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Take away energy to create electoral constituencies from INEC, Dogara counsels FG

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…Backs restructuring

By Dirisu Yakubu

ABUJA-Speaker, Federal Home of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara has charged the federal authorities to remove the duty of making electoral constituencies from the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) and vest identical on the Nationwide Boundary Adjustment Fee.

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Dogara who gave the recommendation Monday in Abuja on the third annual political summit organised by the Save Democracy Africa, additionally known as for the restructuring of the Nigerian State to allow the nation understand her true potentials. In response to Dogara, the gradual tempo of political and financial growth in Nigeria is basically as a result of inverse relationship within the powers vested within the federal authorities in relation to the federating states, including that till extra powers are devolved to the states, democracy wouldn’t avail the nation and her individuals its huge mileage.

“INEC shouldn’t be delineating constituencies as we consider that the job may be achieved higher by the Nationwide Boundary Adjustment Fee. This can go a great distance in guaranteeing that issues are achieved the proper approach as a result of the boundary adjustment fee can do a greater job on this matter than the electoral empire,” mentioned Honourable Edward Pwajok who represented Dogara on the summit.

He additionally described restructuring as an thought which era has come, stressing that it’s fallacious to treat advocates of restructuring as enemies of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Restructuring is lengthy overdue and shouldn’t be seen as an opposition to the federal government of the day. As a matter of reality, energy sharing between the federal and states governments ought to be revisited,” Dogara said, including that on account of the defects within the Nigerian federalism, the nation lags behind many countries of the world, even these much less endowed with human and materials assets.

Visitor speaker on the summit and former President of Tanzania, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who spoke on the theme, “Reforming the Nigerian Federation-which approach ahead?” known as on the nation’s political actors to mirror on the nation’s democratic journey and chat a brand new course.

In response to him, reforms are vital a part of any nation’s try at deepening constitutional democracy, noting that Nigeria should not be afraid of taking the lead within the seek for sustainable fashions of sustainable democracy and repair supply for the individuals of Africa.

“Endeavor reforms is a vital step within the lifetime of any nation. It’s time for Nigeria to mirror and chart a brand new entrance as there isn’t a particular blueprint for reforms. Nigeria should take the lead as the large brother in Africa,” he said.

Earlier in his opening remarks, chairman, governing council of Save Democracy Africa, Senator Jonathan Zwingina chided current political events within the nation for failing the ideological take a look at within the continent saying, “It’s unhappy to watch that the celebration system in some African international locations, together with Nigeria, doesn’t painting clear ideological distinctions. Certainly, you would take away the names of the key political events in Nigeria and swap their constitutions and there can be no substantial variations.

“One way or the other, our main political events have Conventions, Boards of Trustees, Nationwide Government Committees, Nationwide Working Committees, States congresses, Native authorities congresses and ward congresses. The one distinction is the dates they maintain such congresses and conferences. The phrase ‘ideology’ is even lacking of their constitutions and manifestoes,” he famous.




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APC Calls For Omo-Agege’s Prosecution Over Mace snatching

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.

This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

In a statemnet issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.

“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.

“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.

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Mace Theft: Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege

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The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate for 90 days last week. He, however, attended the plenary today.

The Senate had accused him of leading the armed men who stormed the chamber and snatched the mace while plenary was on.

After the plenary, policemen ushered Omo-Agege from the door of the chamber into a waiting pickup van.

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Thugs Disrupt Senate Plenary, Steals Mace

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The Senate plenary was today disrupted after suspected thugs invaded the chamber and made away with the mace.

The incident happened few seconds after a suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege entered the chamber.

About 10 suspected thugs who came to the venue with the senator forced their entrance into the chamber.

Seconds later, the thugs ran out of the chamber with the mace causing pandemonium in the Senate.

They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV.

The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

One of the security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly said the thugs told him and other officers they were with the senator.

“We tried to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.

The Senate has accused a lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege, of leading hoodlums to seize the mace, which serves as the chamber’s symbol of authority.

In a statement after the incident on Wednesday, Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, said the incident is an act of treason.

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