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Defection: PDP Runs To Court To Stop APC From Changing House Leeadership



Aminu-Tambuwal-IhediohaThreatened by its gradual loss of control of the National Assembly, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, approached an Abuja Federal High Court urging it to restrain the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal and 52 other lawmakers from altering or changing the leadership of the House.

In an affidavit in support of the suit, PDP averred that a ‘rebel’ group of 46 lawmakers, led by the Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, had finalized plans to change the leadership of the House upon resumption from their recess.

The party had argued, “If the House is not restrained by the court and they take any step, it will foist on the court a state of fait accompli. The plaintiff will be prejudiced if this application is refused. Monetary compensation will not atone for the damage that will be done to the plaintiff in place of this interim injunction. It is in the interest of justice to grant this application”.

It, therefore, prayed the court to compel the lawmakers, including those that have decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC, to maintain status-quo, pending the hearing and final determination of the suit.

The ruling party, which is the plaintiff in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/2/2014 raised two questions for the court’s determination and sought for four reliefs.

The party, through its counsel, Mr. Yunus Usman, SAN, is asking the court to determine, whether in view of the mandatory provision of section 68(i) (g) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, and in view of the pendency of a suit between Senator Bello Gwarzo and 78 others against Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and four others before the Federal High Court, Abuja, the defendants, can validly function as members of the House of Reps, contribute to, or, vote on any motion and or debate in the proceedings of the House with a view to removing or sanctions 2nd to 10th defendants or any of the principal officers of the House.

Joined as defendants in the suit are, Deputy Speaker (Emeka Ihedioha), Mulikat Akande-Adeola (the Majority Leader), Leo Ogor (Deputy Majority Leader), Isiaka Bawa (Chief Whip), Ahmed Mutkar (Deputy Chief Whip), Gbajabiamila (Minority Leader), Samsom Osagie (Minority Whip) and Sumaila Kawu (Deputy Minority Leader).

The party equally wants the court to determine whether in view of the mandatory provision of section 68(i) (g) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, and the aforementioned pending suit, the 23rd to 79th defendants can lawfully alter the composition or constitution of the leadership of the 1st defendant.

Consequently, PDP prayed the court to declare that in view of Section 68(1) (g) of the Constitution and the pending case marked FHC/ABJ/CS/621/2013 the defecting lawmakers “cannot lawfully vote and contribute to any motion for the removal or change of any of the principal officers” of the House.

It is also seeking a declaration that the defecting lawmakers, who are plaintiffs in the earlier suit mentioned above, which is pending before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the same court, “Are not competent to sponsor, contribute or vote on any motion calling for the removal or change in the leadership of the House of Reps or the removal of any of the Principal Officers of the House”.

It also prayed for “An order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants particularly 2nd to 52nd defendants, their agents, servants, privies, or through any person or persons however from taking any step or further steps, sitting, starting or doing anything to alter, remove or change the leadership of the House”.

The PDP equally filed an application for interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants from altering the leadership of the House pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Meanwhile, the defected lawmakers are challenging the suit.

In counter affidavits filed by their lawyers, including S. T. Hon, SAN, they argued that PDP was not a human being, and had no voting rights with respect to the enthronement or removal from office of any or all the principal officers of the House of Representatives.

They insisted that going by the exiting practice in the House of Representatives, the political party with majority of members always formed the core leadership of the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

They equally maintained that, before the defection, the PDP had majority membership in the House, hence the election of PDP lawmakers into the leadership positions they are currently occupying.

But they stressed that, with the defection of the 37 lawmakers, the PDP had lost its majority status to the APC hence the party should be allowed to form the core leadership of the House.

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola



You are a worthy successor, Aregbesola tells Oyetola

Aregbesola and Oyetola

Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu



Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu

Mahmood Yakubu

Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.

He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.

In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.

He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.

Also Read: Senate Committee Screens Yakubu For INEC Chair Today

“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.

“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’

“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo



Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

Also Read: BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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