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Senator Abdul Ningi resumes plenary after three-month suspension

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Today, the Senator representing Bauchi North Senatorial District, Senator Abdul Ningi, returned to plenary sessions following a three-month suspension.

The Senate had pardoned and recalled him, ending his suspension that began on March 12, 2024.

Last week, Deputy Minority Leader Senator Abba Moro moved a motion for Ningi’s recall, expressing regret on his behalf and taking responsibility for his actions.

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, subsequently announced Ningi’s unconditional recall after pleas from some lawmakers.

Ningi’s suspension stemmed from a controversial interview where he alleged discrepancies in the 2024 budget, claiming the National Assembly approved N25tn while the Presidency implemented N28.7tn.

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Edo PDP expels Philip Shaibu, south-south vice-chairman over anti-party activities

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo has expelled Philip Shaibu, a former deputy governor of the state.

The PDP state working committee (SWC) in Edo also expelled Dan Orbih, the party’s national vice-chairman (south-south), and Omorgie Ihama, a former member of the house of representatives who represented the Oredo federal constituency.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Ogie Vasco, the PDP spokesperson in Edo state, said Shaibu, Orbih, and Ihama were expelled over alleged anti-party activities.

Vasco said the SWC took the decision after it “extensively deliberated on the issue”, adding that the expulsion is with immediate effect.

Shaibu was impeached as the deputy governor by the Edo state house of assembly in April.

The impeachment followed the adoption of the report of a seven-member investigative panel.

The panel was set up by Daniel Okungbowa, chief judge of Edo, and was headed by S. A. Omonuwa, a retired justice.

Shaibu was accused of “misconduct, perjury and disclosure of government secrets”.

‘MY EXPULSION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL’

Meanwhile, Orbih has rejected his suspension, saying it did not follow due process.

“When a group of persons sits down to make pronouncements that are unconstitutional it only shows that they are ignorant of the constitution of the party,” Orbih told journalists.

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‘We’re at war’ – APC asks FG to declare state of emergency in Rivers

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) chapter in Rivers has asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the state.

Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Tony Okocha, chairman of the caretaker committee of the party in Rivers, said Siminialayi Fubara, the governor, and security agencies in the state are “helpless”.

Okocha said the federal government needs to “act fast” in Rivers following the decision of some former LGA chairmen who attempted to continue in office.

“The governor is helpless; the police are helpless,” the APC caretaker chairman said.

“Therefore, the APC in Rivers State is calling for a state of emergency in the state as a way of taming the mayhem, and the upsurge that is going on in the state.

“I call on the federal government to act fast in this regard.”

On Tuesday, Fubara asked the heads of local government administration to assume control of the 23 council areas of the state following the tenure expiration of the chairmen.

Despite the governor’s directive, some of the former LGA chairmen reportedly attempted to resume duty at the council secretariat.

They were eventually chased away by youths.

The development sparked political tension in Rivers as residents protested at some of the LGA secretariats in the state.

Police officers fired multiple shots into the air to disperse protesters at the various LGA headquarters.

The governor has since sworn in caretaker committee chairs for the LGAs.

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Akpabio says reintroducing national anthem might have curbed banditry

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The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, suggested that banditry might not be an issue today if Nigeria had not altered its national anthem in 1978.

He made this remark on Monday, June 18, during a visit to the Nigerian Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio emphasised that the bill to revert the national anthem is significant for the 10th Assembly alongside the student loans bill.

He said, “The bill that was sent to us by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on student loan and scholarship programme to enable Nigerian vulnerable students the privilege to obtain higher education and as I speak to you now, over 30,000 Nigerian students have been selected to benefit from that scheme.

“The other one of social impact is reverting to our old national anthem. A lot of people are not aware that there was a panel set up made up of Nigerians to receive … from all over the world in 1959. So when people are saying we are bringing you colonial anthem, please look into the history of the ‘Nigeria, We Hail Thee.’

“If we kept to that national anthem, we probably would not have banditry today in Nigeria because if you take your neighbour as your brother, you would not want to kill your brother.”

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