On the PDP crisis, Tambuwal commended the maturity exhibited by the members and cautioned them not to lose sight of their mandate.

“The proper timing for 2015 will surely come and at that time, we shall do the needful.”

He added that the Electoral Act will be amended to prevent rigging and other sharp practices during elections even as he spanked the Federal Government on poor implementation of the 2013 budget, stressing that the House will embark on massive oversight functions to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government .

…Slams budget inplementation

His words: “We also hope to amend the Electoral Act again to see how we can ensure that no one takes unfair advantage of the existing loopholes to rig elections. The fact is that until we can ensure that each vote counts in this country, the people will always be taken for granted by their leaders. We therefore want to produce a solid Electoral Act, comparable to any in the world and able to stand the test of time.

“Budget implementation still remains a sore point of governance. The level of implementation of the 2013 capital appropriation is way below expectation given the early submission by the Executive and equally early passage by the Legislature. We have consistently advised that the procurement process be employed in a value-added manner rather than the slavish adherence to and unproductive worship of procedures. It would appear that not much progress has been made in that regard.

Fight at National Assembly Tuesday. Photo  by Gbemiga Olamikan
Fighting at House of Reps, Tuesday. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

“So far, by the information and statistics at our disposal there would appear to be no justification for this state of affairs. However in order to be comprehensively guided, all the Committees of the House will proceed on one week of oversight to ministries, department and agencies, at the end of which they shall submit their reports to the Committees on Legislative Budget and Research and that of Legislative Compliance, the two Committees will collate same and submit a joint report to plenary for consideration. This report will guide the House in the consideration of the 2014 budget proposals.”

The House, upon a motion by the Minority Leader, Femi Gbajagbiamila (APC Surulere II) to officially recognize and address as such members of opposition parties under the recently registered All Progressives  Congress (APC) mandated the Clerk of the House, Sani Omolori to open a Register in the name of APC members.

After entertaining motions arising from killings in Yobe State by Boko Haram as moved by a member from the state under issues of urgent importance, the House adjourned plenary to Wednesday (today).

Kano: Our condition for peace —Kwankwasiyya group

The Kwankwasiyya group, which is loyal to Governor Kwankwaso of Kano State has listed respect for the governor and neutrality on the part of the newly inauguarated caretaker committee as its condition for support.

The immediate past publicity secretary of Kano chapter of  the PDP, yesterday welcomed the decision of the national leadership of the party to set up a caretaker committee for the party in the state following the expiration of the Adamu Sumaila-led executive.

Briefing newsmen on the stand of the party, Sale Jire stated that “the emerging trend is in line with national reconciliation embarked by the national leadership of our party and we would not say no to that.”

Alhaji Sale Jire noted that “in these circumstances, we want to assure that we would welcome them to Kano, we would work with them to ensure they succeed in their primary assignment here in Kano as long they maintain their neutrality.”

The Kwankwasiyya stalwart  further said that “those that have been chosen by the national leadership should seek to know the terrain so as not to fall victim to selfish individuals who might try to feed them with wrong information.”

Prophets of doom ‘ve failed —Emordi

Reacting to what played up in the House, Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Joy Emordi, expressed delight that members of the National Assembly lived above party politics.

In a statement, she noted that those who had wished that there was going to be crisis in the National Assembly had been disappointed as the members of the Senate and House of Representatives placed the interest of the country above ethnic or party interest.

She said: “Those prophets of doom underrate the patriotic spirit of the members of the National Assembly and their commitment to preserving our democracy, knowing very well that Nigeria is bigger than any narrow group ambition. The legislature itself has always been at the receiving end of every truncation of democratic governance. I am sure that the National Assembly is ever committed to preserving our democracy,” she stated.

On the 2014 Budget, Senator Emordi said that President Jonathan was committed to his promise to ensure that budget estimates were submitted and passed early with the target of implementation commencing right from the beginning of the new year.

Don’t write off old politicians — Tukur

Meanwhile, National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday, pleaded with younger politicians especially the aggrieved ones not to write off old politicians in the country or describe them as spent political forces because experience counts.

In his 78th birthday message to the nation yesterday, Tukur said: “I have benefitted tremendously from the Nigerian society. At my age, I feel obliged at this point to give back to the society the benefit of my experience. Experience, they say, is the best teacher and experience is a commodity of inherently high value. Experience counts. I want to appeal to younger politicians to show deserved respect to their senior compatriots. We, the older politicians, should not be written off yet or regarded as spent political forces. We are still relevant to the nation and the younger politicians will benefit greatly from our experience, wise counsel, guidance and discipline.

“Our dear country will progress more rapidly with the right blend of old and young politicians. This will facilitate cross_fertilization of ideas and frank exchange of views on how to move the country forward. No young generation which treats her old and experienced statesmen without respect and decorum ever succeeds.

“I preach peace to all politicians and Nigerians alike. Peace is invaluable. It is the minimum condition for development. It is the foundation for friendly and mutual concourse. It is perhaps the most important element requisite for meaningful and sustainable progress of any nation. Nigerians should eschew violence, terrorism, brigandage and lawlessness. Politicians should embrace peace so that we will all enjoy the dividends of our democracy in full. I also call for unity in Nigeria. We can achieve nothing in an atmosphere of disunity. United we stand, but divided we fall.”

“I pray for a peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria. I call on all leaders in Nigeria to think more about the Country than themselves. We owe our Nation a duty to make her peaceful. Afterall, we have no other home.”

Thanking God for long life, he said his “birthday gift to my beloved country Nigeria is a prayer that Nigeria will be great, strong, prosperous and a veritable giant in the comity of Nations the world over.”

APC, others ‘ll disappear after 2015 – Kema Chikwe

The PDP National Woman leader, Chief Kema Chikwe at a reception organised in her honour in Abuja, yesterday, by PDP women from all the states stressed that the All Progressive Congress, APC and other opposition political parties will disappear after the 2015 presidential election.

She urged the PDP women to continue to support the transformation agenda of the President and the PDP leadership of Tukur.

PDP youths  rising from a one-day interactive session at the PDP national secretariat pledged their total support for President Goodluck Jonathan and passed a vote of confidence on the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

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