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The six members of the Rivers state House of Assembly opposed to Governor Rotimi Amaechi said Friday they would be willing to shelve the differences that plunged the state into turmoil for months, and work with Mr. Amaechi if he recognizes their leader, Evans Bipi, as speaker of the state assembly.

The leader of the group, Mr. Bipi, revealed his faction bears no further grudge against the governor beyond Mr. Amaechi’s refusal to recognize him as the “authentic speaker”.

He said regardless of the governor’s recent defection from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, they can still “work together” if their condition was met.

“He can be in his APC while I remain in my PDP,” Mr. Bipi said. “Once he recognises me as Rivers state authentic speaker, all will be well. Once that is done, even the President and his wife will be happy with him, and we can work together in the interest of our state. He must respect constituted authorities.”

Mr. Bipi’s claim to the office of the speaker began in July after his faction of six members, which enjoys the backing of President Goodluck Jonathan and wife, Patience, claimed to have overruled a majority of 27 to remove the elected speaker, Otelemaba Amachree.

Mr. Amachree’s majority faction has since rejected that claim, as has the state governor, Mr. Amaechi, whom they support.

According to the Nigerian Constitution, it is impossible for a group of six to remove a speaker of an Assembly backed by another 26 members. An Assembly needs two-third majority to remove its speaker.

The chaos that followed Mr. Amachree’s purported impeachment engulfed the assembly leading to its shutdown and subsequent takeover by the National Assembly in July 2013.

A federal high court ruled Wednesday quashing the decision of the National Assembly, paving the way for the local assembly to resume normal legislative functions. But the Rivers state government and the National Assembly have appealed the judgment and filed a motion for a stay of the execution of the judgment.

The two factions-lawmakers supporting the governor and those backing Mr. Bipi and, in extension, President Jonathan- were barred from resuming sitting by the police which claimed ignorance of the court’s decision.

But the police said late Friday it had received a copy of the court order, but it is not clear which of the two groups it would allow access to the Assembly complex.

There are speculations Mr. Bipi’s faction is scheming to illegally impeach Mr. Amaechi. Ordinarily, that is impossible given that under our law, an assembly needs two-third majority to impeach a governor or remove its speaker.

Mr. Bipi, representing Ogu/Bolo constituency, denied there were plans to impeach the governor.

He said the faction was ready to shelve past differences and work with the governor if he was recognized as the “elected speaker” of the state assembly.

Mr. Bipi said the recognized speaker, Mr. Amachree, was “duly impeached” and he was in charge as speaker.

“He (Mr. Amachree) was properly impeached on the floor of the House and I’m now in charge,” he said. “And that’s why I have the keys to the House. By Monday or Tuesday, once the police confirms receipt of the court judgment, I will resume my constitutional duties as speaker and I invite Amaechi to work with me.”

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  1. dele popoola

    December 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Very funny…. That Mr Bipi must be a very good comedian.

  2. Sagir Musa Umar

    December 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Only In Nigeria this kind of thoughts can even be mentioned and possible considered.its clear this GEJ blind follows don’t have shame in their conscience.

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This country can only get worse – Cubana Chief priest

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Celebrity barman, Cubana Chiefpriest has disclosed that the current situation in Nigeria can only get worst.

His comment follows the economic state of the country, coupled with corrupt activities of politicians in the country.

 

 

The self-acclaimed celebrity barman shared his thoughts about the ongoing nationwide looting on his Instagram page.

He expressed his concerns over the belief people have in a government who according to him, can not provide basic amenities for its citizens like good roads and proper health care.

Cubana also spoke about the rise in the price of a bag of rice in Nigeria which is ten times over the price for a bag of cement.

The summary of his post is a stirring of hopelessness and uncertainty over a government who allegedly refused to distribute palliatives to its citizens in a time of need. He also hammered on the fact that people should not expect much from a government who refused to give its citizens what is rightfully theirs.

Read the post below:

“So Funny How We Are Expecting Light, Good Roads, Health Care, Security, Education, Development, Empowerment Etc From People That Refused To Give Us Common Noodles To Eat. As Of Today Cement Na 4,000 Rice Na 38,000 We Are Finished, Sometimes I Wonder If God Dey For Real Because How Can God Comfortably Watch These Oppressors Oppress Us. This Country Na Wah !!!! To Me It Can Only Get Worse.”

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So Funny How We Are Expecting Light, Good Roads, Health Care, Security, Education, Development, Empowerment Etc From People That Refused To Give Us Common Noodles 🍝 To Eat. As Of Today Cement Na 4,000 Rice Na 38,000 We Are Finished, Sometimes I Wonder If God Dey For Real Because How Can God Comfortably Watch These Oppressors Oppress Us. This Country🇳🇬 Na Wah !!!! To Me It Can Only Get Worse #CelebrityBarMan💫

 

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Yahoo-Yahoo Responsible For Low Rate Of Cultism: Seyi Awolowo

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Yahoo-Yahoo Responsible For Low Rate Of Cultism: Seyi Awolowo

Seyi Awolowo, former Big Brother Naija housemate has opined that the rate of cultism in Nigeria has reduced, adding that youths are now more focused on making money.

Awolowo, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with GoldMyneTV, stated that youths engaging in online scam are influenced by politicians who indulge in the looting of public funds.

 

During an interview with GoldMyneTV, Seyi was asked if the youths engaging in cyber-crime are influenced by politicians who indulge in the looting of public funds.

Read his words below;

”This thing is long and deep. I don’t stand for the yahoo-yahoo thing. But do you know that yahoo is the reason we don’t have really high amount of cultism?

And this is just my perspective ‘cause when I was in university, I was always harassed by cultists. But then the next thing, there was a flow of yahoo and they all just disappeared.

People that used to slap and want to obtain would now rather give. It is something bad, so overtime we abused it.

Leaders who are supposed to make us see bad in it are doing worse things, stealing more money, and getting away with it. So yahoo boys are like, ‘if he can steal and get away, why can’t I? And I’m not even stealing from Nigeria’.”

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I don’t give people information about me: Kiddwaya

Kiddwaya, former Big Brother Naija housemate has revealed that he doesn’t give people information about him or anyone close to him.

The billionaire’s son, who disclosed this in a series of tweets he sent out on Tuesday, disclosed that he is a very private person.

Taking to his Twitter page, the BBNaija 2020 star called out a particular user identified as @DoodooArmani and other bloggers.

Explaining further, Kidd said if there was anything about him that fans needed to know, they would hear it directly from his Twitter and Instagram pages. In his words:

“I’m actually a very private person and I don’t give people information about me or anyone close to me. If there’s any new information you will hear it directly from my Twitter or Instagram, not from @DoodooArmani or any other bloggers. Good morning and I love you all.”

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