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Niger Assembly crisis: My impeachment illegal, says ex-Speaker

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Adamu-UsmanHon. Adamu Usman, who was impeached as Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly by 18 out of 27 members of the House, has said he remains the authentic presiding officer of the state’s legislative chamber.

Following Usman’s impeachment on Tuesday, Isa Kawu of Bida 1 state constituency was elected as the new Speaker.

But the impeached lawmaker insisted that his removal was illegal.

Usman added that he had sought and obtained a court order restraining the lawmakers from proceeding with any impeachment process against him but the lawmakers disregarded the order.

He said, “My removal is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void. The entire process was illegal. I have the order and the order was served; I joined the Police, the Director of State Security Service, I joined the members of the House of Assembly including the Clerk of the House”.

He also said that the action of the lawmakers, who impeached him, was baseless, claiming that they had an interest in removing him.

“There is no allegation that I know of made against me; there is no mention of gross misconduct or any other thing. Usually in our parliamentary proceedings, most of the principal officers are usually impeached against the background of financial misconduct or otherwise. As regards my purported impeachment, they have nothing against me. As a matter of fact, all of them confirmed that I had done nothing wrong.

“Then, I wonder why should they impeach me? For the past three years I have led the House without any drama; even if I have done something wrong, I expect that, as colleagues, they would have reprimanded me but urge me to carry on. Even late last year, a vote of confidence was passed on me by the same honourable members. I feel sad because the same set of people wanted me to be removed. Why would they want to change the House leadership without reasons? I was not in the chamber when they moved the motion for my impeachment”, Usman said.

The lawmaker also denied the allegation that he was working for Governor Aliyu Babangida to the detriment of his colleagues.

“Since I have been the Speaker of the House I have neither been for or against the governor. In any case, the issue of pro-governor should not necessitate the current parliamentary crisis. To me, it’s just semantics. The unfortunate thing is with people’s misconception. In Nigeria, all the state houses of assembly operate as co-partners but most times the legislature is subservient to the executive because the executive controls the funds”, Usman said.

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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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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