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Three gender-related bills that failed in the ongoing amendments to the 1999 Constitution are to be reconsidered by the House of Representatives.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, called for a reconsideration of the votes on the affected bills after the lawmakers held an executive (closed-door) session on Tuesday.

While there are five gender bills, those to be revisited are Bill 36 to “expand the scope of citizenship by registration;” Bill 37 to “provide for affirmative action for women in political party administration;” and Bill 38 to “provide criteria for qualification to become an indigene of a state in Nigeria.”

Those dropped are Bill 35 to “provide for special seat for women in the National and State Houses of Assembly;” and Bill 68 “to give women a quota in the federal and state executive councils or ministerial and commissionership seats.”

READ ALSO: Women Protest At National Assembly Over Gender Bills

Gbajabiamila noted that the three bills would be included in the second batch of amendment bills to be considered in about four weeks’ time.

After the lawmakers unanimously approved the reversal via voice vote, female members of the House as well as some male counterparts gave the speaker a standing ovation.

The lawmakers in the two chambers had, on Tuesday last week, voted on the 68 recommendations by the Joint Senate and House Special Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution.

The gender bills failed despite that Aisha Buhari, wife to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday last week, stormed the Senate and House chambers in company with female ministers to lobby the lawmakers as the committee laid its report.

Also on Tuesday, Dolapo Osinbajo, wife to the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, accompanied by the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, observed as members of the House voted on the recommendations by the committee, and watched as the lawmakers voted against the gender bills.

 

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Tambuwal Emerges Chairman Of Governors’ Forum

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Tambuwal Emerges Chairman Of Governors' Forum

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has been named as the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday  at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja transferred power of the NGF to the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

A statement by the Director, Media and Public Affairs of NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo read, “Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.

“Dr John Kayode Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

“The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May next year when a proper election is conducted among the governors.

READ ALSO: Tambuwal Moves Against Insecurity, Bans Sale Of Animals In Trucks, Use Of Roads, Others In Sokoto

“Before making the announcement, the Ekiti State Governor acknowledged the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support, explaining that yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the Forum of Governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation.”

“The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.

“In his response the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend the Ekiti Governor and NGF Chairman’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years and that was enhanced by your chairmanship of the NGF, admitting that the NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well.”

“Professor Osinbajo prayed that Dr fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves will continue.

“Dr Fayemi formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Rt Hon Amuinu Waziri Tambuwal on October 16th.”

 

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BREAKING: PDP Crisis Deepens As Wike’s Camp Shuns Atiku Campaign, Insists On Ayu’s Removal

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BREAKING: How Atiku, Ayu, Ex-generals, Others Conspired Against Me - Wike

As the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) festers, the camp of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has pulled out of the Atiku Presidential Campaign activities after a stormy session in Port Harcourt.

Rising from the meeting in the early hours of Wednesday, they insisted that the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu must resign his position if Governor Wike’s group must partake in the presidential campaign activities of the party.

READ ALSO: I Won’t Resign, Wike, Others Were Children When We Formed PDP – Ayu

The team vowed not to partake in the campaign activities until the resignation of Ayu.

 

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18 Presidential Candidates Make INEC’s Final List

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday released 18 names as the presidential candidates for the 2023 elections.

On the list are: the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Peter Obi of Labour Party, LP,   and others.

The circular released by the electoral body on Tuesday captured the state of origin, age, and other details of the candidates.

Tinubu was captured in the circular as 70 years old. In his qualification, the independent body wrote BSC in Business Administration.

READ ALSO: Why I Didn’t Anoint Presidential Candidate For 2023 – Buhari

Tinubu’s running mate, Shettima Kashim is 55 years old and presented primary school certificate, General Certificate of Education, B.Sc Agriculture.

While Obi Peter Gregory of Labour Party, submitted FSLC, WASC/GCE and a degree certificate and he is 61 years old, his running mate Baba Ahmed Yusuf Datti has FSLC, GCE and PhD and he is 53 years old.

The candidate of the PDP, Atiku is 75 years old and he presented GCE and a master’s degree. His running mate Okowa Arthur Ifeanyi is 63 years old and he presented HSC and MBBS.

 

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