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PDP calls for election to replace defected Rivers Assembly members

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PDP calls for election to replace defected Rivers Assembly members

In a dramatic turn of events, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has issued a compelling demand for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to initiate immediate steps towards conducting fresh elections in 27 State Constituencies of Rivers State. This call comes in the wake of the defection of 27 former state lawmakers in the Rivers State House of Assembly from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC), sparking a constitutional debate and a tense political standoff.

 

The PDP, in a strongly worded press statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, asserts that the defection of these lawmakers automatically renders their seats vacant, citing Section 109 (1) (g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

 

According to Section 109 (1) of the 1999 Constitution, “a member of a House of Assembly shall vacate his seat in the House if … (g) being a person whose election to the House of Assembly was sponsored by a political Party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected.”

 

The PDP, relying on the clear interpretation of this constitutional provision by the Supreme Court, contends that the 27 defected members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have forfeited their seats along with the associated rights, privileges, recognition, and obligations.

 

In a direct call to action, the PDP demands that the Speaker of the Rivers State House Assembly swiftly adheres to the constitutional provision by declaring the seats of the 27 lawmakers vacant. This move sets the stage for what the PDP sees as a necessary step to uphold democratic principles and the rule of law.

 

The PDP is also demanding that INEC, within the stipulated period under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), conducts fresh elections to fill these positions of the lawmakers which it stresses have become vacant. The party underscores the urgency of the situation, cautioning against any delay that could potentially undermine the democratic process.

 

The PDP’s press statement also serves as a warning to the former lawmakers who, it claims, continue to parade themselves as members of the Rivers State House of Assembly. The party emphasises that such actions amount to impersonation, carrying serious criminal consequences. This sharp rebuke adds a layer of tension to an already charged political atmosphere in the South-South state.

 

In a moment of acknowledgment, the PDP commends the people of Rivers State for their unwavering steadfastness and loyalty to democracy and the rule of law, particularly in the face of the current political turmoil. This commendation suggests an attempt by the party to align itself with the sentiments of the people and position its stance as a defence of democratic values.

 

As this political saga unfolds, the PDP’s demands set the stage for a potential electoral showdown in Rivers State, with implications that reach far beyond the boundaries of the state. The call for fresh elections becomes a pivotal point in the ongoing political landscape, raising questions about the stability of party affiliations and the resilience of democratic institutions.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG)is seeking a collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC)to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering in the country.

 

 

The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

 

 

 

Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.

 

 

Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.

 

 

 

In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.

 

 

 

He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.

 

 

Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

 

A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.

 

The statement said while on a fighting patrol along Maganda-Dausayi – Mugaba axis, troops came under fire from insurgents who employed rustled herds of cattle as shields while they engaged the troops with direct fire. Two of the terrorists were killed in the process and arms as well as other items including 1 Techno phone, 3 Hilux vehicles and motorcycle keys, wraps of substance suspected to be marijuana, tramadol tablets and the sum of 13,200 Naira only, were recovered.

 

Also, during the encounter, some of the rustled livestock used as shield by the insurgents were caught in the crossfire. Troops are still on the trail of the fleeing insurgents and remain resolute on ridding the area of armed violence according to the army.

 

In a separate operation, conducted by troops of 1 Division of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday 22 February 2024, the troops successfully ambushed marauding insurgents along the Bada – Riyawa axis on the Kaduna – Birnin Gwari Road. In the encounter, troops killed 6 insurgents and recovered arms and 19 motorcycles which were destroyed.

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Senate confirms Cardoso Chairman, CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 11 others as members

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The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the appointment of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Olayemi Cardoso, as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee alongside eleven others.

 

 

The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).

 

 

Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.

 

 

Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.

 

 

He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.

 

 

 

Other lawmakers in their submission charged the newly confirmed Members of the MPC to come up with proper economic policies to salvage the current situation in the country.

 

 

Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.

 

 

Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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