They are: Mohammed Bello-Koko (Finance), Professor Idris Abubakar (Engineering) and Dr. Sekonte Davies (Marine Operations). 40 year old Hadiza Bala takes over from Habib Abdullahi. Until her appointment, Hadiza was serving as the chief of staff to the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.
They wrote: “Shortly after that, Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) said in his remarks that the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, must be brought before the Senate to be thoroughly grilled and humiliated for charging the Senate leadership with forgery in court. Mr. Melaye called on the Senators in attendance to fight the presidency to a standstill. In his rant, he issued a wide variety of threats.
Recognized to speak, Senator Remi Tinubu (APC) Lagos Central said the Senate should not be reduced to a kindergarten where Senators could just issue childish threats, and called on Senators to close ranks and seek reconciliation amongst its members. That was when Melaye flew into rage, calling her names.
“I will beat you up on this floor and nothing will happen,” he threatened.
The statement caused a commotion on the floor as Senators in her support gathered to protect her. Senate Presient Saraki nodded as Melaye called mrs. Tinubu unprintable names according to Senators who intervened to save her from the rampaging Melaye. Leading the offensive in support of Melaye were Senators Danjuma Goje, Jibrin Barau, Isa Misau and Peter Nwaoboshi. A source told SaharaReporters there had been a series of meetings at the home of Senator Aliyu Wamakko (APC, Sokoto) to plot a total onslaught on President Buhari in the coming days.
In addition, the Senators held to be behind the current forgery trial were threatened by the like-minded Senators, with Melaye threatening to kill anyone who shows up in court to testify against Saraki and Ekweremadu.
The rancor between the Senate and the Presidency is expected to escalate leading to a summons to the new Inspector General of Police who will be forced to declare AGF Malami wanted if he refuses to show up at the Senate from there it was gathered that Senators opposed to Buhari would start impeachment proceedings against him.
Senators who spoke to SaharaReporters said the Senators supporting Saraki are united in crime and corruption because they’ve never had it so good, with over N260 billion padded into the budget in constituency projects, and sundry line items smuggled into the 2016 budget for their individual benefit.
Mimiko, who is also the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, stated this at the inaugural ceremony of the PDP South West in Akure, the state capital.
The executives, which was inaugurated, is headed by a former Commissioner for Information, Eddy Olafeso.
Mimiko said high-level of indiscipline was the cause of the crisis affecting the party at the national level.
He lamented that the crisis was already spreading to some states.
The governor described the negative forces causing problems in the party as centrifugal forces, identifying the incessant legal suits in the courts by members as an aberration to the party rules and regulations.
His words: “There is no question about the fact that recent event within our party can challenge anybody no matter how strong-hearted you are. Recent event in our party can set people thinking- is this party really jinxed?”
The governor noted that the party during its 16 years in power, brought Nigerians together and promoted unity, despite the ethnic diversities.
He said, “These achievements nobody can wish away, irrespective of what you say about PDP.
“If there is anything anybody cannot take away from PDP, it is the fact that in the history of this country, there has never been any other party, perhaps, you can call a true Pan Nigerian party that has brought the country together as a nation.”
Oshiomhole says Jonathan destroyed the road to his village
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, on Tuesday blamed the administration of Goodluck Jonathan for the sorry state of Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi-Okene highway.
He spoke when the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) visited him in his office at the Government House, Benin.
“Right now, I have difficulty going home to my village because of what your predecessor did”, Vanguard quoted him as saying.
“I have tried to explain it and it is important we explain it, not because anybody believes in what they call blame game, but the truth is that if the road wasn’t touched at all, it would have been better than it is now.
“I did argue then that what they were doing was going to create more problems. The truth is that they have left the road worse off than it was before the haphazard dualisation which is now creating a lot of problems”, he said.
Oshiomhole added that: “If our people found out that I didn’t talk about the road, they would think I am not taking advantage of my privileged relationship with you”.
Rowdy session at House of Representatives following debate on bill to introduce immunity for National Assembly leaders
“We must feel the pulse of the people. There is something about timing, timing in any piece of legislation is important. There are issues in the senate and I pray it’s resolved.”he saidAt this point the house became rowdy. After calm was restored, the speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, said the bill would be sent to the special committee on constitutional review for proper scrutiny. He however passed the bill for second reading.
The Narasawa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has accused Fulani herdsmen of the gruesome killing of the Overseer of Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Reverend Joseph Kura, in Obi.
In a press briefing at CAN secretariat, the chairman, Bishop Dr Joseph Masin claimed that men identified as Fulani herders murdered the late Rev. Kura while he was in the bush gathering timber to re-roof his church building.
CAN said the brutal and barbaric manner Kura was murdered was worrisome, stressing that his assailants cut off his two hands and watched him bleed to death.
CAN lamented the ways and manner in which Christians are attacked and killed these days on their farms, noting that the attacks and killings have taken another dimension with the elimination of the clergyman.
“The state has undergone huge spate of attacks and killings especially in Christian dominated communities.
“Our members cannot go back to their farms or homes, adding that two of their female followers were abducted and forced to convert to Islam and married without the consent of their parents.
CAN also cried out over its members being forced to convert to Islam, listing Happiness Benjamin and Adoyi Benjamin as those being converted to the religion against their will and forced into marriage without parental consent.
NFF picks Le Guen as new Super Eagles coach, Yusuf loses assistant position
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has chosen Paul Le Guen, as the new Super Eagles manager.
According to the PUNCH, the football house picked the Frenchman, from a three-man shortlist that included Salisu Yusuf and Tom Saintfiet.
It is also understood that the NFF will consider Yusuf as an assistant coach. The former Kano Pillars boss had earlier said he was not interested in being second in command to anybody.
The official said: “As it is now the position of the deputy has been thrown open because Yusuf is still insisting that he would not work as an assistant to Le Guen.
“Those who worked on their entries picked the Frenchman and with the hope that Yusuf could learn a lot from him for the immediate future but he (Yusuf) appears to have some other ideas so the federation will now have to consider a new person altogether to replace Yusuf.”