Ekweremadu Denies Reports Of Dumping PDP For APC

Ike Ekweremadu, PDP, APC, Deputy President SenateThe Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, has dismissed as false, insinuations and reports that he could be on his way to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to save his job.

A statement by the spokesman for Senator Ekweremadu, Mr Okey Ozoani, described the reports as a ‘fantasy of those peddling it’.

Mr Ozoani stated that the lawmaker was not contemplating to depart the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He added that the Senator was more concerned about fixing Nigeria’s harsh economic and security conditions, as well as other challenges than saving his job as the Deputy President of the Nigeria Senate.

The legislator’s aide further explained that the primary responsibility of the government was to cater to the well-being of its people, as well as the security of their lives and property.

He noted that “when these are threatened, the citizens should be preoccupied with contributing their quota to salvaging the country”.

Saraki, Ekweremadu Celebrate With Christians At Christmas

Bukola Saraki, Ike Ekweremadu, ChristiansNigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has urged Nigerians to use the yuletide to rededicate themselves to the service of humanity, in line with the true teachings of Jesus Christ which emphasise selflessness, piety, brotherly kindness and love towards one another.

Senator Saraki, in his Christmas message, also reiterated the commitment of the 8th Senate towards ensuring that Nigeria regains her pride among the comity of nations through relevant and timely legislation.

He said that the season should not be seen only as a merrymaking period, but as a time to pray fervently for a peaceful and prosperous nation.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate President, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, has called on Nigerians to show love to their neighbours at Christmas.

Senator Ekweremadu said Christmas would be empty without acts of love as shown by Christ.

He stressed that the spirit of sharing is an African tradition which generates happiness and ensures social stability in the absence of a formal social security mechanism that caters for the less privileged in the society.

The lawmaker, who regretted that Nigeria had lost much of her traditional social security values, urged the citizens to revive the values at Christmas.

Reps Challenge INEC On Delimitation Of Constituencies

House of Representatives, Reps, INEC, ConstituenciesThe House of Representatives has questioned the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to carry out proper delineation of 66 electoral constituencies across Nigeria.

The House considered a motion on the matter put forward on Thursday by a member representing Rivers State, Kingsley Chinda.

Mr Chinda informed the lawmakers that INEC’s action had denied people of the 19 affected states of their constitutionally guaranteed right to adequate representation in the state houses of assembly.

The House has urged the electoral commission to immediately outline the said constituencies in line with the provision of Section 91 of the constitution and the 2006 population figures.

The legislators also resolved to forward a copy of the resolution to the Senate for concurrence.

Lawmakers Threaten To Suspend Sittings

The query comes barely a day after the Senate threatened to suspend its sittings if INEC does not conduct the re-run senatorial election in Rivers State by December 10.

The sponsor of the motion and Deputy Senate President, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, called the attention of the Upper House to the pending elections and the failure of INEC to act accordingly.

He was worried that the commission was breaching the Electoral Act, adding that the act had led to the absence of representatives from Rivers State in the Senate after the election was declared inconclusive.

NLC Strike: Senate To Interface With FG, Labour Unions

Petroleum Industry BillThe Senate has directed its Committee on Labour to immediately interface with the Federal Government and Labour Unions to find immediate solutions to the impasse between both sides.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) began a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest the Federal government’s new fuel price regime.

The Senate is, however, backing the Federal government’s introduction of the new fuel price regime.

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, said the Senate had resolved to engage with the Federal Government to find out sustainable ways of improving the welfare of Nigerians.

The Deputy Senate President, who presided over plenary on Wednesday disclosed that the Senate reached the decision to meet with organized labour during a closed door meeting.

Sen. Ekweremadu said the Senate is interested in ensuring that Nigerians do not suffer hardship resulting from the strike.