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In the midst of Defection Rumor, Akpabio Meets PMB In London


In the midst of implications that he has idealized plans to abandon from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the administering All Progressives Congress (APC), Senate minority pioneer, Godswill Akpabio, at the end of the week, met with President Muhammadu Buhari in London. President Buhari is in the United Kingdom for a 10-day working occasion, which began on August 3, 2018. There had been talk making the rounds that Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, has finished up course of action to dump the PDP for the APC this week.



The Senate Minority Leader had on Thursday a week ago met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential estate where he was said to have finished up arrangements for his absconding plan. The APC UK had on Friday tweeted on its twitter handle along these lines: "Acting President, @ProfOsinbajo joined by Senator (Dr) Ita Enang, and pioneers of the APC in Akwa Ibom to formally get Senator (Dr.) Godswill Akpabio into APC at Ikot Ekpene Stadium on Thursday 9 August, 2018. All admirers of Democracy are warmly welcomed". In the interim, new actualities have risen regarding why Akpabio might design imperfection to the APC. The arranged surrender, as per data made accessible from the workplace of the senior exceptional right hand to the president on National Assembly (Senate Matters), Senator Ita Enang, is planned to occur at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium on Wednesday, with Acting President Osinbajo in participation. Sources shut to Akwa Ibom State Government revealed to LEADERSHIP that the state representative, Udom Emmanuel, and his forerunner have been fighting with some hopeless contrasts because of to the previous' failure to agree to every one of the requests of the Senate minority pioneer. One of the sources who did not need his named in print said Akpabio had given at least three conditions to the representative to meet in the event that he was burning of his help for second term. Among the requests is that he (Akpabio) purportedly needed his significant other and previous first woman of the state, Mrs Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, to be selected delegate representative possibility for one year from now's race. This request, the source noted, did not run down well with the representative who contemplated that since Akpabio would be come back to the Senate, it was better that the Abak-5 division of Ikot Ekpene senatorial locale creates the agent senator for political comprehensiveness. It was additionally unveiled that soon after sacking the previous Secretary to the State Government, Mr Etekamba Umoren, Akpabio professedly selected Mr Ibanga Akpabio, a legal advisor and previous agent director of the state section of the PDP for the post of the SSG. Carelessly, Akpabio was said to have likewise requested the sack of Governor Emmanuel's key officials on charge that they offended him. The officials are Messrs, Akan Okon, magistrate for Special Duties; Ephraim Inyang-eyen, official for Works and Udo Ekpeyong, previous magistrate for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. In spite of the fact that Governor Emmanuel is yet respond to news of his forerunner's deserting, a media assistant to the senator said the constitution permits opportunity of affiliation and individuals are permitted to join political gatherings of their decision in the event that they so wish. Additionally, as at squeeze time, none of Akpabio's nearby partners, including his media assistant, Anietie Ekong and his previous Information Commissioner, Mr Aniekan Umana, could affirm the story, as they didn't react to arrangement of phone calls made to them by or reporter. We'll Resist Change Of Senate Leadership – PDP Meanwhile, the PDP yesterday cautioned that any endeavor to compellingly assume control over the control of the National Assembly is an immediate formula for emergency and political agitation. Taking note of that Nigerians will straightforwardly oppose this, the gathering encouraged Nigerians and the global network to hold the APC and its central government mindful should the country's vote based system endure any mischief in the coming days. The national exposure secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted in an announcement that the alert by the PDP was coming against the setting of another plot by the APC and its operators to surge the National Assembly with outfitted disguised security agents to bargain the security design to empower the mighty takeover of the authority of the Senate by APC Senators. Ologbondiyan said the gathering had alarmed the country that the abroad get-away by President Muhammadu Buhari was to empower his intrigue overwhelm the National Assembly in a way reminiscent of the attack at the Benue State House of Assembly to sack the current chose Senate authority and introduce their saps. His words: "When this is done, the Buhari Presidency will in its trademark reaction assert 'Mr President is unconscious'.


The PDP anyway alerts, in the most grounded conceivable terms, that Nigeria as a country will never enable such direct ambush to the most elevated image of our trustworthiness as a popularity based state. "The laws of our country with respect to the holiness and sway of our lawmaking body are clear and our subjects will never permit any individual or gathering of people, regardless of the conditions, undermine the established honesty of the assembly as delegates of the general population. Any endeavor to entice the will of the general population toward this path is a reasonable formula for intense emergency. "The set down tenets for reconvening the Senate at whatever point it is on break, which must be taken after when it winds up convincing to revive the senate out on the town arrange than the prior deferred date, are clear and direct. In such a situation, Order 12(2) of the Senate Standing Rule (2015) unmistakably vest such powers and capacities on the Senate President, who will pull out of such new date and time. "Anything outside the arrangement of the law is an immediate upset against the National Assembly as well as on our whole vote based framework. It is a reasonable formula for insurgency of amazing extent fit for disarticulating our country. The PDP consequently charges all Nigerians to be at alarm, go to bat for vote based system and denounce this connivance against our property".


Kano Deputy Gov, Hafiz Abubakar, Resigns Meanwhile, Kano State appointee representative, Hafiz Abubakar, has surrendered his situation as the number two native of the state, refering to mistreatment and embarrassment as reasons that provoked his choice to stop. The agent representative, in a letter kept in touch with Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said his decsion to stop office is because of the contradiction amongst him and the senator over issues. Hafiz stated, "After more than two long periods of persisting tremendous and baseless mortification, without reasons other than my principled position on issues of government and the craving to keep the legislature on track, I lament to compose and advise you of my choice to leave my arrangement as delegate legislative head of Kano State with impact from Saturday, fourth July 2018. "Your Excellency, I would have wanted to try and stay up to the finish of our residency with a specific end goal to satisfy the yearnings and desires for the great individuals of Kano State as communicated in their command given to the joint ticket in 2015. "In any case, with the present and tenacious beyond reconciliation contrasts on issues identifying with government and government tasks, closely-held convictions and the idea of and regard for majority rule standards and qualities, it is uncalled for to my soul, to the great individuals of Kano State and to you as the leader of the administration to stay in my situation as the Deputy Governor of Kano State. "Your Excellency would review a few examples I needed to draw your consideration on the need to comprehend and value these distinctions so as to abstain from floating into the sort of superfluous emergency we are confronting today, yet no benefit." Abubakar additionally charged that Ganduje declined to notice his interests on the significance of orchestrating their observations on the most proficient method to represent the state, including that this solitary reason impelled his choice to stop his situation as the representative senator. "Rather than noticing to my idea to spare the administration from the current situation with emergency your response was and still is shockingly to abuse and dispense all kind of unfairness on me. Hafiz stated, "after every one of these mortifications, under the periphery given the falling apart situation and your proceeded with affront for the workplace of Deputy Governor, and also your appearance of a few bad form on my individual, I lament to state that I have no alternative than to surrender to my inward calling with the expectation that this choice is as per the direction and wishes of Allah (SWT) for the great individuals of Kano State to call it quit", he expressed. Before his renunciation, there had been constant weight from Governor Ganduje's supporters asking for Abubakar's acquiescence.


APC NWC Lifts Shehu Sani's Suspension Meanwhile, the national authority of the APC has lifted the suspension put on Senator Shehu Sani speaking to Kaduna Central senatorial area of Kaduna State. The gathering coordinated the director of the gathering in Tudun ward and others to actualize the order with a view to complimenting the peace endeavors being made by the national administration of the gathering to reestablish peace in the gathering in Kaduna State. In an announcement marked by its acting national exposure secretary, Yekini Nabena, APC stated, "The National Secretariat has gotten the news of the suspension of Senator Shehu Sani by the Tudun Wada ward Chairman and wish to illuminate that the implied suspension of Distinguished Senator Shehu Sani speaking to Kaduna Central Senatorial District is thusly lifted and is affirmed as a bonafide Member and pioneer of our gathering. "The executive Kaduna State Chapter has been coordinated to educate the important Ward and Local Government sections suitably, and furthermore put the vital component towards supplementing the endeavors of the National initiative towards guaranteeing enduring peace and solidarity in the party". Senator Sani had shunned the idea of defecting to the PDP like other APC National Assembly members following the peace moves initiated by the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. No Intimidation, Threat Will Stop Me – Obasanjo Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday declared that no amount of intimidation and threat to his life will force him to abandon his clamour for better Nigeria. Obasanjo stated that no right-thinking Nigerian would applaud the current situation in the country and maintained that should the citizens failed on their part to act together as they ought to, Nigeria may not be what it should be come the year 2019. The former president made this comment while addressing a 30-man delegation of Bafarawa Presidential Campaign Organisation (BPCO) led by the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, who paid a visit to him at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Noting that none of those who love Nigeria would want it to remain as it is today, Obasanjo declared that he was ready to make more personal sacrifices towards making Nigeria better. The former president also said that he would throw his weight behind any presidential candidate who has track records of integrity, diligence, humility and not engrossed in nepotism. He saluted the courage of Bafarawa for aspiring to rule the country, saying the former governor achieved a lot in Sokoto by listening to his advice and cooperating with him as president. This, he added, made him to visit Sokoto State 14 times to unveil projects. “There are three attributes I want to see in a leader which I saw in you – one, his diligence, humility and you don’t discriminate in terms of people who work with you, and most of the times you listen to advice. One important issue is that Nigeria in its entirety is paramount to you. “All we achieved together was because we cooperated, because we worked together. And when we even disagreed, we genuinely did so; not for selfish reasons, not on basis of corruption or misconduct. Where we see things differently we explain to ourselves and if we cannot reconcile, each of us held to his point. “The situation of Nigeria today is not the one any right thinking Nigerian should applaud. And my own strong belief is that Nigeria deserves better than we have now, and we can get better than what we have. So, yours is to see what you can do, that is why you are aspiring to make Nigeria better than what it is today. “Nobody who loves Nigeria will not want it to be better than what it is today. I, definitely, have made personal sacrifices and I will make again.” The former president further said he was not afraid of any kind of intimidation on basis of his stance. “What would you do to intimidate somebody like me?



Whatever you are trying to do to me, people have tried to do them to me in the past and it amounted to nothing, and it will amount to nothing because before I act, I pray to God to guide me and I think of Nigeria first, particularly majority of Nigerians who are underprivileged, whose situation we need to improve upon,” he stated. Obasanjo added that he would support a candidate who is ready to put Nigeria above personal interest. “How would I say that I will not support anyone who wants to improve the situation of Nigeria? How would I say that anybody who does not feel satisfied with the situation of Nigeria should not be encouraged? How would I say that anyone who believes strongly that Nigeria can be better than what it is and believes that it is a collective responsibility, I will not support? “But there must be a leader that will lead the team and leadership is not easy. If we do not act together as we should act together, Nigeria will not be what it should be come year 2019. Aspiration? Yes, but the objective must be clear. If the opposition starts going in different directions and pulling in different ways, Nigeria’s situation will not change. A population of 200 million, for us to continue to complain that things are not right, we are doing this same thing like we have done before. And if we keep doing the same thing, the result will not be different. If we want a different result, we must do things differently. And I believe we can do things differently”. Speaking earlier, former Governor Bafarawa said he decided to visit Obasanjo to seek his prayers, advice and support for his presidential aspiration. Falana Faults Defections, Impeachments Meanwhile, Lagos lawyer, Chief Femi Falana (SAN), has described recent defections of some Senators and the House of Representatives members from the APC to the PDP and other parties as illegal and unconstitutional. In a statement he personally signed yesterday, Falana equally condemned the action of eight out of 30 members of the Benue State House of Assembly who served the state governor, Samuel Ortom, impeachment notice recently. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria urged the APC Senators to back out from their threat to reconvene and impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki for cross-carpeting from the ruling party to PDP, saying the APC don’t command two-third majority required to remove Saraki. Falana said Section 52 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) mandates that the Senate president and his deputy can only be removed by the votes of not less two third majority of the entire members of the Senate. He said, from the look of things, the APC cannot aggregate such number of votes of the entire Senate to carry out their planned removal of Saraki at present. Falana stated: “The planned removal of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki by the APC should be stopped as it cannot stand. The attention of APC legislators ought to be drawn to section 52 of the Constitution which provides that the President and Deputy Senate President can only be removed by the resolution supported by the votes of not less two thirds majority of the entirety of the members of the Senate. “Since the APC legislators cannot muster the required two thirds majority of the votes of the entire members the plan to impeach Senator Saraki should be dropped forthwith”. On the issue of defection, Falana opined that although cross carpeting by legislators was common in the first republic, it has been prohibited by the 1999 Constitution. He said Section 68 (1) (g) of the Constitution now makes it imperative for a division to occur in a party before the lawmaker can cross-carpet. He further stated that the Supreme Court had also held that the division in a political party envisaged by the Constitution cannot be a figment of the imagination of prospective defectors. He noted: “The division must make it practically impossible for the party to function. In the instant case, the APC was not split to the extent that two parallel congresses were held leading to the emergence of two parallel sets of officers at the national, state and ward levels. “A recent example of the factionalisation or division of a political party was recently witnessed when the PDP broke into two factions led by former governors Sheriff and Makarfi until the faction led by the latter was recognized by the Supreme Court. “No doubt, the members of the R-APC were dissatisfied with the running of the affairs of the APC but they did not hold any parallel convention which would have produced elected officials of the aggrieved members. To that extent the defection of the R-APC legislators from the APC to the PDP and ADC can be impugned under section 68 (1) (g) of the Constitution’’, Falana said. “Having decamped from the APC which sponsored their elections the R-APC defectors ought to resign from the legislative houses and seek a fresh mandate from the electorate. In order to curb the dangerous trend some aggrieved members of the constituencies of the defectors ought to contest the legal validity of the refusal to resign from the affected legislative houses”. 

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