NASS Leadership: ‘What Oshiomole Is Breeding Is No Longer Democracy’, Suleiman Hunkuyi

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

 

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the call by the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to install an all-APC leadership in the National Assembly is ‘no longer democracy’.

Hunkuyi who was a guest on Channels TV Sunday Politics urged the party leadership to respect the sanctity of the national assembly by saying that minority members don’t have a say.

“Adams Oshiomole is entitled to his opinion but certainly I think what he is bringing on the table is no longer democracy. It is beyond reason for any National Chairman of a party to go beyond his own takes by thinking he can have the powers to bring on board and install anybody in the name of the leadership of the Senate or the House of Representatives.”

“If you listen to each of the aspirants, either for speakership or Senate president, they are talking of campaigning, cajoling and drawing the attention of their fellow members or senators to elect them into that office, that is civility, democracy and that is what we expect, especially in 2019 today.”

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The lawmaker raised concerns over the actions of the APC in addressing the leadership issue, with respect to other political parties represented in the national assembly.

“I find it very funny, this is not labour democracy, textile house democracy, Oshiomole should understand this is the national assembly; you cannot decide that leadership at all levels, other parties or members don’t have a say.”

“The fact is that from the angle the leadership of the APC has started, they have started on a very wrong footing for themselves, for me as an opposition, I would say kudos.”

 

Kaduna North Senator, Hunkuyi Loses Seat

Kaduna North Senator, Hunkuyi Loses Seat

 

The lawmaker representing Kaduna North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Suleiman Hunkuyi, has lost his seat.

Senator Hunkuyi failed to return to the Senate following his defeat in the elections which held on Saturday last week.

The lawmaker who contested the poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost to Suleiman Abdu Kwari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Senator Hunkuyi polled a total of 181,955 votes while Mr Kwari gathered 411,497 votes.

Similarly, Tajudeen Abbas of the APC defeated his PDP rival, Ahmed Zaria, in the election for Zaria Federal constituency seat in the House of Representatives.

Abbas polled a total of 90,325 votes while Zaria got 37, 282 votes.

Senator Hunkuyi Joins Kaduna Governorship Race

Fire Guts INEC Office In Kaduna

 

The senator representing Kaduna North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Suleiman Hunkuyi, has declared his intention to contest for the governorship seat in Kaduna State.

According to a statement issued by his media office, Hunkuyi made the declaration on Friday during a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) town hall meeting involving 11 local governments in Angwan Wakili, southern Kaduna.

This comes weeks after the senator defected from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to the PDP.

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Kaduna APC Suspends Senator Hunkuyi, Expels 28 Others

Kaduna APC Suspends Senator Hunkuyi, 28 Others

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has suspended the Senator representing Kaduna North senatorial district in the National Assembly.

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi was suspended for six months over alleged anti-party activities while a former interim Chairman of Kaduna South Local Government Area, Yahaya Shinko, and 27 other members were expelled from the APC for allegedly taking the party to court.

The decision was taken on Friday at an expanded meeting of the State Executive Committee attended by the deputy governor of the state, Bala Bantex, and members of the State House of Assembly among other stakeholders.

The Acting APC State Secretary, Baba Pate, briefed reporters on the outcomes of the meeting which held at the party’s secretariat in Kaduna.

He alleged that Senator Hunkuyi and the affected members have created a parallel party secretariat with the intention to factionalise the party, an action which he said amounts to anti-party activities.

Pate also warned that the party would no longer tolerate acts of indiscipline or insubordination from the members; hence the decision was taken against them in line with the APC constitution.

Reacting to his suspension, Senator Hunkuyi, through his spokesman, Yahaya Shinko, described the action as laughable and of no consequence.

He insisted that his faction is authentic and the only state party organ that is recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC national leadership.

According to him, there is no way he could have been suspended by the “so-called” state party leadership, without giving him a fair hearing about his offence.

The suspension of the lawmaker brings the number of APC suspended senators in the state to two, following the suspension of the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, indefinitely in 2016 for the same offence.

Tinubu Asks Labour To Suspend Strike

tinubuThe national leader of the ruling party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is asking Nigerian workers protesting against the recent increase in the price of petrol to suspend the strike in the overall interest of the nation.

Senator Bola Tinubu made the appeal in Abuja on Friday at‎ a meeting with officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

He told the union that the increasing impoverishment of Nigerians necessitated the increase in the pump price of petrol.

Dialogue With Two Groups

The APC leader further appealed to the officials of the NLC, leading the protest, to return to the negotiating table with the government in order to resolve the issue.

The call for the suspension of the strike was also supported by the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola and the Senator representing Kaduna North in the National Assembly, Suleiman Hunkuyi.

Without making any commitment, the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba,  criticised the approach of the government to the situation, saying the “government is insincere in its dialogue with two groups over the pump price increase of petrol”.

It is three days now that the leadership of the NLC pulled workers into the streets to protest against the recent increase in the price of petrol.

The Federal Government had on May 11 increased the price of Premium Motor Spirit, also referred to as petrol, from 86 Naira, 50 kobo to 145 Naira.

After the increase was announced by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the labour union said it would resist the increase, describing it as ‘insensitive’.

The government said its decision to increase petrol price would end the worst petrol scarcity that the oil-rich nation had experienced in over a decade.

Dr. Kachikwu said the increase would further lighten the difficulty in getting foreign exchange needed for importation of petrol at a period the nation’s refineries were producing below capacity.

Despite these reasons, the NLC insisted that the government should revert to the old price.

After two days of negotiations, the NLC embarked on strike, but the division in the union’s leadership has made light the impact of the strike.

El-Rufai, Others Receive Certificates Of Return In Kaduna

el-rufaiThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kaduna State north west Nigeria, has presented certificates of return to winners in the 2015 elections in the state.

Among those who received the certificates at the INEC headquarters in the state capital, were the state Governor-elect, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, his Deputy, Mr Bala Bantex as well as National and State Assembly members-elect.

In an interview with journalists after receiving his certificate, El-Rufai thanked the people of Kaduna State for voting massively for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the elections.

He also assured that his government would hit the ground running immediately after their swearing in on May 29.

The Governor-elect further explained that his administration would complete all ongoing projects initiated by the outgoing PDP government which has positive impact on the people of the state, while those of less importance would be reviewed.

The former FCT minister also vowed to prosecute without exemption anyone involved in electoral violence during the just-concluded polls, in order to serve as deterrent to others and also to reinforce his government’s commitment to the rule of law.

Some of the elected national and state assembly members, Senator-elect, Suleiman Hunkuyi, and House of Rep Member-elect, Mohammed Soba, also assured of vibrant representation of their constituencies for the overall development of the state.

The presentation was sequel to El-Rufai’s victory over the incumbent Governor, Mukhtar Yero of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 11 election.

In attendance at the event were traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society organisations, members of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security, local and international observers, political parties, and the media.

APC Wins Two Senatorial Seats In Kaduna

APcA Human rights activist, Mr Shehu Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of the Kaduna Central Senatorial Seat in Kaduna state.

Shehu Sani polled 468, 964 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who scored 168,241 votes to emerge the second.

Suleiman Hunkuyi also defeated the former Governor of the state, Mohammed Makarfi, to clinch the seat for Kaduna North Central Zone.

The result was announced by the Returning Officer for Kaduna North, Professor Mohammed Yakubu.

Obasanjo’s Exit From PDP Is Plus for APC – El-Rufai Campaign Group

ObasanjoThe campaign council of All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, have described the dumping of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, as a boost to the fortunes of the opposition party in the rescheduled March 28 and April 11 elections in the country.

Addressing journalists at the APC secretariat in Kaduna, Chairman of the campaign council, Mr Suleiman Hunkuyi, noted that whatever reasons that made the former president to dump the ruling party, on which he rode to power for eight years, should be a source of concern to Nigerians.

He noted that if Obasanjo, a highly respected figure in Nigeria and across the globe, should dump his party, it is a plus for the APC.

The campaign council also said that it would soon embark on a statewide campaign to sensitize the people to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) ahead of the rescheduled elections.

Though, Kaduna is among the states with the highest PVC collection rate so far, Hunkuyi noted that the council would not rest on its oars until those who are yet to pick up the PVCs do so.

On some inciting advertorials against the APC in Kaduna State, Hunkuyi, who served as Commissioner for Finance under the PDP government, called on politicians to dwell on issues and not frivolities.

He also expressed concern over the attacks on APC members and supporters in the state, adding that the party had started compiling some of the cases and would soon petition the Inspector-General of Police on the matter.