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AKPABIO VS HOUSE OF REPS : Speaker Returns With New Demands

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AKPABIO VS HOUSE OF REPS : Speaker Returns With New Demands

The Godswill Akpabio and House of Representative’s war seems not over yet as the Speaker , Femi Gbajabiamila has made new demands.

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that Akpabio has been told that he must publish names of the Lawmakers who got the 60% contracts from Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC as he alleged.

The House through a statement released on Tuesday 28 July by it Spokesman, Benjamin Kalu, insisted that the Minister of Niger Delta Affair must publish the names and details of the contracts.

Read the statement below :

“Instead of publishing the list for the world to see in the interest of transparency, the Minister in his usual diversionary tactics, chose to send an irrelevant 8-paragraph private letter to the Speaker regarding projects of 2018 which pre-date the 9th House of Representatives and had little to do with the bogus claims he made.

The House, therefore, reiterates that the Minister was given an ultimatum to publish names and not to write a personal letter to the Speaker. The Honourable Minister is hereby cautioned to desist from spinning tales and is invited to go public as instructed.” the statement read

Kalu’s statement says the Godswill Akpabio in his usual habit of spinning tales and diverting the narrative wrote the Speaker a private letter instead of going public. He said Akpabio must publish the names of 9th Assembly members . He also said the House is still considering taking legal actions if he fails to do the needful.

“Following a motion unanimously adopted by the House, an investigation was ordered into the activities and financial malfeasance of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and its Interim Management Committee (IMC) between the periods of January to May 2020.

In a coordinated and calculated attempt to distract Nigerians from the ongoing investigation, the Minister of NDDC and the leadership of the IMC raised spurious allegations against members of the National Assembly.

The Minister claimed under oath that 60% of all the NDDC projects under investigation were awarded to members of the House between the months of January and May 2020.

Following this disturbing allegation, the leadership of the 9th House issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Minister to publish a list of the legislators allegedly awarded 60% of the entire projects of NDDC between January and May 2020.

Instead of publishing the list for the world to see in the interest of transparency, the Minister in his usual diversionary tactics, chose to send an irrelevant 8-paragraph private letter to the Speaker regarding projects of 2018 which pre-date the 9th House of Representatives and had little to do with the bogus claims he made.

The House, therefore, reiterates that the Minister was given an ultimatum to publish names and not to write a personal letter to the Speaker. The Honourable Minister is hereby cautioned to desist from spinning tales and is invited to go public as instructed.

Nevertheless, it will interest Nigerians to know that paragraph 3 of the Minister’s letter fully exonerated the 9th Assembly. Also, in paragraph 7, the Minister completely withdrew his previous statement about 60% of the NDDC projects being awarded to members of the 9th Assembly.

It is also instructive for Nigerians to note that the total number of projects in the 2019 NDDC budget was 5,959 out of which 5,416 projects were rolled over from 2018, which the 9th Assembly obviously had no influence or control over.

Therefore, unable to prove his claims, the Minister presented an ineffectual spreadsheet of only 266 projects out of which about 20 projects were attracted by past members of the National Assembly as constituency projects, not as contractors, but in furtherance of their representative mandate.

The projects presented in the Minister’s letter are not within the scope of the investigation and do nothing to address the leadership’s ultimatum for him to publish the list of names of the members who he claimed took 60% of NDDC projects from January to May 2020.

Also, contrary to the mischievous narrative being peddled on the internet, the only mention of the Chairman of the NDDC Committee of the 9th House of Representatives, Rep. Tunji Ojo in that letter, was as to his alleged request for the complete payment of 19 contractors who had approached him with complaints over NDDC’s non-payment for their services.

This is, however, an allegation which has been completely refuted by Rep. Ojo and for which there is no evidence linking him.

The one member of the House mentioned in that letter only attracted the project to his federal constituency, in the same manner that the NDDC MD, EDFA, EDP, Chairman etc applied to the Commission for attention to the needs of their people and were obliged.

This attraction of projects does not in any way mean that contracts were personally awarded to them.

Additionally, the letter also listed the names of contract awardees with no evidence linking them to those who attracted the projects to the beneficiary communities. It takes lifting the corporate veil for the directors to be seen and the Corporate Affairs Commission is there to establish who the real owners of the companies are.

Until then, it is wrong to attempt to establish a nexus which currently does not exist. The document remains a mere spreadsheet of people who attracted projects to their communities in furtherance of their representative functions.

Furthermore, the directive to press charges against the Minister has not been lifted by the House as the leadership is busy considering the weight of the Honourable Minister’s letter. If it does not clear the doubt and wrong perception, it will be sent to the court for clearance as the Speaker stated.

Once again, the letter’s annexures showing 2018 projects have no relevance to what was requested from the Minister because it was outside the scope of his claims, it was also not comprehensive but selective by mentioning only one current member for attracting projects to his constituency and not for receiving contracts.

The House is mindful of a letter currently before it where the Minister also applied to attract several projects to his Senatorial Zone during his time at the Senate, does it mean the contracts were awarded to him?

Nigerians are encouraged to ignore the deflections of the Honourable Minister and continue to ask the right questions as to what happened to the money of the region which has led to a gross disservice to Niger-Deltans.

Nigerians should start asking the right questions and demanding the right answers; and the right question remains, “What happened to Nigeria’s ? 81.5billion under the charge of NDDC in the space of 6 months?”

I am Paschal Ogechi Obi Chikero . I have written and published three books , I wrote Festus Keyamo's biography- Lion In Isolation .I have been a Reality TV show Producer/Creator, an Actor and Film Script Writer.

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APC plans to spend N10,000 to N20,000 per polling unit – Deji Adeyanju

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Activist and political commentator, Deji Adeyanju , has revealed an alleged rigging plan of the All Progressive Congress, APC .

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that Deji Adeyanju said in a tweet on Tuesday morning that the APC plans to rig the Osun State gubernatorial election by outspending other parties.

He added that majority of Nigerians can’t reject money at the polling unit on election day.

READ : Ahmed Lawan and 17 Other Senators List Reasons For Plotting To Dump APC

Read his tweet below :

Comrade Deji Adeyanju
@adeyanjudeji
APC plans to share between N10k to N20k per PU in Osun. What is the plan to prevent this from happening? Majority of Poor Nigerians can’t say no to money at PUs on Election Day. Or PDP and others are just going to try to share money too? You can’t outspend the Govt in power.

He also added :

“To understand how to defeat an incumbent, we must ask ourselves how APC did it in 2015. Everybody came together to do it. They also prevented rigging of votes. Although the vote buying concept was not this bad; hunger was also not this prevalent in the country.”

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Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia (Video )

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Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Malcom Omirhobo, a Nigerian lawyer who appeared at Federal High Court dressed in traditional worshipper regalia has done it again.

NAIJA NEWS NG reports that Malcom Omirhobo appeared again yesterday, June 27, in Lagos Federal High Court.

According to him, he is only following the approval of the Supreme Court in its judgment on June 17 allowing Nigerians to express their mode of worship which includes the use of Hijabs in schools and places of worship.

READ : Nigerian Lawyer Appears In Court Dressed In Traditional Worshippers Regalia … See Why
He rebuffed an attempt by court officials to stop him from going in.

 

Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Malcom Omirhobo Again Storms Court In Traditional Worshippers Regalia

Watch a video of him arriving the Federal High court in Lagos below…

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Gbajabiamila is pride to Lagos, face of effective legislature – Lagos Assembly

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Gbajabiamila is pride to Lagos, face of effective legislature - Lagos Assembly

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, and members of the House on Monday showered encomium on Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, who recently clocked 60.

The members of the House spoke during plenary describing Gbajabiamila as one who has brought pride to Lagos State.

Speaking about Gbajabiamila’s legislative acumen, Rt. Hon. Obasa described the Speaker of the House of Representatives as “a legislator who carries out his duty with passion and dedication. He has sacrificed his own personal interest in the interest of the people.

“You will recall during the reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); he was awarded a national honour, but because he had reservations the way and manner the country was being managed then, he rejected the offer.

“This shows that he has always been with the people and serves in the interest of the people. He has also contributed a lot to the development of legislative institutions in this country.”

The Speaker thereafter directed the Clerk Barr. Olalekan Onafeko to transmit a congratulatory letter to the celebrant.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, in his congratulatory message described Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila as an example of what a legislator should be .

“He has shown that the older the wine, the better the legislature,” he said.

Majority Leader of the House, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, described Gbajabiamila is a man that is charismatic of the office he occupies.

“He is calm, composed and each time you watch him preside, you would know an experienced legislator is presiding,” he said.

The Deputy Whip of the House, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, described Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila as a great leader who has brought developmental projects to Surulere constituency.

“He is a very outstanding man. His success cannot be far-fetched as this trait can be seen in his mother who was once a Local Government chairperson and performed very well during her time,” she said.

In his contribution, Hon. Temitope Adewale from Ifako-Ijaye said Speaker Gbajabiamila had shown to the world that there is credence in legislature .

“We are celebrating a man from Lagos who has rose from the ranks to become the ‘number four citizen’ in the country,” he said.

While lending his voice to the debate, Hon. Sa’ad Olumo opined that “Gbajabiamila had done everything in terms of quality representation. He has great impact on us in his capacity and representation.”

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