queenesther

QueenEsther Iroanusi covers the National Assembly for PREMIUM TIMES. She is a 2018 Female Reporters Leadership Programme fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. She has a degree in French. She can be reached on Twitter @QueenExtha

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Dino Melaye

I trust my constituents, I have nothing to fear about recall — Dino Melaye

A senator, Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi West), has said that he has nothing to fear regarding a petition by his constituents calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recall him. Mr. Melaye is currently fighting perhaps his toughest political battle as some of his constituents push to recall…

Bukola Saraki

Dapchi Girls: Our prayers have been answered – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has described the release of some of the abducted Dapchi Schoolgirls as a proof that the prayers of Nigerians have been answered. He said this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, where he also commended President Muhammadu…

Senator Ben Murray Bruce

PDP senator says he advised Buhari to withdraw police officers from VIPs

A federal lawmaker and founder of the Silverbird Group, Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa), has disclosed that he had earlier advised President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw police officers guarding VIPs. He made this disclosure via his official twitter account following the order of withdrawal of police officers from private individuals and…

Bukola Saraki

2019: Saraki distances self from former aide

The Nigerian Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has distanced himself from a former aide, Ikenga Ugochinyere, who is now the chairman of a newly registered political party, Action Peoples Party (APP). According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the senate president also denied any link…

Buhari’s decision on Peace Corps bill splits senators

Some federal lawmakers have disagreed over the rejection of the Peace Corps Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari. The veto by the president had caused a stir not just among the lawmakers but also among Nigerians, especially those in support of the bill. The president last week declined to sign into…

Ike Ekweremadu, PDP, Deputy Senate President

No one can rig 2019 elections – Ekweremadu

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has given assurance that the 2019 general elections would not be manipulated. According to his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, Mr. Ekweremadu gave the assurance on Wednesday when he received national, zonal, and state youth leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

2019 Election Sequence: Senate to write CJN on respect for separation of powers

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday resolved to write a letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, reminding him of separation of powers of arms of government as enshrined in the Nigerian constitution. The resolution was sequel to a deliberation on a point of order raised by the…

Senator Abdullahi Adamu

Ekweremadu doing dirty work for Saraki – Senator

A federal lawmaker, Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West), has accused the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of using his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, to do his "dirty work". He made this accusation during an interview with Daily Trust, where he also accused Mr. Saraki of leading the Senate ''by proxy''. Mr. Adamu…

Nigerian Senate

Senate backtracks, to consider confirmation of CBN, MPC nominees

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday resolved to make a concession to carry out the confirmation process for the two deputy governors and other members of the Monetary Policy Committee. The resolution was sequel to a deliberation of a point of order raised by Rafiu Ibrahim (APC, Kwara South) urging members…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

2019: Senate urges INEC to sanction persons, parties acting illegally

As the 2019 general election draws near, the Senate’s Joint Committee on INEC and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters has urged the National Electoral Commission (INEC), to exercise its powers and sanction persons or parties acting against the electoral laws. This call was made by the Senate President Bukola…

Lawyers react to senators’ N13.5 million monthly ‘running cost’ allowance

Some Nigerian lawyers have reacted to a recent revelation of N13.5 million “running cost” allowance that senators receive monthly. The revelation, which was made by Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) stirred up mixed reactions not only among the electorate but the lawmakers as well. Mr. Sani had in an interview…

Ike Ekweremadu

Ekwerwmadu denies calling for military intervention

The Nigerian Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied calling for military intervention in the country. According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media), Uche Anichukwu, Mr. Ekweremadu made the denial while speaking at the 74th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Africa Region) Executive Committee dinner, hosted by the Bayelsa…

Senator Ben Murray Bruce

Nigerians ‘attack’ Senator over Canadian doctors’ salary tweet

Some Nigerians have verbally attacked a senator, Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP, Bayelsa), who appeared so impressed by Canadian doctors rejecting a pay raise, that he compared them to their Nigerian counterparts. Mr. Murray-Bruce had taken to his official Twitter page to call on the Nigerian government to pay attention to Nigerian…

Senator Shehu Sani

CSOs, Nigerians react to senators’ N13.5 million monthly “running cost” allowance

Civil society groups (CSOs) and other Nigerians have reacted to a recent revelation of the N13.5 million "running cost" allowance that senators receive monthly. The revelation, which was made by Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) has stirred up mixed reactions. Mr. Sani disclosed that he and his colleagues receive N13.5…

EFCC operative used to illustrate the story

Senate claim on EFCC’s audit report ‘incorrect’ – Spokesperson

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has denied the report issued by a Senate committee stating that the commission had failed to submit its audited account to the Auditor-General of the Federation since the time of its establishment. The Senate committee on public accounts said 85 government parastatals including…

Bukola Saraki

Senate rejected only 13 Executive nominees in over two years – Saraki

Only 13 of the 240 nominees presented for confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari since the inception of the 8th Senate have been rejected, an official has said. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, stated this on Wednesday at the National Assembly, where he stressed that the Senate had confirmed 227 nominees…

Senator Shehu Sani

“Grenade inside the flower pot, in the dance hall,” how senator described APC crises

A senator, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), says a grenade may have been planted in the All Progressives Congress (APC) following the rejection of the extension of the tenure of its National Working Committee of the party by its Lagos State chapter. The senator made this disclosure on Wednesday via…

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Stop fraudulent pensions, Saraki challenges ex-governors in Senate

The Nigerian Senate President, Bukola Saraki has praised the Kwara State House of Assembly for passing a bill to suspend pension and other emoluments to ex-governors and deputies. He also urged other ex-governors who still hold public office, especially those in the Senate, to work towards stopping pensions they may…

Physically-challenged persons protest at National Assembly

A group of physically challenged persons on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly to protest and demand employment. The group, Association of Physically Challenged Applicants, said they want the lawmakers, to put an end to the discrimination that they face. The Senate passed the Disability Bill in 2016 The bill has…

Senate urges Nigerian govt. to repair inter-state roads

The Senate has called on the federal government to ensure the rehabilitation and repair of inter-state roads in Nigeria in the 2018 fiscal year. The Senate made the resolution on Tuesday after deliberating on a motion titled “Urgent need to rehabilitate and repair inter-state roads in Nigeria”, sponsored by Chuwkuka…

Senate summons Minister over airport near-mishaps

The Nigerian Senate has summoned the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, to explain measures being taken by the federal government to minimise air mishaps and near fatalities in the country. The Senate also resolved to invite the heads of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airport Authority…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

Saraki directs Senate panel to assess Zamfara killings

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has directed the Senate ad-hoc committee on security to visit Zamfara for an assessment of the violence that recently occurred in the state. He announced this on his official Twitter account on Monday where he also stated that the panel will return to plenary to…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

2019: Lawyers react to new election sequence

Lawyers have reacted to the reordering of the 2019 election timetable by the National Assembly. While some of them believe it is illegal and against the constitution, others however, say there is nothing unconstitutional about . The amendments, if eventually signed by the president, will make some changes in Nigeria’s…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

APC member challenges extension of party’s NWC members’ tenure in court

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has urged the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare the extension of the tenure of the National Working Committee (NWC) by its National Executive Committee (NEC), illegal and unconstitutional. Okere Uzochukwu, a member of the APC in Imo State, made the…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki, other Nigerians condemn killing of aid workers in Borno

The Nigerian Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other Nigerians have condemned the killing of three UN aid workers in a community in Borno state. He said this on his official Twitter handle on Friday, where he described the attack as cowardly and also called for the perpetrators to be brought…