REPS SPEAKERSHIP: 156 MEMBERS-ELECT BACK BAGO

The quest by the member representing Chanchanga Federal Constituency of Niger State, Honourable Umaru Mohammed Bago, to emerge as the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives has got a boost as over 156 members-elect are said to have declared support for him. Bago, who is contesting against the choice of their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, was said to have got the endorsement of the members-elect at a meeting held at a location in Gwarimpa, Abuja, early on Saturday, where they were said to have…

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BATTLE FOR NEW REPS MAJORITY LEADER BEGINS: SEE TOP CONTENDERS

The battle for who succeeds Hon Femi Gbajiamiala as the Leader of the House of Representatives is getting tough, with different gladiators expressing interest in taking the plum job, JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH writes. In less than two months, a new leadership of the 9th National Assembly will emerge. Right now, there is ongoing horsetrading, permutations and negotiations on who becomes the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The All Progressive Congress (APC) had recently adopted Femi Gbajiamiala as its preferred candidate for the office of tr Speaker of the House in the 9th…

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REPS TO PROBE 20TRILLION UNREMITTED STAMP DUTY MONEY

The House of Representatives has resolved to probe an alleged non-remittance of stamp duty revenue by deposit banks in the country. The lawmakers paased the resolution after adopting a motion of urgent national importance brought before it by Goni Lawal (APC, Yobe). The stamp duty is the tax placed on legal documents, usually in the transfer of assets or property. The house resolution is coming months after an FOI request was sent in July on behalf of LeaksNG to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Office of the Secretary to…

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REPS SET TO PROBE 27BIL OIL REVENUE LOSS

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate Nigeria’s loss of $27 billion crude oil revenue to international oil companies (IOCs) since 1999. This is coming as some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) attempted to break into the premises of the National Assembly, forcing the lawmakers to hurriedly conclude the business of the day and adjourn plenary. The resolution was passed at the plenary yesterday after a debate on the bill presented by President Muhammadu Buhari seeking to increase federal government’s share of the revenue accruing from…

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REPS ADJOURN ABRUPTLY OVER SHIITES PROTEST AT NASS GATE

The House of Representatives on Wednesday abruptly ended its sitting after the presiding officer announced that protesting Shiites had crashed into a gate of the National Assembly. The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, announced that the protesters, members of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) crashed into the first gate of the National Assembly. The development forced the legislators to abruptly adjourn their plenary which was on before the announcement. Members of the IMN have held regular protests to demand the release of their leader…

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HOW 32 OF 37 DEFECTED REPS MEMBERS LOST RE-ELECTION

Thirty-two of the 37 lawmakers who ditched the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the eve of the party’s primaries on July 24, 2018, for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC) will not return to the 9th House of Representatives in June. Daily Trust on Sunday looks at how the lawmakers lost their re-election bids. Some lawmakers, spread across 10 states – Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, Ondo and Oyo – who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress to other parties shortly…

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MORE APC REPS MOVE AGAINST GABAJABIAMILA AFTER MEETING WITH BUHARI

Speakership: More Reps move against Gbajabiamila after APC’s endorsement Philip Nyam / 4 hours ago …North central Reps insist on contesting The speakership ambition of leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, seems to be embroiled in more problems as opposition against him swelled after his endorsement by the All Progressives Congress (APC). The opposition against the Lagos lawmaker is coming from the north central geo-political zone of the country, where three candidates have signaled interest to run for the position. Saturday Telegraph investigations revealed that lawmakers loyal to Speaker Yakubu…

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164 APC REPS- ELECT MEMBERS BACK GBAJABIAMILA

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja One hundred and sixty-four members of the ninth House of Representatives elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress have resolved to back Mr Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of a speaker The members-elect said they would not defy President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC on the choice of the majority leader as the next speaker. The APC had on Tuesday adopted Gbajabiamila as its candidate when Buhari hosted members-elect to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Some aspirants from the North-Central geopolitical zone had,…

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SOUTHEAST CONTINUES PUSH FOR SPEAKERSHIP SEAT

AS the nation eagerly waits for the inauguration of ninth National Assembly, come May 29, the main preoccupation of major stakeholders across all the geopolitical zones in the land, and which has become a major discussion in the public domain has been the quest for the principal offices in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. While elected senators and members of the House of Representatives across the land are jostling for all the available offices in both chambers, investigation revealed that the office of the Speaker, which is…

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REPS GIVE PRESIDENT 48HOURS TO ADDRESS NIGERIANS ON THE SPATE OF KILLINGS

The House of Representatives has given President Muhammadu Buhari 48 hours to address the nation over the spate of killings in the country. This was part of the resolutions reached by lawmakers in the House when the matter came up during Thursday’s plenary. They agreed that the President should address them and the nation regarding the attacks on communities in Benue, Zamfara, Kaduna, and other states where many people were killed and several others displaced. Should the President fail to respond to the request, the lawmakers resolved to conclude with…

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