PDP Snatches One More APC Legislator From Nasarawa
The ranks of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives swelled Wednesday with one more legislator, Hon. Ishaq Ahmed Kana, from Nasarawa State defecting from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the ruling party.
Kana said he had met with stakeholders from his state and some of his coordinators to discuss his cross-carpeting. The meeting took place at the VIP Hotel in Keffi, Karu last Friday.
According to him, his reason for leaving the APC was because being in the minority, makes him feel isolated at the National Assembly.
Kana is the third APC member from Nasarawa State who defected to the PDP.
The others are Hon. David Umbugadu and Haruna Kigbu, who left the APC in January.
Another reason that may have made Kana to join the PDP, THISDAY gathered from a source, was that members of the opposition in the House are not given adequate financial benefits and entitlements.
He was also said to have other grievances against his erstwhile party at the state level.Add a comment
Breaking: Senate Passes N4.6 Trillion Budget
The Nigerian Senate has approved President Goodluck Jonathan’s proposal to spend N4.6 trillion as the government budget in 2014.
The Senate, however, raised the figure by relatively minimal N53 billion.
The budget, the lowest in three years, passed the second reading on February 4. The approval came four months into the new fiscal year.
A third reading passage is expected by the House of Representatives before a harmonization of the bill, ahead of the president’s assent.
The original budget sum presented to the lawmakers by the finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on behalf of the president, was N 4.642 trillion. The budget bill was submitted in December 2013.
Out of that sum, 3.54 trillion was slated for the recurrent expenditure while the remaining N1.1 trillion-the equivalent of 23.7 percent, was billed for capital projects.
Critics have questioned a spending plan that consistently gives too much to government running cost rather than development.Add a comment
Seizure of International Passport: Sanusi Misled Court, Says DSS
Fresh facts have emerged on the running battle between the embattled suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and the federal government over the alleged harassment, arrest and confiscation of Sanusi’s passport by operatives of the Department for State Security (DSS) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
In a fundamental human right enforcement suit filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos, Sanusi had accused the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Inspector-General of Police of harassing him through the DSS which he sued as the third respondents for seizing his international passport.
He consequently asked for some reliefs from the court among which was the release of his passport amongst others, which the court granted.
However, it has been revealed that Sanusi most likely out of mischief misled the court and public into believing that his personal international passport was seized by the DSS and not his diplomatic passport, which he held by virtue of his position as Governor of the CBN.Add a comment
PDP Lambasts APC Over Violent Congress
Offers free technical assistance to opposition party
The Peoples Democratic Party has described as a huge embarrassment to democracy, the big show of shame that the All Progressives Party (APC) passed off, weekend as ward congress, saying “it is an irony that a party that daily claims it is on a mission to rescue Nigeria could not even conduct its own congress.”
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh on Monday gave the APC a heavy knock for the mind-boggling tales of imposition, cronyism, thuggery and general disdain for the elementary principles of democracy witnessed at the congress.
The PDP said "the savagery witnessed in the exercise which came eight months after the registration of the party, offers a glimpse into the confusion and brutality that will be the order of the day if the APC is allowed to hold power in 2015. Add a comment
THE STRANGE DREAM OF A MUSLIM/MUSLIM TICKET (PART 2) - Femi Fani-Kayode
All the clever rationalisations and justifications in the world for presenting a muslim/muslim ticket will not enable us to escape this ugly tag. As a matter of fact they will simply confirm it. We have a lot of work to do in this respect and permit me to share just one of the things that we ought to do very quickly if we wish to avoid the consequences of our own folly.
We must go out of our way to redress the religious imbalance in our Interim National Executive where you have virtually ALL the KEY positions in the hands of muslims and where it is only the lesser positions that the Christians enjoy.
The charge that there are far many more muslims than christians on the Interim National Executive Commitee is false because the number of Christians and Muslims in that distinguished body are more or less equal. The numbers are not the problem but rather the fact that virtually all the substantive positions on that 35-man Executive Commitee are in the hands of Muslims. Add a comment
Forget North’s support in 2015, Nyako tells Jonathan
Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has told the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and President Goodluck Jonathan to forget about having a foothold or support in any of the northern states, especially in the north-east zone during the 2015 elections.
He said he and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) would ensure that the ruling PDP did not extend its grip to any of the states in the north because it had deceived the people on many occasions.
He was speaking on Friday when he hosted members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under the auspieces of Coalition of Rights Advocates (CRA), led by Mr Olufemi Aduwo in Yola.
The groups were in Adamawa for an “On the spot” accessment of security situation in the state ahead of the 2015 elections against the backdrop of report that elections may not hold in the state because of insecurity.
“I have nothing personal against President Jonathan, the failure of the President to confide in top PDP members including state governors about his interest to run for second term was the cause of the stand-off between him and some northern leaders. The North was resolute this time around not to have anything to do with PDP because the ruling party has not been carrying its stakeholders in the northern region along effectively,”Nyako said. Add a comment
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