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National AssemblyGreen Chamber#NewsRoundup: Lawan 'blocking' defection of 12 Senators, 'N187bn insufficient for census'

#NewsRoundup: Lawan ‘blocking’ defection of 12 Senators, ‘N187bn insufficient for census’


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 Friday:

Senate President allegedly sits on letters of over 12 APC defectors

There are indications that the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, may be sitting over the defection letters of at least twelve lawmakers exiting the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Sources alleged that the presiding officer’s move is in a bid to checkmate any impeachment threat against his presidency, as APC’s numerical strength in the Red Chamber has been depleted to 62.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) currently has 41 Senators, while the New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP) and Young Progressives Party (YPP) have two lawmakers within their ranks.

The opposition All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Labour Party both have one each, and the defection of twelve APC Senators to opposing parties could threaten Lawan’s hold as Senate President.

READ ALSO: House Leader reacts to impeachment threat against Gbajabiamila 

Senate expresses doubt about sufficiency of N187bn for census

The Senate says the N187bn budgeted for the April 2023 census is insufficient for the exercise, assuring that more funding would be appropriated in the 2023 budget. 

Chairman of the Senate Committee on National Identity Card and Population, Sahabi Ya’u, disclosed this on Thursday during an oversight visit to a census trial enumeration unit in Karu, Nasarawa State.

“It can’t be sufficient enough. By this time, not much of that money has been released. I believe that in the next budgetary process, we’ll be able to give them the amount they require, additional money, whatever expenses will be incurred,” he said. 

Nollywood Actress vying for Reps seat vows to dislodge ruling party

Nollywood Actress and Labour Party (LP) candidate for Akuku-Toru/Asari-Toru Federal Constituency in Rivers, Hilda Dokubo, has expressed optimism that her party will take over the state in 2023.

Dokubo disclosed this on Thursday in Port Harcourt at the party’s stakeholders meeting aimed at positioning the party for victory in the 2023 general election.

“Individuals are the structures of every political party and we have our teaming supporters here in the state,” Dokubo said.

Akwa Ibom Reps Candidate embarks on lone protest

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom, Clement Jimbo, has embarked on a solo protest walk in Uyo.

The aspiring lawmaker on Thursday, holding about four different placards walked from a popular roundabout in Uyo to the judiciary headquarters, over the committal of Human Rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, to prison in the state for alleged contempt of court.

Some inscriptions on the placards read: “My generation cannot be cowed to silence by the judiciary. #FreeInibeheEffiong” “Allow my generation to breathe” and “My generation is more. Respect our rights.”

Row between Umahi and Agom continues over Senatorial ticket

The last is yet to be heard in the row between Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi, and the daughter of a traditional ruler, Ann Agom-Eze over the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for Ebonyi South Senatorial District.

Ann Agom-Eze, who was runner-up in the primaries has distanced herself from the fresh primary scheduled by the party leadership in the state for Sunday, July 31.

In a statement issued on Thursday, she insisted that with the voluntary withdrawal of Augustine Umahi, who was the winner of the primary, she remained the authentic APC candidate of the senatorial district for the 2023 general election.

READ ALSO: Governor Umahi endorses Ebonyi Assembly Speaker as successor


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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