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PDP governors set up committees on legislative, legal affairs

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has resolved to raise the Legislative Liaison Committee to guide it on legislative matters and pending critical bills in the National Assembly and State House of Assemblies.

The forum’s resolution is contained in a communiqué signed by its Chairman, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, at the end of a virtual meeting held on Saturday in Sokoto.

It also resolved to set up a legal affairs committee to guide it on local government, interstate, and federal government relations.

“The Legislative Liaison Committee is expected to liaise with both the national and state legislatures on legislative matters.

“The legislative liaison committee is also expected to guide the forum on pending bills, including the Electoral Act Amendment and Constitution Review matters as it affects the PDP governors.

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“The legal affairs committee is expected to identify and coordinate legal matters affecting the forum.

“In particular, the committee is expected to guide the forum on local government, inter-state, and federal government relations.

“It is also expected to explore various infractions of the constitution by the Federal Government, including the arbitrary and illegal deductions from the Federation Account,’’ the communique read in part.

The forum urged President Muhammadu Buhari, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to play an impartial role in the in the forthcoming Edo and Ondo States governorship elections.

The governors advised PDP supporters to stay vigilant and ensure that “all votes are counted’’ and that “all votes count’’ in the states.

The governors encouraged all Nigerians to continue various efforts at containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

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They urged citizens to lend support to the cooperative efforts between the federal and state governments in the fight against the pandemic and in reopening of schools in a safe and responsible manner.

The forum also welcomed formally, Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo and congratulated him on his emergence as the leader and candidate of PDP in the state forthcoming September gubernatorial election.

“It further resolved to lend its complete and total support to the PDP in Edo in order for it to emerge victorious in the governorship election.

“The forum equally congratulated Eyitayo Jegede on his emergence as the flag bearer of PDP in the forthcoming October gubernatorial election in Ondo State.’’

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It resolved to support Jegede and the party to recover Ondo state for the PDP in the election.

The forum also reviewed the various PDP congresses in all states of the federation and resolved to continue to support the party at all levels to enthrone internal democracy and consequently good governance in all the states of the federation.

It commended the PDP National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus and members of the National Working Committee of the party in the way and manner they conducted primary elections in Edo and Ondo states.

It further commended the party’s generally rancour-free congresses in many states of the federation.

The governors urged the party to continue to deploy conflict resolution mechanisms to resolve any disputes

 

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Gov. Fayemi mourns ex-Ekiti lawmaker, Fakiyesi

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the death of a former state lawmaker, Mr Kola Fakiyesi, as “very shocking and unfortunate”.

The governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Yinka Oyebode, and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said that Fakiyesi passed on at his prime.

He said that his death was a great loss to the state and the APC family to which the deceased belonged.

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Fayemi described Fakiyesi as a very loyal party man, adding that since his election into the Assembly in 2003 on the platform of Alliance for Democracy, he did not waiver in his political belief, as he remained in the progressive camp throughout his lifetime.

He added that the late Fakiyesi also represented Irepodun/Ifelodun constituency I in the Second Assembly meritoriously.

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He said the late former lawmaker’s pedigree as an astute and loyal party man earned him the position of Minority Leader in the Assembly.

“He later served as a member of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and Local Government Service Commission,” he said.

The governor said that the deceased spent his life in service to humanity, adding that his dynamism and diligence endeared him to the people of his constituency.

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Fayemi commiserated with the family of the late politician and the people of Iyin Ekiti, his home town, praying God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

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PDP BOT Chairman seeks conduct of LG election by INEC

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Sen. Wali Jibrin, the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged the National Assembly to hasting the process of empowering INEC to conduct all elections in the country.

This, he said, would go a long way in giving the electorate the opportunity to elect credible leaders at the grassroots, thereby strengthening democracy.

Jibrin made the call while speaking with newsmen in his country home, Nasarawa, during the Nasarawa central constituency’s bye-election, conducted by INEC on Saturday.

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According to him, most of the elections conducted at the local government level in most parts of the country lack credibility and therefore, a slap on Nigeria’s democracy.

“If the National Assembly formulates a law that empowers INEC to conduct all elections in the country, it will further strengthen democracy.

“That is why I am calling on National Assembly to hasting the process of allowing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct all elections in the country.

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“This will allow the people at the grassroots elect credible leaders of their choice and ensure speedy development in the country,” he said.

Jibrin lauded INEC for the peaceful conduct of the by-election in the constituency.

The BOT chairman called on relevant stakeholders and politicians to support INEC for the improved electoral process.

He also enjoined PDP stakeholders and supporters in the state and the country at large to continue to remain united for the peace, progress, and development of the party.

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The Newsmen reports that counting of voting was still ongoing in many polling units visited as at the time of filing this report.

reporters also report that the bye-election was the sequel to the death of the member representing Nasarawa’s central constituency in the state House of Assembly, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu (APC) on April 30.

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Wike tackles Oshiomhole on Obaseki’s certificate

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Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has denounced claims by former Edo Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor Godwin Obaseki lacked required academic credentials to contest the September 19 poll.

Wike, in a statement by his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said Oshiomhole did not have the moral standing to question his successor’s qualifications.

The Governor, who is also Chairman of PDP National Campaign Council for the Edo 2020 Governorship Election, dismissed issues surrounding Obaseki’s certificates.

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Reacting to comments by Oshiomhole during the flag off of the APC Governorship Campaign in Edo, Wike berated the former APC National Chairman for his continued claims despite affirmation by the University of Ibadan that Obaseki is an alumnus.

Wike challenged Oshiomhole to present his academic certificate and stop discouraging Edo people from voting a candidate he once claimed was the brainbox of his administration’s achievements.

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He said: “The certificate claims about Governor Obaseki by the former APC National Chairman is a non-issue because he is the best candidate for Edo State.

“It is unfortunate that we are in a country that somebody that does not have a certificate will question the one that has.

“Oshiomhole has trade test which is not an academic qualification. I challenge him to show the world his academic qualification.

“Oshiomhole is trying to tell Edo people whatever he decides is what will be and this is an opportunity for Edo people to say no.

“His claim that if APC loses the election they will secure the mandate through the courts is a total confirmation that the party cannot win the Edo election through the ballot box.

“Securing victory through the courts will be null and void as there are still Judges in Nigeria with conscience who cannot dance to the tune of the APC.”

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