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10th Senate divided over race for principal offices; Senators angry with Akpabio

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10th Senate divided over race for principal offices; Senators angry with Akpabio

Cold war has been existing in the 10th Senate ahead of the resumption, next Tuesday, there are strong indications that the battle for Senate Majority leader has polarised Northern and Southern Senators, especially those from the South West.

This was as northern senators intensified their protests and pushed to produce the majority leader.

Stakeholders in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are also locked in internal squabbles that appear to be hurting the chances of its members eyeing the National Assembly minority slots.

With the election of Senate President Godswill Akpabio and Deputy Senate President Jibrin Barau penultimate week, the focus has shifted to other principal officers; namely: Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Deputy Majority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, Chief Whip, Minority Whip and their deputies.

Senators who spoke separately to Vanguard said the push by some South-West senators to produce the Majority Leader would create more tension in the already tensed 10th Senate, following the last election of presiding officers where the former Zamfara State governor, Senator Abdulaziz Yari, from the North-West lost to Akpabio from the South-South.

Apart from Senate President, Deputy Senate President who must go through election, the principal offices are purely the affairs of the parties, which nominate members for such positions. However, the parties have been having a tough nut to crack in this regard.

After the polls, the All Progressives Congress, APC, emerged as the majority party in the Senate with 59 Senators, the PDP has 36; Labour Party, LP, 8; New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, two senators; and Social Democratic Party, SDP, 2; while the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the Young Progressives Party, YPP have one senator each.
As it is, the six opposition parties have 50 senators altogether as against APC’s 59.

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Since the lawmakers went on break immediately after the inauguration, there have been protests and lobbying for the position of the Majority Leader of the Senate by the senators, just as the President of the Senate, Akpabio and Barau have been engaging in series of marathon meetings, waiting for President Bola Tinubu to give the direction the process should go.

It was also gathered yesterday that some senators are angry with Akpabio, complaining that a few days after his emergence as President of the Senate, he had become inaccessible to his colleagues.

A source also said senators are angry with him, following Monday’s appointment of the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate, who are both from the South and are Christians.

Buttressing the argument, a senator from the North said that in spite of existing practice, where the Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate and the Deputy are chosen from the North and South and also reflect the two faiths- Christianity and Islam – Akpabio decided to snub the North.

The senator said: “He doesn’t seek advice. How can he appoint Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff from the South? The deputy should be from the North. He is creating problems for himself. If he had sought my advice, he would have taken his Chief of Staff from the South and Deputy from the North. It is wrong.”

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How corruption can be defeated in Nigeria — EFCC

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How corruption can be defeated in Nigeria — EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has expressed optimism on how corruption can be defeated in Nigeria.

The Chairman of the anti-graft agency, Ola Olukoyede made this known in a statement in his Eid-El-Kabir message.

Olukoyede said the upsurge of corruption in the country is defeatable if every stakeholder on the anti-graft corridor makes concerted efforts.

He noted that renewal of efforts towards combating all forms of economic and financial crimes is necessary to kill the menace.

“It is obvious that we can attain peace, love, progress and unity of purpose for a Nigeria free of corruption and unsavoury practices.

“Let’s keep building. Let’s keep attacking every threat to our progress. Let’s keep fighting economic and financial crimes together,” he said.

Olukoyede added that Nigerians were not inherently corrupt, and there was nothing fundamentally wrong with the nation.

The anti-graft boss felicitated with Muslims o. the occasion of Eid-El-Kabir, saying that the lessons of the festival should drive more commitments to the anti-corruption fight.

“The lessons of forbearance, sacrifice, faith and hope in Almighty Allah which Eid teaches should imbue in us fresh desire to please God and serve our nation without corrupt practices.

“We should renew our efforts towards fighting all forms of economic and financial crimes,” he said.

Source: Vanguard

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Southern leaders back Wike, say FCT minister not distracted by Rivers crisis

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What we’ll do if Wike’s ‘trouble’ continues in Rivers – PDP leaders

A group of Southern leaders under the aegis of Citizens Network for Peace and Development of Nigeria CNPDN has thrown its weight behind the Federal Capital Territory FCT Minister, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike amid the ongoing political crisis in his home state, Rivers.

The leaders who rose after a meeting in Abuja on Monday said Wike remained undistracted in his position as FCT Minister, saying he has given free hands to his successor in Rivers, Gov. Siminalayi Fubara to run the state without any interference.

They also kicked against pockets of sponsored opposition against the “commendable work of the minister in Abuja”, saying those who milked the territory dry in the past would rather want the status quo to remain, to the detriment of the people.

According to them, the appointment of Wike by President Bola Tinubu is one the best decisions of the current administration, maintaining that the FCT Minister has achieved in nine months, what some former Ministers couldn’t do in eight years.

National Coordinator of the Southern movement, Chief Raphael Okorie, also begged Nigerians to remain patient with Tinubu, as he tries to fix the economy, restore security and provide the needed relief to everyone in the country.

“It is easy for you to assess a man who has precedent. Wike served as Governor for eight years. For those of us who grew up in Rivers state, now you have to use your GPS to move around because of the level of infrastructure development. If you don’t use GPS, you might get lost, especially in Port Harcourt.

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“Rivers crisis is not peculiar. Wike is a man who lives above board. He has given the governor the free hand to lead the state without any interference. Wike cannot be distracted by the issues in Rivers state. The judiciary is also capable of resolving the issues that are in court.

“Wike has done a lot in just nine months. We know that there are people who want to distract him. But he has ignored them.

He is not even bothered about the crisis in Rivers State. He’s busy with developing Abuja.

“In nine months as FCT Minister, he has transformed the Territory. We want to assure him that we are with him and we stand behind him to succeed as Minister.

And we urge him to ignore those trying to distract him from replicating the wonders he performed in Rivers State”, said Okorie.

He said the leaders had taken their time to assess the performance of President Tinubu and Wike, adding that there is no gainsaying that they are set to deliver the dividends of the Renewed Hope Agenda expediently as promised.

“From rapid infrastructure development to a stabilizing economy, there is no doubt that Nigeria is on the path of recovery. Here thereto, we micromanaged the value of the naira against other currencies of the world, had a completely stunted infrastructural development, the international community couldn’t invest in Nigeria because of inconsistent policies and over interference by government in the affairs of the private sector.

“Confidence in our economy that hit its highest under the Jonathan administration was completely eroded, foreign direct investments were near zero.

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“Today we have attained relative and realistic stability in the management of the naira, and FDI is growing by the day. The private sector is getting the required support to grow and produce what we consume. Local content is being seriously encouraged and the government has opened its doors to all Nigerians to build an all-inclusive country where no Nigerian is shortchanged by those that have invaded to destroy our dear nation,” he Okorie noted.

Continuing, he added; “Our praises also go to Mr. Project, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike for proving Mr. President is right in appointing you as the Minister of the Nation’s capital, Abuja.

“Your performance is unprecedented, and we salute your courage, determination, and output in these nine months. Before the appointment of Wike as FCT Minister, insecurity was a major problem. In less than six months, he addressed the issue head-on.

“Today, the entire territory is relatively safe. We are not there yet, but with Wike in charge, we are optimistic that FCT will be completely safe soon.

“There are people who want to distract Wike from delivering on the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Tinubu. We urge President Tinubu to ignore such people and continue to support Wike. We also call on residents of the FCT to join hands together and support Wike to succeed.”

Source: Vanguard

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Edo 2024: I’ll run an inclusive government, Okpebholo pledges

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Edo 2024: I’ll run an inclusive government, Okpebholo pledges

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo, Senator Monday Okpebholo has pledged to run an inclusive government when elected in the September 21 governorship election.

Okpebholo made this pledge on the side lines during the flag off of medical mission by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Akamkpa, Cross River on Monday.

The Senator representing Edo Central in the 10th Assembly and a member of the Senate Committee on NDDC, also noted that he will adopt bottom-top approach in running the affairs of the state.

His words: “unlike what is currently obtainable in the governance of the state, our administration will be practically driven, a governance that the people can relate with, a true people’s government in the real sense.”

The APC candidate who bemoaned the lack of infrastructural development across the 18 Local Government Area of Edo, promised to reenact Adams Oshiomhole infrastructural revolution.

He said that emergency will be declared on roads, schools and health infrastructure in the state.

“We are set for that, if you look at the state, there is nothing you can say this is what the present governor has done for us.

“We will be taking a holistic approach to correct the decay roads, schools and health infrastructure that have been left unattended to by the Godwin Obaseki led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“If the Obaseki led administration had build upon what the government of Adams Oshiomhole did, Edo would have been competing with state like Lagos in terms of development.

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“Our mission is to hit the ground running from day one and make Edo a better place, a place we can actually call our own, a place that everybody will be happy to see,” Okpebholo said.

Source: Vanguard

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APC Determined To Win Edo Gov Poll, Says Oshiomhole

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He stated this on Friday during the unveiling of the APC 2024 Edo Governorship Election Campaign Council committees.

Ahead of the September 21 governorship election in Edo State, the lawmaker representing Edo North, Senator Adams Oshiomhole, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) is poised to win the poll.

He stated this on Friday during the unveiling of the APC 2024 Edo Governorship Election Campaign Council committees.

Briefing party faithful in Benin following the reeling out of the headship of the 36 committees within the council, Oshiomhole who is also a former Edo governor, maintained that the party is determined to win the election democratically.

“We want to win this election democratically. No mago mago, no wuruwuru, no violence [cheating]. We campaign for peaceful change of government, that is what democracy is about,” he said.

On his part, the Director General of the campaign council, Senator Matthew Uroghide emphasised that all members of the party are important and must see themselves as aiming for a common goal even if their names are not listed in the campaign council committees.

He also offered listening ears to any party member with questions or problems related to the party or the campaign.

“Please, all of us must work together. we must work together. if there is any problem, please, come to me. Any party problem, come to me. anything that has to do with this campaign, come to me everybody is important,” he said.

“Senator Oshiomhole has already said it, all of us are in the campaign council, whether your name is there or not, you are a member of the campaign council. So please, we must all work together to win this election,” he said.

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Appeal Court orders status quo in Rivers Assembly

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Three men were on Tuesday brought before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan charged with stealing 1,205 chickens worth

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has ordered the parties involved in the ongoing House of Assembly crisis in the state to maintain status quo.

The court gave the order in a suit marked CA/PH/198/2024 instituted by Martin Chike Amaewhule & 24 others, appellants, against Victor Oko-Jumbo and five others, defendants.

Amaewhule and others approached court seeking to vacate the Interlocutory Injunction of a High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, which recognised Oko-Jumbo as the speaker.

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Justice Charles Wali of the State High court also ordered Amaewhule and 24 others to stop parading as speaker and lawmakers in the legislative arm of the state.

The three-member Appeal panel comprised Justice Jimi Olukayode Bada, Justice Hamma Akawu and Justice Balkisu Bello Aliyu.

The panel, whose proceeding was held through the Zoom, urged the parties involved in the matter to maintain status quo and adjourned the matter till 20th of July.

The appeal panel tasked the parties not to take any step that would affect the merit of the matter before it saying that notice of appeal be served on the defendants before the adjourned date.

 

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‘It’s time for me to leave’ – Obaseki dumps PDP

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oredo Local Government of Edo State, Benjamin Obaseki, has resigned his

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oredo Local Government of Edo State, Benjamin Obaseki, has resigned his membership in the party.

It was reported that Obaseki announced his resignation in a letter dated June 12, 2024, to the local government chairman of the party.

Obasaki expressed his regret for resigning from the party but was convinced it was time to leave PDP for his political growth.

According to him, the PDP leadership has touch with its members and hence become insensitive to his plight.

Until his resignation, Obaseki was an ex-official of the Oredo Local Government chapter of the party and a member of Ward 10.

He said, “I am writing to formally inform you of my resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party. It has been incredible and a pleasure to be part of the one-time big political family we built together that fostered a lot of victories.

“I sincerely regret this decision to resign from the party that I joined in building from scratch, but I am convinced it is time for me to leave for my growth as the leadership of the party has lost touch with its members and hence become insensitive to my plight.

“I believe the Peoples Democratic Party is great but with the likes of the governor as leaders of the party, there is no hope for the future. It is a pity that the infighting that has engulfed the party at the state level will consume the party and I do not intend to be consumed alongside it.”

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