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APC’s Call For Jonathan’s Impeachment ‘Utter Rubbish’ – Senate

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senate-jonathanThe Senate has dismissed the call by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the National Assembly should begin impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media, Information and Public Affairs, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), said the call was “utter rubbish”.

Mr. Abaribe made the statement after the plenary session which was preceded by an executive session.

The senate spokesperson said during the executive session, the senators discussed matters of urgent national importance.

On the status of the 2014 budget, Mr. Abaribe said that the Conference Committee of the Senate and the House of Representatives met on Tuesday to resolve the matter.

A reliable source later told the News Agency of Nigeria that the committee had agreed on a 77.5 dollars benchmark.

The senate spokesperson had earlier said that when the matter was resolved, the National Assembly would be open to receiving the budget from the president at anytime.

He said that depending on the situation on the ground, the senate could reconvene even if it was on recess.

“The senate has the Rule 1(b) which is part of our rules and it says we have options at all times to regulate our procedure.

“So, depending on the situation on ground, the senate, if need be, will sit even on a Sunday.

“Of course, resolution of the matter also means the country will be in a position to receive the budget from Mr. President, this is what I can confirm”.

He said that the Senate would on Wednesday receive a briefing from the security chiefs in a close session.

“The senate will tomorrow host, in a close session, the leadership of the country’s armed forces for an interaction with regards to the security situation that the country is facing.

“After our interaction, if there’s need or if there’s something that we have to let you (newsmen) know, I will also let you know tomorrow after the interaction with the security chiefs”.

He said that the national assembly would continue to support the armed forces to be sure that the security of every Nigerian was guaranteed.

Reacting to the statement made by the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega that elections might not hold in states under emergency rule, Mr. Abaribe said there was no need for speculations.

“I will not go into the realm of speculations. But I can say that the state of emergency is for every six months and then it will be reviewed.

“I believe that before any election will hold, that six months for a state of emergency would have elapsed and then we will also look at what the position is.

“So I don’t think that it will be right, at this time, to speculate on what is going to come forth in a year’s time because we know and we assume that things must have stabilised by that time”.

He said part of the briefing that the senate would get from the service chiefs would also include knowing what the security situation was in all parts of the country.

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

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According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.

Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.

The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.

Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.

“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.

“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.

 

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.

Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.

Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.

Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.

Also Read: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance

“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”

“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.

He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”

 

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