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Ijaw Youths Condemn Bayelsa Assembly For Failing To Swear-In Opposition Lawmakers

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Bayelsa-Assembly-SpeakerIjaw youths have called on the Bayelsa State House of Assembly to swear-in three opposition lawmakers, who won judgment at the Court of Appeal, without further ado. Alfred Belemote (APGA, Brass 2), ‎Gabriel Ogbara (ADC, Ogbia 2) and Gibson Munalayefa (LP, Ogbia 2) were denied admission to the House two months after securing victory at the appellate court.

The Ijaw Youths Council, IYC, which made the call on Wednesday at a press briefing addressed by its President, Comrade Udengs Eradiri, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, condemned the exclusion of the three lawmakers, despite receiving their certificates of return from INEC.

According to the IYC, the continued exclusion of Messrs Belemote, Ogbara and Munalayefa from the activities of the State House of Assembly was unfair and an injustice to the constituents they represent.
“The non-swearing in of the three honourable members who are Ijaw people and Bayelsa people have become a matter of concern and I call on the leadership of Bayelsa House of Assembly to swear them as a matter of justice.

“Information at our disposal indicates that they already have their certificates of return. It is injustice to them and their constituents because issues concerning their constituencies are not discussed at the Bayelsa House of Assembly.

“That alone negates the oath of office of the speaker, who took an oath to protect the rights and interests of our people; and when you trample upon the rights of the people it is unacceptable.

“We urge the speaker of Bayelsa Assembly to do what is right and swear them in. We have received complaints from the constituents who are Ijaw people; there cannot be injustice orchestrated by Ijaw people against Ijaw people”, Mr. Eradiri said.

Speaker of the Assembly, Kombowei Benson, declined comments on his alleged refusal to swear in the lawmakers-elect while the Commissioner of Information, Jonathan Obueibite, distanced Governor Seriake Dickson from the controversy, saying the governor never meddled in the affairs of the legislature.

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

Governor Ganduje

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

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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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