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Why Saraki Must Step Down As Senate President-Gbajabiala

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Why Saraki must step down as Senate president — Gbajabiamila

Daily Hint    22/8/2018

  Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki, must resign his position since his current party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was in the minority in the Senate and the House.

Gbajabiamila, who stated this in a one-on-one interview with online portal, Premium Times, said: ‘’I said at the time, the whole House voted for Tambuwal and not just ACN. I stand by that. Whether the whole House voted for someone is not the same thing as whether Tambuwal’s movement to a minority party at the time he should have remained the speaker.

“I never addressed that particular issue. Now assuming I did, perhaps that was what I thought, there is nothing wrong in changing one’s mind in the face of further and better evidence of the law.

“Indeed, what would be wrong will be for one to be an ostrich and remain inflexible just because you don’t want to change your position even in the face of new and more detailed research.

‘’That ability to change in the face of a more compelling argument makes you a better person. After all, even the Supreme Court has had occasion to reverse itself in the past when they realised they were wrong.

‘’The Senate President is a family friend I grew up with. That’s why this has been particularly difficult for me and I wish the situation was not what it is now. I believe beyond the two-thirds debate, a constitution or law is interpreted based on the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.

“If a provision is ambiguous as it apparently is now, you look at the intention of the drafters and framers of the constitution. So, question is: could it have been the intention of the framers that a minority or opposition member would be a Senate president?

‘’The answer is clearly no. Any other interpretation will lead to absurdity. If we say yes, the law did not mind a situation where such would happen, then it means an opposition Senate president can use his position to make sure the ruling party/government fails.

‘’It would be in his interest to do so, so as to give his opposition party the opportunity to take over government. This could never have been the intention.

‘’If I were the senate president and I belonged to the opposition I would make sure the House did not reconvene so the money needed to finance the budget would not be approved by the National Assembly. Or what stops an opposition senate president from appointing all opposition members as committee chairmen including committees needed to make the government function?

‘’The midterm elections are coming up in the US in November. If the democrats should regain control of the Congress as speculated Speaker Ryan automatically steps down. Nowhere in the world that I know where constitutional democracy is practiced does the minority party occupy headship of the legislature.

‘’Now the provision commonly referred to that the whole House shall elect to mean the whole House shall elect from among the candidates produced by the majority party. This is why I said then that the House elected Tambuwal and not PDP.

‘’Even the PDP knows this and that is why even though here was ample opportunity to elect a PDP member as senate president because they were in the majority on the day of election they did not present a candidate.

‘’So it really isn’t about impeachment or 2/3rds. It’s about office eligibility. This is my take. Like I said I have a relationship with the senate president that goes beyond politics and wish it hadn’t come to this.

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State of Roads: Minister of state works Visits Gov. Buni

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State of Roads: Minister of State Works visits Gov. Buni

By Daily Hint, Abuja

His excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, yesterday received in audience the Hon. Minister of State Works, Engr. Abubakar D Aliyu

The duo discussed the condition of federal roads in the state.

The Minister noted that the visit was to explore more partnership with the state government to attract more federal presence especially in the road sector.

“I am here to discuss with His Excellency the Governor, the condition of federal roads in the state”

“As an ambassador of the state in the Federal Executive Council, this is a home coming and in furtherance to our collective drive to strengthen the synergy between the state and federal governments” he said.

Governor Buni commended the minister for keeping in touch to complement the efforts of the state government through improvement of federal roads in the state.

“The visit is a good effort towards collective responsibility to discuss areas of intervention to enhance infrastructural development in the state” he said.

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Security: Gov. Buni Meets CG NSCDC

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Security : Gov. Buni meets CG NSCDC

By Daily Hint, Abuja

In continuation of his contact strategy to security chiefs to improve the security situation in Yobe state, His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has again met with the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Ahmed Abubakar Audi.

The Governor and the Commandant General deliberated on the renewed attacks and the need for improved strategy to check the attacks on the border communities.

He said, it has become worrisome that after enjoying relative peace across the state for some time, there is a renewed security breach which has displaced residents of Geidam and Kanama.

” We have to look inwards and work in synergy to check the attacks witnessed in recent times.

“The state government is ever ready to support the security agencies to succeed” Governor Buni said.

The governor earlier today met with the Chief of Army staff Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru.

It could be recalled that Governor Buni met the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Iraboh last week on the security situation in the state.

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Gov. Buni Meets Chief Of Army Staff

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By Daily Hint, Abuja

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the Executive Governor of Yobe state and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, has today met with the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru to discuss the security situation in the state and possible ways forward.

Gov. Buni said the contact strategy was necessary to brief the security chiefs and to share ideas for a practical and lasting solution to the security challenge in the state.

He expressed the determination of his administration to support the security agencies in the collective fight against insurgency.

“There have been renewed attacks on our border communities, l have visited the Chief of Army staff to solicit for reinforcement and all the necessary support to protect the state.

“On our part, the state government will provide the necessary support and cooperation to the security agencies to improve the security situation in the state” Gov. Buni said.

He urged the communities to cooperate with the security operatives saying, “this is a collective responsibility and contribution to the war against insurgency”.

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