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No Plan To Impeach Buhari, Senator Responds To Tinubu |RN

The Senator representing (PDP, Bauchi) Isah Misau, debunked claims by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju  Bola Tinubu, that the National Assembly was planning to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

Misau made the rebuttal in a statement in Abuja on Thursday. He urged Nigerians to disregard what he described as an empty talk by the APC chieftain.

The senator spoke in response to a claim by Tinubu at Wednesday’s APC rally in Uyo that there was a plot by some senators to impeach Buhari. Tinubu had described what was going on in the nation as “a war between progressives and the conservatives.”

He noted that the comment made by the politician was “mere partisan rhetoric aimed at catching the attention of the crowd” at the rally planned for the declaration of Senator Godswill Akpabio for the party.

Misau said, “I am surprised that a politician of Tinubu’s calibre will be playing politics with a serious issue like the impeachment of the President of the country just because he wanted to catch the attention of a crowd. Politicians at his level should not be engaging in unnecessary sabre-rattling and empty speculation.

“We, members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Senate, have no plan to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari. There is no need for that process and we are not contemplating it.

“Our focus right now is to defend democracy and its institutions, fight for the enthronement of the rule of law, independence of the legislature and the judiciary and ensure good governance.”

He added, “If Tinubu has any concrete, reliable and verifiable evidence to the contrary, he should come forward and prove it. A man like him should not be getting carried away by the crowd and making claims that have no basis.

“We, therefore, urge all Nigerians and members of the international community to ignore that claim. There is no basis for anybody to make such a claim. It is a mere fabrication and a stunt pulled to please the partisan crowd to which it was uttered.” (Punch)

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How APC Senators Plan To Unseat Saraki – R-APC |The Republican News

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The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki

“We can bring you news that the disputed leadership of the APC have perfected their plans to apply Gestapo methods to forcefully unseat the Senate President”

• Accuses ruling party’s lawmakers of wooing PDP counterparts

• APC: It’s cheap blackmail

• NNPC denies allegation

Romanus Ugwu; Uche Usim, Abuja and Sunday Ani

The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) has alleged that the Presidency has perfected plans to induce some senators to impeach the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

The splinter group, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Kassim Afegbua, claimed that part of the plot was to reach out to some PDP Senators, especially those who have pending corruption queries in order to give them a clean bill of health once they defect to the APC.

But the APC dismissed the allegations as a cry of a drowning man. It claimed that it was nothing but cheap blackmail to discredit the ruling party.

In a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the APC said: “It is a cry of a drowning man. Kassim Afegbua and his cohorts are trying to elicit sentiment and to make futile attempt to dent the integrity of the APC-led government. The reason why most of them are defecting is that the President Buhari-led administration is not sharing money which is the PDP philosophy.

“So this administration cannot inject taxpayers money into impeaching the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This is a serious government and not a dead party called the PDP.

“What PDP is doing is to whip up sentiment before their final burial in 2019. National Assembly members have procedures on how a Speaker or President of the Senate can be impeached. And we believe that the APC lawmakers know their rules and they will apply it accordingly.

“The hierarchy of the APC has no business spending money to impeach these people because APC still commands the majority in both houses.

Since Saraki has gone back to where he came from, he cannot preside over majority APC lawmakers. Therefore, we will use our numerical strength to remove him following the rule of law.

“So, let the PDP propaganda machine continue to raise the false alarm. We will remain focused and ensure that President Buhari is not distracted by charlatans. Very soon, we shall separate the men from the boys.”

Notwithstanding the rebuttal, R-APC insisted that indeed, there were plots to oust Saraki. In fact, it claimed that apart from inducement, APC was shopping for a pliable judge from whom to procure either a black market injunction or order that would be used as the alibi for the planned impeachment and takeover of the National Assembly and illegally reconvene it, before the September 25 resumption date.

 

Afegbua said: “The rumour making the rounds that Senator Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, would be impeached by crook or hook has remained unabated in the last few days. We can bring you news that the disputed leadership of the APC, working in cahoots with the Attorney General and Minister of Justice coupled with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation have perfected their plans to apply Gestapo methods to forcefully unseat the Senate President.

“A high-powered meeting of these persons was held at the Maitama residence of the disputed chairman of the APC on Thursday, 2nd August 2018 where they brainstormed on the possible ways to carry out their illegality. The meeting, which lasted for three hours, insider source confirmed to us at the R-APC, explored both legal and illegal approach to execute the assignment of ensuring that Dr Bukola Saraki ceases to be the Senate President.

“Having met a brick wall going by the legal processes involved before the Senate can be reopened, the disputed APC leadership is toiling with the barbaric idea of forcefully opening the National Assembly, reconvene the Senate and use the senators of the APC to preside over the planned impeachment. Senator Abdullahi Adamu has been pencilled down to succeed Distinguished Senator Bukola Saraki, amidst a host of other changes in the Senate’s principal officers.

 

“Once the Senate leadership is overthrown in a coup d’etat manner, the Senate will immediately consider the virement budget of the INEC and also approve the pending nominations in the Senate. Part of the plot was to reach out to some PDP senators, especially those who have EFCC queries in order to give them a clean bill of health once they defect to the APC.

“We are by this statement alerting the nation and the international community of these barbaric, gangsterism, primitive and rebarbative plots aimed at deliberately overheating the system and undermine law and order by sheer use of brute force.

“We are raising alarm because of the dangers this portends for democracy, especially in an already fragile political atmosphere that has played host to several fluctuations and militarisation in the last two weeks.

“Part of the plot is to seek out what they called a “friendly Judge” where they could procure either a black market injunction or “Jankara” Court order that would be used as the alibi for the planned impeachment and takeover of the National Assembly. We find all these plots as burdensome for a system that was already undergoing storm and stress, thus making us object of ridicule in the eyes of the world.

“It is benumbing to note that those who usually occupy the front seats when democracy is being discussed are the architects of these orchestrated plots peculiar with military regimes. Even when we understand that they could be carryover effects of a military regime, we never knew they have assumed this frightening dimension,” the statement read.

However, following rife allegations that the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru has planned to fund the impeachment of Saraki when the upper legislative chamber reconvenes, the management of the national oil company, yesterday, washed its hands off such plots, even as it urged Nigerians to insulate it from ongoing political maneuverings.

The spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, in a statement said the allegation that the NNPC’s helmsman had doled out funds to effect the impeachment of Saraki was untrue.

Ughamadu described the report as the handiwork of mischief-makers seeking to drag the NNPC and its GMD into a purely political affair totally different from its mandate as the national oil company with fiduciary responsibilities to the government and the citizens. (The Sun)

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Report Of Fayose’s Impeachment: We’re Solidly Behind Him – Ekiti Assembly

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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti

Twenty-three members of Ekiti State House of Assembly, on Friday, passed a vote of confidence on Governor Ayodele Fayose and dissociated themselves from an alleged plot to impeach the governor.

Armed policemen allegedly caused a stir when they laid siege on the Assembly premises, on Wednesday night, to pave way for the three lawmakers of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to reconvene the plenary, a week after the members had gone on recess.

The move was condemned by Speaker Kolawole Oluwawole at a press briefing, on Friday, when he alleged that the Assembly’s Clerk’s signature was forged in a letter purportedly written to request for police cover.

But the chairman, House Committee on information, Samuel Omotoso, who spoke with newsmen on behalf of the 23 members at Government House, said they came on a solidarity visit to Governor Fayose.

He also expressed displeasure at the siege on the Assembly by the security agents, saying that the members are solidly behind the Governor.

Omotoso said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers were fully in support of the move by the party to retrieve Olusola’s mandate which was allegedly stolen from him.

He said, “We are here on a solidarity visit to the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Ayodele Fayose and to show our displeasure to the stealing of the mandate freely given to Prof Kolapo Olusola.

“We also want to use this medium to register our displeasure to the illegality being perpetrated by security agencies threatening to make the state ungovernable.

“As you can see, we are 23 members and 21 is present here. Mrs Titi Owolabi is not here because she is bereaved, and one of us travelled overseas.

“We are 26 members; three are on the other side. We are united and irrevocably committed to the cause of Fayose.

“We are solidly behind him and our party the PDP. We support the decision of the party to go to court to retrieve the stolen mandate and also to tell the whole world that if 23 members are on the same page, we want to see how they want to use three members to perpetuate illegality in the state.

“The tenure of this governor runs out on October 16 and by the grace of God, he will complete his tenure. We are elected members of our constituents and we will do all the needful to make sure that the interest of our people will be protected.

“We are very loyal to the cause of our Governor. We are solidly behind him and he will triumph over all his enemies,” he said.  (The Sun)

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Armed Policemen Take Over Benue House Of Assembly Complex |RN

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…As lawmakers reconvene at Govt. House, suspend former Speaker

Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

Another drama played out at the Benue State House of Assembly, on Friday, after armed policemen took over the Assembly complex and barred members of the Assembly from gaining access to the facility.

The heavily-armed policemen also ordered staff of the Assembly who had resumed for work to leave the premises even as all offices within the complex were put under lock and keys.

Saturday Sun gathered that trouble started when the recently sacked Speaker of the House, Terkimbi Ikyange, came and barricaded the main entrance to the Assembly complex with his official vehicle and insisted that he was still the Speaker.

Following the development, other members who are mostly from the faction of the new speaker, Titus Uba (Kyaan Constituency), who came thereafter, were subjected to screening and still were not allowed access into the premises.

Our correspondent gathered that many of the legislators who scaled through the fence to gain access into the premises were prevented from entering into the Chambers of the Assembly.

After exploring all possible means to sit in the chambers of the Assembly without success, the Uba-led faction, thereafter, reconvened at the old Banquet Hall of the Government House to hold a plenary.

In a motion, Majority leader of the House, Hon. Avine Gbom moved for Ikyange’s suspension for six months for insubordination and for tarnishing the image of the House.

The motion was seconded by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Egli Johnson Ahubi (Otukpo/Akpa State Constituency).

Earlier, Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Audu Sule (Agatu State Constituency), had moved that the Commissioner of Police in the state should explain why his men besieged the Assembly complex.

The motion which was seconded by the Deputy Speaker also asked that the CP order his men to immediately vacate the Assembly premises.

In his contribution, the lawmaker representing Ukum State constituency, Hon. Paul Biam noted that he saw the former Speaker at the main gate of the Assembly complex with his official vehicle insisting that he was still the Speaker.

He stated further that the members had to sit at the Government House because they could not gain access to the chambers of the Assembly.

In his ruling, Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Uba suspended Ikyange for six months and adjourned sitting till August 21, 2018.

Saturday Sun observed that 19 lawmakers were physically present while another legislator sent a letter stating why he could not attend the Friday sitting.

Efforts to get the police to react was unsuccessful as Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni was, on Thursday, transferred out of Benue while the new helmsman was yet to resume as at the time of filing this report.

Spokesman of the command, DSP Moses Yamu, could not also be reached as was not available at the time of filing this report.  (The Sun)

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Benue Assembly Speaker, Deputy Impeached, New Speaker Elected |RN

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New Benue State House of Assembly Speaker, Mr Titus Uba

Titus Uba was elected the new Speaker of the 8th Assembly following his nomination by member representing Otukpo/Akpa, Hon. Egli Johnson Ahubi

Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

The Speaker of Benue State House of Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange, has been impeached. The House has also elected member representing Kyaan State Constituency, Titus Uba, as its new Speaker.

Daily Sun gathered that Uba’s election, yesterday, followed the adoption of a motion for a vote of no confidence in the immediate past leadership of the House.

Twenty-two out of the 30 members of the assembly were said to have signed the motion for Ikyange’s impeachment, alongside his deputy, James Okeefe, and the Majority leader of the House, Benjamin Adanyi.

Their impeachment, according to the letter, was premised on alleged abuse of office, high handedness and other sundry offences.

The motion for their impeachment was moved by Hon. Richard Ujege, representing Konshisha State Constituency, and seconded by his counterpart from Ado, Hon. Anthony Ogbu.

Uba was elected the new Speaker of the 8th Assembly following his nomination by the member representing Otukpo/Akpa, Hon. Egli Johnson Ahubi, and seconded by Hon. Steven Tyochir representing Gwer East State Constituency.

Egli Johnson Ahubi was also elected as Deputy Speaker, following his nomination by Hon. Joseph Ojobo, representing Ogbadibo state constituency, and seconded by his counterpart from Makurdi North, Hon. Avine Agbom.

The new Speaker and his deputy were, thereafter, sworn-in by the clerk of the House, Dr Torese Agena.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Titus Uba thanked members for finding him worthy to serve in that capacity and promised exemplary leadership of the 8th Assembly.

Other principal officers elected are Hon. Avine Agbom as Majority Leader, while Hon. Sule Audu (Agatu), who was earlier elected as Speaker Pro-Tempo, after the dissolution of the old leadership of the House, is now Deputy Majority Leader. Hon. Kester Kyenge representing Logo State Constituency was also elected Majority Whip.

The House later adjourned sitting till August 15, 2018, following a motion moved by Rt. Honourable Paul Biam and seconded by Honourable Damian Cheme, representing Ukum and Gwer West state constituencies, respectively.

Meanwhile, during plenary Avine Agbom submitted his letter of defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). (The Sun)

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I’m Unaware Of Court Directive On Impeachment Against Buhari – Lai Mohammed

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Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, said he was not aware of an order of mandamus granted by a court for the National Assembly to begin impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mohammed said this while answering questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Related: Court Orders National Assembly To Begin Impeachment Process Against Buhari

“I’m just hearing it from you. I will have to read it myself,” the minister said.

A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state, presided over by Justice Maureen Onyetenu, had on Wednesday given the order in a motion filed before her by the Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Ilesa branch, Mr Kanmi Ajibola; and a human rights activist, Mr Suleiman Adeniyi.   (Punch)

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Court Orders National Assembly To Begin Impeachment Process Against Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Femi Makinde, Osogbo

A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has granted an order of mandamus to compel the National Assembly to begin impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari, based on some alleged constitutional breaches.

Justice Maureen Onyetenu gave the ex parte order on Wednesday, following a motion filed before her by the Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Ilesa branch, Mr Kanmi Ajibola; and a human rights activist, Mr Suleiman Adeniyi.

The activists had, about three months ago, written to the Senate and the House of Representatives to begin impeachment process against the President, based on the continuous killings and spending without lawmakers’ approval.

However, the duo approached the court seeking an order to compel the National Assembly to begin the process following their refusal to impeach Buhari based on the activists’ letters.

They alleged that the President did not possess a certificate to be qualified as a President and should be impeached based on this and other alleged impeachable offences.

The judge, in her ruling, granted the leave to compel the National Assembly to commence impeachment process against the President.  (Punch)

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