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#NewsRoundup: Wase speaks on Muslim-Muslim ticket, 12 deceased lawmakers still on NASS website

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:

12 dead lawmakers still ‘live’ on National Assembly’s website

The names and photographs of the twelve deceased members of the current Ninth National Assembly are still listed on its website as serving lawmakers in both chambers.

As reported by Sunday PUNCH, while the Senate lost four of its members, eight members of the House of Representatives have died since the inception of the Ninth Assembly in June 2019.

While the lawmaker representing Egor/Ikpoba-Okha Federal Constituency of Edo State in the green chamber, Jude Ise-Idehen died on July 1, 2022, the death of a former lawmaker representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Bayo Osinowo, is the most recent death recorded by the red chamber.

“We’ve tried same faith ticket at NASS twice, no big deal” – Deputy Speaker Wase

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris Wase, has asked Nigerians to disregard the various controversies surrounding the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Wase who made the call on Friday, while receiving members of the Asiwaju Pact With Citizens Campaign Organisation argued that those at the forefront of criticising the Muslim-Muslim ticket are seeking an easy way to power.

“We have had a Christian/Christian Senate President and Deputy Senate President for eight good years in the National Assembly. We have a Muslim/Muslim ticket in the House of Representatives, as Speaker and Deputy Speaker, I don’t know how many people we have converted so far if it is about religion,” he said.

READ ALSO: OPINION: Muslim-Muslim ticket and the death of good conscience in politics

House defends multiple panels probing subsidy, PMS consumption

The House of Representatives has justified its decision to set up multiple committees to investigate various issues in the petroleum sector.

Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, made the justification before journalists on Friday, noting that the panels are handling different matters.

“To those who are not coming when invited, I don’t think the President will be happy with any MDA invited by the House of Representatives or the Senate that fails to come. But flimsy reasons will never be tolerated because there is also a power in the Constitution that the House can invoke to command compliance by those who are invited,” he added.

APC Senatorial Aspirant denies receiving cash, car to step down for Umahi

An Ebonyi South Senatorial Aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ann Agom-Eze, has denied allegations that she accepted a Toyota Prado SUV, a house, over N40 million, and landed property to step down for Governor David Umahi.

Agom-Eze who has had a running battle with the governor’s family over the APC Ebonyi South Senatorial ticket described the allegations as baseless, unfounded, and diversionary.

 This is coming on the heels of Friday’s ruling by the Federal High Court, Abakaliki in a suit filed by Umahi against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which ordered a rerun primary for the district, with Agom-Eze included as one of the contestants.

“Assent to NYSC Trust Fund Bill” – CSO tasks President Buhari 

A coalition of religious groups and civil society organisations (CSOs) have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately assent to the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) Trust Fund Bill.

The group led by Bishop Abel Kings in a statement issued in Abuja argued that the measure is required to empower the teeming population of graduates in the country.

They further added that when the Trust Fund becomes operational, the scheme will be better positioned to deliver world-class skill acquisition and entrepreneurial centres across the country in the fight against unemployment.

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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