Thursday, July 6, 2017
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1. Only courts can stop recall process-INEC says as Dino Melaye begs senators to help him.
Embattled Kogi State senator, Dino Melaye, at the Senate plenary on Tuesday called on his colleagues to save him from being recalled by his constituents.
The senator restated his claim that his recall was masterminded by his state governor, Yahaya Bello.
However,the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday said only a legitimate court order could stop the process .
Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman of the commission, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that filing a lawsuit was not enough to stop the recall process.
INEC had on Monday released the schedule of activities for the recall of Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Senate, with Aug. 19 fixed for verification of signatures of petitioners demanding his recall.
But, various suits have been instituted in courts to stop to stop the process.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, assured Mr. Melaye of the upper chamber’s support, proclaiming the recall process “dead on arrival.”
2Osinbajo Risks Impeachment As Senate Asks Him To Withdraw Statement On Powers Of Confirmation
Strong indications have emerged on Tuesday that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo risks being impeached if the executive fails to carry out the decisions of the Senators as the Senate has asked him to as a matter of urgency withdraw his statement that the National Assembly lacks the powers to confirm nominations from the President.
The Senate has also vowed to suspend all issues relating to confirmation from the Executive until such matters of confirmation as contained in the constitution were strictly adhered to, just as it urged the Acting President to respect the constitution of the land.
The Senate has also asked Acting President Osinbajo to respect rejections of nominees by the Senate.
Resolutions of the Senate were sequel to a point of Order raised by Senator Ahmed Sani, APC, Zamfara West that a letter from Acting President Osinbajo on the appointment of Lanre Gbajabiamila as the Director General, National Lottery Commission.
Soon after Senate President Bukola Saraki read the letter from the Acting President, Senator Ahned Sani raised the point of Order which later generated hot debate from other Senators.
3. oodluck Jonathan Invited By House Of Reps Over Multi-Billion Naira Scandal
Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has been invited by the house of representatives ad hoc committee probing the award of oil prospecting licence (OPL) 245 to Malabu Oil and Gas. The invitation which was done today,Wednesday 5th July is basically to have Jonathan testify in the ongoing investigations.
It was noted however by the committe that an extensive investigation into the OPL 245 saga had been conducted and that it was drawing to a close. It, therefore, stated that in the interest of thoroughness, natural justice and fair play, it was imperative that evidence should be taken from the former President. .
In arriving at the decision, a statement by the committee noted that it took account of the following facts:
(i) Mr Jonathan was the President at the material time the Ministers brokered the deal that lead to the allegation of $1bn diversion of funds; .
(ii) Mr Jonathan’s name features in the proceedings initiated by the Public Prosecutor of Milan in Italy; .
(iii) A U.K. Court Judgment in relation to an application to return part of the money being restrained, castigated the Jonathan Administration as not having acted in the best interest of Nigeria in relation to the ‘deal’; .
(iv) The Attorney-General of the Federation at the material time, Mohammed Bello Adoke, has recently instituted proceedings in court wherein he pleads that all his actions were as as instructed by former President Goodluck Jonathan. .
“Accordingly, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution, the Committee has decided to request that former President Goodluck Jonathan gives evidence as to his role in the matter.” The statement sent by the House, said the Secretariat will write to him asking for his response and submissions.