NASS BARS JOURNALISTS FROM INAUGURATION OF NEW MEMBERS, REQUESTS CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION, INCOME TAX BEFORE REACCREDITATION

9th Assembly: NASS Bars Journalists From Inauguration, Demands Certificate Of Registration, Income Tax Chinwe Madugba / 50 minutes ago The Leadership of the National Assembly (NASS) has commenced a crackdown on journalists and Media houses covering it’s activities with the released of stringent conditions for new accreditation that may barred the forth estate of the real from covering the inauguration of the 9th Assembly. The release of the 20 points stringent requirements for all journalists and Media houses to cover the activities of the national assembly before or at the expiration of…

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‘HIS POSITION LET ANOTHER TAKE’: OUTGOING LEGISLATORS MOVE OUT OF NASS

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Lawmakers who did not contest or win reelection in the last general elections have begun to move their belongings out of the National Assembly Complex, The Punch has observed. Properties of lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives, who will not be part of the coming 9th National Assembly, were seen being moved out of the premises in trucks and pick-up vans between Wednesday and Friday. For instance, a pick-up van driven out of the premises at about 7.30pm on Wednesday was loaded with fridges and…

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469 NEW NASS MEMBERS TO ENJOY 4.68BIL NAIRA WELCOME PACKAGE

Olusola Fabiyi , Everest Amaefule and Oladimeji Ramon Four hundred and sixty-nine lawmakers who were elected on the platform of various political parties in the February 23 National Assembly elections and the subsequent supplementary election will get N4.68bn as welcome package immediately after their inauguration in June, The PUNCH investigation has shown. The package is to help the lawmakers sort out accommodation and furniture issues. According to the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, accommodation and furniture allowances are two of the irregular entitlements of lawmakers and other political office…

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9TH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY: BUHARI WILL NOT INTERVENE IN LEADERSHIP TUSSLE – PRESIDENCY

Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos The presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari will not interfere in the bid by some lawmakers to challenge the zoning formula of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the leadership positions of the 9th National Assembly. Already the APC has settled for the duo of Senator Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North) and Femi Gbajabiamila (Surulere 1) as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, respectively, for the 9th National Assembly. However, the positions are being challenged by some lawmakers who described the party’s position…

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PDP LEADERSHIP FORECLOSES NASS MEMBERS CONTESTING SENATE PRESIDENCY, SPEAKERSHIP POSTS

LEADERS of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have foreclosed the chance of any of its members contesting for the post of Senate President or Speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming ninth National Assembly, sources close to the party have said. Investigations by the Sunday Tribune confirmed that leaders of the party had been brainstorming about the role of the PDP in the incoming Assembly due for inauguration in June. It was confirmed that at formal and informal settings in recent weeks, the…

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10 DAYS AFTER PASSING BUDGET, NASS SENDS IT TO BUHARI FOR ASSENT

Leke Baiyewu The National Assembly has transmitted the 2019 Appropriation Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent, SUNDAY PUNCH learnt on Saturday. Both the Senate and House of Representatives passed the national budget on April 30, 2019. When contacted on the telephone on Saturday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Mr Umar el-Yakub, said the budget had been transmitted. “Yes, it has (been transmitted) on Thursday evening. But you know that they (executive) will have to analyse it before it is assented to,” he…

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SEE WHAT YAHAYA BELLO TOLD TINUBU ABOUT NEW NASS LEADERSHIP

Temidayo Akinsuyi Governor Yahaya Bello has declared his support for the endorsement of Sen. Ahmad Lawan and Hon Femi Gbajabiamila as the heads of the 9th Senate and House of Representatives respectively. The Governor who made this known while on a courtesy visit to the National Leader of the party, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu said the decision of the party remains his position on the next National Assembly leadership. He said both of them are experienced and qualified to lead the Upper and the Lower Chambers. “You are our National…

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APC SPEAKS WITH AGGRIEVED ZONES OVER NASS LEADERSHIP

Deji Elumoye, Onyebuchi Ezigbo, Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja   The All Progressives Congress (APC) has concluded arrangements to use the remaining leadership positions in the two chambers of the National Assembly to resolve the grievances arising from the zoning of the Senate president and the Speaker of House of Representatives. The National Chairman of APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, and other top leaders of the party have, therefore, started meeting stakeholders from various zones to negotiate on the settlement deals. The ruling party has zoned the Senate president and Speaker of the House of…

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IMPLICATIONS OF SARAKI, DOGARA TINUBU EXCHANGES ON NASS NEW LEADERSHIP

IN their responses to Senator Bola Tinubu’s recent public statement on why he is backing President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s choice of Senator Ahmed Lawan and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila for the positions of Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives respectively, the duo of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and House of Representatives Speaker, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, appear to completely miss the critical import of the APC national leader’s intervention. Obviously reacting to the widely-peddled insinuation that he is trying to ‘impose’ a particular leadership on…

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NEW NASS LEADERSHIP: WHY APC ARRANGEMENT MAY CRUMBLE

NASS leadership: Why APC accord may crumble Onwuka NzeshiAbuja / 3 hours ago •How Tinubu, Oshiomhole ruffled feathers •Lawmakers torn between legislative autonomy, party loyalty As the intrigues surrounding the leadership tussle in the National Assembly thicken, there are indications that the All Progressives Congress (APC) might hit a brick wall again in its bid to have its anointed candidates installed as presiding officers in both chambers of the parliament. The leadership of the APC had, just after the general elections, announced its desire to have the serving Senate Leader, Sen. Ahmad…

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