• PDP senators stage walkout over defection of Ondo senator

    PDP senators stage walkout over defection of Ondo senator

    The defection of Senator Yele Omogunwa (Ondo South), who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, to the All Progressives Congress (APC), caused uproar in the Senate on Wednesday morning.

    Senate President Bukola Saraki, who announced the defection at plenary through a notification letter, said Omogunwa’s decision was in reflection of the recent developments in Ondo State.

    With the lawmaker’s change of party, all the three Senators from Ondo are now members of the APC.

    Meanwhile, […]

  • Senators knock Presidency over non-release of N500bn intervention funds

    Senators knock Presidency over non-release of N500bn intervention funds

    Barely one month to the end of the year, the Presidency, yesterday, shocked lawmakers when it revealed that less than N1 billion, out of the N500 billion Social Welfare Scheme in the 2016 budget, has been released.

    Special Adviser to the President for Social Protection Plan, Mrs Mariam Uwais, said this at a meeting of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with the National Assembly Joint Committee on Appropriations, with respect to a N181 billion virement request by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    She said […]

  • Senators back EFCC’s retention of 2% recovered loots

    Senators back EFCC’s retention of 2% recovered loots

    To buoy President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft crusade, the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption, has commenced a nationwide visit to agencies handling graft-related cases.

    Committee chairman, Chukwuka Utazi, who led other members to Enugu State, yesterday, said the purpose of the unannounced visits to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) across the country, was to identify areas that needed improvement.

    The committee also revealed that the […]

  • MASSOB commends Igbo senators for visit to Buhari

    MASSOB commends Igbo senators for visit to Buhari

    Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has commended the recent visit to President Muhammadu Buhari by Igbo senators led by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Enyinnaya Abaribe.

    At the meeting, issues concerning the political, economical and infrastructural plight of the Ndigbo were on the agenda.

    In a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu, MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, praised the senators for also discussing the release of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra agitators in […]

  • Senators to push special status for Lagos

    Senators to push special status for Lagos

    Four senators have declared support for a special status for Lagos State.

    The senators, Sani Yerima (Zamfara), Sam Anyanwu (Imo), Binta Mary Garba (Adamawa), and Adeola Olamilekan (Lagos) gave their support during a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday.

    The Senate had on October 5 voted against a bill seeking a special status, whereby one per cent of federally generated revenue is paid as a special grant to Lagos State in view of the former Nigerian capital’s socio-economic significance.

    The […]

  • Female senators trade words over Buhari’s comments on wife

    Female senators trade words over Buhari’s comments on wife

    The controversy trailing the feud between President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife, Aisha snowballed into the Senate yesterday as Senators Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti South) and Binta Garba Marshi (APC, Adamawa North) exchanged fires over Buhari’s comment.

    President Muhammadu Buhari had last week in Germany in his reaction to comments made by his wife that his government had been hijacked and alienated from those who voted for him in 2015 general elections including her, said “Aisha belong in my kitchen, the […]

  • We will banish some Governors, Senators from Igboland by December – Ohaneze warns

    We will banish some Governors, Senators from Igboland by December – Ohaneze warns

    The youth arm of the Igbo Socio-political group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Ohaneze Youth Council, OYC, has threatened to banish some Igbo politicians and leaders over failure to improve the lives of people of South East region.

    Chairman of OYC, Alex Okemiri, in a statement declared that the youths would team up with Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, to punish Igbo politicians who have not done anything to improve the lives of people of the region.

    It noted […]

  • Niger Senators want FG to declare state of emergency on state roads

    Niger Senators want FG to declare state of emergency on state roads

    According to reports, the three Senators representing Niger State in the National Assembly have raised the alarm over the disturbing condition grounding of major federal highways traversing the state.

    At a joint press briefing in the National Assembly complex on Thursday, the senators called on the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to urgently repair the Abuja – Minna, Minna – Bida, Kontagora to Yauri, Rijau-Kontahora, Minna-Zungeru-Tegina federal highways, where many passengers were currently grounded.

    Speaking first was Senator […]

  • Commotion as senators reject ‘special status’ bill for Lagos

    Commotion as senators reject ‘special status’ bill for Lagos

    There was commotion in the Senate, yesterday, over a bill sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu,seeking special status for Lagos State in view of its strategic socio-economic significance to the country.

    Titled “A bill for an act to make provisions for Federal Grants to Lagos State in recognition of its strategic socio-economic significance and other connected purposes”, the bill was read for the second time where her colleagues overwhelmingly voted against it.

    Senators, predominantly drawn from the North, South-east and South-south led the […]

  • President, governors, senators shouldn’t be called ‘His Excellency’, ‘Distinguished’ – Melaye

    President, governors, senators shouldn’t be called ‘His Excellency’, ‘Distinguished’ – Melaye

    The lawmaker representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Senator Dino Melaye, has requested that the President, Vice President, Governors, Senators and Reps members should no longer be addressed as His Excellency, Distinguished, and Honourable respectively.

    Making this demand in a statement issued on Sunday, he said, “I recommend that henceforth no President, Vice President, Governor, or Deputy Governor should answer the name ‘His Excellency’ until the material condition of ordinary Nigerians has also become ‘Excellent’.

    “No Senator should continue to answer […]

  • Saraki swears in Alfa, Uwajumogu as senators

    Saraki swears in Alfa, Uwajumogu as senators

    Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday swore in Air Marshal Isaac Alfa and Chief Benjamin Uwajumogu as senators representing Kogi East and Imo North senatorial districts.

    A former Chief of Air Staff, Alfa won his election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while Uwajumogu emerged via the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    With the swearing-in of the pair, APC maintains its majority with 60 senators, PDP, 44 and Labour Party (LP), one.

    Four seats, including three from Rivers and one from Anambra […]