Gbajabiamila Blasts Service Chiefs For Shunning Security Meeting, To Report To Buhari

 

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on Friday turned back representatives of the nation’s military service chiefs at a meeting he convened to discuss the security situation in the country.

This is according to a statement signed by Mr Lanre Lasisi the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Nigeria.

According to Mr Lasisi, the Speaker who was visibly disappointed described the action of the Service Chiefs as an insult to the Parliament, and promised to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Speaker then postponed the meeting to Monday morning, while apologising to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi and the Comptroller General (CG) of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, who were present at the meeting.

Speaker Gbajabiamila noted with dismay that the act of shunning the invitation of the parliament by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and the Chief of the Air Staff (CAF), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar was uncalled for.

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He said it was a sad development since all arms of government are supposed to work in unison for the development of the country and the benefit of Nigerians.

He said: “Let me first of all commend Mr President for the commitment he has shown in trying to stem the spate of insecurity in the country. Mr President has to have people he would delegate those powers to as the Commander-in-Chief as dictated by our constitution.

“Mr President has delegated those powers to the Service Chiefs, so we decided to call this meeting, as representatives of the people. Let me commend the Inspector General of Police for being here personally. Let me also commend the DG DSS and the CG Nigerian immigration for being here.

“Let me say, as a House, as an institution, I cannot understate my disappointment or our disappointment that the rest of the Service Chiefs are not here.

“Again, like I said, we called this meeting because it was inevitable. It was important. You can see members from Borno State here. There is a crisis in Borno State right now.

“We wanted to hear from the Service Chiefs to know what was going on, how the House can help and what the problems are as well as what are the challenges; to talk about strategy, to talk about what we need to do.

“I’m sure you really didn’t expect the House to fold its arms while people in Maiduguri and other parts are being killed. There’s a migration now from local governments in Borno State to Maiduguri.

“Here we are, we call the Armed Forces coordinated by the CDS, who’s not here, with Service Chiefs being represented. I’m actually at a loss.

“For me, I believe my colleagues are in tandem with this. In the absence of the Service Chiefs, the CDS, the COAS, the CNS and the CAS are not represented as far as we’re concerned.

“I’m sorry, when I said not represented, as far as I’m concerned, the heads are not here, the Service Chiefs are not here. I know one or two of these Service Chiefs were somewhere yesterday night. I am aware of that.

“I can almost say it shows a disdain for this institution. The budget is on its way. Yes, we need to talk about that. What do you need? What is required? I’m almost embarrassed. To tell you the truth. I’m almost embarrassed,” Speaker Gbajabiamila who was angry said.

The Speaker added that “There was no call placed to my office to explain why. I’m just seeing accountants and representatives. So I’m not sure how to handle this, because I don’t think this is happening anywhere in any Parliament that I know of in the world, where the head of parliament will call the Service Chiefs for a nagging problem, how to resolve it and you have what we have here as representations.

“So, I think it’s important that we might need to postpone this meeting to Monday morning. I will personally see the President myself. We’re supposed to work together as a body, but it shows lack of seriousness apart from the disdain on Parliament. It shows that this is not as serious to the level that we believe it is. Unfortunately, this meeting can no longer hold.”

In his terse remarks, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase described the incidence as an insult to his person and the institution of the legislature.

“In strong terms, I condemn those who have deemed it fit not to be here. As far as I’m concerned, as a Chairman of Committee, I never attended to any agency, in the absence of the chief executives and the accounting officers, and I know that these Service Chiefs are the accounting officers in their various agencies. It is our practice, tradition, and I am insulted.”

After the remarks, the Speaker postponed the meeting to Monday morning.

Present at the session were some principal officers of the House and chairmen of relevant security committees.

 

El-Rufai Faults Dogara’s Pay Disclosure

El-Rufai Faults Dogara's Pay DisclosureIt appears the war of words between the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, is not about to end any time soon.

Governor El-Rufai has fired back at Honourable Dogara over the National Assembly budget controversy, alleging that he does not share Kaduna State money as the National Assembly handles public funds.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday criticised the Governor for challenging them to make their budget public, saying that what Governor El-Rufai declared was not his security votes, but Kaduna State Security Budget.

The lawmakers similarly made public, Honourable Dogara’s payslips from October 2016 to March 2017.

Governor El-Rufai, however, in a statement on Thursday explained that he does not have security votes, outside the published security budget of the state.

He also faulted the payslips released by Dogara, saying “the figures in the pay slips presented for the Honourable Speaker are in stark contrast to the declaration by the economist, regarding the earnings of NASS members. One of the claims cannot be right”.

Advancing Democratic Discourse

“The House of Representatives has responded with predictable tetchiness to a simple and clear demand that details of the National Assembly budget be made public.

“It is inconceivable that an important institution, vested by the Constitution with representation, lawmaking and oversight powers, has for at least seven years ignored the imperative to set an example of transparency, despite being severally urged to do so.

“Despite the rush to personal attacks on a matter of public policy, we cannot allow the enthronement of the republic of distraction. It is important that everyone who is interested in protecting and advancing democratic discourse should stay focused on the issue.

“It is strange that persons entrusted with high office will justify their abdication of the responsibility to be transparent in such cavalier fashion. We don’t believe that most of our esteemed legislators will construe a demand for transparency as aimed at undermining the National Assembly,” he added.

Buhari Meets With Saraki, Dogara

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Courtesy: Femi Adesina

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has held a closed door meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly at the Presidential Villa.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were at the President’s office for about 40 minutes.

Dr. Saraki who was first to speak to journalists after the meeting, said it was a normal consultation designed to brief the President on some of the issues that happened in his absence.

He said that the National Assembly is happy to have the President back in office, doing his work very well, adding that all issues pending such as the budget will be given expeditious passage.

Meanwhile, Mr Dogara, said that they will ensure that there is cooperation between the executive and the legislature for the interest of Nigerians.

This is their first meeting with the President since he returned to the country, after a 49-day vacation in the United Kingdom.

The President on Monday resumed duties at his office and sent a letter of resumption to the National Assembly and House of Representatives.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, revealed in a statement that: “In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President has formally transmitted letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives, intimating the National Assembly of his resumption.

“I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, March 13, 2017, after my vacation.”

Dogara Receives President Buhari’s Resumption Letter

Dogara Receives President Buhari's Resumption LetterThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has received a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari informing the NASS of his official resumption.

The letter was handed over to the Speaker on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters for the House of Representatives, Honourable Kawu Sumaila.

Honourable Dogara said the letter would be read to the House in plenary on Tuesday.

President Buhari is writing to the lawmakers, following his return to Nigeria on March 10 after 49 days of medical vacation.

Buhari received by his wife, Aisha Buhari and well wishers

The President, who arrived at exactly 7.41am at the Air Force Base, Mando in Kaduna State, was well received by friends and family.

He left Nigeria on January 19, 2017 and was initially billed to spend 10 days and resume work on February 6, but later wrote to the National Assembly On February 5 to notify the lawmakers of his desire to extend his leave.

Buhari at his office

Before he left the country, the President had notified the National Assembly of temporarily transferring power to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who has been acting in that capacity since then.

Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa

On his arrival, he thanked Nigerians for their prayers while he was in the UK, saying he is well-rested and has got the best treatment available to be back home and continue with the job of governance.

Buhari smiling

Governor Ortom Urges Indigenes To Be Law-Abiding, Seeks Peace

ortomThe Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has appealed to citizens to go about their businesses with respect for the rule of law and due process.

He gave the advice while speaking in Gboko area of the state at the coronation ceremony of Professor James Ayatse as the 5th Tor Tiv and paramount ruler of Tiv kingdom worldwide.

Ortom also told the paramount ruler to work hand in hand with the people to ensure that peace is restored to the state.

The J.S Tarka stadium in Gboko, was filled to capacity with guests as well as dignitaries such as Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, former Vice President of Nigeria Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, traditional rulers, among others.

The Tor Tiv expressed that his tenure would witness an open door policy.

It is therefore expected that with his new leadership, the Tiv kingdom, should be looking forward to a new era of development.

Governor Shettima Commends NASS Efforts On NEDC Creation

Kashim Shettima, NEDC, NASS, North East, NortheastThe Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima, has commended lawmakers at the National Assembly for their efforts towards the establishment of the North East Development Commission (NEDC).

Governor Shettima gave the praise on Wednesday while he led a delegation from Nigeria’s northeast to the National Assembly in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said he was optimistic that the commission would address the challenges confronting the region, as a result of the insurgency.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, had said the lawmakers were looking to fast track the passage of the bill to set up the NEDC.

The lawmakers, however believe an institutional framework was required to facilitate the coordination of all the support provided towards the reconstruction and development of the region.

Mr Dogara said the House recognised the need for a legal framework that would address the overall development challenges of the northeast.

He pointed out that the existing legal frameworks on refugees, emergency management and boundary disputes resolution had so far not addressed the plight of the people in the region.

Plateau: PDP Reconciles Mantu, Jang As APC Receives Defectors

Ibrahim Mantu, Jonah Jang, PDP, APC, Plateau
Ibrahim Mantu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State seem to be achieving success with efforts to rebuild its structure in the state.

This is because the state’s former governor, Jonah Jang and a former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu have settled their lingering feud and agreed to work together for the good of the party.

The PDP reconciliation committee set up to end the dispute was able to reconcile the duo and their teeming followers during a stakeholders meeting held in Jos, the state capital in north-central Nigeria.

Jonah Jang
Jonah Jang

Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has also received many defectors from other political parties into its fold.

The APC, through its National Chairman, John Oyegun, formally received former governor, Joshua Dariye and some members of the PDP into the ruling party.

APC, Petroleum

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, and other chieftains were also present to receive the new members into the party.

The PDP and APC have been putting their various houses in order and strategising for the forthcoming local government elections in Plateau State.

Political activities are on the increase with the two major political parties engaging in high level politicking towards gaining the confidence and respect of voters in the state.

SERAP Sues Saraki, Dogara ‘Over Failure To Account For 500bn Naira Running Cost’

Bukola-Saraki-and-Yakubu-DogaraThe Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, “over failure to give account of the spending of 500 billion Naira as running cost between 2006 and 2016 and the monthly income and allowances of each Senator and member”.

The suits filed last Friday at the Federal High Court Ikoyi followed two Freedom of Information requests dated November 25, 2016 sent to both Dr Saraki and Mr Dogara.

The group in that request asked the leaders of the National Assembly to “urgently provide information about alleged spending of 500 billion Naira as running cost between 2006 and 2016, and the monthly income and allowances of each Senator and member of the House of Representatives”.

The originating summons, with suit numbers FHC/L/CS/1711/16 and FHC/L/CS/1710/16 respectively, were brought pursuant to section 4(a) of the Freedom of Information Act, and signed by SERAP executive director Adetokunbo Mumuni.

SERAP’s suits against Dr Saraki and Mr Dogara followed disclosure by Abdulmumin Jibrin that Nigerian Senators and House of Representatives members had pocketed N500 billion as ‘running cost’ out of the one trillion Naira provided for in the National Assembly budgets between 2006 and 2016 and by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that each Senator goes home with nothing less than 15 million Naira monthly while each member receives nothing less than 10 million Naira monthly.

SERAP is asking the court to determine the question “Whether by virtue of the provision of section 4(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, the Defendants are under an obligation to provide the Plaintiff with the information requested for”.

The suits read: “By virtue of Section 1(1) of the FOI Act 2011, SERAP is entitled as of right to request for or gain access to information which is in the custody or possession of any public official, agency or institution. Under the FOI, when a person makes a request for information from a public official, institution or agency, the public official, institution or agency to whom the application is under a binding legal obligation to provide the Plaintiff/Applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within seven days after the application is received.

“The information requested for by SERAP relates to information about spending of 500 billion Naira as running cost between 2006 and 2016, and the monthly income and allowances of each Senator and member. The information requested by SERAP does not come within the purview of the types of information exempted from disclosure by the provisions of the FOI Act. The information requested for, apart from not being exempted from disclosure under the FOI Act, bothers on an issue of National interest, public concern, social justice, good governance, transparency and accountability.

“The Defendants will not suffer any injury or prejudice if the information is released to the members of the public. It is in the interest of justice that the information be released. Unless the reliefs sought herein are granted, the Defendants will continue to be in breach of the Freedom of Information Act, and other statutory responsibilities.

“Up till the time of filing this action the Defendants/Respondents have failed, neglected and/or refused to make available the information requested by SERAP. The particulars of facts of the failure, negligence and refusal are contained in the verifying affidavit in support of the application and shall be relied upon at the hearing of this application. The Defendants/Respondents have no reason whatsoever to deny SERAP access to the information sought for.

“It is submitted that Section 4(a) of the FOI Act 2011 is a mandatory and absolute provision which imposes a binding legal duty or obligation on a public official, agency or institution to comply with a request for access to public information or records except where the FOI Act expressly permits an exemption or derogation from the duty to disclose. Nigerian courts have consistently held that the use of mandatory words such as “must” and “shall” in a statute is naturally prima facie imperative and admits of no discretion.

“Obedience to the rule of law by all citizens but more particularly those who publicly took oath of office to protect and preserve the constitution is a desideratum to good governance and respect for the rule of law. In a democratic society, this is meant to be a norm. It is an apostasy for government to ignore the provisions of the law and the necessary rules made to regulate matters”.

The suits are seeking a declaration that the failure and/or refusal of the Respondents to disclose the spending of 500 billion Naira as running cost between 2006 and 2016, and the monthly income and allowances of each Senator and member amounts to a breach of the fundamental principles of transparency and accountability and violates Articles 9, 21 and 22 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

They are also seeking a declaration that by virtue of the provisions of Section 1 (1) and Section 4 (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, the Defendants/Respondents are under a binding legal obligation to provide the Plaintiff/Applicant with up to date information on the spending allowances of each Senator and member including: Details of projects on which the N500 billion running cost between 2006 and 2016 were spent.

SERAP wants an order of mandamus directing and or compelling the Defendants/Respondents to provide the Plaintiff/Applicant with up to date information on the spending of 500 billion Naira as running cost between 2006 and 2016, and the monthly income and allowances of each Senator and member including: Details of projects on which the 500 billion Naira running cost between 2006 and 2016 were spent.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suits.

Budget Padding: Jibrin Plans More Revelations

Abdulmumin-Jibrin-To-Make-more-revelationsThe embattled former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, says he is not done with exposing what he calls ‘systemic corruption’ in the House of Representative.

Mr Jibrin said he would be speaking more on how members committed fraud during investigations in the days ahead.

He made the remarks on Monday at a media conference with journalists and bloggers in Abuja.

It was held to explain some issues regarding his allegations of corruption against principal officers of the House of Representatives.

‘Systemic Blackmail’

He told reporters that in his four years in the National Assembly, he had never seen where a standing Committee of the House on Education inserted 181 projects into the budget.

“On the aspect of individual corruption and issues of corruption, I have given a lot of instances with allegations against the Speaker and some other members of the House of Representatives.

“On the issue of systemic corruption in the next few days, I will be talking in a more indepth manner how investigative hearing and oversight are used to parpetrate corruption in the House.

“Also, you can imagine, isn’t it ridiculous that 360 members, nobody has the internal budget of the house copies. There is nothing that we did not do with Dogara to release the internal budget of the House.

“These are facts. He should come out in light and just say Jibrin is lying.

“I have been saying this thing for eight weeks, he hasn’t come out to talk,” he told reporters.

Mr Jibrin also alleged that lawmakers had kept quiet over the issue because there was ‘systemic blackmail’.

“They have swallowed allowances. So you cannot talk, even though they are unhappy about the situation. The leadership always use that as a blackmail,” he claimed.

According to him, apart from the allegations already contained in his petition to anti-graft agencies, he would be speaking to the public in the days ahead about how some individuals in investigative committees commit corruption with their office.

The lawmaker also explained the reasons for not appearing before the Ethics Committee that recommended his suspension as well as those he indicted in his petitions to the anti-graft agencies.

Mr Jibrin was suspended on September 28 by the House after he failed to appear before the Ethics Committee.

He had demanded that the hearing should be put on live TV, saying that it was the condition that must be met before he would appear.

After his suspension for 180 sitting days and subsequent lockdown of his office, the lawmaker filed a suit against the Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara, claiming that the forwarding of the issue to the Ethics Committee contravened the law, as there was a subsisting suit on the issue.

Reacting to his suspension, Mr Jibrin said that the decision was completely inconsequential‘.

“Whatever product comes out of that process, as far as I am concerned, is completely inconsequential and cannot stand anywhere.

“The matter is in court and it is a matter of litigation,” he told Channels Television.

He had accused Mr Dogara and some other lawmakers of padding the 2016 budget.

Mr Dogara had denied the allegation, but at one point told reporters that padding was not an offence.

Court To Hear Jibrin’s Suit Against Dogara On October 21

Abdulmumuni Jibrin and Yakubu Dogara in Court over suspensionA court in Abuja will on October 21 hear a suit filed by the former chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, against the Speaker of the House, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

Mr Jibrin had filed a suit against Mr Dogara after the House passed a resolution, barring him from being part of 180 sitting days.

He claims that the decision to suspend him contravenes the law, since there was a case in a court on the issue.

The suspension was issued on Wednesday after the lawmaker failed to appear before the House Ethics Committee to defend allegations he made against Dogara and some other principle officers of the House.

Representative Jibrin had accused them of padding the 2016 budget, a claim for which he had submitted some documents he claimed were evidences to four Federal Government’s agencies against the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara and 11 others.

Mr Jibrin was suspended for allegedly breaching the practices and precedents of the House of Representatives.

According to the House presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Representative Yusuf Lasun, Representative Jibrin is also required to tender a formal written apology to the House, before his future resumption of duties.

He is also barred from positions of authority in the House till the end of the 8th assembly.

Completely Inconsequential

The House of Representatives has three sitting days in a week and going by that the lawmaker will be away for 60 weeks.

After the suspension was issued, Mr Jibrin described the decision as ‘completely inconsequential’.

“Whatever product comes out of that process, as far as I am concerned, is completely inconsequential and cannot stand anywhere.

“The matter is in court and it is a matter of litigation,” he told Channels Television.

Jibrin Office, Budget Padding
Office of the lawmaker sealed off after his suspension

Mr Jibrin said he had asked his lawyer to file a suit against the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, for contempt.

“While I wait for the formal correspondent from the House, I have in anticipation instructed my lawyer, Femi Falana, to charge Speaker Dogara for contempt, because he is aware that the matter is in court and he went ahead to table the matter before the House and referred it to the ethics committee.

“Of Cause, predictably, this is what they wanted and as far as I am concerned, it is not an issue,” he stressed.

The House had asked him to apologise, but the lawmaker said he would not apologise.

“I can tell you very clearly. I will never, ever, apologise to anybody in the House of Representatives.

“I did not commit any offense, I didn’t do anything wrong. I have said it repeatedly that in the five years that I have spent in the House of Representatives, I have never abused my office. I have never corruptly enriched myself, so I have no reason to apologise to anybody,” the lawmaker from Kano State said.

A day after the suspension was issued, the House of Representatives began the implementation of the resolution, changing the locks of the lawmaker’s office and sealing it off.

Jibrin’s office within the legislative chambers was on Thursday sealed and the locks changed by officials of the House.

Other officials took an inventory of items found in the office.

 

No Court Papers

Defending the decision of the House, the spokesman for the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, said the lower legislative chamber had not been served with court papers since its resolution to suspend Jibrin.

He said that the House could not be stopped from performing its constitutional duties.

“On this issue of court, I want it to be clear that there is clear separation of powers in this country. We have the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.

“No arm of government is to gag another, and I can assure you, if decisions are taken here and someone is aggrieved, he can run to where actions can be taken.

“But for us, we have done what is within the rules. The constitution empowers us to have our rules, to implement it and this has been implemented.

“If he goes to court tomorrow, we will brief you accordingly, but for now, nothing has happened,” Namdas said.

Dogara, Others Meet APC Leadership Over Bauchi Bailouts

bauchi govMembers of the National Assembly and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State have taken their case against the State Governor, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, to the national leadership of the party.

The delegation, led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, comprised of federal lawmakers; the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and leaders of the APC in Bauchi State, northeast Nigeria.

The delegation had a closed-door meeting with the National Chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun, at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, the Senator representing Bauchi-South, Ali Wakili, said the delegation discussed the non-payment of workers’ salaries, non-utilisation of bailouts from the Federal Government among others.

His counterpart from Bauchi North, Senator Suleiman Nazif, also said that they came to brief the party on the developments in the state.

Be Patient, No Gain Without Pain, Bakare Tells Nigerians

Tunde-BakareThe General Overseer of the Later Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Friday told Nigerians to be patient with the current administration of President muhammadu Buhari, stressing that there is ‘no pain without gain’.

Pastor Bakare made the statement after a meeting with the President that lasted for about an hour.

He entered the Presidential Villa at about 2:45pm local time and went straight to the President’s office for the meeting said to be private.

Will Not Disappoint Nigerians

Addressing reporters, Pastor Bakare said that he was happy that the President was doing well health wise.

In answer to the questions on the performance of the administration, he said that the current administration inherited a lot of rot.

“Pain is part of gain. No without gain. Yes of wastage and all that we have done wrong had finally caught up with us.

“All we are praying for is wisdom for this government to do the right things so that gradually we can begin to come out of the woods.

“It is too quick and too soon to begin to judge. If there is anything I know about the President, he has a good heart and loves this country. He wants this country to run well,” he said, assuring Nigerians that President Buhari will not disappoint them.


Pastor Bakare is an ally of the President and was his running mate in the 2011 presidential election won by Goodluck Jonathan.

Also at the Villa to see the President was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara.

It is the second time the Speaker of the House of Representatives is visiting the Presidential Villa within two weeks.