Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yusuf Lasun may resign his position following alleged pressure from his State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, with the hope that the action would bring peace back to the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
The possibility was believed to have been discussed at a closed-door meeting of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and Lasun at the APC national secretariat, yesterday.
Dogara and Lasun Yusuf had won the House leadership election upon the inauguration of the 8th National Assembly despite the endorsement of the candidacy of Hon. Femi Gabajabiamila and Hon. Mohammed Mongunu for the positions following a party mock election. The two party favourites also tried to get placement in principal offices of the House; they have also failed in this. The development has affected the smooth running of the House which has been forced to adjourn twice. To ensure the drama that has so far been witnessed in House proceedings does not remain when the lawmakers resume on July 28 to conclude the leadership elections, the party leadership has moved to settle the scores.
Efforts to have Dogara relinquish his seat by different interest groups have yielded no fruit. Attention was said to have, therefore, been shifted to Lasun, which made the APC leadership involve his state governor to prevail on him.
If Lasun resigns, it will be as a show of loyalty to the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who had apparently been perturbed by the emergence of Doagra and Lasun against Gbajabiamila and Monguno who were “his candidates”.
Following the meeting, Aregbesola, Dogara and Lasun declined comments.
The national chairman who spoke later said the leadership of the House was summoned to the secretariat as part of the ongoing efforts to restore peace before the resumption of the national assembly on Tuesday.
According to him, the party summoned the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Deputy Speaker and other APC governors from the South-west, but only Aregbesola showed up for the meeting out of the governors.
Asked to confirm whether or not the party has asked Lasun to step down as part of the new peace deal, both Oyegun and the media aide to Lasun, Mr. Wole Oladimeji, denied knowledge of that.
“No, the party has not said such thing, we only called a meeting with the Speaker, his deputy and South-west governors so as to try and sort out the outstanding issues in the House of Representatives. We are still holding consultations and hopefully there will be a breakthrough soon,” Oyegun said.
“It is not true that the deputy speaker is being pressured to resign. Why would he resign? He was duly elected,” Oladimeji said.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
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.”
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.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
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.
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.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
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.
“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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