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National Conference Report “Very Much Alive” – Reps

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house-of-reps2The House of Representatives on Sunday denied speculations that the report of the 2014 National Conference would no longer be considered by the National Assembly on the excuse that President Muhammadu Buhari is against implementing any of its recommendations.
The majority All Progressives Congress and minority party caucuses in the House led by the Peoples Democratic Party, also stated that the issue was in the realm of speculation until President Buhari writes the House to inform it of his position on the 2014 confab report.
The national conference was initiated by former President Goodluck Jonathan in the build up to the 2015 general election.
The conference had no no-go areas with the exception of the continued existence of Nigeria, hence it touched on many areas including electoral reforms, devolution of powers, security, economic reforms and governance structure.
The former president had received the report of the conference just in time before the March 28 presidential poll and forwarded it to the National Assembly.
The 7th House of Representatives acknowledged the receipt of the report and referred it to its ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review.
But speculations became rife that Buhari had reportedly dumped the report since his party – the APC and himself, before emerging president, had kicked against the convocation of the national conference.
Reacting to the development on Sunday, House Majority Leader, Femi Gbjabiamila, said the House would not agree that the president was not interested in the report until he writes to the lawmakers to say so.
He explained that until there was an official communication to that effect from the Executive, the House would not take any steps in a hurry.
“The President has not communicated this position to the House.
“However, if and when he does, we will sit with him to understand and if need be, appreciate his reasons.
“Remember, while the legislature is to serve as an independent arm of government, it should also work in tandem with the executive arm as best as possible, wherever and whenever necessary. It should be on the same page as long as such is for the greater good of Nigeria and Nigerians”, Gbajabiamila said.
House Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, also said that the “report remains very much alive”.
Ogor argued that assuming it was true Buhari was against the report, his position would still not stop the National Assembly from performing its duties.
The minority leader noted that any aspect of the report could be thrown up in the form of a bill “by any member” and be passed, using the constitutionally-recognised procedure for passing bills.
However, Ogor said up to “90 per cent” of the same issues raised in the report were similar to the amendments the National Assembly made to the 1999 Constitution last year.
“But, having said that, the report is not dead. You may say the bulky report will not be taken by the House, but if there are issues in some aspects that are brought up, they will be passed.
“For example, if the people still want to talk about state police and other issues, they can still be looked into by the House. So, the report is not dead yet”, Ogor declared.

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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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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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