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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SPEAKERSHIP: PDP IN TALKS WITH BAGO, MAY GIVE BLOCK VOTES

•To monitor voting pattern •Party in talks with Bago group •Demand for communications, works, power petroleum, other committees Ahead of the inauguration and voting for the leadership of 9th National Assembly billed for Tuesday, governors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have relocated to Abuja, in order to monitor proceedings and to ensure that everything goes according to plans. Sunday Telegraph investigations revealed that the governors, who have been in Abuja since Thursday, were leaving nothing to chance. “They will be physically present to monitor how the national lawmakers…

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SPEAKERSHIP RACE: BAGO, ONYEJEOCHA INSIST ON DEFYING APC, SET TO BATTLE GBAJABIAMILA

As the race for the speakership of the 9th National Assembly hots up, five aspirants under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have vowed to run the race to the finishing point on the day of the inauguration despite the endorsement of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila by the party. The aspirants include Umaru Mohammed Bago (Niger State), John Dyegh (Benue State), Olajide Olatunbosun (Oyo State), Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo State) and Nkeiruka Onyejeocha who is the only female aspirant in the race. Speaking with Tribune Online during separate interviews while defending their individual actions,…

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COURT ASKED TO BAR GBAJABIAMILA FROM CONTESTING FOR SPEAKER

COURT ASKED TO BAR GBAJIAGBMILA FROM CONTESTING REPS SPEAKERSHIP OVER ALLEGED CONVICTION BY US COURT* The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, was, on Wednesday, urged to bar a top contender of the Speakership of the 9th House of Representatives, *Hon Femi Gbajabiamila* from going ahead with his ambition. It was also explained that the ground for the legal position against Gbajabiamila was because he was allegedly convicted by a United State of America Supreme Court for *fraud*. The court was specifically asked not to allow the lawmaker to stand…

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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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NORTHERN REPS PLAN SHOCKER FOR GBAJABIAMILA OVER SPEAKERSHIP AMBITION

Some Northern elements are planning to pull the rug off the feet of Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila in his speakership bid, when it will be impossible to save his candidacy, Sunday Tribune has reliably learnt. A source close to Aso Rock Presidential Villa disclosed that the plot might not be unconnected with a political storm gathering against the national leader of the ruling party and Gbajabiamila’s main sponsor, Senator Bola Tinubu. The source said the parliamentary leadership politics appeared to have become so overwhelming for the Lagos strongman that he wasn’t…

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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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178 NEW REPS MEMBERS CHOOSE THEIR PREFERRED CANDIDATE FOR SPEAKER

178 new members-elect on Thursday declared support for Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamilla, to emerge Speaker of the 9th Assembly. Hon. Onofiuk Luke, Speaker of Akwa-Ibom State, who spoke on behalf of the other members at New Chelsea Hotel in Abuja, said they were endorsing Gbajabiamiila because he is the most qualified. His words: “I am the Speaker of Akwa-Ibom State and here with me; are newly-elected members of the House of Representatives and this is a conglomeration of people of different parties. I am of…

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NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER, SPEAKERSHIP ASPIRANTS TELL GBAJABIAMILA

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Two members of the House of Representatives have insisted on contesting as Speaker of the 9th National Assembly, saying that the All Progressives Congress has yet to endorse the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, as its candidate. While Mr Chike Okafor from Imo State called for the zoning of the Speaker to the South-East geopolitical zone, Mr Mohammed Bago from Niger State said the North-Central had been marginalised in the sharing of speakership and deputy speakership seats since 1999. Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, Okafor, who is…

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MINISTERS, PARTY LEADERS UNDER WATCH OVER NASS LEADERSHIP TUSSLE

THE jostle for the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly may have set the Presidency against some ministers and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who are believed not to be committed to the ruling party’s desire that Senator Ahmad Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila become the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively. The Presidency is said to be irked by the activities of the ministers and party leaders in question, as they are said to be hobnobbing with deviant APC National…

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