OrderPaperToday – These are the top stories around legislators and the institution of parliament in Nigeria you mustn’t miss out on this Tuesday:
150 Widows beg Anambra lawmaker to marry them
About 150 widows in Onitsha have appealed to Edward Ibuzo, the lawmaker representing Onitsha North II Constituency in the Anambra State House of Assembly, to “marry” them.
Ibuzo, who is also a House of Representatives candidate, was inundated with the plea when he went for Thanksgiving at the Saint Jude Catholic Church, Woliwo; Onitsha, having emerged unopposed as the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
President of the Widows Association, Ego Augustina, who described Ibuzo as ‘Liver to Deliver,’ said he has been taking good care of the widows in the area and he gives us free loans.
“We are pleading with him to marry us. We are not too much for him. We need protection and care and he has been doing it before now, so he should marry us,” she appealed.
Reps mull establishment of National HIV Trust Fund
The House of Representatives is expected to commence debate on the general principles of a bill seeking to establish the National HIV Trust Fund, 2022.
As reported by Tribune, the proposed legislation which is a private member bill, saddles the Trust Fund with the responsibility of managing and disbursing funds to reduce the funding gap and place more people living with HIV on treatment and mother-to-child transmission.
As provided in Clause 4 of the bill, the sources of funds include: “A levy of 0.5 percent of the net profit of companies and organised private sector operating a business in Nigeria; 0.2 percent of total revenue accruing to the federation account; Any take-off grant and special intervention fund as may be provided by the Federal, State and Local Government of the Federation;”
Other proposed sources of funding include: “Aids, grants, and assistance from international bilateral and multilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector; grants, donations; endowments, bequests, and gifts, whether of money, land or any other property from any source; and Money derived from the investment made by the Trust Fund.”
NNPP receives more lawmakers from governing party
The ranks of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in many states across the North continues to deplete, as more lawmakers dump the governing party for other political parties.
In Bauchi, Lawal Gumau, the lawmaker representing Bauchi South Senatorial District, and Yakubu Shehu, representing Bauchi Federal Constituency are the latest members to defect from the APC.
Like Senator Halliru Dauda – Jika representing Bauchi Central, Gumau is headed for the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), while the member of the House of Representatives is yet to announce his new party.
Babangida Talau, representing Malumfashi/Kafur Federal Constituency, Armayau Kado representing Kurfi/Dutsin Ma Federal Constituency, and Aminu Ashiru representing Mani/Bindawa Federal Constituency in Katsina all dumped the party for the NNPP.
Ranks of PDP swell in Sokoto with defection of 2 lawmakers
Similarly, in Sokoto, Isah Kurdula, the lawmaker representing Gudu/Tangaza Federal Constituency, defected to the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) after failing to get the ticket to re-contest for his seat.
Abdullahi Salame, the member representing, Gwadabawa/Illela also left the APC to join the opposition PDP after losing the gubernatorial ticket on the platform of the APC.
In a related development, the PDP in Kebbi State has suspended Haruna Saidu, a former Kebbi Central Senatorial candidate and member of the party’s Board of Trustees (BOT), for violating the party’s constitution and engaging in anti-party activities.
“The state executive committee should be duly and adequately informed of the inappropriate conduct and anti-party activities of Mallam Haruna Saidu for appropriate disciplinary actions,” a statement by the Chairman of Nasarawa Ward 1, Ibrahim Na Mazaba, read.
Group insists Akpabio, Lawan didn’t participate in APC primaries
The Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughts, has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against returning the country to its inglorious days of impunity as the order of the day.
It gave the warning at the weekend via a statement issued by its Director, Dr Sam Amadi amid reports of substitution of validly-elected candidates in the just concluded political parties’ primaries with people that did not participate in the process.
Urging INEC to reject the fraudulent and false submissions of candidates by parties, the group advised the electoral body to ensure its actions are guided by the Electoral Act to avoid external manipulations by anti-democratic elements.
The warning came against the backdrop of the controversy surrounding the submission of the names of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan as well as a former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio.