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Insight Into Buhari’s Twin Dinner With Lawmakers
By Anule Emmanuel Now I understand the grievance of some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Since the intrigues about the choice of those who will take over the leadership of the Ninth National Assembly began shortly after the 2019 general elections, there have been deliberate attempts to get President Muhammad Bukhara deeply involved.The Ninth Assembly opens in June this year and stakeholders in the ruling party are not ready to take anything for granted and allow a repeat of the 2015 experience when the lawmakers had a field day and elected presiding officers of their choice.Both the current President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara emerged as leaders of the two chambers in the parliament against the wishes of their political party, (the APC). They later defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Saraki was returned unopposed as Senate President facilitated by the solid backing of a 49-member strong PDP caucus with unalloyed support from APC Senators from Zamfara, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kogi and Kwara states, knocking out Ahmed Lawan who was the preferred candidate of the party. Interestingly too, with the ‘give and take deal’ orchestrated by PDP and Saracen backed elements in the APC, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP was also returned as Deputy President of the Senate, the first time a bipartisan leadership was enthroned in Nigeria’s Red Chamber. The drama inside the Senate at the time also robbed off negatively for the official candidate of the APC in the Green Chamber as Femi Gbajabiamila lost to Dogara who was elected speaker. No one was left in doubt that the ruling party structure and hierarchy, as well as its national leader, former Lagos State governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu, was solidly behind the candidature of Gbajabiamila. APC’s official candidate for the Deputy Speakership, Tahir Monguno had also lost to Lasun Yusuf of the PDP. The battle for the four presiding officers’ positions in the National Assembly therefore witnessed the APC losing to all the candidates backed by the opposition PDP.Sadly, the outcome of the election in both chambers established a frosty relationship that exists to date between the leadership of the executive and the legislature. What many Nigerians seem to forget easily is the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari as President-elect innocently laid the foundation for what played out in the parliament in 2015. I was among several other people who commended the President for his unique democratic posture of promising never to meddle into the NASS leadership contest.In a statement by Garb Shah then Director of Media & Publicity of APC Presidential Campaign few days before the President’s inauguration, Bukhara emphatically promised that he was willing to work with any leader of the Senate and Reps, irrespective of what part of the country he or she originated from. He explained that those who wanted him to interfere in the internal affairs of the parliament were still thinking in the past, forgetting that Change had truly come to Nigeria.Hear him out, “I am prepared to work with any leaders that the House or Senate selects,” General Bukhara said. “It doesn’t matter who the person is or where he or she is from. There is due process for the selection of leaders of the National Assembly and I will not interfere in that process. Nigeria has indeed entered a new dispensation,” he said. “My administration does not intend to repeat the same mistakes made by previous governments.Following the emergence of Saraki, Dogara and the other two principal officers, President Buhari did not fail to acknowledge that a constitutional process occurred in the election, he, however, wished the process had followed the initiative by the APC.For the APC and its National chairman, Adams Oshiomhole both the President’s posture at the time and the failure of the party to handle the intrigues of leadership selection in the National Assembly contributed significantly in thwarting the progress which the government would have made in delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians in the last four years. The minister of Information Lai Mohammed at some point raised the concern that NASS under the current leadership, unfortunately, treated the executive with contempt.In his view, the 2016, 2017 and 2018 budgets for instance, were deliberately delayed by the lawmakers to frustrate the government. The same thing he said was with appointments, nominations and confirmations for key organisations that could move the government forward like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).What is certain at the moment is that the APC is not leaving anything to chance in ensuring that all its candidates emerge victorious during the election for the leadership of the ninth National Assembly. The party’s chairman has since embarked on vigorous lobbying of both returning and newly elected members in the green and red chambers to achieve this feat. One other major strategy adopted by comrade Oshiomhole and members of his National Working Committee (NWC) is to get the strong buy-in of President Bukhara and the presidency particularly, in form of an endorsement of the party’s preferred candidates.Securing the President’s blessing is necessary given the fact that the APC under Oshiomhole plans to even expand the battle frontiers into what can be best described as the winner takes all. Going forward, the game plan is to ensure that all strategic committees in the two chambers are headed entirely by members of the ruling party. As far as the party chairman is concerned, APC cannot afford to do business with the ’devil’ to survive at the parliament.Oshiomhole and members of the NWC of the APC in the last few weeks have led the lawmakers, (Senate and House), both old and new to President Bukhara at the presidential villa with the view to sealing the deal about the choice of Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate presidency and Femi Gbajabiamila for the House Speakership. A few members of the party are however not taking likely this supposedly clandestine lobbying of the President by Oshiomhole and his group for these two candidates. One of the aggrieved members is former Senate Leader Ali Ndume who also wants to run for the office of the Senate president. House spokesman Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), Ahmed Wase (APC, Plateau), Umar Bago (APC, Niger) and Dr. John Idyer (APC, Benue) are also challenging Gbajabiamila for the Speakership.Since the dinner with the Senators and members of the House of Representatives, President Buhari has yet to openly endorse anyone. No member of the APC at the moment can categorically claim to know what position the President has so far taken. The President at both meetings with the lawmakers, however, urged them to embrace unity and stand by the position of the party. While covering events at both the dinner with the senators and the House members, it was not difficult to see signs of unhappiness on the faces of the lawmakers as they emerged from the inner rooms. As far as they are concerned, presenting any candidate before the President while coercing the opinions remained an unfruitful exercise.The general expectation is that as the APC strives never to make the mistakes of 2015, it must be seen to have worked out an equitable zoning arrangement based on clear, identifiable and acceptable criteria understood by all players to cater for all the geopolitical zones. It is interesting to hear that the party has zoned the Senate presidency to the North East which produced the highest number of votes in the 2019 general elections. I am among those who still do not understand why the position of the Speakership is being zoned to the South West and not the North Central which also polled significant votes, in fact, third after North West and North East during the presidential election. It makes no sense for the South West holding the position of Vice President and at the same time, producing the next speaker in the National Assembly.You may pardon my position on this matter, but it is one of those numerous and contentious issues of disagreement among the lawmakers which, if not properly handled by both the presidency and the APC, could throw up another 2015 experience during the selection process. Another sensitive issue is that of religion which most people have always pretended to avoid. As it stands today, one particular religion in both chambers may end up dominating as against the spirit of fair and equitable distribution of power which the country has witnessed in the past. Despite these intrigues however, the most important thing we desire is an independent National Assembly that works to make laws for the welfare of all Nigerians and the development of all parts of the country.https://www.newtelegraphng.com/2019/04/insight-into-buharis-twin-dinner-with-lawmakers/
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2023: Yoruba Won’t Sacrifice Restructuring For Presidency, Says Afenifere  
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Orji Uzor Kalu Gets Surprise 59th Birthday Celebration In South Africa (Pics, Video)
Igbere TV, Friends, Aides Shock Kalu As He Celebrates Birthday In South Africa (Video)By Wisdom Nwedene Former Governor of Abia State and Senator Elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, was on Sunday shocked and surprised with a birthday bash in South Africa by popular online medium, Igbere TV, friends and aides of the business mogul.In a birthday message to the eminent businessman who turned 59 on Sunday (today), the executive director of Igbere TV, Emeh James Anyalekwa described Kalu as a kind leader whose remarkable vision and exemplary leadership should be emulated. Igbere TV reports that Kalu and his wife, Ifunanya, have been in South Africa since Thursday on a business trip.However on Sunday morning, his aides, friends and some hotel staff knocked on his door, with one of them saying: “Room Service.”Kalu, who was just putting on his t-shirt in the hotel in Johannesburg, opened the door to a loud shout of: “Happy birthday!.”He looked shocked.On the Room Service trolley was a cake, drinks and other assorted chops.Kalu was subsequently assisted by his wife to cut the birthday cake amidst cheers.Among those present were Chief Daniel Okeke, Prince Flavian Enwezoh, Prince Kunle Oyewumi and Ugochi Okoroafor.Read the full statement from Igbere TV, "The entire management and staff of Igbere TV wish to say a happy birthday to former governor and Senator elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu."" We sincerely thank you for your kind gesture, remarkable vision and exemplary leadership to the people of Abia State and Nigeria.""As you celebrate your birthday today, may God continue to bless you with many more years filled with sound health and joy.""We also pray God to grant you all your heart desire as you celebrate on this special day.""More grace to you and your entire family from all of us at Igbere TV."Stay with Igbere TV. Africa's No1 Community TV.Source : http://igberetvnews.com/616719/igbere-tv-friends-aides-shock-kalu-as-he-celebrates-birthday-in-south-africa-video-photos/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CQ_oUgHZ2ICc, Lalasticlala
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Rapper Zlatan Gifts Manager A Car For His Birthday
From; YomzzyBlog.comRapper Zlatan Ibile has gifted his manager, Jiggy who turned a year older today, a new car.Sharing a photo of his manager sitting on a red brand new Hyundai that he got for him as a birthday gift, the rapper wrote;'Happy birthday to my manager !! @manager_jiggy !! Congrats on your new � � my lil gift to you'Gists via: https://www.yomzzyblog.com/2019/04/rapper-zlatan-gifts-manager-car-for-his.html
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Olajumoke Confirms Divorce, Places Curse Of Misfortunes She Escaped On Follower
Olajumoke has confirmed that she has divorced her husband via an Instagram post, as she also changed her surname to Chris.Olajumoke who confirmed that she divorced her husband as she reverted her surname to Chris, also placed a curse of misfortunes she escaped on her follower who questioned her divorce and further called her a prostitute. She however deleted the post shortly after.  Here is a screenshot of the exchange below; https://unclesuru.com/2019/04/21/olajumoke-confirms-divorce-places-curse-of-misfortunes-she-escaped-on-follower/
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EPL: Paul Ince names 5 players Manchester United must sell after 4-0 loss to Everton
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Nigeria is richer than Dubai, but corruption won’t make it develop - Arabian man (video)
Nigeria, a country in the West African region, is richer than Dubai, one of the most advanced cities located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but its development is hampered by corruption, an Arabian man has said.
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Niger-Delta chiefs, elders warn military against invading home of monarchs
Forum of South-South chiefs and elders have condemned the invasion of the residence of the Amanyanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State, King Ateke Tom, by men in camouflage regalia believed to be military men. The body warned that the incident should be the last time the military would unwantonly […] Niger-Delta chiefs, elders warn military against invading home of monarchs
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NUPENG sends message to Nigerians
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Christians Celebrate Easter Across Nigeria
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Obasanjo’s Community Gets Secondary School As Sons Bag Chieftaincy Titles
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EPL: Liverpool Regain Top After 2-0 Win At Cardiff City
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South-South Governors Seek Dignified Exit For Onnoghen
The South-South Governors may have resolved to intervene in the resignation saga of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.The Governors intend to meet President Muhammadu Buhari with a view to persuading him to accept Onnoghen’s resignation letter.Buhari is yet to act on the letter or the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, NJC, that the CJN be compulsorily retired.Onnoghen turned in his letter 24 hours after the NJC met and decided that he had to go having lost the moral authority to continue as CJN with the litany of allegations bordering on misconduct against him.The majority of the South-South Governors have bought the idea of intervening in the Onnoghen matter.It was also learnt that Onnoghen actually attempted to negotiate his exit with three conditions before the NJC advised the President to retire him.The presidency rejected the Onnoghen exit conditions and opted to see his trial through at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.http://www.aitonline.tv/post-south_south_governors_seek_dignified_exit_for_onnoghen
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Remembering Abiodun Kumuyi 10 Years After Her Death (Photo)
By Banji OjewaleHow time flies! It’s been 10 years since the death of Abiodun Kumuyi, beloved wife of Pastor William Folo-runso Kumuyi, the highly revered General Superint-endent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry.Late Sister Biodun KumuyiWhen this great woman passed on on April 11, 2009, very few sensed that she had unobtrusively left behind lofty precepts far beyond the ambience of church business. Fewer still were aware that although these ideas were bred in a humble religious cradle, they represented an ans-wer to the suffocating so-phistry of secular man.Apart from her husband, their two children; Jerry and John along with a cluster of brethren who worked with Biodun or watched her at close quart-ers, there was probably no other person (or group) in the church that had an inkling of the weighty work she was doing as she paced the grounds of Deeper Life Bible Church, Gbagada, Deeper Life Conference Centre, Lagos-Ibadan Exp-ressway and International Bible Training Centre, Ayobo, now converted into Anchor University, the in-stitution promoted by the church and as she travelled worldwide with her spou-se. Majority of Deeper Life Church members and of the larger world may be forgiven if we did not dis-cern her contribution in her lifetime.This world of decadent values is given to recogni-sing only the voluble and voluminous. Our age cont-emns those who shroud what they do in simplicity and meekness. Society app-roves the showy and up-braids the lowly. It enlists a juggernaut to crush those who stand for self-efface-ment. But to be sure Sister Biodun Kumuyi did not seek man’s approbation. There’s no record she did. Nor is there any that she lamented the lack of popu-lar applause.She couldn’t have, being fully conscious of her Creator’s more enduring commendation reserved for her hereafter.Starting with her involve-ment with the Christian Women Mirror Magazine, Mummy (as she was fondly called by the church folk) assembled a team of keen professionals who of course, were in the first instance genuine believers. They shared her vision of deli-vering a monthly journal that would cater for the interest of the women in the church.We must quickly address a point here to draw an en-during bestowal in this field. Although the magazi-ne started in October 1992 as a forum for the sermons of the pastor, Biodun moved beyond that vision to accommodate other features needed to build a woman into an all-round Christian homemaker.Under her supervision as she heeded the plan of God for the magazine, the publication became a quiet weapon of evangelism.By the time Sister Biodun died a decade ago, Christian Women Mirror had become a must-have in almost every home! Although it’s a Deeper Christian Life Ministry effort, it has ceas-ed to be a denominational journal. The reason is be-cause its contents are catholic, rooting fundam-ental Biblical teachings in-to everyday practical use for the woman, her home, church and society.https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/04/ten-years-after-biodun-kumuyi-how-time-flies/
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Benue Man Commits Suicide On Easter Sunday (Graphic Photos)
A young man identified as Hungwa Igbavenda, A.K.A Agwei, has taken his life today, Easter Sunday. The incident reportedly took place at Ameladu Ipav In Gboko LGA.Mr. Hungwa,  took his life through hanging and the reason for his decision is still unknown. https://ukrido.com/2019/04/21/graphic-benue-man-commit-suicide-on-easter-sunday/
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2023 presidency: Tinubu speaks on secret agenda
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EPL: Matic reveals Manchester United team-mates responsible for 4-0 defeat to Everton
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NASS Leadership: Tinubu Announces His Candidates, Gives Reasons
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Kajuru attack: How British expatriate, Miss Mooney was killed – Police
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Easter: CAN tells Gov. Yahaya Bello what to do
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Emir Sanusi, MSSNLagos Amir Emphasise Need For Nigeria’s Reformation
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Briton killed by kidnappers in Nigeria – Police
Ms Mooney was among the two people killed and three kidnapped on April 19. The post Briton killed by kidnappers in Nigeria – Police appeared first on Premium Times Nigeria.
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Easter: President Buhari reacts as series of bomb blasts kill many Christians
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Wenger reveals next club Thierry Henry will manage
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Gbajabiamila's endorsement: We have no choice but to remain loyal - APC lawmaker
Honourable Almustapha Aliyu (APC-Sokoto) on Sunday, April 21 said lawmakers from the ruling party have no choice but to support Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the incoming 9th National Assembly.
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EPL: Pogba snubs Solskjaer, Man Utd fans after 4-0 thrashing at Everton
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Breaking: Comedian Zelensky wins presidency in Ukraine election
Ukrainian comedian, Volodymyr Zelensky, has won the country's run-off election by a wide margin to become the nation's next president, exit polls suggest.
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Bayelsa’s deputy governor challenges Nigerian navy to start building ships in the Niger Delta
BAYELSA State deputy governor Rear Admiral John Jonah has challenged the Nigerian Navy to start engaging in shipbuilding as a means of diversifying the economy of the Niger Delta and boosting the nation’s capacity in maritime trade.   Located in Nigeria’s oil rich Niger Delta, Bayelsa State has one of the largest crude oil and […] The post Bayelsa’s deputy governor challenges Nigerian navy to start building ships in the Niger Delta appeared first on Nigerian Watch Newspaper.
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EPL: What Unai Emery said about Mustafi after 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace
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Buhari vs Atiku: Ex-Vice President opens up on true nationality, reveals where his parents hail from
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NPFL Review: El-Kanemi Warriors, Akwa United suffer heavy defeats
In Kano, Pillars’ quest for one of the three playoff spots was dealt a blow. The post NPFL Review: El-Kanemi Warriors, Akwa United suffer heavy defeats appeared first on Premium Times Nigeria.
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"Photos Of Me Walking My Sister Up The Aisle At Her Wedding"
One of every father's dream..but since mum and dad are late...I did it.emotional day it was,the tears refused to come,the smile refused to show,and I don't know if to smile or cry,I had to bow my head a bit and only raised it for the camera man. Dad would be proud of me.
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KOGI: Gov Bello failed because he was not prepared for governance — Erico 
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EPL: Solskjaer hints players don’t want to play for Man Utd after 4-0 defeat at Everton
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Nigeria Stands With You – Buhari To Victims Of Sri Lanka Terror Attacks
BEVERLY HILLS, April 21, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sadness over the terrible attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on the holy day of Easter. He said Nigerians stand with the people of Sri Lanka at this very terrible moment. Buhari extended deepest condolences to the families of those […]
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