THE MAKING OF GBAJABIAMILA’S COMMITTEES, WHY ABDULMUMIN JIBRIN GOT NOTHING

With the composition of 109 standing committees by the House of Representatives speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, the green chamber of the Nigerian parliament appears to have one of the highest in the world. PREMIUM TIMES takes a look at the top gainers and losers in this exercise. The first striking thing to note is that the number of the standing committees increased from 96 to 105. The decision to increase the number of committees was contained in a report submitted by an ad-hoc committee mandated to review the house standing order shortly…

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NIGERIA AIR ANNIVERSARY AND WHY GBAJABIAMILA NEEDS 361 AIDES

On Wednesday, July 17, Distinguished Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, announced the appointment of 27 new aides. According to a statement by Lanre Lasisi, Mr Gbajabiamila’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, the new appointees were largely selected from former members of the House of Representatives. Expectedly, they included members who lost their re-election bids and a few loyal protegees of Mr Gbajabiamila. That very significant decision came barely a week after the speaker appointed one, two, three, four, five, and… six—–six media aides. The day after Mr…

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REPS SPEAKER, GBAJABIAMILA APPOINTS 27 MORE AIDES

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has appointed 27 more aides. This is coming barely a week after the speaker appointed his six media aides. According to a statement by Lanre Lasisi, the speaker’s spokesperson, most of the appointees were former members of the house. The appointees include: Special Adviser on Administration, Odofin David Seun; Special Adviser on Political Matters, Olanrewaju Smart; Special Adviser on Special Duties, Badmus Olufunmi; Special Assistant on Legal Matters, Osazee Melody Ogundijie; Special Assistant on Legislative Matters, Raphael Nnana Igbokwe; and Special Assistant…

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TENSION IN THE HOUSE AS GBAJABIAMILA ATTEMPTS TO BREAK PDP RANKS

Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja There was palpable tension in the House of Representatives, yesterday, as the face-off over the minority leadership, which resulted in a free-for-all at Wednesday’s plenary, continued.  This is coming as the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila named former chief whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa as House Leader. Gbajabiamila said members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a communication sent to him also nominated Tahir Monguno as chief whip, while Peter Akpatason and Nkeiruka Onyejocha were nominated to serve as deputy House leader and deputy chief whip respectively. Members of the Peoples…

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REPS SPEAKER: SUIT AGAINST GBAJABIAMILA’S ELIGIBILITY DISMISSED

The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a suit challenging Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila’s eligibility to contest the recently-concluded speakership election of the newly-inaugurated ninth House of Representatives. Justice Inyang Ekwo dismissed the suit following the decision of the plaintiff, Philip Undie, to discontinue the case. Undie had filed the legal action on May 21, 2019, asking the court to remove Gbajabiamila as a member of the House of Representatives and disqualify him from contesting the leadership election of the House of Representatives. He had anchored the suit on the…

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HOW GBAJABIAMILA EMERGED SPEAKER: THE TRUE STORY

Last Tuesday, the House of Representatives elected its presiding officers. PHILIP NYAM, who witnessed the elections, reports The campaign for the office of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, which began shortly after the presidential and National Assembly elections came to a climax on June 11, when President Muhammadu Buhari proclaimed the 9th Assembly. The most intriguing feature of the inauguration of the 9th House of Representatives was the emergence of the anointed candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); former Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila…

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STANDING COMMITTEES: GBAJABIAMILA ASKS REPS MEMBERS TO SUBMIT CVS

Osinbajo, Speaker parley on executive, legislative partnership Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has told his colleague-lawmakers interested in specific standing committees in which they have competence to submit their curriculum vitae (CVs) for consideration. Gbajabiamila disclosed this while inaugurating members of three ad-hoc committees of the House yesterday. The ad hoc committees are to assist him in running the House until standing committees are constituted. The committees include the selection committee chaired by the speaker; committee on welfare chaired by Hon. Wale Raji (APC-Lagos) and committee…

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REPS ADHOC COMMITTEE SPEAKS ON GBAJABIAMILA GIVING FINANCIAL INDUCEMENT IN FORM OF GREEN CARD TO LURE VOTES

The House of Representatives on Monday dismissed the claims by some members that Hon Femi Gbajabiamila induced his colleagues financially to vote for him as the Speaker during last Tuesday presiding officers elections, describing the allegation as falsehood and share total blackmail. Addressing newsmen in Abuja yesterday. the Spokesman of the House Ad hoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Hon Khadijah Bukar Abba-Ibrahim shortly after the inauguration of four ad hoc Committees by the Speaker, declared Gbajabiamila won his election on merits. According to Prof Julius Ihonvbere, who stood in…

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REPS SPEAKER DARES OSHIOMHOLE, READY TO APPOINT PDP MEMBERS COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the newly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday held a closed door meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Mr Gbajabiamila, who fielded questions from State House correspondents afterwards, promised to carry opposition lawmakers along in committee membership and leadership. The Speaker’s position contradicts that of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, who in April vowed that members of the opposition will not head special and standing committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Speaking at…

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