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Declare Kanu’s Seat Vacant Now’ Abia Youth Tells Lawan

Abia North Youths Vanguard (ANYV) yesterday called on the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, to declare vacant, the seat of Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, following the expiration of the constitutional one third legislative days of absence from sitting.

The group argued that since the embattled senator who has been in prison custody since December 5, 2019 following his conviction by a Lagos Federal High Court on a N7.2bn fraud charge, has been absent from the senate, his seat ought to have been declared vacant.

According to a statement signed by Comrade Sunday Kalu and Uchechukwu Orji, President and Secretary of the group respectively, said Kalu has breached section 68 (f) of the 1999 Constitution which recommends that the seat of a lawmaker be declared vacant if he or she is absent from sitting for more than one third of legislative days in a year.

The Senate had through it former spokesperson, Senator Godiya Akwashiki said, “there is no provision in the constitution that says the seat of any senator facing prosecution or convicted at a lower court be declared vacant,”

Kalu, who is the Senate Chief Whip, has continued to enjoy all his entitlements, including salaries while in prison even without performing any legislative duty.

Senate Is Probing National Social Register Used For Cash Transfer

The Nigeria Senate has claimed to be looking into the National Social Register being used by the Federal Government for its Conditional Cash Transfer to the poor populations across the country.

This was coming from Chairman, Senate Committee on Special Duties, Senator Yusuf Yusuf, while speaking to reporters in Abuja that the probe was to determine the authenticity of the Social Register and the makeup of those currently benefiting from the programme.

Senator Yusuf said there were noticeable lapses in the register and the process of disbursement of palliatives to beneficiaries need to be corrected.

He said: “Under the SIP, there are the households benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfers. However, I’m not satisfied and to be honest, it is not an easy thing to do at this material time.

“The SIP has what they call a National Social Register. We’re trying to scrutinise that register to find out really, who are they (beneficiaries)? How did they come about the list?”

No one has asked me not to run for Senate President, Ali Ndume

A former senate leader, Ali Ndume, says the party leadership has not asked him not to contest as senate president in the ninth national assembly.

Sen. Ndume spoke with journalists in Lagos on Monday, indicating that at no time has the All Progressives Congress (APC) asked him not to run for the position of senate president.

According to him, Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, had explained that the party only recommended Ahmad Lawan as the preferred choice and had not imposed him on the senators.

“I have written the party, indicating my intention to contest. Even my national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, publicly said they only recommended Lawan and not that they are stopping anybody,” Ndume said.

“As I speak with you, nobody has consulted me to say ‘don’t run for Senate President’.  Everybody has the constitutional right to do that.”

The lawmaker said he joined the race to win since he has the support of his colleagues and party leaders to contend for the position.

“We have 109 senators and each of them have one vote. If you are contesting to be the Senate President, you have to reach out.  But at the beginning, I was cautious because I am a party man. So, when the party said ‘don’t go there,’ I did not,” he said.

“But the party came out again and said, ‘You can reach out to them now,’ so I reached out to them.

“So far, the response I am getting from my colleagues from the APC and other parties is very encouraging.  I am in this race to win; I am talking to everybody.  I have the telephone numbers of all the 109 senators-elect and I call them.

The lawmaker had in April released a document which contained his nine-point agenda for his tenure, if elected the senate president.

Senate may override the President’s vote on the timing for the budget submission

The senate has resolved to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s veto on the bill seeking to stipulate a time within which the annual budget estimates must be submitted to the legislature.

The bill is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration No. 28,) bill 2018.

This fourth alteration bill is seeking to stipulate the timeframe within which the president or governor shall lay the appropriation bill before the national or state houses of assembly.

The resolution of the upper legislative chamber was sequel to the adoption of recommendations of a technical committee set up to review Buhari’s decision to decline assent to the bills on Wednesday.

Recall that the president has vetoed over 30 bills passed by the national assembly since he became president.

Sen. David Umaru, chairman of the technical committee, while presenting the report hinted that the constitution gives the senate the right to override the president.

“Therefore, the Bills having been rejected by Mr. President, the National Assembly even if it considers Mr. President’s observations or not, must pass the Bills again and be assented to by Mr. President or override the veto, in which case, Mr. President’s assent would not be required,” Umaru said.

To override the president, the senate would need at least two-thirds majority, which is 73 senators.

The committee also recommended that the upper legislative chamber reconsider 15 bills rejected by Buhari.

Some of the bills to be reconsidered are Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, 2018; National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (Establishment) Bill, 2018; National Research and Innovation Council Bill, 2018; Stamp Duties (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurship (Establishment) Bill, 2018 among others.

Senate Presidency: “I’m still in the race” – Ndume moves against APC’s decision

Defying the earlier endorsement of Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North) for the position of Senate President in the nineth National Assembly by All Progressives Congress (APC)’s, former Senate Majority Leader, Ali Ndume, insists contesting for the position.

Ndume (Borno South), while making public his nine-point agenda yesterday in Abuja promised to improve upon the performance of the eighth Senate, adding that he would make the position less attractive by reducing what he described as ‘unnecessary privileges’ attached to the office

Pledging to uphold the independence of the legislature, he, however, expressed willingness to “work harmoniously and inter-dependently with the executive without undermining the principle of separation of powers.”

According to The Guardian Nigeria, Ndume said he would prioritise and ensure the passing of the Constituency Development Bill to make constituency projects more transparent, accountable, efficient and effective in the country.

“In synergy with fellow senators, I will ensure that the Senate will agree on timelines for confirmation, approval of bills, especially the annual budgets, which will not exceed 90 days from the date of submission.

“We will make laws that will block leakages and devise improved means of generating revenue, especially through amendment and review of the nation’s tax laws, which will help to reduce reliance on local and foreign loans to finance budget,” he stated.

Ndume also pledged to uphold the party’s principles and policies, adding that the Senate under his watch will make laws and review existing ones to be in tandem with APC’s next level agenda for the country.

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