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Gov. Obaseki Orders Vandalization of Edo State House of Assembly

Men believed to be acting on Gov. Godwin Obaseki have on Thursday vandalised the Edo State House of Assembly and removed its roof.

Channels Television, shared a video where some men were seen removing the iconic legislative mace on top of the building.

The video also showed trucks offloading gravels at the entrance of the Assembly Complex while the suspected vandals trooped into the building.

Reports has that policemen on Thursday surrounded the Assembly complex in Benin City, the state capital. This is coming barely 24 hours after the Deputy Speaker, Yekini Idiaye, was impeached by the state lawmakers.

The member representing Orhionmwon-South constituency, Roland Asoro, has since been appointed deputy Speaker and was immediately administered the oath of office and oath of allegiance by the Speaker.

It was gathered that the Police action was in a bid to prevent an attack on the complex.

Apart from many security officials that blocked entrance into the complex, patrol vehicles were also stationed there.

But no security operative was seen in the video shared by Channels Television.

One of our Correspondents reported that Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, may have ordered the “immediate renovation” of the state House of Assembly.

There was tension in the Assembly on Thursday morning following the heavy presence of security agents.

Shortly after Obaseki and the Speaker, Frank Okiye, addressed PDP supporters at the complex, it was learnt that the governor ordered the heaping of sand at the front of the Edo State House of Assembly complex.

Several artisans were also seen removing the roof of the complex as of 3PM on Thursday.

Earlier, following Idiaye’s impeachment on Wednesday, Speaker of the House, Frank Okiye, said Idiaye was impeached because he allegedly planned with the leaders of the All Progressives Congress and the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, “to illegally and violently take over” the Assembly.

Idiaye and some lawmakers had on Monday pledged their support for the APC governorship candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The Speaker, in an address aired via social media shortly after the impeachment of Idiaye, called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to call members of his party to order.

The speaker said, “We have it on good authority, the dubious plans by the governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, and the stakeholders of APC in Edo State to import a fake maze to take over the Edo State House of Assembly working in cohort with the former deputy speaker who recently declared his support for the governorship candidate of APC to congregate in a separate location to illegally and violently take over the Edo State House of Assembly as brought to our notice.

“And so, we call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the presidency to urgently call this governor and others working with him to execute this illegal plan to desist and allow the laws of the state to guide them.

“The state polity is already heated up by the political tension from the various electioneering campaign. Their planned action is likened to lightening a match in an already tensed political environment which conflagration is capable of causing crisis in the state and may scale beyond imagination.

“We call on Edo State people, whose mandate and interest the state legislature holds and protect, to rise against this attack and plot to subvert their will and subjugate them using external forces.

“We urge lovers of democracy across the world and institutions that uphold democracy and value, as well as pro-democracy groups to denounce this planned illegality that seems to distract a duly constituted authority.

“We recognize the constitutional rights of the three members of the Assembly to support the candidate of their choice but that should not distract them from coming to work to carry out the job for which they were elected and become an agent of mutiny against their own primary constituencies.

“We are as always committed to protecting the democratic rights of our people as the legislature remains the sacred institution in the democratisation process signed by my honourable self on behalf of the Edo State House of Assembly.”

With about six weeks to the September 19 governorship election in Edo, the political atmosphere gets turbo-charged day after day.

Governor Godwin Obaseki, who is seeking reelection on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, will face Ize-Iyamu of the APC, and other political contenders.

Kanam Progressive Youths Recognises Plateau State Deputy Speaker

Kanam Progressive Youth commend Deputy Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly And Hon. Ismaila Hudu Bala as The Most Performing Legislators in their respective Constituencies.

In a statement issued by the Assistant Publicity Secretary of Kanam Progressive Youth, Danjuma Mukhtar Gyambar, yesterday, the spokesman said:

“The Chairman of Kanam Progressive Youth, Hon. Aliyu Abdullahi on behalf himself, amiable EXCOs and the entire Progressive Youths of Kanam has on Monday, 13th July, 2020 commend Rt. Hon. Saleh Yipmong Shehu, Deputy Speaker Plateau State House of Assembly and Member representing Dengi Constituency with the Award and Commendation letter of Quality Leadership and Excellent Representations of Dengi Constituency through Sponsoring bills, moving motions that has direct bearing and impacts on the lives, Progress and developments of Dengi Constituents, Kanam and the entire State at large, Distribution of of Empowerment Items to Constituents, Rural/Feeders roads reconstructions and rehabilitations across the Constituency, Conditional Cash transfer to more than two hundred Constituents among other to numerous to mention all in one year of office.”

The statement further reads:

“On similar vain, the Member representing Kantana constituency, Hon Ismaila Hudu Bala bagged MERITORIOUS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE. His nearness to his people, reconstructions and rehabilitations of feeders roads in Kantana State Constituency, provisions of some basic amenities, participation in Community Development activities and distribution of Palliatives to cushions the effects of COVID 19 on Constituents all in Kantana constituency.

Considering these tremendous achievements/successes recorded thus far within the span of one year in office, the leadership of Kanam Progressive Youth found worthiness and confidence of been presented with the two different AWARDS and Commendation letters in respect of their Constituencies and performance.”

“While rendering your selfless/quality service deliveries to your respective Constituents, by assured of Progressive Youth support and cooperations on areas that has direct impacts on the growth and development of Kanam Local Government Area, Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole.” He concluded.

BREAKING: Plateau State House of Assembly SUSPENDS The Elected Chairmen of Kanam, Qua’an-pan LG

The Plateau State House of Assembly Suspended the local Government Chairmen of Kanam and Quaanpan LGA for the Period of three months.

Daily Watch Press, gathered that the suspension of the two Chairmen, Alh. Abbas Wakdung and Hon. Chief Isaac Kyale Kwallu is connected with a perceived insubordination to the Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong.

As the case of Qua’an-pan Local Government Council Chairman, Mr. Isaac is remotely connected to the Plateau Southern Senatorial By-Election, in which the Chairman is one of the leading aspirant and not the anointed candidate of the State Governor.

As for Hon. Wokdung, our source said, it is clearly connected to two major issues, the issue of Clerk of the Kanam Local Government Council and the issue of the 5% deduction with respect of the Plateau State University, Bokkos, for which the Chairman has not been cooperating.

All attempt by Daily Watch Press to speak with the two Chairmen has not yielded any result so far.

BAUCHI State House of Assembly Passed 9 Bills, 36 Motions In One Year

The Speaker of the Bauchi State Assembly Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman (Dangaladiman Ningi) has disclosed that the 9th Assembly of Bauchi State under his leadership, has passed 9 bills and 36 motions since its inauguration one year ago.

The Speaker made the disclosure when he featured in a live phone-in programme of Bauchi Radio Corporation BRC Bauchi to commemorate one year in office.

He explained that 8 of the bills passed are executive bills while one is private member bill which he personally sponsored on violence against persons prohibition to end the growing cases of rape and other forms of violence.

According to him the House has also in one year moved 14 matters of urgent public importance, received 16 executive messages from His Excellency Governor Bala Mohammad, received 15 petitions and 15 Committees reports.

“Despite the hitches we faced at inception and the recent effects of covid-19 which affects our work, we were able to overcome the challenges and we have done creditably well in term of legislation, representation and oversight functions.

“The 9th Assembly has shown so much commitment in making sure people of Bauchi State are deriving a lot of dividends of democracy by burying all our differences and working together for the overall interest of the people of Bauchi State.

” Whenever we go to the Chamber, we put our parties aside and put Bauchi State at the centre. Our political party is Bauchi State we worked for the best interest of Bauchi State. He said

Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman commended Governor Bala Mohammad for his cooperation and synergism with the legislative arm which he said has helped a lot in bringing lasting peace in the Assembly.

According to the Speaker, Governor Bala Mohammad is carrying members of the State Assembly in all decisions and policy formulation of the government which he said is strengthening their relationship and accelerating development in the State.

On the pandemic corona virus ravaging the world, Rt. Hon. Suleiman explained that Bauchi State Assembly actively participated and contributed in all efforts to curb the spread of the disease and cushion its effects in the State.

He added that the lawmakers have donated the sum of ten million naira to the Bauchi State Taskforce Committee on Covid-19 in order to consolidate the fight against the dreaded disease and engaged in mobilization and sensitization of their constituents on the disease.

The Speaker therefore urged people of Bauchi State to respect all the regulations, protocols and guidelines set by the government and medical professionals to fight the disease.

On the effects of corona virus pandemic on the economic of the State, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman said due to such effects the State Assembly is currently helping the State Government in coming up with measures to improve internally generated revenue and reduce over dependence on the monthly federal allocations.

“We have recently passed a bill to harmonise, consolidate and all revenues collectible by ministries, departments, agencies and local governments and related purposes thereon. This law will help in blocking financial leakages and improve the revenue generation and administration in the state.

” The State Executive Council has approved the revised 2020 budget and sen it to us. We will work on it immediately so as the Budget will reflect the present reality.” He said.

On the financial autonomy to States Assembly and judiciary recently granted by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Speaker said lawmakers of Bauchi State received the news with excitement because the autonomy will enhance their work and strengthen democracy.

On the allegations that State Governors are against the autonomy, he explained that there is no such problem in Bauchi State because Governor Bala Mohammad being a former lawmaker is solidly behind the financial autonomy of the two arms.

Speaking on his stride in his Ningi Central Constituency, the Speaker expressed that he has achieved a lot in delivering dividends of democracy to his constituents ranging from provision of clean water, youth and women empowerment, welfare, healthcare delivery, infrastructural development, education to religious activities.

A caller Abdurrahman Amfel from Shekal lauded the 9th Assembly of Bauchi State for their people oriented representation. He described the Assembly as one of the best in the history if Bauchi State.

The caller called on the Speaker to help in resuscitating Bauchi Radio Corporation which is at the verge of collapse.

Responding, the Speaker revealed that Governor Bala Mohammad has gone far in his plan to restoring the glory of the station and all other media organizations in the State to suit the modern time.

Another caller Abdullahi Wutin Dada lauded the Speaker for the prompt information dissemination on the activities of the Assembly which he said they never witness since 1999.

According to him as soon as the Assembly conduct any function, they get informed immediately on both the social and mainstream media which according to him is commendable.

Speaker Abubakar Suleiman assured people of Bauchi State to expect more people oriented legislations, resolutions and representations as well as purposeful leadership in the remaining three years of the 9th Assembly.

The report is by the Spokesperson to the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly,
Abdul Ahmad Burra,