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NASS Elections: PDP’s probe of how members voted is illegal, Oshiomole says



The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has described as illegality, the Peoples Democratic Party’s move to investigate how its members voted in the 9th National Assembly election.

Recall that the candidates of the APC – Ahmed Lawan, Ovie Omo-Agege, Femi Gbajabiamila and Ahmed Wase, had emerged as Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Deputy Speaker, respectively.

The results indicated that some PDP members voted for them in the election against their party’s instructions.

The PDP thereafter announced its decision to set up a committee to probe the roles played by some of its members in the polls.

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The committee headed by a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, is to establish the level of culpability of the members in the outcome of the election.

Speaking during a thank-you visit by a Kano State Government delegation led by the Deputy Governor, Prof Hafizu Abubakar, to the APC National Working Committee in Abuja on Monday, Oshiomhole commended the members of the party for voting for the APC candidates despite the secret ballot system used for the election by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sanni Omolori.

He said,

“I was particularly excited when the clerk in breach of a court order insisted on conducting secret ballot and our party members in the two chambers proved their complete loyalty.

“The way the manner they did, such that the PDP that was calling for secret ballot, because they didn’t want people to know how people voted, are now conducting an inquiry into who voted for who among them. This is a complete violation of the essence of secret ballot.

“The idea of secret ballot is that nobody should know who voted for who. Now,  the PDP is going down in history as a party that seeks to investigate how people voted in the secret ballot. That is a gross violation of the most basic principles of democracy regarding  secret ballot.”

Admitting that it was challenging to arrive at the choice of leadership for the two chambers, Oshiomhole said they succeeded because they learnt from past mistakes.

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He urged the principal officers to carry their colleagues along when making decisions.

The former Edo State governor said the APC settled for Doguwa the Majority Leader seat because his state (Kano) contributed the highest votes to President Muhammadu Buhari’s election.



Buhari approves new board members for NLNG, BGT



President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the boards of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) and Bonny Gas Transport Limited (BGT).

A statement on Monday by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, made the announcement.

The new board of the NLNG will now be chaired by Edmund Daukoru.

Members are Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Bitrus Nabasu, Henry lkem-Obih and Rabiu Sulaiman.

Daukoru was also named President of the Board of BGT.

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Members are Doyin Akinyanju, Abdul Abba as well as Kyari and Nabasu.

Sylva told the appointees to discharge their responsibilities in line with Buhari’s progressive agenda.

According to Sylvia, the current board members have been on the respective boards since 2005 and it became imperative to inject fresh ideas into the governance of the companies

He applauded the chairman and other outgoing board members of NLNG and BGT for steering the companies to record successes, particularly the Train 7 FID.

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He wished them good health and more successes in their future endeavours.

“To the incoming members of the Board, I congratulate you on this appointment and your selection is based on your experience, integrity and expertise. I, therefore, urge you to bring all these to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities in line with the progressive agenda of Mr President,” he said.

President Olusegun Obasanjo, in 2003, appointed Daukoru as Presidential Advisor on Petroleum and Energy.

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In 2005, Obasanjo elevated him to Minister of State for Energy.

Daukoru was Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2006

In 2018, he became the Amayanabo (traditional ruler) of Nembe Kingdom.

However, Ikem-Obih was a former NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Downstream.

Similarly, Sulaiman was a one-time NNPC Group Executive Director.

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Tinubu commiserates with Lagos Speaker over Braimoh’s death



The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commiserated with the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, over the death of the member representing Kosofe Constituency II, Tunde Braimoh.

Tinubu conveyed his sympathy to the speaker in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Tunde Rahman.

The APC leader also extended his condolences to the Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, over the loss.

The Newsmen reports that Braimoh died on Friday, July 10, at the age of 57 after a brief illness, and his remains were buried the same day in accordance with Muslim rites.

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The deceased was Chairman, Committee on Information, Strategy, and Security of the House.

Tinubu expressed his sadness, adding that he was shocked and distressed by the news of Braimoh’s death.

He described the late Braimoh as “dyed-in-the-wool progressive”.

The former Lagos governor said: “Hon. Braimoh was not just a political ally, he was a dyed-in-the-wool progressive.

“Indeed, it was one piece of news that rendered me and certainly all those who knew him and what he stood for, momentarily numb and speechless.

“This is one death too many in such a short space of time and as mortals, we can only submit to the sovereignty of Almighty Allah,” he said.

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Tinubu noted that Braimoh played a significant role in the fight for the enthronement and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

“He played his part in ensuring good governance in Lagos State and brought panache to the political space in Nigeria.

“He devoted his talents, resources, and life to the service and wellbeing of not only the people of Kosofe but Lagosians at large.

“He was an intelligent lawmaker, an astute local government chairman, resourceful, and a loyal party man.

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“He will be sorely missed.”

Tinubu said the best epitaph to write on his grave is to continue to pursue the welfare and wellbeing of the majority of the people irrespective of status, ethnicity, and religion.

He urged Nigerian leaders to continue their best to free the people from poverty, disease, and danger.

Tinubu gave gratitude to God that the deceased lived a purposeful life.

“My prayer is that the Munificent Allah shower mercy upon him, reward his good deeds, and admit him to Aljanna Firdaus,” he said.

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Nasarawa Assembly assures good working relationship with executive



The Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, says the Legislature is focused and determined to maintain a good working relationship with the Executive.

Abdullahi gave the assurance during the House’s first sitting of its second Legislative Year in Lafia on Monday.

He also assured the Gov. Abdullahi Sule led administration of the assembly’s full support and cooperation in order to enhance speedy development across the state.

This, he said, was to improve on the socio-economic activities and standard of living of the people.

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The speaker commended members of the House for their commitment and hard work in oversight the activities of Ministries, Agencies, and Departments (MDAs) across the state and called for the sustenance of the feat.

” When we were about to go on recess last time, I pleaded with members to oversight MDAs as the constitution has empowered us to do so.

” I must commend members for your commitment, respect for my leadership and show of understanding as well as sense of love for the state. Thank you sincerely for that assignment of effectively oversighting the MDAs.

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” I have received calls and text messages on your wonderful performances.

” I also want to appreciate some MDAs for their cooperation during your oversight functions, ” he said.

Abdullahi also advised Heads of MDAs to continue to give their maximum cooperation to the assembly for the overall development of the state.

” I want to say that nobody, no matter how highly placed he or she is, will stop members from their oversights or other legislative duties as enshrined in the constitution. We can never be distracted.

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” The constitution has empowered us to do so and we are doing this to ensure that the right things are done for development to thrive in the state, ” he said.

He thanked the staff of the assembly for being committed to their duties and urged them to maintain the tempo.

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