Senate Presidency: PDP Weighs Options, Mulls a Senate President with APC Deputy

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu With about 46 Senators now in its kitty, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is weighing options as regard the next President of the Senate, the The Source has learnt. An impeccable party source lists the options as follows: Cash in on the division in the ranks of the All Progressives Congress, APC, fresh and returning Senators over the party’s choice for the top Senate position to spring a surprise by sponsoring a ranking PDP Senator for the position with an APC Deputy; align with Senator Ali Ndume…

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NJC may have recommended Onnoghen For Retirement, Cleared Tanko

Following turbulence that has trailed his tenure and his unceremonious suspension from his exalted office, Justice Walter Onnoghen may have been recommended for retirement by the national Judicial commission, NJC. Justice Tanko Mohammed, however, may have been exhonorated from allegations of subverting the rule of Law by offering himself to be sworn in as the new acting chief Justice without due process. This Soji Oye, the Director  of Media Information of the commission has hinted. The NJC handles issues of Judicial discipline. In the wake of the Onnoghen Saga, Justice…

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Senate To Pass 2019 Budget On April 16

  By Akinwale Kasali The Senate has adjourned plenary till April 9, to allow its Committee on Appropriation conclude work on the 2019 Budget. This followed the inability of the Committee to submit its report on the budget as proposed when the Senate adjourned on March 20. Announcing the committee’s position, its Vice Chairman, Sen. Sonni Ogbuoji, said less than 10 committees out of over 60 had submitted their budget reports to it, and urged the Upper Chamber for a two weeks extension. “Our report is not ready because some…

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Atiku: Presidency Fears Election Annulment, Plots Installation of Pliant Senate President, House Speaker

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu New, but compelling, realities may have forced the presidency to jettison its “siddon look” approach to who becomes the next President of the Senate and Speaker of House of the Representatives when the ninth National Assembly is inaugurated on June 10, 2019. The sheer volume of alleged  rock-solid evidence at the disposal of Atiku Abubakar’s legal team against the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23,2019 presidential election, and the meticulous manner the Osun state governorship election Tribunal dissected and secrutinized INEC’s election materials used for…

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Ajimobi: Demystified

By Akinwale Kasali Prior to Saturday February 23rd, 2019 polls, Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi was optimistic and confident that he will return to the Senate after finishing his tenure as the governor on 29th May, 2019. Unfortunately, he was living on the crest of illusion and fantasy, as the electorates had another mission and intention in stock for him. Which is simply denying him their votes at the poll. Ajimobi had been a senator, representing Oyo South Senatorial District before contesting for the gubernatorial seat and winning…

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Magu Mocks Senate

By Akinwale Kasali The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has sarcastically mocked the Senate, saying that he is happy that the Senate didnt confirm his appointment as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency. Magu added that if he had been confirmed by the Senate he would perhaps not have been able to discharge his duties appropriately as he is doing presently. Magu made this statement at the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja where he was testifying in a libel suit he filed against The…

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Senate In Rowdy Session, refuses to Endorse EFCC Nominees

By Uche Mbah Senate today went into a rowdy session as they considered the names that were submitted by the presidency for confirmation of their appointments into the anti graft agency. The uproar was hinged on the flagrant disregard for federal character in the nominations. The nominees are Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Najib and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu. The letter from the presidency has been with the senate since 2016, but it only came up today for hearing and debate in the upper legislative chamber. It was then refered to…

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$3.5Bn NNPC Subsidy Under Investigation

By Akinwale Kasali The Senate has set up an AD-HOC committee to investigate the $3.5bn NNPC subsidy money, and to ascertain what the money was used for. This disclosure was made in a tweet on the verified Twitter handle of The Nigerian Senate, @NGRSenate. “Senator Bassey Akpan cited Orders 43 and 95 and drew the attention of the Senate to the various emails and complaints from the general public on the unauthorised withdrawal of $3.5bn by NNPC from the NLNG account,” the Senate added. “I ask that the Senate Committee…

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Court Orders Saraki To Pay Omo-Agege’s Entitlement

The Federal High Court on Thursday warned the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over the imprisonment proceedings initiated against him by the Delta-Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. Omo-Agege had initiated the committal proceedings praying that Saraki be sent to prison as punishment for flouting the May 10 judgment of the court which ordered him (Omo-Agege) to be reinstated from illegal suspension and be paid all his accrued benefits for the period of the voided suspension. The hearing of the committal proceedings was scheduled for Thursday, but the alleged contemnor and his lawyers…

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2019 Polls Budget: NASS Reject N189.2bn, Upholds N143bn

Reports reaching the magazine from the National Assembly after the closed door meeting by the NASS Committee on 2019 elections reveals that the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committees on Electoral Matters have adopted N143bn as the workable budget for the 2019 polls. The committee members, just rising from a meeting at the National Assembly, rejected the earlier version of N189.2bn, a combination of the N143bn and another N45.6bn proposed to be vired from the 2019 budget. The lawmakers said they would stick to only N143bn. Reports Later….

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