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APC keeps majority as 14 senators, 37 Reps defect
Wed, 25 Jul 2018

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THE Defectors

  • Shaaba Lafiagi
  • Barnabas Gemade
  • Dino Melaye
  • Ubali Shittu
  • Rafiu Ibrahim
  • Isah Misau
  • Suleiman Hunkuyi
  • Abdullahi Danbaba
  • Usman Nafada
  • Suleiman Nazif
  • Rabiu Kwankwaso
  • All the above senators defected to the PDP
  • Abdul Azeez Nyako
  • Monsurat Sunmonu
  • Lanre Tejuoso

 

  • All the above senators defected to the ADC

 

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  • There are 109 senators. Of the lot, one, Joshua Dariye (Plateau Central) is in jail and two are dead. One seat is vacant

Fourteen senators defected yesterday from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

But the APC keeps its majority with 52 senators. The PDP has 50. There are 109 senators. Two are dead and one, Joshua Dariye is in jail for corruption.

The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has three, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has two seats.

In the House of Representatives, 37 members quit the ruling party. There are now 192 APC members. The PDP has 156 members and APGA five. The APC keeps its majority.

Irreconcilable political differences between the senators and their governors may have pushed the lawmakers to take the action.

But the APC said it was all a storm in a tea cup. National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole said the defection would not affect the party’s fortune in next year’s election.

President Muhammadu Buhari described it as “seasonal”.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, who was said to have sneaked into the National Assembly complex early yesterday, announced the defection of the senators.

Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West)  and a former PDP National Chairman, Senator Barnabas Gemade, led a pack of defectors.

The defection was contained in a letter to the Saraki which he read at plenary.

Besides Melaye and Gemade (Benue North-East), others who defected to PDP are Abdullahi Ibrahim Danbaba (Sokoto South), Shaaba Lafiagi, (Kwara North) and Ubali Shittu, (Jigawa North-East).

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Senators Rafiu Ibrahim (Kwara South), Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North),  Isa Misau (Bauchi Central),  Monsurat Sunmonu (Oyo Central)and Usman Nafada (Gombe North) were also listed as the defectors.

Senators Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano Central), Suleiman Nazif (Bauchi North), Olanrewaju Tejuosho  (Ogun Central) and Abdulaziz Nyako (Adamawa Central) were also announced.

Senator Adesoji Rilwan Akanbi (Oyo south), who was also listed to have defected, dissociated himself from the group of defectors.

Akanbi told reporters after plenary that  he never contemplated leaving the APC for another party.

He said attempts he made to correct the wrong listing of his name were not allowed on the floor of the Senate.

The letter of defection read: “Dear Senate President, after due consultation with our constituents and stakeholders in our constituencies, in proper recognition of Section 68(1G) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and with the fact that our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is hereby enmeshed in factions;

“We hereby inform the Senate that we the undersigned are changing our political affiliation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP).

“We thank you for your exemplary leadership.”

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Defections from APC good riddance, says Oshiomhole
Wed, 25 Jul 2018

All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman Adams Oshiomhole said that the defection of some Senators and House of Representatives members from the party was better for it.

He spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, the defectors do not believe in the ideals of the APC.

Besides, said the chairman, he would like to build a solid party, which is not just a vehicle for acquiring political office or personal gain.

Oshiomhole pointed out that the defectors have no electoral value, stressing that Buhari scored more votes than them in their own constituencies.

Oshiomhole said: “Well, my attitude is, like I have told you before, as the National Chairman, I am committed to listening to very legitimate grievances and engaging all those who are aggrieved that we can see through their grievances. But I insist that I will not miss sleep one minute over mercenary activities.

“I had said and I want to repeat, this business of governance must be driven by men and women of honour. If the only motivation is personal interest, what is in it for me, what I have gained, how many people I have done xyz for, if that is the basis, the earlier those in this business of personal gains, the earlier they return to where they belong the better.

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“This party that I am privileged to chair is not worried at all; we are not disturbed. I am not going to miss my sleep and we will go into the campaign. Check the electoral results, you will find that a lot claimed to have decamped on a good day the vote they got that made them members of the Senate, our president got much more votes in their constituency. So, we are not fooled at all.

“The thing going on is that you have a lot of so called big masquerades with very little and no electoral value. I have tried my best which I think I needed to do to give people comfort, those who claimed to be aggrieved. But those who have other hidden agenda that are not negotiable, I am not going to be able to appease anyone who expects x-level of return and the system is not delivering it, in terms of personal return. I can’t solve that.

“But those who felt that in terms of within the management of the party they have issues, those ones are on the table it can be dealt with. But those who have issues under the table they are beyond me.”

The party chief went on:

“But let me assure you, I am so happy that over time that water will find its level. Because, if you remember what I said the day I formally declared my interest to contest, I had said, to be a progressive party means we must be clear that it cannot be a party for everyone. We have to be sure that you subscribe to the values and ideals of a progressive party. If indeed you belong to the extreme right, and you mistakenly find yourself in a progressive party, obviously that is not where you belong.

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Police: we were not at Sarakis home
Wed, 25 Jul 2018

A very lawful means will be used to compel Senate President Bukola Saraki to appear before the Police investigative team to defend his integrity over the Offa robberies, the police said yesterday.

The suspects in the robberies in which 31 people, including nine policemen were killed, confessed to the Police that they were political thugs being used by the Senate president.

The police asked Saraki to report at 8am yesterday to clear the air on his alleged links with the boys but he did not show up. But the Senate president said his residence was barricaded by policemen yesterday. The police authorities denied any involvement.

According to the police, the officers seen in social media pictures in front Saraki’s house were personnel attached to him as security aides.

A statement by Police spokesman Jimoh Moshood said: “The Nigeria Police Force on the 23rd of July, 2018 invited Sen. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, to report to the head of investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja today, 24th of July, 2018 at 8am for further investigation on his indictment from confessional statements from some of the five gang leaders arrested for their active participation in the Offa bank robbery and gruesome murder of more than 31 persons and snatching of 21 AK47 rifles on the 5th of April, 2018.

“But the Senate President refused to honour police invitation as at the time of this press release. The Force therefore, insists that the Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria is being expected to report to the head of investigation team at the Intelligence Response Team office at Guzape junction, Asokoro Extension, Abuja and should honour the invitation, otherwise the Force will not hesitate to use all the instruments of the Law to ensure compliance with the law.”

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Lagos safest city in Africa, says Ambode
Wed, 25 Jul 2018

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday said the state has become one of the safest cities in Africa.

The governor spoke as the guest speaker at this year’s Executive Intelligence Management Course participants of the Institute for Security Studies in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The event, with the theme: Cultural Values, National Security and Challenges of Contemporary Governance: Perspectives from Lagos State Experience, was attended by participants from across the country.

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Ambode said the greatest achievement of his administration in the past three years is the protection of life and property of the residents.

The state, the governor said, had invested over N20 billion on security in the past three years.

With the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corp (LNSC) his administration set up, he said crimes had reduced across the state.

Ambode noted that the problem with the country was problem of discipline and the challenge of attitudes.

He said: “Indeed, I strongly believe that the fight against crime and all forms of criminality would be better enhanced if efforts are geared towards embracing community policing to complement the police and other law enforcement agencies.

“This is what informed the setting up of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corp Agency of which I shall later speak. However, what we have found in our experience in Lagos State is that intelligence gathering through community policing will be ineffective in the absence of certain germane cultural values in the society.

“Indeed, the security of life and property of citizens remains the topmost pursuit of my administration. Indeed, one of the biggest achievements of my administration in the last three years is the security of life and the property of Lagos State residents. And of course, it is gratifying to note that Lagos State is now one of the safest cities in Africa.”

The governor also said an efficient and effective security architecture would ensure the implementation of other policies and the preservation of investment made.

“After all, that is what really grows our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and that is what makes other people to want to come to Lagos State to live and work and invest,” he added.

Ambode noted that to reclaim the cultural values in multi-cultural and cosmopolitan Lagos State, there were four cardinal values that should be observed: truth, justice, hard-work and character.

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Avoidable sugar importation
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Time to step up local production To its credit, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has not only recognised the great harm that avoidable import dependency particularly in the agricultural sector wrecks on the economy but has taken concrete and determined steps to redress the situation. One indication that the efforts of government in this regard are yet to begin to yield the desired results is the report that over 750,000 metric tons of raw sugar worth over N120 billion were imported
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Buhari: defection a seasonal occurrence
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday described the defections from the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the National Assembly as a seasonal occurrence on the eve of elections.He assured his party members that the defections would do no harm to the party at the elections.In a statement by his media adviser Garba Shehu, President Buhari while wishing the defectors the best in their future undertakings, expressed his total commitment to the values of democracy, freedom of choice and a total willi
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Democracy and the Makurdi affair
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
I have always told anyone who cares to listen that we are not yet practising the basic tenets of a true democratic system of government in Nigeria, in spite of the perception by many that it takes time for democratic culture to evolve and take root in many societies. Maybe I am alone in this apparently uncharitable conclusion, but from the vantage point of my keen observation of the practice of democracy in Nigeria from the third republic to date, I have been compelled to strongly conclude that
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Defections: The drama, the facts
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Will the defection of some senators and House of Representatives members from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) affect President Muhammadu Buharis chances in next years election’ Group Political Editor Emmanuel Oladesu examines the politics of defection and its implications for both parties and the defectors.Fourteen All Progressives Congress (APC) senators dumped the ruling party yesterday. The party saw the handwriting on the wall. Its leader
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Our Girls; Mandela; Continuous Forensic Audit
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Our Chibok girls were kidnapped on April 15, 2014. Release the remaining Chibok Girls. Inexplicably, our Dapchi girl-child, 15, Leah Sharibu is not released.The Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund faces a N62.3billion fraud and a $4m ministerial bribe attempt. What an insult to those companies forced by law to pay and those employees denied N62,300,000,000 in support, just like National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and its N130b or so. Every good intention crumbles into corruption dust. Why d
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Cars, arms recovered as police parade 11 suspects
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
The police in Rivers State yesterday paraded 11 suspected criminals for their alleged involvement in crimes.They are held for kidnapping, robbery and car-snatching.Police Commissioner Zaki Ahmed said in a statement in Port Harcourt the suspects were arrested by men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS).He said the arrests were made last month, adding the suspects will be arraigned after investigation.Fifteen cars,11 guns,40 machetes,dagger and four axes were recovered from them.The
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72-year-old suspected gun manufacturer nabbed
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
The police in Anambra State have arrested a 72-year-old man, Obi Benjamin, from Umuoma village, in Ihiala Local Government, for allegedly manufacturing and repairing guns for criminals.Also nabbed was Okwudili John, from Delta State, for allegedly impersonating Governor Willie Obiano to dupe people.Guns were recovered from the suspected gun manufacturer.The suspect told The Nation yesterday he only repaired guns for hunters, because he belonged to their association.Other suspects paraded at the
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Lalong raises IDPs resettlement panel
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
The Plateau State government has constituted a committee for the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their homes.The committee was inaugurated yesterday in the Government House in Rayfield, Jos, with a mandate to fight indiscriminate occupation of lands in the name of land grabbing.Secretary to the State Government Rufus Bature lamented the indiscriminate occupation of land following the attacks in Barakin-ladi, Riyom, Mangu, Jos South, Jos North and Bokkos Local Government Areas.Ba
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I ll beat APC candidate in Ifako-Ijaye House of Reps poll
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Lagos State, Fatima Mohammed, had joined the House of Representatives race in Ifako-Ijaye Constituency.She boasted that she will get the ticket at the primary and beat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate at the poll because she is popular.Mohammed said she commanded respect among the PDP and APC members in the local government, adding that her philanthropist activities have made her a community woman.The aspirant, who spoke with our corresp
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Why party delegates must shun money politics
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), South Africa chapter, Bola Babarinde, is eyeing the partys ticket for next years governorship election in Oyo State. He speaks with ROBERT EGBE in Lagos on how the party was established in South Africa, why delegates at the proposed primary should shun vote buying and other issues.In 2008, we established Action Congress (AC) in South Africa. It was actually Mr. Osunde Adekunle that brought the mandate from Nigeria. I was part of the initial me
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Makarfi condemns police siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Former Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Sen Ahmed Makarfi has condemned the siege laid by the police on the residences of the principal officers of the National Assembly, describing it as dangerous and a threat to democracy.Sen. Makarfi in a statement signed by his media aide, Murktar Sirajo, said the latest assault smacks of a breach of the tenets of presidential democracy.He cautioned that the nations parliamentarians should not be treated like common cr
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NSE proffers solution to herdsmen killings
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Want Govt. to invest on water infrastructures to check migrationThe Nigerian Society of Engineers ( NSE) has called on governments at all levels to invest in the building of relevant multipurpose water infrastructures to check and prevent herdsmen forceful migration to areas of more favorable climate and explorable arable land.The body explained that this is the major part of the solution to herdsmen killings in some parts of the country.Rather than acquiring lands and spending billions of naira
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A Threesome for T.W.O
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Coming out of a dark moment with the demise of her brother, Mr. Wale Aboderin, Chairman of Punch Newspapers, Wunmi and her husband, Tunde have got reasons to smile again.Popularly called T.W.O, an acronym for Tunde and Wunmi Obe, the couple and bandmates have found three reasons to celebrate 2018 marks Tundes 50th birthday, it is also their 30th year as music partners and 20 years as married couple.Relating how bad she is missing her brother, Wunmi said at a media briefing for the triple celebr
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MultiChoice dedicates new channel for Nollywood stars
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
ALLactive DStv and GOtv Max subscribers will be treated to the first ever Africa Magic Nollywood Stars Pop-Up Channel (DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29) with access to some of Nollywoods biggest titles.Multichoice Nigeria has made this known.According to Multichoice, the Nollywood Pop-up channel will feature the biggest homegrown movies with no space for repeats and would also be streamed on the DStv Now App.Subscribers will have an abundance of critically acclaimed Nollywood movies to choos
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CBN plans real sector single digit borrowing
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Bank retains MPR at 14 per cent To encourage banks to give credit to the real sector of the economy, at single digit rates, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has offered to complement the banks.Speaking yesterday after the end the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) Meeting in Abuja, which saw the retention of all monetary rates, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele said the mechanism was not designed to bring competition among Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), but to complement their efforts.He said: The
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PenOp, NSE strategise on multi-fund structure
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
The Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOP) members have met the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to discuss how the capital market can be developed, especially in light of the Multi-Fund Structure that was kicked off by the pensions industry recently.PenOp President, Mrs Aderonke Adedeji made this known when she led a delegation of PenOp members to ring the Closing Gong on the Trading Floor.She said the two organisations who are among the strongest players in the Nigerian financial s
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DMO eyes N208b Green Bond before year-end
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
The Debt Management Office (DMO) is planning a green bond programme before the end of the year to raise funds for environmental projects, a junior minister for the environment said at the weekend.Ibrahim Jibril said the capital market could see issues of around N208 billion ($682 million) this year to fund projects to reduce carbon emissions. The ministry said the total figure was not fixed and would depend on an evaluation of the projects that need funding.Before the year runs out, the DMO will
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NCC: VAS operators to enjoy forex
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Value Added Services (VAS) operators and aggregators have now been incorporated among eligible telecom service stakeholders to enjoy access to foreign exchange (forex) for their operations, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said yesterday.Its Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta said the development was in recognition of the fact that these categories of operators also engage in intangible telecom transactions/services, which also require foreign exchange to settle.He s
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Oando, JVpartners boost road infrastructure
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Oando Plc in conjunction with its Joint Venture (JV) partners, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), has commissioned road projects with drainage systems in its host communities in Imo, Rivers and Bayelsa states.In Imo, Oando and its JV partners commissioned three road projects, specifically the Flora Nwakuche road, the Echina road and the Bishop Nwedo road, with drains in the Oguta community. Roads were also commissioned in the Ebgemo Angalabir
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Why Great Nigeria Insurance is delisting
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Great Nigeria Insurance (GNI) Plc is pushing to be delisted from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) mainly because majority core investors are unwilling to dilute their shareholdings to free up more shares for minority retail investors.GNI Shareholders are scheduled to meet today in Lagos at an extraordinary general meeting to consider a proposal by the board of directors for the delisting of the insurance company from the NSE.In a statement on the proposed delisting, the board of the company not
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Buhari welcomes moves to import crude from Niger Republic
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Nigeria, Niger sign MoUPresident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday hailed the move by Nigeria to import crude oil from Niger Republic.He also welcomed the setting up of a refinery in Katsina State that will make use of stranded crude from Niger Republic.The two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.At the ceremony, Buhari thanked the Niger delegation for considering Nigeria as a partner on what he observed as a mutually beneficial strategic initiative.Ac
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LASACO launches motor power bikes for prompt claims settlement
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
TO boost its customer satisfaction drive, LASACO Assurance Plc has launched motor power bikes for prompt claims settlementTagged LASACO Blue Response, it is targeted at auto insurance, would enable the company solve the most critical aspect of claim settlement, assessment, in record time.The Managing Director, Segun Balogun, in a statement, said the bikes will aid speedy and more scientific claim settlement solution that would make policy holders get compensation faster and more robustly.Accordi
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NIPCO shareholders okay N563m dividend
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Shareholders of NIPCO Plc have approved the payment of N563 million as dividends for last year. This represents a dividend per share of N3.At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abuja, shareholders commended the board and management of the company for the consistent payment of dividend since the company started operations in 2004.A shareholder, Sani Yau, said shareholders were excited by the fact that the company had been paying dividend yearly, despite the economic headwinds.He added that the c
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Building entrepreneurial skills in students while on campus
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
With funding and right training, students can become job creators while still on campus. They do not necessarily have wait to finish and end up as job seekers. This is what Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) is trying to achieve, DANIEL ESSIET reports.From runninggarri processing business to offering extension services, students at Federal College of Agriculture, Akure (FECA) are encouraged to launch fast growing agribusinesses.Besides extension services, the Provost, FECA, Dr Samson O
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