LAGOS HERALD – These are the top stories around legislators and the institution of parliament in Nigeria you mustn’t miss out on this Wednesday:
2023: Freshers to dominate Plateau Assembly
Ahead of the 2023 elections, there are strong indications that the 24-member Plateau State House of Assembly will host at least sixteen freshers, as many of the incumbent lawmakers failed to secure return tickets from their respective parties.
According to reports, four of the members vied for seats in the National Assembly while only eight of eighteen members who sought re-election secured tickets in the recent party primaries held in the state.
Out of the four members who aspired to higher seats, only two secured their party tickets. Some aggrieved members of the Plateau Assembly who lost the tickets have however switched parties.
Nanbol Listick (Langtang North) dumped the PDP for the Labour Party (LP) in Plateau, while Abok Ayuba dumped the APC for PDP.
15 ex-governors, governors battle for APC Senatorial seats
There are indications that the 10th National Assembly may be dominated by ex-governors, given the composition of the final list of Senatorial candidates for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to the list reportedly submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there are 15 candidates who are either ex-governors or incumbent governors.
Top names of ex-governors featured in the list include Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Adamu Aliero (Kebbi), Kabiru Gaya (Kano), Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto) and Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe).
Former Governor Godswill Akpabio (Akwa-Ibom) and incumbent Governor Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) are seeking to make a comeback after at least a four-year hiatus,
David Umahi (Ebonyi), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Sani Bello (Niger), Gbenga Daniel (Ogun), and Abdul’aziz Yari (Zamfara) are all seeking to become members of the Red Chamber for the first time.
Senate passes NYSC Trust Fund Establishment Bill
The Senate has passed the National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund (Establishment) Bill, 2022 after its third reading during plenary.
The legislation is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish National Youth Service Corps Trust Fund for the purpose of providing a Sustainable Source of Funds for the National Youth Service Corps, Skill Acquisition, Training and Empowerment of Corps Members, Training and Retraining of the Personnel of the National Youth Service Corps, Development of Camps and NYSC formations and Facilities therein; and for Related Matters.’
Aimed at helping to address infrastructure deficits in the scheme and provide start-up capital for interested corps members to drive their business initiatives, the bill was equally passed by the House of Representatives in April 2022.
It will also help train and retrain NYSC personnel and develop camps and NYSC formations and provide facilities therein.
Rep Shina Peller joins Accord Party in pursuit of Senatorial ambition
Days after his resignation as a member of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), a member of the House of Representatives, Shina Peller has joined Accord Party (AP).
Peller who represents Iseyin/ltesiwaju/ Kajola/lwajowa Federal Constituency of Oyo State at the 9th House of Representatives lost the APC Oyo North Senatorial Primaries to incumbent lawmaker, Abdulfatai Buhari and accused the party of lacking democratic tenets.
“In Oyo State, the Accord Party is a force to reckon with, its internal democracy mechanism is intact, a component lacking in other parties. Accord Party is also strategic as it concerns balloting,” he said in a statement.
“In Oke-Ogun, Oyo North Senatorial District and Oyo State at large, Accord Party is our strength, its logo is our thumb – it’s our power and we shall make it count,” he added.
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Ekiti Decides: Prospects of PDP sacrificed for selfish interest, says ex-Rep
A former member of the House of Representatives, Yemi Arokodare, has accused a former Ekiti Governor of working against the interest of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the June 18 Governorship election.
As contained in a statement he issued, Arokodare who called for an immediate re-organisation of the PDP in the Southwest, accused Ayo Fayose of “deliberately working against the collective interest of the majority of party members for personal gains.”
The PDP Chieftain who was a member of the 5th House of Representatives had warned his party, to expect a major setback in Ekiti over what he described as “our failure to field a popular candidate.”
The PDP came third in the Ekiti governorship election behind the Social Democratic Party (SDP), as well as the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) who was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).