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Ministerial screening: Lawan says Akpabio, Akume five other ex-senators should ‘take a bow’


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Senate President Ahmed Lawan says all seven former senators, who have been nominated for ministerial appointment will not be questioned but allowed to “take a bow”.

Lawan said this at the ongoing ministerial screening at the Senate on Wednesday.

The former senators include Godswill Akpabio, Gbemisola Saraki, Hadi Sirika, George Akume, Olorunnimbe Mamora, Chris Ngige and Tayo Alasoadura.

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A serving House of Representatives member, Emeka Nwajuiba, also falls into the category of those that will be allowed to “take a bow”.

The Senate President said the move was part of the longstanding tradition of the Senate that all former lawmakers nominated for appointments are given automatic endorsement.

Lawan, who has been accused of being a lackey of President Muhammadu Buhari, however, warned that the National Assembly would not be subservient to the executive arm of government and advised the incoming ministers to always make themselves available when needed.

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Akpabio and Akume were asked to “take a bow” and leave when they appeared for screening.

Attempts by Akwa Ibom North-East lawmaker, Senator Albert Bassey, to make a comment on Akpabio’s nomination were rejected by the Senate President.



JUST IN: Wike compensates victims, deceased families of 2019 elections



Emergency rule: Some citizens plan to cause a breakdown of law and order in River state, says govt

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has compensated the victims and the deceased families of the 2019 general elections in the Abonema area of the state.

Speaking at a town hall meeting on Monday in Abonema with the victims, deceased families, and the council of chiefs, Wike said a sum of N450m released to the affected Ijaw communities.

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The governor added that the state government will commence the payment of the compensation from Wednesday, which will be sent to their account numbers.

It was gathered that 37 families who were affected will get N9m compensation each.

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JUST IN: Chris Ngige speaks on running for President in 2023



The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said he reserves the right to contest for any elective posts in 2023.

Mr Ngige said this while debunking reports that he was interested in contesting for the Anambra governorship election scheduled for 2021.

The former Anambra state Governor spoke in his hometown of Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.

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He, however, noted that he is not interested in becoming governor since he is on a national assignment as Minister.

Ngige said:

“Yes, there have been speculations that I am eyeing the governorship of Anambra State. They have written about it in a lot of media. I am a politician. They have the right to speculate on my next move. My next move is very vast.

“Elections will come in 2023, I have a right to vie for any position. I can vie for Senate.

“I can vie for president if I so wish. Election will be coming in Anambra State, latest November 2021 to elect a successor to Obiano. I am not disqualified. I have a right to say I can run.

“I don’t have interest for now in Anambra governorship because I am on a national assignment.”


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Ndigbo removes Joe Igbokwe as Lagos leader



Joe Igbokwe, the Special Adviser on Drainage and Water Resources to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has been removed as the leader of the Ndigbo in Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC).

Eze Ndigbo of Lagos State and Chairman of Ndigbo Council of Ndieze in Lagos, Christian Nwachukwu, made this known at a news conference on Sunday.

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He said Igbokwe had not advanced the cause of the ethnic group in Lagos since he became the leader of the group.

Nwachukwu, however, said the group had found a better leader in Jude Idimogu, the lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo State Constituency 2 in the House of Assembly.


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