Nigerians witnessed unprecedented partisanship in the amendment exercise of the country's electoral bill as orchestrated by the members of the National Assembly on July 15th, 2021. The decision of the senators on the platform of the All Progressive Congress(APC) to use their numerical strength to twist the general will of the people was greeted with wider condemnation.
Without doubt, Female Politicians in Nigeria are making giant strides in Politics. The duo of Hon. Beni Lar and Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejocha are the Longest Serving Female Lawmakers in the House of Representatives, Both Lawmakers have been serving in the National Assembly since 2007. Beni Lar (Left) and Nkeiruka Onyejocha (Right).
Today's Headlines: Another Politician Defect To APC; Nigeria Suffering From Leadership Failure –Wike
Another Politician Defect to APC Stephen Odey, a former Senator from Cross River North in the National Assembly, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to join the All Progressives Congress. Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers He contested the December 5, 2020 Cross River North Senatorial byelection on the platform of the PDP, but claimed that he was robbed of his victory after the Court of Appeal removed him over a pre-election matter.
Dino Melaye, a former Kogi State senator and governorship candidate, for the occasion of the lying in state of Prof Matthew Ajibero, a former Rector of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, who passed on on August 25, visited Kabba, one of the constituencies he represented, while he was in the National Assembly.
There are Political Gladiators have been serving in the National Assembly since 1999 when Nigeria returned to Democratic Rule, Below is a list of the Two Longest Serving Federal Lawmakers who have been ruling since 22years ago. Hon. Nicholas Mutu, As Methuselah is to longevity, So is Nicholas Mutu to the House of Representatives.
The Senator representing Delta North in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Peter Nwaoboshi, has promised to end the purported rigging tricks by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State in the forthcoming general elections. Recall that the Senator, who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Niger Delta, defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC, just recently.
The Management of the National Assembly on Monday morning invited Security Operatives to beef up security around the premises of the National Assembly due to the planned protest by some Legislative Aides. It was alleged that the Aides who had formed a group known as the Salary Arrears Affected Legislative Aides (SAALA) had vowed to stop the Law Makers from carrying out their official duties until their request is granted.
The management of the National Assembly on Monday morning beefed up security in and around the premises apparently to thwart a planned protest by some legislative aides. The aides, under the auspices of Salary Arrears Affected Legislative Aides (SAALA), had vowed to ground activities at the National Assembly beginning from today over alleged non-payment of their 2019 salary arrears and allowances in the sum of N3.1 billion.The Chairman of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), Salisu Zuru, had disowned the group in a statement, describing their planned action as illegal.
As high-level discussion continue to ensued at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City, some agitators from Nigeria tend to seize this opportunity to hold a protest against the government in order to gain the attention of the organization and other influential personalities who attended the annual General Assembly of the organisation.
Two top politicians in the southern region are apparently concerned about how things are moving ahead of the 2023 elections. They have given warnings specifically about the presidential election and it would be better if the country listens to their warning in order to avoid the dangers attached to it.
Today's Headlines: Saraki Urge NASS Panel To Act In National Interest, Lagos Employ 400 Health Worker
Saraki Urge NASS Panel To Act In National Interest Immediate-past President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has advised members of the Joint Conference Committee of the National Assembly to move fast in considering the different versions of the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill passed by both chambers and let their decisions be guided only by national interest.
One contentious issue confronting the National Assembly (NASS) today is the passing of the bill for electronic transfer of election results. From all indications, the generality of Nigerians want electronic voting and transfer/collation of results and worry that the National Assembly is not fully disposed to that desire of Nigerians to have such a law in place just yet.
Opinion: Why Deji Adeyanju's Reaction To INEC's Decision On Electronic Transmission Is Totally Valid
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has revealed that the commission will not be going back on its decision to transmit election results electronically from polling units in upcoming elections, unless the National Assembly creates a new law to stop it. This may have come as a huge surprise to popular human rights activist, Deji Adeyanju (as it did to many Nigerians), that he took to his social media platform to react to it, by inquiring if INEC have a server that can transmit the results, which is quite a valid question.
3 Reasons why Buhari asked Queen Maxima for fund weeks after NASS approved his $4bn borrowing request
President Muhammadu Buhari departed Nigeria for the 76th United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) in New York, United States of America on Sunday, September 20. PEOPLES GAZZATE reported that Mr President has asked the Queen of Netherlands, Maxima Zorreguleta for funds to use in developing the country.
Ifeanyi Ubah, a serving senator representing Anambra South in the National Assembly and candidate of YPP in the incoming Anambra governorship election, has boasted of having the poll results before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC makes an official announcement. This is contained in a report published on the Punch on Tuesday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC has said there is no going back on the electronic transmission of results from polling units in future elections unless the National assembly enacts a law to stop it from doing so. Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ogun State stated that INEC already has enough law that capacitated it to transmit election results electronically except if the national assembly said it can no longer go ahead.
Former governor of Imo State and Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District, Rochas Okorocha, said he has never received a dime from National Assembly as salary since he was elected over two years ago. Okorocha disclosed this while addressing members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), FCT Council in Abuja, also, Okorocha denied knowledge of how much, in particular, a Senator receives as basic salary or allowances every month.
The House of Representatives has enacted an amendment to the Asset Management Company of Nigeria Act for the third time, allowing the corporation to track down and sell any property owned by a bank debtor, even if it was not presented as security for the credit facility. The House also confirmed AMCON's access to the special tribunal established by the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act for loan enforcement and recovery.
Today's Headlines: Lawmaker Protests Leaking National Assembly Complex Roof; Nigerian Govt To Recover Stolen Funds From US
Lawmaker Protests Leaking NASS Roof. Ndudi Elumelu, the minority leader of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday raised a point of order during plenary to protest the leaking roof of the National Assembly complex. Photo Credit: Peoples Gazette Mr Elumelu pointed out to the House the danger inherent in coming to plenary to make laws under a leaking roof.
Following the latest economic crisis that Nigeria is suffering, a lot of controversies have been generated as regarding the bid of President Muhammadu Buhari about borrowing more funds. Few days ago, the president of Nigeria had written to the the National Assembly for an approval on the $4 billion and €710 million external loans that he intends to borrow.