UPDATED: Tambuwal’s Defection: Court stops PDP lawmakers from reconvening House of Reps

FILE PHOTO: House of Representative in session

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday granted an injunction stopping lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] from reconvening the House of Representatives from recess.

Justice Ahmed Ramat Muhammed said the PDP legislators cannot take a decision to reconvene the House at least until Friday when the case would be heard.

Justice Muhammed ruled that all parties to the suit must maintain the status quo until Friday, November 7.

The ruling came after members of the APC in the House filed a motion on notice asking the court to stop the Federal Government, the PDP and their agents from reconvening the House until December 3.

Lawmakers of the APC, led by House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, had gone to court after they suspected that PDP lawmakers were planning to reconvene the House in defiance of its leadership.

The Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, had after defecting to the APC on October 28 adjourned the House to December 3.

In his ruling, Justice Muhammed also asked the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and the APC to serve the defendants with the motion on notice and ordered the defendants to come and show cause why all the reliefs being sought should not be granted.

The APC had three days ago alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan was plotting, alongside PDP lawmakers, to reconvene the House in violation of laid down procedures.

“We reject this meddling in the affairs of the Legislature especially given the resolution of President Jonathan and his close advisers yesterday at their meeting to ask the Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha to unlawfully reconvene the House before the adjourned date,” the party had said in a statement by its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed.

“May we remind President Goodluck Jonathan that under the House Rules, only a resolution by all principal officers of the House and not even the Speaker of the House can reconvene the House before the adjourned date not to talk of the Deputy Speaker.”

The spokesperson of the House, Zakari Mohammed, had on Sunday also said the lawmaking body cannot cut short its recess without the express approval of its speaker, Mr. Tambuwal.

PREMIUM TIMES and other media had reported moves by loyalists of President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to reconvene the House before its scheduled resumption date of December 3.

An early resumption is reportedly being proposed to execute the removal of Mr. Tambuwal as Speaker of the PDP-majority House.

After Mr. Tambuwal defected to the opposition, his security details were controversially withdrawn.

In his statement, Mr. Mohammed, clarified the legal procedure to reconvene the House before December 3.

Read his full statement below:

The House of Representatives adjourned sitting of its plenary on 28th of October to 3rd December 2014 to allow members of the House carry out pre Pre- Budget oversight activities in preparation for the 2015 Budget and also to meet the political calendar of all the political parties.

This adjournment was unanimously approved by all the Principal Officers of the House without dissent and the motion was moved by Mulikat- Adeola Akande, the Majority Leader .The Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, approved with the Gavel.

There has been intense media focus on this adjournment and media inquiries on the appropriate procedure for re- convening of the House of Representatives from its Recess, if it becomes necessary. The following clarification has become imperative.

The procedure for reconvening or Re-Assembly of the House is contained in the House Standing Orders made pursuant to Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which empowers the House to regulate its own procedure, including the procedure for Summoning and Recess of the House.

Order V , Rule 18(2) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives provides as follows;

“Whenever the House stands adjourned either to a date fixed by Resolution or the Rules of the House, and it is represented by the Leaders of the Political Parties in the House to the Speaker that the public interest requires that the House should meet on an earlier or a later date or time than that on which it stands adjourned, the Speaker MAY give notice accordingly, and the House shall meet on the date and at the time stated in the notice.”

This means that the Leaders of all the political parties in the House especially the Majority and Minority Leaders respectively MUST consent before the representation is made to the Speaker who has a discretion to agree or not.

This briefing is for the information and guidance of all Nigerians.

Zakari Mohammed


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  • tundemash

    lo ba tan !

    Looks like no hiding place for Dumbo ! Tambuwal remains SPEAKER, with or without PDP policemen.

    This is one think PDP, GEJ and all agents of darkness hate; for the judiciary to get involved. I guess the next step for Dumbo is to sack this judge; Salami-style.

    • BlackDiamond

      True talk… Theirs no hiding place for dumbo, his days are numbered in aso rock

      • kemy2242

        Idodo oro niyen!!!

    • GEJ the devisive and unfit

      GEJ and PDP new style of government, is that rule by the executive only with complete annihilation of legislature and judiciary.

  • Spoken word

    GEJ is a big disgrace to this country.he obviously has no clue of what a constitution is.

    • Alcindo Satori

      … and you do? Faceless doofus!!

      • Spoken word

        I am not the president.if I don’t do my job properly I will be sacked or at least queried. the presidency spends billions annually on his media team and obviously it hasn’t work. If he was doing a good job he wouldn’t need poor souls like you defending him.

        • Ide4u

          You cannot whitewash a pig!! Not even with a lipstick!!

          • Spoken word

            Exactly. That is what I have been telling you about Jonathan.

  • BlackDiamond

    Tambuwal remains the speaker, I am wondering what’s going on in gejs mind

    • Ide4u

      Ogogoro chemical reaction

  • Ekwekwe

    And what about the provision that a third of the House members can sign up to reconvene? Impossible to mention it in this “news story.” Selective propaganda. What about demanding a measure of honour from someone who has quit the majority party to resign as speaker, give Nigeria a break and carry on with his new party – the ‘Progressive’ Congress – which, as we are told, has vowed to do things differently in Nigeria. Surely, someone wants to speed up the splitting of this so called ‘one’ nation.

    • Es3

      Oh!!! Were you expecting them to tell you the truth???!

      It is in their blood to lie, lie, lie and lie again in a desperate hope to cover their APC nakedness!!!

      If that is the provision that would make re-convening of the House legal and binding, why did they run the court to get a kangaroo injunction???!!

      The guilty are always afraid!!!

  • King Carlos

    This is an avoidable embarrassment for the presidency. Just like Sanusi’s appointment as the emir. It’s like Jonathan is not being advised properly. That’s what happens when you have Doyin Okupe as your special adviser.

    • 247don007

      You are wrong about something – there isn’t anything embarrassing to the president here.

    • blackdove

      What do you expect from a man that is drunk half the time, and stealing on the other half.

  • Peter2000

    This is a marathon not a sprint. There are procedures for reconvening the house. The court will not stop that process, injunction or not. I will also plead with Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed, don’t destroy your career for judicial activism. PDP will be here, you are the one, that will be out of a job.

    • endingNaija

      hm Reno Omokri, that sounds more like a political threat on a judge

      • Peter2000

        A good advice, pass it on to the judge, if you know him. The days of frivolous injunctions are over.

  • Akiika

    Eh eh! Jonathan should await the mass defection in the House that awaits him by the time they reconvene. He knows nothing other than looting, his equally dumb adviser didn’t tell him he’s dealing with a lawyer!

    • Alcindo Satori

      Nigerian lawyers are as dumb as a door knob my friend. It’s nothing to brag about

  • tundemash

    This is one thing PDP, GEJ and all agents of darkness hate; for the judiciary to get involved. I guess the next step for Dumbo is to sack this judge; Salami-style.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      An injunction TILL FRIDAY……..that is no big deal ,it is just a procedural injunction to allow the case to be read out in court.

    • Chris1408

      That’s why there’s three branches of government. So they can balance out each other and work together as one. This olodo president seems to forget that and his becoming a dictator. He should remember what happens to dictators.

  • Maria

    I think the house should be allowed to reconvene. The outcome will send Mr Dumbo into a political coma. The reconevend meeting would facilitate massive defenction of PDP lawmakers into APC. Mr Dumbo, carrying on… those who are against you are more than those who are with you!

    • Chris1408

      Better yet, institute the much deserved impeachment proceeding against the mumu president. That will drop the Ogogoro glass from his hand

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Lol

      • Wähala

        Ogogoro bottle… the man drinks holding the bottle by it’s neck.

        • Leslie

          Thumbs up man.lol!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Defectors do not need to reconvene….they can do it now . You are not making sense !!

      • Maria

        It is you who is not making any sense. They need to openly declare their defection on the floor of the house…mumu.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          No need for abuse……they can announce it publicly now then make it formal when the house reconvenes . All they need to do is send their letters to the PDP HQ that is what matters not the ceremonial announcement on the floor of the house !!

          • Maria

            Like the governors who defected sent theirs…Sorry bro… you still have more mourning to do because more people are going to defect in the days ahead… no one wants to drown with a sinking ship.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Dreams are free !

      • Wähala

        Defections are done on the floor after the Speaker has been notified. Stop attacking people with fake news.

        • Otile

          Nwannem, what are you fighting and dying for? You are backing the wrong horse again. The people you are defending will one day castrate you in the market square on a high noon. Save your life, one corrupt Nigeria is not what dying for. The brain is a terrible thing to waste.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          You are wrong ! A defector has to write a letter to his party formally stating his or her defection. The announcement on the floor of the house is a ceremonial process ! This letter will be accompanied with all party IDs and property in the possession. The defector will also present this letter to the new party before registration !

  • Okey

    Certainly, this is one reckless injunction granted by a reckless judge. The House of Representatives had just returned from a two (2) month recess and four (4) days later Mr Aminu Tambuwal sent them on another 2-month recess just to protect his sole political interest at the expense of the need of the entire nation. Now the budget of the federation for which the Senate has scheduled to return on November 4, 2014 is being stalled just because of one man, This “judge” feels at ease to grant an injunction recklessly. He has no right to stop the legislative process of the National Assembly. His injunction is akin to shutting down the Executive or the entire judiciary. It is an injunction in futility and should be so treated.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      It is only to allow due process….Tambuwal cannot win !!!!!!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Do you need to take off your shoes before you can count beyond ten?

      How does the recess for pre-budget oversight activities between last week and Dec 3 equate to 2 months?

      Na wa o if you are struggling with such a simple truth like this.

      • Okey

        We all watched the proceedings of Tuesday last week on national television channels. No where was the phantom “pre-budget oversight” mentioned as reason for the abrupt recess. The phrase was invented yesterday by Zakari Mohammed when the sanity in placing one man’s political interest over and above that of the nation became the issue. My representative to the House of Reps told us and still tell us he “is at sea as to the reason for this inexplicable recess. Oversight functions are not just proceeded like that, funds and logistics are provided for it, the relevant agencies are informed before hand, and pre-budget oversight is never an ambush exercise, etc”.
        If you are the Nigerian lawyer you claim him, I am certain, my representative’s information will not make any meaning to you; after all, with Nigerian lawyers, the law is at its best when a difference is established between 6 and half a dozen and when a simple matter lasts 25 – 30 years in court.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          lol, Okey.

          You don’t need to get hot under the collar for a simple question I asked.

          But now that you are hot and bothered, you would like your “rep” to also lie to you that it was not Ms. Mulikat Akande that moved the motion for the recess?

          Or did the “rep” also tell you that was Tambuwal’s manipulation too?

          We shall fight every fabrication and lie with incontrovertible truths.

          • Okey

            Even though such is your forte, I say it is futile locating a difference between 6 and half a dozen – the reason for another recess after a 2-month break lacks any basis in sanity as it is reckless. Though, to your type of “Esq,” any thing that leads to the “blood of the baboons and monkeys being spilled upon the streets of Nigeria” is welcome. Which is very unfortunate !

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Are you then stating that you are jubilating over the continual slaughtering of Nigerians in the North East by boko haram, whilst the “government” looks on?

            As to the break or recess, why don’t you direct your ire towards Madam Mulikat Akande-Adeola, the PDP Majority Leader in the House for moving the motion?

            Even if you do, I would not support you because this was a collective decision of the House.

            Do you know better than the 360 members?

          • Okey

            The slaughtering is your campaign material. Sooner than later you all will be unraveled.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Okey,

            I am sorry, but you bore me now!

          • Okey

            Bore ? But your youth wing in Sambisa F. are never bored.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Even more boring!

            I refer to your paucity of ideas!!

          • Okey

            Yea, not surprised. To your clients, every idea not from them is barren. Your youth wing are never in paucity of ideas. You should be content with theirs.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            So long, Okey.

          • Okey

            Na waa for you !

        • Nostory

          Okey you’re not Okay with this senseless comment

          • Okey

            Please, calm a little lest you should enlist with Abubakar Shekau ! Our society will be safe with a calm ‘you’ than what is presented here.

    • Psalm 35

      Bless you my brother

  • Tufiakwa

    Will it be asking for too much to call on APC (which has told Nigerians it will bring Change or “Chenge”) to ask its newest member Tambu to do the right thing. Something not expected of the Nigerian politicians we know. Having joined a party which has not got the majority of members in the House, the decent thing to do is to resign as the Speaker. I am being made to think that this whole APC campaign to change things is another bla, bla, bla. Same, same Nigerian politicians speaking through the anus.

  • Enough_is_Enough

    PRESENTLY, AND ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DOES NOT HAVE A SPEAKER ……. THEREIN LIES THE URGENT NEED TO RECONVENE THE HOUSE IMMEDIATELY

    According to the constitution ….. the House of Representatives presently does not have a Speaker ……. therefore the Deputy Speaker and Leader of the Majority party have the constitutional right to reconvene the House as a matter of necessity.

    • Maria

      Which constitution, could you please cite the section of the Constitution that says so?

      • Psalm 35

        It is as cited below:-

        Section 68: TENURE OF SEATS OF MEMBERS

        (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:

        (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.– Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

        ————————————————————————————————————–

        Now one thing you have to note very urgently is that the man is no longer a House of Rep member and since he is no longer one of them he ceases to be the Speaker as you have to be a Rep first and foremost before you aspire to be or remain the Speaker. That is what the constitution states, that is what it intends and full adherence is expected.

        • tijan kabba

          Senator Ayoade Adeseun formerly of the APC formally declared his decision to cross from the APC to the PDP and we didnt see this aspect of the constitution come into play then. Why now.

          • Psalm 35

            Tijan my brother, lets not go there after-all many PDP NASS members from both chambers left PDP for APC along with their Governors Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Fatah Ahmed etc. What is my point, I am not justifying or supporting the selective decision to adhere to that section of the constitution for which both sides are guilty of, I am only saying if there is forthwith a decision to enforce that section of the constitution, it is legal, not against the law and indeed constitutional. Tambuwal knows this hence the reason he quickly adjourned the house for 5 solid weeks, do you know how much could be done for the benefit of the country in 5 weeks. Let me assure you that when this goes before the court for interpretation, no reputable Judge worth his or her name will need more than 10 minutes to interpret it as it is.

        • Maria

          He is a bonafide member of the house…even your dumbo boss cannot deny that. There is a division in Sokoto PDP where the state structure of the party has defected to APC.What do you call that?Additionally, he can only be removed by the 2/3 of the house members, which PDP cannot get… so, you guys can cry from now till the end of the world… you have shot yourself in the foot…Your house is falling apart… By the way, Mr Mimiko defected recently, the ceremony was held in aso villa where he declared that all members of the state legislature both in the national assembly and in the state assembly are defecting with him to PDP…this statement was ceberated by those PDP bigwigs present inclduing Senator David Mark and Mr Vice President. Please, I know you have more mourning to do because more senators and house of rep members and defecting in the days ahead. You are going to have your hands full.

    • Gideon Orkar

      Status quo is there is no Speaker!

  • Sword of Damocles

    The Court only needs to tell us some things:
    1) Does the House Rules conform under the Constitution of 1999
    2) in interpreting the House Rules, do the Rules stipulate that once the House has adjourned, it can be recovened , who & under what circumstances can the House be reconvened prior to its stated date of reconvention(12/3/14).
    3) THe Court’s interpretation of when a House member can defect to another party and not have to resign, and where the Speaker’s defection falls under the interpretation.
    4) Enlighten us , by educating the public WHERE in the Constitution it EXPRESSLY noted that the Executive can order the removal of the security detail of a Constitutional Officer (4th).

    5) Does an Administrative Branch of the Executive(Nigerian Police) have the Constitutional Power to interpret the Constitution
    These questions ultimately will need to be granted Certiori by the Supreme Court of FRN, as they are “ripe”.

    • Isi Agwo

      You do not need a law degree to know that once a decent man/woman (speaker of the house) leaves a majority party to join a minority party, s/he will resign from the leadership of the house. If s/he did not act and whereby the party s/he has joined, if a responsible, decent one, will ask the person to resign his or her leadership of the house. For the sake of the nation. That’s if there is no prior plan in the party to cause more confusion in the country.

      • Truthometer

        Has Olusegun Mimiko resigned as the governor of Ondo State, after changing his party from LP to PDP? Is he not holding a leadership position too? Be fair minded, bro. What goes around, comes around.

        • Uturu Mgbagbu

          Comparing oranges and coconut. Any way, didn’t your party tell us they are different and are bringing change to Nigeria? Lets use another example. Take for example when there was an AD government in Lagos State. Your master Tinubu was the governor. If the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly had defected from AD, the majority party in the state, to the PDP, will he remain the speaker?

          • Truthometer

            The Lagos State House of Assembly would have determined that, with their internal rules. Unlike the one that your dull paymaster, Dumbo and PDP, are trying to do in extra constitutional manner. Allow the process to play itself out. There is rule in the National Assembly, irrespective of the party affiliation. At least, let there be decorum and finesse in the process. Every misfortune that befalls Dumbo or PDP, you people must always look for a way of mentioning Tinubu. Why are you all so scared of him?

      • Sword of Damocles

        Maybe a “law degree” should be required for people to speak about matters that are intrinsically connected to the LAW. why? you wrote:

        ” once a decent man/woman (speaker of the house) leaves a majority party to join a minority party, s/he will resign from the leadership of the house.”

        under what cannon/law do you contrive the above statement. Man cannot be a law unto himself. just because a person has a certain “worldview” does not make it the law, especially if the ‘worldview” is anathema to the Law of the Land(Constitution of 1999), which by the way spells out when a House member MUST resign if defecting. It is now for the Judiciary, after examining the Speaker’s motion to DETERMINE if the Speaker’s case falls under the exception when a House member IS NOT REQUIRED to resign. i urge you to be patient and wait for the judiciary’s interpretation of the relevant sections of our Constitution.

        • Sword of Damocles

          Also, for the record I do not posses one (a law degree).

  • tijan kabba

    Finally someone does something worthwhile in this country.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    So what we have is a devilish political organisation struggling to put a wrench in the wheels of democracy through all means!

    The evil machinations of this extremist opposition has begun unveiling it’s destructive,selfish and grotesque agenda before our eyes. They do not want the legislature to sit ,Why ?…………..to protect an untenable speakership position by hook or crook at the expense of the whole country !
    These are the same zealots who would like to take over the governance of the country.

    • Leslie

      Keep deceiving yourself. Everyone knows it was the house majority leader,Mulikat Adeola-Akande,a PDP member that moved the motion for adjournment.Your campaign of misinformation isn’t working man.Sorry!!

  • Thecreed

    I salute the speaker HoR Hon Aminu Tambuwal again for toeing the part of civility. Let the court rule whether the illegality being consistently perpetuated by Gej led PDP govt can stand. Where the police now takes up the functions of the court to interpret rather than enforce. We await the final judgement of the court. Come 2015! Power must change hands!

  • Maria

    Mr Jonathan is a monumental failure… PDP has never experienced this kind of division since its inception. Jonathan has tore PDP into shreds… the umbrella can no longer protect PDP members against storms…akika!!! When you run organization like an ogogoro joint… this is the outcome! The next to defect will be David Mark, hahahahahaha! And then Madam Peace! A dey laugh ooooo!

    • blackdove

      LOL! Ogogoro Joint! lol! Dr Goodluck Ogogoro over to you. Lol!

    • Otile

      This transvestite, you are hilarious. Can you ever contribute to a meaningful discussion without resorting to silly innuendos? Read over your trash again and judge whether you are proud of your comments. Displaying brash rudeness and disrespect gets you nowhere. Odale.

  • Ogbologbo

    President Jonathan’s self-afflicted chronic indecision
    renders him an unlikely part of the Nigerian solution.

    Boko Haram speaks clearly. No ambiguity. It is a Muslim
    militia committed to genocide. It announces it will kill all
    Nigerian Christians. That means 99% of Igbo people

    and a good half of the Yoruba are those targeted for
    mass murder. President Jonathan rather sees Boko
    Haram as an insurgency. It is not. Boko Haram is a

    genocidal and armed Muslim militia committed to the

    treasonous overthrow of the present constitutional
    order, including President Jonathan himself.

    • Maria

      Jonathan is part of the insurgency otherwise, how could boko haram be defeating a country with military power like Nigeria? Some ragtag criminals chasing soldeirs away? Jonathan must be impeached before terrorists destroy all of us.

      • Deri

        Politics /power and the wealth that comes from it are the driving force for your BH.So I’m not surprised you are asking for power as a dividend of BH

    • Bala

      Is that why the president is not willing to end the war?

  • Tei

    Editor Premium Times:

    JUSTICE IS THE FIRST CONDITION FOR PEACE – NOT ISLAM

    Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri educated ones – though few and far between, including writers and public commentators
    amongst them – are the worst hypocrites in Nigeria. They take off on a tangent to talk irrelevant things but never
    ask that northern Nigeria’s ethno-Islamic dominance be dismantled for the equality of all northern tribes
    and for the equality of all religions in northern Nigeria. In that wise, northern Nigeria is not likely to know peace
    anytime soon, because justice is the first condition for peace – not Islam.

    • bala

      This writer is writing from a paradigm of illiteracy, which ethno Islamic dominance is there in the North?

      • beachcomber

        Bala,

        Are you alright at all? Or you don’t know what Sokoto caliphate means or what?
        Look here, my friend, Sokoto caliphate is the symbol of ‘ethno-religious dominance’
        by the Hausa/Fulani on the basis of Islam over all other 200 tribes in northern Nigeria.

      • Tonnero

        Bala, there is ethno-religious dominance in the North, no doubt about it. But that is no excuse for the thieving, lying, corruption ridden PDP government to hold on to. Two wrongs cannot make a right. However, at some point, we need to fix the North by encouraging religious freedom and eliminating ethnic domination.

  • Bala Datti

    Can someone answer this question, was john Ume ezeoke the speaker of the house when NPN had the majority in the house during the second republic. No insults, no calling of names just intellectual and informed answers please.

    • Dike na Mba

      If you did not have the discipline to find out he was not “john Ume ezeoke” but Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, why should I believe you know what you’re asking? My son/daughter, after the 1979 election (probably not born then?), the NPN and NPP formed an alliance. Close to the 1983 election, some governors in NPP said they were breaking away from the alliance and joined ranks with UPN governors, some GNPP and Abubakar Rimi of PRP to form the PPA. But Ume-Ezeoke, some NPP ministers, and many other members of the NPP, stoutly refused to break away from the alliance with the NPN. That was why Ume-Ezeoke, an NPP member, was a speaker in a house with NPN majority. This case is no defence for Mr Tambuwal. Honour demands that APC should do the right thing, if they are men and women of honour.

      • Tonnero

        Why is it not a defence? What you just admitted is that someone from a minority party CAN be Speaker under some circumstances. The circumstance you quote is an alliance with the majority party since, at the end of the day, it is still by voting. So there is a precedent except that, like most PDPigs, you prefer your own precedent to that of others. Please perish your talk about honour. You guys do not even know the meaning of the word. If you did, GEJ would not be contesting today since he gave his word, you would not be stealing the whole country blind and you would not be killing fellow citizens in their thousands while acting as if nothing is going wrong.

        • Isi Agwo

          Ume-Ezeoke remained in the ruling alliance, along with some PDP members in the government. Chief Ume-Ezeoke, being a proper lawyer, not a sharia lawyer, an honourable man, would have stepped down if he had joined the NPP members who broke away to form the PPA. He would not have tried to force himself on the NPN as leader of the House if he had joined the break away group in NPP, like some irresponsible people are trying to do to PDP today. He was in the NPN-NPP alliance in the House. How is this case a defence for the ongoing charade? PDP, the majority party, do not accept the man you are willing to die for but NPN lobbied and begged Ume-Ezeoke to remain on their side.

  • deji

    Nigerians, I beg grab ya broom now.
    Na broom revolution season we dey. Dont be shy, just do it.
    Hahahahaha…
    For our party form, we no dey ask such questions as tribe, religion, bank account balance, how many people you don kill, how many people you fit kill, how many Judge you fit slap, how many governors you fit slap and grab microphone from, how many billions of dollars you fit steal (stealing is not corruption), we no dey do mago mago (16 is greater than 19 style) etc…..Because for the other party, the higher your number in these areas, the higher your acceptability.
    Wetin we ask you be say,are you God fearing, are you genuinely popular and if you have grass roots followership.
    Our membership is open to all sundry.
    God bless you as collect ya broom.

    • Jihadi

      “I have challenged the apologists of All Progressives Congress [APC] party to publish
      the list of names and the religions of all their political appointees in the Southwest
      especially the following – the governors, SSGs, Speakers, Finance Commissioners
      in all the APC-controlled states in the southwest. Let us see how fair they are
      to the two religions in the country”.</i.

      “If they (APC) could do this at the state level, where they have someone who
      claims to be a Christian as deputy governor, we wonder what they would do
      when they (the APC Muslims) have the President and the Vice President?
      In the whole of the North, there is only one Christian in the National Executive
      commiitee and the National Working committee of the APC.
      His name is Engineer Babachir David Lawal from Adamawa State!
      And if you know the extent he went to get that seat, you would know what APC
      party is up to.”

      ……………………..Bayo Oladeji

      [October, 31st, 2014]

      Leadership Newspaper

      • deji

        Thank God that the Boko Haram party, PDPigs has nothing else to hold on to apart from the politics of religion. We taught you some lessons in Osun state and you will learn more after the 2015 election.

        In the Cabinet of Osun State there are 10 more Christians than Muslims. In addition, the largest Ministries are headed by Christians- Ministries of Finance, Justice, Education, Health, Environment , Agriculture, Physical Planning and Youth and Sports . The Legislature (House of Assembly), which came into office after he won back his mandate in court in November 2010, has a majority of Christian members – 18 Christians and 8 Muslims. Everyone knows that at that level if the Governor does not support your nomination by the party your ambitions are dead in the water.

        The State Judiciary is headed by a Christian who he appointed although he had preferred and proposed a judge from Lagos Justice Olubunmi Oyewole also a non-Muslim. Of over 30 new Permanent Secretaries appointed by him 22 are Christians. If the majority of your cabinet, ( including your Attorney-General), your Legislature, Judiciary and top echelon of your civil service are Christians how can we in truth say that such a person has an Islamisation agenda?
        The wives of Bola Tinubu, APC national leader; Oyo governor, Abiola Ajimobi; Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola; Ogun governor, Ibikunle Amosun; and former APC interim chairman, Bisi Akande, are all Christians.

        The children of these political leaders were bred and brought up by Christian mothers. You think those people, wherever they participate, they will bring a religious issue?
        Being a christian, did not stop Alao Akala, Gbenga Daniel, Fayose, Mimiko, Segun Agagu from stealing .
        Can we talk about your achievement in the past 16 years?

    • Weydem

      “I have challenged the apologists of All Progressives Congress [APC] to publish

      the list of names and the religions of all their political appointees in the Southwest
      especially the following – the governors, SSGs, Speakers, Finance Commissioners
      in all the APC-controlled states in the southwest. Let us see how fair they are
      to the two religions in the country”

      “If they (APC) could do this at the state level, where they have someone who
      claims to be a Christian as deputy governor, we wonder what they would do
      when they (the APC Muslims) have the President and the Vice President?
      In the whole of the North, there is only one Christian in the National Executive
      committee and the National Working committee of the APC.
      His name is Engineer Babachir David Lawal from Adamawa State!
      And if you know the extent he went to get that seat,

      you would know what APC party is up to.”

      ……………………..Bayo Oladeji

      [October, 31st, 2014]

      Leadership Newspaper

      • Ladelegan

        HOW APC REGISTERED WITH INEC AS A POLITICAL PARTY

        1] Party Leader – North, Gen Muhammadu Buhari……(Muslim)
        2] Party Leader – South, Bola Ahmed Tinubu ……… . (Muslim)
        3] National Chairman: Abdulkareem Bisi Akande……. (Muslim)
        4] Deputy National Chairman: Aminu Bello Masari….. (Muslim)
        5] National Secretary: Tijjani Musa Tumsah……………(Muslim)
        6] Deputy National Secretary: Nasir El-Rufai…………(Muslim)
        7] National Publicity Secretary.: Lai Muhammed……….(Muslim)
        8] National Treasurer: Sadiya Umar Faruq…………….(Muslim)
        9] Financial Secretary: Alhaji Shaibu Musa……………(Muslim)
        10] National Youth Leader: Abubakar Lado…………….(Muslim)
        11] National Legal Adviser: Muiz Banire ………………..(Muslim)
        12] National Deputy Auditor: Bala Jibrin…………………(Muslim)
        13] Women Leader: Sharia Ikeazor………………………(Muslim Convert)
        14] Ex-Officio Member: Muniru Muse…………………..(Muslim)
        15]Ex-Officio Member: Alhaji Yemi Sanusi ………….…(Muslim)

        • The APC National Treasurer protested this
        Islamic-biased leadership and resigned.

        • Davido

          All Progressives Congress [APC] is an illicit organization – full of Alhajis –signifying nothing.

        • JONATIFE

          @LADELEKAN u are a complete full—— what abt……. APC CHAIRMAN, Chairman APC GOVR, FORUM, WHAT CHAIRMANS IN S/S AND S/E ZONES…….. WHERE ARE U WHEN CHAIRMAN OF CREMINAS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (CAN)…… ORISAJAFOR WAS CAUGHT WITH $9.8M TO BUY GUNS AND KILL NIGERIANS…. ARE U NOT IN NIGERIA WHEN JONATIF AND SOME JUJU PEOPLE GO TO ISREAL LAST 2WEK? SO NIGERIA IS 4 JUJU PEOPLE ALONG BA? AGOO……….

        • olad

          Islam is a religion that both south west and the north share, so I’m not surprised if majority of APC political leaders are Muslim. Christians in the south west focus more on prosperity through hard work and not politics, hence you don’t see them really at forefront of politics. for example, where is Pastor Bakare today after last presidential election, he is back to his church and not into politics. So your analysis is unsubstantiated with reasons why APC leaders are muslims. S/Westerners are more focused on delivery, even when Obasanjo/Christian was president, he was heavily criticized for lack of delivery by his people. If muslim ticket would make Nigeria a great nation, S/W dont care. Nigerians are getting wiser but some retrogressive elements would do anything to create religion diversity, may God open our eyes!

  • Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

    Tambuwal is a terrorist just like Muamar Gaddafi! i will flush out all this thugs if i win 2015.

    • Toun

      Why should Goodluck Ebele Jonathan leave Boko Haram emergency in the north-east aside to be posting here?

  • Public Policy Group

    AMINU TAMBUWAL’S CASE:- WHY BOTH NLC AND NBA ARE WRONG

    Even if we suspended belief, the Bar Association can’t be right in its stance –
    that only a court of law can reach the opposite conclusion it announced.
    For that means the Nigerian Bar Association can’t assert its own conclusion –
    that Aminu Tambuwal remains the Speaker of the House – without any court order.

    The first question that should have occurred to the Nigerian Bar Association
    is this: “Is Aminu Tambuwal still a member of the House of Representatives
    after defecting from PDP to APC without cogent evidence of a division in PDP?”

    This first question of membership is what a court of law need firstly resolve.

    Those carelessly asserting that Aminu Tambuwal remains Speaker of the House
    of Representatives; despite his defecting from PDP to the APC, are committing the
    same error of reasoning as the Nigerian Police Force they’d sought to controvert.
    If the Nigerian Bar Association reviewed its stance, it would realize that the proposition
    it announced – that Aminu Tambuwal remains the Speaker of the House – is a conclusion
    of law outside the declarative authority of the Nigerian Bar Association [NBA].

    • Danny

      Oh, okay, i see – good logic here. It means Aminu Tambawal has lost membership of House of Reps!

      • Tonnero

        You forgot to change your name before posting your second comment which congratulates you on your first!

        • Femi A.

          That’s the problem with Reno and his gang. They have over 100 computers they are using.

    • Tonnero

      As usual, upside down reasoning. The status quo is that Tambuwal is the speaker. If you do not agree with that, then tell us who removed him and who the new speaker is. The NASS members, as a group, have not said they removed him. Some aggrieved PDPigs, including GEJ, who are INTERESTED parties only, are the ones complaining and would like to change the status quo. You do not need a court order to maintain the status quo. You need one to change it.

      • Bade

        See me see trouble! Who changed the status quo? Was it not Aminu Tambuwal?
        So, if he’s changed status quo – by defecting to APC – what is the legal consequence?
        That’s the whole issue here O – decide the result of Aminu Tambuwal altering the status quo.

        • Tonnero

          Be reasonable. Aminu Tambuwal has not removed himself from the speakership position. You and your PDP paymasters are the one that think he has. That is exactly the point. In a civilized country, when you have that disagreement, you go to court rather than using the police as your personal enforcers.

          • Bade

            @ Tonnero;

            No, i beg. In a civilized country you deduce and apply the law to Tambuwal
            In applying it, Aminu Tambuwal shall be refused entry into House of Reps.
            Because he’s no longer a member and can enter only if he brings evidence
            – not just any flimsy argument – but convincing evidence of a division in PDP.

          • Tonnero

            And what does the law say, professor? Is Tambuwal still a legislator? Yes. The case PDP took to court seeking interpretation of that is still in court and hundreds of legislators who defected are still in the house. Can we have a speaker from a minority party? Again the answer is YES. Not only was there a precedence laid by Umeh Ezeoke, the law does not expressly state that the speaker must be from a majority party. All you need is to be a legislator and to have been voted for by a majority of the legislators. How you get that majority vote may either be by a coalition of smaller parties or by getting the majority party to back you. In any case, the legislators have not told you they have no speaker. There is no dispute in the house. Now the executive is trying to run legislative business for them and morons are supporting that? what part of separation of powers do you not understand?

          • Uwadiegwu

            Mr, stop deliberately fooling yourself. Chief Ume-Ezeoke was speaker because there was an NPN-NPP coalition. When some in NPP joined the PPA, NPP’s Ume-Ezeoke said he was not leaving the alliance. NPN courted him, begged him to stay. Some NPP ministers also stayed. He did not force himself on the majority party. He was part of an alliance. PDP do not want your sharia lawyer as speaker or is he going to impose himself on the majority party? He has abandoned the ruling party, so he cannot lead the House. Worse still, APC has no honour and dignity to bring the greedy man, who has changed parties six times between 1999 and 2014, to order.

          • True Nigerian

            Bade, are you a lawyer? If you are, your clients are pitiable! If you are not, your level of comprehension is pitiable too!

          • Eziokwubundu

            In no society will a member of a minority party force himself on a majority party as their leader. Tambuwal of APC, cannot be the Speaker of a House with PDP majority by force. If he had any honour, he would have resigned as Speaker once he changed to APC, Or if APC had any honour and standards, it should have asked the sharia lawyer to step down as Speaker.

        • TY

          I never knew it is illegal to defect political parties, I think the Ondo state speaker should have been facing the same thing. Why is it that some Nigerians like you don’t like opposition who could challenge the FG.

    • True Nigerian

      You start with a big name “public policy group” and then you quickly show that you have no capacity whatsoever to know what public policy is. NBA did not usurp the authority of the judiciary. Unlike your police force that has a rotten brain, NBA and NLC were simply saying that only the court can decide the matter, not the police. If your analytical prowess is so low that it could not get that simple point, your bogous name – public policy group – invokes the picture of a frog dressed in caftan, konkosa or babariga. Hahahahaaha!

      • Peju

        You are NOT a true Nigerian….far from it. You are probably a Mujahedeen.
        I suspect your heart and soul are totally lost to an Islamic State of Nigeria.

  • Words on Marble

    “In a civilized country you just deduce and apply the law to Aminu Tambuwal
    In applying it, Aminu Tambuwal shall now be refused entry into House of Reps.
    Because he’s no longer a member of the House and can enter only if he brings evidence,
    – not just any flimsy argument – but cogent and convincing evidence of a division in PDP.”

    …………Bade

    • Public Policy Group

      AMINU TAMBUWAL’S CASE:- WHY BOTH NLC AND NBA ARE WRONG

      Even if we suspended belief, the Bar Association can’t be right in its stance –
      that only a court of law can reach the opposite conclusion it announced.
      For that means the Nigerian Bar Association can’t assert its own conclusion –
      that Aminu Tambuwal remains the Speaker of the House – without any court order.

      The first question that should have occurred to the Nigerian Bar Association
      is this: “Is Aminu Tambuwal still a member of the House of Representatives
      after defecting from PDP to APC without cogent evidence of a division in PDP?

      This first question of membership is what a court of law need firstly resolve.

      Those carelessly asserting that Aminu Tambuwal remains Speaker of the House
      of Representatives; despite his defecting from PDP to the APC, are committing the
      same error of reasoning as the Nigerian Police Force they’d sought to controvert.
      If the Nigerian Bar Association reviewed its stance, it would realize that the proposition
      it announced – that Aminu Tambuwal remains the Speaker of the House – is a conclusion
      of law outside the declarative authority of the Nigerian Bar Association [NBA].

      • Irene Wey

        “What is about to happen is going to be like a film show. Something greater than the Justice Oputa panel will be set up in Nigeria to try these corrupt politicians. God will use this crisis (Boko Haram / insecurity) to raise up a leader who will cleanse the society. The person will have the heart of a lion, like Jehu in the Bible. Most of these politicians, if they are not dead, will end up in prison. This is what Godis saying.”

        …….…….Primate Olabayo

        (Head of the Evangelical Church of Yaweh)

        [April 29, 2013]

    • Danny

      Aminu Tambawal has lost membership of House of Reps!

  • usman Abdul

    wahala

  • Truthometer

    When is PDP going to send its thugs to go and beat up Justice Ahmed Ramat Muhammed. After all, Fayose slapped a judge in Ekiti and the whole PDP including Dumbo applauded him.

  • olawale

    To those who have argued that 120 reps could sign for the House of Reps to reconvene should provide expressly where that is stated in the Constitution or in the The House Standing Orders.
    The procedure for reconvening the House is stated clearly hereunder

    Order V , Rule 18(2) of the Standing Orders of
    the House of Representatives provides as
    follows;
    “Whenever the House stands adjourned either
    to a date fixed by Resolution or the Rules of
    the House, and it is represented by the
    Leaders of the Political Parties in the House
    to the Speaker that the public interest
    requires that the House should meet on an
    earlier or a later date or time than that on
    which it stands adjourned, the Speaker MAY
    give notice accordingly, and the House shall
    meet on the date and at the time stated in the
    notice.”

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  • the_adviser

    The constitution takes precedence and superior to any house rules. Are these dishonourable people too thick to understand that.

  • Eroli Reuben

    The house should ignore the court order and seat. The courts, including the supreme court has no power to restrain the National Assembly from seating. In constitutional law and in the history of tbe united state’s constitutional history, the court has never ordered congress not to seat. Congress just like our National Assembly is a cordinate sovereign political division. While the court can interprete the laws the Assembly passes. It should always exercise restraint on matters such the present dispute since it’s a wholly “Political Question” dispute and thus “non-justiciable” .For the court to preserve it’s independence and honor. It must self-restraint itself in getting dirty in the murky waters of politics. These are the court’s decisions in Nigeria that are laughable when viewed by those with legal training from abroad. Cite one example where a court in Britain restrained the House of Commons from seating no matter the internal disputes in Parliament.