• Ekweremadu kicks as Senate approves virement of N213bn

    Ekweremadu kicks as Senate approves virement of N213bn

    The Senate on Tuesday approved the virement of N213 billion as against the N180 billion requested by President Muhammadu Buhari to fund critical projects in the 2016 budget.

    In their wisdom, the Senators increased the amount to vire to N213 billion, following a presentation by chairman, senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje.

    He explained that during the interactions with the MDAs, the committee observed that there other critical areas that should be covered by the virement.

    The report of the committee shows […]

  • Police submit fresh report indicting Saraki and Ekweremadu in senate forgery

    Police submit fresh report indicting Saraki and Ekweremadu in senate forgery

    There are strong indications that the police have submitted to the National Prosecution Coordination Committee, another report on the investigations into the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders, 2015.

    It was gathered that in the fresh report, the police indicted the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Dr. Ike Ekweremadu.

    It was gathered that the Special Investigation Panel, headed by the retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, explained that a former Clerk to the National Assembly, […]

  • Nigeria structured for wealth sharing and guzzling – Ekweremadu

    Nigeria structured for wealth sharing and guzzling – Ekweremadu

    According to reports, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has blamed Nigeria’s economic woes on wrong federal structure, which he said had predisposed the country to wealth sharing, indolence, and poor governance since the fall of the First Republic.

    He reiterated that restructuring remained the true and lasting solution to the nation’s many woes, as it would promote wealth creation, productivity, good governance, and national development.

    He made the assertions at the investiture of Dr. Omede Idris as the […]

  • Nigeria in dire need of redemption, says Ekweremadu

    Nigeria in dire need of redemption, says Ekweremadu

    Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, said Friday that the Nigerian nation was in dire need of redemption saying the nation has lived with poor governance, extravagance and indolence induced by free money for too long.

    Ekweremadu said the time for free money is over and the time has come for Nigeria and Nigerians to retrace their steps as the country is already neck deep in economic recession with the attendant hard life and escalation in inflation.

    Speaking at the investiture of […]

  • Buhari in closed-door meeting with Saraki, Ekweremadu, others

    Buhari in closed-door meeting with Saraki, Ekweremadu, others

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday afternoon held a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the upper legislative chamber.

    Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu led other Senators to the meeting which held at the President’s office, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    After the meeting with the lawmakers, they exited while Mr. Buhari held a personal meeting with Saraki.

    This meeting came barely a week after the Senate rejected President Buhari’s request to borrow $29.9 billion from external

  • Ekweremadu visits EFCC, meets Abati, Bala Mohammed, others

    Ekweremadu visits EFCC, meets Abati, Bala Mohammed, others

    According to reports, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu on Thursday evening visited four former aides of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who are being detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Abuja, four various offences.

    They are the former media director of the Goodluck/Jonathan 2015 presidential campaign, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, former Presidential Media Adviser, Dr. Reuben Abati, former FCT Minister, Mr. Bala Mohammed and for Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

    It was learnt that the meeting […]

  • Stop being selective in anti-corruption war – Ekweremadu tells FG

    Stop being selective in anti-corruption war – Ekweremadu tells FG

    According to reports, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday urged the Federal Government not to be biased in the ongoing war to rid the country of corrupt practices.

    Ekweremadu made the call at a technical session at the ongoing conference on “The Role of the Legislature in the Fight against Corruption in Nigeria’’ in Abuja.

    He said that to ensure the success of the anti-corruption war, it should not be selective.

    “We live in a society where everybody is […]

  • Ekweremadu agrees to stand surety for Metuh over alleged N400m fraud

    Ekweremadu agrees to stand surety for Metuh over alleged N400m fraud

    Embattled National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who is facing trial over alleged N400million fraud, on Monday, prayed the Federal High Court in Abuja to allow the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to stand surety for him.

    Metuh is answering to a seven-count charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against him and his firm, Destra Investment Limited.

    The anti-graft agency alleged that the defendants had prior to the 2015 presidential election, received N400m […]

  • My people were neglected for eight years in Enugu, says Ekweremadu

    My people were neglected for eight years in Enugu, says Ekweremadu

    It was gathered that the Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, said former Governor Sullivan Chime’s administration in Enugu state, neglected the people of Aninri Local Government Area for eight years.

    Speaking on Saturday in Aninri during the flag-off of nine rural projects funded by the state government, Ekweremadu said that the Chime’s tenure was the darkest in the lives of Aninri people.

    He said that during the period, the state government had no presence in the entire council, adding […]

  • FG may file fresh charges against Saraki, Ekweremadu

    FG may file fresh charges against Saraki, Ekweremadu

    Indications emerged, yesterday, that the Federal government may be planning to slam fresh forgery charges against Senate president, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

    Although some key officials in the Ministry of Justice refused to confirm the development, another source said there is a possibility of filing another charge against them. The source, who declined to be named, based on what he said “the sensitive nature of the case” said “things would be clearer in the next few days.

    “Remember, government […]

  • Reps praise withdrawal of charges against Saraki, Ekweremadu

    Reps praise withdrawal of charges against Saraki, Ekweremadu

    Members of the Consolidation Group in the House of Representatives have applauded the withdrawal of forgery charge against Senate President Bukola Saraki.

    The convener of the 140-member group, Zakari Mohammed, urged the Presidency to expedite action on measures that would promote unity among the three arms of government.

    He said: “We have been saying that the forgery case is an infringement on the principle of separation of powers and interference by the Executive on what is obviously an internal affair of the […]