Zamfara: PDP congratulates Matawalle, others, assures of good governance 

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described its victory in Zamfara State as the triumph of the will of the people over manipulative forces.
Reacting to the Supreme Court judgement which sacked all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that won the governorship, National and state assemblies in the state, the party says the victory is a clear pointer to the fact that no matter how long manipulations and anti-democratic tendencies appear to thrive, justice and the will of the people always prevail at the end of the day.
On Friday, the apex court sacked all the APC candidates that won the elections on the grounds that there was no primary elections in the state. It therefore ordered that the runners-up be sworn in if they fulfil the constitutional requirement of getting one quarter of the total votes cast in at least two-third of the local government areas of the state.
On Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the PDP winner of all the three senatorial seats, seven House of Representatives positions and 23 out of the 24 House of Assembly seats.
Reacting to the development on Saturday, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, congratulated all its candidates in the state.
It assures the people of Zamfara State of a purposeful, people-based and result-oriented leadership that will unite and revitalize the state for the greater good, in line with the wishes and aspiration of the people.
While urging the people of Zamfara State to resist all forces of division and unite behind their new leaders to move the state forward, the party said Zamfara is blessed with abundant human and natural resources adding that the in-coming administration will direct all energies towards harnessing such resources for the wellbeing of all the … Read More...

Why Reps must pass South East Development Commission Bill, now! 

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For the even development of Nigeria, particularly in the hitherto civil war ravaged South-East zone of the country, there is need for the House of Representatives to pass the South East Development Commission Bill.

The long title of the bill is: ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the South-East Development Commission to Serve as a Catalyst to Develop the Commercial Potentials of the South-East, Receive and Manage Funds from Allocation of the Federation for the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Reparation for Houses and lost Business of Victims of the Civil War and Address any Other Environmental or Developmental Challenges, and for Related Matters (HB.1626)’.

The Commission, which would be funded by 15percent of the Federal Allocation from States within the region; Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States shall among other things, formulate policies and guidelines for the development of the South-East region.

Conceive, plan and implement in accordance with the set rules and regulations, projects and programmes for the sustainable development of the South-East in the field of roads, education, health facilities, employment, water supply, electricity and commerce.

Tackle ecological and environmental problems that arise from the soil erosion problems and other environmental challenges in the South-East and advice Federal Government and member states on the prevention and control of the erosion and environmental challenges.

Identify factors inhibiting the development of the South-East and assist the member states in the formulation and implementation of the resources of the South-East.

The enactment of the South -East Development Commission Bill will help to rebuild the South-East and provide opportunity for the people to display their talent and contribute immensely to the development of the country.

The South -East geopolitical zone was worst hit by the 30 months old Nigerian civil war between 1967 and 1970 following cessation … Read More...

We are happy to answer rubber stamp lawmakers – Edo Assembly Speaker

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Kabiru Adjoto, a three-time member in the Edo State House of Assembly is currently the 4th speaker in the outgoing sixth assembly. Before the current position, he was the deputy and chief whip of the house. In this interview with IDRIS UMAR MOMOH, he spoke on the assembly’s achievements under his leadership, the relationship between the executive and legislature in Edo, among other issues. Excerpts:

 

Edo State House of Assembly is being described as a ‘Rubber Stamp Assembly’, under your leadership as speaker. What is your take on this?

It is not just under my administration that the house has been described as a ‘rubber stamp assembly’. I am fortunate to be a member of the 4th, 5th and now the presiding officer of the 6th assembly. Throughout, these periods, they called us a rubber stamp assembly but it is more now. Sometimes, when I talked to the public, I see the relationship between the parliament particularly the Edo State House of Assembly and the executive as that of cooperation and not confrontation. When there are confrontations in a democracy there can’t be development. So, we have chosen as parliament in Edo State to always cooperate with the executive and the judiciary arms of government. That is the only way the people can benefit. If we confront the executive, the judiciary, then there can’t be development. If we do that, we can’t roll out bills that will be of interest to the people of the state or bills that will translate into development. In most cases, confrontation is purely because of finance. It is either the executive is not brining enough money to the parliament or the executive is taking too much. So, we say no to confrontation but chosen rather to oversight Read More...

Re-elected Taraba governor declares assets ahead of May 29

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Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has declared his assets ahead of his second term inauguration slated for May 29.

The official assets declaration according to a statement by his senior special assistant on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu was in compliance with the requirements for all public office holders in the Nigeria constitution.

The statement stated: “The documents were submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau on Friday May 24, 2019.”

It further stated that “Governor Ishaku declared his assets in fulfilment of the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution and the Code of Conduct Bureau for public officers.”

Meanwhile, the total worth of the governor was not enshrined in the statement which was made available to journalist in Jalingo the Taraba State capital.

 

Nathaniel Gbaoron, Jalingo

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Amosun will influence ninth Senate to help my government – Buhari 

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Having experienced stiff opposition and political face off throughout the four-year tenure from the eight National Assembly chaired by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, President
Muhammadu Buhari has requested assistance of Governor Ibikunle Amosun as part of measures to ensure cordial relationship between the Presidency and the National Assembly.
President Buhari, who will be sworn in for second term in office next Wednesday,  seeks Amosun’s political assistance just as he is doing for other loyal Senators-elect, believes that Governor Amosun, being a second timer at the Senate, will muster needed support from colleague Senators and Representatives’ members  at the ninth National Assembly.
BDSUNDAY observes that the President has started romancing loyal Senators-elect within the All Progressives Congress (APC), including Governor Ibikunle Amosun, a Senators-elect from Ogun Central Senatorial District, to work out modalities that will ensure cordial relationship between the Presidency and the ninth National Assembly unlike what was obtainable during Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara-led National Assembly.
Speaking in Abeokuta on Saturday at the inauguration of Governor Amosun’s four legacy projects, President Buhari stated that he would use Amosun’s connection at the National Assembly to garner needed support for his government in order to avoid usual face off between the Legislature and the Presidency, saying being in the good books of Governor Amosun, is as good as being supported already.
He said, “I am grateful for the invitation extended to me by the Governor, very clear, I didn’t know at the time I made the commitment that it will be during Ramadhan. But having made the commitment, I tried to manage it.
“The Senate, being the highest law making body of the country is so patriotic and pragmatic in the sense that, for example, Bayelsa has … Read More...