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What Mega Party?

What Mega Party?

What Mega Party?

What mega party? That is my state of mind this morning, a gross lack of respect for this generation of politicians. Their selfishness and plain avarice know no bounds. All they are after are just the personal gains that come from an avaricupious quest for power or how would you describe this latest move for another so called mega party as being pushed by disgruntled elements on both sides.

You see, the idea is very clear. If you loose in the intrigues and power configurations within your party, you go and form a splinter group and call it a mega party. This worked very well for them during the last disposition when dissatisfied elements left the PDP to go form the new PDP on their way to APC. Today, the movement seems to be continuing with the perceived formation of a third leg made up of some very famous names who have been cast aside within the ruling party.

What this does to the cohesion of the political system cannot be imagined as it weakens it and leaves it vulnerable and possibly opening it to chaos and, God forbid, military intervention. Yes, we have seen this cowardly disposition in era past when politicians having lost out and with no resources to build a parallel structure now begin to call for military intervention and when it comes they will start shouting for a transition back to civil rule so that they can try their luck again.

Much as I dislike comparing with other climes, I cannot help but do that especially with what is happening in Europe and what just happened in America. It is very clear to Trump that the establishment within the ruling party did not want him. The spate of recriminations were un-abating, but he did not relent with his message, pouring money into the campaign and not into the pockets of godfathers and influencers.

He never for once thought about building a mega party where he would personally select the party chairman and honchos making himself party leader. He stuck to his beliefs and got first the party and then the people to see his position and today he is to the annoyance of the rest of the world the President of America. Those who lost out too did not go forming a mega party or cause dissident. They have allowed the institutions to handle the matter.

So you can begin to see why this Mega Party thing should not b supported. It is selfish and shallow. It reeks of a callous intention to maintain relevance by the people pushing for it, despite their rejection by the party structure and by extension the people.

Already the infighting even in this new structure has begun. I hear the former President when approached gave as a condition for his acceptance the fact that Atiku cannot be President. You see, and that one is in their for the sole purpose of claiming that ticket, since by his calculation the incumbent in the ruling party, just might want to push for a second term and age is fast moving against him. How he will cross the huge barrier remains to be seen.

For them, issues are not the main thing here but personal ambitions of some people who feel it is their God given right to rule us despite their continued rejection by the people.

The mega party project must die and we will all join hands to bury it in a bottomless pit of infamy.

Sources: Ripples

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Please don’t bring me gifts, Aisha Buhari tells Nigerians

Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigerian President, has called on those who always try to shower her with gift items to stop because she will never receive any of it.

Mrs Buhari who claimed that she never collected a dime from anybody during her husband’s presidential campaign, vowed that she was not also going to collect any from anyone even now her husband is the President nor in the future.

She is said to have made this assertion in Abuja on Wednesday during the inauguration of a new campaign against graft named, “Women Against Corruption”.

She said, “People have been trying to bring some gift items to me but I have not been collecting them. Right from when I was campaigning with the Wife of the Vice President for our husbands, we did not take a dime from anyone and we have continued like that till today. I have never collected any gift and I am not ready to do so even in the future.”

Mrs Buhari was not too long ago described by her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari of belonging to the kitchen, the living room and the other room.

The president’s comment which many felt was nasty and insulting to women, came after she criticised the cabinet of her husband in a BBC Hausa interview, where she alleged that the President “does not know” most of the top officials he appointed, suggesting that his government has been hijacked.

Sources: Ripples

Senate submits interim report on Constitution review

Senate submits interim report on Constitution review

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The Upper Legislative Chamber, on Thursday, received the status report of its Constitution Review Committee, chaired by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

According to Ekweremadu, the full draft of the constitution amendment bill will be ready soon after harmonizing with the House of Representatives on grey areas.

The Seventh National Assembly embarked on a similar exercise, but former President Goodluck Jonathan, declined to sign it into law. Rather, the then Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Mohammed Adoke, approached the Supreme Court to stop National Assembly from vetoing the president.

But in the report, released by Ekweremadu-led Constitution Review Committee, it recommended a uniform 3-year tenure for elected local government council officials and also suggested that Local Governments without a democratically elected council should not be entitled to any revenue from the Federation Account.

In the report, the committee made a provision for national savings of 50 per cent of oil revenues above the bench mark for a particular year and 10 per cent of any non-oil revenue paid into the Federation Account.

It amended sections 82 and 122 of the Constitution to reduce the period within which the President or a Governor may authorize the withdrawal of monies from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in the absence of an appropriation act from 6 months to 3 months

“Essentially, this will compel early presentation of budget proposal by the Executive arm of government thereby giving the legislature sufficient time to scrutinize such proposal,” Ekweremadu noted.

The report said sections 134 (4) & (5), 179 (4) & (5) and 225 have been amended to Extend the time for conducting presidential and Governorship re-run elections where no clear winner has emerged from 7 to 21 days to give INEC sufficient time to plan, considering the logistics that is required such as printing and transporting new ballot papers for the elections.

It also empowered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register political parties for non-fulfillment of certain conditions such as breach of registration requirements and failure to secure/win either a presidential, governorship, Local Government chairmanship or a seat in the National or State Assembly elections.

Also, section 121 of the Constitution has been amended to guarantee a first line charge funding of State Houses of Assembly from the consolidated revenue fund of the State. If it is passed, it will free state legislatures from the grip of state governors.

The committee made a daring move and sections 256, 299, 300, 301 and 302 of the Constitution were amended to create the office of an elected Mayor for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with powers to administer the FCT as if it were a State of the Federation by exercising all functions presently administered by the Minister of the FCT.

Sections 147 and 192 of the Constitution were amended to Ensure that the President and Governors designate and assign portfolios to persons nominated as ministers or commissioners respectively prior to confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly.

It also provided a period of 60 days within which such nominations shall be forwarded to the Senate or State House of Assembly following inauguration And 35 per cent representation for women in the appointment of ministers and commissioners.

Sections 51, 67, 93 and 315 were amended to Create the National Assembly Service Commission and the State House of Assembly Service Commission and empower the National Assembly and State House of Assembly respectively to provide for the powers and structure of the Commissions through subsequent legislations.

It has also made it mandatory for the President to attend a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year to deliver a State of the Nation Address and removed the lawmaking power of the executive arm of government under S. 315. The extant provision is starkly contrary to Section 4 of the Constitution which confers law-making powers exclusively on the legislature.

The committee also tinkered with Sections 233, 237, 247, 251 and Part I of the Third Schedule of the Constitution were amended to Provide for all appeals from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court to be by leave of the Supreme Court except in the case of Interpretation of the Constitution, death sentences and fundamental human rights.

It also proposed that two justices of the Court of Appeal sitting in chambers to dispose any application for leave to appeal after considering the records of proceedings if the justices believe the interest of justice does not require an oral hearing of the application.

Also, it resolved to establish a criminal division of the Federal High Court to try electoral offences, terrorism cases, economic and financial crimes cases and provide for appeals from the decisions of the National Industrial Court to the Court of Appeal.

According to the report, 12 Justices of the Court of Appeal are to be learned in Labour and Employment Matters for the purpose of hearing appeals from the National Industrial Court and put the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) under the control of the judiciary instead of the executive.

Second Schedule, Part I and II of the Constitution were altered to decongest the Exclusive Legislative List to give more powers to states. This enhances the principle of federalism and good governance. It substituted “Post and Telegraphs” with “Post and Telecommunications”, and moved Pensions, Prisons, Railways, Stamp Duties and Wages from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent List and added Arbitration, Environment, Healthcare, Housing, Road Safety, pensions, Land and Agriculture, Youths, Public Complaints to the Concurrent List.

Speaking further on the recommendations, Ekweremadu said: “In line with the Committee’s decision to disaggregate constitutional amendment proposals into different bills, we consolidated and clustered amendment proposals into appropriate thematic and sectional heads. While some amendment proposals were incorporated into existing Senate Bills, others were grouped thematically.

“Additionally, some amendments that could not fit into any of the above classifications were produced as stand-alone bills. Those stand-alone bills contain amendment proposals which we deem contentious, hence the need to isolate them from other proposals.

“These clusters are given different short titles such as Fourth Alteration Bill No.1, 2, 3, etcetera. The reason for this is to ensure that the rejection of a group of sections dealing with an issue does not affect other clusters dealing with different unconnected issues.

“This is to forestall the unsavory experience of the Fourth Alteration Bill as passed in the 7th Assembly, which after satisfying the provisions of section 9 of the 1999 Constitution as amended was not assented to by the then President.”

Sources: Ripples

 

OMG!!! Senate again dribbles EFCC boss Magu!

OMG!!! Senate again dribbles EFCC boss Magu!

CONFIRMATION: Senate again dribbles EFCC boss Magu

The Senate, today, shifted the planned confirmation hearing of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

The acting chairman whose name was forwarded to the Senate five months ago by ‎President Muhammadu Buhari, was billed to appear before the Red Chamber on Thursday for the commencement of his confirmation hearing.

Though the acting chairman and his team were on ground for the exercise, it was however not captured in the day’s Order Paper.

Explaining the reason behind the postponement after the day’s plenary, the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn-Na’allah, said appeals from lawmakers who are currently out of Abuja, led to the deference.

He revealed that the Senate leadership has unanimously agreed to commence the exercise next Thursday and that a formal letter has been sent to Magu and other members of the board of EFCC to be on ground.

The Senate, today, shifted the planned confirmation hearing of the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu.

The acting chairman whose name was forwarded to the Senate five months ago by ‎President Muhammadu Buhari, was billed to appear before the Red Chamber on Thursday for the commencement of his confirmation hearing.

Though the acting chairman and his team were on ground for the exercise, it was however not captured in the day’s Order Paper.

Explaining the reason behind the postponement after the day’s plenary, the Deputy Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn-Na’allah, said appeals from lawmakers who are currently out of Abuja, led to the deference.

He revealed that the Senate leadership has unanimously agreed to commence the exercise next Thursday and that a formal letter has been sent to Magu and other members of the board of EFCC to be on ground.

Sources: Ripples

 

Shame to you Oyegun!!! said Frank. For meeting Saraki.

Shame to you Oyegun!!! said Frank. For meeting Saraki.

Frank says Oyegun shameless for meeting Saraki

‘Suspended’ Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has described as shameful, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun’s meeting with Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Frank, who accused Chief Oyegun as being one of the fiercest opposition to Saraki and who allowed himself to be used to create some of the confusion in the party, said it was a shame that the APC Chairman would go back to his vomit.

He however cautioned the Senate President to be careful in his interactions with Oyegun, adding that it was too late for the APC Chairman to begin fence mending. Frank stated this in a statement he issued on Thursday.

“It is a shame for Chief Oyegun to go back to his vomit having been used to create some of these confusions earlier which are now beyond his capacity to redeem. This is a National Chairman who did everything possible to ensure that Bukola Saraki, who is now a rallying point and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara did not emerge their positions when some of us believed in them.

“Again, God has vindicated me over most of these crisis I have been talking about that Chief Oyegun refused to admit as at that early stage but finally he has agreed but it is too late for him.

“Instead of inviting Saraki for a romance, why can’t the National Chairman call for a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting where all the leaders will sit at a round table and tell themselves the truth? I believe that this party urgently needs a new National Chairman that will set up a strong reconciliation committee to correct all the abnormalities Oyegun did to APC. Until this is done, the ongoing re-alignment which I warned my party about might take advantage of the current crisis in APC and weaken it ahead of future elections,” Frank said.

Sources: Ripples

 

Blood to flow in Rivers, as Amaechi, APC incite supporters to fight

Blood to flow in Rivers, as Amaechi, APC incite supporters to fight

Blood to flow in Rivers, as Amaechi, APC incite supporters to fight

The rerun elections for Rivers state slated for Saturday already promises to be a bloody affair, as political parties seem to be urging their supporters to violence.

Minister of Transport and a former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has spurred his All Progressives Congress (APC) members to match the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) force with force during the Saturday rerun polls in the state.

Amaechi said while addressing supporters at APC’s mega rally in Port Harcourt on Thursday, “This is what I call, elections of our lives.

“I used to tell you please don’t fight. But I think we will bend it a bit. Don’t kill anybody, but don’t be killed. My friend in the army told me if bullet is fired, the person that hears the sound is not the one that dies. If you allow them to shoot you, you will die. It’s not only them that have rights to life.”

The rally which witnessed the presence of APC leaders, including the party’s national chairman, Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, 12 governors and federal lawmakers, was characterised with inciting speeches from the ruling party, as many of them charged their followers to confront PDP.

Some of the leaders of APC present at the rally included Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje; former Akwa Ibom Governor, Don Etiebet; Senator Jibrin Barau; and Ondo State Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Also speaking at the eent, Governor Ganduje, who is Chairman, Rivers State Election Rerun Campaign Committee, urged APC supporters to take cover and shoot at their opponents if they are shot at.

The state’s Commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George, in a statement he released soon after the rally, blamed Amaechi for importing thugs and Boko Haram fighters, disguised as APC supporters, to cause mayhem in Rivers State.

He said, “Governor Ganduje had charged APC supporters to resort to violence during the rerun elections in Rivers State on Saturday, saying, “if they shoot you, take cover and shoot them.

“This is a shameful and egregious invitation to violence by the Kano State governor.”

He therefore called on the people of the state to resist any acts of electoral fraud by the police, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and APC before, during and after the elections on Saturday.

Sources: Ripples

Count me out of APC, Mimiko declares.

Count me out of APC, Mimiko declares.

Count me out of APC, Mimiko declares

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State State has said he has no intention of joining the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The governor, who stated this after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, was reacting to insinuations that he may dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following controversies over who flies the flag of the party in Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

It would be recalled that a Federal High Court in Abuja had declared Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim as the authentic candidate of the PDP as against Mimiko’s candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.

In the wake of the listing of Ibrahim’s name by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mimiko raced to the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock to confer with President Muhammadu Buhari.

His visit on Monday was the second in a short while after receiving Buhari at the Akure Airport on Saturday and appearing at a rally of the APC the same day.

Mimiko however said the courtesy he extended to President Buhari when he led party members to the APC rally in the state on Saturday was done because of his position as the president and had nothing to do with the party he belongs to.

The governor also clarified the purpose of his meetings with the president.

“This is my second visit to the Villa since this crisis in our party started. Like I said, as the Chief Security Officer of my state, if there is any credible threat to security, I owe the responsibility to Nigerians to apprise Mr. President of what is going on in the state.

“Mr. President was in my state to campaign for his party. I extended to him the courtesy of receiving him at the airport and seeing him off as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not as APC (member).

“I understand that people have speculated that this means I am going to APC. There is nothing of such. I only extended him normal courtesy that protocols demand.

“As a governor and Chief Security Officer of the state, if the President is visiting, no matter the party he belongs to, it is only appropriate for me to extend the courtesy to him. That was what I did in Akure.

“And I have also come to brief him about the security situation in my state”, he said.

Ripples Nigeria.