Appeal Court Sacks Reps Majority Leader, Doguwa

 

A Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna State has sacked the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Alhassan Doguwa.

Doguwa, the member representing Tudun Wada/ Doguwa Federal Constituency of Kano state was declared the winner of the February 23, National Assembly election by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Dissatisfied with the outcome of the election, the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Yusha’u Salisu dragged Doguwa of the All Progressives Party before the Kano State National and State Assemblies Election Petitions Tribunal, citing over voting and massive irregularities.

On September 5, 2019, the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the PDP candidate on the grounds of failure to prove the allegation of irregularities and over-voting.

However, while delivering a unanimous judgement on Monday, Justice Oludotun Adefope-Okojie of the Appellate Court, wondered how the tribunal came to the conclusion that the opposition PDP and its candidate failed to prove their case.

Justice Adefope-Okojie, therefore, set aside the tribunal judgement and nullified the election in the two local governments the sacked lawmaker represents, saying that the entire process was marred by irregularities.

The court also held that the entire election cannot stand and therefore, ordered INEC to conduct a fresh election in the entire constituency within 90 days.

Abdulmumin Jubrin Meets With APC Over Budget Padding Scandal

Budget Padding, Abdulmumin JibrinThe ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is finally wading into the budget padding scandal rocking the House of Representatives.

The embattled former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jubrin, has appeared at the APC headquarters in Abuja for a meeting with the party leadership in respect of the crisis in the House.

The APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Timi Frank, had asked the Oyegun-led party leadership to resign for failing to intervene in the House budget padding saga.

Honorable Abdulmumin Jubrin is accusing the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the House leadership of padding the 2016 budget.

The APC had stated that it made several attempts to reach Mr Jibrin through calls and text messages, but he maintained that it would have been very difficult for him to attend because of “an attempt by the quartet of Speaker Dogara and others, who were determined to kidnap me until few days when my lawyers requested and got maximum protection for me from the DSS and Police”.

Mr Jubrin, after agreeing to honour the invitation, however, noted that the invitation “did not in anyway indicate it is a disciplinary committee”.

Mr Jubrin said, via his Twitter account, “APC will do the rightful thing by throwing its weight to support our resolve to wipe out corruption in the House and direct Speaker Dogara, Dep Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, to reconvene the House immediately and step down and face their imminent prosecution and save the party and our dear country from further embarrassment”.

APC Invites Abdulmumin Jibrin Over Allegations Of Padded Budget

Abdulmumin Jibrin,The All Progressives Congress (APC) has invited the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin over allegations of the padded budget.

Mr Jibrin, who said he will honour the invitation despite his “tight schedules”, however noted that the invitation “did not in anyway indicate it is a disciplinary committee”.

The Party had stated that it has made several attempt to reach Mr Jibrin through calls and text messages, but he maintained that “it would have been very difficult for me to attend because of an attempt by the quartet of Speaker Dogara and others, who were determined to kidnap me until few days when my lawyers requested and got maximum protection for me from the DSS and police”.

Mr Jubrin expressed optimism that the “APC will do will do the rightful thing by throwing its weight to support our resolve to wipe out corruption in the House and direct Speaker Dogara, Dep Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, to reconvene the House immediately and Step down and face their imminent prosecution and save the party and our dear country from further embarrassment”, he said via his twitter account.

House Of Reps. Leadership Crisis Laid To Rest

HouseThe leadership crisis which has delayed the composition of the principal officers of the House of Representatives appears to have been laid to rest as some members who were hitherto opposed to the emergence of Honorable Yakubu Dogara sheath their swords.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja to announce their acceptance of Mr Speakers nomination to various principal offices in the green chamber, Honorable Abdulmumini Jibril and Parley Iriase said that their decisions were influenced by the desire for a united political party.

The lawmakers also commended both President Muhamadu Buhari and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara for the way they conducted themselves while the disagreement lingered.

The new House composition has Honourable Pally Iriase as Chief Whip, Honourable Alhassan Doguwa as House Leader and Honorable Buba Jibrin and Chika Okafor as Deputy Leader and Chief Whip respectively.

Kano-Port Harcourt Train Services Begin

Nigeria-air-conditioned-trainTrain services from northern Nigerian State, Kano, to Pot Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, have started, twelve years after the Nigerian government launched a revitalisation project of the railway.

The mixed service train will leave Kano to Port Harcourt every Thursday and from Port Harcourt to Kano every Tuesday.

At the commissioning ceremony of the new trains in Kano on Thursday, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Railway Cooperation (NRC), Adesiyi Asijuwade, said train services in Nigeria was back on track.

The first Kano-Port Harcourt mixed train services was in 1914, technically carrying both passenger and goods from the north to southern part of Nigeria.

However, in view of the ongoing efforts by the NRC, train services are now being resuscitated in phases across Nigeria.

Two 68-seater air conditioned modern first class passenger couches had been put in place to traverse a rail distance of 1,139 kilometres, stretching from Kano to Port Harcourt, with stops at some cities across Kano, Kaduna and Benue among other states in the south.

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, represented by the Speaker State House of Assembly, Alhassan Doguwa, assured the corporation of the State government’s continued support and patronage.

At the event, the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sunusi II, urged the management of the NRC to ensure continuity of the train services at an affordable price in order to allow free flow of economic exchange between the south and northern parts of Nigeria.

“We are indeed happy that train services from Kano to Port Harcourt have returned and we pray that Allah will ensure the continuity of the program and may it be a source of our economic strength,” the Emir prayed.

During the British colonial era, train services were regular and one of the best means of transportation in Nigeria, but lack of maintenance of the infrastructure led to a huge setback in that sector, forcing business owners to rely solely on the use of trucks for the movement of goods from one part of the nation to the other.

The dearth in the sector further affected the movement of agricultural produce from farm settlements that were located in towns where the rail line traverse.

The resuscitation of the train services will no doubt bring succour to farmers that may need to move produce from Kano to states along the rail line and in southern Nigeria.

Reps Committee On MDGs Claim Nigeria Will Attain The Goals

With just about a thousand days to the expiration of the United Nations set, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the chairman, House  Committee on MDG, Alhassan Doguwa, has stated that Nigeria is on course to meet the goals before the expiration of the intervention in December, 2015.

Rep. Doguwa gave this assurance during an oversight visit to some of the MDGs projects in Niger state.

Mr Doguwa, who is also the chairman network of African parliamentarians on the attainment of the MDGs in Africa, applauded the Niger state government for the timely implementation of the 2012 projects of the scheme.

The committee members were received by the officials of the state government at Dikko in Suleja local government area of the state for the inspection and commissioning of the MDG projects recently completed by the state government.

Mr Doguwa in company of other members of the committee commissioned the Primary Health Centre in Dikko.

The Director General of the Niger state MDGs; Ditijo Aliyu assured the committee that the projects scattered across the 25 local government areas of the state will be well utilized.

The committee members then paid a courtesy visit on the state Governor, Muazu Aliyu, who wondered why the committee is undertaking the oversight function at the twilight of the scheme.