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Politics: Why Senator Dino Melaye sit with P D P Senators

Image result for dino melayeThere have been rumors that Senator Dino Melaye has decamped to P D P due to the battle he had with the Nigeria Police recently.

According to reports the embattled lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye, attended plenary on Wednesday in a cervical collar and supported himself with a walking stick.

Melaye had not been at the Senate for over one month due to his faceoff with the men of the Nigeria Police ahead of his arraignment before Abuja and Kogi State courts over alleged gun-running and attempted suicide.

He was hospitalised over injuries he sustained in one of the attempts to arrest him.

At the plenary, Melaye raised a point of order to thank the Senate, the House of Representatives and their leaderships for defending him during his travails.

He said, “I indeed thank ‘Kogites’ and specially also appreciate the Peoples Democratic Party for making statements during my recall exercise and asking everyone to stay back. Politics has been shown not to be individualistic but to be about issues and purpose. So, to the national chairman of the PDP and indeed the executive of the PDP in Kogi State, I salute you, I salute you, I salute you.

“I want to say I am alive because God defended me. But I want to say that the Nigeria police attempted to kill me twice, first through the application of a chemical substance and the second time through injection. They actually came with an injection to inject me but God intervened.”

Melaye’s speech became dramatic when he urged the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to direct the sergeants-at-arms to provide another seat for him at the side of the minority PDP section of the chamber, saying that he would sit beside former Senate President, David Mark, in the interim.

He said, “I have a special request from you, Mr. President, that because of the trauma I went through and I am still going through, I want to seek your indulgence that you will call on the sergeants-at-arms to look for a comfortable seat for me on this side (pointing at the PDP roll) of the divide because I am no longer comfortable sitting here.

“So, I want to ask Mr. President that you mandate the sergeants-at-arms tomorrow (Thursday) to look for a seat for me on this other divide of the chamber. And that before you do that, today through the help of my walking stick, I will take a comfortable seat close to ‘Papa General’ Senator David Mark, pending when you get me a comfortable seat on this side.”

Members of the PDP, after Melaye’s speech, ushered him to a seat beside Mark’s where he sat till the end of the session. The former Senate President was, however, not on seat during the period.

Saraki ruled that there was no need for Melaye to relocate to another seat.

He said, “Senator Dino, you made a request which I can’t see the reasons why you now want to sit elsewhere. Is it due to your injury or what? As far as I am concerned Senator Dino, I still know you with that seat. I take note of your request and I take note of your comments.”

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said, “Senator Dino Melaye remains one of the distinguished senators of the APC stock. Let me for the first time reveal that the seats on this (the APC) side are better arranged, positioned and more comfortable. I sat there (the PDP side) for eight years and I know how the seats there are. I have sat here (the APC side) for the last three years and I know the difference. We have the best seats to give to our colleague, friend and brother on this side. If he is no longer comfortable with your seat, we will find any other one here for him.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, however, raised a “constitutional order.”

Quoting the constitution, he stated that the primary purpose of government was the security and welfare of the citizens.

He said, “Dino came here this morning and complained about where he sits and he said he would be more comfortable to sit somewhere else; that is welfare. As a government, we owe the duty to Dino to ensure that his welfare is well protected here. That is a provision of the constitution and he has not asked for too much.”

The Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said, “I want to welcome Senator Dino to sit here. We are not complaining. We must be our brother’s keeper.”

In his final ruling, Saraki said, “Senator Dino’s concern is about his comfort and state of mind. None of us has been through what Senator Dino has been through and neither had these rules foreseen this kind of situation.

Members of the PDP, after Melaye’s speech, ushered him to a seat beside Mark’s where he sat till the end of the session. The former Senate President was, however, not on seat during the period.

Saraki ruled that there was no need for Melaye to relocate to another seat.

He said, “Senator Dino, you made a request which I can’t see the reasons why you now want to sit elsewhere. Is it due to your injury or what? As far as I am concerned Senator Dino, I still know you with that seat. I take note of your request and I take note of your comments.”

The Majority Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, said, “Senator Dino Melaye remains one of the distinguished senators of the APC stock. Let me for the first time reveal that the seats on this (the APC) side are better arranged, positioned and more comfortable. I sat there (the PDP side) for eight years and I know how the seats there are. I have sat here (the APC side) for the last three years and I know the difference. We have the best seats to give to our colleague, friend and brother on this side. If he is no longer comfortable with your seat, we will find any other one here for him.”

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, however, raised a “constitutional order.”

Quoting the constitution, he stated that the primary purpose of government was the security and welfare of the citizens.

He said, “Dino came here this morning and complained about where he sits and he said he would be more comfortable to sit somewhere else; that is welfare. As a government, we owe the duty to Dino to ensure that his welfare is well protected here. That is a provision of the constitution and he has not asked for too much.”

The Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, said, “I want to welcome Senator Dino to sit here. We are not complaining. We must be our brother’s keeper.”

In his final ruling, Saraki said, “Senator Dino’s concern is about his comfort and state of mind. None of us has been through what Senator Dino has been through and neither had these rules foreseen this kind of situation.

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Police free suspended Senator Omo-Agege

Image result for omo-agegeAllegedly embattled Senator Ovie Omo-Agege whisked away by the police over his alleged role in the invasion of the Senate Chamber has been released by the police, Fujiipop gathered.

A statement by his Office confirmed that the Delta Central senator has “left the police” after Omo-Agege told the police his perspective on the invasion of the National Assembly by armed hoodlums.

It said that suspended Omo-Agege denied leading hoodlums to invade the Senate chamber.

It senator also said that Omo-Agege denied removing Senate mace and handing it over to the invaders.

A statement signed by his Senior Legislative Assistant,Barrister Lucky Ajos entitled “Senator Omo-Agege went to work today like other senators; He did not remove the mace of the Senate” said:

“On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the Senate purportedly suspended Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. However, based on legal advice and his understanding of the current position of the law, Senator Omo-Agege today resumed work and sitting with his colleagues.

“A few champions of the unconstitutional, invalid and tyrannical suspension tried to stop him but those who opposed it welcomed and protected him throughout the sitting. We are grateful to the many Distinguished Senators who stood by Senator Omo-Agege.
“We are aware of several media reports suggesting that Senator Omo-Agege personally removed or encouraged anyone to remove the Mace of the Senate. This weighty allegation is not true at all.
“Following the said media reports on the Mace issue, the Police authorities decided to hear from Senator Omo-Agege. He has told the Police his perspective to help them carry out a proper investigation. He has since left the Police. Senator Omo-Agege trusts them to thoroughly investigate this very serious matter.

We are also aware of a statement allegedly issued by the Senate Spokesperson, Senator Abdullahi Sabi. Without any investigation, Senator Sabi willfully, deliberately and unfairly made very serious allegations against Senator Omo-Agege on the Mace incident. We are carefully studying Senator Sabi’s allegations to ascertain their full ramifications. Appropriate responses will follow, as may be necessary.

President Buhari writes National Assembly as he resumes duties

In line with constitutional provision, President Muhammadu Buhari has written the National Assembly, notifying the legislature of his return to office, after returning from medical vacation in London. Buhari President Buhari had returned to the country on Saturday, August 19, 2017, and in a letter dated August 21, 2017, he told the Senate as well as the House of Representatives, that he was resuming office. According to Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), the letter stated in part: “In compliance with Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), I write to intimate that I have resumed my functions as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with effect from Monday, 21st August, 2017, after my medical follow-up in the United Kingdom.” President Buhari had left for London on May 7, 2017, and handed the reins of government to the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who functioned as the Acting President.

We will revisit restructuring-Saraki

In what appears to be a reassuring development, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has assured Nigerians that the defeated bill on devolution of powers still stood a chance of being passed, as part of the amendment to the 1999 Constitution after the resumption of both chambers of the National Assembly from the annual recess which commenced last Friday. President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki (middle) with a group of youths supporting the NotTooYoungToRun in Ilorin, Kwara State, yesterday. Saraki gave the assurance in Ilorin, the Kwara State  capital, while speaking with newsmen shortly after receiving a delegation of the #NotTooYoungToRun# group in the state. The Senate President, traced the defeat of the devolution of powers bill to the current wave of hate speeches across the country, while adding that the current mistrust among Nigerians also contributed to the defeat of the bill. He said some stakeholders had misunderstood the intent of the proposed amendments in the bill as a clever way of introducing restructuring and were not ready to back such a move without proper consultations with their constituents. A state emts from the Media Office of the Senate President, quoted the number three citizen thus: “As you know, we have three senators representing each state and one from the FCT and they all represent their constituencies and whatever they do there, they must engage with and get feedback from their constituencies. I believe that if this constitutional amendment had come maybe eight months ago, the devolution of powers bill would have passed easily. “But I think we must be honest with ourselves that presently there is a lot of mistrust in the country at the moment; the air is very polluted and let us be very frank, that blame must go all round; whether it be the politicians, or opinion leaders, socio-cultural group leaders and some others who are running commentaries and even some of you in the media who sometimes write stories that amplify hate speeches and points of view that are inaccurate. “And I think what happened was that a lot of of our colleagues misread or misunderstood or were suspicious of what the devolution of powers to states was all about; whether it was the same thing as restructuring in another way or attempt to foist confederation on the country or to prepare the ground for other campaigns now going on in the country. And they made a lot of appeal that they had not consulted with their constituencies and you can see what is happening; there was a meeting in Kaduna yesterday where it was clear that certain parts of the country wanted more time to understand what restructuring is all about before joining the discussion. “So it is clear that not all Senators were on board. My own advise; we have spoken a lot with the Senators because we cannot bully them or stampede them, because at the end of the day, this country belongs to all of us. You cannot hassle me out of the country. Neither can I hassle you out. What we must do is dialogue; reassure each other and let people understand that this concept is for the purpose of making a modern Nigeria; that it is not going to in any way undermine any part of the country. “Nothing is foreclosed in this exercise; you dont foreclose passage of bill.  We must have a good understanding of how parliament works. It is not foreclosed. It has been defeated as at today but it does not mean that it would be defeated when it comes tomorrow. The gender bill was defeated in the bid to include it in the constitution but what was not reported in the media is that the sponsors got a victory in that they got an undertaking from members that what was defeated would be included in the Gender Opportunity bill. That was something that would not have happened before. So the fact that devolution of powers to state lost that day does not mean that after the recess, if a lot of consultations are done again it will not scale through.” The#NotTooYoungToRun group, led by its state coordinator, Olasupo Abideen, had visited  Saraki to express gratitude over the passage of the NotTooYoungToRun bill and solicit his support for the remaining parts of the proposal by the Joint Committee on Constitutional amendment to make the amendment a total success. Olasupo thanked Saraki and members of the 8th Senate for their interest in the future of the youth which made them to pass the bill. He recalled that agitation for the passage of the bill started in 2012, adding that the Nigerian youths  will forever remain grateful to Saraki over his kindness towards them.

A legislator may die soon – Primate Ayodele unveils revelation about Bukola Saraki

Primate Ayodele unveils revelation about Bukola Saraki, says a legislator may die soonA revelation has been reported which might take a life of a legislator.

Lots of prophecies have been unveiled about Nigerian leaders in 2017 and it appears the men of God are still revealing more prophecies. Just recently the General Overseer of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele revealed that all prosecutions are not over yet for the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

It was reported that the man of God had earlier warned Saraki in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Reacting to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over the weekend, Primate Ayodele revealed he can see a friction between the presidency and senators. He added that a legislator is likely to die.

He said: “There would still be a friction between the senators and the presidency. We must also pray against the death of a member of the National Assembly. We should pray that Nigerians would not cry. We have been saying since 2015 that corruption will fight back the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. We had also predicted in the yearly book of prophecy that a notorious kidnap kingpin would be arrested. That is contained in the 2016/2017 edition of the Warnings to the Nation.” Primate Ayodele also made a revelation about the Governor of Kogi state Yaya Bello. He disclosed that there would be serious attempts to rubbish his government.

He said: “We warned Governor Yaya Bello that there would be serious attempt to rubbish his government. Now God is telling the governor to tread softly on the tango between himself and Senator Dino Melaye.”

Speaking on the quit notice given to Igbos in Kaduna, the man of God said that: “The quit notice handed out to our Igbo brothers and sisters in the north is a strong indication that Nigeria is nearing a breaking point. It is only God that can save us from the imminent break-up and even destabilization.”Primate Ayodele unveils revelation about Bukola Saraki, says a legislator may die soon

Senate debunk plan to hike fuel price

Image result for Bukola SarakiInformation has it that President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has denied that the upper chamber of the National Assembly is proposing an increment in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) by N5 as part of measures to generate funds for road repairs and maintenance.

The Special Assistant to the Senate President on New Media, Mr. Bankole Omisore, in a statement on Saturday, denied the report that the legislature such a plan.

As part of the recommendations in the report by the Senate Committee on Works on the National Roads Fund Establishment Bill 2017, a levy of N5 will be imposed on every litre of PMS and Automobile General Oil (diesel) imported or refined in the country.

Omisore, however, explained that at the public hearing on the National Roads Fund Bill, the stakeholders were unanimous on the need to access a percentage of the funds for sustainable maintenance of roads from the pricing template of petroleum products.

He said while the unanimity was on a percentage, opinions varied as to what percentage. “Some argued for 25, 11, 7 and 5 per cent of the value of the price of the product,” he noted.

Politics: Bulletproof SUV linked to Saraki cost $298,000, not N298m – Senate

Image result for Bukola SarakiIt has been revealed that the Senate on Tuesday said the controversial armoured Range Rover Sports car bought by the National Assembly cost $298,000 and not N298m.

The car had been linked to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who, on Monday, denied buying the Sports Utility Vehicle.

The importer had, however, said the documents of the car were fake.

An online news portal, SaharaReporters, which made the allegation in a report published on March 18, 2017, said the seizure of the SUV, allegedly belonging to Saraki, was the reason the Senate was moving against the Comptroller General of the NCS, Col. Hammed Ali (retd.).

The medium reported that the car was intercepted and impounded on January 11, 2017, by the service for allegedly having fake documents.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Sabi Abdullahi, told journalists on Tuesday that reports on the car had been mischievous.

He said, “Our attention has been drawn to the various false and mischievous reports in the media about the price of the vehicle, which the Senate was said to have bought as part of its convoy but was later abandoned when it got impounded by the Customs over controversy surrounding import duty payment.

“The correct price of the vehicle, when it was imported in 2015, is $298,000, which at the prevailing rate of N165 to a dollar is about N49.17m. The Senate paid N62.5m for the vehicle in November 2015. This is contrary to the mischief by those who decided to turn the  $298,000 to N298m as the price of the vehicle. For the avoidance of doubt, the price of that vehicle is N62.5m and not N298m.

“The Senate will appreciate it if all reports relating to the legislative institution, particularly on this vehicle matter, are reported with accuracy and all facts put in proper perspective. We urge journalists to avoid sensationalism. The Senate is a responsible institution and those who believe that when they have issues to explain before it,  the next thing to do is to resort to falsehood, blackmail, muckraking and mud-slinging, should know that they are just overheating the polity and undermining our democratic institution.

“Finally, the Senate wishes to reiterate our total commitment to upholding the rule of law and to work for Nigerians, in accordance with our constitution.”

While appearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on Monday, the importer, Mr. Tokunbo Akindele, confirmed that the documents of the car were fake.

He, however, stated that no letter was received from the National Assembly for the clearing of the car.

He said, “There was no document received from the National Assembly for the clearing of the car. All the documents were received on receiving the car. We have the clearing documents, which we have found were fake, and these were what were given to us. We found this out in 2017, but there is no mention to the National Assembly even on the fake documents.

“No documents were submitted by the National Assembly. And there is no correlation with Senator Bukola Saraki in terms of clearing this car and the fake documents.”

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