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#NewsRoundup: Immigration reacts to Ekweremadu saga, Group wants former Reps Speaker as VP Candidate


OrderPaperToday – 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:

Ekweremadu Organ Harvesting Saga: Nigerian Immigration reacts

Following allegations of organ-harvesting levelled against a former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu; and his wife, the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has reacted to the development.

The Immigration CG, Isah Jere Idris, who spoke with journalists on Sunday, disclosed that the service adhered to due process in issuing the country’s ordinary passport to Ukpo Nwamini David, the alleged teenager at the heart of the saga.

The NIS in affirming that David is 22 years old, said that “he visited the Gwagwalada office of Immigration in Abuja with his birth certificate issued by the National Population Commission, National Identification Number (NIN), and a letter of indigineship from the Ebonyi State Liason office confirming he is from the state.”

READ ALSO: Organ-Harvesting Allegations: What we know about the Ekweremadu saga 

2023: Coalition drums up support for former Reps Speaker as VP Candidate

A civil society organisation, Coalition for Peace and Progress has expressed support for a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as the Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking at a press conference in Kaduna on Saturday, the National Coordinator of the group, Dr. Muhammad Chindo, said “in order to ensure a sense of fairness and belonging, it is pertinent that the person to be picked as APC Presidential running mate must be someone who has the required qualities and political experience such as Rt. Hon. Dogara.”

It is important that the future Vice President must be a Christain that can transcend primordial sentiments bordering on religion and the twin evil of tribalism and sectionalism,” he added.

READ ALSO: #ThrowbackThursday: The rise and fall of an ex-Speaker

2023: Eight Oyo PDP lawmakers set to defect to APC

Barely three weeks after the Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan exited the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), eight serving Oyo State lawmakers elected on the party’s platform might be joining the opposition this week.

According to a PDP lawmaker who made the disclosure to journalists in Ibadan on Sunday, the lawmakers, as well as some key leaders of the ruling party, are set to join the main opposition in the state; the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated that the planned defection is a result of their being ‘denied’ the party’s ticket to contest the 2023 elections.

READ ALSO: 2023: Senator Utazi charges Atiku/Okowa on issue-based campaign

Reject APC, PDP to avert disaster – Kwankwaso urges Nigerians

Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP), Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has called on Nigerians to reject the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general election.

The former Kano Governor who spoke on Saturday during a consultation visit to Ado Ekiti on his presidential bid, said both parties have failed the country woefully and nobody should expect anything from them again.

“The only way to avert that disaster is for Nigerians to go and sell the ideas of the NNPP, which is a progressive party, and vote for the party come 2023,” he added.

READ ALSO: #RoadTo2023 Spotlight: Profile of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso | Presidential Series

APC in dilemma over fate of Lawan, Akpabio

There are indications that the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) is still enmeshed in a dilemma over the fate of some of its Senatorial Candidates for the 2023 general elections.

Some of its high-profile candidates like the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, and former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, rank high among ‘candidates’ setting the party on collision course with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This follows a revelation over the weekend that their names were conspicuously absent in the list of candidates for federal legislative seats published by the electoral body across the constituencies.

As reported by Sunday Vanguard, the party is currently developing its ‘2023 General Election Plan,’ and is weighing options on how best to actualise the candidature of Lawan, Akpabio, and others in a similar capacity.

READ ALSO: 2023: APC Senators meet ‘worried’ Adamu, as Senators defect to NNPP, Labour

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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