Nigeria Police confirm withdrawal of Tambuwal’s security detail

Mr. Tambuwal's security vehicles parked Thursday afternoon at his residence after President Jonathan ordered him stripped of state protection.
Mr. Tambuwal's security vehicles parked Thursday afternoon at his residence after President Jonathan ordered him stripped of state protection.

The Nigeria Police have confirmed the withdrawal of the security details of the House of Representatives’ speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.

A statement by the police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said Mr. Tambuwal was stripped of state protection because he decamped from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The statement reads: “In view of the recent defection by the Right Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from the People Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC), and having regard to the clear provision of section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has redeployed its personnel attached to his office.

Read our previous report below:

The security details of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, have been removed two days after Mr. Tambuwal formally declared his defection from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to All Progressives Congress APC.

Police officers, State Security agents and members of the Civil Defence force who protect the speaker were withdrawn early Thursday on the orders of President Goodluck Jonathan, various sources told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday.
All armed Nigerian government forces report directly to the president.

Government sources said Mr. Jonathan convened a top secret meeting Wednesday night to discuss Mr. Tambuwal’s defection.

In attendance at the meeting were members of the National Working Committee of the ruling PDP, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Muhammed Adoki, some PDP governors as well as PDP members of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Tambuwal, who had long identified with the APC, announced a formal defection Tuesday and promptly adjourned the House of Representatives to forestall any backlash from the ruling PDP.

The PDP called for his resignation.

On Wednesday, the speaker, a three-term member of the House, attended a mini-convention of the APC, arriving at the venue of the event in Abuja to a rapturous welcome.

He condemned his former party as being led by a cabal and vowed that his new party will “sweep” off the ruling party after 15 years in power.

A source close to the camp of the speaker said “the tumultuous welcome accorded the speaker at the convention and the overwhelming outpouring of goodwill from the general public is said to have rattled the presidency resulting in their frenzied reaction”.

“Early this morning, few minutes after midnight to be precise, top level security report informed the Speaker that orders have been given for the withdrawal of his security details,” the source, who declined to be named because he is not permitted to speak to the media, said.

The source said the speaker had been informed that the governing party, PDP, will file a legal challenge against him for retaining his seat Thursday.

“The ironic thing here is why not wait for the verdict before any action is taken?” the source said.
Mr. Tambuwal’s spokesperson, Imam Imam, could not be immediately reached for comments.


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  • Oladapo Adesope

    Does it mean Tambuwal is no more the speaker of the Federal republic of Nigeria?…Now I know the president of Nigeria is SICK

    • Sopulu

      Eee mmm, it might be you that needs a doctor. First, there is nothing like “speaker of the Federal republic of Nigeria.” Secondly, you need to wake up from your state of coma, or nearly so. Governance is serious business but Tambu and others like you think Abuja is one mighty play ground for kids and people with similar brain capacity. You cannot eat your moi-moi/akara/cake and have it.

      • teewhy

        Well spoken.

      • Sarkin pawa

        so what is your point? he is still the speaker and deserves respect. lets put tribalism aside and think with a clear mind. please be guided.

      • Otile

        True

      • Dr. Kay

        Are you a voyeur? I am sure you masturbate when you look at Tinubu’s picture everyday in newspaper or watch his image on TV ,abi I lie, in all the report above no mention of Tinubu by the journalist but woala, his name magically came into the picture as all you think about all your life is Tinubu , sorry my brother just move on he is not a gay . So stop your unhealthy obsession.

        • Dr. Kay

          Sorry my bad I didn’t see you wrote Tambu you wrote, but your reasoning is kindergarten and pediatric, Abuja is a serious business that’s why this move by Dumbo resembles that of a playground bully if I may use your logic.

          • Baba Messi

            Hahahaha!
            Another VIOLENT APC man seeing double!
            Your sight being obscured by the bitterness and hatred that inhabits the souls of the Angry-Peoples-Club members.
            I dey laff kekekeke!

        • Otile

          Imam Shekau, Allah ya gafata Malam. Dr Kay ka ce Amin.

          • Dr. Kay

            To ba so oro ni ede geesi or English si mi , ma da e lohun sugbon Hausa emi ko gbo ra ra oh

          • Otile

            E je ka so Hausa, sugbon Hausawa daradara ni.

          • Dr. Kay

            Beni mo gba, sugbon emi ko mo so daradara ayafi Ina Kwana , lafialau, Ina gejia Nikan ni mo mo . Lol

          • Otile

            Beko, Hausawan ka ba kau. Huta lafia.

    • teewhy

      Your level of insolence to the person of the President of Nigeria and the seat he occupies shows your level of hatred, and sickness. Did they not teach you in APC to respect people in authority? Superior arguments make you civil not insults.

      • Okey

        You should know that from Alhaji Rottenmilk Amaechi to the scum Oladapo Adesope there is mental imbalance all the way.

      • buzu

        Teewhy didnt dey also teach u in pdp dat the seat accupy by the speaker is a respected authority? Or is dere any difference in this authority.

    • zeon

      68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

      states that – being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected

      Make an informed argument. Do not sit behind a computer and type what you do not know…

      68. (1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if –

      (a) he becomes a member of another legislative house.

      (b) any other circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, would cause him to be disqualified for election as a member;

      (c) he ceases to be a citizen of Nigeria;

      (d) he becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser.

      (e) save as otherwise prescribed by this Constitution, he becomes a member of a commission or other body established by this Constitution or by any other law.

      (f) without just cause he is absent from meetings of the House of which he is a member for a period amounting in the aggregate to more than one-third of the total number of days during which the House meets in any one year;

      (g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected;Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored; or

      (h) the President of the Senate or, as the case may be, the Speaker of the House of Representatives receives a certificate under the hand of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission stating that the provisions of section 69 of this Constitution have been complied with in respect of the recall of that member.

    • olusina

      I 100% agreed with you. In fact, Mr President is now an uncontrolled terrorist! How can a normal president express his shock of defection to opposition party by ordering withdrawal of security.

  • amazing2012

    Police for PDP ! Surprised, if Tambuwal become the president tomorrow what will the police say ? Is police for political party ? At least he is still a speaker, why can’t you wait when he no longer a speaker ? Jonathan a curse on Nigeria !!

  • Town crier

    Unbelievable ! This is pure dictatorship. Does it mean if Jega announces a result that is unfavourable to Jonathan the INEC chairman would be striped of his security. A very dangerous Path.

  • fayrouz

    It is abomination for a pdp to opposition but it is not an abomination for an opposition leader ti defect to pdp. Why didn’t federal government deployed the security of mimiko who recently defect from LP to Pdp

  • Tj

    I thought the security was attached to the office of the speaker and who ever the speaker was would enjoy protection of the police. Me think this politics taken to a ridiculous level.

    • Okey

      The most ridiculous level is to go violate the law and be allowed to reap from the lawlessness.

  • Cypo

    It is officially and constitutionally regarded that the Federal House of Reps has no substantive Speaker at the moment. In that case, the security details would be restored the moment a New Speaker or Substantive Speaker is elected by the House. Bye Bye Tambuwal and welcome to the World of democratic reality.

  • Chris1408

    Wow, can someone please tell the IGP until the speaker is voted out by his peers or thru court order, Tambuwal is still the speaker. NPF is supposed to be neutral, they’ve turned to PDP security guards.

    • Okey

      If an outlaw is raping your dear one, you leave the outlaw to continue the rape until the village secures the quorum or goes to court to secure and order to stop the outlaw from his raping act. That’s a fine logic.

      • Chris1408

        You don’t even make sense. Is this GEJ?

      • Dr. Kay

        You must be a rapist or a product of one for you to use that logic, they don’t mix at all , they are like oil and water, a rape is criminal violation of anyone sexually ,while in this case Tambuwal left his party through ideological differences , not forced violation or removal of undies, if any one is violating the other it is the government that is raping democratic process.

        • Okey

          Section 68 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (our Mother) has been and is being violated whilst some lunatics are saying we should fold our arms, watch the rapist to continue his rapacious act until a court order is obtained. That is lunacy.

          • tundemash

            please quote that section 68 here and what subsection has been violated !!

          • Okey

            To engage in dialogue of the deaf ?

          • Otile

            If he quotes, can you understand, idyot.

      • Salisu

        Okey, from your thinking, we must all resort to self-help? No need for the courts again? Even in a civil matter?

        • Okey

          Please, answer this question: A rapist rapes a mother in your presence, will you leave him in his act, enter motor to go and invite the Police ?

  • Rommel

    What exactly is the role of the police in Nigeria’s democracy,are they law enforcement agents or extension of the PDP?

  • Otile

    Our troops have abandoned Mubi to save their dear lives.

  • True Nigerian

    To what end? Of what value is it? Why all the needless muscle-flexing over a person who was actually no longer committed to your cause in the PDP? Isn’t it stoopid to regret losing such a person? The pettiness of Jonathan’s Presidency is mind-boggling! Must you respond to every thing you don’t like in such a crass, lawless and childish way? That is the thing that I found most repulsive about Jonathan – his problem-solving skills are simply too poor. How on earth will this address his concerns about Tambuwal’s decision? How is this going to change anything? If an enemy of this government decides to kill Tambuwal now and succeeds in doing so or if something untoward – perhaps by chance – happens to Tambuwal, how on earth is Jonathan going to convince anybody that he didn’t facilitate the assassination by withdrawing the security of Tambuwal? That is just one angle to it.

    The second angle is that this government has ridiculed itself and so surrounded by many clowns so much that even when it is doing something right, it will not be clear that it has done no wrong. For instance, if you consider what the 1st lady did after the Chibok girls abduction and what she did in Rivers State through Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu, you will probably reconsider whether Jonathan is behind some of the ridiculous stoopid things that often comes from around him. When you consider the track record of the 1st Lady or shameless officers like Mbu, then you will not dismiss the possibility that idyotic decision like this one could have been taken by Mbu based on instruction from funny Madam. I just don’t see how any sensible person will respond to Tambuwal’s cross-carpeting in this capricious and utterly ridiculous manner which will make no difference to the situation for as long as his colleagues are willing to retain him as their Speaker. And evidence shows that he is genuinely popular among his colleagues in the reps and across party lines; which means that a stoopid decision such as withdrawing his security unnecessarily will, in fact, strengthen their resolve to stand by him the more. This kind of poor decision-making is exactly why Jonathan has turned himself from the most popular leader in Nigeria’s history into the most ridiculed, abused, divisive, desperate and hated government.

    There are yet many more angles that make this decision utterly stoopid, but I don’t have time to discuss them. Just how does this decision change Jonathan’s circumstances in the new development of the Speaker’s decamping? Utterly stoopid decision! Nigeria truly has a child as a President. Olusegun Mimiko decamped the other day and nobody heard anything about it from Jonathan or PDP. Many elected council chairmen in Ekiti have just decamped a week earlier and joined PDP. Nobody has withdrawn their security, neither has APC cried wolf or threatened to sue them to court or insisted that they must vacate their seat. So what exactly is wrong with Jonathan’s government? Why it is so unthinkingly hysterical over every little thing and every nothing? Is it better to have a PDP Tambuwal who was, in fact, PDP in body but APC in heart, spirit and mind? Of what value is such a half-hearted membership for the PDP? I just don’t get it. No country should have a leadership that is so poor in its problem-solving or crisis management skills. It is quite low!

    • buzu

      @tru nigerian u said my mind exactly. How can a leader stOod soo low into doin this when this is an election year and by doin that u ar giving the opposition something to say. This guy just abandon our priorities and are doin the opposite. What kind of people are this. They must be DUMBO clear case of in responsibilities

  • dudu

    The more Jonathan, PDP and their cohorts in all compromised national institutions carry out obnoxious decisions like this in a bid to hold on to power, the more popular the APC becomes, more stronger, gains more sympathy from greater majority of Nigerians. It is just so unfortunate and yet we claim to be in a democracy. Well meaning Nigerians can see what OBJ has caused by not sticking to agreement.

  • Concerned Citizen

    How very immature of the PDP and GEJ. I mean come on these guys can’t be that dumb? Aminu Tambuwal is still the Speaker of the House of Reps until his colleagues vote otherwise. He is also third in the order of succession to the Presidency, and thus the fourth most important person in our government chain. To remove is security detail is just ridiculous. I mean who are those advising this GEJ or is he truly just daft. All this is just helping his opponents. Anyway i have made up my mind long ago i can never vote for GEJ and his party. This is just one in a very long list of reasons why he is not fit to be president of this Nation.

  • Adoki

    I would have agreed with those who argue that the police should wait for the courts to interpret the constitution on this matter, but the problem is that the kind of security these people carry around and the things these security details do to ordinary Nigerians is not even constitutional in the first place. So rather than come here to defend this practice, we should all defend the constitutional provisions which guarantee the lives and safety of ordinary Nigerians, not the non existent one that is used to massage the ego of a selfish, greedy and very corrupt few.

    • tundemash

      hence injustice to one is inustice to all ! It happened to Justice Salami and Sanusi if only the Reps have resisted that lawlessness ………

      • Otile

        What do you know about justice, idyot?

  • Otile

    Imam Shekau Allah ya yi zamani. Abubakar tundemash ka ce Ameen.

  • True Nigerian

    Obviously, the stoopid police force thinks it has produced a valid argument to back up a lawless action. That is why they can’t fight any crime – they are so brainless! Utterly useless police. So if s 68 of the Constitution says that, in what paragraph of that section did it say that the Police should withdraw security if the decampee is still validly a Speaker too, as his office is yet to be “declared” vacant? Did that section empower the police to effectuate the vacancy of the decampee’s office? Such a lawless country!

  • Pointblank

    BREAKING NEWS: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SET ABLAZE

    “Protesters in Burkina Faso have set parliament ablaze in a surge of violence.
    Hundreds of people broke through a heavy security cordon and stormed the
    National Assembly building in the capital Ouagadougou, ransacking offices,
    and setting fire to cars, before attacking the national television headquarters.

    “Police had tried to control the crowds using tear gas, but the demonstrators
    were able to push through the barricades and make their way into parliament.”

    ……Al Jazeera
    [30th October, 2014]

    • Otile

      Dr Kay, also our troops have fled Mubi.

  • Truthometer

    Dumbo and his wrecking crew has finally gone bananas. They are about to crash this Nigerian democracy, which they never fought for in any shape or form.

  • Concerned Citizen

    You mean to tell me that between the National Working Committee (PDP), the Attorney General, the Minister of Justice, PDP governors, and PDP members of the House of Representative they could not come up with a better strategy than removing his security detail? WOW GEJ you need help, if not you will be disgraced out of office.

    • tundemash

      lol !
      PDP police were with Bola Ige when he was murdered by PDP agents so I see the withdrawal, though illegal, are a blessing.
      Police or no Police, Tambuwal is still the Speaker.

      • Otile

        lol your empty head off. Try to understand before you butt in. Nonsense

  • mike

    This goes a long way to show us how childish the président Can be. What does he Hope to achieve by withdrawing tambuwal’s Security. We know that the Nigeria police is on the shelf. All Tambuwal needs do is go to the market somewhere else and replenish his stock. Don’t forget, the frowning of a he-goat cannot scare away its buyers at the market. APC will surely be victorious come 2015.

    • Akor

      Mike, look at the constitution and not GEJ.

  • ogechi

    Oooo what a president!!!,am so sorry for Nigeria

    • Otile

      Imam Shekau is a powerful jihadist.

      • tundemash

        Are u drunk so early in the day ?

        The tile of this news is ; nigeria-police-confirm-withdrawal-of-tambuwals-security-details

        • Otile

          Alhaji Tambuwal is a jihadist, what can I say?

  • Wähala

    Since Dumbo and the NPF want to play terrorism with the life of a serving Speaker of the House of Representatives, his new party should assume the onus of providing security for their members at large and ignore the compromised DSS, NPF etc, and assign “Vigilante Escort Services” (VES) to secure the life of Tambuwal. Dr. Dumbo did the same to Emir Sanusi, tried to eliminate Buhari with a roadside bomb, and now Tambuwal. It takes only one success to set Nigeria ablaze and Dumbo has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that he cannot secure Nigeria, with Boko Haram capturing even Alex Badeh’s village and Mubi… that should be where the priority is set, not partisan politics with people’s lives and abuse of power. That illiterate Aboki IGP should be reminded that the section of the Constitution he quoted does not apply to a sitting Speaker, defections or not. Only his peers in the House can remove him as Speaker using internal guidelines…
    PDP are sour losers!

    • Otile

      Did you know that Imam Shekau is a powerful fighter? He has sacked our troops from the strategic town of Mubi. Utangirma Allah.

      • Wähala

        Nobody like Shekau, it’s just Reno Omokri with rags tied around his head. Boko Haram are Dumbo’s way of making as many Northern town ungovernable as possible and to cancel election in those areas by citing violence. Are you surprised that BH are suddenly back to a fighting force after Russia started delivering arms to the Nigerian Govt? Remember the lull after South Africa seized Oritsejafor’s arms ati gun runners? Abegi!

        • Otile

          You can deny the existence of Imam Shekau all you like, but the man has come to stay. He is here to liberate the rest of their sharia states, then the war will be over, and there will be no more Jonathan to pick on. Allah dey.

      • tundemash

        And yet Dumbo is more pre-occupied with Tambuwal’s security . What a clown !

        • Otile

          Are so dumb you can’t recognize that Alhaji Tambuwa is the Speaker of the Jhadists, hows can you ignore that and continue to pursue the shadow, creep.

    • tundemash

      PDP police were with Bola Ige when he was murdered by PDP agents so I see the withdrawal, though illegal, are a blessing.
      Police or no Police, Tambuwal is still the Speaker.

      • Otile

        Boko Haram speaker, dummy.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Should be man enough to resign the speakership position. It is clearly absurd to still cling to that position or even attempt to go to court to contest it. If he does then he is COWARD and a professional opportunist

    • Otile

      He is indeed a shameless opportunist.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        APC is made up of traitors, they are like a flash in the pan, they don’t last or go far. If they are in doubt they should confirm from Joe Garba, the coupist who announced Gowons removal from office. He is forgotten but Gowon reigns on and that is what will be the lot of the many tambuwals in the polity. Idiots Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Otile

          That’s right.

    • Spoken word

      blackie ko whitey ni. mschew…………..

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Always knew that you were a cat and in African mythology cats are agents of satan, hence your mimicking of cat sounds in your nauseating posts Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Spoken word

          Speak on brother.

  • By Popular Demand

    BREAKING NEWS: NATIONAL ASSEMBLY SET ABLAZE

    “Protesters in Burkina Faso have set parliament ablaze in a surge of violence.
    Hundreds of people broke through a heavy security cordon and stormed the
    National Assembly building in the capital Ouagadougou, ransacking offices,
    and setting fire to cars, before attacking the national television headquarters.

    “Police had tried to control the crowds using tear gas, but the demonstrators
    were able to push through the barricades and make their way into parliament.”

    ……Al Jazeera
    [30th October, 2014]

  • Omo Oba

    Honestly, we may kiss what is call Nigeria good bye with the way and manner Jonathan is running its affairs. Since when has it become an offence for somebody to leave a party and go to another. The president Ph d is a disgrace to the academic world. When Miniko left LP for PDP, heaven didnt fall oooo. When other notable politician like shameless Ikimi left APC for PDP. Nothing happened.
    One pronounced thing about this president is that he has never seen himself as Nigerian president. He sees himself more as PDP president and Ijaw president. I av always agreed with those who says that the nation is more divided now than pre Jonathan era. He is too vindictive. No single spirit of God in him. Just wasted his time nd our resources to Israel last week.
    His has really turned Nigeria to his empire that its PDP members that are deciding the security of the speaker. He should be warned that should anything happen to Tambuwa the North will not take it easy with him ooo. .

    A word is enough for the wise ooo

  • Oleku

    No Goodluck or anyone else will stop us from taking back our power next year. We will kill, maim, destroy and turn this country into Africa’s biggest war zone and refugee camp if they try it.
    Many say we are behind Boko Haram. My answer is what do you expect? We do not have economic power or intellectual power. All we have is political power and they want to take even that from us.
    We must fight and we will fight back in order to keep it. They have brought in the infidels from America and the pigs from Israel to help them but they will fail. The war has just begun, the Mujahadeen are more than ready and by Allah we shall win.
    If they don’t want an ISIS in Nigeria then they must give us back the Presidency and our political power. Their soldiers are killing our warriors and our people every day but mark this: even if it takes one hundred years we will have our revenge.
    Every Fulani man that they kill is a debt that will be repaid even if it takes 100 years. The Fulani have very long memories.”- ALIYU GWARZO

    • Ogom

      Rubbish.. Talking war & Jihad from the comfort of your boys quarter. It’s not your fault.. It’s the person that let you borrow their smartphone that’s to blame.

      • Concerned One

        Hahahahahahahahaha… You so much dealt with the issue sir. Apparently, he is a confused moron.

  • Oleku

    Why is PT ati SR crying more than Imam Tambuwal–Imam is being guarded by the military wing of APC ati ‘Amalgamation of Plunderers of Crude’ oil–he’s not complaining–it’s a case of janweedian defecting to janjaweeds club-period–Imam Tambuwal is Fulani-they are born to rule but never again–leeches will never govern my backyard oil-Animals

  • Oleku

    Until the progressives janjaweeds field in a Christian-Mohammedan ati Christian-Christian candidates in next general elections then my vote and that of Naijas will be theirs–and only so can they prove Naijas wrong that indeed they are not an Islamic party seeking to islamise Naija and enforce strict sharia through out the country–Jihadist Buhari is a long standing sharia campaigner and we all know entrenching strict sharia law is his first agenda–Naijas must say no to Islamic Jihadism

    • newvoice404

      Deri nobody wants your vote. You can burn your vote and smoke it -like your mentor Dr Aribisala

      • Oleku

        But you want my oil abi–leech

        • newvoice404

          Deri you can also soak your oil with garri and drink it for all I care.You were even insinuating that you might vote out GEJ if APC picks a Muslim-Christian candidates? Are you beginning to appreciate that your oilly GEJ is so incompetent as well?.OR are you willing to kill yourself rather than commit suicide? Apologies to mama peace school of grammar. I reiterate; we don’t need your vote!

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    The “Rule-Of-Law” ruse of the “rule of-force” administration has further exposed the blatant hypocrisy of this inept Jonathan government. Was Gov. Mimiko’s security withdrawn when he decamped from LP? The government that cannot marshal the military to defeat the Shekau Brigade has the nerves to strip an elected official the bonafides of his office. Ridiculous!

  • newvoice404

    There is one mercantile Dr. cum moron who goes by the name Dr Aribasala who continuously delude himself by pretending that he does not know that GEJ is clueless! Withdrawing security details of Tambuwal is one of GEJ’s numerous cluelessness and incompetence that everyone can see except the Aribisala. I am beginning to be ashamed of some Phd holders in Nigeria!

  • me

    BREAKING NEWS!

    THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY THIS MORNING HAS JUST MET AND RATIFIED THE NAME OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA BE CHANGED TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF ‘JONATHAN EBELEMI AZIKIWE GOODLUCK’

    WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT!

    CONGRATULATIONS JONATHANIANS!

  • felixoti

    NIgerian Constitution: Section 68 (1)(g): paragraph 1;

    “being a person whose election to the house was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that house was elected”.
    On the basis of this paragraph 1, the IGP is correct in his actions. However, going further down to paragraph 2 of the same subsection, we find out why he should have waited for the courts to decide. That paragraph says:

    “provided that his membership of the later political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member, or of a merger of two or more political parties, or a factions by one of which he was previously sponsored”
    If the police and the IGP were law-abiding professionals, they would not have acceded to the withdrawal request, regardless of who it came from, until a competent court of law determines if paragraph 2 applies to Tambuwal’s decision to decamp.

    Unfortunately, in a democratic dictatorship like Nigeria, the president says what goes. How sad

    • eobrat

      My take is that your first assessment is correct. PDP has not merged with any other party nor is it divided, so the Speaker and all others who decamped to other parties should be booted from the National Assembly immediately. But like you noted, it is only in Nigeria that people disregard the laws with impunity. The useless lawmakers decamping should not wait for the court before they obey a clear cut constitutional provision. I guess the Attorney General is sleeping on watch

  • ProudlyNigerDeltan

    Continent Nigerians celebrating the mediocre!…the so called ground breaking and rock breaking news media and their Journalists are the
    worst culprits.

    Verily verily I say unto you, if Nigeria remains one geographical expression as it is, mediocrity will always be exalted. That mediocrity that makes a UK trained PhD holder to buy & sleep on a bed worth N50m in a state where he even reduced the salary of teachers bcos he said he needed to save money. What a contradiction!…and while there is still space in the Prisons, this fellow is still gallivanting up & down…and one day he will be made a speaker, ambassador or Minister. Oh Nigeria!

    Today, all the Northern elements cum politicians who watched and kept mute while the Southern peoples battled the disgruntled and visionless
    Northern leaders, now claim to understand corruption bcos Jonathan from the South is there. In those yrs of Northern misrule, where were the Northern dissenting voices? None! Not ene during Musa’s imbroglio did you find any who had courage to stand for truth in line with the constitution and standard best practice as regards the case of an incapacitated President. But now they have ‘gathered’ into an unholy alliance marked by defections motivated by strictly parochial ethnic and sectional ideas…and they expect other sections if the SS&SE to conform…Who does not like to lead? Who wudn’t want to control his resources but prefer alien to pilfer (like Farouk De Dollar) or loot & squander (Abacha)?

    Why should this fellow have police protection? When the Chief security officer cum Chief Immigration officer of Lagos state decided to deport some alien continent Nigerians from his Country at an unholy hour of 2.37am, did he provide police protection? Over 72 persons were deported & left on a bridge at the mercy of Night raiders….and now, you complain of just one person without police protection. Honestly, I dont understand this democracy at all. One man earns $$1.7m per yr, in a country where the Soldiers fighting Islamic Terrorists are paid N35/Month…and the wife of the Soldier & the legislathief buy at the same price rates. It is pure madness. 4Confedration and/or de-amalgamation? Yes, the fierce urgency of NOW!

    you give the beggars deported by the Chief Immigration Fash Nonsense!n earns

    • CNM

      You’ve gone very deep there. Some people on this post will not be able to handle what you are saying.

      • Proudly NigerDeltan

        You are right my Dear, I know many children on this forum are too naive to comprehend my comments….but the comments are not really meant for them but for the few like you. If it is just one person who understands, then it is ok.

        The problem with continent Nigeria is self delusion. When you leave governance of a continent like Nigeria in the hands of a section of the continent which is backward in every area of development, assessed by any known development indices, be it education, sophistication, resources, determination, drive, mentality, sports, infrastructure etc,, , then you are bound to have a backward Nigeria as well. To expect a better and progressive Nigeria when its leaders are below mediocre would be pure madness. Just imagine Tinubu who can’t treat himself in any Nigerian hospital and whose children will not attend any Nigerian University, but becomes a leader of a so called major opposition…and people with a head and brain as part of their body, will stand or sit and listen to Tinubu speaking about Nigeria. It is ridiculous….What of atiku? He sets up a university and calls it the AMERICAN university of Nigeria. Where then does nationalism lie? Isn’t that inferiority complex? It is insane for an aspiring leader to be so naive and insensitive. There abound other decent nomenclature that could have been exploited. If Obama set up a University in his Honolulu Hawaii and calls it NIGERIAN university of America would he win any election even within his nuclear family? Nonsense!

        Once when Musa visited Washington, he made a bizarre comment that stunned many continent Nigerians. He said; ‘Being in Washington (White House) was one of the happiest moments of his life’. However sincere, that statement was belittling, embarrassing, nauseating and pungently disgusting. But he was President. This is the problem my friend. Who among the aspirants (Jona inclusive) can turn continent Nigeria into a super power state in every facet of human endeavor? …a ‘country’ that wants to develop does not destroy local refining technology assembled by locals 100% local materials and technology in favour of foreign companies owned and controlled by hegemonic colonial governments. Its strange stupidity. Weird indeed!

        Sometimes you wonder if these scallywags have hypnotized continent Nigerians. This is why I always say that continent Nigeria has become a huge psychiatric hospital where the critically ill prescribe drugs not only for themselves but for other inmates…one can only hope that the wind blowing in Burkina Faso will be as infectious as possible…and be retroactive as possible when it arrives continent Nigeria.

  • Kunle Hammed

    When the prime minister comes to sell you an IPO, you,
    the investor, take the meeting. When that prime minister turns up with no
    bodyguards and shows remarkable knowledge of the company he is promoting, you,
    the investor, take notice. When Nika Gilauri, the premier of Georgia, tells you
    that the prosperity of his country has been achieved because it has become one
    of the “least corrupt” countries in the world, you, the investor, take note.

    But it wasn’t always like that. After the demise of the
    USSR, Georgia was not only one of the most corrupt of the former-Soviet
    republics, it was one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
    Bribe-to-drive was the norm; police stopped cars at least twice an hour to
    extort a non-trivial sum of money. The then-interior minister infamously
    quipped: “Give me petrol only. My people will take care of their own salaries.”
    Being a traffic cop was so lucrative that you had to pay a bribe of between
    $2,000 and $20,000 to get the job in the first place. Graft was endemic.
    Georgians passed more envelopes to bent officials than the post office does
    letters. Meanwhile the economy crumbled and the state was left bankrupt and
    powerless.

    The election of Mikhail Saakashvili changed everything. A
    bold reformer, he was swept to power in the “Rose Revolution” at the end of
    2003 by the overwhelming desire for radical change. His closely-knit team is
    unified by a common vision and supported by a compliant parliament and
    judiciary.

    The new government wasn’t just radical – it shocked and
    awed. Ministers, oligarchs and officials were sacked or arrested. Those who
    resisted were dealt with decisively, sometimes brutally. The state confiscated
    $1bn worth of property. Custom officials bore collective responsibility; an
    entire shift would be punished if one officer was caught accepting bribes.
    Corrupt professors were kicked out with a lifetime ban from academia. But the
    piece de la resistance was Saakashvili’s order to sack the entire 16,000-strong
    police force on a single day, to replace them with some of the best and
    brightest university graduates. Today, Georgia ranks alongside Finland as
    having the least corrupt police force in the world and their standout uniforms
    are rumoured to have been designed by Armani.

    The campaign expanded irresistibly. Tax offices were
    equipped with CCTV; university exam papers were printed in the UK and held in
    bank vaults until needed; and officials were constantly tested in sting
    operations. The proactive assault on graft was accompanied by a PR campaign to
    undermine respect for criminal groups and introduce respect for the law.

    The campaign then turned to the sectors. First up was the
    power sector that was widely used as a cash cow for well-connected oligarchs.
    In less than a year, Georgia went from net importer to exporter of electricity
    and the sector became the target of long-term foreign investment.

    Tax collection followed. Georgia’s tax base consisted of
    just 80,000 companies in 2003 and tax collection was a mere 12% of GDP.
    Saakashvili slashed red tape and introduced flat personal and corporate taxes.
    Eight years later over 250,000 companies are on the register, and pay the
    equivalent of 25% of GDP. Georgia now boasts one of the most liberal tax
    regimes in the world, on par with the Gulf states and Hong Kong.

    Lastly came deregulation, with many rules and agencies simply
    abolished, removing channels of corruption in the process. Among other things,
    car registration became so easy that used cars became the largest export item
    in 2011. Georgia moved swiftly from the bottom of the World Bank’s Doing
    Business ranking (112) into the top 20 (16) by 2012. Foreign investment
    followed and fuelled a multi-year surge.

    But perhaps, the most lucrative Georgian export would be
    the fight against corruption itself – from which many states mired in graft
    could benefit. The Georgians patented a process whose steps are replicable:
    establish early reform credibility by radical action, launch a frontal assault
    excluding no sacred cows, attract new blood, limit the role of the state via
    privatisation and deregulation, use technology and communication to maximum
    effect, and above all, be bold and purposeful. Georgia’s close and distant
    neighbours should take heed. Their prime ministers and presidents have got
    their job cut out for them.

  • King Carlos

    Egba mi o…. what about Mimiko? Theodore Orji? Are they all gonna be stripped of their security details? Why can’t the Nigerian police force be on the side of justice and not act against the constitution. Jonathan had just shot himself in the foot with this and he is surely gonna regret it.

    I hope they are monitoring events in Burkina Faso, when the people have been pushed to the wall, we will have no choice but to right the wrongs ourselves. Jonathan is simply an immature, uncontrollable, power drunk, power obsessed, wicked and insensitive president. Playing the politics of vendetta without recourse to the laws of the land.

    He said he didn’t have shoes abi? Come 2015….we will strip him of that C in C.

    And the police will complain that they are not being taken care of..when they have turned themselves to tools in the hands of politicians.

  • elephant

    What does Good luck Jonathan did to muslim organization? simply because he does not allow book haram group to destroying Nigeria because they want to ruling Nigeria as muslim nation. no way for muslim and tinubu with APC for ruling common single seat in this nation any more
    .

  • Comfortkay

    This PDP led government reminds me of Abacha government, clamping down on the Media, on Oppositions using Soldiers and Police and EFCC to shut down every one, So this is what Nigerian gets from GEJ Phd fishery. There is democracy in Nigeria let us seat down on the floor of reality Nigeria today is sitting on a Gun Power if Ebele Goodluck thinks he must win the 2015 election, prayers will not help him he just has now too much enemy.

  • eobrat

    We are always lazy to research and get facts before commenting on public issues. Let’s start behaving like educated and enlightened people. This is the 21st century.
    Having said that, what does our Constitution say about this matter? Section 68 (1g) is explicit. If you decamp from the party under which you were elected into the Senate or House of Rep, you lose your seat, except your elstwhile party merges or there is a split in the party. The law should be no respecter of persons, shall law makers who were elected under parties did not merge but chose to cross carpet should be booted out of the National Assembly immediately. See except of the Constitutional provision replicated below. Please respond on facts not sentiments:

    68. (1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if –

    (a) he becomes a member of another legislative house.

    (b) any other circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, would cause him to be disqualified for election as a member;

    (c) he ceases to be a citizen of Nigeria;

    (d) he becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser.

    (e) save as otherwise prescribed by this Constitution, he becomes a member of a commission or other body established by this Constitution or by any other law.

    (f) without just cause he is absent from meetings of the House of which he is a member for a period amounting in the aggregate to more than one-third of the total number of days during which the House meets in any one year;

    (g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected;

    Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored; or

    (h) the President of the Senate or, as the case may be, the Speaker of the House of Representatives receives a certificate under the hand of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission stating that the provisions of section 69 of this Constitution have been complied with in respect of the recall of that member.

    • Buhari/Okorocha for President

      Did your research cover the people that have defected from other parties to pdp even before apc was formed??? Did they lose their seat?

      • eobrat

        My brother, my point is that the Law should be sacrosanct and should be applied and compiled with by all, whether PDP, APC or any other party. If the constitutional provision says you lose your seat when you decamp from the party under which you were elected, so be it. Nigerians should insist on the enforcement of our laws irrespective of who is affected. No one should be above the law. Like I said in my earlier post, the Attonrey General must be sleeping on duty, hence even those making laws for us infring on our laws with impunity and go scot free.

    • YOLO

      “(g) being a person whose election to the House was SPONSORED BY A POLITICAL PARTY…..” What if he sponsored him self or his friends sponsored him like GEJ just received donations for his presidential form? This then cancels out this condition in every court of law because there is no proof that it was the party that sponsored him, so he still remains the speaker until his sponsorship is proven otherwise.

      • eobrat

        Hahahahaha. Interesting angle, but sorry that is not the interpretation. Sponsorship here means the party under whose banner you ran for election, not financial aspect. Lawyers in the house, comments please.

        • Olusegun Olawonyi

          You’re correct! Sadly so.

    • Prince Onuoha

      Maybe this landmark judgements will help your research. Justice Faji of the Ilorin Division of Federal High Court in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/605/2013, ruled that there are divisions in the PDP. Moreover Justice Aikawa futher ruled that in suit FHC/ABJ/CS/ 605/2013, at the Sokoto Division of the Federal High Court that, not only are there divisions in the PDP, a fraction of it has collapsed into the APC thereby activating the clause “Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored…”

    • uduakomiri

      Thank you for pointing the law out.
      But it is worrying that INEC nor police even bother to enforce the law even when it has clearly been breached. Under the present circumstances, the speaker is in principle disqualified from the position he holds and the law should be enforced by INEC which is the body with the statutory authority to do so as the police do not have the powers to force an elected representative out of their position unless INEC had to use the powers of the police to assert its statutory authority.
      We need more education in Nigeria! Chai!

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  • vincentumenyiora

    I mean you should have done this including suspension of all funds to the Governors much earlier with all those who defected including those from APC to PDP – that is the rule, whoever advised you at the period it stared! Take a leaf from what has happened in the United Kingdom and in the U.S. BEFORE NOW – you have to resign and go for by-elections if you’re that properly organised otherwise you can see the confusion in the country! If you did it correctly ealier you won’t be in the mess now – we heard OBJ was in charge then! Reason why I advocated for a National Orientation, as far back as 1992, for all those wishing to take up politics after the hand over! We are tending to be weaned over to that Action Group-led government in Western Region – by circumvention! What they could not get through popular vote they want to do so by wuru-wuru; Nigeria – TAKU! I said it earlier have a look at my new solution and see what you get from it to help you avoid a major impending crisis in Nigeria!

  • austine007

    As for me and my household we will seek refuge in OPC, Bakassi boys, NDVF, and if need be Boko Haram atleast they well equipped and better than the ragtag police formation Jonathan is boasting over about… Or what say you?

  • Alao Moses

    Executive recklessness. Has he been removed as speaker? Where is the independence of the 3 arms of government?

  • CNM

    Why all this rancour about security or no security? What are they protecting Tambuwal from? If Tambuwal has a problem, he should call the police like any other citizen. As number 4 man, what did he do to improve security in Nigeria? Maybe all politicians should be stripped of security details. That way, they will take the business of national security and developing the economy more seriously.
    By the way, there is no law compelling the police to provide him any particular level of security. PDP put him in as speaker, if he has left PDP, he should resign and become an ordinary member or even vacate his seat as demanded by the constitution. There is no faction in PDP. He has left PDP to join a different party. You can’t insult your mother all day and then expect a hot meal at dinner time.

  • uduakomiri

    We have got to the point where the law on defection needs to be clarified, and of course changed. I am not going to argue whether it is right or wrong, that Tambuwal’s security details have been withdrawn, instead, I want to look at facts and argue on points of law. I admire Tambuwal, but I am only interested in an objective analysis of the issue in question.
    For a start, if a man leaves his wife or the wife her husband, should either of them still expect the same entitlements as when they had an existing relationship?
    If we also consider the issue from the point of the law of contract, when the terms of a contract is breached, the clauses which state the applicable liability are automatically applicable. We need to consider (1) whether a contract exists between an individual elected on the platform of a party, and the party itself, and (2) whether also there is a contract between the elected individual and the electorate, and where it is established there is such agreement even in principle, and an action of one of the parties (individuals) to the agreement breaches the assumed terms.
    In the case of defecting from one party to the other, the issues to consider, includes that the position occupied was derived on the manifesto of a party other than the current party, and that voters at the time of casting their votes for that individual had done so solely on the belief they are voting for that party and of course the individual in question. The ballot which, in the truest terms, is a legal document, which the voter had made a declaration and an affirmation of support through the power and authority of each ballot cast for the individual who is presented to the voter by a party for which the voter has opted to support.
    Any variation of the chain of beliefs, and the authority of the ballot cast by voters for that individual and party becomes invalid at the point of defection. This is a fact, and the law backs this position both from a contractual point of view and even from the point of civil relationships. Also in our electoral laws, deception, or a misrepresentation of any material fact by a candidate, or elected individual, where such evidence is found, invalidates that elective position.
    In such situations, a bye-election is automatically activated. Defection invalidates an elective position, and legally and morally, it is wrong to hold unto an elective position earned on the platform of another party for which that individual ceases to be a member by defection. What this means, is that the individual no longer accepts the manifesto of the party from which they were elected, and that they no longer intend to remain bound to the authority of the ballot cast by the voter on the basis of which the position was validated.
    An example, as seen in the defection of Mark Reckless, a Conservative party member of UK Parliament of the current PM David Cameron to the far-right UKIP party of Nigel Farage.This defection triggered a bye-election in the Rochester/Strood constituency.
    Our leaders, from top to bottom, are terribly immoral. But then, we let them get away with anything, so our weakness of character, and strength on issues that should be guided by clear-cut principles is solely responsible for the behaviour of our elected and non-elected officials. The culture of something for nothing is our leadership is indirectly as a result of our inaction.
    No one should be allowed to eat their cake and have it back simple! If you defect from one party, you lose that seat and re-contest the bye-election. Would any Nigerian pay for a ram but accept a chicken at the price of the ram? Or would you pay for a Range Rover Sport and expect to settle for a keke?