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Speaker: PDP Reps Vow To “Revolt” Against Imposition Of Candidates By APC

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house-of-reps2The Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives on Tuesday said that its members would resist any attempt to impose a Speaker on the House by any political party.

The caucus noted that the legislature was an independent arm of government, which must be allowed to‎ elect a Speaker for itself as against a candidate imposed by a party.

Deputy House Majority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor, who spoke for the caucus in Abuja yesterday, stated that lawmakers were “concerned” over ongoing moves by the All Progressives Congress to zone the speakership to specific geo-political zones‎ in the country.

He spoke just as a member of the APC, Mr. Nasir Garo, advised his colleagues to remain united and support any decisions the party might take on zoning of political offices.

Ogor warned that‎ the approach of the APC could be “counter-productive” by way of a revolt vote against the choice of the party for the position.

The lawmaker recalled that in 2007, Mr. Dimeji Bankole ultimately became the Speaker after members vehemently opposed Mrs. Patricia Etteh, who was then the choice of the PDP.

He added that in 2011, the current speaker, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, again emerged as a revolt vote against the preferred choice of the PDP to zone the seat to the South-West.

Ogor pointed out that the House had always opposed imposition of candidates because it wanted to decide its case by voting the “best among the best to be the speaker”.

He noted that while the PDP was not disputing the fact of being the minority party in the in-coming 8th Assembly, the members would not allow the APC to impose any candidates on the House.

Ogor cited “Section 50 (B) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended)”, which is very clear on how the Speaker of the Green Chamber should emerge.

“It does not say a political party should decide who will become the Speaker, but that members of the House shall elect from among themselves a Speaker‎.

“So, the Speaker is not a Speaker of the APC, but the Speaker of the House. The methodology of zoning they have adopted will lead to crisis if not carefully handled”.

The national leadership of the APC will hold a crucial meeting today in Abuja to review the party’s performance in the just-concluded general elections and possibly to decide on zoning of important political offices.

The meeting comes on the heels of speculations that the South-West and the North-East have been named as the two zones likely to produce the next Speaker.

But, the PDP caucus insists that while the APC will go on to zone the positions, the House will defend its independence by electing a candidate “who is the choice of the House”.

He added, “No party will decide for us who becomes the Speaker. We will pick our Speaker by ourselves”.

However, Garo, while cautioning his APC colleagues against playing into the hands of the PDP, argued that there was nothing wrong if the APC guided members on the choice of Speaker.

Garo, who hails from Kano State, claimed that the country was still growing politically and could not afford to jettison zoning.

The APC lawmaker added, “For me, Nigeria is not yet politically mature to jettison zoning. It is important that we carry every zone along, especially in the distribution of political offices in the land.

“The issue of zoning is very important and we should maintain it”.

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

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The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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