The All Progressives Congress (APC), National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomohle on Tuesday insisted that there would be no going back over a plan to impeach Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki after his defection to Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
This is coming just as Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara was conspicuously missing at the meeting of the National Assembly caucus of the ruling APC with the leadership of the party, where plans on how to impeach Senate President was reportedly perfected.
While addressing the lawmakers before they entered into a closed-door meeting, APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomohle, insisted that the Senate President Saraki, who is now in a minority party cannot continue to preside over the majority, the APC members.
According to him, Saraki’s move to approach the court to stop his impeachment will be an exercise in futility because it is the Senate that would determine who would lead them.
Oshiomohle said: “In all of these, one thing is clear, the Senate president cannot change the real narrative in the Senate. The minority can have their say, and the majority will have their way at the Senate.
“If they have only 49, and the APC have 56, they will tell us anywhere in the world, where the minority will produce the leaders of the House. We cannot be subjected to a minority rule in Nigeria. Whether Senator Saraki likes it or not he can only take the part of honour by allowing the APC to take its rightful leader of the Senate. If not he would be impeached lawfully and democratically.
“As the governing party, we are committed to leading with example. In everything we do we ensure it is in the provisions of the law, Including the impeachment of Senator Saraki.
“We have very important issues which require the NASS to deliberate on before the presiding officers hurriedly adjourned the Assembly.
“The issue of obtaining foreign loans, without which the government cannot perform, the virement and the Presidents request for the approval of N242bn for INEC. You must act to actualize these so that the democracy would not shut down as expected by Saraki. These issues require your serious attention to ensure that government gets the required assistance to provide the dividends of democracy to Nigerians,” he stated.
Oshiomohle also assured the APC lawmakers that the party will reward the loyal members.
Also speaking, the Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, insisted that the National Assembly must be reconvened before next week Sallah holiday.
“We are insisting that the National Assembly must be reconvened quickly so that we settle the issues of INEC budget, foreign loans and 2018 budget virement. To do otherwise means sabotaged. If we fail to pass the budget, it will serve the PDP very well, but it could spark a serious constitutional crisis. The country would be shut down.
“I am sure this a season of regrets because those who have left APC are full of regrets. They are not finding it easy with their new parties.
“Every member here has faced one issue or the other, especially with their state governors. We urge you to intervene very quickly and reconcile all the issues before we go into primary elections.
“We really appreciate your moves so far, and we urge you to carry it to the last. Your word of promise to reward our loyalty to the party. We need ourselves to be together. So we all must accommodate each other.”
For the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun and the House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila thanked the APC National Chairman for the word of assurance that the party will reward their loyalty.
BREAKING: Garba Shehu Must Go, He’s Gone Beyond His Boundaries — Aisha Buhari Declares War On Buhari’s Media Aide [Full Statement]
The First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, has demanded the resignation of the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
Hajia Buhari, who leveled a litany of accusations against Shehu, made the demand in a statement she personally signed in the early hours of Wednesday.
She accused the presidential spokesman of taking instruction from President Buhari’s cousin, Mamman Daura, in the early days of the Administration, to declare that there will not be the Office of the First Lady, a development she said embarrassed her husband.
She also accused him of releasing the video in which she had an altercation with the Daura family to the press, adding that his loyalty is not to anyone or group.
The statement, titled: “Garba Shehu Has Gone Beyond His Boundaries,” reads in full:
Nigeria’s development is hinged on the ability of public officials to execute their mandates professionally and to be shining examples in their various areas of endeavor. It is not a good sign when officials abandoned their responsibility and start clutching at straws.
As a spokesperson of the President, he has the onerous responsibility of managing the image of the President and all the good works that he is executing in the country. Rather than face this responsibility squarely, he has shifted his loyalty from the President to others who have no stake in the compact that the President signed with Nigerians on May 29, 2015, and 2019.
To make matters worse, Mr. Shehu has presented himself to these people like a willing tool and executioner of their antics, from the corridors of power even to the level of interfering with the family affairs of the President. This should not be so.
The blatant meddling in the affairs of the First Lady of a country is a continuation of the prodigal actions of those that he serves. We all remember that the chief proponent appropriated to himself and his family a part of the Presidential Villa, where he stayed for almost 4 years and when the time came for him to leave, he orchestrated and invaded my family’s privacy through a video circulated by Mamman’s Daughter, Fatima, the public was given the impression that on arrival into the country I was locked out of the villa by Mr. President. Garba Shehu as Villa Spokesperson knew the truth and had the responsibility to set the records straight, but because his allegiance is somewhere else and his loyalty misplaced, he deliberately refused to clear the air and speak for the President who appointed him in the first place. Consequently, his action has shown a complete breakdown of trust between the First Family and him.
Mr. Shehu was privy and part of the plan and its execution and he was shocked when he realized that I had publicized my return to Nigeria on October 12, 2019, and cleared the air on the many rumors that took over social media, a job he was supposed to do but kept mute to cause more confusion and instability for his Principal and his family.
Garba then, vented his anger on the National Television Authority (NTA) Management insisting that the media crew to my office must be sacked. He succeeded in getting them suspended for doing their job. I had to intervene to save the innocent staff from losing their means of livelihood by involving the Department of State Services (DSS) in order to ascertain roles played by key actors in the saga.
It is at this late hour that I recall, sadly, that it was the same Garba Shehu who claimed that the government will not allow the office of the First Lady to run. He was later to confirm to one of my aides that he was instructed to say so by Mamman Daura and not the President. This antic attracted the anger of Nigerian women. He didn’t realize the fact that First Lady’s office is a tradition that has become an institution.
Today, even without a budget, I am able to run my humanitarian programmes.
In saner climes, Garba Shehu would have resigned immediately after going beyond his boundaries and powers.
GARBA SHEHU NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR WILL NO LONGER BE TOLERATED.
The latest of his antics was to wage a war on the first family through an orchestrated media campaign of calumny by sponsoring pseudo accounts to write and defame my children and myself.
Based on Garba Shehu’s misguided sense of loyalty and inability to stay true and loyal to one person or group, it has become apparent that all trust has broken down between him and my family due to the many embarrassments he has caused the Presidency and the first family. We all have families to consider in our actions and therefore it is in the best interest of all concerned for Garba Shehu to take the advice of the authority, given to him sometimes in the first week of November 2019.
Sources in the Presidential Villa said Mallam Shehu was advised to resign at the time.
The presidential spokesman was not available for comment on Wednesday.
Shehu was said to have traveled with President Buhari to Egypt for an official function.
Slovenian Club Sacks Nigerian Player Who Impregnated Club President’s Daughter
An unnamed Nigerian player has been sacked by his Slovenian club side for gross misconduct and indiscipline after he admitted to impregnating the Club President’s daughter.
According to a publication on ghanasoccernet.com, the player admitted he impregnated the young lady but considers it illegal to terminate his contract over the affair.
Here’s an excerpt of his quotes:
” I signed a three year deal with the option of another year but last month I ran into trouble when my girlfriend who happens to be the daughter of the president said she was pregnant for me,” he said.
” The club got to know about it and summoned me for a meeting. I got there and admitted that I am responsible for the pregnancy and I was told to stay at home and not to be seen around the club premises until I am instructed to return.
” A week later I was called to the office and told that my agent has been informed about their plans to terminate my contract for gross misconduct and indiscipline. The news came to me as a surprise because I have not been found wanting in any area since I arrived at the club six months ago.”
The Nigerian player says he is considering legal action at FIFA over the claims of the club that he went beyond the boundary set for players of the club.
” My agent called me up and said we should file a case with FIFA that he has a recording of the president saying my contract was terminated for having an affair with his daughter. She’s an adult for God’s sake, we both love each other and decided to have a child.
” Now I don’t know what will happen to her and the child since I’m back in Nigeria.
” They have forced her to block me on all social media platforms so we have not been communicating.
” The few friends I made at the club are also scared of speaking to me about her; apparently they don’t want to run into trouble with the team. I’m confused right now,” he concluded.
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