APC Senators Left Impeachment Threat Against Saraki

There were indications on Friday that the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the national assembly may have dropped the threat to impeach the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki to ensure that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was not truncated.

Saraki Recall that the national leadership of the APC had before the resumption of the national assembly from the annual vacation threatened that the Senate President should be impeached having dumped the ruling party for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

There was the fear that there would be crisis in the senate over the alleged plot to unseat Saraki and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu even as the PDP had also vowed to resist any change of leadership.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the Friday juma’at prayer at the State House Mosque, Abuja, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, said the Senators had for now decided to place premium on the national interest instead of individual or party interest. Lawan had prior to the reconvening of the National Assembly on Tuesday, declared at the APC Convention at the Eagle Square, Saturday night that APC will not allow leadership of the National Assembly run away with its mandate. But speaking on the alleged impending crisis Lawan said “I don’t know what informed your view to anticipate crisis but let me tell you that NASS will continue to remain focused on national issues, we must be patriotic, nationalistic, we must put national interest above individual, parochial or partisan interest.

“We definitely have to bury our hatchets for us to work for Nigeria and Nigerians perhaps that might have informed the disappointment of many people that there will be crisis in the National Assembly.

“Let me also say that disagreements are usual, in fact they are very practical components of any  parliament, when you have 2 to 3 parties or even within parties you will have views that may differ. “It is traditional, it is usual for us to disagree maybe this disagreements  may crop up and some other issues but for now our focus is on national interest.” he said Asked if the idea of impeachment has been dropped, he said “The National Assembly is a Nigerian parliament and therefore  the best thing to do is to ensure that Nigerians gets a good deal and for now the good deal is for Nigeria to have all those pending request of Mr President approved by the National Assembly. “I think the national interest for now override any other interest.” Speaking further on the resumption day, he said “Well you could see from day one, Tuesday was not an eventful day because the National Assembly lost a member, a member from Kwara. So traditionally, we normally don’t work on such a day when the death will be officially announced. “But Wednesday and Thursday witnessed the focus and concentration of members of the National Assembly on the request of Mr President for the funding of INEC for elections to be conducted in 2019 and we passed in the Senate and the House did also. “We passed the request of Mr President for N189 billion for INEC activities for 2019.On Thursday the committee on appropriation invited the head of the security agencies to come and defend the request that Mr President made on their behalf for funding of their supervisory and oversight  roles during the  elections in 2019. “We also had the referral of the request of Mr President approval for foreign loan component of the 2018 appropriation and that is about 2.78 billion dollars eurobond. We have gone full blast consciously, purposely to ensure that Mr President gets what’s he request, we lost time because some of the issues were requested for before we went on our recess. “But we have also in the Senate passed confirmations of the CBN deputy governor, ICPC governing body and we are determined to continue to do this throughout this period.

“Our intention is to ensure that Mr President doesn’t lack from inactivity of the NASS that whatever he requests, the fundamentals aspects especially will be attended to, this is our determination both as APC senators infact as senate and National Assembly.”

Culled from VANGUARDNGR

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Glo Partners Firm On Empowerment Of Girl Child

This, according to a statement from Globacom, is consistent with the company’s commitment to promoting women empowerment and capacity building, especially in the area of ICT. It said, this is aimed at equipping the womenfolk with the awareness, skills and knowledge required for them to be active players in the fast evolving digital economy.

 

Speaking at the occasion, an educationist and former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Princess Adebisi Sosan, commended the company for supporting the initiative, which was held at the Landmark Event Centre in Lagos on Thursday.

Princess Sosan described Globacom as a corporate citizen worthy of emulation for choosing to contribute to global effort to promote the welfare of the girl child.

She said: “I give kudos to Glo for supporting this noble objective. Girls are the moulders of society, the homemakers, the ones that make the world great, the ones that promote peace and stability in the world.  I am delighted the United Nations set aside October 11 every year as the International Day of the Girl Child to help draw attention to the plight of girls.

I am happy that through the support of organizations like Globacom we are able to join the rest of the world to mark this day”.

Atiku:I Wouldn’t Spend Months Before Naming My Cabinet

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said if elected, he wouldn’t spend months before naming his cabinet.

He made this known on Friday, the same day he selected Peter Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State, as his running mate.

Atiku also expressed his readiness to have a definite selection of his cabinet members even before his swearing-in as president, if he wins in the 2019 general election.

A post on Twitter by the former vice-president read: “If Nigerians elect me as their President, I will NOT take 6 months before naming my cabinet. My cabinet will be ready before May 29, 2019, if by the grace of God, you elect me. Our country needs a decisive leader to Get Nigeria Working Again. #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain”.

Official:Mr Peter Obi Is The Running Mate To Atiku Abubakar

official. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State, has emerged the running mate for Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obi emerged candidate on Friday after a marathon of the opposition party’s decision-makers.

Morningstarnaija.com reporters  had earlier reported that Obi’s emergence was “highly likely”, however, given the earlier case for using a candidate from the South-West to nullify Buhari’s ‘Osinbajo effect’, a u-turn wasn’t completely ruled out.

However, a source close to Atiku has confirmed to SaharaReporters that the deal is sealed.

“Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, is the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party,” he said. He will be taking a joint ticket with H.E Atiku Abubakar. Press release soon.”