Former Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdulahi Is New APC Spokesman

Former Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdulahi Is New APC SpokesmanThe former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdulahi, is set to replace Mr Lai Mohammed as the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after north central leaders adopted him.

His election held on Thursday at the Zonal Congress of the party in Abuja.

Among the delegates to the congress were Governors Simon Lalong of Plateau and Sani Bello of Niger States.

The congress was chaired by the National Vice Chairman of APC from the zone, Zakari Idde.

Abdulahi was unanimously confirmed via a voice vote by the delegates, after the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker, Godiya Akwashiki, nominated him and was seconded by Senate Spokesman, Aliyu Abdullahi.

Mr Abdullahi told journalists after his emergence that he would adopt a fresh strategy on his new job as he was aware that the post is different from his former position of sports minister, as they “demand different approaches”.

“I have a fair understanding of what I am expected to do even though you never know until you really get there.

“What I can assure is that I will do the best I can, not only in the improvement of our party but also in contributing to the progress of this country especially at this challenging period,” he said.

On the pressure that comes with the office of the National Publicity Secretary for a ruling party, Abdulahi said that he had the experience to manage this.

“However, what I know is that every human being is under pressure. Mr President, the ruling party chairman and everybody including the journalists are under pressure. There will always be pressure because the expectations of people are very high.

“So, irrespective of the economic challenges, we have to continue to weather the storm especially now that I am brought in to be part of the process. All I can reassure is that I will give the best I can to ensure that we continue to move forward,” he said.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, held the position until hi appointment as Minister by President Muhammadu buhari.

Nasarawa Deputy Speaker Gives Reason For Six Lawmakers’ Suspension

nasarawa state house of assemblyThe Deputy Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly has shed light on the reason behind the suspension of six lawmakers in the House.

Mr Godiya Akwashiki spoke to reporters on Wednesday in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State.

He said that the crisis in the House is beyond the appointment of local government sole administrators, but as a result of misconduct and violation of the House rules by the suspended lawmakers.

Mr Akwashiki also revealed that the commotion is a leadership crisis noting that the suspended lawmakers were plotting to impeach the Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

The Deputy Speaker believes their reaction had nothing to do with the appointment but their quest to be leaders of the House.

He maintained that their suspension was as a result of their unruly behavior during sitting in the hollow chambers of the House. He also faulted their use of provocative words.

The suspended lawmakers, who see their suspension as vilification, have insisted to seek redress in court.

The Deputy Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly had earlier denied bribery allegations levelled against the House by six members in connection with the appointment of sole administrators.

The allegations led to the fracas that occurred in the State Assembly and indefinite suspension of the six lawmakers.

The suspended lawmakers accused 18 of their colleagues for going contrary to the resolutions of the House concerning the appointment of sole administrators by the state government.

Mr Akwashiki, who sees the exchange of blows as a normal happening in the legislative process, however, maintained that no money was received from the government to approve the appointment of sole administrators.

Nasarawa Impeachment: Lawmakers Petition NJC Over Chief Judge’s Conduct

NasarawaState House of AssemblyThe Nasarawa State House of Assembly has moved a resolution to petition the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the role of the Chief Judge of the state during the crisis that engulfed the state as a result of the plot to remove Governor Al-makura.

The PDP dominated House of Assembly, which resumed plenary on Monday after weeks of the impeachment saga, accused the Chief Judge, Suleiman Dikko, of partisanship in the discharge of his duty, citing the breach of section 188 sub-sections 5 and 7 of the 1999 constitution.

The House majority leader, Mr Godiya Akwashiki, who moved the motion under matters of public interest, also accused Justice Dikko for breaching the constitution in the formation of the probe panel which acquitted Governor Al-makura.

The House then directed the clerk to write to the NJC on the Chief Judge after the motion was passed.

Also, the lawmakers moved to suspend one of their colleagues, Tanko Tunga, from the All Progressives Congress for six months with a 50% pay cut for act of misconduct.

This is the first sitting of the State Assembly with the full complement of lawmakers from both the PDP and the minority APC, since the impeachment plot against Mr Al-makura was hatched.

It is believed in many quarters that loyalists of the Governor now face the heat and threat to their political careers.

Nasarawa Lawmakers Ask Justice To Set Up Probe Panel On Al-makura

Tanko Al-makuraThe Nasarawa State House of Assembly says, there is no going back in the bid to impeach governor Tanko Al-makura as 20 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers passed a motion directing the state Chief Judge to set up a seven-man probe panel.

In a motion moved on Wednesday by the majority leader, Mr Godiya Akwashiki, under matters of public interest and seconded by Mr Baba Ibakwu, the lawmakers resolved that a seven-man panel be set up to probe the allegation against Governor Al-makura.

In his ruling, Speaker of the state assembly, Honourable Musa Mohammed, directed the state Chief Judge to immediately constitute a seven-man panel as resolved by members.

The resolution and subsequent directive, however, did not go down well with the four All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers who protested at the session.

The APC lawmakers and spokesperson for Governor Al-makura, Abdulhamid Kwara, reacted to the development from the assembly.

The APC had accused the ruling PDP and the presidency of fuelling the impeachment to stifle opposition, an allegation the presidency had denied.

Some indigenes of the state had held a protest against the process last week in an effort to coerce the lawmakers to stop the impeachment.

Few days after the protest, the lawmakers vowed to go ahead with the impeachment process against Governor Al-makura.

The chairman, House Committee on Information of the State House of Assembly, Mr Mohammed Ibaku, told reporters in Abuja on Sunday that the lawmakers would pursue the impeachment notice served on the governor for alleged embezzlement of funds.