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Senate Probes DSS Invasion Of Ekiti Assembly




The Senate has intervened in the alleged invasion of Ekiti State House of Assembly by armed operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS.

Subsequently, the upper legislative chamber Wednesday referred the matter to its Committee on National Security for investigation. The committee has two weeks to report its findings.

“This matter is a very serious matter. Before the Senate jumps into conclusion, an investigation should be carried out”, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said.

Saraki said he would not believe the invasion of an Assembly was possible in a democracy.

The resolution to investigate the matter was sequel to a motion sponsored by by Biodun Olujimi (PDP-Ekiti State), who expressed fear “Nigeria is degenerating to a Gestapo era”.

Mrs. Olujimi said, “On Friday 4, 2016, the hallowed Chambers of the Ekiti State House of Assembly was invaded by armed men of the DSS”.

She said the whereabouts of the three lawmakers “abducted” by SSS operatives were still unknown.

“This action is not only unconstitutional, illegal, and unlawful but also a plot to harass the people and government of Ekiti”, she said. “Embarking on political vendetta and muzzling of opposition is dangerous to the survival of democracy in the country”.

The senator pleaded with the Senate to act fast to prevent a situation that would warrant “invoking that extreme clause to declare of state of emergency in Ekiti State”.

Contributing to the debate, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, condemned the development in Ekiti.

“This Motion is coming at a time when we should clearly stand by the truth”, Mr. Ndume said.

He said there are there arms of government in democracy with their rights and privileges clearly defined in the Nigerian Constitution.

The Senate leader, however, said “what goes around comes around”, a remark that suggests the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which controlled power at the centre for 16-years before its defeat at the 2015 general elections, was only reaping the acts of impunity it sowed in the past.

He said what happened in Ekiti was not right but “happened to the right people”.

In the same vein, the deputy leader, Bala Na’allah said, “If you dodge away from your responsibilities, the consequences will haunt you”, in veiled reference to the PDP.

According to Na’allah, DSS officials were used as “mercenaries” in the 2015 election by the previous PDP-controlled Federal Government.


Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu



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



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



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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