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Lagos Special Status: Ahmad Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu Meet
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Lagos Special Status: Ahmad Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila, Sanwo-Olu Meet

Today, I met with the Senate President @DrAhmadLawan at his residence. Also present was the Speaker of House of Representatives @femigbaja. I commended the stability of @nassnigeria and the necessary cooperation with the FG on important issues of governance. I also used the opportunity to discuss issues of fundamental interest to the progress of Lagos State. I implored @nassnigeria to support our demand for a special status and funding for our state due to the burden we carry as the commercial centre and melting pot of the country.  
SERAP Sues Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over Alleged Missing ₦4.4 Billion NASS Fund
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SERAP Sues Lawan, Gbajabiamila Over Alleged Missing ₦4.4 Billion NASS Fund

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sued Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila at Federal High Court, Abuja over alleged missing N4.4 billion National Assembly fund. In the suit filed at the weekend, SERAP is seeking “an order of mandamus directing and compelling Lawan, Gbajabiamila and National Assembly to perform their constitutional oversight functions to ensure prompt and transparent investigation into the allegation that N4.4 billion budgeted for the National Assembly may be missing and unaccounted for.” The suit followed publication of annual audited reports for 2015, 2017 and 2018 in which the Auditor-General of the Federation raised “concerns about alleged diversion and misappropriation of public...
SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦4.4Bn NASS Funds”
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SERAP Writes Lawan, Gbajabiamila, Seeks Probe Of “Missing ₦4.4Bn NASS Funds”

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President Dr Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.” In the open letter dated 30 January 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “By exercising strong and effective leadership in this matter, the National Assembly can show Nigerians that the legislative body is a proper and accountable watchdog that represents and ...
Gbajabiamila Visit To Ghana Already Yielding Results – NIDO Ghana Chapter
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Gbajabiamila Visit To Ghana Already Yielding Results – NIDO Ghana Chapter

“The recent visit to Ghana by the Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila to Ghana helped change the basis of the trade war between Ghanaian and Nigerian spare parts dealers in that country, according to the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Ghana chapter. Vice-President of NIDO-Ghana, Mr. Kingsley Attoe, who disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, praised Gbajabiamila for intervening, saying it was timely. “Currently, Nigerians are waiting to see the outcome of the meetings he had. “Two days ago, he met the speaker and Nigerian traders separately. Yesterday, he met with Nigerian business executives. “There are talks about setting up a Nigeria-Ghana Business Council with the hope of domesticating...
Electricity: Nigerians Must Get What They Pay For – Gbajabiamil
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Electricity: Nigerians Must Get What They Pay For – Gbajabiamil

The Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured that the lawmakers would ensure that Nigerians get adequate supply of electricity that is commensurate with what they pay for. He disclosed this when he received the management team of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) who paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja on Wednesday. He said it was the responsibility of the House to make life easier for Nigerians. Gbajabiamila emphasised that the House would pay utmost attention to the practice of estimated billing by electricity distribution companies (Discos). The Speaker warns that the House would not tolerate estimated billings as Discos are taking advantage of the system to present outrageous bills to Nigerians. He said the federal lawmakers have...
9th Assembly: Reps Members Speak On Gbajabiamila ‘Buying’ Votes With Green Cards
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9th Assembly: Reps Members Speak On Gbajabiamila ‘Buying’ Votes With Green Cards

A group of lawmakers have spoken up over accusation of vote buying against the Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila Omolori, who supervised the June 11 election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker in the House of Representatives, is being accused of having condoned impunity among the lawmakers. Making references to photographic images and video evidence being released to back up their claims, the group asserted that they are only embarking on a principled struggle, adding that while the members have no personal grudges against any person or political party, they will not condone any illegitimacy in the election of the person or persons who will lead the House of Representatives. But, reacting, a House of Representatives member Khadijah Bukar Abba on Monday said tha...
Hon. Gbajabimila & Hon. Wase Agrees To Run Together As Speaker And Deputy
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Hon. Gbajabimila & Hon. Wase Agrees To Run Together As Speaker And Deputy

The campaign organisations of the House of Representatives Leader Femi Gbajabiamila and Mohammed Idris Wase collapsed into one last night. Gbajabiamila (Surulere Federal Constituency, Lagos) and Wase (Wase Federal Constituency, Plateau), were, until the duo joined forces, jostling for the House of Representatives Speaker’s seat. Both camps agreed to work together with Gbajabiamila as Speaker and Wase as Deputy Speaker in the Ninth Assembly. The groups met at Trascorp Hotel, Abuja. Also yesterday, the Speakership drive of Gbajabiamila got a boost yesterday as 178 new members-elect endorsed his ambition. His spokesman, Olanrewaju Smart, said the lawmakers gathered to do the proclamation at the New Chelsea Hotel in Abuja. He said the lawmakers were drawn from various pol...
9th NASS: Buhari Takes Over Lobby For Lawan, Gbajabiamila
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9th NASS: Buhari Takes Over Lobby For Lawan, Gbajabiamila

President Muhammadu Buhari has personally taken charge of lobbying incoming members of the 9th National Assembly in the bid to install Dr. Ahmad Lawan as the next Senate President and Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila as Speaker of the House of Representatives. The President, according to well placed sources, is taking nothing for granted this time around to avoid a repeat of the 2015 ‘coup’ when dissenting members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their allies in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hijacked the election process and picked candidates other than those preferred by the ruling party. The Nation gathered that shortly before leaving for London on a private visit last week, Buhari took the driver’s seat at meetings with some of the aspirants for the two plum offices. He...
Speakership: Dogara Loyalists In Fix Over Gbajabiamila
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Speakership: Dogara Loyalists In Fix Over Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and his loyalists are in a fix over who to nominate that will challenge current House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, who has been adopted by the APC for the speakership of the 9th Assembly, Daily Trust has learnt. Sources within the National Assembly told our correspondent that Dogara and his loyalists had been meeting for the past weeks to decide on who to bring out to face the Gbajabiamila, but that they could not zero in on anybody. There were four members of Dogara camp contesting for the seat: Mohammed Umar Bago (APC, Niger), Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), Babangida Ibrahim (APC, Katsina) and Muktar Aliyu Betara (APC, Borno). However, while Ibrahim is from the same state with President Muhammadu Buhari, Namdas and...
Budget Padding: You’re Ignorant And Dubious, Dogara Blasts Tinubu
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Budget Padding: You’re Ignorant And Dubious, Dogara Blasts Tinubu

Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives, has lambasted Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) over the latter’s claim on Budget Padding. Mr Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor, on Sunday renewed his attack on the 8th National Assembly, alleging that the legislative chambers under the present leadership were padding the Budget of the country. While Senator Bukola Saraki heads the legislative arm of government and the Senate, Yakubu Dogara pilots the affairs of the green chamber. The duo emerged leaders of the chambers in 2015 against the wish of the APC even though they belonged to the party at the time. Messrs Saraki and Dogara defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last year. Lawmakers of the opposition party h...
Senate Leadership: APC Governors Step In
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Senate Leadership: APC Governors Step In

Determined to avert a crisis in the 9th National Assembly, All Progressives Congress (APC) governors have waded into the row over choice of principal officers, especially the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The race for Senate President is being hotly contested by the Senate Leader, Dr. Ahmad Lawan; the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Sen. Danjuma Goje, and a former Senate Leader, Sen. Ali Ndume. A team raised by the governors may this week hold talks with Goje, who is rated as the favourite of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). The governors are stepping in following speculations that Goje may declare his ambition for the coveted seat this week. According to a source, the APC governors are worried abou...
Defection: Saraki, Dogara May Be Removed Before Tenure Expiration
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Defection: Saraki, Dogara May Be Removed Before Tenure Expiration

A Federal High Court Abuja on Thursday, adjourned until April 30, a suit seeking the sack of Senate President, Bukola Saraki , Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and 52 other lawmakers. An advocacy group, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, (LEDAP) dragged the lawmakers to court seeking a declaration that they were no longer members of the National Assembly having defected to other political parties before the expiration of their tenure. The defendants comprise 17 Senators, 37 members of the House of Representatives, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the clerks to both houses. If found faulty for defecting, Saraki, Dogara and other lawmakers may be removed before the expiration of their tenure. At the r...
Abuja Comedian, Ambassador Wahala Cracks Up Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara, Says Payment Inconclusive
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Abuja Comedian, Ambassador Wahala Cracks Up Osinbajo, Saraki, Dogara, Says Payment Inconclusive

Popular Nigerian Comedian, Ambassador Wahala has engaged the circle of the biggest Legal minds in Nigeria in a very humourous ambience at the maiden edition of Body of Benchers Award Night, hosted at Institute Of Judiciary, Jabi Abuja. The Award Night Ceremony had the distinguished presence of Vice president Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogora, Sokoto state Governor Gov. Aminu Tambuwal and a host of other prominent figures in Nigeria. Ambassador Wahala thrilled the crowd when he threw the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and the Senate President Sen. Bukola Saraki into a hot laughter over the balance of his appearance payment, which he said was inconclusive with regards to the Speaker's response. ...
Buhari ‘Favours’ Lawan, Gbaja To Lead 9th National Assembly
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Buhari ‘Favours’ Lawan, Gbaja To Lead 9th National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the nod to Ahmad Lawan as senate president and Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker of the house of representatives in the in-coming national assembly, TheCable can report. The duo, who are currently the leaders of the APC caucus in the upper and lower chambers of the national assembly, enjoyed the support of the president in 2015 but Senate President Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of reps, teamed up with some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers to edge them out. While Lawan did not get the opportunity to go head-to-head with Saraki, Gbajabiamila lost to Dogara by eight votes. However, Saraki is out of the way, having left the APC for the PDP and lost his re-election bid. Dogara is also not expected to put a fight as ...
‘Bauchi Governor, Mohammed Abubakar Wants To Set Me Up’ — Dogara Writes IG
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‘Bauchi Governor, Mohammed Abubakar Wants To Set Me Up’ — Dogara Writes IG

Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, has alleged that Mohammed Abubakar, governor of Bauchi state, is plotting to implicate him in criminal conspiracy. In a letter dated March 21, the speaker told Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of Police (IGP), and Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), that he has credible information of an ongoing plot to give motorbikes and cars branded in his name to some “criminals”. Dogara and Abubakar fell out shortly after the 2015 elections but their animosity worsened in the buildup to the supplementary election. Dogara is fully behind Bala Mohammed, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who secured the highest votes cast in the March 9 election declared inconclusive. ...
Lawyer Drags Buhari, National Assembly, Others To Court Over Election Sequence
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Lawyer Drags Buhari, National Assembly, Others To Court Over Election Sequence

A Nigerian lawyer, Chyma Anthony, has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly and the Attorney General of the Federation, (AGF) Ibrahim Malami, to a federal high court in Abuja, over the move by the lawmakers to change election sequence. Also joined in the suit are, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Among other things, the lawyer is demanding that the court determine whether the decision by the National Assembly to usurp the powers of the INEC to fix the dates of election to the House of Assembly and the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, does not contravene the provisions of the 1999 Constitution. In the suit numbered FHC/ABJ/C...

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