BMO Hails Senate President For Committing To A Partnership With The Executive

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commended the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan for his sense of patriotism, dedication and commitment, particularly over his recent promise that the ninth National Assembly would not fail President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to bring succour to Nigerians, and finding lasting solution to some of the numerous challenges confronting the country.

The Pro-Buhari group was reacting to the recent statement made by the Senate President at a town hall meeting in Yobe State during which he promised Nigerians that the ninth National Assembly would have a good working relationship with the administration of President Muhhammadu Buhari, unlike the previous eighth National Assembly.

BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, said the Senate President, since assumption of office has left no one in doubt of his readiness, and the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to work with Buhari administration to deliver on his Next Level agenda for the benefit of the people.

“It is gratifying to note that we now have a Senate President who is ready to mobilise his colleagues in both chambers of the National Assembly to work harmoniously with the executive arm of government and other agencies of government for the benefit of Nigeria.  For us, this is a welcome development which every well-meaning Nigerian should applaud.

“The purpose of the legislative arm of government is to work in partnership with the executive arm of government to ensure the dividends of democracy reach all and sundry. It is with great hope that the second coming of President Buhari and the new leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives provide the landscape for all Nigerians to thrive and move to the Next Level.

“This singular act of patriotism which the Senate President has repeatedly demonstrated over time has not only shown that Senator Lawan acknowledges and appreciates the enormity of the problems confronting the country, he also believes that through collective efforts of various government agencies, departments and Nigerians, we stand a better chance of resolving our problems”, added the BMO.

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Senate Presidency: What We Need Is Restructuring – Ndigbo

The apex pan Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said it is not interested in who occupies the seats of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The group, in a statement signed by the Deputy Publicity Secretary, Chuks Ibegbu, noted that what Ndigbo needed most is restructuring of Nigeria and not who occupies what position which only benefits the occupant as in the past.

“We are not much interested in positions now but what our people, the common Igbo masses will benefit from the country in its entirety,” the group insisted.

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Infrastructure: Kwara Assembly Commends Senate President Saraki Over Massive Projects In The State

The Kwara State House of Assembly, has commended the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki for his timely intervention at ensuring provision of infrastructure, that will improve on the wellbeing of the people of the state.
The resolution is followed the consideration of a Motion titled ” Appraising the Senate President’s intervention on Development of infrastructure in Kwara State ” sponsored by a member representing Patigi Constituency, Hon. Shuaib Abdulkadir, who noted that for the first time the state had almost 40 Kwarans on the list of Federal Board of Parastatals as well as influenced and facilitated over 200 projects to the state.
The Speaker, Dr. Ali Ahmad, while reading the resolutions of the House, noted with delight, that it would require post graduate studies to document all achievements, impacts and future dimensions of the effort of the Senate President on the lives of the people of the State.
Dr. Ahmad expressed delight that the projects and interventions of the Senate President, were handled by indigenous contractors, which according to him, had improved the socio economic wellbeing of the indigenous contractors.
The House, while urging contractors handling all the projects to execute projects according to specifications on scheduled, enjoined the Senate President, to extend his influence especially in the provision of boreholes, classrooms, and other areas that require intervention, to further enhance the wellbeing of the entire people of the State.
The legislature equally mandated the Clerk of the House, to write letter of appreciation to the Senate President, on behalf of the people of Kwara State, for his intervention in infrastructural, human capital development, and poverty alleviation in the State.
Meanwhile, a bill for a law to amend the Governor and Deputy Governor payment of pension, passed through Second Reading at the floor of the House, after robust debate, by members on the general principle of the bill.
The Speaker, while directing the Clerk, Alhaji Ahmed Katsina Mohammed, to read the bill for the second time, called for an- all-inclusive public hearing on the bill, to ensure enactment of an enduring, practicable law.
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Ndume To Resume Plenary Tuesday

The embattled former Leader of the Senate, Senator Ali Ndume, is expected to resume plenary today following the expiration of his tenure.

Recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had declared Ndume’s six month suspension by the Senate as null and void, describing the act as political recklessness.

However, counsel to the chamber, Mike Ozekhome(SAN), has filed a notice of appeal against Friday’s judgment of Justice Babatunde Quadri.

The appellants are Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges Sen. Samuel Anyanwu.

There were indications that many Senators do not want the case against Ndume to drag to the Appellate Court.

A ranking Senator said: “So far, we have not agreed at the Executive Session to go to the Court of Appeal on this matter. We are all war wearied, we want peace now, we are tired of any row among us.

“Even the High Court refused to award cost in the spirit of engendering peace and harmony in the Senate. We will prefer to broker peace between the Senate President and Ndume.”

Another Senator said, said: “Going to the Court of Appeal may compound the situation. Some of us have just discovered that our counsel once filed a suit in court against the Senate when Sen. Arthur Nzeribe was suspended. We believe it is wrong of him now to be defending the suspension of a Senator. You cannot approbate and reprobate in law.

“I will advise the President of the Senate to be magnanimous and toe the path of peace and reconciliation which had been initiated by leaders from APC and Borno State.”


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Kwara Group Mobilizes Constituents To Commence Saraki’s Recall

A Kwara State youth group, “Kwara Must Change”  has announced plans to immediately commence the recall process of Senator representing Kwara Central, who also doubles as Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The group, in a flier pasted on walls within the Senatorial District allegedly accused the Senate President and his aides of selling employment slots to highest bidder.

According to the group, the slot is sold for as much as N10m.


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Senate Restricts Cameramen From Covering Proceedings For Security Reason

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has explained why cameramen were restricted from gaining entry into the Senate chamber to cover proceedings. He cited security reason.

Speaking to our correspondent on the telephone on Thursday night, the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the Senate, and the National Assembly by extension, had nothing against the press.

He said the chamber’s gallery was still open to journalists and members of the public to observe proceedings.

The Senate, on Thursday, restricted coverage of its proceedings to six television stations. This forced all the cameramen to boycott coverage of the plenary at the chamber.

Thirteen television stations had been accredited to gain entry into the chamber to cover plenary but the coverage was now restricted to African Independent Television, Nigerian Television Authority, Channels Television, Silverbird Television, Television Continental and the in-house New Age.

The Senate Press Corps had protested against the restriction and filed a petition to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Sabi Abdullahi.

Olaniyonu, however, said the restriction was only for “physical entry” of persons into the chamber. He said plenaries were usually broadcast at the Press Centre and proceedings could be monitored on television.

He said, “We must restrict physical access into the chamber. It is not everybody who carries a camera and claims to be a journalist that should be allowed in the chamber. If you look at the new list of approved media houses critically, you will see that all sides have been considered – both government, pro-government, opposition stations are there.

“We must restrict physically entry into the chamber. There is a gallery at the chamber that is open to every observer of the plenary. Some things are going on in that place, which we cannot make public in print. We can only restrict physical presence of persons in the chamber. There is even a press gallery, which all journalists have unhindered access to. There are people who pretend to be pressmen in order to gain entry into the chamber. Not everybody who holds a camera should be allowed in.”


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Only Buhari can remove me -CCT Chair, Umar

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar, has dismissed the motion asking him to disqualify himself from the suite filed by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki to stop his trial.

The CCT asserts that he can’t disqualify himself from the trial on the ground that the trial cannot stand without him.

Umar said only the President and a two third of the National Assembly that can remove him from office.

Saraki had asked Umar to withdraw from his trial on the grounds that he was biased.

The senate president, through his counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), had said that he had no ?faith in the tribunal to give him justice.

He cited a statement wherein the chairman said that the defendant was afraid of “final consequences”, hence he was stalling the trial as a case of bias against the tribunal.

?But in his ruling on Wednesday, Umar held that he would not withdraw from the trial because there would be no one to sit in judgment over the case.

“The application to recuse myself has not been contemplated in the constitution. In the absence of a chairman, this trial cannot go on, therefore I cannot recuse myself. The chairman is the tribunal, without the chairman there is no tribunal.” he said.

“The application of the applicant is founded on mere conjecture. The application of the applicant is not well-founded, it is hereby dismissed.”

This is the second time Umar is dismissing Saraki’s application for him to withdraw from the trial.

In April, Saraki had filed a similar application alleging corruption against Umar.

Then, he alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), was using the chairman against him.

But Umar dismissed the application for lacking in merit.

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