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#NewsRoundup: Bauchi Senator wins guber ticket, “Lawan may go if he blocks Buhari’s impeachment”

 

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:

 Bauchi Senator wins NNPP guber ticket

The lawmaker representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Haliru Jika has emerged as the State gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP).

The NNPP conducted a fresh primary on Thursday following the withdrawal of its erstwhile candidate, after 630 delegates unanimously adopted Senator Jika in a voice vote.

 “Since Senator Jika is now the only aspirant in the race, I hereby affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State,” he said.

READ ALSO: ANALYSIS: Does the rise of NNPP signal the possibility of a coalition-led NASS?

“We won’t allow Lawan to block Buhari’s sack” – Senator

There are indications that opposition lawmakers may be plotting to impeach the Senate President, in the event that he attempts to shield President Muhammadu from impeachment.

The lawmaker representing Osun East Senatorial District, Francis Fadahunsi, who disclosed this in an interview with journalists on Wednesday, noted that Senator Ahmad Lawan has in the past been frustrating all moves to take drastic measures against the President.

“We have now made up our mind to strike now that the iron is still hot instead of wasting our time, cooperating with the Ahmad Lawan leadership while the nation is being destroyed by terrorists with no plan by the government to stop them. We won’t wait until we are all killed.

We have now decided to pull out of the ‘rubber stamp’ arrangement so that the whole of Nigeria would know that we have not been in support of the failing economy, the huge debts accumulation, falling naira, insecurity across the country and the unprecedented forms of corruption going on in the polity,” he said.

READ ALSO: Impeachment Threat: Why Senators walked out on Lawan at plenary

Buhari Must Go: “Impeachment threat against Buhari is real” – Senator Bassey

The lawmaker representing Cross River South Senatorial District, Gershom Bassey has refuted opinions describing the impeachment plot against President Muhammadu Buhari as unserious.

In an interview with journalists on Thursday, Bassey urged critics of the lawmakers to impress on the President to act swiftly within six weeks, which is the first part of their threat and not lay emphasis yet on the impeachment.

“Our best hope is that the President will respond to what we are saying, to what we are doing. And at the end of six weeks, everything would have been sorted out,” he noted.

READ ALSO: #ThrowbackThursday: Attempts at impeaching the Nigerian President (1999-2022) 

Reps threaten to cut funding to State-owned tertiary institutions

The House of Representatives has threatened to stop the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) from funding state tertiary institutions.

A member of the House of Representatives Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Aminu Suleiman, disclosed this on Thursday when the Committee embarked on an oversight visit to the TETFund Executive Secretary, Sonny Echono.

Lamenting that state governors have abandoned their duties of funding tertiary institutions to TETFund, he urged TETFund to mandate state institutions benefiting from its interventions to submit reports of their operations within three weeks.

READ ALSO: TETFund Opposes Inclusion of Agriculture Colleges as Beneficiaries

Atiku hands Dino Melaye 2023 Campaign role

Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has appointed Senator Dino Melaye and Dr. Daniel Bwala as spokespersons for the forthcoming 2023 presidential campaign.

Melaye was a member of the 6th and 8th National Assembly, while Bwala, is a legal practitioner and public affairs analyst recently dumped the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) following controversies surrounding the party’s Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket.

As contained in a statement signed by Atiku’s Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, on Thursday, the two appointments take immediate effect.

READ ALSO: PDP Primaries: Is it end of the road for Senator Dino Melaye?

Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James
Ojochenemi Onje-James is a research writer and journalist with years of proven footprints in areas of crime and politics. She has M.Sc in International Relations and Strategic Studies; and B.Sc in Mass Communication.
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