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House Speakership: New Members-elect Kick Against Ranking Criteria, Seek Rules Change

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House of RepsAs the scramble for which zone gets the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives, a first time member-elect to the green chamber, Hon. Muhammad Kazaure, has vowed to resist the tradition that makes only “ranking members” eligible to aspire to any position in the National Assembly.

He argued that the federal constitution supersedes the house tradition.

The rep member-elect added that he enjoys the backing of all new members on this move.

Hon Kazaure, who is to represent, Kazuare/Roni/Gwiwa and Yan Kwashi federal constituency of Jigawa State when the 8th legislative assembly would be inaugurated in June, said the tradition should be jettisoned because it does not supersede the provision of the constitution.

Ranking members in Nigeria’s legislative parlance are lawmakers who have served at least two terms.

But Kazaure, who spoke with journalists on Sunday in Abuja, stated that with the population of new members in the house at 302 and returning members at 58, they cannot be ignored.

He added that the “ranking member” rule was a contraption of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which should no longer be adhered to under the APC administration.

The APC House of Representatives member-elect, who defeated Hon. Basir Adamu, who has been in the green chamber since 1999 on the platform of PDP, however maintained that the new members will abide by the position of their party on the matter.

He said “the rule is not supreme to the constitution. It is not written in the constitution, if it is then we can go back and surrender but if the constitution is supreme to the rule then we as new members are eligible to contest.

“It is a rule in the house made by PDP majority. Now APC is majority in the house. So since APC is majority in the house and we promise change and since this is the rule instilled by PDP in order to dictate the rule of the nation, we demand for the rule to be changed.

“And as they say you cannot tore with that rule until after election of the speaker so now they are forcing us that definitely only ranking members can be speaker. If they force us to do that, we are united, the moment we enter the house we will amend the rules and impeach the speaker to bring another speaker among us since we have the majority. And I am sure this is what will happen”.

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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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.

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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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