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Nasir Ayitogo is a National Assembly correspondent who covers the House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Theatre and Media Arts from Nasarawa State University, Keffi where he also obtained an M.sc Public Relations and Advertising from the Department of Mass Communications. He can be reached on Twitter @nastogo and Facebook: http://facebook.com/nastogo

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Femi Gbajabiamila

INTERVIEW: Why Saraki must quit as Senate president — Gbajabiamila

The leader of the House of Representatives and chairman of the APC Caucus, Femi Gbajabiamila, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Nasir Ayitogo, speaks on the defections in the House, his relationship with Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the demand by the APC for the resignation of the Senate president, Bukola…

Senate President Bukola Saraki and former president, OLusegun Obasanjo. [PHoto credit: THISDAY]

Nigeria Politics Last Week: PDP presidential aspirants visit Obasanjo amidst calls for Saraki’s resignation

Last week, Nigeria's political space was dominated mostly by the results of the just concluded by-elections in some parts of the country, uncertainty over reconvening of the National Assembly and calls for the resignation of Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Unlike previous weeks recently, however, there were little or no reports…

PIC.19. INEC PRESENTS CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION TO FIVE NEW POLITICAL PARTIES IN ABUJA

2019: Reps frown at duplications in INEC budget

Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters have alleged duplication of items in the 2018 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) budget currently before them. The committee chaired by Aishatu Dukku (APC-Gombe) sat on Wednesday to consider approval of funds for INEC to enable the commission prepare for…

National Assembly

No sign National Assembly will reconvene Tuesday — Rep

Barely a day to the supposed resumption of the National Assembly to attend to crucial matters awaiting their attention, controversies have surrounded the possibility of the lawmakers reconvening. Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, had stated that the National Assembly will reconvene on Tuesday to consider matters…

Lasun Yussuff, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives. [Photo credit: newtelegraphonline.com]

National Assembly to reconvene next week — Deputy Speaker

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun, says the National Assembly will reconvene Tuesday next week to consider matters of public interest. Mr. Lasun made this announcement on Thursday shortly after a meeting of the All Progressives Congress caucus in the National Assembly. "First, let me make…

The exterior of the train

FCTA announces fares for Abuja train service

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced fares for the FCT metro train services, marking the end to the one month free service by the facility. President Muhammadu Buhari on July 12 commissioned the new light rail for Abuja. He said it is the first phase of the rail…

Ita Ekpeyong [photo: today .ng]

EFCC raids ex-SSS DG Ita Ekpeyong’s Abuja home

Anti-graft operatives have raided the residence of Ita Ekpeyong, a former director-general of the State Security Service (SSS). The officers, believed to be from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrived Mr Ekpeyong's home just before noon on Thursday, in an anti-corruption raid that was reportedly sanctioned by Acting…

Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara congratulating Senate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki on his Birthday celebration at the National Assembly on Tuesday 19th December, 2017. Photos : Speaker's Media Office.

National Assembly leadership in closed-door meeting with INEC

The leadership of the National Assembly led by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, are currently in a closed-door meeting with the management of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The meeting holding in the National Assembly was billed for Tuesday but was…

Speaker, House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara.

NASS Siege: You have defeated ‘hands of tyranny’, Dogara tells lawmakers

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has hailed the resilience of members of the National Assembly over the invasion of its complex by officials of the State Security Service. Operatives of the SSS had in a perceived bid to aid the forceful removal of Senate President Bukola…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara. [Photo credit: Newmail-ng.com]

Saraki, Dogara condemn SSS siege, postpone NASS leadership meeting

The leadership of the National Assembly has postponed its scheduled leadership meeting slated for Tuesday. This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara. They attributed the postponement to the earlier invasion of the assembly complex…

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Defection: We didn’t have prior knowledge of Akpabio’s visit to Buhari – PDP

Nigeria's main opposition party, PDP, has said it was not aware that a senator, Godswill Akpabio, was going to London to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday. Speaking with journalists on Monday, the party's spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the former governor of Akwa Ibom State told members of the…

Rivers Rep, Boma Goodhead, dares DSS

LIVE UPDATES: SSS blocks National Assembly as plot to remove Saraki thickens

The National Assembly was in the early hours of Tuesday cordoned off by officers of the State Security Services in an alleged move by some senators to remove the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The officers. who said their actions are 'order from above' initially denied lawmakers entrance into the National…

SSS blocks National Assembly as ‘Senators move to oust Saraki’

A siege is underway at the National Assembly as officers of the State Security Services have barricaded the entrance to the complex, turning back lawmakers and workers. Some lawmakers told PREMIUM TIMES the siege was to aid senators who support President Muhammadu Buhari impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki and his…

Saraki being welcomed by fellow party members in Abuja Thursday [photo: pulse.ng]

Let’s work together in defence of democracy, Saraki tells PDP

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has called on members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to work together in defence of democracy and with the aim of providing good governance to Nigerians. He stated this at the 81st National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party, where he…

Wadata-plaza PDP Headquarters

Top PDP official dumps party, joins APC

An official of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resigned from the party and joined the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ahmed Aluko was reportedly the only PDP national officer from Kwara State and a member of its National Executive Committee. Mr Aluko, who was the PDP deputy governorship candidate in…

Uche-Secondus

Secondus to Saraki, other defectors: Be ready for war

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told its new members who recently defected from the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), to get ready to fight a (political) war. Mr Secondus, who stated this on Wednesday night at a dinner in honour of the defectors, according…

National Assembly

PDP Reps allege plot to remove Saraki, vow to keep vigil at NASS

Some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus of the House of Representatives say they will keep vigil at the National Assembly all night today over alleged plot by some All Progressives Congress (APC) senators to invade the senate chamber and remove Senate President Bukola Saraki. The lawmakers were…

Members of the House of Reps

Reps launch probe of debts allegedly owed by international oil firms

The House of Representatives has launched an investigation into the debts allegedly owed indigenous firms by International Oil Companies (IOCs). The lawmakers are also probing alleged non-remittance of some statutory funds by the IOCs to the Nigerian government. The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, and chief executive officers…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Reps call for reinstatement of suspended electricity board

The House of Representatives has asked the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to reinstate the suspended board of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC). This was stated on Wednesday by the Chairman, House Committee on Power, Dan Asuquo, who said he was issuing a 48-hour ultimatum, during the investigative public hearing…

Members of the House of Reps

Reps postpone plenary till September

After the gale of defections that rocked the National Assembly on Tuesday, the House of Representative adjourned its plenary till September 25. The Speaker of the House of Representatives made the announcement at the end of plenary on Tuesday. This comes after about 37 members defected from the ruling All…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

UPDATED: 37 House of Reps members dump APC

A total of 37 members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday defected from Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Of this number, 32 joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while four joined the African Democratic Congress (ADC). One later announced he was also leaving the APC but did not…

Members of the House of Reps

Reps collating list of defectors from APC

Members of the House of Representatives are currently collating a list of members that will possibly leave Nigeria's ruling party, APC. Razak Atunwa, Ali Madaki and Abdulsamad Dasuki, all elected under the platform of APC, are spearheading the move. Sources among the defecting lawmakers told PREMIUM TIMES there are about…

Security agents reportedly lay siege on Saraki, Ekweremadu's residences

DEVELOPING STORY: Security agents reportedly lay siege to Saraki, Ekweremadu’s residences

Security agencies are reportedly laying siege on the homes of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in Abuja. The move is said to be an apparent ploy to prevent them from making it to the National Assembly today because of an alleged plan by many lawmakers…

Buruji Kashamu, the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District

PDP expels Buruji Kashamu, three others

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expelled an Ogun State senator, Buruji Kashamu, from the party. Three other members of the PDP in Ogun State were also expelled on Monday. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, announced the expulsion at the end of an emergency National Executive…

I’ll become House majority leader in a few days – Reps Minority leader

Acting minority leader of the House of Representatives, Chukwudi Onyema, has declared that he will become the House leader in a few days. Mr Onyema, popularly known as Chuchu, said this at the ongoing emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) at the party…