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Speakership: New members dare older colleagues

By Patrick Andrew.

Apart from the need to conform to subsisting House Rules on eligibility, there should be opportunities for candidates to prove their superiority in demonstrable experience, in the spirit of sportsmanship.

Succinctly coughed this! Though the above quote may seem veiled, it is actually the ‘Patriots’ position on or more definitely the members’ objection to the imposition of the Speakership on them. The Patriots, like some newly elected members of the House of Representatives, have opted to oppose the insistence on ranking membership as criteria for contesting the leadership position of the House.  

First, Hon Mohammed Daguji Kazaure, who from all indications promises to be one of the young radicals the House may likely have, blew the lip on the opposition of the newly elected members of the lower chambers to whatever existing command structure. Mohammed could not fathom the logic in the insistence on the argument that only surviving ranking members of the 7th House are ‘legally’ qualified to vie for the various leadership positions in the House.

The Kazaure federal constituency representative revealed that the newly elected members had been invited for unofficial induction by the surviving members of the present assembly who had, according to him, proceeded to schooled them on the rules of conduct with special emphasis on who should and shouldn’t aspire for any position in the next assembly.

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2015 budget: Reps query FG’s N145b subsidy provision

By Patrick Andrew

The House of Representatives has queried the provision of N145 billion subsidy components that were embedded in the 2015 Budget.

Though the House passed the budget totalling about N4.5 trillion, it however cleared the air on the seemingly confusion over whether subsidy has been retained or abrogated as speculated in some quarters.

In a statement issued yesterday by Hon. Afam Ogene, (APC, Anambra), Deputy Chairman, Media &Public Affairs Committee, said contrary to the speculation that fuel subsidy has been removed from the 2015 Appropriation Bill, the House of Representatives has clarified that, indeed, the federal government made provision for the subsidy welfare scheme.

According to him, the House noted that a total of N145 billion subsidy component was embedded in the 2015 budget it passed on Thursday, April 23, 2015, made up of N100 billion for subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit ( PMS), and N45billion for kerosene .

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Speaker: Will there be repeat of 2011 rebellion?

By Patrick Andrew.

Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Dogara Yakubu, Leo Ogor, Pally Iriase, Abdulmuminin Jibrin and Mohammed Tahir Monguno, have one unique thing in common: They are in the trenches poised for ‘war’ for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

It will be fierce but not bloody. There will be bruises and casualties but no corpse. Only one will win the war, while the majority will also win the battle in their own right. Already, there is palpable war of attrition and the six men are in battle gears and like the Italian mafias will say ‘on the matt’, readying to latch on opponents’ strongholds for the spoils of war. 

Although only 360 men and women are their target, the entire country will surely be held spellbound all through the processes leading to the eventual contest in June after the inauguration of the eight House of Representatives. Right Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is the incumbent Speaker, but is out of the contest having decided to seek to serve the people of Sokoto.

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What role for OBJ, Tinubu in Buhari’s cabinet?

Personally, I will make sure it is not too big because if it is big, they will start thinking of how to influence the choice of ministers either for themselves or those they want to be ministers. But my hope and idea is to get knowledgeable and experienced technocrats that are really patriotic to study the handing over notes by ministries and make recommendations. I want them to be completely detached people who are patriotic Nigerians, and who are knowledgeable and experienced- Gen Muhammadu Buhari.

By Patrick Andrew

The wind of change is blowing across the polity. Expectedly, Nigerians hope for change in all spheres. No, they think it mustn’t be business as usual: trite, a routine sort of change, but a sweeping Tsunami-like change, the sort that swept away the arrogant Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), after 16 years in the saddle.

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The fall of PDP political hegemony

By Osby Isibor

These are certainly trying moments for President Goodluck Jonathan and not the best of times for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Several devastating internal wrangling and scheming brought dramatic split in the ranks of the ruling party. While the national leadership grappled with issues of internal democracy that rocked the party over the years, crisis of political interests tore the party apart at the states level.

Since 1999, the party has been producing the president of Nigeria. Starting with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who ruled for eight years and then the late Umaru Yar’Adua before the present occupier of the office, Present Goodluck Jonathan. Since its grip of power at the federal level, the party loomed large across the country. At a point in our national discuss, PDP had boasted that it was going to rule the country for 60 years.

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