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Members-elect, coalition accuse Gbajabiamila of imposing Abbas, Kalu as Reps speaker, deputy

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Members-elect, coalition accuse Gbajabiamila of imposing Abbas, Kalu as Reps speaker, deputy

Members-elect, coalition accuse Gbajabiamila of imposing Abbas, Kalu as Reps speaker, deputy

 

 

 

 

A non-governmental organization, Democrats Alliance for Good Governance (DAGG) on Saturday condemned in strong terms the report making the rounds concerning the “secret adoption” of one of the aspirants for the position of the speaker of the 10th House of Representatives, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas from Kaduna State and Hon. Benjamin Kalu from Abia State as the deputy speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the same vein, a group of members-elect who frowned at the purported “secret adoption” which reportedly took place on Friday night, described the exercise as “an affront on the parliamentarians and the National Assembly as an institution.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coalition’s national coordinator Dr. Williams Martins stated this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.

 

Members-elect, coalition accuse Gbajabiamila of imposing Abbas, Kalu as Reps speaker, deputy

 

 

 

He said: “We are most jolted and sincerely betrayed especially when we got the hint that the preferred aspirant was taken by hand to be introduced to the president-elect.

“This development for us is not only demeaning, but degrading and absurd for the calibre of Nigerians who were elected by over 50 million electorates during the 25th February and supplementary elections.”

According to the group, “Men of goodwill and conscience as well as elected public office holders cannot afford to fold their hands to allow someone who is being reported to be adopted as chief of staff to the incoming president-elect, although a member-elect in the 10th assembly, to recklessly feel he can succeed in imposing any candidate on the people’s parliament.

“To allow such means, they (pembers-elect) are unfit for the task of representation and will definitely fail in holding the executive arm of government to account when the need arises within the span of four years of the 10th assembly.

The coalition’s national coordinator therefore warned against any action that may frustrate a united 10th assembly and the tenets of democracy.

“To put it succinctly, all the actors in the Nigerian project should be seen as honourable men and women who honour gentlemen’s discussion and reciprocate same at all times.

“Rather than doing this, we wish to state unequivocally that none of the us as parliamentarians will subscribe to anything short of what the constitution stipulates on independence of the legislature.

“You’ll recall that some of the aspirants met with the outgoing speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to express their grouse about the unhealthy and unparliamentary actions and inactions of adopting his stooge.

“As if they were taken for a ride, the convener of the meeting, denied the allegation of adopting our colleague, Hon. Tajudeen Abbas from Kaduna State and Hon. Benjamin Kalu from Abia State as the deputy speaker,” he noted.

While calling for a rethink, the group’s coordinator urged the president-elect and the outgoing speaker to desist from any act that could bring their names to disrepute.

“We actually thought that with the way the speaker spoke to his colleagues during the closed door meeting was in genuine faith, but as you can all see it was a deceptive meeting,” he lamented.

Meanwhile, one of the aggrieved lawmakers who spoke under condition of anonymity dismissed insinuations over the alleged ill-feelings against Hon. Tajudeen Abbas and the spokesman of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia).

He said: “While we do not have anything against the person and aspiration of the gentleman, we wish to stress that the will of the people and by extension of constituents will determine the choice of who to lead the 10th assembly.

“For us, what played out some few weeks back has further exposed the hidden agenda of the promoters of division among his contemporaries. Rather than reciprocating the kind gestures extended to him by most of the high ranking members who out of persuasion and honour, stepped down their speakership ambitions in the wake to the inauguration of the 9th assembly.

“But it is glaring that nothing can be done to change the nature of the chameleon.

“History will not forgive us if we fail to put in perspective the fallback of the similar antics that produced the anchor of this failed project of imposition and the ill-feelings created by some of the offers dangled before some of the reception adopted to ensure the emergence of the Tajudeen Abbas project. This time, “No Green Card will work”! I repeat, “No amount of Green Card will work in the 10th assembly!!!”

“On this note, we wish to state categorically that we will not cave in to ongoing plan to impose any candidate on the house by whosoever until a level playing field is created for all the aspirants who have their own right to choose their leaders.

“It is worthy to also put on record that, discussions are ongoing among the aspirants to turn the parliament into an appendage of the executive arm of government.

“Our position remains that as democrats, we shall not under any guise subscribe to any form of ‘master and servant relationship’ in the 10th assembly.

“Therefore we call on all men of goodwill and lovers of democracy to speak against ongoing moves to deepen “godfatherism” in the country.”

“We must stand up to resist Femi Gbajabiamila’s imposition on members. We will not buy in,” the lawmaker said

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Social Political Group Calls On Dr.Okundaye To Join Governorship Race

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Social Political Group Calls On Dr.Okundaye To Join Governorship Race

Social Political Group Calls On Dr.Okundaye To Join Governorship Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Elvis Omoregie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That A Social  Political group Edo Progressive Forum has called on a chieftain of the Labour Party Dr. Oghogho Okundaye, to join the governorship race for Edo state  2024.

 

 

 

 

 

Social Political Group Calls On Dr.Okundaye To Join Governorship Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the group enlarged meeting held in Benin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Briefing Newsmen At the end of the meeting The State coordinator of the group Marcus Ediale, said they decided to hold the meeting to appraise the Political happenings in the state and  fashion out way forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said at the end of the deliberation on  the issue of governorship race came up and after much discussion the members agreed that competence, capability, exposure and ability to carry people along should be the criteria to be considered by all the political parties in getting their representatives rather than zoning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comrade Marcus Ediale also told journalists that the issue of some personalities were also discussed and the members decided to persuade a Labour party chieftain Dr Oghogho Okundaye to join the race for the 2024  gubernatorial election.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throwing more light on the issue the secetary and Publicity Secretary of the group Erhabor Osamuyi and Isah Briamoh respectively  said having been following the pedigree of Dr Okundaye the group decided to call on him to take the bull by the horn and contest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They said apart from his humanitarian and generosity Dr. Okundaye level of intellect and exposure are some of the criteria the next Edo State governor should possess in order to take the state to further heights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other members of the Edo Progressives forum said arrangements are already in top gear to approach Dr Okundaye  physically having the followed him from afar to persuade him to accept  their plea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They expressed optimism that with the calibre of  Dr.Okundaye as the state governor who is a detrabilized Nigerian  the much sought after getting to the pinnacle of development will be easily achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Edo Progressives Forum is a non partisan socio economic group with members within and outside Nigeria and it  champions the  cause of good governance and  Progressive governance in the country.

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BREAKING! Gunmen Attack Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Several Injured

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BREAKING! Gunmen Attack Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Several Injured

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State escaped death by whiskers when his convoy was blocked and attacked by people believed to be supporters of Alh. Muritala Yakubu Ajaka at about 12.30 hours on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BREAKING! Gunmen Attack Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, Several Injured

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The attack took place near the Naval Base, a few kilometres from Lokoja town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was reported that the convoy of Muritala Yakubu Ajaka, having sighted that of the Governor, reportedly blocked the road while some of his armed thugs started shooting sporadically at the Governor’s convoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tundra branded with the logo of the SDP and with SDP flags also blocked the Governor’s vehicle and occupants of the SDP-branded Tundra were armed with rifles and short guns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, said there is no cause for panic as the Governor is in high spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Some security aides and other aides attached to the Governor sustained some degrees of injuries and have been rushed to medical facilities for medical attention.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We urge the people of Kogi State to remain calm as security agents are in full control to ensure the arrest of the hoodlums behind the attack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The State Government will ensure that law and order are maintained as the attackers will be brought to justice,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Bello warned that no APC member should involve in any reprisal attack as insecurity from any quarter will be met with stiff penalties

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ACAON congratulates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described him as visionary leader

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ACAON congratulates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described him as visionary leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Ifeoma Ikem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The Board of Trustees and National Executives Council of “Anti- Corruptions Awareness Organization Nigeria ( ACAON), has sent a congratulatory message to Nigeria’s new leader, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACAON congratulates President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described him as visionary leader 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tinubu was inaugurated as the 16th Nigerian President on 29th of May, 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a congratulatory statement personally signed by the BoT chairman, Alhaji Prince Kola Kadewolu Adeyemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The statement was made available to the pressmen ,the group described Tinubu as a visionary leader who understands governance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACAON expressed satisfaction that the Former Lagos State Governor would revamp the current situation and make great impact in every sectors across the nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We pray for an enabling environment throughout his tenure with his cabinet to be a very successful one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aderemi advised Mr President to be mindful in implementations of any of his policies in other to avoid any serious hardships to the masses which he took oath to govern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stating thatthe president should recall one of the major issues experienced from the immediate past adminstration which was her “cashless policy and Fuel scarcity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to him, presently the masses are not happy concerning the announcement of fuel subsidy removal during his inauguration speech by the President ,he should do something urgent because everyone is just recovering from Cashless Policy,that led Nigerians into buying of Naira with Naira,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected” .

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