NATIONAL ASSEMBLY LEADERS ELECTION: MANAGEMENT PICKS SECRET BALLOT

National Assembly leaders’ elections: Management picks secret poll, open ballot advocates lose out …..We must adopt open ballot as rules have not been amended –Omo-Agege ….I don’t believe in endorsement, I’m concerned about election –Ndume Olalekan Adetayo, Sunday Aborisade, Friday Olokor, Mudiaga Affe and Success Nwogu There were clear indications on Saturday that the election of the presiding officers of the 9th National Assembly will be conducted by secret ballot method on Tuesday. SUNDAY PUNCH learnt that the management of the red chamber took the decision to avoid rancour on…

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ABBA MORO, PDP SENATOR-ELECT: WHY WE ARE BACKING LAWAN FOR SENATE PRESIDENCY

FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedInWhatsAppEmail A Senator-elect of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Comrade Abba Moro, has revealed why some opposition party senators are supporting Senator Ahmed Lawan to become the 9th Senate President. He said Lawan’s agenda has some attraction and a mixture of chemistry for a united Nigeria. He also said the PDP senators were still expecting a position from the main opposition party. Moro, who attended the launch of the Legislative Agenda of Lawan in Abuja yesterday, said the ex-Senate Leader’s level of exposure and experience makes him the best candidate…

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SENATE PRESIDENCY: NDUME ACCUSES APC LEADERSHIP OF BREACHING NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION

Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja A contestant for the position of the president of the Senate in the incoming ninth session of the National Assembly, Senate Ali Ndume, has said by declaring a candidate for the seat as the favourite of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), is in the breach of Nigerian Constitution and that of the party. Ndume said what was needed was for the party to treat all members equally and provide an atmosphere for free contest among qualified lawmakers, as provided by its constitution. Ndume, who…

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SENATE PRESIDENCY: ANXIETY IN NDUME, LAWAN’S CAMPS OVER PDP, GOJE

There is anxiety within the ranks of the two major contenders to the 9th Senate Presidency, Senators Ahmad Lawan and Ali Ndume, over the unusual calmness of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators-elect and Senator Danjuma Goje (APC, Gombe), New Telegraph has learnt It was also learnt that the Thursday’s Supreme Court judgement, which voided all the votes cast for the APC in Zamfara State, while declaring the opposition PDP winner in virtually all the elective positions in the last general election, has sent jitters to the camp of Lawan…

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SENATE PRESIDENCY: VOTING SYSTEM DIVIDES INCOMING SENATORS

PHOTO: Twitter/NGRSenate Barely three weeks to the election of the presiding officers of the ninth National Assembly, signs of discord that could mar the entire exercise at the Senate as well as the inauguration of the lawmakers have emerged. Senators from the camps of the two most prominent candidates for the position of Senate president are now locked in exchange of threats and counter-threats of violence. The source of contention is the method of voting to be adopted for the election. The current Senate standing rule, copies of which have…

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SENATE PRESIDENCY: PLOT TO WEAKEN OPPOSITION TO LAWAN THICKENS, SARAKI MAY BE DETAINED BY EFCC

EFCC may arrest, detain Saraki The plot to weaken opposition to the emergence of Senator Ahmed Lawan, the preferred choice of the All Progressives Congress for the position of Senate President, has reached an advanced stage, Saturday PUNCH has learnt. Saturday PUNCH gathered in Abuja on Friday that the ruling party was leaving nothing to chance as it was prepared to take full advantage of pending cases before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to whip uncooperative lawmakers into line. It was learnt that the party’s strategists had reached a…

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SARAKI BEGINS EXIT PLANS, DEMANDS HANDOVER NOTES FROM AIDES

Senate president, Bukola Saraki Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has activated his exit plan ahead of the valedictory session of the Eight Assembly scheduled for the first week of June. Findings showed that Saraki has already directed his legislative aides to turn in their handover notes. It is also gathered that the Senate President stimulated his exit plan from the upper chamber to ensure “a smooth transfer of power to his successor next month.” It is learnt that the valedictory session to mark the end of the Eight Senate will be…

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SENATE PRESIDENCY: MY RELATIONSHIP WITH NDUME, GOJE BY LAWAN

The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, says he has no ill feelings towards Ali Ndume or Danjuma Goje, over who becomes the next Senate President in the ninth assembly. Mr Lawan, an All Progressives Congress (APC) senator, representing Yobe- North, made the remark when he was a guest at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja. The APC has zoned the senate president’s slot to the north east where the trio of Lawan, Ndume and Goje hail from. However, the ruling party endorsed the candidacy of Mr Lawan for…

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NDUME FINALLY REVEALS WHO WILL BE THE NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT

Oluwatobi Akindele A former Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, has said he will emerge as the Senate President of the Ninth National Assembly. The senator said this in an interview with journalists in Lagos on Monday. He said he was confident because he had the support of his colleagues in the Senate and the leaders of the All Progressives Congress. Ndume said he was not in the race to bargain for juicy position, saying he had done his homework. He stated that no party leader had asked him to withdraw for…

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PDP NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS-ELECT NOW SUPPORT LAWAN, GBAJABIAMILA, SEE WHY

Some leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are reaching out to newly elected or re-elected federal legislators from the party and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure a rancour free election of principal officers of the 9th National Assembly. The concerned PDP leaders, according to sources, are keen on persuading their fellow party members to shelve any idea of opposing the preferred choices of the majority APC during the election of Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives. Involved in the initiative are serving and newly…

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