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#Ejigbo2 Sodomy Update: Lagos Assembly Sets up Ad Hoc Panel.

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday set up a panel to investigate the sodomization of two women, a tortuous video of which spread on the Internet recently.

A source with knowledge of the House yesterday said that the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, commissioned an ad hoc committee to commence immediate investigations into the situation.

Confirming the development, the leader of the Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who led a protest to the House on Monday, told SaharaReporters she has been alerted about the establishment of the committee.

Heading the committee is Mr. Ajibayo Adeyeye, the Majority Leader.  Other members are Mrs. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, who represents Mushin I Constituency, and Mrs. Omowunmi Olatunji-Edet of the Oshodi-Isolo II Constituency.

Among those to be invited by the committee in its fact-finding exercise include Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, who is the chairman of Ejigbo Local Council area; market leaders at the Ejigbo central market, where the incident is reported to have taken place; head of police division in charge of the zone of the incident, as well as civil society representatives.  The committee is expected to report its findings soon.

Yesterday, after showing the tape depicting the horror to a group of people to raise more awareness and concern yesterday, protest groups trouped to the Assembly to demand a thorough investigation, and justice.

In a statement recently, the Chairman of the Ejigbo local government, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, admitted that the incident took place in his area last February.  He said that the sodomized woman is the wife of a palm wine tapper and the other lady in the torture, her stepdaughter. He said he had handed over to police for proper and thorough investigation.

However, police investigation has not progressed much.

“With this State House panel, we hope that the perpetrators are found and brought to justice,” said one of the protest leaders this morning.

PDP Begs Tambuwal To Sack 37 Defecting House Of Reps Members.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal
By SaharaReporters, New York

The Peoples Democratic Party has appealed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to help sack the 37 members of the House who defected from the ruling party to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP argued that the affected lawmakers should vacate their seats immediately having left the party that brought them to the legislature.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP remained silent on the issue of those who had in the past defected from other political parties to the PDP.

Before the recent jumbo defection from the PDP, the ruling party had benefited from the defection of numerous politicians and office holders from opposition parties to the PDP.

The last few weeks have witnessed a reversal of the former trend. The ruling party took a big political hit when five of its governors left it and defected to the APC. This was followed a few days ago by the decision of 37 PDP federal lawmakers to defect. A top source within a splinter group in the PDP told SaharaReporters that more defections from the ruling party were in the offing.

Mr. Metuh’s statement said that the attention of his party was drawn to “claims by 37 defecting members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the PDP to the APC that they obtained an injunction restraining the leadership of the National Assembly and the Party from declaring their seats vacant in line with provisions of the Constitution.” He added: “We have, after a careful review, discovered that this claim is false. For the avoidance of doubt, the order of the Court clearly says that ‘status quo’ be maintained which means the affected members shall remain members of the PDP.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in section 68 (i) (g) clearly spells out the consequences of cross carpeting when there is no division in any Party. We wish to re-emphasize here that the courts have pronounced, and INEC has concurred that there are no factions in the PDP.

“Since the affected members have renounced their membership of the PDP, we call on the Presiding Officer in the House of Representatives to declare the 37 seats vacant without any further delay. This action shall be in adherence to our grand norm, which is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

Poll: More Than Half Says GOP House Control ‘Bad for Country’.

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By Melanie Batley

More than half of Americans believe it’s bad for the country that the Republican Party controls the House of Representatives, according to a new poll.

The CNN/ ORC International survey — conducted Oct. 18-20, after the end of the partial government shutdown — found that 54 percent of those surveyed think it’s a bad thing that the GOP controls the House, up 11 points since the same poll in December.

Just 38 percent say Republican control is a good thing, a 13-point decrease from the end of last year.

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This is the first time since Republicans won back control of the House in 2010 that a majority believes GOP control of the chamber is a bad thing.

The survey of 841 adults also found that more than 60 percent of Americans think House Speaker John Boehner, the Ohio Republican, should be replaced.

“John Boehner fares just as badly as the GOP,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Sixty-three percent of all Americans think that Boehner should be replaced as speaker of the House, a view shared by roughly half of all Republicans.”

Meanwhile, the survey found that the approval rating for Congress remains near an all-time low. Just 12 percent of respondents said they approve of the job Congress is doing while 86 percent disapprove. This compares to 44 percent who approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing compared to 52 percent who say they disapprove.

“Barack Obama’s numbers are pretty anemic, but he remains in much better shape than the GOP,” Holland said. “Even though Obama’s approval rating remains stuck in the mid-40s, it didn’t take a hit during the shutdown: 44 percent just before the shutdown began; 44 percent now.”

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Fall Favorites: Fellowship.

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8

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Sam Rayburn served nearly a half-century in the U.S. House of Representatives and became one of the most powerful men in the world, but he never outgrew his friends. One night, a friend’s daughter passed away. Early the next morning the man heard a knock on his door, and when he opened it, Mr. Rayburn stood outside. “I just came by to see what I could do to help,” said Rayburn. The man said nothing could be done.

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“Well,” Mr. Rayburn said, “have you had your coffee this morning?” While Rayburn was working in the kitchen, the man came in and said, “Mr. Speaker, I thought you were supposed to be having breakfast at the White House this morning.”

“Well, I was,” Rayburn said, “but I called the President and told him I had a friend who was in trouble, and I couldn’t come.”

Sometime during this fall season someone will need your support and fellowship. A friend in trouble is the most important person in the world; and fellowship is the funnel through which our love flows to others. Do you have a friend in need today?

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love. The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
John Fawcett

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By David Jeremiah.

Newt Gingrich: Attack on Syria ‘Will Prove Nothing’.

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By Newsmax Wires

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says an American attack on Syria now “will prove nothing” and is urging President Barack Obama to reconsider a possible strike against Bashar al-Assad that could end up embroiling the U.S. in another war.

“A brief bombing campaign in Syria might make the United States and its allies feel like they are doing something, but it will prove nothing,” the Georgia Republican wrote in an opinion piece Tuesday carried on CNN’s website.

“We have already abstained from getting involved in the civil war for two years and have chosen not to respond to evidence (albeit less clear) of another chemical attack this year,” he continued. “We have already concluded that as terrible as the civil war is, it cannot be our war. The bombing will not change this — and then what?”

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Gingrich, a presidential candidate in 2012 and now the host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” called the reports last week of Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against his own citizens “deplorable and inhumane.” But as bad as the reports are, he said the administration must think twice about injecting any military force in Syria, where both sides in the civil war are “bad.”

“One side is a brutal dictator, and the other includes Islamists and terrorists who are dangerous already and who would be brutal in power if given the chance,” he said, warning that the U.S. should not “spend the time, money and blood to create a desirable side in Syria.
“There is no victory to be had there,” he declared.

Besides, Gingrich noted, “Syria is not the greatest threat in the Middle East to U.S. or world security.” That distinction, he stressed, belongs to the Iranian regime, which he said “is working every day to get a nuclear weapon” that poses “a direct threat to Israel’s survival and a long-term threat to America.”

“The conflicts in Syria, Egypt and Libya are small threats compared with the disaster that could ensue and the lives that would be endangered if Iran succeeds in its drive for nuclear weapons,” the former congressman said. “We should focus more on the truly big threat ahead of the headlines of the day — or we will be reading much worse headlines in the future.

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Trump Defends Boehner: Speaker Has ‘Toughest Job’ in America.

Donald Trump expressed sympathy for Speaker of the House John Boehner Wednesday, saying people don’t understand that the Ohio Republican has the “toughest job” in America.

“I think the speaker probably has the toughest job in the country. He’s got different groups of people within his own party that feel different ways about everything. So I think he’s [in] a very difficult position,” the real estate and entertainment billionaire told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto Wednesday.

According to Politico, Trump cited the current divisions among Republicans in the House over how to deal with Obamacare and the upcoming budget negotiations as an example of the difficulties Boehner faces every day in trying to bridge the differences between the various conservative tea party and moderate factions of his conference.

“There is a problem, and part of the problem for the Republicans is you have two very divergent groups,” Trump said. “You have people that are hard-liners that want very much to see [the government] shut down; you have others that are not so hard-line but they want Obamacare ended because they know how destructive it’ll be.

“And actually, the Republicans are going to have to get together and choose one or the other. They can’t be divided on the issue,” he added.

Trump also fired back at Democrats and other critics of Boehner who have accused him of failing to take a stand on key issues, such as immigration and the push by some in his party to shut the government down over Obamacare.

“I don’t think he’s dragging his feet, and I think there are a lot of things going to happen,” Trump said. “And we’ll see what happens, but I don’t think he’s dragging his feet at all,” Trump added.

Trump golfed with Boehner on Tuesday along with talent agent Ari Emanuel, the brother of Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Politico noted that in addition to golfing with Trump, Boehner has been raising money for House Republicans in recent days in upstate New York and Pennsylvania.

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By Courtney Coren

Gingrich: I’m Rethinking My Neoconservative Views.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says he’s reconsidering his neoconservative views regarding the benefits gained from U.S. military interventions as a way to promote democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Gingrich believes the methods he has long been a supporter of have backfired and require re-evaluation, the Washington Times reports.

“I am a neoconservative,” Gingrich told the Times. “But at some point, even if you are a neoconservative, you need to take a deep breath to ask if our strategies in the Middle East have succeeded.”

Gingrich, who backed the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, said he has become increasingly skeptical about the strategy of attempting to export democracy by force to countries where religion and culture clash with Western values.

“It may be that our capacity to export democracy is a lot more limited than we thought,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich said that while he has expressed his doubts concerning the ability of the U.S. for nation building before, he has only recently reached conclusions about their failures in light of the experiences of the past decade.

“My worry about all this is not new,” Gingrich said.

“But my willingness to reach a conclusion is new.”

Gingrich recommended Republicans put more weight on the anti-interventionist ideas offered by the libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a tea party favorite and foreign policy skeptic.

“I think it would be healthy to go back and war-game what alternative strategies would have been better, and I like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul because they are talking about this,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich, who less than two years ago was a staunch believer that President Obama should have “quietly tried to push” Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak out of office, now wonders whether the move to back the overthrow of the longtime Egyptian leader and U.S. ally might have been misguided.

“Here’s a simple question: ‘Is Egypt really better off than going back to Mubarak since it’s hard to argue that the Muslim Brotherhood’s dictatorship is better than Mubarak?’,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich warned against U.S. military action in Syria.

“I explicitly would not go into Syria,” Gingrich said.

“I would look at the whole question of how we think of the governments in other countries.”

Gingrich said the U.S. “should begin to focus narrowly on American interests” rather than on attempting to change systems of governance abroad to suit our worldview.

“I think we really need a discussion on what is an effective policy against radical Islam, since it’s hard to argue that our policies of the last 12 years have effective,” Gingrich said.

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By Matthew Auerbach

Delta State National Assembly Member Charged With Falsification, Forgery.

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By SaharaReporters, New York

Ossai Nicholas Ossai, a member of the National Assembly for Delta State, is facing charges of falsification and forgery at the High Court in Asaba.

An official court document in the possession of SaharaReporters charges that Ossai, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party representing Ndokwa/Ukwani constituency, manufactured and tendered election results and uttered fictitious statements before the Election Petition Tribunal in October 2012.

The document details four charges: forgery, uttering of false documents, procuring execution of false documents by pretense, and making documents without authority.

Ossai, who is said to be eyeing the governorship of Delta in 2015, is alleged to have falsely claimed that the result sheets he tendered originated from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Those sheets upturned the previous election decision,which had given the seat to Olisa Imegwu, a former Speaker of the House, in Ossai’s favor.  That decision was later upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Following protests by Imegwu and subsequent investigation, Ossai’s tendered documents came into question. It is unclear under what circumstances an individual candidate in an election provided the returns by which the contest was decided in the first place.

Further investigations revealed that Ossai may have manufactured the documents for his own political benefit.

Boehner to GOP: Our Tactical Plan Against Obama Worked.

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By Lisa Barron and Dan Weil

Speaker John Boehner told fellow House Republicans in an Easter week memo that his decision to allow the sequestration cuts to take effect has forced President Barack Obama and the Democrats to confront economic issues they have long been avoiding.

“We forged a new tactical plan that focused on using our limited leverage to maximum effect in support of the reforms needed to support economic growth and job creation for all Americans,” Boehner wrote in the memo distributed to House Republicans on Thursday.

“Republicans may be the minority party in Washington — but because we forged a plan together and have stuck to it, our actions as a team over the past couple of months have made a difference for all Americans,” Boehner added, according The Washington Post.

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The memo noted that GOP efforts had forced Senate Democrats to produce their own budget plan for the first time in four years and had made the president focus more attention on the importance of addressing entitlement reforms. But it did not address controversial social issues such as immigration and gun control, which the Senate will debate after Congress returns April 8.

Boehner’s memo followed on the heels of Congress’ approval of a short-term spending plan that included the $85 billion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts that began March 1 and will keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi later dismissed the speaker’s comments in a statement saying, “If they don’t have the Congress lurching from manufactured crisis to crisis, then they’re passing gimmicks that do nothing to address the urgent priorities of the American people.”

Boehner also urged his House conference to focus on the GOP’s core beliefs going forward.

“Republicans are the party of economic growth, and growth is what matters most to American families and small businesses who are struggling to make ends meet,” he wrote.

The speaker cited many other GOP successes, saying:

  • “President Obama’s strategy of using hyperbole and scare tactics to parlay sequestration into further tax increases failed;”
  •  “The No Budget No Pay initiative forced the Democratic majority in the Senate to pass a budget for the first time in four years;”
  •  “On [March 22], the Democratic-controlled Senate endorsed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline;”
  • “Pressure is mounting on the Democratic majority in Washington to balance the federal budget and identify meaningful entitlement reforms they’re willing to enact.”

But Republicans also need to focus on areas that still need to be addressed, Boehner says.

  • “The economy still isn’t growing as it should be growing;”
  • “The national debt continues to grow;”
  • “The private sector is still struggling amid policies that make it harder for individual Americans to get a high-quality education, acquire new job skills, and balance the demands of family and the workplace;”
  • “The spending cuts implemented under sequestration still need to be replaced with better spending cuts that help move us to our goal of a balanced budget within the next decade;”
  • “The national unemployment rate remains far above the levels that were promised [by] President Obama;”
  • “Five years of the Obama presidency have proven we cannot borrow and spend our way back to prosperity.”

But a solution is possible, Boehner says. “That’s why House Republicans set the goal of balancing the budget within the next decade, and have made it a top priority.”

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The Congress That’s Never There.

The 112th Congress was widely regarded as the worst Congress ever. The 113th — which is just 58 days old, but will go into recess on Friday as the sequester hits — is taking do-nothingness to the next level, because it has done nothing to stop the deliberately stupid cuts of the sequester from happening. 58 days is actually giving our legislators more credit than they’re due: Congress has been in sessionjust 23 of the 60 days so far in 2013. As the calendar at right shows, Congress takes most of the year off: the days shaded orange indicate when the House has been out of session over the past year. Don’t worry, the impending series of fiscal crises has not been much of an inconvenience to their schedule: the House began a three-day weekend today, enjoys a four-day weekend next week, and then goes on a two-week vacation starting on March 22, even though government funding runs out March 27.

This lackadaisical work schedule galls not just because the public looks on at D.C. and wonders why Speaker John Boehner and President Obama don’t bother to make a deal, but because the House Republicans have declared victory by showing up, cheering along as Boehner publicly declared he would not negotiate at all with Obama. Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise told The New York Times‘ Ashley Parker: “I think Friday will be an important day that shows we’re finally willing to stand and fight for conservative principles and force Washington to start living within its means. And that will be a big victory.” South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney told The Times, “He’s doing exactly what he said he was going to do, and I think it’s working to our favor and to his.” Idaho Rep. Raúl R. Labrador said Republicans were happy their leader was no longer a pawn of the White House: “I think he realized the president of the United States was using him as a tool for his own benefit and was not actually in a partnership with him, and he also realized that we in the House were not happy with what was coming out of those negotiations.” NBC News’ First Read observes, “A conspiracy theorist might conclude that politicians want the cuts to go through while not getting blamed for them.”

According to the Washington Times‘ Futility Index, the last congress was the least-productive ever. They had a lot of off-time, but they also wasted their on-time.

At its peaks, Congress adopted more than 200 conference reports in a two-year session, the Senate met for nearly 3,000 hours while the House met for nearly 2,500 hours, and the chambers combined to enact more than 1,000 laws.

But in 2011 and 2012, Congress produced just 10 conference reports, the Senate met for little more than 2,000 hours and the House for 1,700, and the two chambers combined to enact fewer than 230 laws.

One of the laws enacted was the Budget Control Act of 2011, which created a supercommittee tasked with coming up with a deficit-reduction deal that would replace the sequester. As the supercommittee approached its deadline, talks devolved into Republicans and Democrats fighting over how they would break the news they had failed: press conference or written statement?

More nothingness is coming. Rep. Paul Ryan has promised to use the debt ceiling — as in, not raise it to pay bills the U.S. owes — to get more spending cuts for Obama. And if Congress does nothing at the end of this month, we’ll have a government shutdown.



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