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Dogara group okays Doguwa as House Leader

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In defiance of the nominees selected by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to occupy the principal offices in the House of Representatives, the Consolidation Group, a group in support of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, has presented its nominees for the posts.
The group presented Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa  (Kano APC) from the North-west as the House Leader and Hon. Pally Iriase (Edo APC) from the South-south as the Chief Whip.
Doguwa and Iriase are members of the Loyalists Group headed by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who was penciled down by APC for the post of House Leader.
The Consolidation Group also presented Hon. Buba Jibrin  (Kogi APC) from the North-central zone as Deputy House Leader and Hon. Chika Okafor (Imo APC) from the South-east as the Deputy Chief Whip.
In a statement issued by the group’s spokesman, Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumim, the group called on its supporters to intensify lobbying at the zonal caucuses for the emergence of its nominees.
“For the benefit of enlightenment, it is important to state that in terms of the leadership status of these vacant positions, the House Leader is the most senior, followed by the Chief Whip.
“In the spirit of reconciliation and unity, Speaker Dogara has graciously conceded the positions of House Leader and Chief Whip to the Femi Gbajabiamila group.
“Kindly note that Hon. Alhassan Doguwa is the head of the Gbajabiamila group while Hon Pally Iriase was in the speakership race but stepped down for Gbajabiamila and assumed a very prominent role in the same group,” the statement said.
The Consolidation Group urged APC to disregard the July 20 letter of the Loyalists Group, alleging that it was written by Gbajabiamila and Hon. James Faleke without due consultation with the APC caucus in the House, many of whom are in full support of Dogara’s peace efforts.
“If not for the frequent intervention of the past Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, Gbajabiamila would have been removed as Minority Leader by the South-west caucus in the Seventh Assembly.
“We know him, but it appears Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) and the party do not. Time shall tell,” the Dogara group alleged.
In another development, the South-east APC caucus in the House has protested the marginalisation of the zone in the distribution of the positions of principal officers in the lower chamber, as proposed by Gbajabiamila and his supporters.
The caucus, in a letter to the Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, Buhari, Tambuwal and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, dated July 21, 2015, stated that it would only withdraw its suit on the matter before the court if the distribution is resolved in accordance with the proposal made by Dogara on principle offices.
The Loyalists’ Group had argued that the zone could not be accommodated in the distribution office, as it produced only two new members who do not have the cognate legislative experience as prescribed by the House rules.
Referring to the letter by the Loyalists’ Group to Oyegun on Monday, the South-east caucus, in its reaction signed by Hon. Austin Chukwukere argued that any person acquainted with the rules and practice of the House knows that a new member is regarded as having “cognate legislative experience” immediately he is sworn in as a member as it is only new members-elect that are affected by the rule.
The caucus added that established precedents in the Senate and House had ensured that zonal representation is respected, even when there are few lawmakers from a zone.
“It is as a result of this, that the Seventh Senate, elected Senator Ayoola Hosea Agboola, Deputy Chief Whip, even though he was ‘new’ and the only member from his party (Peoples Democratic Party) from the South-west.
“Furthermore, in the Seventh House of Representatives, Hon Mulikat Akande was made House Leader, even though she was one of only five members from her party from her zone.
“Even only recently, in the Eighth Senate, Senator Francis Alimikhena from the South-south has been made Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, a principal officer, even though he is a ‘new’ member and the only member of APC from the South-south,” the letter read.
It described as an insult the argument from a “non-existent” Loyalists’ Group on the members from the South-east by the tone of the group’s letter “which sought to promote an individual who lost a democratically conducted election but who refuses to give up, and who is so super human that the House cannot function without him”.
The caucus called on the APC to be fair to them due to its contributions to the success of the APC in the last general election.

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2023: Obasanjo turns down PDP’s request

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would never return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying he has retired from partisan politics.

The ex-president, who renounced his membership of the party in 2015, stated this when he received the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu; and other stakeholders who paid him a visit on Saturday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to sources, the visit was targeted at returning the former president to the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

But, Obasanjo, while addressing the stakeholders, said he had vowed to remain as a statesman. He, however, said PDP would always be part of his life.

He said, “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.

“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party. I will continue to be a statesman.”

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Nigerian-British chartered accountant, Biyi Oloko, wins UK by-election

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Biyi Oloko, a British citizen of Nigerian descent and Conservative candidate, has won the Tilehurst South and Holybrook by-election in the United Kingdom. The Tilehurst South and Holybrook seat was run as a by-election after the death of incumbent councillor Peter Argyle, after 24 years of meritorious service.

Oloko, the new Conservative councillor, who has now been elected to West Berkshire Council, emerged victorious in the by-election that was also contested by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Speaking after his election, Oloko, who was quoted by leading weekly news outlet, Newburytoday Newspaper, said: “I can’t wait to get started on continuing Peter’s work alongside councillor Richard Somner. I met many of our residents on their doorsteps and their message was very clear, their priorities will be my priorities as I look forward to continuing to build on the good record of the Conservatives-led administration.”

Lynne Doherty, Conservative leader of West Berkshire Council said: “I’m delighted to welcome Biyi to the group. We share a passion for community involvement and I’m sure that he will champion the voice of his residents in this area.

Berkshire is a county in South East England. One of the home counties, Berkshire was recognised by Queen Elizabeth II as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957 because of the presence of Windsor Castle, and letters of patents were issued in 1974.

Oloko was a former Special Adviser on Economic Planning and Internal Revenue to late governor of Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi.

Oloko is a chartered accountant whose boardroom experience traverses the Private Sector, Public Sector and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).

He is the CEO of Stephen Simeon Limited, an international advisory business with presence in the UK and Africa. He has an excellent reputation as a leading expert in structuring transactions, business recovery and business turnaround.

Oloko is an active volunteer in the Berkshire region where he is a Vice President of the Thames Valley District of Chartered Accountants and an Ambassador of the Institute of Directors (Berkshire).

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PDP Governors meet in Port Harcourt to consider presidential candidate

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Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will be meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Monday (today) to strategize for the 2023 general elections.

A statement issued on Sunday by the Director-General of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Cyril Maduabum said the meeting is aimed at consolidating on how to rescue and rebuild Nigeria through the 2023 poll.

According to the Director-General, the meeting will also review the current state of the nation and readiness of the opposition party to provide the necessary leadership to rescue and rebuild the country.

He stated that all the elected PDP governors are expected to attend the meeting which is coming after a gala night hosted by the Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike.

“The PDP governors are working in concert and consultations with other party leaders, particularly the Ayu-led National Executive Committee of the PDP, to craft a credible process and programme for Nigeria’s positive rebirth,” he added

However, an impeachable source told DAILY POST that part of the agenda to be discussed is how the party will zone the presidential ticket to region that holds critical stake in the election process.

According to him, the party may also look at arriving at a consensus presidential candidate if possible.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and some of his counterparts were received by Wike at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Sunday evening.

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