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#NewsRoundup: Embattled Akwa Ibom Senator dumps PDP, Opposition lawmakers react to Adeleke’s victory

 

 

Across the length and breadth of Nigeria, here are the biggest stories around Nigeria’s legislators and the institution of parliament you mustn’t miss this Monday:

Senate Minority Leader tasks Osun Governor-elect on good governance

Senate Minority Leader, Phillip Aduda, has charged the Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to use his enormous goodwill, experience, and expertise to develop the state.

Aduda, who described Adeleke’s emergence as a new dawn in the history of the state, urged the Governor-elect to use his undisputed capacity to ensure people-based and development-oriented programs that will bring development, happiness, and fulfillment.

“Your reverberating victory over a sitting State governor underpins your undisputed popularity across the state and reinforces the confidence the people of Osun State repose in you as the leader with the much-desired drive, passion and capacity to rescue, redirect and rebuild their State at this critical time,” the FCT Senator noted.

READ ALSO: Osun Governorship Spotlight: Profile of Ademola Adeleke 

“Adeleke’s victory; pointer to APC exit in 2023” – Reps Minority Leader

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has hailed the victory of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 16 Osun Governorship Election.

Leader of the Caucus, Ndudi Elumelu, in a congratulatory message to the Osun Governor-elect, further described Senator Ademola Adeleke‘s victory as a pointer to the defeat that awaits the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 polls.

Elumelu added that the victory reinforces the popularity of the opposition party in the South West geo-political zone.

The caucus also emphasised that the Osun people demonstrated courage, resilience, and patriotism in the just concluded election while lauding the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other democratic institutions for being on the side of the people.

READ ALSO: 2023: Party campaigns to kick off in September – INEC

2023: Embattled Akwa Ibom Senator exits PDP 
The lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Albert Bassey Akpan, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in pursuit of his governorship ambition.
In his resignation letter addressed to his Ward Chairman in Ibiono Ibom Eastern Ward 1 of Ibiono Ibom local government area of the State, Senator Akpan noted that based on his position as a lawmaker, he must at all times advocate and pursue virtues and values that promote and sustain the effective adherence to the rule of law.
“Therefore, after an extensive consultation with my God, family, friends, supporters, and well-meaning believers in a just and equitable Akwa Ibom State across the world, it’s obvious that these collective yearnings and aspirations cannot be actualised under the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Consequently, guided by the sentiments, concerns and worries of our people so expressed on the need to take immediate steps for the actualisation of their aspirations. I am therefore compelled to resign my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) forthwith,” Akpan stated.
READ ALSO: Alleged N204m fraud case preffered against Senator Bassey Akpan stalled

Senate threatens warrant of arrest on NIMASA DG over failure to defend $5m, $9.3b

The Senate has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) following his failure to appear before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts.

The Committee had said it uncovered an alleged payment of $5 million by NIMASA officials to a legal firm as a professional fee for the recovery of a $9.3 billion loss.

According to the Committee, the $5 million which is five percent of the amount agreed, was paid for the intelligence-based tracking of a global movement of Nigerian Hydro-Carbon and recovery of loss by the Federal Government of Nigeria in the sum of USD9.3billion between 2013 and 2014.

READ ALSO: Reps Committee grill NIMASA over arms procurement for Coast Guard

Omo-Agege berates Delta Government over ‘ill-treatment’ of Ijaw Ethnic Nationality

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Sunday said that the Delta Government has not been fair to the Ijaw Ethnic Nationality in the state.

Omo-Agege, who expressed the opinion when he was hosted by Ijaw groups in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of the state, promised to change the current narrative if elected as governor on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“I have always felt the pain of the Ijaw nations because I know their contributions to the economy of this country. I believe that government has been unfair to the Ijaw people, given their contribution to the economy of this country.

“I know as a consequence of that contribution, so much is returned to our state by ways of FAAC allocation and 13 percent derivation,” he said.

READ ALSO: Omo-Agege picks Delta lawmaker as running mate 

 

Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi
Lizzy Chirkpi has a BA in French and is a senior reporter at OrderPaper. She has keen interest in photojournalism and video documentary. She's also a writer and author of a book, "Pourquoi Le Francais." She likes reading, traveling and watching movies.
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