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House Adjournment: How Tambuwal, Ihedioha, Ogor Played A Fast One On Me – Majority Leader

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Mulikat Adeola-AkandeMajority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, said on Tuesday‎ that it had now dawned on her that the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, his Deputy, Emeka Ihedioha, and Deputy House Leader, Leo Ogor, played a fast one on her over Tambuwal’s defection.

T‎ambuwal had jolted his colleagues last Tuesday by announcing his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress and immediately adjourned the House to December 3.

The motion for adjournment was already moved by Mrs. Akande-Adeola.

The majority leader and indeed members of the PDP, who are in the majority in the green chamber, have since come under severe backlash from the national leadership of the party and the Presidency for not pre-empting Tambuwal’s defection as well as checkmating his lengthy adjournment of the House.

But, speaking in Abuja on Tuesday for the first time, the House leader tried to exonerate herself‎, saying that she had no premonition of the speaker’s defection until he announced it on the floor of the House on October 28.

She added that, it was until he defected that it dawned on her that there was a game going on, which Tambuwal, Ihedioha and Ogor knew about but kept from her.

Akande-Adeola stated, “At that point in the chamber, I didn’t feel anyhow but after he made his statement then I knew that there was something that must have been planned that I was not aware of.

“Because if you know me very well, I am someone; I deal with everyone on equal basis and I have a very open mind. I don’t think it would have been out of place for the speaker to even tell me that leader, I am moving tomorrow. I don’t think that would have been out of place.

“The only thing would have been may be to ask him a few questions and all that. We are colleagues in the House. We represent different constituencies.

“What is good for him may not be good for me. He has his reasons for doing whatever he has done. But I would have expected that I was told no matter what. So, that is just it.‎”

She recalled that before the motion for adjournment was moved, she asked Ihedioha and Ogor if the speculated defection plan of Tambuwal was true since it was not happening, but both officials brushed off her concerns”.

The Majority leader disclosed that a meeting of the leadership had taken place a day to the defection, where the issue of the appropriate date for the adjournment was discussed.

She claimed to have opposed the lengthy adjournment to December 3 because it did not tally with that of the Senate, which was November. 4.

Akande-Adeola added that she even reported to the meeting that December 3 was not realistic because the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, had already briefed her that the red chamber would reconvene on November 4.

However, she said her own opposition to the lengthy adjournment was overruled by the majority of the nine members of the leadership in attendance, including Tambuwal.

She admitted that the meeting eventually agreed to the December 3 date after it was agreed by all that the break would be used for ‎oversight duties and party primaries.

She also clarified that Tambuwal’s defection was not on the agenda for discussion at the meeting neither was mention of it made throughout the session.

“So, after all the reasoning and everything, we agreed that okay, first, members should go and work on their tickets and that the House will adjourn for the first two weeks, let members conclude all the reports in the various committees. And the following two weeks will be for oversight functions towards the budget. That was what we agreed”, she added.

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  1. Emeka Anyanwu

    November 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Mulikat is sounding naive. It is like she failed to know who the Speaker Tambulwa is, not after working with him for so many years. The Speaker is a very selfish man, who has been in the APC from inception. For her to claim innocence after Sen Egba spoke to her smack of truth in what she is saying. This is just a good example of the many faces of a politician. How are we sure she is not defecting too. Lets watch and see the politician in her

  2. japhy

    November 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    @Emeka…are u a member of d pdp?wots ur damn biz if he chooses 2 jump 2 APC?y term him selfish?Is GEJ nt selfish n clueless 4 abandonin his constitutional role of providn security 2 campaignin 4 2015…its high tym we d masses wear our finkn cap n demand 4 quality leadership nt who z in PDP or APC since we r no politician.

  3. pat

    November 5, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    @ japhy… which quality leadership are u looking 4 again other than d one bn provided by GEJ..pple like u are easily decieved by APC lies…what has APC governors achieved in terms of infrastructural development that can be compared to PDP governors in Nigeria..open ur eyes & see clearly…

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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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

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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

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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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