Ninth Assembly: Gbajabiamila Best Candidate For House Speaker – Jibrin

A member of the House of Representatives from Kano state and Chairman, House Committee on Transport, Abdulmumin Jibrin has said Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila remains the best qualified candidate for the House Speaker in the incoming 9th Assembly.

Jibrin, who also doubles as the Director General of Femi Gbajabiamila Campaign stated this on Sunday during the formal declaration by Leader of the House, Hon. Gbajabiamila for the House Speaker at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

According to him, the candidacy of Gbajabiamila was about democracy and bringing civility and global best practices into the legislature.

Jibrin said Gbajabiamila stands out as the best candidate describing him as a bridge builder and a man with experience and legislative knowledge.

He promised to respect other contestants, run issue-based campaigns and urged all members to join the project.

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Parliamentary Support Group Counters NASS Resolutions, Reaffirm Support To President Buhari

A group, Parliamentary Support Group, in the National Assembly, on Monday, reaffirmed its support to President Muhammadu Buhari, and commended his efforts in the fight against corruption.

This is coming just after the National Assembly, after a joint session on Monday, threatened to to invoke its Constitutional powers to impeach the President if the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, is allowed to remain in office.

However, in a press statement signed by Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, lawmaker representing Bebeji/Kiru federal constituency in Kano State, he noted that most of the issues raised at the joint sesion concerning the fight against corruption, insecurity and the rule of law has been severally discussed in the Senate and the House and various resolutions passed.

According to him, almost all the members and senators that spoke at the Executive session are members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) declined joining the discussion to avoid a rowdy confrontation as the entire session could easily pass for a PDP Executive session.

The statement partly read: “That it is commendable that the Speaker tactically refused to make any comment at the session even after the Senate President took time to explain the issues which are mostly personal.

“That it is disturbing and raised many questions of pre determined intentions that a known ally of the Senate President from Kwara State Hon Rasak Atunwa drafted what was adopted as the resolution and without voting against standard parliamentary practice.

“That we commend the efforts of Mr President in the fight against corruption, tackling of the insecurity challenges and respect for rule of law and democratic institutions. Mr President is known for his non interference policy.

“That every Senator or Member of House who has corruption or criminal allegation against him or her should clear his or her name without dragging the entire institution of the National Assembly into the matter.

“That the National Assembly should as well look in ward and address the issue of suffocating Senators and members with dissenting or contrary opinion through coercion or extra legal means.

“That the PDP should recall how it members in the 7th Assembly sat comfortably in the chamber and watched a sitting Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal locked out of the National Assembly and all his security personnels withdrawn while APC members had to scale the fence to gain entrance into the National Assembly.

“That we must exercise caution at this delicate period not to over heat the polity with statements that are capable of dividing the country, embarrassing us before the watching world and creating friction between the legislature, Executive and specifically Mr President.

“We wish to reaffirm our support to Mr President as he works assiduously towards dealing with the challenges of our country”

Recall that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had recently ordered the disbandment of the Parliamentary Support Group, in the senate

The group was formed in March by pro-Buhari senators after a face-off with their colleagues on the amendment to the electoral act.

Early April, members of the group including Abdullahi Adamu, Ovie Omo-Agege, Abu Ibrahim, Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, Babajide Omoworare, Ali Ndume, openly identified with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura as his parliamentary support group.

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Group Petitions Buhari, CJN Onnoghen Over Delayed Hearing Of Suit On Jibrin’s Suspension

A Civil Society Group, Center for Citizens Right And Awareness, has petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen, and other senior judicial officers over the allegation that Hon. Justice Tsoho of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has been allegedly influenced not to hear a pending suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/812/2016 between Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin and the Speaker, House Of Representatives and others.

Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin, member representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State in the House of Representatives was “unconstitutionally” suspended for 180 legislative days on the 28th day of September 2016 by the leadership of the House for exposing corruption in the budgeting system of the Country.

The suspended member challenged the suspension with an originating summons before the Federal High Court on the 4th day of October 2016 but till date the case is yet to be heard by the presiding judge.

In the petition signed by Prof Benedict Eluma, the group alleged that “the Leadership of the House of Representatives have devised all manners of embarrassing legal technicalities to ensure that justice is delayed in this case.”

The petition partly reads:

“This case which should have been dispensed with before the said 180 legislative days expired is still pending before the trial court, while the member have served out the 180 days suspension thereby placing him and his constituency in a very difficult position as this case may not be determined before the expiration of this current legislative term in 2019.

“The Judiciary apart from being the last hope of the common man, has a constitutional duty to checkmate the excesses of other arms of government. Unfortunately in this case, which is of great national significance, the House of Representatives seems to have been dictating the pace for the judiciary as they have successfully used all manner of delay tactics to frustrate this case including introduction of meddlesome interlopers whom they introduced as parties interested in this case and when they were denied joinder in this case they appealed and the substantive suit had to be adjourned for about eight months to enable them appeal the said ruling in appeal no:- CA/A/302/2017. The said appeal was dismissed on the 7th day of November 2017 and they have indicated interest to appeal to the Supreme Court.

“We are concerned that unless the the Chief Justice of Nigeria, President Court of Appeal, and  Chief Judge of Federal High Court intervene in this case and direct that it should be expeditiously determined, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin and his constituents may never return back to the House of Representatives before the end of this legislative term in 2019.

“We call on you to use your good offices and direct that this case should be giving its utmost priority by the trial judge considering its National Significance and the fact that the tenure in the House of Representatives is time bound, his Constituency having been denied representation and contribution to national debates in the House of Representatives for over one year six months and still counting, it is extremely urgent that this case of which all parties have exchanged briefs and was ready for adoption since April 2017 when the case was adjourned sine die should be placed on a priority list by the trial Judge and dispensed immediately in the interest of justice and fair hearing.

“Kindly consider the issues we have raised in this letter and in the interest of urgent national importance direct the trial court to act speedily in this case.”

 

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