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Cost of governance: 109 senators and 360 reps too much, reduce them, says Okorocha

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The senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has suggested a solution to the rising cost of governance in Nigeria.

His solution? A reduction in the number of federal lawmakers from each state.

WuzupNigeria reports that Okorocha said gave the solution at plenary on Thursday.

The former Imo State governor said Nigeria does not need 109 senators and 360 members of the house of representatives.

He said the number of senators from each state should be reduced from three to one while each state will have only three members in the house of representatives.

“What (are) three senators doing that one senator cannot do?” Okorocha asked.

“Here, we have three senators per state. Over there,(house of representatives) over there, we have 360 eligible human beings. This country must begin to make sacrifices and cut down the cost of governance.”

Okorocha said he does not know what the current senate is doing differently from the eighth senate and previous ones.

“And if what we are doing today is similar to what we did in the 8th senate be rest assured the product will be the same,” he added.

He also told Senate President Ahmad Lawan that he pleaded with him “just two days ago to change your style”, adding: “If you change your style, you will get a new result.”

“Let’s proffer solutions and not create more problems for the executives. They are waiting for us. What do we have different to show?” the senator asked.

“The summary of what we have been talking about is money, we don’t have enough funds to support the needs of Nigerians, to create jobs and put food on the table of the common man.

“This problem arises from the fact that we depend on only one source of income which is crude oil, which consists of over 50% of our revenue and 90% of our foreign reserves, ad this oil is static.

“We should look inwards. Let us cut our clothes according to our materials, not our sizes. The budget of Nigeria is cut according to our size not the material available, and according to the solution.”

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Kano: Federal High Court nullifies suspension of five Kano lawmakers

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A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has nullified the suspension of five lawmakers of Kano State House of Assembly suspended for allegedly flouting the rules of the House.

The lawmakers whose suspension were voided by the court included Isiyaku Ali Danja, Salisu Ahmed Gwangwazo, Garba Yau Gwarmai and Mohammed Bello Butu Butu.

Justice Lewis Allagoa, while consenting to the prayers of the plaintiffs yesterday held that their suspension was a clear violation of their rights to participate freely in the affairs of the House.

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The judge directed the Kano House of Assembly and the Speaker to pay the suspended legislators all their withheld entitlements and dues.

The plaintiffs in an originating summons had implored the court to invalidate their suspension on the grounds that it amounted to a violation of Section 109 of the 1999 Constitution( as amended), which had stipulated and guaranteed their tenure in office. They also argued that their suspension was a contravention of the African Charter on human and peoples’ rights.

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On the contrary, the defendants through their lawyer, M.N. Duru had prayed the court to disregard the prayers of the plaintiffs.

The suspension of the lawmakers was announced at the plenary by the Speaker, Alhassan Gabasa in March, who accused them of leading the House to a rowdy session which was witnessed in the last minute bust that erupted in the House in the push to dethrone former Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi.

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Edo Assembly condoles with APC Youth Leader over father’s death

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The Edo House of Assembly, on Thursday, condoled with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Leader in the state, Valentine Asuen, over the death of his father, Chief Scotty Asuen.

The Speaker, Francis Okiye, who led members of the Assembly to the residence of the youth leader in Benin, described the late Asuen as a great leader.

“On behalf of members and staff of the Edo house of assembly, I wish to express my sincere condolence to you on the passage of your father.

“Our consolation is that your father lived a good life worthy of emulation. He was a father and beacon of hope to many people,” Okiye said.

He said that the deceased left legacies that would see his children through life.

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In his response, the youth leader thanked the speaker and other members of the Assembly for the visit.

“On behalf of myself and my family, I thank you for your visit. I am honored.

Mr. Emma Asuen, an elder brother to the youth leader and APC chieftain, who spoke on behalf of the Asuen family, also thanked the lawmakers for their visit.

“My speaker, as a fellow party member, I am satisfied with your leadership style. You have shown yourself to be a man of integrity.

“We feel very proud of our father because he lived a good life. He died in April at the age of 78,” Asuen said.

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Governor Obaseki sued over alleged certificate forgery, perjury

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Incumbent Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, has been sued for an alleged forgery and perjury of certificate, according to reports.

This comes as the state prepares for the next governorship election billed to hold on the 19th of September 2020.

WuzupNigeria learnt that the matter was tabled before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, with evidence to back up the claims.

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In the originating summons sighted by Daily Independent, the plaintiffs are Edobor Williams, Ugbesia Abudu Godwin and Amedu Dauda Anakhu while the defendants are the All Progressives Congress (APC), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Inspector- General of Police (IGP) and Governor Godwin Obaseki.

Meanwhile, Obaseki has submitted his nomination and expression of interest form at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress

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The National Organising Secretary, Barrister Emma Ibidiro, received the form from the aspirant.

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