Electoral Bill: CSOs task NASS to consider overriding public interest during harmonisation

As Senators and House of Representatives resume plenary today, Tuesday, some coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) operating in Nigeria yesterday tasked the NASS leadership to put the overriding public interest during the harmonisation of clauses in the Electoral Bill, 2021 on the electronic transmission of election results. The coalition, in a statement signed by the Executive Director of Adopt A Goal for Development Initiative, Ariyo-Dare Atoye, underscored the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Bill into law before the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6, 2021.…

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2023: PDP Govs. Forum urges NASS to entrench electronic transmission of results 

…Accuses Buhari, APC for converting Aso Villa to new APC HQ Governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, otherwise known as PDP Governors’ Forum, (PDP-GF), yesterday called on the federal lawmakers to entrench electronic transmission of results for free, fair and credible elections in the country. The Chairman of PDP-GF and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, disclosed this in a communique issued at the end of the 11th meeting of the Forum, which was held in Bauchi. The Forum requested the Independent National Electoral Commission,…

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How wrong use of the gavel ruins Nigeria’s democracy

…NASS presiding officers accused of rigging voice votes Nigeria’s long journey to a consolidated democracy where there will be credible and transparent elections appears to be under threat. It would appear that elected representatives of the people who have found themselves in leadership positions at the National Assembly are putting the gavel to use negatively, defeating the main essence of the instrument. The rush with which the presiding officers at the Senate and the House of Representatives chant “the ‘ayes’ have it” or “the ‘nays’ have it” appears to suggest…

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Lawmakers not responsible for NASS Complex maintenance – Senate spokesman

The Senate has disclosed that the Federal Capital Development Authority, (FCDA), is responsible for the maintenance of the National Assembly Complex. This clarification was made by the spokesman of the senate, Ajibola Basiru following a leaking roof in the complex after a heavy downpour on Tuesday. Several Nigerians have accused the lawmakers of failing to repair the edifice despite receiving an allocation for it following the report of the incident. In a statement issued yesterday, Basiru said the leadership of the National Assembly did not receive any money for the…

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“Probe missing N4.4 bn NASS funds” – SERAP tells Lawan, Gbajabiamila

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and the House of Reps. Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila to “use their good offices to urgently probe and refer to appropriate anti-corruption agencies allegations that N4.4 billion of public money budgeted for the National Assembly is missing, misappropriated, diverted or stolen, as documented in three audited reports by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation”. In the open letter, dated January 30, 2021 and signed by SERAP’s deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare, the organisation said: “By exercising…

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NASS wants INEC to consider underage married girls as voters

The National Assembly’s Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission Matters has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), to consider any married girl that is not up to 18 as eligible to vote. The committee made the call while proposing a review of the provision in the Electoral Act on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. According to reports, the review was proposed to the Technical Committee on Electoral Reform by the Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Aisha…

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Insecurity: “NASS has no power to summon Mr. President Buhari” – AGF, Malami

Ø  As House suspends president’s scheduled appearance Ø  “We can summon Mr. President” – Reps leader The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, (AGF), Abubakar Malami says the National Assembly has no constitutional power to summon President Muhammadu Buhari. The House yesterday suspended its earlier plan for a briefing by the President, after it became clear the president would no longer honour the House’s invitation. In a statement issued yesterday, Malami said it was outside the constitutional powers of the National Assembly to summon the president over his “operational use…

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Buhari meets NASS leadership at Aso Villa over ENDSARS protests

Lawan and Gbajabiamila

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed door with the leadership of the National Assembly at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila represented the leadership of NASS at the meeting which was presided over the president. Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Senate President said the meeting specifically deliberated on how best to address the ongoing ENDSARS demonstrations being witnessed in some parts…

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