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Gbajabiamila did not induce lawmakers financially to become Speaker, says Abba

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Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila did not financially induce his colleagues at the lower chamber to vote for him during last Tuesday presiding officers election, the House of Representatives has said.

Acting Spokesman of the House, Khadijah Bukar Abba, stated this on Monday during a briefing after the inauguration of four ad hoc Committees by the Speaker.

According to Prof Julius Ihonvbere, who stood in for the ad Committee Chairman, Gbajabiamila had no reason to induce any lawmaker as he worked hard enough to deserve the seat.

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A House of Representatives group, G7 said it would seek legal redress to ensure that the result of the election is upturned because members were financially induced.

Ihonvbere said:

“For us we have conducted a democratic election was held and aired live. At the end, winners emerged and we all witnessed the losers congratulating the winner on the floor. And he has taken

“To us as a House, everything is now in the past and we are focused on the serious legislative business we are here to carry out, to make the House and the country better.

“As far as we are concerned nobody received money. Nobody was enticed to vote. As a matter of fact, no one campaigned intensely robust more than Gbajabiamila and it went beyond the call of duty to explain what he has to offer.

“At times he went to parts of the country with over 120 lawmakers, with that kind of work, he needed to buy no vote”.

 

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Senator Munir Muse dies at 81

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Senator Munir Adekunle Muse, a former Senator, former Apapa Port Manager and former Chairman of Apapa Local Government is dead.

Sources said Muse died this morning at the age of 81.

Born on 17 May 1939 in Olowogbowo, Central Lagos, the late politician joined Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in 1961 as a clerk and was appointed to progressively more senior positions over the next 20 years.

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From 1980 to 1984, he served as NPA’s Representative in London.

In 1990, he was appointed Traffic Manager of Roll-On Roll-Off (RORO) operations at the then RORO Port in present day Tin Can Island Port Complex, holding this post until 1993 when he was appointed to head the Lilypond Container Terminal, Ijora.

He joined politics in 1998 and won election as Executive Chairman of Apapa Local Government Area on the platform of Action for Democracy (AD) from 1999 to 2002.

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In 2002, he was appointed Executive Secretary of the Apapa LGA. In February 2004 he ran again for office and was re-elected Executive Chairman of the Apapa Local Government.

In April 2007, the late Muse ran for the Senate on the ticket of Action Congress (AC) and was elected as the Senator representing Lagos Central.

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In the Senate, he has was appointed to committees on States & Local Government, Solid Minerals, Police Affairs, National Planning, Marine Transport, Interior Affairs and Air Force.

He lost the Senate ticket to Oluremi Tinubu – wife of All Progressives Congress (APC) leader Bola Tinubu in 2011.

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Akwa Ibom elders accuse Buhari govt of corruption, nepotism

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An Akwa Ibom group has lambasted the administration of the President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], over alleged perceived corruption, nepotism and frequent abuse of constitution in his government.

The Akwa Ibom Leaders Vanguard, on Monday, said the country was on the verge of disintegration and anarchy due to lopsided political appointments which favoured only the Northern section of the country.

The group, in a statement by its coordinator, Senator Anietie Okon, expressed dismay over the poor handling of FG’s palliatives and urged the National Assembly to investigate the process, especially the ones allegedly sent down to the South-South.

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The group also noted that the hyped school feeding programme of the FG when Children are at home due to Covid-19 pandemic was a heartless rape of the nation’s resources

The Statement reads in parts,

“The National Assembly should carefully investigate the handling of the COVID-19 palliatives by the aides of the President for Akwa Ibom State and other States where the supposed funds and other palliative meant for the poor and vulnerable disappeared on transit.

“We are sincerely concerned over the over-hyped ongoing school feeding programme by the Incumbent administration when the pupils are still on forced break owing to the menace of the COVID-19 pandemic

“We found this claim repulsive, extremely fraudulent and heartless raping of the nation’s scarce resources.”

The group alleged that the Federal Government was shrouded with opacity, adding that the inability of the government to account for the millions of dollars of Abacha loot repatriated into the country, was an indication that the administration was neck-deep in corruption.

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They said the President should as a matter of urgency forestall the rising angst among Nigerians by discontinuing the pursuit of sectional agenda in appointments into public offices, alleging that the incumbent administration had carefully and consciously concentrated the entire leadership of Nigeria’s security architecture on only the Northern section of the country to the detriment of the entire Southern region.

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They further said the Federal Government should as a matter of justice and equity accord adequate recognition to Akwa Ibom owing to its enormous contribution to the National treasury, by appointing her sons/daughters into the NNPC management and board and its other major subsidiaries, including other major public offices.

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