INEC Setting Dangerous Precedence With Inconclusive Polls – Dogara

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara


Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against setting dangerous precedence in the political history of Nigeria by declaring elections inconclusive.

The speaker, who was addressing a PDP NEC meeting in Abuja Wednesday, also warned against craving for power at all costs just for the sake of being in power and not for impacting lives positively.

Citing examples of elections recently conducted in Ghana and other African countries, he noted that it is only in Nigeria that it is a practice to declare elections inconclusive as there’s nothing like that in other climes.

Observing that there is always a consequence for every action, Dogara said, “It will be very, very unfortunate that INEC, which is led by a first-class professor of HISTORY, will set this dangerous and unacceptable precedence in our political history.

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“What has happened is pure evil. Our consolation as faithful members of this society is that evil does not last forever and no evil doer has ever escaped punishment. …it is a law of nature, that whatever you sow is what you will reap.”

Furthermore, he averred that “For those who believe in power for the sake of power and not because they want to empower people, not because they want to better the lives of our People, there are also lessons they can learn from history.

“History is replete with examples of all those who pursued power for the sake of power. Whether it is Hitler, I don’t want to name more, one example is enough. Their lives have always ended up in some tragedy, that is the fate of anyone that seeks power for the sake of power. We have seen that displayed in Nigeria and I wish we can take heed from the lessons of history.”

He, however, charged PDP members not to despair because of the supplementary elections that have been ordered by INEC for positions they are contesting for, saying that the party won five out of the six states where there will be reruns and God willing, victory will be theirs after the exercise has been concluded.

Dogara Congratulates Akeredolu As Ondo Governor

2017 Will Bring Succour To Nigerians- DogaraThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on his swearing-in as the 6th democratically elected governor of Ondo State.

He described the new governor as “A learned colleague whose dedication, commitment, determination and dogged spirit eventually earned him victory at the polls.”

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara also expressed confidence in Akeredolu’s ability to deliver dividends of democracy to the people of Ondo State, and thanked the people for choosing APC at the polls.

“Governor Akeredolu is not just a thorough bred professional and respected senior advocate, he has always been genuinely passionate about the plight of the people, and I have a good reason to believe that this will translate to fruitful and people oriented leadership.”

“Choosing APC at the polls is a wise step by the good people of Ondo as well as a vote of confidence on both the party’s ideology, policies and the APC Federal Government.

“I am confident that the governor will progressively justify this trust and support as the days go by”, the Speaker said.

He prayed that the Almighty God to grants the governor the wisdom of Solomon, strength of character and good health to excel in this onerous task.

I Was Not Sacked, I Stepped Down, Says Fmr. House Chair On Appropriation

Abdulmumin Jibrin,The former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Rep Abdulmumin Jubrin, has debunked rumours that he was sacked by the Speaker of the House, maintaining that he stepped down.

“Some elements in the media have made my decision to step down as Chairman a narrative of being sacked based on the illusions of their creation.

“I stepped down as the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation” and “this was done in the best interest of the House and the country at large, in order to let peace reign” he said via his Twitter account”.

He added that “I am glad that the Speaker made it clear this was my decision.

“I humbly call on my friends and responsible media platforms to allow me some peace at this time and not give in to the noise and propaganda that is bound to follow this announcement”, he maintained.

Rep. Jibrin also congratulated his successor, Rep. Mustapha Dawaki and expressed “profound appreciation to the Speaker of the House, Rep. Yakubu Dogara and my colleagues in the House of Representatives.

“It has been a rare privilege to serve first as the Chairman House Committee on Finance  and until now as Chairman of the Appropriation Committee”, he added.

“I will continue to serve my people and our country in my capacity as a member of the House of Representatives and will continue to support its leadership, in the collective interest of our country and its people”, he said.

The House of Representatives had on Wednesday announced a replacement for Representative Jibrin as Committee Chairman on Appropriation.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, made the announcement during plenary on Wednesday.

Mr Jibrin was replaced with Representative Mustapha Dawaki, who is representing Kudu/Warawa Federal Constituency of Kano State.

Reps Inaugurate Constitution Amendment Committee

Dogara on Constitution The House of Representative has inaugurated an ad-hoc Committee on constitution review.

Inaugurating the committee, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, advised the House not to override the presidential veto that prevented the constitutional amendment of the 7th National Assembly from becoming law.

The Majority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who spoke for the ad-hoc committee, said that the committee would also review the procedure of altering the constitution to make it more practical.

Dogara, Lasun Commemorate With Nigerians On New Year

DogaraThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has assured Nigerians that the year 2016 offers a real opportunity for change in the country.

In a New Year message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker praised the unshakable commitment of leaders at all levels of government to a better Nigeria.

He cited the pro – people 2016 Budget of President Buhari’s administration which is before the National Assembly adding that “when passed into law and faithfully executed, will not only lift the common man from abject poverty, it will also usher in the much needed opportunities for innovation and investment that are the engines of economic growth and prosperity.”

The Speaker who expressed hope that happy times will be here again, however, maintained that, “the people must go to work to make it happen, as government alone cannot solve all our problems”.

“Democracy and governments do not build nations but it’s rather citizens of democracy who must take up the tools of democracy and embrace the opportunities created by their government that build the nation of their dream,” he added.

Hon. Dogara urged all Nigerians to abhor the culture of passivity and apathy which only produces docile citizenry saying that, “if our people expects that CHANGE means to be docile and allow government alone to bring progress and build our nation, they expect what never was and never shall be.”

Dogara advised that it’s time Nigerians take responsibility for their own lives and work towards making Nigeria great again in order to avoid over dependence on government, saying that, “a democratic government should always depend on its citizens as the reverse will only amount to slavery”.

“On our part, the National Assembly must also go to work as the central institution of democracy through which the will of the people is expressed.

“As parliamentarians we can no longer afford to remain observers or mere onlookers but actors. Our work is more urgent than before because the change we seek must not be anchored on the quick sands of expediency, but on the enduring solid rock of legislative frameworks that deal with corruption, eliminates gender based violence, strengthens democratic institutions, reinforces human rights and good governance.

“We must also not fail the nation in ensuring effective scrutiny of the national government to ensure implementation of all legislative frameworks,” he said.

While suing for peace and unity among Nigerians, irrespective of regional, ethnic, political or rel‎igious affiliations, Hon. Dogara urged the citizens to be security vigilant and support the fight against terrorism and sundry crimes in the country.

“As 2016 dawns with hopes anew, filled with promises of a brighter tomorrow; with courage, faith and great effort we shall achieve all we desire. I wish all Nigerians a happy and prosperous New Year and pray that our nation attains greater heights in the New Year,” the Speaker said.

In the same vein, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Sulaimon Lasun Yusuf, also said that there is serious hope for a better Nigeria, if the people support and cooperate with President Buhari in his anti-terrorism crusade.

Hon. Lasun said that the stage is set by the All Progressives Congress-led government to give a radical approach to the development of Nigeria.

He said that “Nigeria is on the threshold of regaining its full potentials because that is what we deserve and the signs are beginning to show.

“It is my appeal to Nigerians that we support the government of the day as it tries to address some of the fundamental problems confronting the growth of our country like unemployment, unstable power, deplorable roads and unacceptable healthcare delivery, Lasun said.”

Speaking on the Presidential media chat held on Wednesday night, the Deputy Speaker said that from the tone of the President, “Nigerians should be rejoicing that at last they have a leader who is ready to take them to the promise land”.

Ramadan: Dogara Urges Muslims To Pray For Nigeria

ramadanSpeaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has urged all Muslim faithful to use the Ramadan period to pray for Nigeria.

In a goodwill message to Muslims at the commencement of the Ramadan fast issued by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, Dogara said that the present crop of leaders in Nigeria came in at a very critical time.

The Speaker also said that the promise of change by the new government can only be realised if Nigerians rededicate themselves to the service of God and humanity.

“I want to use this medium to call on our Muslim brothers and sisters to use the Holy month of Ramadan to pray for peace, unity and prosperity of Nigeria.

”As mere mortals we cannot achieve anything on our own wisdom and strength but with prayers, and determination, we can collectively overcome our challenges as a country,” he said.