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Lawan Says PIB’ll Change Nigeria’s Fortune

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enate President Tells APC Delegates To Choose Presidential Candidate Without Baggage

From Senate President Ahmad Lawan has come the assurance that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) will change the fortune of the country when it becomes law.

“The PIB is going to be a piece of legislation that in our estimation will change the economic fortune of Nigeria and of course improve the earnings by our businesses who are here and we want to attract many more investments into the oil and gas industry in Nigeria,” Lawan said.

The Senate president spoke in his office while playing host to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing CB. Lawan said the ninth assembly would ensure the passage of the PIB as promised even though, he pointed out, that the bill had “suffered from a demonic influence” by refusing passage since 2008 when it was first introduced to the sixth assembly.

“We are so confident that we will be able to pass this bill by April. We want it signed into law by May and we want every stakeholder to be a winner,” Lawan said.

The Senate president was also upbeat about the passage of the Electoral Amendment Bill now being processed by the assembly.

“I want to assure Nigerians that we have a target and we think it’s a realistic target. It’s doable and we have the determination and capacity to affect the ammendment(to Electoral Act) before we go on summer break in June/July and our committee has done so much work,” Lawan said.

On the security situation in the country, Lawan said the government was doing everything possible to change the tide.

The Senate president referred to his recent meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in which “our discussion centred on ensuring that the two arms of government work closely to ensure that we win this war as quickly as possible.

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“I’m of the view that because the raining season will be here in the next two, three months, we need to secure the whole environment because for the peasant Nigerian, what is crucial to him is to be alive and go to his farm.

“If the environment is not secured, farmers will not be able to go to farms and that will be a big challenge to us because it is not going to be easy for us to provide food for all the Nigerian peasant farmers.

“So we are working together with the executive arm of government and we are going to achieve a remarkable result.”

The Senate president also spoke on farmers/herders clashes and cautioned on religious or ethnic profiling.

“I believe in every society or community, we have criminals…In every ethnic group, you have good people, you have bad people.

Therefore, as leaders, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to fall into the temptation of ethnic profiling because it doesn’t help the fight against criminality and we need every hand on deck, North, South, Christians Muslims, to fight criminality wherever it is in Nigeria,” Lawan said.

Earlier, the British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing commended President Buhari over the appointment of the new service chiefs and urged the National Assembly to ensure the passage of the PIB and Electoral Amendment Bill.

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Binani Floors Ribadu As Apppeal Court Declares Her APC Governorship Candidate In Adamawa

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Binani Floors Ribadu As Apppeal Court Declares Her APC Governorship Candidate In Adamawa

Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani is the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Adamawa State, an Appeal Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State capital, has declared.

The court presided over by Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan set aside the judgement of a Federal High Court which nullified the governorship primary and declared that APC has no candidate for the 2023 governorship election.

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, who contested but lost the ticket of the party had challenged Binani’s victory in court.

READ  ALSO: Court Disqualifies Binani As Adamawa APC Governorship Candidate

He had filed a suit to seek nullification of the primary conducted on May 27. Ribadu, who hinged his suit on alleged votes buying, over-voting and delegate inducement, asked the court to disqualify Binani and declare him the candidate of the APC in the state.

He sought an order restraining APC from submitting Binani’s name to INEC as the governorship candidate of APC on the grounds that she had emerged from an invalid and unlawful exercise.

After the nullification of her candidacy, the senator challenged the ruling of the lower court at the appeal court.
APC and Binani through their counsel, Sule J. Abul and Sam Ologunorisa, filed a notice of preliminary objections and counter-affidavits.

While APC challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter, Binani in her preliminary objection argued that Ribadu’s suit was not properly constituted.

She described the suit as incompetent, contentious, rancorous and contained allegations of fraud, commission of a crime, and that it cannot be heard or determined by way of the originating summons.

In its judgement on Thursday, the Appellate court ordered that Binani’s name be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) immediately.

 

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PDP Crisis Worsens As G-5 Governors, Others Meet, Change Name

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PDP Crisis Worsens As G-5 Governors, Others Meet, Change Name

The agitating five governors of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) led by their Rivers State counterpart Nyesome Wike and others met on Sunday in Lagos.

They identified themselves as the Integrity Group .

They also promised to take a position on the crisis rocking the party.

Addressing newsmen before going into a closed door meeting, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said the Integrity Group was the face behind the struggle within the PDP.

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Makinde said: “We are here this morning to hold a meeting of the Integrity Group within our party, the PDP. You’ve heard of the G5 that is the five PDP governors. The G5 is all about the Integrity Group.

“You can see us, five serving governors, as the face of this struggle but the leaders and elders of the party that you see here are the people behind those faces.”

 

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Akpabio Loses Senatorial Bid At Appeal Court As Ekpoudom Wins

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Akpabio Loses Senatorial Bid At Appeal Court As Ekpoudom Wins

The attempt by former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio to return to the upper legislative chamber has suffered a major setback.

The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal has set aside the judgment of Federal High Court Abuja which previously approved his status as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

A three-member panel of justices read by Justice Danlami Senchi on Monday held that Akpabio failed to file a proof of arguments within the time provided by the rules.

The panel further ruled that Akpabio, being a presidential aspirant of the APC, could not participate in the valid primary of the party held on May 27 and monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which produced Udom Ekpoudom as a candidate.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on September 22 asked INEC to reinstate Senator Akpabio as APC’s candidate, being the candidate nominated by the party in the second primary of June 9.

 READ ALSO: Court Orders INEC To Recognise Akpabio As APC Senatorial Candidate

The lower court had directed that INEC accepts the former Minister of Niger Delta as the APC flagbearer.

The court also ordered that INEC publish Akpabio’s name as APC senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North/West senatorial district in 2023, stating that the Commission acted illegally by refusing to accept and publish the former governor’s name when it was submitted to it by the APC as its candidate.

Justice Emeka Nwite who delivered judgment held that Akpabio was validly nominated as the Akwa – Ibom North/West Senatorial District candidate of the APC from the primary conducted by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on June 9, 2022.

The trial Judge faulted INEC for electing to monitor the May 27 primary, conducted by an illegal faction of the party led by Augustine Ekanem as against the June 9 primary authorized conducted by the APC NWC.

 

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