Ekiti Assembly Gets New Speaker

Mr Gboyega Aribisogan polled 15 votes to emerge Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly on November 15, 2022.

 

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has elected a new Speaker after the death of the former occupant of the seat, Funminiyi Afuye.

66-year-old Afuye died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital on October 19 after suffering cardiac arrest.

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He was a former Commissioner of the Ekiti State Ministry of Information and a two-time member of the State Assembly. He was inaugurated Speaker of the sixth Assembly on June 6, 2019.

A month after his demise, the parliament held an election to fill the vacuum. After the successful election, which was held on Tuesday, Gboyega Aribisogan emerged as the new Speaker.

Aribisogan, who is the representative of Ikole 1 Constituency in the Assembly and a two-term lawmaker, polled 15 votes to defeat Olubunmi Adelugba of Emure Constituency who polled 10 votes.

Aribisogan was sworn in as Speaker by the Clerk of the House, Tola Esan, following his victory.

Electoral Act: Your Election Can Be Annulled, Gbajabiamila Tells Appointees Yet To Resign

 

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has advised political appointees seeking elective positions to resign, saying their elections might be annulled if they refused to do so. 

He made the call on Thursday while speaking to Channels Television in London on the sidelines of a paper he delivered at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

According to him, Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022, which stipulates that political appointees should resign before seeking political offices in the next election, should be obeyed.

“There was a reason for every law. And that particular provision had a reason behind it,” the lawmaker said. “It had mischief it sought to cure and we all know what that mischief is.”

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‘Serious Risk’

Gbajabiamila is asking political appointees to resign before seeking elective posts in the next polls.

 

While some appointees have followed the provision, he said others “remain obstinate for want of a better word and hide under the cover that there is a court decision that has nullified that provision.

“But then, there is also a court decision that said that nullification by the court should not be executed as of yet. Then, there has also been an appeal by the National Assembly to set it aside.

“So, invariably, it is a personal decision that they have to make. Therefore, the risk they run at the end of it all is if the court does find that the National Assembly was well within its rights to make such a provision that you are contesting an election while still a political appointee, then you are on a very serious risk of having your election bid annulled”.

Sokoto House Of Assembly Speaker Dumps APC For PDP

A file photo of Aminu Muhammad Achida. Facebook/Ammar Muhammad Shagari.

 

Speaker, Sokoto State House of Assembly, Aminu Muhammad Achida, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The speaker presented the letter of his defection to the Assembly during the plenary session on Thursday.

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Also, a member of the state House of Assembly representing Wammako 2 Constituency, Murtala Bello Maigona, has dumped the APC for the PDP.

UK Speaker Warns Of Social Media ‘Abuse’ Risk To Female MPs

This handout picture provided by the Cypriot government’s Press and Information Office (PIO) shows Sir Lindsay Hoyle (R), Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, addressing Special Plenary of Cyprus’ House of Representatives while House Speaker Annita Demetriou (L) looks on, in the capital Nicosia on February 15, 2022.
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Britain’s parliamentary speaker Lindsay Hoyle warned Tuesday that “relentless abuse” on social media targeting female lawmakers was damaging the democratic process and driving women out of politics.

Hoyle said the reason female MPs had quit parliament was not due “to the long hours, time apart from their families, or the need to seek a better work/life balance”.

Instead, it was rather “because of the relentless abuse and threats they received, largely through social media”, said the speaker of the lower House of Commons.

Hoyle made the remarks on a historic visit to Cyprus where he met his counterpart Annita Demetriou, the first woman to be elected speaker of the House of Representatives.

“I hope her election — and her place in history –- will encourage more women to consider becoming parliamentarians,” Hoyle told the Cypriot parliament.

Hoyle recalled how two serving British lawmakers had been killed in recent years; Labour MP Jo Cox who was stabbed and shot by a right-wing extremist in 2016, and Conservative MP David Amess, stabbed to death while meeting constituents in October.

“We must do all we can to stop the hate-speech that can be the catalyst to awful events such as these,” said Hoyle, a former Labour MP.

Just over a third of British MPs are women.

“In the 2019 general election in the UK, 220 women were elected -– the highest ever proportion of female MPs –- but out of an elected body of 650 MPs, that is still not enough,” Hoyle said.

– ‘Unwavering support’ –
Hoyle said his goal was “to make debate both inside and outside the chamber more respectful and tolerant, to set an example to the wider world.”

Earlier this month Hoyle warned MPs that “words have consequences”, and told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that his claims against opposition leader Keir Starmer were “inappropriate” and could “inflame opinions”.

Although a sometimes fractious relationship, European Union member Nicosia and London have looked to upgrade relations post-Brexit.

“We are good and valued friends,” Hoyle said, on the first official trip of a serving UK parliamentary speaker.

British tourists are the main source of visitors for the island’s key tourism industry, while the UK maintains two strategic military bases on Cyprus.

“Our close people-to-people links are underlined by the fact that 300,000 Cypriots live in the United Kingdom, and 50,000 or more Brits have made Cyprus their home,” said Hoyle.

The former colonial ruler is also a guarantor for the island’s sovereignty, as agreed as part of Cyprus’ 1960 independence.

The speaker said the UK maintains “unwavering support” for reunifying the divided island in line with the UN Security Council’s parameters.

Peace talks to reunify the island since a 1974 Turkish invasion split it in two have remained deadlocked since 2017.

Tanzania Speaker Resigns After Feud With President

A photo combination showing Job Ndugai and Samia Suluhu Hassan

 

The speaker of Tanzania’s parliament quit on Thursday after a very public falling out with President Samia Suluhu Hassan, exacerbating divisions within the ruling party.

Job Ndugai, who is no stranger to controversy, had infuriated Hassan last week when he criticised her over what he called Tanzania’s “excessive” foreign borrowing.

Rifts have emerged recently in the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) as the party prepares for new elections, although the ballot is not due to take place until 2025.

Ndugai, 58, said in a statement he had written to the CCM’s secretary-general informing the party of his resignation from the post he has held since November 2015.

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“This is my personal and voluntary decision for the interest of my country, government, and my party CCM,” he said.

Hassan, who took power in March last year, had on Tuesday hinted that she would be carrying out a cabinet reshuffle to expel ministers she suspects of siding with rival politicians in the party for the election.

The speaker’s remarks last week triggered a debate over the country’s debt levels, but many people including Hassan’s supporters in the CCM lashed out at him for criticising the president.

“I did not expect someone who leads a pillar of the state to utter such words,” she said, insisting that the government would continue borrowing for development projects.

‘Begging Bowl’ 

According to figures published by Tanzania’s central bank, the country’s private and public external debt stood at almost $28 billion in November, with government borrowing accounting for more than 70 percent.

Total debt amounted to $36 billion in November, it said, while gross domestic product stood at $64.7 billion at the end of 2020.

“Is there any pride in taking around a begging bowl?” Ndugai asked at a public meeting last week. “We have resorted to borrowing every day. There will come a day when this country will be sold off.”

Ndugai, who was a strong supporter of Hassan’s late predecessor John Magufuli and had also served as deputy speaker from 2010 to 2015, apologised to Hassan on Monday, saying his remarks were misunderstood.

Tundu Lissu of the main opposition Chadema party, whose leader was arrested in July and charged with terrorism offences, described Ndugai as “the most despicable speaker in the 96 years of our parliament”.

“His forced resignation, though, confirms that Tanzania has only one omnipotent & untouchable arm of the State: the President. A new democratic Constitution is an urgent & imperative order of the day!” he said on Twitter.

In June last year, Ndugai was subject to ridicule after he ordered a woman lawmaker who was wearing trousers to leave parliament because of her “strange” attire.

He also angered Chadema in May when he refused, in defiance of Tanzanian law, to expel lawmakers whose membership of the party had been revoked.

Hassan became president of the East African country after the death of Magufuli, who was nicknamed the “Bulldozer” for his authoritarian leadership style and who oversaw a crackdown on dissent during his rule.

She has sought to break with some of Magufuli’s policies, but fears remain about the state of political and media freedoms in the country.

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Gbajabiamila Optimistic About Nigerian-South Korean Parliamentary Friendship Group

Gbajabiamila believes the relationship between Nigeria and South Korea is yielding dividends.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed optimism about the inherent gains in the Nigerian-South Korean Parliamentary Friendship group.

Hon Gbajabiamila’s optimism was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi.

Gbajabiamila, while receiving the South Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Kim Young-Chae, who led the Korean delegation on a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja, noted that the robust existing bilateral relationship between the two countries was an indication of positive parliamentary gains for both countries.

He said: “That you are here today is encouraging and an indication of great things to come from our Parliamentary Friendship group. That was the reason it was established.”

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The Speaker also expressed hope that the group would usher in a new vista of opportunities for growth and development for both countries.

Earlier, Amb. Young-Chae informed the Speaker that South Korea was desirous of improving on its existing economic and technological activities in Nigeria.

He added that an impressive number of Nigerians were working and contributing to the South Korean economy.

The Nigerian-South Korean Parliamentary Friendship group had earlier met to discuss issues of mutual benefits to the parliaments of both countries.

Lawmakers Impeach Plateau House Of Assembly Speaker

Impeached Plateau Speaker Abok Ayuba.

 

The Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Nuhu Abok, has been impeached by eight members of the legislative arm of the government.

The member representing Pengana Constituency, Yakubu Sanda, was named as the new Speaker.

He was removed in the early hours of Thursday by the lawmakers from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who were escorted into the chambers amidst tight security.

The lawmakers also named a new speaker.

 

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Some security agents were stationed around the Assembly complex.

 

Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were, however, prevented from entering the Assembly complex.

The Speaker was impeached amidst tight security.

 

In the meantime, the House of Assembly premises and adjoining roads have been taken over by security personnel. The move is to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

Bandits Attack Zamfara Speaker’s Village, Kidnap Father

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

Bandits have attacked the village of the Zamfara State House of Assembly Speaker Nasiru Magarya, abducting his father.

According to an eyewitness, the gunmen invaded the Magarya community in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state on Thursday and also kidnapped the lawmaker’s stepmother, and four other persons in the community.

The bandits were said to be on motorcycles and started shooting sporadically to scare people away to allow them to carry out their acts.

The spokesperson of the Zamfara State Police Command Superintendent Shehu Mohammed also confirmed the incident, and noted that the command has deployed additional troops to the affected area to ensure the safe return of the victims.

The abductors are yet to contact the families of the kidnapped persons while the lawmaker has not commented on the incident as of the time of filing this report.

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A file photo of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

 

Wednesday’s attack is the latest assault on the northwestern state where banditry and kidnapping have become rampant.

Governor Bello Matawalle has attributed the increased spate of crime in the state to unresolved conflicts between herders and farmers.

The Zamfara leader also blamed the rising rate of kidnapping and banditry on the failure of some states in the region to dialogue with bandits.

#EndSARS: Reps Unveil 30-Day Plan To Tackle Police Brutality

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, speaks during a meeting in Abuja on February 5, 2020.

 

The Speaker House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, has unveiled some of the plans by the House, aimed at tackling police brutality in the country.

In a statement signed personally on Wednesday, Gbajabiamila said over the next 30 days, the House will work with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), civil society and with Nigerians of good conscience to draft new legislation that establishes a system of independent accountability from the Force.

According to him, the new legislation will hold erring members of the Police Force to account for their conduct in the performance of their duties and impose civil and criminal liability for violations of the Police Code.

It will also compel the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to take responsibility for the failures of training and discipline that leads to such violations.

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In the past couple of days, there have been uproars and protests, calling for a scrapping of a subunit of the police force, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), following series of allegations of harassment by officers.

Initially, the cry was for the unit to be reformed but a fresh incident on Saturday, brought to the fore, calls for proper handling and even scrapping of the rogue, high-handed police officials.

According to Gbajabiamila, in his statement on Wednesday, “their actions betray our trust and wreak unquantifiable damage on the already frayed fabric of our society”.

The Speaker, however, admitted that “at the heart of this fundamental failure lies the unavoidable truth that we do not have an independent framework for ensuring that members of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) are appropriately held to account when they fail to adhere to the policies and laws that govern their operations”.

“We have long expected the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to police itself,” he added, noting that it is now abundantly clear that for the benefit of a functioning system of policing in Nigeria, parliament has to step in to introduce an independent, fair and practical approach to ensure that those to whom we grant the authority to act in the name of the state, are held to the highest standards of professional conduct.

Tight Security At Kaduna Assembly Over Alleged Plot To Impeach Speaker

Some security officials at the Kaduna State House of Assembly on June 11, 2020.

 

 

Some policemen and other security operatives have taken over the Kaduna State House of Assembly Complex over an alleged plot to impeach the Speaker, Mr Yusuf Zailani.

This comes barely four months after Zailani was elected as the speaker of the House on February 25.

There have been speculations that some lawmakers who are not happy with the speaker’s style of leadership have perfected plans to impeach him during plenary on Thursday.

In order to forestall any breakdown of law and order, the security agents barricaded all entrances leading in and out of the complex in the Kaduna metropolis.

 

Only the lawmakers and Assembly workers were allowed into the complex, but journalists and other visitors were turned back.

In his reaction, Zailani told Channels Television that those plotting his removal would not succeed.

“Nobody can remove the lion,” the speaker said in a telephone chat on Thursday.

May 27: We Will Stop At Nothing To Give Children Quality Education, Says Gbajabiamila

File photo of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the House will stop at nothing to ensure the provision of quality education to Nigerian children.

He also stated that all efforts would be made to reduce the number of Out-of-school children in the country.

The Speaker was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, ahead of the 2020 Children’s Day Celebration.

“Nigerian children must be given all the necessary care and attention, especially quality education, that they require to attain their goals in life,” the Speaker said.

He also noted that in support of the age-long maxim that children are the leaders of tomorrow, concerted efforts must be done by all well-meaning Nigerians to achieve a better tomorrow for Nigerian children.

While celebrating them, he said he would always champion the cause of the Nigerian child both in Parliament and outside, to ensure that their potentials are carefully harnessed through good education and training.

According to him, the country cannot set aside May 27 every year to celebrate her children without taking decisive action to better their lives.

Consequently, the Speaker said all policies, including legislative framework, must be put in place to give qualitative education to the Nigerian child and ultimately, reduce the number of out-of-school children.

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The Speaker also called on governments at all levels to come up with programmes and policies that would promote the rights of children.

Meanwhile, he called on parents to be responsible and responsive in training and taking good care of their children so that the country would be better for it in future.

New Speaker Emerges In Kaduna Assembly, As Shagali Resigns

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Main Entrance of the Kaduna State House of Assembly.

 

The member representing Igabi constituency in Kaduna State House of Assembly, Honourable Yusuf Zilani has been elected as the new speaker of the Assembly.

His emergence follows the resignation of the former Speaker, Aminu Shagali, representing Sabon-Gari Constituency.

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The new speaker until his emergence was the deputy speaker in the All Progressives Congress (APC) dominated Assembly.

Photo combination of the new Kaduna Speaker, Honourable Yusuf Zilani (Left) and the former Speaker, Aminu Shagali.

 

Zilani was elected by his colleagues during plenary on Tuesday.

Although the former Speaker did not give any reason for his resignation, sources at the Assembly told Channels Television that members of the House have started collecting signatures to impeach him before he eventually bowed to pressure and resigned.