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Breaking: Lagos Assembly amends LASIEC law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SaharaWeeklyNG Reports That The Lagos Assembly on Monday reviewed and amended a portion of the law creating the state’s Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

 

 

 

Breaking: Lagos Assembly amends LASIEC law

 

 

 

 

 

Lagos Assembly amended the law by creating a subsection for Section 2 of the law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The newly added subsection 5 gives the Governor of the State the power to extend the tenure of the commission based on exigencies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, Leader of the House, told his colleagues that the amendment was permitted by existing law, his colleague and chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Hon. Victor Akande explained that the amendment is to resolve the lacuna that could occur between the period the tenure of the commission elapses and when new members are appointed by the Governor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The bill is just for a singular amendment or a fraction of the law and the major issue is that it is seeking for us to give the Governor leverage in case of scarcity of time,” he said while urging his colleagues to support its passage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributing, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2) said the amendment is in good faith for the progress of the state and effective running of the government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He, however, suggested that the amendment should be in such a way that there would be recourse to the House should there be any reason to extend the tenure of the commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On his part, Hon. Tobun Abiodun (Epe 1) supported the amendment and noted that it was being done to “ensure we abide by the law.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He noted that the amended portion of the law states that if the tenure of the commission expires when the government has yet to make fresh appointments, the tenure could be extended by six months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concluding the debate, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa explained that the portion of the law was being amended to meet the exigencies of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He explained that the amendment became expedient to ensure that the process leading to the effective conclusion of the local government election in Lagos Assembly is not hampered as a result of the soon-to-end tenure of the members of LASIEC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To this end, he argued, a legal extension of the members of the commission would help them effectively conclude the elections with the backing of the law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He, however, noted that an additional six months as suggested by the bill was too wide since the period is simply meant to perfect fresh appointments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While suggesting a reduction of the time period to three months, the Lagos Assembly Speaker also opined that the request for such extension should be subject to a review and approval of the House.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to pass the clean copy to the Governor for assent.

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Re: Need To Call Ugochinyere To Order* By Adamu Kuta.

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The press release issued by the Rivers State Caucus in the House of Representatives, titled “Need to Call Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere to Order” is one that anyone who loves Nigeria and the future of Nigeria must pay attention to, study and condemn the warped thinking of those who issued it.
In this regard, while Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Dekor-Leader, Rivers Caucus in the House of Representatives and Hon. Cyril Hart-Secretary, Rivers Caucus in the House of Representatives, are the signatories to the document, the reality is that the statement and the false narrative it sought to push is a clear instance of the “voice of Jacob but the hand of Esau” as the Rivers Caucus is merely running errands for those who are exploiting Rivers State as a staging ground to hijack democracy in Nigeria.
Had the ideas propounded in the statement not been depraved and despicable it would have been comical because of its poor grasp of the fair intervention that Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere made on the theatre of the absurd playing out in Rivers State. The lawmaker representing Ideato North/Ideato South Federal Constituency in Imo State had led a group, G-60, to demand the trial of 23 former local government chairmen in Rivers State for alleged treason after they refused to vacate office upon the expiration of their tenure. Their tenures derived from the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), and to attempt to elongate their tenures without recourse to elections as prescribed in the Constitution is treasonable – it is a violation of the core aspect of the grand norm.
The former local Government Chairmen and some former members of the Rivers State House of Assembly who passed a sham resolution to extend council bosses’ tenures are of course openly loyal to the Federal Capital Territory Minister Nyesom Wike, who is the predeccessor to the incumbent governor, Siminalayi Fubara.
Whatever anyone has said or argued about the descent into anarchy playing out in Rivers State, the abridged version of the fact is that Fubara rebuffed Wike’s attempt to make himself a defacto life governor of the state, what some call the godfather, which is an euphemism for unrestricted access to keep stealing the state’s resources by dictating who occupies every single office in the state government.
That arrangement is criminal. The crisis it has precipitated in River State is even more criminal. Hence the need to commend the honourable feat of people like Ugochinyere who marshalled the bravery to make statesmanly interventions that call attention to the ongoing brigandage by Wike’s loyalists in Rivers State, including the recalcitrant former council chairmen who would not leave office even when their tenure is over.
The House of Representatives Rivers State Caucaus’ statement titled “Need to Call Hon. Ikenga Ugochinyere to Order” is consequently a laughable piece of writing by a group of oppressors, tyrants and anarchists who want to go equity with dirty hands.
The caucus is a vocal minority in the House of Representatives whose members are desperate for their coup in Rivers State to succeed so that they can use it as a template to hijack the House leadership, hence their drive to factionalise the House as a precursor to a Wike take-over of the parliament.
So, while not holding brief for Ugochinyere and G-60, it is pertinent to point out the tenuous attempts by the Rivers State Caucus in the House of Representatives to stand facts on their head in their press release.
First, insinuating that the Honourable member is making interventions in the Rivers debacle to “feather his nest” is outlandish as the Caucus members have by this assertion confirmed that they are the ones protecting their feathered nests through their attacks on Ugochinyere. They possibly hope to scare him off from drawing global attention to their reign of infamy in Rivers State. Sadly for them, Ugochinyere was not known to chicken out, even before he became a lawmaker. If the caucus concluded that Ugochinyere was sponsored then it is logical that they too were sponsored.
Secondly, they alleged that his interventions “constitute a thoughtless assault on due process and ongoing judicial processes aimed at resolving the disagreement in Rivers.” On the contrary, the court cases in Rivers State are not aimed at “resolving disagreements”. Rather, the litigations were mostly instituted to stop state capture by Wike and his associates. To the extent that there have been attempts by associates of these caucus members to cow or intimidate the judiciary to hijack the judgment in these cases then the interventions of the likes of Ugochinyere are the vigilance needed to save democracy in Nigeria.
Furthermore, if Ugochinyere is an insignificant twerp in the social space as asserted by the caucus, then he is a useful one because he has compelled his supposed colleagues to reassess the damage they are causing to the grand scheme of Rivers politics and by implication the whole of Nigeria. It is comic that these caucus members believe that only someone from Rivers State has the right to comment or intervene in a crisis that risks being replicated or spreading to other states and ultimately set Nigeria ablaze.
Of course, the current situation in Rivers State concerns Hon. Ugochinyere, who has experienced a version of the evil franchise in his home state, Imo State; a state where he was repeatedly targeted for assassination by people who share the same ideology as the caucus members. His intervention in Rivers is thus to ensure that a new strain of the madness is not allowed to mature and spread to another state, which does not require that the matter be brought to the floor of the House before he acts proactively.
As a parting shot, members of the caucus must hide their faces in shame since it took their colleague from Imo State to draw national attention to something they should have flagged in plenary under a motion of urgent national importance. The Rivers Caucus can still save their faces by doing the needful and taking genuine steps to end their support for illegality in their home state.
In conclusion, the Rivers lawmakers must publicly call on the leadership of the House of Representatives to recognise Ugochinyere’s contributions in holding up the House as an institution of repute and using its platform to seek a solution to the Rivers State debacle.

Kuta wrote this piece from Bosso.

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Blame yourselves for disobeying Tinubu on Rivers Peace Accord, Not Fubara – Group Tells APC

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Blame yourselves for disobeying Tinubu on Rivers Peace Accord, Not Fubara – Group Tells APC

 

 

The Joint Accord for Tinubu and Fubara for 2027 has refuted the claims made by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that Governor Siminalayi Fubara is solely responsible for the crisis rocking Rivers State in recent times.

In a statement signed by its President, Dr Jackson Adebayo, the group stated that, contrary to the APC’s claims, the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martins Amaewhule, the purported Chairman of the state APC Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha and their allies should be held accountable for not respecting the President and father of the nation, rather than Governor Fubara.

Adebayo insisted that Amaewhule, Okocha, and other allies of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, along with their principal, were the ones who created the crisis in Rivers State by disregarding the Rivers Peace Accord that was signed at the behest of President Tinubu.

He emphasised that despite Fubara’s camp complying with the conditions of the peace accord and withdrawing their legal cases, Wike and his allies in both the PDP and APC continued to sponsor attacks on Governor Fubara and his supporters through the media, legally, and physically.

Adebayo added that it is unreasonable for the APC to blame Governor Fubara for a crisis that they and their allies orchestrated.

“Anyone who has been following the happenings in Rivers State can testify to the fact that the political crisis rocking the state is being orchestrated by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, and his allies from both the PDP and the APC in a bizarre attempt to destabilise Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s administration. It is, therefore, preposterous for the APC to now be shifting the blame to the victim,” the statement said.

“The real culprits are the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, the former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Martins Amaewhule, the purported Chairman of the Rivers State APC Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha, and their allies. They instigated the crisis by openly breaching the Rivers Peace Accord, which was signed at the request of President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“One of the key agreements in the 8-point peace agreement with the President was for both parties to withdraw all court cases. Governor Fubara’s camp complied and withdrew all their cases. However, Wike’s allies in the state assembly obtained a judgment from Justice Omotosho’s court in Abuja, undermining the agreement. This not only violated the spirit of the peace accord but also reignited tensions within the state.

“It is regrettably lugubrious, to see democratic institutions supporting undemocratic behaviour exhibited by former local government chairmen who insisted on remaining in office after their tenure ended. Governor Fubara acted responsibly by constituting Caretaker Committees until a fresh election is conducted.

“The APC and their allies lack the locus standi to criticise Governor Fubara’s actions and should not blame him for the crisis in the state. It’s important to note that the people of Rivers are his employers, and they are satisfied with his actions so far.

“As a party, the APC should not allow itself to be involved in the crisis by the purported Chairman of the party’s state Caretaker Committee, Tony Okocha, who is influenced by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, a PDP chieftain. The party should maintain a neutral stance to continue enjoying the goodwill of the people of Rivers.”

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Rivers: Network Of NGOs Condemn Violence, APC’s Call For State Of Emergency

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*Rivers: Network Of NGOs Condemn Violence, APC’s Call For State Of Emergency

 

The Network of NGOs on Peace Building in Nigeria has condemned in strongest terms the security situation in Rivers State following the expiration of the tenure of local government officials.

The group also criticised the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) call for a state of emergency to be declared in the state as a “reckless and cynical ploy to exploit the situation for political gain”.

In a statement signed by its leader, Comrade Johnson Nwogu, the NGOs said the APC does not mean well for Rivers and its actions are a deliberate attempt to throw the state into further chaos and confusion.

According to Nwogu, the call for a state of emergency is a thinly veiled attempt to cover up their atrocities in the state ultimately aimed to overthrow the governor.

“The Network of NGOs on Peace Building in Nigeria is deeply concerned and alarmed by the deteriorating security situation in Rivers State following the expiration of the tenure of local government officials,” the statement said.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the violence and chaos that has erupted in the state, perpetuated by the refusal of outgoing local government chairmen, vice chairmen, and councillors to hand over power to the duly appointed heads of administration.

“Governor Siminalayi Fubara’s decision to swear in caretaker chairpersons in accordance with the law was a necessary step to ensure continuity and stability in the governance of the state. However, the opposition APC’s call for a state of emergency is a reckless and cynical ploy to exploit the situation for political gain.

“The APC’s actions are a deliberate attempt to throw Rivers State into chaos and confusion, and their call for a state of emergency is a thinly veiled attempt to cover up their own atrocities in the state.

“We condemn this move in the strongest possible terms and demand that the state chairman of the APC in Rivers State apologise immediately for his role in inciting violence and unrest.

“We urge the people of Rivers State to remain calm and peaceful, and to resist the attempts of the APC to provoke them into violence. We also call on the security agencies to take immediate action to restore peace and order in the state, and to hold accountable those responsible for the violence and chaos.

“We stand in solidarity with the government and people of Rivers State, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely and take all necessary actions to promote peace and stability in the state.”

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