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Former Kwara Speaker, Ibrahim Bio Dumps APC, Defects To PDP
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Former Kwara Speaker, Ibrahim Bio Dumps APC, Defects To PDP

Ibrahim Isa Bio, an ex-Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress party to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Bio, also a former Minister of Transport, defected on Thursday, alongside his supporters at his Gure/Gwasoro ward in Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State. It was reported that Bio, refused to go along with Dr Bukola Saraki when the former Senate President decamped to the PDP from the APC prior to the 2019 general elections. Welcoming Bio to the PDP, the Kwara State Publicity Secretary of the party, Tunde Ashaolu, in a statement in Ilorin on Thursday, commended the Baruten born politician for taking the bold and timely decision to join the party. He said ” the action reflects the wishes of Kwarans who are ...
Former house speaker emerges Kwara PDP chairman
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Former house speaker emerges Kwara PDP chairman

A former Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Babatunde Mohammed, on Saturday emerged the new Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state. DAILY POST reports that Mohammed emerged through affirmation process witnessed by former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and other chieftains of the party at the Atlantic Event Centre in Ilorin, the state capital. Representatives of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and officials of the party from Abuja national headquarters led by Hon John Akwarashi, witnessed the exercise which was handled by Dr Tunde Ajeigbe. Other executive members of the state council include, Mohammed Gunu Umar, Deputy-Chairman; and Razaq Lawal, Secretary. Others are Comrade Bisi Faka...
Saraki back home after being grilled by EFCC
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Saraki back home after being grilled by EFCC

Saraki back home after being grilled by EFCC Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki is back home after being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Saturday in Abuja. A statement issued by Yusuph Olaniyonu from Saraki’s Media Office confirmed that Saraki went to the EFCC’s office on Saturday afternoon, on his own volition. It said Saraki visited the office of the EFCC to clarify any issue that the commission might have wanted to raise with him. “It will be recalled that following the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on the Fundamental Human Rights case filed by Dr. Saraki during the period of the former Chairman of the EFCC which precluded the commission from investigating him until the matter is dispensed with, the commission at the la...
2023: Saraki presidential campaign posters flood Abuja
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2023: Saraki presidential campaign posters flood Abuja

Posters of the immediate past president of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, were sighted in conspicuous areas of Abuja on Tuesday, fueling speculations that he might soon declare his intention to contest the 2023 presidential election. . Our correspondent sighted some of the posters at the Wuse area of the nation’s capital and at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, popularly known as Wadata House in Abuja. . Saraki’s picture was displayed in the poster tagged, “Reset Nigeria 2023: Abubakar Bukola Saraki for President”. . The media aide of the former senate president, Yusuph Olaniyonu, however, told our correspondent in a telephone interview that he knew nothing about it. . He said, “If Senator Bukola Saraki wanted to contest for president, he will address a ...
2023: PDP Banks On Atiku/obi, Saraki, Others
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2023: PDP Banks On Atiku/obi, Saraki, Others

Indications were rife over the weekend that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is planning to return former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as its candidate in 2023 as part of efforts to win the presidential election. Top party sources told Sunday Telegraph that the PDP believed that it is better to repeat the 2019 winning formula, which it used to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari. It was learnt that within the PDP hierarchy, the belief is that Buhari did not win the election against Atiku, but muscled him out with the power of incumbency. But in 2023, where Buhari would not contest, it is strongly believed that an Atiku candidacy would be able to beat any other candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In fact, Sunday Telegraph was told that why the P...
Obasanjo, Saraki, Oyinlola In Closed-Door Meeting In Abeokuta
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Obasanjo, Saraki, Oyinlola In Closed-Door Meeting In Abeokuta

Former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki and former governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola on Tuesday visited Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, the state capital few minutes after 12noon and proceeded to observe a ‘closed door’ meeting at Pent House within Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL). The meeting is still ongoing as the time of filing this report. The visit might be connected with consultations ahead of the 2023 presidential election but it is not clear if Saraki has ambition to run. The former governor of Kwara state is the Chairman, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Reconciliation and Strategy Committee. He was joined in the visit by Ibrahim Shehu Shema, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwanbo, Liyel Imoke and one other.
2023: We Will Bring Prominent Leaders, Youths Into PDP – Saraki
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2023: We Will Bring Prominent Leaders, Youths Into PDP – Saraki

As political parties begin skeletal preparations for the 2023 general elections, immediate past President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has promised to woo political stakeholders, youths, businessmen among others to the fold of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in its push for a return to power at the centre. Saraki, who made the pledge, Wednesday, at the inauguration of the PDP National Reconciliation and Strategic Committee which he chairs, noted that with unity, the party would succeed in returning to power and give Nigerians the democracy dividends they have been yearning for in the past five and a half years. Decrying what he called the “lack of unity of purpose,” in the nation’s political leadership, the former Kwara state governor, counselled the PDP to go the whole ...
Adeleke Drags PDP, Atiku, Saraki, Obi To Court; Demands N45 Million
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Adeleke Drags PDP, Atiku, Saraki, Obi To Court; Demands N45 Million

A Lagos-based trader, Mrs. Amuda Adeleke, has dragged former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who was the Director-General of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation during the 2019 General Election, before the Federal High Court, Lagos for using her picture on campaign billboards without her consent. Also joined in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/./19, were the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party’s presidential flag bearer and his Vice, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr Peter Obi, his running mate. Adeleke, in the suit filed by her counsel, Kingsley Iheakaram, is claiming the the sum of N45 million from the respondents jointly and severally as compensation for the unlawful , unauthorised and unconstitutional use of her image by the respondents. The applicant is also seeking fo...
Xenophobia: Saraki Reacts, Tells FG, South African Govt What To Do
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Xenophobia: Saraki Reacts, Tells FG, South African Govt What To Do

President of the eight Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki has condemned the recent Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa. Wehad previously reported that properties worth millions of naira, belonging to Nigerians in South Africa, were set ablaze by South Africans. A viral video sighted on Monday also showed several shops being looted by the angry South African citizens in their large numbers. President of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, said the attacks began on Sunday morning in Jeppestown area of Johannesburg. Mr Olubajo said in a statement on Monday that the mob “looted several shops that were around the vicinity suspected to be owned by foreign nationals.” Reacting to the development on his verified Twitter handle, the Saraki called on the ...
NASS Management Gives Outgoing Senators Three Days To Handover Office Keys
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NASS Management Gives Outgoing Senators Three Days To Handover Office Keys

The National Assembly management has given outgoing members of the eighth Senate three days to hand over their office keys. The announcement was made by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, at the beginning of the valedictory session of the eighth assembly at the National Assembly, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the announcement was the fourth agenda on the Order Paper of the day. The eighth Senate, which was inaugurated on June 9, 2015, would come to an end on June 6. Reading the letter by the Committee on Recovery and Preparation of the eighth Assembly Offices’ Furniture and Equipment for Ninth Senate titled: “Handing Over of Office Keys, Furniture Equipment,” Saraki urged the lawmakers to hand them over between Thursday and Saturday. “P...
Saraki Loses International Appointment As Ambassador-at-Large of IHRC
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Saraki Loses International Appointment As Ambassador-at-Large of IHRC

Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki has finally lost appointment as Ambassador-at-large of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) for not meeting up with the necessary protocols demanded of the office. In a letter issued and signed by head of the Nigerian Office, Dr. Friday Sani which was made available to DAILY POST in Abuja on Thursday, Dr Saraki was not forthcoming despite several meetings with officials of the International agency. The letter further indicated that the lawmaker had been put on prior notice by the Nigerian Central Office and Africa of IHRC in which he was properly briefed, regretting that the withdrawal of nomination became necessary in line with the protocols of the agency. Part of the letter reads: “In view of recent event towards perfe...
How Kwara People ‘Flogged’ Us Out Of Office – Senate President’s Ally Reveals
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How Kwara People ‘Flogged’ Us Out Of Office – Senate President’s Ally Reveals

The cordial Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, has said that the general population of the state truly flagellated them out of office in the last decision since they were worn out on the present government in the state. The Speaker, who was an instructor at the Amadu Bello University and was brought into legislative issues by for Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, disclosed to Vanguard that the Saraki’s political administration will ricochet, including that just God knows when. As indicated by him, it was the present government that the general population were burnt out on and booted out, including that “The general population has ‘kobokoed’ us.” Ahmad, a previous individual from the House of Representatives, speaking to Ilorin East/Ilorin South ...
You Are Not Above The Law, EFCC Replies Saraki
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You Are Not Above The Law, EFCC Replies Saraki

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has taken note of the reactions of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to the Commission's inquiries regarding his earnings as Kwara State governor as well as on the quality of his financial stewardship in the Senate. While it is his prerogative to ventilate his views on the matter as he deems fit, the Commission takes great exception at the desperate attempt to cast a slur on its investigative activities by portraying Saraki as a victim of persecution. Furthermore, the Agency finds the attempt by the Senate President to tie our inquest to his International Human Rights Commission, IHRC appointment and his approaching life out of power as misleading, knowing too well that the background to our current inquiries reaches severa...
Jonathan, Atiku, Saraki, Others Pay Tribute To Late President Yar’adua
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Jonathan, Atiku, Saraki, Others Pay Tribute To Late President Yar’adua

Former President Goodluck Jonathan, former vice president Atiku Abubakar and the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki, have paid tribute to late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who died 9 years ago. Jonathan who served with Yar’Adua as Vice President and later became president after his death, described the late Yar’Adua as a selfless leader. He stressed that the former president always placed national interest up and above self or ethnic interest. “On this day nine years ago I lost a friend, colleague, brother, and boss, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He was a selfless leader who placed national interest above personal and ethnic gains. “President Yar’Adua was a man of integrity with a humble spirit who always took upon himself the burden of national reconciliatio...
Saraki Commiserates With Melaye Over Mother’s Death
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Saraki Commiserates With Melaye Over Mother’s Death

The President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki has commiserated with his colleague and friend Senator Dino Melaye over the passing of his mother Deaconess Comfort Melaye. Melaye, representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, had taken to his twitter handle @dino_melaye to announce the passing of his mother. He wrote: With total submission to the will of the Almighty God, I on behalf of the Melaye’s announce the passing into Glory of our beloved mother. Deconess Comfort Melaye. We thank God for Godly life she lived. I love you my mother and Friend. We shall surely meet again. Sen. Dino M. You are still alive because you live in me. I know you will never leave me my dependable mother, sister and best friend. You were more than just a mother. You gave your tomorrow for my today....
I Will End Saraki, Tinubu’s Rift – Orji Uzor Kalu
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I Will End Saraki, Tinubu’s Rift – Orji Uzor Kalu

Former governor of Abia State and Senator-elect (Abia North), Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has promised to reconcile Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Fielding questions from journalists in Johannesburg during the endorsement of the African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday, Kalu promised to intervene in the rift, noting that politics should not cause disharmony between friends and family. He appealed to the duo to sheathe their swords in the interest of Nigeria’s nascent democracy. “I am unhappy over the exchange of words between my dear brothers, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. “The duo of Saraki and Tinubu have con...
Govts, Army, Senate tackle insecurity
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Govts, Army, Senate tackle insecurity

The Federal Government yesterday revealed how illegal mining activities aggravated insecurity in Zamfara before its April 7 prohibition order and launch of special operations to stop bandits in the state. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who featured at a Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Programme, “Good Morning Nigeria”, said banditry, kidnapping, killing and cattle rustling were largely sponsored by the illegal miners in the state. Speaking on the Programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, the minister said the miners were fueling instability in the state to pave the way for their illegal activities. “People begin to ask what is the nexus between instability in Zamfara, kidnapping and banditry and illegal mining. “Ther...
Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Gas Flaring
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Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Gas Flaring

The Senate, on Wednesday passed a bill for an Act to Prohibit Gas Flaring in Nigeria. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bassey Akpan was passed after a clause-by-clause consideration at plenary. The bill, which passed second reading in 2017, seeks to ensure that any person who acted on behalf of a licensee to supply inaccurate data to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) or to any other person duly empowered by a lawful authority, commits an offence. Such a person should be liable upon conviction to a fine of N10 million or to imprisonment for a maximum term of six months or to both fine and imprisonment. The bill also contained provisions on inaccurate data collation and submission by the lessee, gas flaring fee, powers of the minister to make regulations, as ...
Saraki Releases Details Of National Assembly 2018 Budget To The Public
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Saraki Releases Details Of National Assembly 2018 Budget To The Public

In line with its open NASS policy, the Chairman of the National Assembly and Senate President, Dr.Bukola Saraki has ensured the release of the national assembly 2018 budget. The details of the budget was released on Friday by the office of the senate president through a tweet. The budget has a total sum of N139 billion, of which N35 billion was the total for the senate, while the house of representatives had N57 billion. While legislative aides got N10 billion, the national assembly office and commission got N15 billion and N2 billion respectively. The national assembly legislative institute got N4 billion while N1.1 billion was appropriated for service wide vote of the legislature. The public accounts committee (PAC) of the senate and the house got N118 million and N142...
Senate President, Saraki Congratulates Governor Wike
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Senate President, Saraki Congratulates Governor Wike

Senate President, Bukola Saraki Congratulates Governor Wike, As INEC declared Him as the winner of Rivers Governorship Elections. Congratulations Governor Nyesom Wike on your decisive victory in #RiversDecides2019. As you prepare to begin your next term at the helm of your state’s affairs, I wish you and the great people of Rivers State great success and many more achievements in the years to come.
What Saraki Tells Incoming Senators At Orientation Programme
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What Saraki Tells Incoming Senators At Orientation Programme

Below are five key things that Saraki asked lawmakers of the 9th National Assembly to do. 1. In its constitutional role, the National Assembly carries out oversight, makes laws and ensures constituency representation. In carrying out constitutional functions, lawmakers must always recognise that the independence of the legislature is non-negotiable. It is an independent and co-equal arm of government. Therefore, it behooves members of the National Assembly to lead the way in asserting the principle of Separation of Powers, thus ensuring accountability in governance. To achieve that, it is expected that members will carry out their duties in a manner that commands that respect from other arms of government as well as the people you represent. 2. In Nigeria, the misapprehension as to...
Saraki, PDP Plot To Install Goje As Senate President
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Saraki, PDP Plot To Install Goje As Senate President

A plot by the opposition Peoples Democr a t i c Party (PDP) to influence the emergence of a new Senate leadership, when the 9th Senate is inaugurated in June has unsettled the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). New Telegraph learnt that the plan, being championed by the outgoing Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is said to be working on a fall-back position, having lost his reelection bid for the Kwara Central senatorial seat, is aimed at installing a former governor of Gombe State, Senator Danjuma Goje as president of the 9th Senate. Goje, presently represents Gombe Central on the platform of the APC and was re-elected on the party’s platform during the February 23 National Assembly elections. He hails from the North-East, but the party’s leadership is yet to decide on ...
Igbos Are Qualified To Replace Saraki As Senate President – Chris Ngige
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Igbos Are Qualified To Replace Saraki As Senate President – Chris Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has thrown his weight behind the quest that the Senate President’s position should go to the South East. In an interview with Sunday Sun, Ngige, a former governor of Anambra State, said that both Dr Orji Uzor Kalu and Senator Ben Uwajimogu are fully qualified for the position and should be considered by their party, APC. Ngige said: “We have those that are ranking now. We have Ben Uwajimogu, he is now a two-term Senator, he is coming back from the ruling party. “We have Dr Orji Uzor Kalu. Orji Uzor Kalu was a Federal Assembly legislator during the military regime, it’s counted, because it was a National Assembly, so he has got some ranking. “Therefore, Orji Uzor Kalu is also qualified. Okorocha’s case will be determined...
Minimum Wage: Senate Committee Concur With Reps, Approves N30,000
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Minimum Wage: Senate Committee Concur With Reps, Approves N30,000

THE Senate Adhoc Committee on a New National Minimum Wage Bill, 2019, has agreed with the House of Representatives, recommending N30,000 as the accepted minimum wage for the Nigerian workers as against N27,000 proposed by the Federal Government. The Committee which is chaired by the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Francis Alimikhena, All Progressives Congress, APC, Edo North, met yesterday at Senate Room 431 New Building has concurred with the members of the House of Representatives that had earlier recommended a wage of N30,000 that was later adopted by the lower chamber. A source told Vanguard yesterday that at the meeting of the Committee, the Chairman, Senator Alimikhena asked all the members to make contributions one after the other on the new minimum wage. Accor...
Dino Melaye Divided Senate Meeting Over “Militarized Election Statement”
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Dino Melaye Divided Senate Meeting Over “Militarized Election Statement”

Senate was divided along party lines on Wednesday over a point of order to debate on alleged electoral malpractices brought by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West Senatorial District. Dino had on the point of order sought the leave of the red Chambers to bring a motion to the effect that election held on 23rd February and 9th March was militarised The lawmaker wanted the motion discussed for posterity sake, saying that it would be cowardice for Senators to close eyes to brazen electoral malpractices. “Mr. President, distinguished colleagues I rise this morning through Order 42 as a true representative of the people to bring to attention of the Senate on elections held on 23rd February and 9th March, 2019.” “I want to say, the elections were militarized and I want the...
2019 Budget Debate To Begin On Wednesday — Saraki
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2019 Budget Debate To Begin On Wednesday — Saraki

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, said that the Senate would begin the debate on the 2019 Appropriation Bill on Wednesday. He made the announcement on the floor of the Red Chamber. According to the verified Twitter handle of the Senate, “Senate President, @bukolasaraki announces that the #2019Budget debate will commence on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019.” This is the first Senate sitting after the last governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections. The 2019 budget was presented in December 2018 by President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives. The Senate on Tuesday adjourned proceedings early, due to the death of lawmaker representing Lagelu/Akinyele Federal Constituency, Oyo State, Mr Temitope Olatoye, alias S...
Bukola Saraki Celebrates International Women’s Day
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Bukola Saraki Celebrates International Women’s Day

Senate president, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Thursday joined people around the world to celebrate the 2019 International Women’s Day. He wrote: “Today, I join the world over, in celebrating the great achievements of women across Nigeria and the world who continue to play transformative roles in various spheres of influence that impact our future. #IWD2019 #InternationalWomensDay”
“O To Ge’’: How I Originated Campaign Slogan That Dethroned Saraki – LAK Jimoh
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“O To Ge’’: How I Originated Campaign Slogan That Dethroned Saraki – LAK Jimoh

Every revolution starts like a seed, it grows to become an oak tree,’’ these were the words of the 79 year-old Alhaji LAK Jimoh, the originator of the campaign slogan, “O To Ge”, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara. The septuagenarian whose LAK acronyms stand for Lazeez Ayinla Kolawole, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on how he came about the wild fire campaign slogan, “O to Ge” which literally translates to “Enough is Enough’’. “O To Ge’’ has been described by election observers as an impactful three words campaign slogan effectively used to end decades of political hegemony of a self-imposed dynasty in Kwara. The observers saw the APC’s clean sweep of the Feb. 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state as an upset and a death...
Saraki Denies Congratulating APC Senator-Elect, Oloriegbe
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Saraki Denies Congratulating APC Senator-Elect, Oloriegbe

Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has denied reports that Saraki congratulated APC senator-elect, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe. Reports have it that Oloriegbe, the APC candidate, who contested against Saraki in the Saturday National Assembly election, won the Kwara Central Senatorial District. Olaniyonu in a statement on Monday urged party supporters to disregard the report which claimed Saraki conceded defeat to Oloriegbe. He said:“The position of the Saraki camp will be communicated to the public later today (Monday).’’ “The public should disregard any fictitious statements being issued and shared on WhatsApp. Our position on the election will be communicated later today. “In the interim, the APC should stop...
Tinubu Tells Kwara People How To Remove Saraki
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Tinubu Tells Kwara People How To Remove Saraki

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC has told the people of Kwara State to vote out Senate president and PDP Chieftain, Bukola Saraki and his Candidate for the state Gubernatorial elections, Razaq Atunwa. PoliticsNGR learned that Tinubu, at the APC Presidential Campaign rally in Kwara today, described Saraki as a "Traitor and Backstabber", adding that the people should ensure that they vote him out. He said; “It’s been long they have been stealing your money and who has been doing it? it’s Bukola. We are here to fight Bukola, we are here to quarrel Bukola, he is a traitor and backstabber, we must not allow him steal our votes. This is the celebration of your freedom, the emperor that did exist here for several years now.” Speaking on ...
Saraki Is In Trouble, If Anything Happens To These People Says Kwara Must Change Group
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Saraki Is In Trouble, If Anything Happens To These People Says Kwara Must Change Group

A leading Pro-Democracy group in Kwara State, Kwara Must Change has listed names of people whose lives have been put under consistent threat by political thugs loyal to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State. In a statement by the group’s State coordinator, Comrade Yusuf Olatunji, Kwara Must Change stated that some government critics and opposition leaders are being targeted by political thugs and assassins in the state. Recall that recently, several people were shot during an All Progressive Congress (APC) campaign in Ilorin. Kwara Must Change stated that in 2018, immediately after the All Progressive Congress (APC) won by-election in Kwara South, the winner of the election, Hon. Abdulraheem Ajulo Opin and the APC governorship candidate, Abdulrahman Abdulra...
Buhari’s Campaign Slams Saraki Over Oil And Gas Figures
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Buhari’s Campaign Slams Saraki Over Oil And Gas Figures

The Buhari Campaign on Friday accused the Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign, Dr. Bukola Saraki, of resorting “to baseless campaign of calumny” directed at the person of President Muhammadu Buhari. “Dr. Bukola Saraki’s resort to poorly choreographed and worn-out political brinksmanship is fueled by the obvious absence of any credible agenda or bearing to present to Nigerians in their campaigns. “In clear demonstration of hallucination with figures, Dr. Bukola Saraki claimed, in an interview with Channels Television a few days ago, that Nigeria's petrol consumption is about 20-22 million Iitres per day and that the current import level of about 50 million litres is a scam and fraudulent,” Festus Keyamo, SAN, Director, Strategic Communicati...
How INEC Can Tackle ‘PVC Buying’ In General Elections — Saraki
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How INEC Can Tackle ‘PVC Buying’ In General Elections — Saraki

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has recommended steps to take in addressing the issue of politicians allegedly plotting to buy Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) in the general elections. He advised the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to immediately call a meeting of stakeholders in the coming polls. Senator Saraki gave the advice on Thursday in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu. The meeting, he noted, should be convened with the sole aim of formulating plans and ideas on how to render useless the intention of the purported politicians with intention of buying PVCs. “We have continued to maintain that manipulation of election results does not start and end on Election Day...
Atiku: I And Saraki Made Mistake Voting APC In 2015
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Atiku: I And Saraki Made Mistake Voting APC In 2015

Atiku Abubakar, the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said he made a mistake by voting for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 general election. Mr Abubakar stated this on Monday at the presidential rally of the PDP in Kogi State. The former vice president popularly known as Atiku said he did not made the mistake alone as Bukola Saraki, Senate President also committed same blunder. Messrs Atiku and Saraki were former members of the ruling party. They had defected to the APC prior to the 2015 general election. While in APC, Atiku contested for the 2015 presidential ticket but lost to Muhammadu Buhari, who is now seeking a second term in office. The former vice president is the major challenger of the president in the February 16...
”Stop dancing on the graves of Offa robbery victims” Lai Mohammed warns Saraki
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”Stop dancing on the graves of Offa robbery victims” Lai Mohammed warns Saraki

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has warned the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to stop dancing on the graves of the innocent souls who died in the April 5, 2018 armed robbery attack in Offa. In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister repeated his earlier warning against playing politics with the unfortunate incident, after Dr. Saraki said in a radio interview that he donated 10 million Naira when he visited Offa to commiserate with the people in the aftermath of the robbery, even when (he said) the amount that was stolen from the robbed banks' vaults was 7 million Naira.   The Minister said the overly aggressive and crude response by Dr. Saraki to that warning has shown that he is not ready to heed the a...
Strike: Saraki Sues Workers Of National Assembly
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Strike: Saraki Sues Workers Of National Assembly

Nigeria’s Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki has sued workers of the National Assembly for embarking on an industrial action over unpaid allowances. In a an ex-parte motion issued by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja, and which was signed by the Assistant Chief Registrar, Hauwa Yakubu, Esq., the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara sought a restraining order stopping the workers under the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) from proceeding on strike. The “order of interim injunction”, issued through suit No. NICN/ABJ/360/2018 dated 18th December, 2018, directed the leadership of PASAN and their agents to refrain from proceeding on strike. It states inter alia: “An order of interim ...
Saraki, Dogara’s Inability To Deliver Speech, Sign Of Weakness Says Akpabio
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Saraki, Dogara’s Inability To Deliver Speech, Sign Of Weakness Says Akpabio

Sen. Godswill Akpabio (APC-Akwa Ibom) says Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker Mr Yakubu Dogara’s inability to deliver speech during President Muhammadu Buhari’s budget presentation is a sign of weakness urging them to resign peacefully. Akpabio gave the warning, on Wednesday, in an interview with journalists shortly after Buhari presented the 2019 Appropriation Bill at the National Assembly in Abuja. News men report that Saraki and Dogara were expected to make opening and closing remarks respectively before and after the presentation. However, the rowdy session at the presentation made it impossible for the two presiding officers to deliver their speech. Reacting to the development, Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, said Saraki and Dogara could not speak bec...
Electoral Act: We’ll Never Allow Saraki Humiliate Buhari – Senator Omo-Agege
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Electoral Act: We’ll Never Allow Saraki Humiliate Buhari – Senator Omo-Agege

The lawmaker representing Delta Central at the upper legislative chamber, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said that he and his colleagues in the All Progressives Congress, APC, will not allow Senate President, Bukola Saraki, humiliate President Muhammadu Buhari. Omo-Agege was responding to claims that the Senate could override President Buhari on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. The lawmaker, dismissed any such move, saying that they will never allow Saraki and the PDP Senators to carry out such an act. “As a caucus, we the senators of APC extraction will not allow Saraki and his PDP crew to humiliate Mr President. “We will not allow any override. They don’t have 73 votes in the senate to carry out their threat. “You must understand that Mr President has no problems with th...
Senator Saraki Promises To Offset Kwara Workers Salary Arrears
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Senator Saraki Promises To Offset Kwara Workers Salary Arrears

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki said he would start off setting salary arrears owed certain category of workers in Kwara state from next week Saraki announced the news during the PDP monthly stakeholders meeting at the ‘ charity house’ in Ilorin, Kwara state. He said he would commence the payment of salary arrears with three selected local government areas; one each from the three senatorial districts of the state. The PDP national leader also announced that the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar will flag-off his campaign in Ilorin on Wednesday. Saraki asked his supporters to troop out in large number to receive Atiku and his entourage, insisting that Kwara is wholly PDP. He extended an olive branch to his estranged political aides who are now in the ...
Alleged N177bn NPA Scam Tears Senators Apart
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Alleged N177bn NPA Scam Tears Senators Apart

Senators were, yesterday, divided over the alleged non-remittance of N177 billion operational surplus made by Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, into the consolidated federation account. The disagreement came up when a member of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, which oversees NPA’s operations, Senator Mohammed Hassan (PDP Yobe South), drew the attention of the Senate to it. Senator Hassan, who raised a point of Order, citing Orders 42 and 52, submitted that against the spirit and provisions of the 1999 Constitution and extant laws of NPA, the agency kept to itself N177 billion operational surplus it made from accruing revenues in the 2017 fiscal year, without remitting it into the federation account. According to him, the committee discovered that the agency, in its budget de...
Alleged Contempt: Saraki Concedes, Pays Omo-agege’s Entitlements
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Alleged Contempt: Saraki Concedes, Pays Omo-agege’s Entitlements

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has evaded the trouble of being subjected to trial for contempt as he conceded to the request for the payment of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege’s withheld entitlements. The information that Saraki has authorised the payment of Omo-Agege’s entitlements was made public on Thursday by his (Omo-Agege’s) lawyer, Alex Izinyon (SAN). Izinyon made the disclosure at the resumption of proceedings in the contempt case initiated against Saraki and the Senate by Omo-Agege, before the Federal High Court, Abuja. Omo-Agege (representing Delta Central) initiated the contempt proceedings over allegation that Saraki and the Senate refused to obey a portion of the court’s earlier judgment ordering that he (Omo-Agege), who was earlier suspended, be paid his entitlements...
Immortalize Baba Sala by Naming a National Monument After him, Saraki to FG
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Immortalize Baba Sala by Naming a National Monument After him, Saraki to FG

Dr. Bukola Saraki yesterday urged the Federal Government to immortalise the late ace comedian and actor, Moses Olaiya Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala by naming a befitting national monument after him as a mark of honour and encouragement to both present and future artistes in the country. (Baba Sala) Apostle Moses Olaiya Saraki has however expressed sadness over the death of Moses Olaiya Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala. In a statement Tuesday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the late comedian as a prolific artiste who contributed immensely to the development of the nation’s movie industry in particular and arts and culture in general, during his lifetime. Saraki said: “Baba Sala was a legend who through dint of hard w...
Saraki Reacts To Osun Rerun Election, Calls It A Sham
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Saraki Reacts To Osun Rerun Election, Calls It A Sham

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has described Thursday’s rerun election held in Osun State as a total sham and the biggest electoral fraud in the history of the country. Saraki, who is also a presidential aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), stated this while addressing journalists during his campaign tour in Kaduna State. The Senate President consequently called for the cancellation of the result, especially in view of the complaints made about the supplementary election. Saraki accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of rigging the election, stressing that the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, ought to have been declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday. This, he sai...
Senate President Reacts After Being Accused Of Hijacking Not-Too-Young-To-Run Platform To Declare For Presidency
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Senate President Reacts After Being Accused Of Hijacking Not-Too-Young-To-Run Platform To Declare For Presidency

The President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki has said that his declaration to run for President at the Not Too Young To Run event was in good faith and not a ploy to take advantage of the group. Replying to a statement by YIAGA frowning at the declaration using the Not Too Young To Run platform, Saraki said that his declaration was for him a way to encourage the young aspirants of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki however admitted that the Young Too Young To Run group were unaware of the content of his speech. The statement reads: “It has been brought to our attention that YIAGA have issued a statement in relation to the announcement made by the President of the Senate, Dr Ab...
Saraki Calls Emergency Meeting Of NASS Leadership
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Saraki Calls Emergency Meeting Of NASS Leadership

Senate  President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has called for an emergency meeting of the leadership of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The Meeting which would hold at 12 noon will have the leadership in attendance to brainstorm on the letter of President Muhammadu Buhari on the proposed sum of N164 billion to be provided for through virement or supplementary of the 2018 budget as well as look into the not less than N242 billion that would be required for the conduct of 2019 general and Presidential elections. According to the source, after the meeting of the leadership of the National Assembly, a meeting would then be held with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC at 1 pm same day. Details latter…
Saraki, Dogara Planned To Impeach Buhari Today
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Saraki, Dogara Planned To Impeach Buhari Today

Following the dumping of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC by some Senators and members of the House of Representatives to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Abu Ibrahim, APC, Katsina South has asked the Senate President and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara to resign now from the party. Senator Ibrahim, a very close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari also warned that if both Saraki and Dogara fail to leave the APC in their own interest, him and other Stakeholders of the party would be forced to meet with the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to sack them with immediate effect from the party. Senator Abu Ibrahim who noted that it has become very imperative for the expu...
Electric Atmosphere As Bukola Saraki Returns Home To Ilorin (Photos)
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Electric Atmosphere As Bukola Saraki Returns Home To Ilorin (Photos)

Senate President Bukola Saraki was given a rousing welcome in Ilorin, Kwara State as embarks on a courtesy visit. Many Nigerians trooped out to welcome Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki at Ilorin International Airport. Saraki is undoubtedly the most popular politician in Kwara State where he was governor for 8 years. He is also from an influential family that has influenced political affairs in the state. The pictures here are a confirmation of his popularity and reputation which remains intact despite the allegations of corruption and highhandedness in Senate affairs trailing him. He could be seen greeting the mammoth crowd from the roof of his car as they flaunted placards in adoration of his person. The 2019 presidential election might be surprised with rumor...
Senator Omo-Agege’s Constituency Holds ‘Burial’ For Saraki. See Obituary Banner
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Senator Omo-Agege’s Constituency Holds ‘Burial’ For Saraki. See Obituary Banner

This is very sad…talking about the lengths people go just because of politics. An obituary banner was designed for the ”burial” of senate president, Bukola Saraki over the suspension of senator Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central at the National Assembly. The banner which was purportedly designed by some constituents in Delta state – was done to announce the political death of the senate president for ”conspiring” against their lawmaker to suspend him as they held a ‘burial’ for him (Saraki) few days ago in Abraka. Contrary to belief in some quarters that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was suspended over his opposition to the election reordering bill, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said the senator representing Delta Central was sanctioned for taking the Senate to court. ...
Drama As Vigilantes Prevent SARS From Arresting Dino Melaye At Buba Jubril’s Fidau Prayer
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Drama As Vigilantes Prevent SARS From Arresting Dino Melaye At Buba Jubril’s Fidau Prayer

There was mild drama, yesterday, at 8th fidau prayers for late Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Buba Jubril, in Lokoja, Kogi State, as operatives of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, failed to arrest the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, who was at the event. The Police had a few days ago, declared the senator wanted over his implication in handing over illegal weapons to some kidnappers who claimed to be his thugs. The SARS’ operatives had stormed Kabawa Primary School, Lokoja, venue of the fidau prayers, in efforts to arrest Senator Melaye but were awe-struck as local vigilante men encircled him and made it impossible for the SARS operatives to get close to him. Melaye actually stole the show on the occasion, raising his two fingers to ackn...

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