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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.

Dino Malaye to face trial again.

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west, has been re-arraigned before a high court of the federal capital territory (FCT).

Recall that he has been in and out of the courts from the about eleven times since since he was first arraigned in 2018 on charges of misrepresentation of facts to the police over an attempt to assassinate him.

At the court on Monday, the senator was re-arraigned for resisting arrest, “tweeting and speaking to journalists from hiding.”

In December, some police officers laid seige to Melaye’s Abuja residence. Then, the police accused him of culpable homicide.

The police said supporters of the senator shot and injured an officer in Kogi in July last year, TheCable report.

He was eventually arrested on the eighth day of the siege to his residence. Before this development, the senator had been arraigned on various counts for arming thugs in Kogi.

However, the charges to which Melaye was arraigned at the court was amended by the federal government.

By this action, the government has taken over the case from the police. Yusuf Halilu, the judge, granted Melaye fresh bail existing conditions.

Halilu has granted the senator bail at least twice since the authorities began arraigning him.

Melaye has repeatedly denied the allegations levelled against him.

Source: TheCable

INEC: “APC Has No Guber Candidates in Rivers & Zamfara”

Going by the final list releaesed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday 2nd february 2019 for gubernatorial candidates and House of Assembly candidates for the March 2 election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in both Rivers and Zamfara States won’t be fielding any candidates.

In a similar development, despiote the consistent insistence by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that the candidature of Senator Buruji Kashamu wont be up-holding, the Senator again floored the PDP, making the final list of the commission as the Ogun State gubernatorial candidate of the party.

These developement stemmed from the reveiew of the respective
court judgments delivered last week by a Federal High Court in Abuja and Zamfara State High Court in Gusau, the ruling APC did not conduct party primaries in the state.

These details were contained in a statement signed by the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Festus Okoye, and made available to the press (details culled from ThisDay Newspapers).

Mr. Festus stated: “INEC met today, 30th January 2019 and, among other things, approved the final list of candidates for the governorship, state assembly and FCT Area Council elections scheduled to hold on 2nd of March 2019. On the whole, there are 1,066 candidates for the governorship elections, 14,583 for the state assembly elections and 806 for the FCT Area Council elections broken down into 105 chairmanship candidates and 701 councillorship candidates.

“The commission would like to reaffirm its commitment to obeying all court judgments, even when it disagrees with them. However, these are clearly two contradictory judgments delivered by two courts of coordinate jurisdiction on the same day.

“The commission reviewed the situation concerning the APC fielding candidates for the governorship and state assembly elections in Zamfara State. Commission noted that there are two court judgments on the matter – one from a State High Court in Gusau and the other from a Federal High Court in Abuja.

“The former judgment clearly said that the APC conducted primaries in Zamfara State, contrary to the position of the commission. On the other hand, the Federal High Court in Abuja ruled that the party did not conduct valid primaries and therefore is ineligible to field candidates for the elections.

“Consequently, the commission has decided to maintain its original position that the party in question did not conduct primaries and, therefore, in line with Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), is not eligible to field candidates for the National Assembly, governorship and state assembly elections in Zamfara State,” Okoye added.