Economic Sabotage: ‘Massive crude oil thefts pushing Nigeria’s economy into coma’ – Senate President  

…Gbajabiamila also expresses concern The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, yesterday lamented that the generation and collection of revenues have remained Nigeria’s major challenges as well as the massive loss of revenue through oil theft, saying it is “debilitating and threatening to throw the nation’s economy into a coma”. Lawan, who made the observation in his opening speech while welcoming his colleagues from the long annual recess, noted that “revelations about the scale of oil theft shows that until the Government take decisive actions, Nigeria could soon lose any such revenue…

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2023: Amaechi, Lawan, 19 other APC presidential aspirants to meet in Abuja over Tinubu

As part of efforts to rally support for the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election, all the presidential aspirants of the ruling party are slated to meet in Abuja, next week. The meeting is coming barely three months after some of them went head-to-head at the primary for the presidential ticket of APC that eventually produced Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as the party’s flagbearer. This development is coming ahead of next month’s commencement of campaigns for the next general elections and less than…

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Kuje Prison Attack: ‘Invasion an indictment on security agencies’ – Lawan

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has described the recent invasion of the Medium Security Prison in Kuje, as an indictment on security agencies in the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT). Lawan, who was on an inspection tour of the incident, told National Assembly correspondents that the inability of security agencies to, through intelligence-gathering, prevent the attack “shows that none of us in Abuja, being the seat of government, is safe”. He also regretted the absence of functional close circuit cameras (CCTV) on the facility, noting that it would have eased the…

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2023: NASS will amend Electoral Act to remedy weaknesses, says Lawan

…Senate to reconsider stance on direct party primaries Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, says the National Assembly will further amend the Electoral Act 2022 to serve as a safeguard against weaknesses identified in the law. Lawan stated this following ‘a matter of urgent national importance’ brought by former Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, during the plenary yesterday. Abdullahi had suggested that the Senate “reverts to its earlier stand on direct primaries”. The lawmaker also asked lawmakers of both the Senate and House of Representatives to look out for the loopholes and weaknesses…

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APC: Lawan loses as INEC affirms Machina as Yobe-North senatorial candidate

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has said Bashir Machina is the duly elected candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe-North senatorial district. The electoral body distanced itself from the purported primary election, which allegedly produced Ahmad Lawan as the APC senatorial candidate for Yobe-North. The position of the electoral umpire was contained in a legally admissible Certified True Copy of the INEC report for the primary election. The rightful candidate of the senatorial district became a contentious issue after both Lawan and Machina began laying claim to…

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Lawan survives Machina’s hurdle, named 2023 APC candidate for Yobe-North

Senate President Ahmad Lawan’s name has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the party’s candidate for the Yobe-North senatorial district National Assembly elections. Recall that Bashir Machina, who reportedly won the APC primary for the senatorial seat, had on Wednesday insisted that he would not step down for Lawan. The senate president had contested the APC presidential ticket and hours before the primary commenced, he was announced by Abdullahi Adamu, the APC national chairman, as the consensus candidate of the…

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APC Consensus Candidate: Aggrieved NWC members reject Lawan

…Says Adamu on his own State governors on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday rejected the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan as the party’s 2023 consensus presidential candidate. The governors, at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, insisted that there must be a power shift, which they noted would be too risky for the APC if the rotation was disallowed. The APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, had anointed Lawan as the consensus candidate, a development that is currently causing ripples among the State governors as well…

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2023: “Choose Lawan as APC candidate, since PDP picked Atiku”, S’East group tells delegates

A group, identified as the South-East front in the All Progressives Congress, (APC), has urged delegates to choose Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the Party’s presidential candidate. In an issued statement on Wednesday, the group said choosing a presidential ticket from the North-East will be a good match against Atiku Abubakar, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP). “It has become apparent that PDP has once again laid ambush for our party the APC by choosing its candidate from the North-East instead of the South-East,” the group said. “We…

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2023 Presidency: Lawan refutes reports of withdrawal

…Says he’ll emerge APC candidate Senate President and frontline presidential aspirant under the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has refuted reports of him withdrawing from the presidential race to pursue another term in the senate. In a statement issued yesterday by the spokesperson of ‘Ahmad Lawan Presidential Campaign Organisation’, Iyke Ekeoma, Lawan encouraged his supporters not to entertain fear as, according to him, he is working tirelessly to emerge as the candidate of the APC. The aspirant dismissed the possibility of running for another term in the Yobe-East…

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2023 Presidency: Ndume rejects Lawan

…Says it’s the turn of South The Chairman Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has rejected the idea of Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the Senate caucus of the All Progressives Congress, (APC). It was reported how Lawan’s allies in the parliament, including Senator Yusuf Yusuf (APC, Taraba), Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC-Niger) and a former lawmaker, Senator Abdullahi Gumel, are pushing for his endorsement. The move, which started before the Senators’ Sallah recess, has polarised the parliament, which is made of 71 APC,…

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