APC takes House of Reps’ majority as 6 PDP members defect

Six Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday defected to other political parties.

The Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, announced the defection of the members during the House’s plenary in Abuja.

The defected members were Tobias Okwuru and Peter Ali, both from Ebonyi, to Labour Party, and Chinenye Ike from Abia, to All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

Others are Micah Umoh and Robinson Uwak, both from Akwa Ibom, who defected to Accord Party to All Progressives Alliance (APC), respectively, and Ibrahim Garba from Jigawa, who defected to APC.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports with the latest defections, APC now has 181 members, the highest number of lawmakers in the House. It is followed by PDP with 156 members and other political parties, 23 members.

Membership spread of the House released on January 14 after the defection of 10 lawmakers to various political parties showed that APC had 179 members, PDP,162 while other parties had 19.

Based on this development, the Deputy Minority Leader, Abdulrahman Kawu (Kano), raised a point of order, saying that APC members should occupy the positions of House Leader and Deputy House Leader.

Mr. Kawu said the positions of the Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip should also be occupied by the APC in accordance with the rules of the House.

However, the Speaker, Mr. Tambuwal, ruled that the matter should not be discussed as it was before the court.

(NAN)


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  • August January

    Smart guys! They have seen the hand writing on the wall! PDP has fallen!

  • Dan Arewa

    Columbus is falling.

  • bola1992

    NIGERIANS: WHO IS CORRUPT?

    AND YET, JONATHAN’S GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT –
    THEY WANT CHANGE
    1. Obasanjo’s government spent $16bn for power, and
    only achieved to change the name of NEPA to PHCN, yet
    some people and Obasanjo says Jonathan’s Government
    id corrupt.
    2. Obasanjo’s government, Olusegun Obasanjo and Atiku
    Abubakar were involved in a $180m Hallibuton bribery
    scam that made world news, Yet Obasanjo says
    Jonathan’s Government is corrupt.
    3. Obasanjo’s government, Obasanjo and Atiku spent
    about N1tn with Siemens for the production of National ID
    Card, with a N34bn bribery scam. I am yet to get mine,
    Yet Obasanjo says Jonathan is corrupt.
    4. Bola Ahmed Tinubu used Babatunde Fashola to build 1
    kilometer of road for N1.2bn, while Akpabio builds same
    for N120m. Yet Tinubu and Fashola says Jonathan is
    corrupt.
    5. Bola Tinubu and Fashola spent $460 million (N55
    billion at 2009 exchange rate of N118/$1) of tax payer’s
    money in the name of Lekki-Epe Concession Company
    (LCC) to build a toll gate, and yet taxed Lagosians even
    after claiming to buy back the concession, for using the
    road with no records, Yet Tinubu, Fashola and Obasanjo
    says Jonathan is corrupt.
    6. Buhari delegated all powers to Afri-Project Consortium
    (APC), a consulting firm owned by his Wife’s brother,
    which allowed his Inlaw’s firm to Initiate all projects for
    the PTF, Approve all projects for the PTF and Execute all
    projects for the PTF. APC was able to make away with
    N25,758,532,444 (Twenty-five billion, seven hundred and
    fifty-eight million, five hundred and thirty-two thousand,
    four hundred and fourty-four Naira). Buhari says he did
    not know.. Yet Buhari, Tinubu claims Jonathan is corrupt.
    7. Rotimi Ameachi spent N50bn to build a 2kilometer
    monorail that is yet to be completed. And Ameachi,
    Tinubu, Buhari says Jonathan is corrupt.
    8. 56,000 ghost workers were discovered and terminated,
    So former President called President Jonathan to leave
    the 56,000 ghost workers to remain in status quo, When
    President Jonathan ignored, Obasanjo claimed that
    Jonathan is corrupt.
    Nigeria was rated the 2nd must corrupt Nation in the
    world as at 1999 – 2007 when Obasanjo was president,
    then rated 3rd from 2007 till 2011. In 2014, Nigeria is
    rated 37th in the world, with a four months review that will
    place Nigeria at 46th. Yet Obasanjo says Jonathan is
    corrupt.
    SHOW ME ONE STOREY BUILDING THAT BELONGS TO
    JONATHAN IN NIGERIA

    ——————————
    On Thu, Feb 5, 2015 10:44 PM PST richard omoko wrote:

    >———- Forwarded message ———-
    >From: Precious Nelly
    >Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
    >Subject:
    >To: Richardomoko@gmail.com
    >
    >
    >Before 1999, Tinubu had none of these:
    >1. Oriental Hotel
    >2. Falomo Shopping Complex
    >3. First Nation Airline
    >4. Lekki Concession Company
    >5. Apapa Amusement Park
    >6. Maiyegun Land Project
    >7. De Nation
    >8. Renaissance Hotel
    >9. Tejuoso Market (Joint ownership)
    >10. Ikeja Shopping Mall
    >11. TV Continental
    >12. Converted Lagos Poly land for TVC
    >13. Owned NNPC Office building in Lagos
    >14. Radio Continental
    >15. Owned School of Nursing building in Lagos
    >16. Tax Collector of Lagos State (Alpha Beta)
    >17. Wife is a member of the National Assembly
    >18. Son-in-law is a member of the National
    >Assembly
    >19. Daughter is the President-General of Market
    >Women Association in Lagos
    >20. N4 billion government financed property for self
    >at Queens Drive, Lagos.
    >Tinubu acquired all of the above and many more
    >not listed after he became Governor of Lagos
    >State, first in 1999 and won his second term in
    >2003. He remains Governor Emeritus of Lagos,
    >controlling the State’s treasury through his protege
    >Governor Fashola.
    >He is greedy and may forfeit all, if he doesn’t play
    >ball. You read me right, people! He may lose
    >everything if he declines to play ball with President
    >Jonathan.
    >Everyone knows Tinubu abandoned his party’s
    >candidate, Nuhu Ribadu to support the PDP
    >candidate in 2011. Yoruba, however, did not really
    >buy into his support for Jonathan in 2011. We just
    >voted Goodluck because we were against Gambari.
    >Ribadu and Buhari being Gambari did not just cut it
    >for the Yoruba at the time and even more so now.
    >Yet, not many of you still recollect Atiku’s interview
    >shortly after he was defeated by Yar’Adua in 2007.
    >According to the Turaki of Adamawa, Tinubu
    >supported and funded the campaign of late
    >President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua while the AC had
    >a presidential candidate.
    >Tinubu supported Yar’Adua of the PDP while his
    >party, the AC had a presidential candidate (Atiku)
    >because he knew Obasanjo will use the powers of
    >incumbency to rig the election for Yar’Adua as
    >President. To avoid the possibility of ending up in
    >prison under Yar’Adua, Tinubu secretly funded
    >Yar’Adua’s campaign. Tinubu is a political dealer
    >and not anywhere near a political leader.
    >Political observers are abreast of Tinubu’s game
    >plan with Buhari. He believes US, UK, Obasanjo and
    >Babangida are on board with Buhari’s presidency.
    >So, he is willing and ready to put all his eggs in
    >one basket over # JihadistBuhari and ready for any
    >eventuality. He thinks with America’s support,
    >Buhari will win and he (Tinubu) will stay relevant
    >and in control of the Yoruba economic wealth.
    >However, Jonathan, the President they all loved to
    >call clueless has the support of the Eastern power
    >blocs -Russia and China. He will bring down the
    >house on everyone of them. We are likely to end up
    >with Ukraine but Tinubu and Co want an Ivory
    >Coast scenario.
    >At the close of the day, if Nigeria unravels without
    >a well coordinated central command and control
    >outside Tinubu’s and Obasanjo’s groups in
    >Yorubaland, the two most hated figures in
    >Yorubaland right now, unknown militia Yoruba
    >groups will take over the affairs of the Yoruba
    >states and provinces the minutes Nigeria is
    >dissolved. They will not break up the control of any
    >area under them without a fight. Tinubu and
    >Obasanjo will surely not be in the commanding
    >height of things in Yorubaland. Former thugs,
    >assassins and criminals will surely run things
    >unless the Yoruba Obas and leaders of thought
    >work out plans before rererun.
    >The above scenario is definitely not static. It is
    >being speculated that after the expected defeat of
    >Buhari on 14 February, Tinubu will ask Gambari to
    >hold fire pending the gubernatorial election on 28
    >February. He will then negotiate with President
    >Jonathan for a soft landing to allow him control
    >the Lagos State through Ambode as the sole
    >condition under which he will prevail on Buhari and
    >his boys, Boko Haram to cease all hostility against
    >Mr. President and his government.
    >If Jonathan refuses to negotiate, but insists on
    >Agbaje as Lagos State Governor, Tinubu will
    >activate the terror cells in Yorubaland in
    >conjunction with Boko Haram in the North

  • bola1992

    REASONS WHY NIGERIANS WANT PRESIDENT JONATHAN BACK FOR THE SECOND TERM

    1. President Jonathan is the first President to make sure there is a Federal Universities in each states of the federation. He established 9 new federal universities to make sure the 36 states of the Nation have a federal university.
    2. Since assuming office in May 29, 2011 , President Goodluck Jonathan’s economic team has been implementing far reaching reforms and policies conceived in the economic blue print which seek, among other things, to revive the country ‘s infrastructure, diversify the economy from oil and create a vibrant economy.
    3. In April 6, 2014 Nigeria become the lab and biggest economy in Africa, after rebase of its GDP. It was reported that Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa with a Gross Domestic Product of $510billion which also places us as the 26th largest economy in the world.
    4. The Ministry of Transport has produced a 25 years strategic vision for Nigeria Railways and is rehabilitating several railway corridors including the Lagos Ibadan, Ilorin-jebba-Minna-Kaduna-zaria-kano with branch line from Zaria-Kaura Namoda-Sokoto-Illela (640km); East-West line from Benin-Agbor-Asaba-Onitsha-Owerri-Aba with a spur line to Onitsha-Nnewi (323km) and coastal line Benin -Sapele-Warri- Yenegoa- Porthacourt -Uyo-Calabar.
    5. The Youths are supporting Jonathan because of his success in agricultural sector, which was organized on a global scale in 2012 when the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations gave an award to Nigeria for achieving the Millennium Development Goal on hunger by reducing the number of hungry people I the country. According to Mr. President ” This milestone was achieved three years ahead of the 2015 target date set for the Millennium Development Goals! While we are delighted at this recognition, we know our job is only done when one Nigerian goes to bed hungry.
    6. President Goodluck Jonathan Is the first president and commander in chief of the armed forces that ordered the enlistment of the female cadets in the foremost and only military university in Africa, the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA).
    7. The Jonathan administration launched the Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Lighting Scheme. This is to promote and encourage the use of energy efficient bulbs and lighting systems in order to create an energy conservation culture.
    8. President Goodluck Jonathan is the first to increase the monthly allowance of the Nigerian Youth Corper from the meager sum they were receiving to the 19 800 they are now receiving.
    9. Government is pursuing certain policy measures to re-invigorate various sectors of the economy and enhance their employment generating potentials, including implementing a youth employment safety net support programme that includes conditional cash transfer and vocational training.
    10. President Jonathan established Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State- North Central.
    11. The Ministry of Information has developed a multi-media communication plan, campaign for nationwide security awareness and anti -terrorism, promotion of vision and the transformation agenda and capacity building for staff of the ministry.
    12. The President Goodluck led administration has strengthened Efforts in implementing, Monitoring and Evaluation of Constitution Projects.
    13. Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of Federal Executive Council approved policies and projects by other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and report back to the President in Council.
    14. In sports, African cup of Nations South Africa 2013, a competition that took Nigeria 19 years to win after the last time she did in Tunisia 1994.
    15. Designation of six Hajj and six Christian pilgrim Terminal.
    16. What has made the administration of Goodluck different is the drive to ensure fairness, equity, level playing ground and inclusiveness in whatever the government engages in.
    17. Establishment of the police mortgage bank. This is also geared towards better welfare for officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
    18. The Ministry of Aviation has signed a MOU with Emirates Aviation College to improve delivery level of courses and is working to reduce capital flight and overhead costs to domestic airlines by ensuring major aviation courses are available in Nigeria.
    19. First president head of state under whose tenure, multi-party democracy blossomed most ;six different political parties have Governors in Nigeria ; Labour Party, ACN, PDP, APGA, ANPP and CPC.
    20. Extended Fire Service facilities to the Grass-roots.
    21. President Goodluck Jonathan has successfully improved power generation from the 2,200 megawatts he met on assuming office to 4, 237 megawatts as at today.
    22. The transformation in Ministry of Environment has tackled deforestation in seven Northern states y raising six million tree seedlings.
    23. Providing leadership in the development of risk reduction measures and disaster management.
    24. Restructuring of the Nigeria Civil Authority (NCAA) to expand and promote safety oversight, surveillance and human capital development in the industry.
    25. Without doubt,President Goodluck Jonathan has raised the bar in the area of good governance and has to his credit the fact that he has been able to exhibit rare political will and courage in his drive to transform Nigeria for the better.
    26. During the life of this administration,the policies and programmes directed at addressing governance challenges,has focused on the public service;security,law and order; the legislature; anti-corruption measures and institution;the judiciary;economic coordination and support for private investment.
    27. President Jonathan is the first to increase the monthly allowance of the Nigerian Youth Corper from the meager sum they were receiving to the 19,800 they are now receiving.
    28. President Goodluck as a determined leader,carries out his duties within the statutory template inherited,unless and, until the laws and constitution are tweaked or tinkered to reflect the trends in the society and facilitate a more favorable actualization of democratic deliverables.
    29. The Ministry of Communication Technology is developing ICT infrastructure and policy for the country. The Ministry has lunched the NigComSat-IR satellite;deployed PCs to 766 Secondary schools; PCs Internet access to 193 tertiary institution; IT centre’s in 240 locations; scholarship scheme for masters and Ph.D students and many other projects.
    30. President Jonathan also established Federal University, Lokoja, kogi state, North Central.
    31. The Ministry of information has developed a multi-media communication plan,campaign for nationwide security awareness and anti-terrorism,promotion of vision 20:2020 and the transformation agenda,and capacity building for staff of the ministry. The mark of good leadership is often said to be impact. President Jonathan adopts a leadership style that lends itself to ethical consideration,for example transformational and adaptive styles both of which engage followers in the decision making processes,and the motivation to prevent harm to anyone, as much as reasonably practicable,as long as it is not self-inflicted or self-induced.
    32. The President Goodluck led administration has strengthened effort in implementation, monitoring Evaluation of Constituency products.
    33. Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of Federal Executive Council approved policies and projects by other Ministries,Departments Agencies (MDAs) and report back to the president in council. President Jonathan is the first to provide a business empowerment platform for the Nigerian youth to achieve his business goals by establishing the YOU WIN programme (Youth Enterprise with Innovation). The programme seeks to fund the business idea of the Nigerian youth up to 10 million naira in grants to turn ideas into business corporations.
    34. One of the major achievements of President Goodluck’s Transformation Agenda is in the area of encouraging large large-scale industries and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) to manufacture goods,revitalize ailing industries,promote agriculture and agro businesses, encourage local content strategy and develop Information Technology and Communication (ICT) to be the major driver of the economy.
    35. Although the current administration came into power on June 29,2010, it’s impact in the area of economy began to manifest as early as the last quarter of 2010 when the GDP grew by a record 8.29% and by over 7% in 2011. In the first quarter of 2012, Nigeria had verifiable become the fourth fastest growing economy in the world as recently attested to by several multilateral bodies and trading partner.
    36. The Ministry of Defense has rehabilitated several infrastructure including the National War Museum;workshops and equipment for the armed forces.There has also been construction and rehabilitation of several barracks, hospital, cemeteries and procurement of patrol vehicles vessels.

  • Orphic

    This is one of the few economic commentators in Nigeria with any common sense. The rest are absorbed with status envy and the mob justice of the so called war on corruption.

    • the thinker

      the guy has no commonsense at all. stop praising nonsense

  • the thinker

    this guy is so off mark. they saunter around like they know it all. they’ve been abroad. but they know zilch