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Ex-Speakers Seek Retirement Benefits

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Former speakers of states’
Houses of Assembly in the country have called for the inclusion of retirement benefits for them in the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution.
The group, known as the National Association of Former Speakers of States’ Houses of Assembly, made the call at its meeting in Abuja, on Wednesday.
Chairman of the association, Rep. Friday Itulah, said that the demand was necessary so that the members would enjoy same benefits as heads of executive and judiciary arms of government.
Itula, who is a member of the House of Representatives, also said that the group was committed toward supporting the bid for speakership of the lower chamber of the National Assembly of Rep. Pally Iriase (Edo-APC).
He explained that the association took the decision to support Iriase in its determination to deepen democracy in the country.
According to him, Iriase has the requisite knowledge and experience needed to lead the House of Representatives in the 8th Assembly.
“All of us are in support of any of our members becoming the speaker of the House of Representatives.
“We all know that if you have been a presiding officer at the state level, you will be able to do it better at the national level because it is the same principles that are involved.
“If you are able to carry your members along successfully at the state level, chances are that at the national level, you will be able to do it very well.
“Experience as they say is the best teacher; for us, we are in full support,” Itula stated.
It would be recalled that Iriase, on Monday in Abuja, declared his intension to contest for the speakership of the 8th Assembly of the house.
The meeting was attended by 16 members from Niger, Ondo, Edo, Nasarawa, Delta, Kogi, Cross Rivers, Sokoto, Abia, Imo, Anambra and Bauchi.

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Ex-Commissioner Faults Rivers APC Peace Meeting

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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon Emma Chinda, has faulted a peace meeting held recently to reconcile the two major factions of the party in the State.
The Tide recalls that a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emma Deeyah, who convened the peace meeting in Port Harcourt was quoted as saying that the party’s problems were self-inflicted, but said the peace talk was still ongoing.
But Chinda while speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting said the parley attended by some members loyal to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Magnus Abe was not in the interest of the party.
He said the APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) was supposed to be the one championing the peace process.
According to him, “Well, all the noise and arguments you had in the meeting today was because I do not believe in some of the positions being canvassed in the meeting.
“The positions being canvassed there would not serve the interest of those who they say are the leaders of the party. That is Rotimi Chibuike Ameachi which I am one. It does not serve the interest of those who they say are with Senator Magnus Abe who a lot of the members where there.
“Only those who convened the meeting would tell us the interest for which this meeting is to serve,” the former Commissioner stated.
Chinda further said the National Working Committee of the party ought to be the one championing any peace talks, which, according to him, is why he disagreed with some of the positions canvassed in the meeting.
“If we want to make peace in the party, the National Secretariat of the party must be a major critical stakeholder because they are generally overseeing everything in our party nationwide,” he insisted.

 

Dennis Naku

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Politics Now Over, No Excuse For Failure – Ortom

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Following his victory at the Supreme Court over the 2019 governorship election, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said he no longer has excuses to fail the people of the state.
Ortom, who said this yesterday in Makurdi following the Supreme Court judgement that affirmed his victory at the polls and dismissed the petition by the All Progressives Congress and its governorship candidate, Mr Emmanuel Jime, for lack of merit, said he ‘remains grateful to the Benue people for giving him another term.’
Ortom said, “I remain grateful and I owe them (the people of Benue) good governance, dividends of democracy and cooperation in ensuring that we add value to the development of Benue State.
“Politics is now over, elections and litigations are all over, we can now work together.
“No more litigation, no more distractions, now, I will be focused to deliver dividends of democracy to our people. We will ensure that we add value to education, health services, rural transformation infrastructural development, water supply and all.
“Because there is no more excuse again, no time, we will be in a hurry to do the work.
“Benue belongs to all of us and the responsibility of adding value to the development is the responsibility of all of us. So, I invite all Benue sons and daughters, irrespective of party affiliations to join us so that we can work together.”
Ortom reaffirmed his confidence in the Nigerian Judiciary, which, he said had once more proven that it was a `true pillar of democracy.’

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PDP Govs React To Ortom, Tambuwal, Fintiri’s Victories

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Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday congratulated four of their members over their victory at the Supreme Court.
The apex court affirmed the elections of governors Adamu Fintiri (Adamawa), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Samuel Ortom (Benue) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).
In a statement issued by the Director-General of the Forum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, the governors said the apex court judgement did not come as a surprise.
They said the Supreme Court judgement affirmed the wishes of the people who not only voted but defended their votes and the mandates they granted the governors during the March 2019 governorship election.
The statement read in part: “The Supreme Court verdict did not come as a surprise because of the massive support the four governors got in their respective states before, during and after the elections.
“These are leaders who put the interests of their people above personal advantage and they deserve to be so acknowledged in all spheres of their endeavours.
“These are leaders who perfectly fit into the category of selfless politicians and deserve the people’s support to excel.”

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