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APC to assume House leadership soon.



There are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress, APC, may, on resumption from recess of the House of Representatives on January 13, 2014, assume the leadership of the House from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
This, however, may not affect the offices of the speaker and deputy speaker respectively.

The impending development which Vanguard scooped yesterday, is followed by the defection of 37 members of the PDP to APC late last month.
Speculations had been rife since December 2013, shortly before the House went on Christmas break, that the change would have occurred.


A member of the House and PDP decampee who spoke to Vanguard on conditions of anonymity, said the first quarter of the new year would herald changes that would affect the leadership structure of the House.

He said: “Within the House, 2014 will be a remarkable year for Nigeria, remarkable in the sense that, of course, the trend which began in late 2013 in terms of power shift will continue and what that means is that APC should be able to get the requisite 181 members which gives it complete majority. When that happens chances are that the leadership will shift from PDP to APC.

“APC has between 172 to 174 members in the House. And what we just need, I think is between 8 and 9 new members in terms of those crossing from PDP to APC. And that will be the APC requisite that will shape the House and points the future direction of the House.

“But what is certain is that if everything does not change, the leadership, the majority leader will need to relinquish that position because at the end of the day, a party cannot be in the minority and still hold the position of the Majority Leader.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

APC Reps set to take over House leadership.



The  All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives has shared out the leadership positions

in the House to its members as part of plans to assume full control of the legislature in the New Year.

The APC, formerly in the minority, outgrew the majority strength of the Peoples Democratic Party after 37 PDP lawmakers defected to it on December 18.

The development gave the country’s main opposition party a slim majority advantage of 172 members over PDP’s 171 in the House that has 360 legislators.

Findings indicated on Tuesday that with about 40 more PDP lawmakers expected to join the APC before the end of this month (January), the opposition party would be in a comfortable majority (212) to assume the leadership of the House.

“The only principal officer whose seat is guaranteed for now is the Speaker, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal,” said a reliable House source in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the source, the APC members collectively resolved that Tambuwal would continue to lead the House.

He said, “We have long resolved that Tambuwal will remain the speaker even in an APC dominated House until he decides to dump the PDP for the APC. For the other positions, we are taking over. We are electing a new deputy speaker also.”

Investigations showed that until now, the APC caucus had resolved that its Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, would become the Majority Leader.

The current majority leader, Mrs. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, a PDP member, is expected to relinquish her seat.

However, The PUNCH gathered that of late, Gbajabiamila had come under pressure to “step up and become the deputy speaker instead of being the majority leader.”

The lawmaker from Lagos State was said to be resisting the pressure and had urged members to allow the current Deputy Speaker, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha, retain his seat like Tambuwal.

“The confusion now is that Gbajabiamila is caught between being the majority leader and the deputy speaker”, another source in the House informed The PUNCH.

It was learnt that in the event he succumbed to pressure to become the deputy speaker, the post of majority leader might be assigned to one of the 37 PDP defectors.

“That is the thinking of the caucus; the idea is to give the ex-PDP members a sense of belonging.

“They should have something to benefit from supporting the APC”, the source added.

Other positions the APC had decided on are Majority Whip, Mr. Samson Osagie (Edo State); Deputy Majority Leader, Mr. Sumaila Kawu (Kano State); and Deputy Majority Whip, Mr. Garba Datti (Kaduna State).

The PUNCH gathered that in a bid to save Ihedioha, Tambuwal had reportedly intensified lobbying his colleagues to extend the same gesture of retaining him to Ihedioha.

Another source in the House said, “The speaker has been talking to members to consider his appeal. Many of them are bent on asking Ihedioha to go because they claim not to be comfortable with his leadership style.

“There are those who are giving him the option of joining the APC to remain the deputy speaker.

“This latter group is certain that Tambuwal too has little choice but to join the APC by the end of this month.”

But, Ihedioha, has stated categorically that he will not abandon the PDP, a party he said did so much for him by returning him to the National Assembly for the third time.

When contacted, Gbajabiamila said there were “unresolved issues being discussed by members.”

Asked whether one of the issues was his being tipped for the position of the deputy speaker, he said that “members are the ones discussing to take decisions.”

When our correspondent probed further, Gbajabiamila said he would have wished to be majority leader.

Source: Radio Biafra.

I have no plans to defect to APC – Deputy speaker, Ihedioha.


Contrary to speculations that Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, is making plans to dump the Peoples Democratic, Party PDP, for All Progress Change APC, the lawmaker, Wednesday dismissed the rumour, saying nothing will make him quit the ruling party.

Nigeria's Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha

Nigeria’s Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha

Ihedioha, stated this during his constituency briefing in his country home, Mbutu, Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo State.

He said “It is impossible for me to abandon the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for any other political party. I am a foundation member of the PDP and worked very hard to build it”, he stated.

He expressed regrets that some detractors had continued to spread the rumour of his alleged plan to defect to the opposition camp, calling on Imo people to avoid activities and statements that could heat up the polity.

The legislator told the people that he had passionate desire to alleviate the sufferings of the masses, as well as develop his constituency and Imo State at large.

His words: “Apart from initiating and completing roads, electricity and water projects in Mbaise and Ngor Okpala federal constituency, I have provided jobs for 196 youths, with varying certificates from National Diploma to doctorate degrees

Our Correspondent reports that there are rumours making the rounds in the state, that the Deputy Speaker, though unpopular, may likely join the gubernatorial race in 2015.

Source: African Examiner.

EFCC Arrests Speaker of Kano House of Assembly, 11 Others.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today arrested the Speaker and 10 other Principal officers of the Kano House of Assembly on yet undisclosed charges.

EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, confirmed that those in custody include the Speaker, Gambo Sallau; the Majority Leader, Hamisu Ibrahim; and the Clerk of the House, Lawan Badamasi Gezawa and nine others.

He said the arrests have no political undertone, but simply followed a petition by a stakeholder in the state who alleged that Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s supplementary budget was meant to cover-up a dubious transaction.

The governor had sent a budget review request to the State Assembly to the value of 24billion Naira, but he suddenly withdrew that request and replaced it with an even larger one of 28billion Naira.

Financial experts raised an alarm over such a stupendous budget review at a time that the financial year has almost ended, describing it as most unusual in the country.

When a team of journalists visited the EFCC Kano State office, they saw the Clerk of the House, Mallam Lawan Badamasi Gezawa, being escorted into the premises, trailed by heavily armed mobile policemen.

Immediately after that, two three EFCC Coaster buses filled up with the legislators cruised out toward the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport enroute Abuja, escorted by EFCC officials and other armed security operatives.

Eyewitness revealed that as early as 7am, heavily armed police vehicles were stationed in the House of Assembly premises along with over 20 policemen in uniform and mufti in readiness for the arrests when the members of the House arrived for legislative business.

Mr. Uwujaren said the Commission was performing its statutory role as enshrined in the Constitution after receiving the petition.


Mile One Market Fire Disaster: Deputy Speaker Commiserates with Victims … Urges for Establishment of Fire Station there.

By David Amusa

The Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Leyii Kwanee has commiserated with the victims of the mile one market fire disaster.

Addressing the victims in the company of other lawmakers today, the Deputy Speaker said that the Rivers State House of Assembly was touched by what befell them particularly at this yelutide period where they must have stocked their goods waiting for the Christmas sales.

He urged them to bear the loss as such is the vicissitude of life.

He assured that the Assembly will advise the State government to put in place a fire station for the mile one market to arrest such an occurrence in future.

He advised the public to be mindful of igniting fire anywhere during this harmattan period pointing out that such stands the risk of degenerating to fire disaster.

In his response, the executive chairman of mile one market, Kenneth Eze told the Deputy Speaker and his entourage that goods worth billions of naira were destroyed and commended the Deputy Speaker and his colleagues for their quick response to commiserate with them.

He urged the Assembly to liaise with the State government to come to their assistance.

In another development, the Deputy Speaker and his entourage inspected ongoing D-line area internal roads construction as part of their oversight function, having resumed legislative duties arising from the Federal High Court order.

Speaking to the Commissioner for Works, Chief Victor Giadom, Hon. Kwanee said that the  Assembly was committed to seeing all projects embarked by the government were completed within the lifespan of the present administration.

He commended the contractor on the quality of work being done and urged the contractor to complete the work as scheduled and according to specification.

Responding, the Commissioner for Works, Chief Victor Giadom assured the Assemblymen that the construction is on course and on completion will make the D-line area one of the best  residential neighborhoods in the country.

In an earlier development, the Rivers State House of Assembly had obtained an interim injunction restraining Hon. Evans Bapakaye Bipi from parading himself as the Speaker or performing the function of the office pending the determination of the substantive suit.

The order was given by Justice C.N. Wali of the Ahoada Judicial division holden at Ahoada.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has invited members of the Rivers State House of Assembly to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID),to sign an undertaken to conduct themselves in an orderly manner when they resume sitting.

On this development, the Deputy Speaker told newsmen that the letter from the police had been handed over to the Assembly legal advisers and that the outcome of the advice will determine the next line of action.

Hon. Kwanee assured that as soon as police conclude security inspection and sweeping of the entire premises of the Assembly, an inventory will be done to accertain the extent of destruction and damage to the property of the Assembly during the fracas.


David Amusa
Media Assistant to the Deputy Speaker
Tuesday December 17,2013.

Imo lawmakers raise alarm over ‘menace’ of Hausa/Fulani herdsmen.

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OWERRI— The members of Imo State House of Assembly have expressed concern over what they described as the growing menace of Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in the state.

Already, the Donatus Ozoemena-led ad-hoc committee has sent what it called “a clarion call” to the security agencies in the state, complaining about “the menace of Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in Imo State.”

The committee said: “We wish to bring to your notice the brewing tension in some of our communities, which require urgent and concerted effort to stem and avoid an imminent conflagration that will further compound the already charged national security situation.”

Ozoemena, who is the Deputy Speaker, enumerated series of unprovoked attacks on some communities in Owerri West, Ohaji/Egbema and Ngor Okpala local council areas by the nomadic herdsmen, which resulted in the destruction of crops, farmlands, raping of women and girls, as well as killing and maiming of the


Ozoemena said: “The herdsmen have so far failed to honour the invitation of the House Committee. For the communities, it has been a tale of woes, anguish, pains, humiliation, loss of economic mainstay and insecurity.”

While informing the security agencies that the communities live in fear in their homeland, the Deputy Speaker equally warned that the youths are getting restive and spoiling for war.

He said: “If nothing is done and urgently, there could be outbreak of hostilities and bloodshed. As a responsible House, we cannot sit by and watch the situation spiral out of control and our communities turned into a theatre of war.”

The Committee expressed concern that these herdsmen go about with sophisticated weapons like AK-47 rifles in clear contravention of the law on possession of firearms, stressing that this complaint should not be treated with levity.

The lawmakers said: “At a time when the nation is grappling with the challenges posed by the Boko Haram insurgents, we are worried that a band of terrorists may have infiltrated and hide under the guise of herdsmen to carry out their nefarious and vicious activities.

“We will not allow our communities to be turned into save havens for terrorists.”

The lawmakers warned that they “can no longer condone a situation where our wives and daughters are sexually assaulted and humiliated, our people are maimed, killed and condemned to starvation.”


Source: Radio Biafra.

PHOTONEWS: Pro and Anti new PDP Party In A Free-For-All Fight At The National Assembly.

Pro and Anti Baraje led brand new PDP Members of House of Representatives in a free for all fight during a visit by the Leadership of the New PDP to the National Assembly on Monday.


Why Boehner Delayed the Sandy Bill.


Pretty well everyone was shocked when John Boehnerannounced, immediately after dodging the fiscal cliff, that Congresswould delay voting on the bill for Hurricane Sandy repair money. The reaction was swift and furious. So, why did he do it?

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Former Rep. Steve LaTourette told (our mothership) The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball about speaking to Boehner the night the House passed the cliff deal, and moments before they were to vote on the Sandy bill:

During the roll call on the tax bill, I walked into the cloakroom, and Boehner was sitting there. I said, ‘This Sandy thing is really important. We’ve got to do something.’ He said, ‘Not tonight.’ I asked if we were going to do it tomorrow, and he said no. He said, ‘After this mess, I just can’t do it tonight.’

LaTourette went onto explain that Boehner “felt a little betrayed that the other members of the elected leadership walked on him,” and was afraid of the “insurrection” forming around him. The insurrection ended up being the 12 members of Congress who voted against his speakership, the most no votes in any speaker election in over two decades.

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So, in essence, he thought spent all of his political capital passing the cliff deal, was mad at Eric Cantor, and scared of the murmurs he wouldn’t get elected Speaker of the House again.

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Of course, we know now the move backfired on him anyway. Peter King told his wealthy donors not to give any money to House Republicans. Chris Christie cut a pro-wrestling worthy promo on his fellow Republicans, calling them ‘know nothings.’ The fury forced the first part of the bill to go to a vote on Friday, passing with near unanimous numbers.

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Read the rest of the interview with LaTourette here.


By Connor Simpson | The Atlantic Wire

Ex-Speaker Bankole awarded N9bn contracts to fake companies – EFCC.

Former Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole has been
arraigned in a court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,
EFCC, for allegedly awarding N9 billion contracts to phony companies without
traceable addresses.Testifying against the embattle former speaker when the matter came for
hearing at an Abuja Federal High court, the prosecution witness, ASP Ibrahim
Ahmed said efforts by the anti-graft agency to verify the contacts were abortive
as they were no existent.

According to Ahmed, the EFCC decided to devise other methods of reaching
to the chief executives of the companies through surface mails, adding that
this did not yield positive result either as the registered mails were returned

Mr. Ahmed said the letters were returned to the office by the courier service
three weeks later because the addresses were not traceable.

His words: “Owing to the fact that we could not trace the addresses of the
companies, we decided to write the MD’s of the Companies. We wrote the
letters and sent them through UPS courier service but the letters were returned
three weeks later because UPS said they couldn’t trace the address”.

The prosecution counsel, Festus Keyamo, sought to tender a document
obtained from the former speaker by the EFCC in the court as an evidence but
the defence counsel, O. Akanni, SAN, objected on the grounds that the
document were not certified.

This prompted Keyamo to withdraw the document while seeking time to get all
the documents certified. The judge, Donatus Okorowa, adjourned the case to
April 3 for continuation of trial.

By African Examiner.

Court dismisses N40 billion corruption charges against Bankole, Nafada.

Justice Suleiman Belgore of the Abuja High Court has thrown out the N40
billion corruption case against former speaker of the Nigerian House of
Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole and his deputy Hon. Usman  
Nafada.The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had accused
the two politicians of corruption bordering on theft, contract inflation and
fraudulent embezzlement of public funds while in office.  

But when the matter came up in court on Tuesday,  Justice Suleiman
Belgore dismissed the case saying both Bankole and his deputy have no
case to answer.

Belgore noted that  the former speaker and the former deputy speaker did
not benefit from the controversial N40 billion loan and added that there
was no case of theft either as it was a loan that have been liquidated and
was provided for in the budget.

He also said constitutionally, it is the duty of the clerk of the house to run
the account of the house and not the speaker or the deputy.

By African Examiner.

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