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Saraki Debunks 2019 Presidential Ambition

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Senate president Bukola Saraki has refuted statements making the rounds that he was eyeing the seat of the president and would contest for it come 2019,saying the reason he dumped his presidential bid in the 2015 election was for President Muhammadu Buhari to emerge as president .

Speaking on an interview to journalists last Saturday in Abuja,the Senate president averred that “I was the first person that stepped down my political ambition, once General Buhari announced that he was going to contest the presidential election. And since then, prior to the period of election, I worked tirelessly to support his emergence.

“Even some of my friends who are not supporting me now are doing so because I did not support them in their presidential ambition but rather supported President Buhari. That is why I find it funny that the same people are now claiming to love Buhari more than me. It is a very funny world. These are people that I was begging to leave the stage for Buhari to run since all of us are young.

They are now the ones going around to say that Saraki does not like Buhari, but time will tell.” Continuing, Saraki said, “I decided to step down my ambition because Nigeria’s political outlook for 2015 is very complicated and this is the time for every patriotic politician to situate his personal ambition in the context of the country’s overall interest. I don’t think our party can afford too much internal rancour going into next year’s election.

I, therefore, think some of us need to make the sacrifice and be part of the solution rather than part of the problem of the party.” Investigation by securenigeria365 reveals the Senate President was likely to soon dump the All Progressives Congress,due to the ongoing crisis in the party over his leadership.

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PDP Ekiti ward executives sworn in for four-year tenure

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The Ekiti State Ward Executive Committee members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 155 out of the 177 wards in Ekiti State have taken the mantle of office for a tenure of four years, after they were sworn in yesterday by a Notary Public, Barrister Niyi Idowu in accordance with the party’s constitution as amended in 2017.

In a letter dated April 30, 2020 and addressed to the party through the State Legal Adviser, , Barrister Niyi Idowu said; “Kindly be informed that upon submission of the duly completed Oath of Office and Oath of Allegiance form today Thursday 30th April 2020 by 7:30am and in line with the provisions of Section 65 of the People’s Democratic Party, the newly elected Ward Executive Officers of your party whose names were verified and contained in a letter with reference N0. PDP/DOM/GF.V/VOL.2/20-387B are admitted to Oath and therefore sworn in already to function in their various offices.”

The Notary Public, who admitted Oath on the Ward Executive members, had directed them to fill and sign the oath of office and oath of allegiance as provided in the party constitution.

“It is to be noted that in view of the ravaging pandemic, Covid-19, kindly inform the Concerned Ward Executives to print and fill the Oath of Office and Oath allegiance as it appeared in your Party Constitution.

“Each person must read and understand the Oath of Office and Oath Allegiance to your Party before submitting same.

“That only Ward Executives Officer who submit his/her Oath of Office and Oath Allegiance on or before 7:30 am on Thursday 30th is technically deemed to have sworn before me in view of the various rules, regulation, protocols and laws regulating gathering and social distancing protocol,” Niyi Idowu said in his letter accepting to carry out the responsibility.

In a letter with ref no: PDP/DOM/GF.V/VOL.2/20-387B dated April 25, 2020, and signed by the National Organising Secretary, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), the NWC had directed the State Chairman of the Party, Chief Barr. Gboyega Oguntuwase “to take necessary and appropriate steps to Inaugurate the new Executive Officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 65 of our Party’s Constitution as amended in 2017.”

In the letter, the NWC had listed names of the Ward Executives for 155 out of the 177 wards in Ekiti State that emerged in the Ward Congresses held on March 7, 2020. The party stated that the Congresses did not hold in Gbonyin and Ekiti East local councils.

“After giving careful consideration of the reports of the Electoral Committee, the Appeal Panel, has, on behalf of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party, approved the said Congresses and the Executive Committees emerging therefrom. You are therefore by this correspondence, directed to take necessary and appropriate steps to Inaugurate the new Executive Officers in accordance with the provisions of Section 65 of our Party’s Constitution as amended in 2017.

“In doing this, you’re please advised to also take into account the provisions of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Guidelines of COVID-19 as it concerns social distancing and the gathering of people in one place.

“This shall be the new Exco members at the expiration of the current executives, i.e. April 30, 2020, for Ward and shall hold office for a period of four (4) years pursuant to Section 47(1) of our Party’s constitution as amended; (i.e. April 30, 2020 – April 30, 2024, for Ward Executives,” the letter read.

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Nass Leadership: NASS retains 2015 Standing Rule for Senate

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As the Ninth Assembly inauguration commenced, senators-elect argue on process to adopt in voting.

While some pushed for secret ballot , others wanted open ballot.

“I did not receive any court order directing the use of 2011 Standing Order for the election of presiding officers of the Senate”, says N/Assembly Clerk, Mohammed Sani Omolori. Nass retains 2015 Standing Rule for Senate.

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Nass Leadership: PDP Endorses Ali Ndume

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The National Working Committee (NWC)  of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after very extensive consultations with critical stakeholders resolves to support Senator Ali Ndume and Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago for Senate President and Speaker of House of Representatives respectively, ahead of National Assembly inauguration on Tuesday.

The final resolution on Senator Ndume and Hon. Bago was reached at the end of a decisive meeting of members of the National Working Committee, party leaders, state governors as well as senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP.

This decision is in the best interest of the nation, in line with our party’s determination to deepen democracy, ensure a strong and independent legislature, strict compliance to the principle of separation of powers as well as constitutional checks and balances in the polity.

All senators and members-elect on the platform of the PDP are to be guided accordingly.

Signed:

Sen. Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri
National Secretary

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