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APC’s Directive To NASS Members To Block Executive Bills In Order – Fashola

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FROM LEFT: DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, MRS ADEJOKE ORELOPE-ADEFULIRE; GOV. BABATUNDE FASHOLA AND COMMISSIONER FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MR AYO MABADEJE, AT A BRIEFING ON PUBLIC SECURITY SYSTEM DEMONSTRATION IN LAGOS

FROM LEFT: DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE, MRS ADEJOKE ORELOPE-ADEFULIRE; GOV. BABATUNDE FASHOLA AND COMMISSIONER FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MR AYO MABADEJE, AT A BRIEFING ON PUBLIC SECURITY SYSTEM DEMONSTRATION IN LAGOS

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Monday said the directive by the All Progressives Congress, APC, directing its lawmakers to block executive bills was good for democracy.

The governor spoke with journalists after inaugurating the Ejigbo-Ajao Estate Link Bridges in Lagos.

He said that the planned blockage was nothing more than the use of legislative weapon to achieve some democratic gains.

According to Mr. Fashola, the planned blockage of executive bills is aimed at promoting the ideals of democracy and is only being misinterpreted by critics.

The governor said that the lawmakers had the constitutional right to use blockage of bills for developmental purposes in line with the democratic essential of check and balances.

He noted that there was nothing abnormal about the plan as every arm of government had the right to act as a check on the other.

“In the process of that check, institutionally, the legislature has found as a legitimate weapon, the withdrawal of cooperation from the executive, to bring the executive back on the negotiation table.

“Nobody can claim ownership of Nigeria, so when everything else fails, legislators can resort to the withdrawal of cooperation to achieve some democratic gains.

“Even, when the PDP had full legislative majority, the parliament employed the same weapon. We have examples in the delay of the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill by the party for three years now, and no one seems to know why.

“The same party in the majority returned the budget, and you know how the budget came back to the National Assembly. These are clear examples of withdrawal of legislative cooperation.

“In all these cases, we did not hear the PDP saying that democracy was going to be truncated.

“Then, how can the same weapon be seen now as an attempt to truncate democracy?” Mr. Fashola asked. (NAN)

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

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Umahi Sacks Tertiary Institution’s Boards Headed By Ex-Minister, Ambassador

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, on Tuesday sacked sixteen Technical Assistants.

The development was disclosed in a statement released by Umahi through the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala.

He also announced the dissolution of governing boards of the state’s two tertiary education institutions.

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

The boards dissolved are the Ebonyi State University Governing Council and the Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo Governing Boards.

The two boards are headed by Ambassador Franklin Ogbuewu and a former Minister of State for Health, Fidelis Nwankwo.

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

Also Read: Saraki Reacts To Kidnap, Killing Of Worshippers In Zamfara Mosque

This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

Also Read: APC Governors’ Visit To Jonathan Is An Endorsement Of Our Party – PDP

He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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