Senate minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio has resigned his position. The resignation letter, dated 4th August 2018 however did not state any reason for the resignation. Meanwhile, Senator Ben Murray Bruce has accused Akpabio and other senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the DSS siege of the National Assembly. Daily Trust reports that Sen Bruce as saying they would make sure that countries like the US, Canada, The United Kingdom, among others revoke the visas of Senator Akpabio and his cohorts as well as their wives and children over the development. He said they would resist any attempt by the APC senators to effect any leadership change in the Senate. ”It has come to our attention that we’re being invaded by state security. Our co
Senate President Bukola Saraki and other former All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers who recently defected to the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Patty (PDP) have been called upon to immediately vacate their seat for reportedly breaching the 1999 constitution. Already, the Federal Attorney General and the Attorneys General of the States have been urged to set in motion the appropriate mechanism vide law suits to unseat the erring Federal and State Legislators in a bid to deepening the nation's democratic values and culture. A human right lawyer, Oghenejabor Ikimi who made the call in a press release on Friday in Warri, Delta state obtained by BigPen Online, said that Saraki and other federal and state lawmakers erred in law with their defection from the political party t...
Minutes after 15 senators announced theirs defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress, (ADC), 37 members of the House of Representatives have also dumped the All Progressives Congress for PDP. Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara made the announcement during plenary on Tuesday, few minutes after President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, announced the defection of 13 of the senators who defected to the PDP and two others who went to the ADC.
Nigeria's main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) now in majority in the senate as Senator Dino Melaye of the Kogi West Senatorial District, former Governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso and 13 other Senators defected from the ruling party, APC. Senate President, Bukola Saraki announced their defection during plenary on Tuesday in a joint letter them forwarded to the senate leadership. The letter read: “We hereby inform that we are changing our political affiliation from APC TO PDP. We thank you for your exemplary leadership”. Part of the letter says the defection was after due consultation, with their constituents and stakeholders in the constituency, in proper recognition section 16 (1G) of the 1999 constitution, and for the fact of our (former) party, the All Progr
The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has resumed plenary at the red chamber. This is coming as the Senate on Monday says it will not prevent the Senator from returning to the red chamber when plenary resumes Tuesday. Senate Committee Chairman on Media and Publicity, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi stated this in a statement on Monday. “The Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not. “We have equally filed an appeal against the judgement of the court and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the Court of Appeal. “As an institution that obeys the law and c
The Federal High Court in Abuja has nullified the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege by the Senate for 90 legislative days. The ruling judge, Nnamdi Dimgba on Thursday stated that the Senate is only empowered to suspend an earring member for 14 days and 1 legislative day. Justice Dimgba, therefore, ordered the immediate reinstatement of Senator Omo Agege his salaries and other entitlements should be paid. Channels Television reports that Senator Omo-Agege was on April 12, 2018, suspended during plenary over the remarks he made at a press conference that the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act which changes the sequence of elections set by INEC is targeted at President Muhammadu Buhari. Although he had previously apologised to the Senate over his comments about
Matthew Urhoghide, the lawmaker who is in the centre of the alleged call for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari, has said that political jobbers misconstrued the context of his motion. The senate who representing Edo South in the red chamber, denied calling for President Buhari's impeachment, saying that what he did was to raise questions about the infringement on the constitution by Mr President on the purchase of the fighter jets. BigPen Online recalls, that during the debate on the contentious issue, Senator Urhogide who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Public Account, moving a motion opined that “It’s a violation of Section 80 subsection 1, 2, 3, 4. He was quoted to have said, “The procedure of the expenditure is wrong. There ought to be an appropri
The senate has join their counterpart in the House of Representatives to launch impeachment procedures against President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to seek Senate approval before purchasing a $496m super Tucano fighter jet. The Senators during Thursday's plenary asked Senate President Bukola Saraki to invoke Section 143 of the constitution in view of President Buhari’s approval of the extra-budgetary spending of 496 million dollars to purchase the aircraft. In a motion moved by the Chairman Senate Committee on Public Account, Senator Mathew Urhogide, is of the opinion that “It’s a violation of Section 80 subsection 1, 2, 3, 4. “The procedure of the expenditure is wrong. There ought to be an appropriation before such expenditure. “I hereby request that the Senate
A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the Senate is conferred with the authority to ensure the choice of “only suitable and credible persons for appointment to the office”. The court gave the ruling in determining the suit challenging the Senate’s authority to deny an appointee to the office of Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the EFCC Act. A copy of the judgement obtained by Channels Television on Thursday revealed that Justice John Tsoho gave the ruling on January 15, 2018. A lawyer Mr Oluwatosin Ojamo had filed a suit in January 2017, questioning whether the Senate President and the Senate can reject a valid appointment made by the President as it relates to Acting ECFF Chairman Mr Ibrahim Magu, in accordance with the pr
President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Anthony Ojukwu as the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). In a report available to BigPen Online, President Buhari had in a letter to the senate which was read by Senate President, Bukola Saraki nominated Ojukwu and requested the senate to confirm the nominee according to the act of the commission. “In accordance with provisions of section 8 of the National Human Rights Commission amendment act 2010, I have the pleasure to present Mr. Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu as the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission by the senate. Please find attached copies of his curriculum vitae". Mr. Anthony Ojukwu once confirmed by the senate will take over from Mrs. Oti Ovrawah who has been the Ag