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Ekweremadu May Go Next – Ndume

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The immediate past Majority Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume has decried the way in which he was relieved of his post, saying it could be anybody next.

Relying on a point of order at plenary on Wednesday, Sen Ndume in a thank you message said that his removal while he went to pray had given him grave concerns.

Recall that the APC Senate Caucus on Tuesday announced the removal of Ali Ndume as the Majority Leader replacing him immediately with Sen Ahmed Lawan.

While reacting to the development, the Senator representing Borno South said that just as he was removed as Leader without being given a chance or confronted with any allegation, anybody including the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu could be next.

Ndume however, said that he had accepted the decision of the Senators stressing that he was no better than any other senator to occupy the position of leader.

“I was not found wanting for anything that I know.

“Because of the unity of this senate that is more important than myself three times I offered to resign and if that will bring peace but I believe that God’s time is the best.

“You are one of those that even warn me here to stop saying that I will resign, but yesterday I was not around change of leadership was announced.

“In fact if the number of those that lost confidence in me is not up to this number and I am made to know I will resign because I did not become a senate leader in other to lose confidence of any of you.

“I am concerned about the loss of confidence because as far as I know I have not done anything.

“But then just like that the Senate caucus has the right to say we have lost confidence in you and I think that should be now that I have said it I think it’s on record that I did not do anything, none to the best of my knowledge.

“If today, just like that without telling somebody and he goes out, If it is Ndume today and it’s ok it may be God forbid Ekweremadu tomorrow,” he said.

He however, stressed that it would have been better if he were confronted with the allegation rather than taking such a decision in his absence.

He added that if as little as 10 of his colleagues had disclosed the loss of confidence, he would have resigned honourably.

He thanked his colleagues for the confidence and the opportunity he had been given over the last year so serve as leader of the Senate.

“When I was nominated as the Senate leader I said one thing at that time and I want to repeat today that as a Senator I am not better than anybody here and I also want to believe that all of us are equal in this senate.

“I thank God for the way and the courage God given me to carry-on with my responsibility for the time one and half years that God said is my time as the senate leader.

“So, I want to thank unanimously especially my colleagues for the confidence you had in me.

“I thank God that throughout my service as the senate leader, most of the times my colleagues casually will say leader we are proud of you,

“This Senate is an institutions that we must protect. How do you protect the institution is to obey the rules and the tradition.

“So, what I am saying is that anytime our colleagues erred in one way or the other we should be given the chance to say look this is what we did and therefore we have lost confidence in you.

“But I thank God since there is nothing and I am grateful for that.

In his response, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu who presided over plenary thanked Ndume for his service as leader.

“You were a member of the House of Representatives leadership at some point, you came to the senate and also held very important committee assignments and then rose to become the senate leader.

“Those are services  we cannot wish away, so we would like to congratulate you for the manner you have accepted the position of things and I will like to assure you that we would all continue to work harmoniously in the best interest of our country.

“I do hope that you continue also to render your services not only to this senate but also our people.

We are conscious of the efforts you made regarding matters concerning the northeast and the role you played in ensuring that the humanitarian crisis there are being addressed.

“So, you will continue to serve at different capacities and we would all continue to work together with you and also believe too that you are going to give maximum support to the new senate leader,” he said.

Ekweremadu thanked Ndume for the position he had taken on the matter.

Also speaking on the matter, Senator Kabir Marafa (APC Zamfara) while also relying on a point of order said that Ndume’s removal followed due process.

He said that his removal was not in breach of the nation’s Constitution or the Standing Rules of the Senate.

“What we did yesterday was in accordance with our rules and there was no breach of the constitution or our standing rules.

“I have spoken several times about the importance of following our rules,” he said.

He added that the Senate or its caucus did not need to consult anyone before deciding to remove the person.

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If Nigeria Doesn’t Restructure, It Will Break Up – Gani Adams

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If Nigeria Doesn’t Restructure, It Will Break up, Says Social Activist Gani Adams

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Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland and leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams has expressed that Nigeria is on a verge of a break up except there is a restructuring of the country.

Speaking to Arise TV on Sunday, Gani Adams stated that there is a need to get to the root cause of the problems that led to the #EndSARS protests by Nigerian youths.

According to Adams, the youths have sacrificed a lot to push positive change in Nigeria.

“After they were attacked by the military on Tuesday, a lot has happened,” Adams continued, explaining that the realisation that Nigeria’s constituent units are too dependent on the federal government for security hit hard, with the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu admitting he was not in charge of the situation.

Also Read: Fani-Kayode Condemns Video Asking Igbo Indigenes To Leave Yorubaland

“If we continue like this, the future of Nigeria is bleak,” he insisted. “That’s why I’ve clamoured for restructuring.”

Taling about the violence in different parts of Lagos in the past few days, Adams accused politicians of sponsoring the burning of the Orile police station in Lagos, stating that hoodlums attack across the state was carefully planned.

He stated that politicians orchestrated the violence so as to have an excuse to impose a 24-hour curfew in Lagos.

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End SARS Protest, A Wake-Up Call To Nigerian Elite: Okorocha

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End SARS Protest, A Wake-Up Call To Nigerian Elite: Okorocha

Rochas Okorocha

Former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has expressed that the #EndSARS protest is not targeted at the police alone but also a wake-up call to Nigerian elites.

He expressed that the protest is also aimed at ending bad governance, poverty, and joblessness in the country.

The former Imo State Governor made this known on Saturday while speaking with journalists in Abuja.

He called on political office holders to sacrifices part of their salaries and allowances to help the youths.

The lawmaker further stated that their lifestyles of politicians provoke Nigerians and it’s time to wake-up to their responsibilities.

Also Read: El-Rufai Imposes 24-hour Curfew On Seven Communities In Kaduna

“What started a few days ago as a peaceful protest escalated into violent one with many souls lost and properties burnt.

“This situation is very unfortunate and highly regrettable one. I want to sympathize with those that have lost their loved ones due to the protests.

“However, I want to say that this is a wake-up call by the youths of this country to the leaders of this nation.

“It is also a proof that we the elite have been selfish in handling the affairs of this country. There has been a track record of unfair leadership for a long time.

“The End SARS protest is not just targeted at police but a disappointment over economic issues in a nation where we have joblessness and poverty for the youths.

“Today, we have millions of out of school children in the country, and this is another time bomb for tomorrow.

“The government and leaders must rise to their responsibilities to ensure that such future occurrences do not happen again.”

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#EndSARS: Enugu Govt Adjusts 24-Hour Curfew

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#EndSARS: Enugu Govt Adjusts 24-Hour Curfew

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi

Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the residents of the State.

Recall that the Governor had declared curfew in Enugu East, Enugu North, and Enugu South Local Government Areas of the state following an outbreak of violence in those areas.

However, following the return of relative calm and hardship being suffered by residents of the affected areas, the Governor adjusted the curfew.

Also Read: #ENDSARS: IGP Talks Tough, Says Enough Is Enough

This was announced in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Chidi Aroh, on Saturday.

“In its place, a 13-hour curfew from 6 pm to 7 am daily, is imposed in Enugu East, Enugu North and Enugu South Local Government Areas, with effect from 6 pm on Sunday, 25th October 2020 until further notice.”

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