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Reps Minority Caucus Eyes Speaker, Deputy Speaker Seats




 By Ubong Ukpong, Abuja 

Minority Parties in the House of Representatives, under the aegis of minority Caucus, have indicated the intention to determine who would occupy the prestigious seats of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker in the 10th House of Representatives.

The caucus, which goes by its slogan, greater majority, has the number to pursue it’s intention and has held a follow up meeting ahead of the inauguration on June 13.

The lawmakers who attended the meeting were from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Social Democratic Party (SDP) Youth Progressive Party (YPP), and New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP).

In his address the leader of the minority caucus, Hon. Fredrick Agbedi who congratulated all the members of the Minority Parties for the successes so far, urged them to stay together for their common good.

According to him, the meeting was organised “to enable us to access the work we have done in our various zones”.

 He reminded the members on the news to stay focused and not be distracted.

The leader of the Labour Party who spoke on behalf of the South East Caucus, Hon George Ozodinobi, said that the South East members of the Minority Caucus have resolved to change the narrative.

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He noted that the south east caucus has resolved to follow where other caucus members has aligned with to have a new Nigeria.

” We are in totally witt the greater minority. Our majorly is yo have a new Nigeria and that new Nigeria, we are urging other caucuses to join id to have a new Nigeria”. Hon Ozodinobi said. 

While urging all the Minority Caucuses to remain united Oluwole Oke, said that the South West is fully aligned with the decisions of the caucuses.

“We are committed to this unity, to this progress, to this understanding that we shall work together to deliver to Nigerians the dividends of democracy. That we shall live up to the expectations of section four of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria”. Hon Oke said.

Agbedi reiterated that the South West caucus was committed to giving their various parties the proper image based on their mandates.

From the North East, Hon. Awalu Gwadabe, said that the tenth assembly was unique as the rolling party does not have the highest number of members.

” Today, the tenth national assembly as well as and the party that is rulling the country does not have two neither we as the greater minority. I believe we are going to give the rulling party a very serious challenge in the National Assembly once we stand united together irrespective of our party affiliations”. Hon Gwadabe said.

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He added that the north east caucus would make its position known in a matter of days.

The north central zone, represented by Hon Pastor Ojena, said that for the greater minority to succeed, members mist put aside their personal interests.

He said that to achieve the desired goal, members mist work as a team.

Other speakers from other zones also pledged to help the caucus to succeed.

On her part, Hon Lilian Orogbu

re-echoed the inclusion of women in the mainstream of affairs of the National Assembly.

She also said that the issues of women in parliament must be respected.

“We are here to support this initiative. We are here to support the agenda wr are here to support the ideology and we  crave for more involvement of women in this group”. Hon Orogbu said.

On their part, members of the North West caucus represented by Hon. MD Shehu, said that the zone was in on the ideas of the greater minority caucus.

He added that all members must have the sincerity of purpose in the journey.

The moderator of the meeting, Hon. Dachung Bago’s (PDP-Plateau) introduced members of the caucus who joined after the supplementary election.

At the end of the meeting, the greater minority caucus resolved to contest for the speakership and other positions in the 10th Assembly.

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It also set up an eleven man committee to scout for a suitable members from the caucus that will contest for the key positions.


Governor’s Forum: Tinubu Congratulates Abdulrazaq, Uzodinma, others on Leadership Choice




By Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

President Bola Tinubu, Thursday congratulated the two governors who emerged as leaders of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and Progressive Governors Forum (PGF).

The President’s felicitation was contained in a statement from the State House signed by Abdulaziz Abdulaziz at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“I congratulate the Governor of Kwara State, His Excellency Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, on his emergence as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), and the Governor of Imo State, His Excellency Hope Uzodinma, on his election as the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF).

“In the same vein, I also congratulate His Excellency Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State, and his Kaduna State counterpart, His Excellency Senator Uba Sani, on their elections as deputy chairmen for the two respective forums,” he said.

“Being called upon by their peers to lead them is a testament to the trust and confidence reposed in them by the governors,” President Tinubu added.

The President tasked the new leaders to use their tenures to advance the peace, unity and socioeconomic development of the country and join hands with his administration to engender the Renewed Hope agenda.

“As chief executives of states, governors are critical to the overall success of our administration and the desire for a Nigeria that works for all.

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“As an important fulcrum in our journey to a more prosperous and safe country, what states do or do not do matter a lot. I am therefore obliged to ask the new leaders to use their good offices to bring about a convergence of vision between the Federal Government, under my leadership, and governments at the state level.

“It is my prayer that you acquit yourselves diligently in discharging the responsibilities bestowed on you through this election,” President Tinubu added.

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Adamu Tasks APC Governors on Adherence to Party Manifesto




Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the APC National Chairman has charged governors elected on the party’s platform to adhere to its manifesto.

He gave the charge on Wednesday in Abuja, when the party’s governors under the agies of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) met with the National Working Committee (NWC).

“For us, anything that we will want to say to you is adherence to the manifesto as much as you can.

“We have a general framework for the governance of the country and you represent those who fly the party’s flag.

“It is expected that whatever you do, you will have in mind the manifesto that the party gave the country, as Chief Executive Officers of states, you must key into this manifesto.

“But there are peculiarities, there are priorities you must have set and you are bound to do as much as you can to meet the expectations of those who voted for us,”Adamu said.

He said the party and the country generally were in a very difficult moment, adding that the governors had visited at a very difficult period with regards to the lifting of the fuel subsidy.

Adamu said the period would be very challenging, particularly to the governors because they were where it matters most.

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“From national politics, you are the shock absorbers in the various states of the federation, you live with the people, you wake up with them and you work with them.

“The expectation is that you could have a better appreciation of their pains as citizens of this country. So, a lot of expectations will be on you as governors of the Federating units of this great country,” Adamu said.

He assured that the party’s leadership would continue to give the governors the needed cooperation.

“If you have any problem, turn to us and we will give you the best advice as we can, but whatever we do with you, you are the one wearing the shoes and know where it pinches,” Adamu said.

Speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting, Gov. Hope Uzordimma of Imo said the governors were committed to the party’s idea and manifesto and the Federal Government under it.

He noted that everything contained in the party’s manifesto during its campaigns were meant to be done and carried out.

On the removal of fuel subsidy as announced by President Bola Tinubu in his inauguration speech, all presidential candidates during the campaigns committed to remove fuel subsidy.

“The immediate past President, Muhammadu Buhari before he left, made us to know that fuel subsidy is no longer sustainable.What we are talking about now is the implementation process,” he said.

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He assured that the incumbent government of President Bola Tinubu was working out ways to implement the fuel subsidy removal to cushion the effect on the people.

“I have confidence in the ability of current president to navigate through the waters and take decisions that will be in the best interest of our people and the country as a nation.

On the leadership of the incoming 10th National Assembly, Uzodimma said Tinubu had not made proclamation for its leadership to be inaugurated.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Uzodimma had earlier emerged as the PGF chairman via consensus.

Some of the governors at the meeting were Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Abduallahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Mohammed Bago of Niger and Gov. Uba Sani of Kaduna State.

Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe, Nasir Idris of Kebbi and Gov. Dapo Abiodum of Ogun was also at the meeting among others(NAN)

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Gov. Hope Uzodinma Emerges New Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum




Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo has emerged the new Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) for the next four years.

He succeeds outgone Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna.

Uzodinma emerged at a joint meeting of immediate past governors, reelected governors and newly-elected governors held on Wednesday in Abuja, according to former Gov.

El-Rufai, the immediate past Chairman of the PGF.

The PGF is an organization which comprises Governors elected under the All Progressives Congress (APC), which serves as a platform for collaboration, policy development, and sharing of experiences among its members.

El-Rufai said new Gov. Uba Sani of Kaduna State, emerged as Vice Chairman, while Dr.

Abdulkadir Mayere, former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, had been appointed as the Director-General of the PGF.

The tenure of the new leadership, according to El-rufai, takes off immediately. (NAN) 

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