Wednesday, July 18, 2018

OMO-AGEGE DARES SENATORS (AUDIO)

Monday, 16 July 2018 12:16

 The Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has dared the National Assembly to stop him from attending sittings.

 

Omo-Agege, was speaking in reaction to the report of the Betty Apiafi-led ad hoc Committee recommending that he be suspended for one hundred and eighty Legislative days over the incident of the stolen mace.

 

The Delta Senator said that his colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives do not have the power to suspend him.

 

Senator Omo-Agege, said he is being haunted because of his support for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.

 

(Voice of Omo-Agege)

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The Nigerian Senate has summoned the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

 

The Justice Minister is expected to appear before the Senate to explain the constitutional basis for the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order Number Six.

 

The lawmakers are contending that the issuance of Executive Orders are in violation of the principles of separation of powers and a usurpation of legislative functions of the National Assembly.

 

The position of the Senate was reached based on a motion sponsored by Senator DAVID UMORU from Niger State, who argued that the enforcement of the Executive Order Six would result in human rights violations.

 

 

(that's the voice of Senator Umoru)

 

Our correspondent James Igah reports that the Senate was sharply in the debate on the motion by Senator Umoru.

 

‎Among those who spoke were Senator Yahaya Abdullahi of Kebbi North; Senator Shehu Sani of Kaduna Central, and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of Abia South.

 

 

 

However; the Senate went ahead to adopt the motion with additional recommendation for a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate all cases of human rights violations with the view to prosecuting offenders. ‎

 

You will recall that the motion by Senator Umoru was stood down from the Senate’s Order Paper for Tuesday because of the Senator was absent from plenary.

 

In a related development; the House of Representatives has demanded the suspension of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order number 6.

   

The order seeks to restrain owners of assets under investigation from carrying out any further transaction on such assets.

 

During debate on the issue in plenary yesterday, the lawmakers called for an investigation into the constitutional compliance of all subsidiary legislation and executive orders issued by the executive.

 

The motion sponsored by Nicholas Ossai and supported by twenty seven other lawmakers, says the Executive Order appears to hijack and usurp legislative and judicial powers.‎

  

However Mojeed Alabi who represents Osun West federal constituency argued that the Executive Order was issued in good faith and does not infringe on the legitimate right of a citizen.

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Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has said it is laughable to link him and Senate President Bukola Saraki to the robbery incident that claimed many lives in Offa.

 

Governor Ahmed clarified that his administration will not deliberately destroy the economy of Kwara state after years of painstaking efforts.

 

The governor said this when he appeared on a national television.

 

He faulted the situation where people make very serious statements to indict senior citizens on a national television instead of focusing on how to nip the crime in the bud.

 

(that's the voice of Fatah Ahmed)

 

You will recall that several persons were killed when about dozens of gunmen raided some commercial banks on April 5 in Offa town, the headquarters of Offa Local Government Area of the state.

 

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Senate President Bukola Saraki has urged Nigerians not to lose focus and hope, saying that the country will eventually work.

 

Senator Saraki was speaking during the commissioning of Obiri-Ikwerre Airport Road in Port Harcourt.

 

The Senate President in reaction to his Supreme Court verdict regretted those three years that were wasted trying to fight him.

 

He noted that the three wasted years would have been used for the development of Nigeria just as he charged Nigerians to continue to fight for the development of the country. 

 

 

On his part, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike stated that with the Senate President, Nigerians irrespective of their political affiliation will continue to fight the forces of darkness.

 

He called for the upholding of the rule of law across all tiers of government, saying that is the only way to attain progress in the country.

 

While berating the Federal Authorities for using EFCC to illegally probe the finances of Rivers State despite a subsisting court judgement yet to be vacated by a higher court, Governor Wike condemned the Executive Order on corruption which he said is unconstitutional.

 

In the meantime, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, will today lead a National Assembly Delegation to Washington D.C, United States of America, on a Parliamentary visit.

 

Leaders of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, and the Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda, as well as other selected members of the National Assembly are part of the delegation.

 

In a statement by Saraki’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Bamikole Omishore, the visit, among others, is meant to strengthen parliamentary and diplomatic relationship between Nigeria and the United States.

 

During the trip, Senator Saraki is expected to deliver a speech on Nigeria-US Relations and opportunities at the Council on Foriegn Relations while the delegation is expected to meet with the U.S. State Department and USAID Officials to discuss Energy Development, Health, Education, Gender Development Initiatives and Agriculture.

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FACTION EMERGES AFTER APC CONGRESS

Thursday, 05 July 2018 08:28

The All Progressives Congress has split in two in aftermath of the recent state congresses and National Convention of the party.

 

The new faction named reformed APC has BUBA GALADIMA as the national Chairman.

 

The breakaway APC faction is dominated by supporters of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, among others.

 

The members have held meetings in Abuja to determine their future in the party.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has revealed that the Senate has started the process of amending the Constitution to allow for the creation of state and community Police.

 

Saraki made the revelation via his verified Twitter handle, while details were provided on the Medium page of the Senate President.

 

He said the Senate also mandated that the Police Reform Bill be passed within the next two weeks.

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SENATE REACTS TO PROTESTERS

Tuesday, 03 July 2018 15:45

 

The Senate has described those who blocked the entrance to the National Assembly earlier today as sponsored protesters.

 

Our correspondent reports that the Senators unanimously questioned the rationale behind the protest, following a point of order by Senator Barnabas Gemade of Benue North-East.

 

In his remarks; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki ‎condemned the protest, and described the protesters as insensitive and enemies of the people.

 

 

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Rivera State Governor, Nyesom Wike has faulted the Nigeria Police Force on the investigation of the Senate President Bukola Saraki over the multiple bank robbery in Offa, Kwara State, which claimed the lives of thirty-three people.

 

Governor Wike warned that the move by the Police High Command was capable of driving investors away from the country.

 

The Governor was speaking at the annual of conference of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations in Port Harcourt, where he was honoured with investiture as patron of the institute.

 

Governor Wike noted that although no one is above the law, but said the action of the police was rather putting the country in bad light.

He said the country would continue to face challenges until the Federal Government apologizes to Rivers State for alleged ill treatment.

 

Meanwhile; the influx of quacks has been observed as a major challenge for public relations practice in Nigeria, including negative public impression.

 

The Chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the NIPR, Dike Bekwele noted that the more the institute tries to regulate the practice, the more quacks continue to infiltrate the system.

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SARAKI INDICTED AGAIN

Thursday, 07 June 2018 08:50

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has again been indicted by some arrested suspects of Offa bank robbery.

 

The Nigeria Police Force said the Senate President is still under investigation after the suspects indicted him in their confessional statements.

 

Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood who addressed journalists in Abuja said the two suspects were arrested in connection with the robbery and their confessional statements indict Saraki.

 

The Police claim that the arrested suspects have confessed to being political thugs for the Senate President and they accompanied Senator Saraki to the palace of the traditional ruler of Offa, Olofa of Offa on a condolence visit after the robbery.

 

The latest revelation comes after Saraki was earlier indicted by five of the Offa bank robbery suspects who confessed to the crime on Sunday.

 

The five gang leaders claimed that they were political thugs of the Senate President and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.

 

The Senate President however, denied the allegations.

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PDP BACKS NASS

Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:29

 

The People’s Democratic Party has backed the resolution reached by the National Assembly against the Executive Arm of the Federal Government.

 

The PDP said the position of the federal lawmakers was a vindication of its stance on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The opposition party at the national level commended the lawmakers for the courage in standing up for democracy, rule of law and national stability and cohesion.

 

The PDP recalled that it had consistently pointed out acts of misrule, constitutional violations and abuse of rights of citizens, as well as highhandedness and erosion of democratic norms under President Buhari.

 

In a statement released by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party further accused the President of foisting a siege mentality on Nigerians and well as being aloof to important issues of state, thereby resulting in the escalation of violence and killings across the country.

 

The PDP spokesman said Mr. President must be called to order through appropriate legislative instruments, and urged other democrats across board to support the National Assembly to save Nigeria’s democracy from misrule.

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