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BREAKING: Buhari, ex-President Jonathan meet in Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with former President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former president arrived the State House at about 3.00p.m, and went straight to the President’s office.

NAN reports that the agenda of the meeting between President Buhari and Jonathan was unknown to newsmen as at the time of filing this report.

NAN observed that the former president, who is visiting the Presidential Villa for the fifth time since the swearing-in of the Buhari administration, was last seen in the State House in 2016.





A Nigerian election tribunal has rejected a bid by the main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to overturn the February presidential election.

In upholding Buhari's election victory, the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal ruled that Buhari's main challenger in the presidential race, Atiku Abubakar had failed to prove allegations of electoral fraud sufficiently. 
The tribunal rejected all three of Atiku's claims: that the election was marred by irregularities, that he received more
votes than Buhari and that the president did not have a secondary school certificate, a basic requirement to contest the
"This petition is hereby dismissed in its entirety," Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba said in announcing the ruling. The five-member panel of justices found that Buhari did have the level of education to contest a presidential election.
An appeal expected

In the wake of the election, Atiku alleged that Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC), in connivance with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had stolen the vote.

More than 60 witnesses for the Atiku camp and a handful appear before the tribunal for Buhari.

The ruling is a significant blow to Atiku's argument that he had secured the highest number of votes based on the results in the central computer server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In disputes over presidential elections in Nigeria, losers have a right to approach the highest court, the Supreme Court. Atiku is widely expected to appeal the tribunal's ruling.
Atiku vs Buhari

Atiku pointed to results he claimed are contained in the central server of the INEC, which he insisted showed that he had won. Buhari disputed the allegation.

The official results as announced by the INEC showed Buhari won 15,191,847 votes, to Atiku's 11,262,978.

Buhari argued before the tribunal that Atiku was not eligible to contest the poll because he was not Nigerian by birth. Atiku – a former Nigerian vice president – was born in Jada town, in what was then a part of Cameroon.

Atiku, on the other hand, had argued before the tribunal that Buhari – a former military ruler–, was not educationally-qualified. He insisted that the president did not possess a secondary school certificate at the time he stood for election, also a constitutional requirement.     

Nigerians have closely followed the dispute in the months since they went to the polls. Buhari recently named his cabinet, which held its first sitting on 11 September 2019. Atiku is not the first runner-up in a presidential race to reject the outcome of a vote in Nigeria under a civilian administration and go to court. If he succeeds ultimately, he would be the first to do so. 



ELECTION TRIBUNAL: Another INEC staff insists he transmitted results to central server

Another ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission has told the presidential election petition tribunal that he transmitted results to a central server as instructed by the commission for the 2019 elections.
The witness, Olufemi Ogunride, who described himself as an INEC ad-hoc staff who was trained for three days ahead of the elections, said he received election result sheets from the presiding officer which he transferred into the smart card readers and consequently transmitted into the server.
Mr Ogunride was speaking at Friday’s session of the presidential election tribunal’s hearing of the petition by the PDP challenging President Muhammad’u Buhari’s re-election.
“All I know is that the P. O (presiding officer) brought the forms EC8C. I put the information from the form into the smart card reader which I transmitted to the server.”
Mr Ogunride, however, said during further cross-examination that he had never seen the said server.
He explained that he just transmitted information from the smart card readers into the server based on what he had been taught.
The PDP had requested to inspect the INEC servers after alleging that details of election results were manipulated by the Commission to favour Mr Buhari.
The elections tribunal denied Mr Abubakar’s request to inspect INEC’s server last month, saying granting such an order would presuppose that the court had ruled that the server actually existed.
The court deferred pronouncement on the server until a proper argument has been made by both teams in the substantive petition, which hearing began last week.
INEC had said it did not use a central server for the conduct of the election, saying doing so would have contradicted the Electoral Act. INEC maintained the position despite the claim to the contrary by some of its presiding officers in the election.
Some of the presiding officers and their subordinates have since sworn an affidavit to testify against the commission in favour of Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s candidate and main challenger to President Buhari.
PREMIUM TIMES also found last month that INEC budgeted nearly N1.5 billion for a server installations ahead of the presidential election.
But the commission told the elections tribunal that it had no server and Mr Abubakar and his team were only being mischievous.
A former chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, also told PREMIUM TIMES that there was no server during his days at INEC, and expressed doubts about any recent installation of such facilities under Yakubu Mahmood.
Besides Mr Ogunride, seven other witnesses testified on Friday at the tribunal.
In a similar testimony by a PDP witness on Friday, the witness said the petitioners agents were driven away from all polling units across his local government during the February 23, elections in Borno State.
The witness, Umaru Ahmed, was the seventh witness to testify on Friday.
According to the witness, security officers chased away PDP agents in polling units across his local government area in Borno State.
Mr Umar accused security operatives of aiding the APC to manipulate results in various parts of his local government.
Also in a similar statement, another witness, Hassan Maisarauta who said he worked for the PDP in Potiskum, Yobe State, alleged that an APC local government Chairman threatened voters at his local government to either vote APC or have their farmlands taken away from them.

The tribunal adjourned the hearing till Monday following a request by the PDP that its remaining agents could not make it to the tribunal.

I’ll fire anyone who underperforms, Gov. El-Rufai warns 13 newly sworn-in commissioners

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, on Friday threatened to sack any of the 13 newly appointed commissioners if they perform below expectations in their various ministries.
He advised them to settle down and deliver quick results.
El-Rufai, who gave the warning while swearing-in 13 out of the 15 commissioner nominees forwarded to the State Assembly for confirmation, said each of the commissioners would be made to sign a performance agreement with the top management of their ministries.
One of the governor’s nominees, Jafaaru Abubakar, was rejected during screening conducted by State Assembly for criticising All Progressives Congress’ administration in the state on his Facebook handle in 2017.
El-Rufai also mandated his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, to take charge of the State Ministry of Health pending when a substantive commissioner will be appointed for the ministry.
This was just as he vowed to fire any commissioner who cannot discharge his official responsibilities on a quarterly basis, urging them to assume duty with immediate effect.
While saying that the commissioners would sign a “Key Performance Indicators and Performance Agreement” with top management of their ministries, the governor said: “The new commissioners must quickly settle in and deliver results.
“Each of you will receive and adhere to job descriptions that will be followed by Key Performance Indicators and Performance Agreements.
“Every commissioner must, in turn, sign KPIs and Performance Agreements with the top management of their ministries.
“All are subject to strict quarterly reviews, because we must maximise the short time left to deliver service for our people.”
The governor also warned family members and associates of the new commissioners against asserting undue pressure on them.
“Family members and associates must realise that the commissioners would need their support.
“We thank you for the sacrifice you would make, but we urge you not to pressurize them,” he added.
The commissioners sworn-in are: Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani (Ministry of Local Government Affairs); Idris Samaila Nyam (Business, Innovation & Technology); Shehu Usman Makarfi (Education); Ibrahim Garba Hussaini (Environment & Natural Resources); Kabir Mato (Sports Development); Balaraba Aliyu-Inuwa (Public Works & Infrastructure); and Samuel Aruwan (Internal Security & Home Affairs).
Others are, Fausat Adebola Ibikunle (Housing & Urban Development); Mohammed Bashir Saidu (Finance); Hafsat Mohammed-Baba (Human Services & Social Development); Aisha Dikko (Justice); Thomas Gyang (Planning and Budget); as well as Hassan Mahmud (Commissioner in the governor’s office for Riots, Damage, Rehabilitation and Resettlement).
The governor commended members of the State House of Assembly for “the speedy confirmation of the commissioner-nominees.”

Buhari vs Atiku: Tribunal Reserves Ruling As INEC Denies Having A Server

The presidential election petitions tribunal has reserved ruling in the application filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, in the February 23 presidential election.
PDP and its candidate Atiku had earlier moved a motion seeking for access to inspect the server and data of smart card reader used by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the presidential election.
The chairman of the panel, Justice Mohammed Garba, reserved ruling in the application shortly after counsels in the case argued their briefs in the suit.
The PDP earlier asked the court to grant the order in the interest of justice; fair hearing and neutrality to enable the petitioners to maintain their petition.
Responding to the application, counsel to INEC, Mr. Yunus Usman asked the tribunal to refuse the request of the petitioners.
"The PDP said we should bring something we don’t have,” Usman told the court.
In opposing the application, counsel to President Buhari, Mr. Wole Olanipekun filed a motion with two exhibits which include an ex parte motion filed by the PDP seeking to inspect election materials.
While exhibit two is the ruling of the appeal court of March 6, 2019, for the application filed by the PDP and asked the tribunal not to grant the application nor overrule itself.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) through its counsel, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi aligned himself in asking the tribunal to dismiss the application of the PDP.
In urging the tribunal to dismiss the application the court should be wary of making an order which is incapable of being enforced as INEC has said they do not have what the PDP is asking for.
He adds that there is no concrete material before the tribunal to prove otherwise.
Tribunal, therefore, adjourned to June 24, for the continuation of the pre-trial hearing.



Senator Ahmed Lawan emerges new Senate President

Senator Ahmed Lawan has been elected the Senate President of the 9th Senate, as he defeated his opponent, Senator Ali Ndume.
At the end of counting, Lawan polled 79 votes to defeat Ndume, who scored 28 votes.
Lawan, who represents Yobe North Senatorial District, won the contest by a landslide as he got 73.83 percent of the vote cast by the lawmakers.
Lawan’s victory was announced by the clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, who added that 107 senators cast their votes.
He was immediately sworn-in by the clerk of the National Assembly.
Ndume had refused to step down for Lawan despite pleas by the party leadership. He vowed to go on with his ambition.
The APC was not ready to get it wrong this time around as it did in 2015 when Dr. Bukola Saraki emerged winner to become the Senate President in the 8th Assembly.
Earlier, there was commotion at the Senate as lawmakers disagreed on what form of voting system should be adopted to elect principal officers of the upper chamber.
Trouble started when the Clerk of the Senate, Mohammed Sani, read President Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation letter to members of the Senate, and announced that open ballot would be used for voting exercise.
This led to commotion as those who supported the idea and those opposing it engaged in a shouting match.



I have no regrets, Saraki tells Buhari as 8th National Assembly tenure ends

The outgoing Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday reflected on his four-year tenure as the head of the nation’s legislature and urged his colleagues to be wary of the transient nature of power.
He also reviewed the relationship between the executive and the legislature as well as his travails and concluded that he had no regrets in an apparent response to criticisms of the National Assembly by the executive, particularly President Muhammadu Buhari.
Explaining why power is transient, Saraki said, “This I know: whatever the capacity, we should always do our best to serve the interest of the people. We should also have it at the back of our minds that power is transient.”
He also took exceptions to the allegations that he and the outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were not patriotic in the handling of affairs of the National Assembly in the last four years.
He maintained that the frictions between the executive and the legislature would not end with the Eighth National Assembly for as long as the former held the belief that it could always interfere with the affairs of the parliament, especially on the issue of budget.
He said, “It is important that I make some comments about Legislature-Executive relations. My own take is that if the Executive sees the National Assembly’s work on the budget as interference despite the provisions of the constitution, then there will continue to be problems between both arms of government.
“If the Presidency refuses to have engagements and consultations with the leadership of the National Assembly before the President submits the budget to the legislature, then there will continue to be frictions.
“If the Executive sees the failure of a few of its appointees to secure confirmation by the Senate as a disagreement, then the relationship will not improve.
“If the Executive encourages its appointees who fail to secure Senate confirmation to remain in office, then there will continue to be disagreement.
“If the Executive believes the Legislature is a rubber stamp without the right to question its actions, then it will be a subversion of the Principles of separation of powers and checks and balances.
“My advice is that both arms of government have a role to play in our quest for good governance and their leadership should work for cooperation and fruitful engagement.
Saraki, who described his last day in office as victory for democracy, commended his colleagues for their show of support and solidarity during his travails and trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
He said, “That I am here today, that you are here today, is a victory for democracy. It is a testament to what people can do when they come together for the greater good.
“This is also one of those occasions when the Supreme Creator reminds us, once again, that power does not reside in any one person.
“When I think of the many trials and tribulations we have faced as an institution, and my own personal travails particularly at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, I am humbled, because none of our achievements would have been possible without the support and cooperation of the entire members of this chamber.”
Assessing the Eighth Senate, Saraki said, “We can define ourselves by the record number of bills passed, motions cleared, resolutions adopted, petitions treated. We can also define ourselves by the belief that we fought for democracy, held government to account and made personal sacrifices. For some of us, sacrifices are still being made, owing to the fallout of some of the decisions taken. I have no regrets because, as first among equals, we bear collective responsibility for those decisions. As a leader, however, I take responsibility. The buck stops with me.
“In doing all that we did in this chamber, we always used to believe that poverty knew no party, religion, tribe or region. We came together in response to the needs of Nigerians as a whole, and we got the job done. It will be said of us that we were truly representatives of all our constituents. As we conclude the last plenary and the few more days of the 8th Senate, therefore, we should nurture the relationships we have built.”
The senators observed a one-minute silence in honour of their departed colleagues in the last one year including the late senators Ali Wakili (Bauchi South), Isiaka Adeleke (Osun West) and Bukar Mustapha (Katsina North).
Insecurity, calls for concern – Dogara
Speaking in a similar vein, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, expressed concern over the future of Nigeria because of the alarming rate of insecurity across the country.
He declared that the Eighth National Assembly held the record as the most persecuted and harassed parliament in Nigeria’s history.
Dogara at the valedictory session lamented that the Eighth Assembly had been a huge success with unprecedented records set in legislative business.
He expressed appreciation to all the leaders and members of the House for the confidence reposed in him by electing him Speaker of the Eighth Assembly.
He also thanked them for the cooperation the leadership enjoyed throughout the four unbroken years he was in charge.
On the state of insecurity in the country, he stressed that it was only when a leader threw out politics and partisanship out of the window and gave full rein to the best human and material resources to confront these menacing challenges “and unites to confront this very danger that the needed progress will be seen.”
He said, “It appears we are losing the fight against violence and as if that is not bad enough, the situation is so dire that known statesmen are becoming petrified and speaking up in ways that may further rend our national fault lines.
“It is like we refused to hear the whispers and now the screams are threatening our eardrums.
“This is a national problem that we can only solve if we pull ourselves together and not apart; regardless of political persuasions or creed. The challenge is to get the leadership that throws out politics and partisanship out of the window.
“Leadership that reins in all our best human and material resources to confront these menacing challenges. Yet, instead of uniting to confront this very danger, all one hears are sermons of divisiveness and permutations for 2023 elections. I wonder daily if this is not how the bottom looks like.”
We‘re the most persecuted and harassed, outgoing speaker
Dogara, who described the Eighth House of Representatives as the most persecuted in the history of the country, noted that but for the cooperation of members, nothing would have been achieved.
He said, “This wonderful cooperation, no doubt, enabled us to have a very stable and peaceful Eighth House of Representatives and to set records that have no parallels in our history of law-making as a nation.
“The 8th House holds the record as the most persecuted and harassed Parliament, ever in Nigeria’s history. Some of our members bear the scars of reckless deployment of institutional prerogatives.
“We witnessed sieges and invasion by state operatives. Some members suffered witch-hunts, house arrests and false accusations. We are also witnesses to barrage of uncharitable criticisms and assessments bandied on a daily basis in the media by hired mercenaries who masquerade as analysts.
“Most of these analysts are ignorant of the fact that the parliament was not designed to be an altar of praise for the Executive but a co-equal branch to serve as a check on executive power.”
Buhari dissolves Eighth Assembly, issues proclamation for Ninth Assembly
Meanwhile, the President on Thursday pronounced the dissolution of the eighth session of the National Assembly and announced the proclamation of the ninth session of the federal parliament billed to commence on Tuesday, June 11.
The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani Omolori, confirmed this while addressing journalists in his office on Thursday.
He said, “I want to confirm that I have received proclamation from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The first is on the dissolution of the Eighth National Assembly while the other one is on the convening of the first session of the Ninth National Assembly.
“The proclamation of the dissolution of the Eighth National Assembly takes effect from 12 midnight of June 8.
“By implication, from 8th of June by 12 midnight, the Eighth National Assembly stands dissolved. Similarly, the Ninth National Assembly will be inaugurated and first sitting will be held on Tuesday, 11th of June, by 10a.m. in the National Assembly complex.”
NASS management gives outgoing senators three days to handover office keys, equipment
Also, the management of the National Assembly has given outgoing senators three days to hand over office keys and equipment in their possession.
The announcement was made by Saraki on Thursday at the beginning of the valedictory session of the 8th assembly at the National Assembly, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the announcement was the fourth agenda on the Order Paper of the day.

Court of Appeal sacks Regina Daniels husband, Ned Nwoko as PDP senator-elect

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has nullified the emergence of Ned Nwoko as the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District.
The court in a decision on Thursday said the case instituted at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court which resulted in the recognition of Mr Nwoko as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission was wrongly filed.
The appellate court ruled that the matter ought to have been brought at the lower court before the expiration of 14 days from the time of the incidence that birthed the suit.
It further ruled that the failure of the applicant at the lower court to file the case before the expiration of 14 days meant that the case had become statute barred and the lower court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter in the first place.
“As at the time the matter was instituted at the Federal High Court, the case was statute barred. We set aside the decision of the Federal High Court and strike out the case,” the court ruled.
INEC had withdrawn the certificate of return it issued to Mr Nwoko’s contender Peter Nwaoboshi, following the FHC decision.
With the appeal court decision, Mr Nwaoboshi will now be recognised as the senator-elect for the district.
Messrs Nwoko and Nwaoboshi are both of the PDP and had contested for the ticket of the party in the primaries. The PDP later won the senatorial election in the district with Mr Nwaoboshi as its candidate.
After the initial high court ruling, INEC withdrew the certificate issued to Mr Nwaoboshi and presented same to Mr Nwoko; a decision that would now be reversed based on the appeal court ruling.





Please check if your House of Representative Member is among the

After pocketing over N62bn, 161 Reps are yet to sponsor a bill.

At least 161 members of the House of Representatives are yet to sponsor a bill more than three years after assuming office, Daily Trust findings have shown.

Of the 360 members in the House, only 199 have sponsored at least a bill since their inauguration on June 9, 2015.

They have spent 46months out of their 4-year tenure of 48months, with only 1month left. Within the period, the 161 lawmakers pocketed at least N62.503billion in allowances and salaries, investigation by this newspaper has revealed.

Each lawmaker gets N7.6 million as running/overhead cost and additional N660, 000 as salary monthly, which amounts to N8.26m monthly.

In the 47 months they have spent so far, each lawmaker has pocketed about N388.22m each, totalling N62.503billion

There are over 1066 before the House, with 53 of them coming from the Executive arm, and 23 forwarded from the Senate.

*Members without bills*

Official records of lawmakers without bills obtained by Daily Trust showed that the North West has the highest where 60 of its 91 members have not turned in any bill.

Of the 72 members from the South West, 32 have no bills to their names.

The North East has 48 members, 25 members of whom have no bills, while out of the 55 lawmakers from the South South, 19 failed to sponsor a bill.

Similarly, the North Central, with a total of 49 members, 16 members fail to sponsor a bill, while only 8 members out of 43 from the South East do not have a bill in their name.

Only one member out of the two from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) sponsored bills.

The breakdown showed that Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa from Kano State, who is the leader of the North West Caucus in the House, has no bill in his name.

Others from Kano are Ibrahim Sani Umar, Abdullahi Mohammed Gaya, Garba Umar Durbunde, Nasiru Baballe Ila, Suleiman Aliyu Romo, Sani Mohammed Rano, Munir Babba Dan-Agundi, Nasiru Ali Ahmed, Shehu Usman Aliyu, Musa Ado Tsamiya, Mustapha Bala Dawaki and Badamasi Ayuba. Only 11 members out of 24 have bills from the state.

In Katsina State, there are 12 members without bill. They are Saidu Sani Fago, Kabir Shuaibu, Danlami Kurfi, Ahmed Dayyabu Safana, Murtala Isa, Ibrahim Murtala, Amiru Tukur, Muntari Dandutse, Suleiman Salisu, Babangida Ibrahim and Mansir Ali Mashi.

Jigawa is next where nine members out of 11 have no bill. They are Adamu Mohammed, Magaji Aliyu Da’u, Abubakar Hassan Fulata, Yuguda Hassan Kila, Rabiu Garba Kaugama, Usman Ibrahim Auyo, Mohammed Gudaji Kazaure, Mohammed Gausu Boyi and Ibrahim Abdullahi Dutse.

In Kaduna State with 16 members, seven lawmakers namely: Lawal Mohammed Rabiu, Sunday Marshall Katung, Yakubu Umar Barde, Simon Arabo, Muhammad Musa Soba, Mohammed Abubakar and Yusuf Bala Ikara have no bills.

The lawmakers without a bill from Sokoto State are Hassan Bala Abubakar, Aminu Sani Isa, Kabiru Marafa Achida, Bashir Isa Salihu, Mohammed Sa’adu and Shehu Aliyu. There are 11 members from the state.

There are six lawmakers from Kebbi State out of 8 without bill. They are Aliyu Danladi, Bello Dantani, Suleiman Hussaini Kangiwa, Abdullahi Hassan Suru,  and Mohammed Dantani.

Only one member from  Zamfara State has sponsored a bill.The six without bills are Lawali Hassan Anka, Abdulmalik Bungudu, Aminu Sani Jaji, Yahaya Chado, Ibrahim Isah and Lawal Mu’azu.

In the South West, Lagos has the highest members without bill, 10 of them out of 24. They are Joseph Adebayo, Diya Babafemi, Olufemi Adebanjo, Taofeek Abiodun, Abiola Olatunji, Bolaji Ayinla, Raji Olawale, Tajudeen Obasa, Abayomi Danda Kako and Nurudeen Akinwumi, a new comer who replaced late Adewale Elijah who had a bill before his demise.

In Ondo State, six members have no bill out of nine. They are Afe Oluwookere, Babatunde Kolawole, Olemija Friday, Akinfolarin Samuel, Akinlaja Joseph, Baderinwa Bamidele.

The same thing obtains in Oyo State where six out of 14 members, namely: Adedapo Lam-Adesina, Segun Ogunwuyi, Olasupo Abiodun, Olugbemi Samson, Ayoade Olugbenga and Sunday Adepoju have no bills.

Five out of the nine members from Ogun State have no bills. They are Akinlade Adekunle, Adekoya Adesegun, Ojugbele Olusola, Mukaila Kazzim and Williams Olusegun.

There are three out of six lawmakers from Ekiti State, namely Akinyele Awodumila, Thedeous Akinola and Agboola Emmanuel Kehinde, without a bill.

Osun has two out of 10 without a bill. They are Akintayo Gafaru Amere and Albert Abiodun Adeogun.

In the North East, seven members out of 10 from Borno State have no bill. They are Mahmud Lawan Maina, Jibrin Santumari, Mohammed Nur Sheriff, Mukhtar Betara, Mohammed Sanda, Mallam Bukar Gana and Abdulkadir Rahis.

Bauchi has six out of 12 without bills, namely Tata Omar, Halliru Dauda Jika, Adamu Gurai, Isa Hassan, Aliyu Musa and Lawal Yahaya Gumau.

Also, out of the six members from Taraba State, four, namely: Danladi Tijo, Aminu Malle, Garba Hamman Julde and Danjuma Usman Shiddi have no bill.

The same thing obtains in Yobe State where four out of six members have no bill. They are: Ismaila Ahmed Gadaka, Sabo Garba, Sidi Yakubu Karasuwa and Abdullahi Kukawa, who, last year, replaced Khadijah Bukar Ibrahim, now a minister.

In Gombe State, two members out of six have no bills. They are Ismaila Hassan and Yaya Bauchi, both of whom replaced Barambu Kawuwa and Khamis Mailantarki respectively.

Also, two lawmakers out of eight from Adamawa State have bill, namely: Gutuwa Philip and Talatu Yohana, who replaced Laori Bitrus last year.

In the South South,Barry Barinada Mpigi 13 from Rivers State have no bill. They are  Barry Barinada Mpigi,
Dagomie Abiante, , Blessing Ibiba, Randolph Brown, Boma Goodhead, Jerome Amadi,, Chidi Wihoka Maurice Pronen and Etc.

Of the 10 members from Akwa Ibom State, four do not have a bill. They are Owoidighe Ekpoatai, Iboro Ekanem, Emmanuel Ukoete and Michael Enyong.

Similarly, out of nine members from Edo State, three members, namely Omosede Igbinedion, Aisowieren Patrick and Johnson Oghuma have no bills. Oghuma was sworn in last February, replacing Philip Shuaibu, who became deputy governor of Edo State.

Bayelsa, Cross River and Delta have one member each without bills and they are Jephthah Foingha, Christopher Ngoro and Julius Pondi respectively.

In the North Central, six members out of 10 from Niger State have no bill. They are Abubakar Lado, Abubakar Chika Adamu, Muhammad Bala Faruk, Umar Rofia, Abdullahi Garba and Salisu Shadafi.

Benue and Kogi have three each, namely Hassan Saleh, Adamu Entonu and Adaji Ezekiel (Benue) and Kabir Ajanah, Abdullahi Bello and Ikani Benjamin (Kogi).

Kwara and Nasarawa have two each, namely: Tope Olayonu and Olufunke Adedoyin (Kwara), Abubakar Sarki Dahiru and Mohammed Jafaru (Nasarawa). Jafaru replaced late Musa Onwana mid last year.

All the eight members from Plateau State have sponsored at least a bill.

In the South East, of the 11 members from Anambra State, four, namely: Okechukwu Eze, Anayo Nnebe, Chris Azubogu and Anohu Chukwuemeka have no bills.

Three members out of the six from Ebonyi have no bills. They are Anayo Edwin, Nwazunku Chukwuma and Ogbee Lazarus.

Only Nkole Ndukwe out of the eight members from Abia State has no bill, all the members from Imo (10) and Enugu (8) have sponsored different bills.

Similarly, Zakari Angulu from the FCT has no bill to his name.

The highest bill sponsors
Lawmakers with the highest number of bills on regional basis are Rep Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP, Abia/South East), 50 bills; Rep Ossai Nicholas Ossai, (PDP, Delta/South South), 46 bills and Edward Pwajok, (APC, Plateau/North Central) 41 bills.

Others are Gideon Gwani (PDP, Kaduna/North West), 20; Femi Gbajabiamila, (APC, Lagos/South West), 14.
Mohammed Tahir Monguno from Borno State (North East) has nine.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara has 10 while his deputy Yussuf Suleiman Lasun has one.

*Lawmakers lack capacity - CISLAC*

The Executive Director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, told Daily Trust that the lawmakers’ inability to sponsor bills was because they lack capacity.

“It’s unfortunate that they will spent 4years collecting tax payers’ money. They should be accountable for all they have collected. Part of the reason for their being inactive is because they didn’t prepare for the job, so they lack the capacity. They don’t also understand the legislative work and they’re not ready to learn.

“They’re just in the legislature for their personal interest and not to make laws. Nigerians why entrusting your mandate into the wrong hands .
Daily Trust .



I have big plans for Nasarawa — Gov-elect, Engr. A.A Sule reveals during an interview section.

Engineer Abdullahi Alhaji Sule is the Governor-elect of Nasarawa State Engineer Abdullahi Alhaji Sule is the Governor-elect of Nasarawa State. In this interview, he discloses his plans for the state, including reaching out to neighbouring states after he assumes office on May 29, 2019. You have been going round with the outgoing Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura; so what are your plans for Nasarawa in concrete terms?

It has been a very good learning process for me; I have been able to relate practically what I am seeing in writing and what I see physically. I have been going around with the governor to see the various projects that are ongoing and those that have been completed. I am being briefed on the handover processes; the stages of the projects. This is where we are and what we are doing. It is impressive with the amount of work and the vision of Gov. Umaru Al-Makura. What is your expectation based on what you have seen?

Some of the areas have gone beyond my expectation. As I mentioned, the handing over process has been impressive, I am still learning everything as far as what is happening in my state and what this government has done. Just yesterday, we had an opportunity to go through the valedictory meeting with the executive and I saw the relationship between the governor and his political appointees and had the opportunity to learn from there. In a nutshell, the government of Umaru Al-Makura has done the best for the state; it is left for us to come up with our own vision to continue moving Nasarawa State to greater heights. Air Marshall Alex Badeh was killed in Nasarawa State and there is influx of people in Karu, what do you think should be done to improve security as the state is a gateway to many states? Coincidentally, when you talk of insecurity, the worst case is not in Karu Local Government Area; which is the second most populated local government area after Lafia. But it is the local government with the highest diversity in the state. We have serious security breaches in Udege Town in Nasarawa Local Government Area; they have become a major challenge. So also in Akwanga, Obi, Keana, Awe and Doma local government areas. One of the issues that we keep preaching is that, without security, there won’t be any development in the areas of industrialisation, as no investor would be interested in going into any environment that lacks security. Enhanced security is my priority number one. To improve it, we are working towards preventive measures rather than addressing the issue with reactive means. We don’t want to look at security only when we have other problems. We will like a situation where we approach a problem before it happens. And a good example is when we have intelligence report; we approach the community, we put them on alert, we send more security to the area to go and take care of that. One of the biggest challenges in Nasarawa State is actually lack of work for the youths. We want to approach insecurity from the area of providing employment to the youths; providing opportunities even to those who have retired. Sometimes they want to be engaged in one economic activity or the other, to avoid the adage, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” We want to engage people to be active so that they will not think of crime. By the time you provide industrialisation in an area, you have engaged the community into commercial farming, you grow the out-grower system. Nasarawa is an agro-allied state. Example, Olams Farms in Rukubi Town of Doma Local Government Area has engaged 2,000 farmers on about 4,000 hectares, and if it is increased to 10,000 hectares, they will engage 5,000; and those people will not engage in crime because they are earning income and will shy away from crime. That is the preventive measure, it is better than arresting criminals.

What is your plan for the recurring farmers-herders clashes in the state? There are a lot of allegations based on what is happening in the neighbouring state. Today in Taraba, the crisis is not between Fulani and farmers. Fulani are not allowed to graze in Benue, but they are welcomed in Nasarawa, they go into certain farms and the people don’t agree with that. During the governors’ retreat, I discussed with the Governor of Benue State. I want to have the best of relations; we are neighbours, whatever affects Benue affects us, and vice versa. He was impressed and he embraced me. If there is a state I will like to visit, the first will be Benue or Plateau. We will sit down and find out our common interests and differences and then see how we can address them. The second is to understand our limit. The biggest problem revolves around citizenship; indigene and non-indigene. The moment you begin to do that, you send some feeling into the minds of people, but everybody has a right by the Constitution of Nigeria to move freely within Nigeria. As long as you are a Nigerian, you can decide to leave Nasarawa and relocate to Enugu State, but you have to understand that you have a limit as to what you can do. There are certain things they tell you to do and not to do so that you are safe; you will stay off limit and say, “I am not supposed to do that.” Once we understand this; that is the first step. We would resolve our issues with the neighbouring states, we would sit down with the Fulani and the farmer and let them understand each other. Fulani have the right to operate in Nasarawa and the farmer has the right to operate. Everybody knows their rights and limits. Those who refuse and go beyond their limit will be punished. If we see people who don’t want peace, we would not continue to entertain them. Anybody that does not want peace should leave Nasarawa and go and leave somewhere else. That is the way I approach my life and I think that is the way we should handle it. You are coming in with a policy of industrialisation. To achieve this, you need an able team. Are you thinking of bringing in technocrats or politicians? My cabinet will be manned by competent people, we have competent politicians; we have competent people who are not politicians. There is a role for everybody; there are those who are politicians and there are certain ministries that are going to be best managed by politicians. Today I am a politician, but when we come up with industrialisation, with all sense of humility, I am one of those that will be highly respected in that area. Every department will be managed by the most competent hand. If there are politicians who will best manage that, we will do that. If there are technocrats that are best to manage certain ministries they will do that, but one thing is, we will try to as much as possible to have square pegs in square holes, round pegs in round holes, we are not going pick incompetent people to manage places by the grace of God. You were in the private sector and you are now in the public sector where the margin of assessment varies. So what is your vision? The private sector is not alien, but a part and parcel of Nigeria.  The current governor came from the private sector; he did not come from the public sector. With all sense of responsibility and humility, when it comes to development in the state, I think, so far, he has done the best for the state. But you have to know that Nasarawa is a civil service state. We don’t have too many industries, we don’t have many private institutions, our biggest partner as a government is the civil service, so you must find a way to work in harmony with civil servants and the state is dominated by the civil servants, but we must reform the civil service and ensure that the people who are very competent to do job a certain job are given the chance. That is one of the areas that we have to look into.




 Reuben Danjuma Auta otherwise known as MC Ben who hail from Andaha ward, Akwanga LGA of Nasarawa State has been appointed as the Personal Assistant On Media of Akwanga Local Government Area.
The letter of appointment was presented to to Auta Reuben by Barrister Maidawa Saleh (SLG) at the Local Government Secretariat and was warmly and happily received by the young Honourable, R. D Auta.
Congratulations Sir! 

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Tribunal To Hold Inaugural Sitting On Atiku, Others' Petition Today

The Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal will hold its inaugural sitting on Wednesday .
The Court of Appeal ’ s Media Officer, Sa’ adatu Musa Kachalla said this in a statement on Tuesday .
Kachalla said , “The Presidential Elections
Petition Panel will begin its inaugural session on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the Abuja Division courtroom. Time is 9 am . ”
The PUNCH confirmed on Tuesday that the notice had been served on all the parties to the four pending presidential petitions, including the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Others that were said to have been served through their lawyers included the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari , the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate , Atiku Abubakar .
The Court of Appeal ’s statement listed the four pending cases coming up on Wednesday to include the one marked CA/ A / PEPC / 001/ 2019 filed by Hope Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 23 presidential election , Chief Ambrose Awuru.
The three others are CA / PEPC / 002/ 2019 filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate , Atiku ; CA/ PEPC / 003 / 2019 filed by Coalition for Change and its presidential candidate , Chizee Ojinika; and CA / A/PEPC / 004 / 2019 filed by the Peoples Democratic Movement and its candidate, Pastor Aminchi Habu.
All the four petitions have Buhari , the APC and INEC as respondents .
The four petitions are challenging the victory of Buhari and the APC at the February 23 poll .

Atiku Releases Details Of INEC Server 'Proving' His Victory Over Buhari In Presidential Election — See The Results

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has released further details about the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to back up his claims of his victory over President Muhammadu Buhari, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the February 23 presidential election.
INEC had declared Buhari winner of the election, saying he polled 15,191,847 to defeat Atiku, who scored 11,262,978 votes. However, Atiku has since claimed he actually polled 18,356,732 votes to Buhari's 16,741,430, citing figures from INEC's server.
In his submission to the Presidential Election Tribunal, the former Adamawa State Governor-Elect had given the “unique MAC address and Microsoft product ID of the INEC server” from where the results were obtained. INEC, though, said the result being paraded by Abubakar is fabricated and not from its website.
But responding to the INEC’s submission in a document seen TheCable, Abubakar and the PDP said the address of the server from which the results were obtained is unique to INEC.
“The Servers from which the said figures were derived belong to the first Respondent (INEC). The figures and votes were transmitted to the first Respondent’s Presidential Result’s Server 1 and thereafter aggregated in INEC_PRES_RSLT_SRV2019, whose Physical Address or unique Mac Address is 94-57-A5-DC-64-B9 with Microsoft Product ID 00252-7000000000-AA535. The above descriptions are unique to the 15t Respondent’s Server,” they said.
“There is no conjecture in the votes and scores in the table pleaded by the Petitioners. The figures are factual. The Spokesperson for the 2nd Respondent’s Campaign Organization openly admitted that the data in question was in the first Respondent’s Server when he wrote and submitted a petition to the Inspector General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) asking the Security agencies to investigate the 2nd Petitioner herein for allegedly hacking into the Server of the 1St Respondent and obtaining the data in question.
“Specifically, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, the Spokesperson of the 2nd Respondent claimed in the said petition that it was the first Petitioner who smuggled the data into the Server.”
Atiku and the PDP also alleged that Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, “committed grave errors in the final collation exercise” for the election by “falsely crediting” some persons with political parties, including “Okotie Christopher, Reverend Dr. Onwubuya and Ojinika Jeff Chinze".
“The grave errors referred to in paragraphs 4 and 5 above were under the hands and signature of the first Respondent’s Chairman, (who was also the Returning Officer) in the conduct of the final collation of the results of the Presidential Election,” they added.
“The Petitioners state that the final results as declared by the first respondent are those that were transmitted online to the website of the first Respondent (www inecnigeria)."
While Atiku continues building his case on his access to the INEC server, the APC has already taken a different course, instead telling the tribunal Atiku shouldn't have been eligible to contest the election in the first place because he was not born a Nigerian but a Cameroonian.



Breaking: PDP’s Fintiri wins Adamawa guber re-run, unseat the incumbent governor, Bindow

Adamawa State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Ahmadu Fintiri, has won the state’s supplementary poll held Thursday.

He defeated All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate and incumbent Governor Mohammed Bindow in the results so far collated such that the governor cannot overturn the margin of lead.

With 367,471 votes to Bindow’s 334,995 votes, Fintiri went into yesterday’s make-up election with a 32,476 votes advantage.
Thus, Bindow was required to get at least 41,000 votes from the available 49,377 cancelled votes, to be re-elected. This may be a tall order, if the results released at press time are anything to go by.
Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials, security agents and other stakeholders arrived the various polling units on time prompting early commencement of the exercise.
For instance, in Aroo Maguwa PU Girei, APC polled 102 votes while PDP got scored 72 votes. In Vazili PU 009, Michika LGA, it was ADC 1, APC 561 and PDP 6. Others include: Jigalambu unit – APC 7, PDP 248; Fwa unit, Michika – APC 3, PDP 161; Didayo in Song LGA – APC 116, PDP 268; Unit 005, Karalbadi Duhu Mayowandu – ADC 5, APC 0, PDP 131 and SDP 1
In Guyuk Unit 001: APC 0, PDP 154; Kolbani Duhu/Mayo Madagali: APC 0, PDM 5, PDP 135; Kofarwaya PU 003, Girei Ward: APC 46, and PDP 168.
The supplementary election was the climax of the inconclusive election held on March 9.
Though low turnout of voters characterised the exercise in Yola South LGA of the state, voting was peaceful under the watchful eyes of fully mobilised security agents.
At the end of the LGA announcement, PDP polled 10,480 votes while APC secured 1391 votes, leaving a margin of 9089.
LGA: Mubi North
APC 11
PDP 900
LGA: Michika
APC 187
PDP 1113
LGA: Toungo
PDP 86
LGA: Numan
APC 50
PDP 1548
LGA: Madagali
PDP 131
AFTER NINE LGAs, PDP: 5301, APC:1141
LGA: Guyuk
PDP 717
APC 10



ADAMAWA RERUN ELECTION: PDP Leading APC In Adamawa Supplementary Election

Ahmed Umar Fintiri, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is in a comfortable lead over incumbent Governor Jibrilla Bindow of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the ongoing Adamawa State supplementary governorship election, according to results seen so far by SaharaReporters.
Before the March 9 election was declared inconclusive, Fintiri had polled 367,471 votes while Bindow had 334,995, meaning he was leading by a margin of 32,476 votes — quite healthy considering that ballots cancelled for various infractions amounted to just 40,988.
It also meant Fintiri needs to lose by a margin of roughly less than 8,00 votes to emerge winner of the election.
Thursday's rerun is holding in 44 polling units in 28 registration areas of the state. After results from 13 of the 44 polling units, Fintiri has further extended his lead by close to a thousand votes, polling 1,519 against Bindow's 669.
As of the time of filing in this report, voting had ended in all polling units and unofficial collation of results already ongoing.



Kano Gubernatorial Rerun: Over 100 lawyers set to challenge Ganduje’s victory in court

Over 100 lawyers have vowed to voluntarily stand for the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kano State, Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf, to challenge the victory of the incumbent governor of the state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in court.
This was disclosed by Sen Herssern Umar, chairman Kwankwasiyya Red Cap Rangers, International Movement for Justice.
Umar said thuggery, vote-buying, lost of lives and other election misconducts were witnessed in almost all the polling units where the re-run was conducted.
He explained that over 100 lawyers voluntarily dedicated themselves to challenge the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate and the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC for what they described as stolen mandate and abuse of democracy.
He noted that they have all the necessary evidences to support their case to ensure that court nullify the re-run election and mandate INEC to declare Engr Abba Kabir Yusuf the winner.
DAILY POST reported that Abba Kabir-Yusuf, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State had rejected the result of the election.
Governor Umar Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the keenly contested poll with a total difference of 8,892 votes.
In the supplementary election, which was held in 28 LGAs on March 23, PDP polled a total of 10,239 votes against 45,876 votes APC got.
Before the elections were declared inconclusive, PDP was leading with 1,014,474 votes, while APC had secured 987,819 votes.
However, after the March 23 governorship election, the total figures for APC stood at 1,033,695 votes against 1,024,713 votes secured by PDP.
In his official reaction through his spokesman, Sanusi Bature Dawakin-Tofa, Kabir Yusuf, said he and the party would challenge the outcome of the election in court.