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EXCLUSIVE: Fall of PDP from majority to minority in NASS

Once touted as the biggest political party, the PDP has receded drastically in fortunes from majority to minority in the National Assembly within the last 25 years of the federal legislature  For certain, the mantra of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of being the largest party in Africa has been stopped dead. In the past few years, the party has experienced a wave of defections despite its 16-year domination of Nigeria’s electoral politics, which was...

Rivers Crisis: Clash over relocation, court bars pro-Wike lawmakers from parading as Assembly members

“Now, therefore, I, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, the Governor of Rivers State this 30th day of October 2023, Pursuant to the powers vested in me under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) hereby issue, order, and direct that all proceedings and business of Rivers State House of Assembly shall temporarily take place at the Auditorium…” A Rivers court has barred the Speaker of the pro-Wike faction of the state Assembly, Martin...

IKE EKWEREMADU: Serial senator who fell from grace to grass

Ike Ekweremadu rose from obscurity to a towering height in Nigeria’s politics. In this report on EX-NASS MEMBERS SERIES, Esther Adedoyin chronicles his fall from grace to grass Ike Ekweremadu is a renowned politician and lawyer who, until recently, has been active in the country’s political landscape for several decades. Born on May 12, 1962, in Enugu State, Nigeria, Ekweremadu remained a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) throughout his political sojourn. He is...

ANALYSIS: Opposition members shun party positions in budget debate

Contributions of opposition members during the 2024 budget debate suggest that the role expected of them by their parties may be evaporating even before things start to get hot  Barely 24 hours after the President, Bola Tinubu, presented the 2024 budget, the House of Representatives commenced debate on its general principles. The lawmakers say this was to hasten the assessment and approval of the appropriation bill. OrderPaper observed the submissions of the lawmakers between Thursday...

INSIGHT: How opposition senators debated 2024 budget

The near acquiescence of opposition senators in debating the 2024 budget proposal from President Tinubu gives a foresight into the vibrancy or otherwise of the 109-member Senate under the Bola Tinubu presidency  The Senate passed the N27.5 trillion 2024 budget for second reading on Friday, 1st December, 2023. This was after senators subjected the general principles of the budget to a two-day debate which seemed more of a ritual and evidently lacking in rigours. Each...

Ndi Kato: 5 challenges youths face as first-timers in Nigerian politics

In this encounter with Titilope Fadare, Ndi Kato, a gender activist and politician, shares her experience in politics and offers 5 tips worth considering by young people looking to enter the fray.  Are you thinking of venturing into politics as a youth obviously not in 2019 but in 2023? Just before you buy your nomination and expression of interest form, there are five likely challenges you might encounter as a greenhorn. Ndi Kato is a...

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