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10th Senate President: South-East Senators Blow Hot, Caution Tinubu

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A dramatic twist played out on Sunday in Abuja as the South-East Senate caucus cautioned the President-elect, Bola Tinubu and the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the zoning of the position of Senate President.

They described the purported zoning of the 10th Senate Presidency to the South-South.

Their stand was contained in a communique issued after several hours of meeting held at the Maitama residence of Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, YPP, representing Anambra South Senatorial District.

They rejected the zoning of the Senate President to the South South, saying that since the South East was denied presidency by the two major political parties, the zone should be allowed to produce the 10th NASS Senate President.

Part of the Communique read: “We have observed with dismay the antics of persons with vested selfish interests who have planted themselves around the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and have vowed to shut out the South East from the Senate Presidency of the 10th Senate.”

Expressing anger at the antics of those around the President-elect, the caucus insisted that it would serve justice to the people of the South-East, particularly as the zone has been blessed with ranking Senators-elect, Including members of the APC.

The lawmakers said ranking Senators from the South-East to the 10th Senate have capacity, competence and followership to lead, hence, the ruling party should remember its own creed, which is the principle of natural justice and equity.

“That the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu should extend the same democratic opportunity he received from the outgoing administration which gave all aspirants equal opportunity to exercise their fundamental and constitutional rights during the APC Presidential Primaries.

“That there would be grave implications of zoning and endorsing a candidate from the South-South without any regard for the South-East as it could snowball into restiveness,” the caucus stated.

They urged the President-elect to be sensitive to the times in Nigeria and ensure the country continues to thrive on the tripod of Nigeria (Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba) and the geopolitical zones.

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Rivers Assembly: Pro-Wike Lawmakers Know Fate Today As Appeal Court Delivers Judgement

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An Appeal Court in Port Harcourt has scheduled a ruling for (today) Friday, June 14, 2024, regarding a case filed by Martin Amaewhule, on behalf of twenty-six others, challenging the decision of the Rivers State High Court, which favored Victor Oko-Jumbo, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

Previously, Justice Dagogo Jack of the State High Court ruled in favor of Oko-Jumbo in a suit that restrained Amaewhule and twenty-six others from performing any legislative functions and vacated their seats as Speaker and members of the State House of Assembly.

An interlocutory injunction was also granted against Amaewhule and the twenty-six others, which has now been consolidated in the appeal.

The three-judge panel of the Appeal Court, led by Justice Jimi Olukayode-Bada, after hearing arguments from both parties on Thursday, announced their readiness to deliver a ruling on the matter and instructed all counsels to be present in court by 9 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024.

Should the Appeal Court rule in favor of Amaewhule, all laws and bills passed by him and the other members will be validated, and they will resume their legislative functions.

The affected lawmakers are loyal to the FCT Mninister, Nyesom Wike.

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APC Begins E-Membership Registration Wednesday

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The ruling All Progressives Congress said the electronic registration of its members nationwide will start on Wednesday and the exercise will be inaugurated by its National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka.

Morka noted that Ganduje will be accompanied by two serving ministers in President Bola Tinubu’s administration and party leaders to the opening of the ‘Train the Trainer’ Workshop slated for Abuja.

He identified the two dignitaries as the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Technology, Chief Uche Nnaji, and his counterpart in Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. ‘Bosun Tijani.

The statement partly read, “In furtherance of the All Progressives Congress’ trailblazing commitment to digitalise its membership register in all its chapters in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, the National Chairman of our great party, His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje cordially invites party leaders, members, and the general public to the opening ceremony of the ‘Train the Trainer’ Workshop.”

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Bill To Create New State In South-East Pass First Reading In House Of Reps

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A bill seeking the creation of an additional state in the South-East geo-political zone has passed first reading at the House of Representatives.

The state if created will be known as ‘Orlu State’, with its capital in Orlu.

The bill, seeking to alter the 1999 Constitution (as amended) was sponsored by the member representing Ideato North/ Ideato South Federal Constituency, Ikenga Ikeagwuonu Ugochinyere, and 15 others, is currently awaiting second reading.

If passed, the bill would bring the number of states in the South-East to six, and the country to 37.

The proposed legislation, which was availed to newsmen on Thursday, indicated that the proposed state will be carved out from Imo, Abia and Anambra.

According to the proposed legislation, Local Government Areas that will form part of the proposed state include Orlu, Orsu, Oru West, Oru East, Ideato North, Ideato South, Njaba, Nkwerre, Nwangele and Isu. Others are Oguta, Ohaji Egbema, Onuimo, Ihiala, Uga, Ihiala, Uli, Ozubulu, Akokwa, Arondizuogu, Umuchu, Umunze, Umuaku.

Others are New Ideato North, Nwabosi West, Nwabosi East, Owerre Nkworji, Alaoma, Amaifeke, Owerrebiri Umuowa.

The sponsor of the bill told newsmen that if the proposed state is created, Ideato would become a senatorial district.

He begged his colleagues in the National Assembly for support to ensure that the bill scales through second reading.

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