Sanwo-Olu Forwards Tunji Bello, 24 Other Names For Appointment To State Assembly

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has forwarded a list of 25 names, to the House of Assembly for ratification as Commissioners and Special Advisers.

On the list include Tunji Bello, a former Secretary to the State Government of the immediate past governor, and Commissioner for Environment to former Governor, Babatunde Fashola.

According to a statement by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, Sanwo-Olu carefully picked the nominees based on their cognate experience in their respective professions.

The statement said: “We took our time to pick the best hands for the tough job Lagosians have elected us to do. The nominees for the twenty-five Commissioner and Special Adviser positions include women and men who have made their mark and at the zenith of their professional callings.’’

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He further disclosed that the new cabinet would be unique, because of its diversity. Quoting Governor Sanwo-Olu, he said Lagos would continue to take the lead in innovation, gender-balance and youth inclusion in the administration of the State.

“We have a blend of youth who are under 40 among nominees for Commissioners and Special Advisers. Women too are well represented in the list. We believe Lagos deserves the best and we cannot give the people anything less than that,” the statement said.

Below are names of the nominees:

  1. Mr Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo
  2. Mrs Folashade Adefisayo
  3. Prof Akin Abayomi
  4. Dr Idris Salako
  5. Mr Tunji Bello
  6. Mr Gbenga Omotoso
  7. Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka
  8. Mrs Bolaji Dada
  9. Mr Lere Odusote
  10. Dr Frederic Oladeinde
  11. Mr Gbolahan Lawal
  12. Ms Adekemi Ajayi
  13. Mr Femi George
  14. Dr Wale Ahmed
  15. Mr Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)
  16. Mr Hakeem Fahm
  17. Mrs Ajibola Ponnle
  18. Engr. Aramide Adeyoye
  19. Mr Segun Dawodu
  20. Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf
  21. Mr Sam Egube
  22. Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya
  23. Princess Aderemi Adebowale
  24. Mr Tunbosun Alake
  25. Mr Afolabi Ayantayo

House Of Reps Committee Investigating Edo Assembly Crisis Visits State

 

The House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating the inauguration crisis rocking the Edo State House of Assembly has paid a visit to the state.

The committee, led by Hon. Razak Namdas met with the clerk of the Edo State House of Assembly, Mr Yahaya Umogbai, the Speaker, Frank Okiye and other members of the House at the Assembly complex in Benin City the state capital.

Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki at a separate meeting with the committee members in Abuja has promised transparency in the ongoing investigation into the crisis.

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The meeting, which took place behind closed doors, lasted for over an hour, after which the committee stated that findings from the investigation thus far, will not be divulged to the public.

Imo Assembly Speaker Acho Ihim Resigns

 

The embattled Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, has resigned.

He resigned on Tuesday, days after 21 lawmakers in the Assembly passed a vote of no confidence on him and thereafter, asked him to step aside.

Calls for Ihim’s impeachment were hinged on a 10-count allegation bordering on gross misconduct, misappropriation of house funds, negligence of duty and illegally subduing legislative activities.

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Following the resignation, Lawman Duruji has been appointed as the new Speaker.

APC Wins 22 Kaduna Assembly Seats, PDP Nine

 

The All Progressive Congress has clinched 22 seats in the Kaduna state House of Assembly while the Peoples Democratic Party won 9 seats.

Among the APC winners include the Speaker, of the state House of Assembly, Aminu Shagali who has been re-elected as a member in his Sabon Gari state constituency.

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According to results declared by INEC , APC candidates won in Kudan, Soba, Maigana, Giwa West, Giwa East, Makarfi, Kubau, Ikara, Kauru, Magajin Gari, Kagarko, Doka Gabasawa and Kawo.

The ruling party also won Makera, Tudun Wada, Ungwar Sanusi, Igabi East, Igabi West, Zaria City, Zaria, Basawa and Sabon Gari wards.

PDP however won in Kaura, Jaba, Kachia, Kajuru, Chikun, Zonkwa, Zango Kataf, Jema’a and Sanga wards.

PHOTOS: INEC Commences Distribution Of Sensitive Materials Across States

 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the distribution of sensitive materials across states, ahead of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

This distribution exercise by the electoral umpire is in line with the new timetable put out by the Commission following the rescheduling of the elections.

The process which began earlier in the week, continued Thursday, with distributions in Edo, Anambra, Kogi, Zamfara and some other states.

Below are photos from the distribution exercise in some states across the nation.

In Oyo, all is set for Saturday 9th March 2019 Governorship/State Assembly Elections as Hon. REC, Oyo State, Barr. Mutiu Agboke monitors vehicular movement of sensitive materials from CBN in Ibadan to various Local Government Areas of the State.

Hon. REC, Oyo State, Barr. Mutiu Agboke

Anambra was not left out of the exercise as the materials were taken from the  Central Bank in the state to INEC LGA offices.

 

In Kebbi, distribution of electoral materials began on Wednesday, March 6 from CBN in Birnin Kebbi to INEC LGA offices across the states.

In Zamfara, the INEC REC, Dr (Mrs) Asmau Sani Maikudi on Wednesday addressed agents of the political parties, governorship candidates and Security agents on the distribution of the sensitive materials to the various LGAs, assuring them of INEC’s preparedness for the coming polls.

26 Aspiring Lawmakers Defect From APC To APM In Ogun

Some of the defectors

 

Twenty-six aspiring members of the Ogun State House of Assembly have announced their defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Allied People’s Movement (APM).

They claimed to have won the party’s ticket after the primary held on October 7 but were denied by the National Working Committee of the APC.

Despite efforts by the party’s national leadership to resolve the issue, the aggrieved members announced their defection during a press briefing on Monday.

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According to them, their action became imperative as a result of the injustice meted out to them by the national office of the APC.

They, however, reaffirmed their resolve to work for the re-election of president Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.

Akwa Ibom Assembly Leadership Tussle Deepens

File Photo of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly

 

The crisis at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly over its leadership took a new dimension on Tuesday with gunshots fired into the air.

A five-man faction of the House led by Nse Ntuen arrived at the chamber early in the day and concluded a sitting.

In the course of the deliberations, the lawmakers were said to have commenced impeachment proceedings against the state governor, Udom Emmanuel.

Police personnel were later deployed to restore normalcy at the complex in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

The security officials fired several gunshots into the air to disperse some suspected thugs who had earlier gained entrance into the premises of the complex.

Afterwards, the Speaker of the State Assembly Onofiok Luke led the other 21 members into the Chambers where they sat for about two hours deliberating on various issues.

On November 19, suspected thugs reportedly sponsored by some aggrieved lawmakers stormed the state assembly disrupting plenary in the process.

The aggrieved lawmakers were alleged to be those whose seats were declared vacant by the Speaker of the House.

The thugs were eventually dispersed by police officers who teargassed them and restored normalcy to the premises of the House of Assembly.

Following the situation at the assembly complex, the police a few days later sealed off the premises, thereby denying lawmakers and staff to gain access.

Plenary resumed today at the assembly after being sealed off by the police since Wednesday last week.

 

Court Vacates Order Restraining Benue Assembly Speaker, Others From Sitting

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File photo

 

A Makurdi High Court on Monday vacated an interim order restraining the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Titus Uba, and 21 other members from holding sittings at the assembly complex.

The Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Aondover Kaka’an, vacated the order while ruling on a motion brought before the court by counsels to the Speaker, led by Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Sebastine Hon and Edward Ashiekaa who had prayed the court to set aside its interim order of August 13, 2018.

The order had restrained Speaker Uba and the 21 others from conducting legislative business at the complex.

In his ruling, however, Justice Kaka’an stated that by law the judicial arm of government could not restrain the State House of Assembly from performing its legislative functions.

He further stated that the role of the judiciary is not to overheat the polity with orders capable of destabilizing same, and maintained that the court should not encourage impunity in any way.

The Chief Judge described the argument against granting the motion by counsel to the former Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange and seven others, Mr Sunday Okpale as an academic exercise.

He ruled that the interim order of August 13, 2018, which restrained the use of the Assembly complex played on the intelligence of an earlier order and the entire legal system and was a dent on the image of the judiciary.

Justice Kaka’an also maintained that injunctive orders were not at the beck and call of the court to be shared and that claimants must earn them.

He then transferred the substantive case to High Court 9 presided over by Justice Augustine Ityonyiman for hearing and determination on November 26, 2018.

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Micheal Gusa, in a reaction, stated that by virtue of the ruling, the Benue State House of Assembly under the leadership of Hon. Uba could resume the conduct of legislative business at the Assembly Complex.

He said the ruling upheld the principle of Separation of Powers in a democracy.

Court Orders Benue Assembly To Maintain Status-Quo

Benue lawmakers

 

A Makurdi High Court has granted an exparte order, restraining the Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Mr Titus Uba, and five others from carrying out any legislative sitting and responsibilities, pending the determination of the substantive suits.

Justice Theresa Igoche who had earlier restrained the impeached Speaker, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, while ruling on a separate exparte motion brought by him, granted the order on Monday.

She ruled that all parties to the suits must maintain the status quo, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suits.

According to the counsel to plaintiffs, Mr Mike Osuman (SAN), the exparte motion became necessary because of the adjourned date (August 15), which the lawmakers had agreed to reconvene the House before the 22 lawmakers moved for the impeachment of Mr Ikyange and his principal officers.

The judge, however, adjourned to August 15, hearing on the substantive suits which include the motion seeking to partially restrain Mr Ikyange as Speaker of the state assembly, having been impeached by the 22 lawmakers.

Ikyange was impeached on July 24 after a motion of no confidence was moved by Honourable Richard Ujege, the lawmaker represents Konshisha state constituency.


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Mr Ikyange had rejected his impeachment declaring the process illegal.

The lawmakers, however, insisted that process had met all the constitutional requirements and subsequently suspended him after he was accused of mobilising police personnel to the assembly complex to deny members access to the chamber on July 27. Read Here

Imo Assembly Impeaches Deputy Governor

Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere

 

The Imo State House of Assembly has impeached the Deputy Governor, Mr Eze Madumere.

He was impeached on Monday by 19 out of the 27 member-assembly.

The Speaker of the House, Acho Ihim, said the impeachment followed the outcome of a report of a 7-man panel, constituted by the Chief Judge of the state to investigate allegations of gross misconduct.

The allegations were premised on four reasons which included his absence without reasons for a period of three months and a failure to perform constitutional duties like attending state executive and state security council meetings.

Others included his alleged failure to attend meetings with the governor and other government functionaries as well as an alleged concealment of felonious acts in the United States.

Meanwhile, Mr Callistus Ekenze, who was until this morning the Head of Service in the state has been nominated by the governor as the new deputy.

The Speaker read out the nomination letter on the floor of the house immediately after the impeachment.


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This comes hours after some lawmakers in the Benue Assembly served an impeachment notice on the Governor, Samuel Ortom.

The development came after the governor defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last week.

Days after, the speaker of the house, Mr Terkimbi Ikyange, was impeached and eventually suspended for allegedly mobilising police personnel to the assembly complex to deny members access to the chamber.

Benue Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Terkimbi Ikyange

Impeached Honourable Terkimbi Ikyange

 

The Benue State House of Assembly has impeached Terkimbi Ikyange as its speaker.

Ikyange who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was impeached after a motion of no confidence was moved by Honourable Richard Ujege, who represents Konshisha state constituency.

The move was backed by 21 members out of the 30-man Assembly.

The impeachment took place in the absence of the speaker but the clerk of the House was present at the plenary.

Meanwhile, shortly after, the assembly elected Titus Uba, the lawmaker representing Kyan state constituency as its new Speaker.

 

New Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly

 

A new Deputy Speaker, Egli Johnson Ahubi, who represents Otukpo/Akpa state constituency was also elected.

Buhari Grants Financial Autonomy To State Judiciaries, Houses Of Assembly

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President Muhammadu Buhari has granted financial autonomy to state judiciaries and Houses of Assembly.

The President also signed a total of four bills into law as part of the amendments of the 1999 Constitution.

One of the bills which is now an Act, gives the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), sufficient time to conduct bye-elections, increasing the time from seven to 21 days, which widens the scope of INEC to handle election matters upon a vacancy.

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The Presidential Liaison Officer To The National Assembly, Senator Ita Enang told journalists in Abuja on Friday that another bill No 16 which is now an Act, is to ensure that where a Vice President succeeds the president and where a deputy governor succeeds a governor, he can no more contest for that office more than once after the initial tenure.

The fourth Act which became a law today is constitution number 21 relating to the determination of pre-election matters, reducing the date and time of determining pre-election matters to ensure that the matters extend into the time for elections neither does it pend thereafter.

These four bills in addition to the recently signed “Not Too Young To Run Bill” into law brings the total number of bills assented to by the president, to five.