Tambuwal’s Suit Stalled By His Federal Constituency

TambuwalHearing in the suit filed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, seeking to commit the Inspector-General of Police to prison for alleged contempt of court was Thursday, stalled by the people of Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State who filed an application for stay of proceedings.

The Speaker had filed the suit at a Federal High Court following alleged attempts to declare his seat vacant and the withdrawal of his security details following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, the party on whose platform he was elected as the Speaker of the House.

The proceedings was, however, stalled after the Speaker’s constituent, through their lawyers, informed the court that they had filed two separate applications for stay of proceedings in the suit.

Their applications for stay of proceedings were hinged on the notices of appeal filed against the ruling of the court which on Monday disallowed them to be joined as defendants in the suit.

Tambuwal’s lawyer, however, asked the court to adjourn the matter to enable him respond to the applications for stay of proceedings filed by the parties seeking to be joined.

Lawyers to defendants opposed the application for adjournment.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the case to December 9 for hearing of applications seeking leave to appeal, stay of proceedings and the one seeking an order compelling the Inspector-General of Police to appear in court.

Tambuwal Receives APC Presidential Nomination Form

TambuwalThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, has received the All Progressives Congress’ Presidential Nomination Form bought for him by some of his colleagues in the House.

After he received the form, Tambuwal told reporters that he was still consulting and would let Nigerians know if he would run for presidency in the 2015 general elections.

He thanked his colleagues and explained that the purchase of the form was as a result of his performance as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“I must say that this is almost akin to what happened in 2011. After our general elections and I returned to Abuja after the elections, my colleagues in the House and some some Nigerians after the consideration for us to have a stable, focused and progressive House of Representatives decided that i should come and serve as the Speaker. To God be the glory that with every sense of humility, we have done fairly well so far.

“What you have identified as a trait of leadership in me is coming from the way we have been able to manage the House of Representatives,” Tambuwal said.

“I have accepted to collect this nomination form and go and conclude my consultations and come back to Nigerians soonest on what should be my final position on this matter”.

Honourable Tambuwal defected to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic on October 28 citing political developments in his state. After the statement, there were rumours that he had interest in the governorship seat of his state.

Spokesman for the Speaker, Mallam Imam Imam, on Thursday confirmed the purchase of the nomination form in a text message to Channels Television.

“Earlier today, some friends and political associates of the speaker notified him that they have bought the forms for him,” he said.

NNPC Not Seeking $1.5Bn Loan, Petroleum Minister Debunks Reports

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Allison-Madueke on Monday denied reports that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) planned to take a loan of $1.5 billion.

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezini Allison-Madueke

The Minister made the denial when she appeared before the House Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream and Downstream), Aids, Loans and Debt Management and Justice of the House of Representatives probing the proposed loan.

Mrs Allison-Madueke and the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Andrew Yakubu in separate statements before the House Joint Committee claimed that the money in question was not a loan but a forward sales agreement between the Corporation and its trading partners in lieu of the Corporation’s indebtedness to them.

Some of the lawmakers present, however, did not accept the position put forward by the minister, insisting that the explanation given by the executive showed that it was indeed a loan.

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal said the proposed loan was not reflected in the 2013 budget that was presented to the National Assembly and that it was omitted from the Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

Mr. Tambuwal made the statement while declaring open the public hearing on the said loan by the House Joint Committee.

He added: “The public hearing was in line with the resolve of the Seventh House to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians and also ensure the entrenchment of a policy that the citizenry could be proud of.”

While encouraging the Joint Investigative Committee to do a thorough work on the matter, the Speaker, who was represented by the Chief Whip of the House, Ishiaka Bawa, expressed optimism that the findings and recommendations of the panel would influence the direction and decisions of the House.

 

Reps threaten to withhold fund from undemocratic Local council administrators

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal on Wednesday cautioned the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha and other state governors on their handling of the country’s local government system.

The speaker warned that the National Assembly will move to discourage illegal local government councils by stopping their funding.

Mr Tambuwal sounded this warning against the background of the recent incidence in Imo State.

The Imo State governor had in August sacked the 27 reinstated Local government chairmen from office summarily dissolving the third-tier administration in Imo State and replacing the chairmen with Directors of Administration and General Services (DAGS).

The Speaker while in a meeting with the leaders and members of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALCON) at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, said most of the states in the country have been paying lip service to the section of the constitution that guarantee the autonomy of the Local government council.

“What we are thinking of doing in the House of Representatives and I’m sure, by and large the National Assembly is to tie that particular provision with the release of funds to undemocratically installed caretaker committee,” the speaker said.

“I will use this medium to call on the governor of Imo State to please respect the rule of law. If it is about might and power, I’m sure he is not the strongest personality, in terms of physique, that is in Imo state. But God in His infinite wisdom has made him to be the governor of Imo State, through an electoral process put in place by law. He should therefore also respect the law and do the right thing.

“What is happening there in Imo State is actually unacceptable and please; I am pleading; I am joining other Nigerians to plead with him to respect the laws of the land and do the right thing,” Mr Tambuwal said.

The National President of ALGON, Nwabueze Okafor, had appealed to the lawmakers to save the local government so that it can work for the country.

“The time has come for us to decide whether we want the Local government system to operate or whether we want to remove it entirely,” he said.

Mr Okafor said the ready vehicle through which the government can convey the dividend of democracy to all Nigerians is the local government councils. He therefore pleaded with the National Assembly to intervene in saving the councils from the powers of the state governors.

Oil Subsidy Report will survive intimidation and blackmail-Tambuwal

The Speaker, House of Representative, Honorable  Aminu Tambuwal has said that no amount of blackmail or intimidation would prevent the House from going ahead with the Oil Subsidy Report.

The Speaker who announced this while declaring open the Delta State House of Assembly Public Lecture to mark its first anniversary in Asaba, the Delta state capital, said those found wanting would be held accountable for their actions.

He assured Nigerians that irrespective of the present diversionary tactics of some people, the House will stand firm and the report would be implemented.

Honourable Tambuwal noted that it was unfortunate that people would go to any length to make Nigerians lose confidence in the report, but he gave the assurance that the House was irrevocably committed to making sure the report is implemented.

The Speaker used the occasion to call for working synergy between the legislature and executive saying; it was only through that process Nigerians would enjoy dividends of democracy.

He stressed the need for the three arms of government to be mutually complimentary and accord each other the required degree of respect to ensure that the welfare of citizens and their living standard form the nucleus of all policies and programmes.