abuja as constituents from his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency declared  their supports for his aspiration as Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives billed for inauguration on Tuesday next week. The constituents under the aegis of  Ajowa Community Development Association  Surulere Lagos expressed their support for Read More

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Coalition backs Gbajabiamila for speakership

June 7, 2019 Editorial III 0

Thirty-five (35) political parties under the umbrella of Coalition of Integrity Political Parties (CIPP) have declared their support for Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, as the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the ninth Assembly. The Spokesperson of CIPP, Dr. Yakubu Shendam Friday, at a press conference in Abuja endorsed the House leader, Femi Gbajabiamila for Speakership of the 9th National Read More

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Speakership: Umahi urges Gbajabiamila to be fair to all

May 22, 2019 Editorial III 0

The chairman South-east Governors forum and Governor of Ebonyi state, Engr David Umahi, has called on the House of Representative speakership candidate and the current House leader, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, to give south-east members in the National Assembly   lucrative positions. Umahi who emphasized on unity of the country urge National Assembly members to play down on party affiliation to avoid Read More

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Speakership: Fresh twist as Arewa women, youth drum support for Nkeiruka

May 18, 2019 Editorial III 0

A group, North-east Women and Youth Initiative for Good Governance have added their voice to the call for Hon. Nyejeocha Nkeiruka’s candidacy for the Speakerership of House of Representatives. Addressing journalists Saturday at a joint press conference in Maiduguri,  Chairman of the Babakaka Bukar Zanna  said: “We would like to join other concerned Nigerians, we are dismayed and perplexed by Read More

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9th NASS leadership: No serious-minded PDP member’ll run – Igariwey

May 18, 2019 Editorial III 0

Barrister Iduma Igariwey Enwo is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member representing Afikpo North/South constituency in the House of Representatives. In this interview with PAUL OKAH, he says no serious-minded PDP member will contemplate contesting for leadership positions in the 9th NASS. He also proffers solution to the insecurity in Nigeria, among other national issues. Second term expectations I am Read More

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That APC’s wager on Lawan and Gbaja

May 18, 2019 Editorial III 0

I do not look into crystal balls. That is not my preoccupation.  I certainly lack the endowment of predicting the future. That enterprise is better left to the confident fortune-tellers. Agreed it is their forte, there is the possibility of their getting it wrong sometimes and such times could be moments of great national anxiety when the divine is summoned Read More

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Implications of 178 endorsing Gbajabiamil for speakership

May 8, 2019 Editorial III 0

Following last week’s endorsement of Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of speaker by not less than 178 new members-elect for the coming House, JOSHUA EGBODO  and Patrick Andrew writes on likely implication. The number required to emerge Speaker The majority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila may be inching closer to realizing his dream of becoming speaker Read More

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What the Gbajabiamila, Wase pact portends

May 7, 2019 Editorial III 0

All Progressives Congress (APC) national caucus’ determination to forestall a repeat of the 2015 scenario when some elements defied the party’s arranged leadership structure in the 8th NASS may have yielded fruits with the emergence of the North-central/South-west pact. Patrick Andrew reports. APC leadership alive and active In 2015, the APC obviously basking in the euphoria of attaining the invincible Read More

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9th NASS: No official position, we’re still consulting – PDP

May 6, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its leadership and elected federal legislators have not taken any official position on who to support for the position of presiding officers of both the Senate and the House of Representatives adding that the party is consulting. The 9th Senate which is scheduled for inauguration in June has many ranking lawmakers jostling for the Read More

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Speakership: Issues with open ballot system

May 3, 2019 Editorial III 0

Amidst calls for the adoption of open ballot system in the election of presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly, two Lawmakers say the lower chamber’s laid down rules could not be disregarded. Tope Musowo writes Open balloting system Simply put it means adopting a voting system whereby the position of every member on who he or she wants to Read More

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Uncertainty over who emerges speaker

April 29, 2019 Editorial III 0

Though the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared support for candidature of the majority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker, agitations have remained unabated with more members of the party declaring intentions for the speakership. JOSHUA EGBODO writes. Unusual silence of the opposition In all of these, concerns have been raised on the loud silence of the opposition political parties, Read More

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9th senate presidency and Goje’s surreptitious moves

April 29, 2019 Editorial III 0

Three names have remained consistent in the race for the senate presidency some 41 days to the take off of the new senate but Senator Danjuma Goje (APC Gombe central) seems to be the dark horse in the race. Taiye Odewale examines. The posts in contention are president of the 9th senate, deputy and other presiding officers’ positions as clearly Read More

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Loyal party members should be considered for NASS leadership, says Ogunade

April 14, 2019 Editorial IV 0

A political analyst Mr Wale Ogunade Sunday said that loyal party members should be considered for appointments into the National Assembly leadership and other committees. Ogunade, who is also the president, voters’ awareness Initiative, gave the advice in Lagos. According to him, appointing members based on their loyalty to the party is one of the ways the 9th Assembly can perform Read More

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Don’t impose NASS leadership on APC, Commander tells Tinubu

April 7, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Chieftain of All Progressives Congress in Kano state Alhaji Abdulmajid Danbilki Commander has urged Northern politicians to halt Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s insistence on imposing the leadership of the 9th National Assembly. The staunch political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari accused the APC national leader of using fiat to determine the new leadership of the National Assembly. In a press statement Read More