Reps In Disorder As Deputy Speaker Rules Against E-Transmission Of Electoral Results

 

The House of Representatives is in a rowdy session as lawmakers debate over the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. 

Things fell apart on Thursday after Deputy Speaker Idris Wase ruled against electronic transmission of results despite a resounding vote in favour of electronic transmission.

Plenary on Thursday continued its deliberations on the amendment of section 52(3) of the electoral act amendment bill, with Honourable Wase chairing the session instead of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila who is on the floor of the House.

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The new amendment provides that INEC may consider electronic transmission so far the national network coverage is adjudged to be adequate and secure by Nigeria Communication Commission and approved by the National Assembly.

Having taken quite a while to deliberate on the matter, the lawmakers voted orally, and the Deputy Speaker clanged the gavel ruling against electronic transmission of results despite a resounding chorus in support of E-Transmission.

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After a while calm was restored in the House and deliberations continued with some congressmen calling for a proper division on the matter.

Another round of votes was called for and again the Deputy Speaker, despite a resounding vote in favour of an amendment for manual and electronic transmission of results, ruled against ayes, sending the House into yet another frenzy.

This time it proved almost impossible for the House to be called to order, but decorum returned after a while.

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A motion to suspend consideration and revert to plenary was moved and seconded, but lawmakers voted against it, however, the house eventually reverted to plenary.

In reporting progress, the deputy speaker stated that the controversial clause 52 has been considered and approved but some lawmakers insisted that this is not the case; this leads to heated arguments with two lawmakers Ifeanyi Momah and Shehu Koko get involved in a heated exchange.

Another lawmaker Yusuf Gagdi went out of control and members took great effort to restrain him, forcing Speaker Gbajabiamila to take back his seat as chair of the House and moved that the session be adjourned.

With the Speaker’s notion seconded, the House was adjourned till tomorrow 10am to commence from clause 52, with the INEC Chairman and his NCC counterpart in attendance.

Nine Ondo Lawmakers Reject Removal Of Deputy Speaker

(File Photo) The Ondo State House of Assembly.

 

Nine members of the Ondo State House of Assembly have rejected the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker of the House, Iroju Ogundeji.

The Assembly members described the impeachment as unlawful claiming that it did not meet the constitutional requirements for the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker.

They argued that section 92 sub 2C of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended requires a two-thirds majority and the provisions of the standing order of the House for the impeachment of the Speaker or his Deputy.

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Two lawmakers – the Former Majority Leader, Jamiu Maito, representing Irele State Constituency and Ademola Edamisan – while speaking on behalf of the nine members said the motion for the impeachment of the deputy speaker was never moved at the session.

They added that there was no place during a sitting of the Assembly either at the plenary or parliament where the decision to remove Ogundeji took place.

They, therefore, described the impeachment as null and void, adding that it is an illegality that will not stand.

Edo Assembly Deputy Speaker Impeached

Edo Sate House of Assembly Complex

 

The Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Yekini Idiaye has been impeached.

Idiaye was impeached during plenary on Wednesday which was held at the Assembly complex in Benin City.

Hon. Roland Asoro, who is a member representing Orhionmwon II Constituency in the Edo State House of Assembly (EDHA) has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker.

His election follows the impeachment of Hon. Yekini Idiaye.

Kaduna Deputy Speaker Resigns

Map of Kaduna State

 

The Deputy Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, John Kwaturu, has resigned.

His resignation comes barely four days after he defected from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The lawmaker, who represents Kachia constituency, told Channels Television in an interview, on Tuesday, that he left the APC as a result of impunity, bad leadership, and division that existed in the party.

He also noted that he made the decision to resign as deputy speaker after consultation with his political associates and supporters.

Kwaturu, however, thanked the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and members of the Kaduna State House of Assembly for the opportunity and support they gave him throughout the three years he served as Deputy Speaker.

Ondo Assembly Reverses Impeachment Of Deputy Speaker

Ondo Assembly Passes N14bn OSOPADEC Budget

 

The Ondo State House of Assembly has reversed the impeachment of the Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji.

Hon. Ogundeji was impeached on Tuesday during plenary and replaced with Bimbo Fajolu.

The reversal of the impeachment was moved in a motion by the Majority Leader, Hon. Gbenga Araoyinbo and seconded by Hon. Fatai Olotu from Akoko North East Constituency.

According to the legislators, the reversal was as a result of the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians including leadership of APC in the state, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun amongst others.

Hon. Ogundeji was impeached by his colleagues for being at loggerheads with the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun.

He was among the 18 lawmakers who defected to the ruling party from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shortly after Governor Rotimi Akeredolu became governor in February 2017.

Fajolu’s nomination, on the other hand, was moved by Hon. Isreal Olajide, and was seconded by erstwhile Speaker, Hon. Jumoke Akindele.

He was immediately sworn in by the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyeloogun.

Fajolu represents Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo constituency in the Ondo State House of Assembly.

Ondo Assembly Impeaches Deputy Speaker

The Ondo State House of Assembly has impeached its Deputy Speaker Iroju Ogundeji.

Shortly after the impeachment which took place during plenary on Tuesday, a new Deputy Speaker, Hon. Bimbo Fajolu was appointed.

Ogundeji was impeached by his colleagues for being at loggerheads with the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyeloogun.

He was among the 18 lawmakers who defected to the ruling party from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shortly after Governor Rotimi Akeredolu became governor in February 2017.

Fajolu’s nomination, on the other hand, was moved by Hon. Isreal Olajide, and was seconded by erstwhile Speaker, Hon. Jumoke Akindele.

He was immediately sworn in by the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyeloogun.

Fajolu represents Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo constituency in the Ondo State House of Assembly.

Deputy Speaker Urges Nigerians In Diaspora To Support Economic Diversification

Yusuf Lasun, Reps, Budget Padding, 2016 Budget,The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Lasun Yusuf, has called on the Nigerians in Canada to help the Federal Government in the diversification of the economy.

The Deputy Speaker in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Wole Oladimeji, said no country of the world can employ 10 percent of its workforce as jobs do not reside in government but in the individual and corporate world.

Mr Lasun, while responding to the appeals made by the Nigerians in Canada who visited him in his office, said the country has operated a mono-economy for years and that led to the country’s underdevelopment.

According to him, the exploitation of oil has done more harm than good and since there is are conscious efforts to develop the agricultural sector, there is the need to partner with the developed world.

“Nigeria depended heavily on oil. We are trying to retrace our steps to agriculture. It is difficult to do mechanised farming in the forest region except in the northern part of the country. The process of mechanised farming is lacking in Nigeria because of mono-economy.

“Agriculture is what we have to go back to and depart from the old method.”
Lasun, however, said foreign direct investment is vital, as is information and communication technology.

“Education is the bedrock of everything. What we need in the area of education is the skill acquisition. We lack skill. If you don’t have the skill nothing can be done. It is relevant to all the sectors,” he said.

Earlier, Mr‎ Ramesh Sangha, a member of Parliament in Canada,‎ who led the delegation, explained that they were in the country for possible collaboration.

He told the Deputy Speaker that they wanted stronger ties with the Canadian government‎ so that areas of assistance could be identified.

Ondo Speaker, Deputy, Two Others Defect To APC

Ondo Speaker, Three Others Leave PDP For APCFour members of the Ondo State House of Assembly, including the newly elected Speaker have decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmakers are: the new Speaker, Bamidele Oleyeloogun; Deputy Speaker, Iroju Ogundeji; former Deputy Speaker, Ayodeji Arowele and Segun Ajimotokin.

Speaking to reporters at the Governor’s office in Akure, the state’s capital, Honourable Oleyeloogun informed that the remaining PDP members of the Assembly will soon join the ruling party.

He assured the people of Ondo State that the lawmakers are ready to work with the executive arm of government to move the state forward.

“We are here to signify our intention to join the ruling party, the APC. The remaining ceremony will be carried out on the floor of the House of Assembly, but let me give you the assurance that our remaining colleagues are also on their way coming to this ruling party.

” I’m giving the people of Ondo, the assurance that all necessary things to be carried out in this state will be done when needed. I assure you that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is ready to work for the state and the legislative arm of government is ready to support him,” the Speaker said.

Dividends Of Democracy

Honourable Ogundeji, on his part, said the decision of the lawmakers to defect to APC was based on the fact that it is the platform where people of the state can enjoy the dividends of democracy.

“Our intention to decamp to the ruling party is not because of any other thing, but because of the fact that we know that it is only APC that can deliver the good dividends of democracy to our people.

“The interest of all of us here is the interest of the people that voted us into office, we don’t have any interest that we are representing here other than the interest of the people of Ondo State.

“The party that the people of Ondo State want is the APC and we believe that the only party that we can belong to that can make the dividends of democracy get to the people of Ondo State is the APC,” the Deputy Speaker explained.

The Secretary to the State Government, Honourable Ifedayo Abegunde, who received the defectors into the APC, pointed out that the development was in the best interest of the state.

“This is a welcome development and is a signal that APC is increasing in number and we are getting popular, and this I believe and I’m sure will translate to good governance in Ondo State.

“The more we are, the more confident our Governor is going to be, and the more we will be able to move Ondo State forward. I did this on behalf of my Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu,” he said.

With the defection, the number of APC members in the House has risen to nine, while the remaining 17 members belong to the PDP.

Budget Padding Is A ‘Misrepresentation Of Facts’ – Deputy Speaker

Yusuf Lasun, Reps, Budget Padding, 2016 Budget, House of RepresentativesThe Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Lasun Yusuf, has described as misrepresentation of facts, the widespread allegations of padding of the 2016 budget.

He said that contrary to rumours being peddled around the country, there was no section of the appropriation bill that was padded.

The lawmaker explained that the legislature had in exercise of the power conferred on it by the constitution, reallocated figure in the budget estimates as presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He made the disclosure while delivering a lecture at the 17th edition of the media parliament of Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Mr Yusuf spoke on the ‘Challenges of Law-making and the Delivery of Dividend of Democracy in Nigeria’ during the gathering at the Abubakar Olusola Saraki Pen House in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

He explained that it was the exclusive preserve of the legislative arm to rework annual fiscal document tabled before it by the executive, stating that such document remains “an estimate and not real budget”.

The former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, who had blown the lid that some principal officers of the lower chamber of the National Assembly partook in the budget padding scam, was suspended from office.

His allegation had ignited public outrage against the National Assembly while the House maintained that the budget was not padded as alleged.

Abdulmumin Jibrin, House, Budget padding
Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin

Budget Padding Debacle

The Deputy Speaker, however, told the gathering in Ilorin that the allegations against the leadership of the House by the suspended lawmaker were of no effect and could not be substantiated, insisting that the House acted within its powers.

He stated that the House was empowered to reallocate and reconcile figures in the budget estimates that were believed not to be properly done.

Honourable Yusuf decried that many Nigerians were ignorant of the works of the legislative arm and were fond of passing verdict without verifiable facts on some allegations levelled against the lawmakers.

He explained further that it was the primary responsibility of the law-making body to scrutinise budget estimates submitted by the executive arm, adding that members could use the avenue to address pressing needs of their people.

“While the executive makes proposals on projects, programmes and expenditure for every year, the legislature finally approves figures that are spent.

“In the process, the legislature often interfaces with the executive to have certain projects and programmes form part of (the) budget.

“This is necessary as I have said earlier because the closeness of the legislator to the constituents must have emerged from that environment.

“It is critical that certain pressing areas requiring government attention are suggested and included in the estimates.

“Unfortunately, the poor understanding of the fine details of legislative practice anchored on the express provision of the constitution erroneously informed the so-called budget padding debacle which was a distraction to the polity.

“For instance, the case of 50-year-old Ojutu Bridge in my constituency that has great potentials in turning around the lives of my constituents,” Yusuf said.

Speaker’s Suspension: Ondo Assembly Shut

Speaker's Suspension: Ondo Assembly ShutThe crisis in the Ondo State House of Assembly is deepening as the assembly complex has been shut down by security operatives to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

This followed a tussle between two factions of the lawmakers over the leadership of the House.

The crisis started after the suspension of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the Majority Leader on Friday.

At the resumption of plenary on Monday, the new leadership insisted that the former leadership led by Mrs Jumoke Akindele remained suspended over the 15 million naira found on the House paymaster in the assembly complex.

Mrs Akindele has insisted she has nothing to do with.

She said that the aggrieved members could not have removed her from office as the allegation of fraud levelled against her had not been proven to be true.

She denied the allegation of fraud by her leadership, saying it was all politics as the cash was not found on her or any member of the House but on the paymasters who is the custodian of monies belonging to the Assembly.

During interrogation, the Paymaster was said to have told the lawmakers that he was acting on the directive of the leadership of the House.

Members of the House who were aggrieved by this insisted it was unlawful and corrupt for the leadership of the House to withdraw such cash without the knowledge of the members.

To this end, the aggrieved members suspended the Speaker, Jumoke akindele and two other principal officers; the Deputy Speaker, Fatai Olotu as well as the Majority Leader, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu.

Suspended Ondo Speaker Insists She Is Still In Charge

Suspended Ondo Speaker Insists She Is Still In ChargeThe suspended Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Honourable Jumoke Akindele has reacted to her purported impeachment by some members of the Assembly on allegations of corruption.

She said that the aggrieved members could not have removed her from office as the allegation of fraud levelled against her had not been proven to be true.

She denied the allegation of fraud by her leadership, saying it was all politics as the cash was not found on her or any member of the House but on the paymasters who is the custodian of monies belonging to the Assembly.

Mrs Akindele called on her colleagues to quickly retrace their steps.

Meanwhile, the newly elected Majority Leader of the House, Olamide George representing Akure North Constituency insists that the new leadership has come to stay.

He assured the members and people of the state that the new leadership of the House would work with transparency.

He lamented that the staff of the House of Assembly had not received their salaries and announced that the new leadership had agreed to use the seized money for their welfare.

He assured the members of the House that the new Speaker would operate an open door policy.

Also speaking, a member representing Odigbo Constituency 1, Iroju Ogundeji said that the new leadership of the House has set up a panel that will investigate how the money was looted from the coffers of the House.

The crisis in the Ondo State House of Assembly started when a sum of 15 million Naira was discovered with the Paymaster of the House by some members at the premises of the House chamber.

During interrogation, the Paymaster was said to have told them that he was acting on the directive of the leadership of the House.

Members of the House who were aggrieved by this insisted it was unlawful and corrupt for the leadership of the House to withdraw such cash without the knowledge of the members.

To this end, the aggrieved members suspended the speaker, Jumoke akindele and two other principal officers; the Deputy Speaker, Fatai Olotu as well as the Majority Leader, Ifedayo Akinsoyinu.

An acting Speaker, Malachi Coker representing Ilaje Constituency 2 was elected, while Ayodeji Arowele, Owo Constituency 1, and Olamide George, Akure North Constituency were elected as Deputy Speaker and Majority Leader respectively.

The new governor belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC) would be inaugurated in less than one month.