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NASS crisis: We will soon resolve our differences –Dogara

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Yakubu-Dogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that the leadership of the house was working earnestly to ensure the resolution of the lingering crisis over the allocation of the principal offices.

Dogara gave the assurance while addressing members of the APC Mobilisation Youth Forum led by Ismaila Ahmed, who protested against the division of the APC members in the lower legislative chambers.

The Speaker said that the ongoing crisis which centred on the need for fairness in the sharing of offices was a challenge that resulted from the victory of the APC after the 2015 general elections.

Dogara said: “We are determined to resolve it and ensure we carry everybody along. One thing I can assure you as a loyal member of the party is that we have differences, and it’s only normal, especially in a political setting.

“There is no perfect human institution out there, and certainly we don’t expect our great party, APC to be perfect. Every member who by virtue of being human is not a perfect being and we are not angels.

“So, this certainly will not be the end of issues that we are going to experience as a party, certainly it’s not going to be. As leaders, we have to rise above issues and not allow issues like this to consume us.’’

The Speaker said that everything was being done in conjunction with the leaders of the party to ensure that by the time the house reconvened all pending issues would have been dealt with.

“I can assure you that is the only way we can get things right. I don’t see these things as major crisis as you rightly pointed out. Things must change, that is the mantra of the APC, it was on that basis that many people abandoned the comfort of their homes to come and vote for us to be here.

“So, we understand the expectations on the part of Nigerians not only APC supporters alone he said. As soon as I leave this meeting, I am going for another meeting so that we can continue to work to accommodate all.

“I hope we should be able to bury our differences so that when we resume announcement will be made for the remaining four leadership positions in the House of Representatives.

“I am speaking on behalf of the House of Representatives; I am not holding brief for the Senate. But I sincerely believe that by the time we resume this matter will be a thing of the past,” he said.

Dogara stressed the need for all stakeholders to jettison personal interests in the bid to ensure that the party earned public confidence.

He said that issues of corruption, dilapidated infrastructure, unemployment, under-employment, poor remuneration, erratic power supply, need for foreign investment and diversification of economy, among others should be put in the front burner.

Earlier, Ismaila Ahmed, President of APC Mobilisation Youth Forum, who expressed displeasure over the crisis in the National Assembly, urged the lawmakers to resolve the crisis before July 21.

“We are not happy about it because seated here are people that have worked individually and collectively for the success of this party, some on the social media, and some on the tweeter among others.

“The most important thing is that people have invested their time, resources, emotions and energy to make sure that God gave us a victory. We want a functional national assembly, meaning that the House must be put in order,” he said.

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2023 Presidency: El-Rufai opens up on why Buhari loves Amaechi

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed why President Muhammadu Buhari loves Rotimi Amaechi, the outgone Minister of Transportation.

Rufai disclosed that Buhari loves Amaechi due to his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the era of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He disclosed this when Amaechi met with APC delegates from Kaduna ahead of the party’s national convention.

El-Rufai recalled wooing Amaechi and some other governors into the APC during the PDP administration.

“Let me tell you my history with Amaechi. When we started discussing with the G-7, the seven governors that wanted to defect to the APC, I was holding nocturnal meetings with Amaechi and Governor Nyako of Adamawa State until we got five of them to move to our party, and that was the game-changer.

“And for you to understand how difficult it is, imagine Amaechi of Rivers State from the same South-South with incumbent President Jonathan.

“He made the sacrifice to move to our party. It was a game-changer. This is part of the reason President Buhari loves Minister Amaechi till tomorrow,” El-Rufai said.

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2023: Amosun denies stepping down for Tinubu

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Amosun denies stepping down for Bola Tinubu

Former Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied stepping down from the 2023 presidential election for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

Amosun stated that he is not in the presidential race to align with Tinubu or any other aspirant of the APC.

Amosun also denied obtaining the APC senatorial form, saying he did not attend the screening exercise organised for APC senatorial aspirants, as being peddled by some individuals.

There were rumours over the weekend that Amosun had agreed to step down for Tinubu, having been screened and cleared for the Ogun Central senatorial race.

But, in a swift reaction, Amosun debunked the rumour spreading on social media, saying the “two news stories are false.”

According to a statement signed by his media aide, Bola Adeyemi, he said that the Ogun Central Senator “procured only the forms for the presidential ticket of the APC and did not attend the screening exercise for Senatorial aspirants because he is not one.”

While urging Nigerians to dismiss the “false news”, Adeyemi maintained that “Amosun is in the race for the presidential ticket of the APC and has no plans to align with any politician in the race.”

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Women affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen withdraws from senatorial race

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Dame Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, has dropped her senatorial ambition.

Tallen made this known in a statement she issued on Monday.

The minister had purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) form to contest the Plateau South Senatorial election.

According to her, after consultations with her constituents, she has decided to withdraw from the race.

The statement read in part: “I remain resolute as I continue to relish the opportunity to serve Nigerian Women in my capacity as Minister of Women Affairs under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Consequently, I wish to inform you all that following broad-based consultations and interventions from critical stakeholders, I have decided to withdraw from running for the senatorial seat, mindful of our accomplishments and the notable progress we have recorded under my stewardship at the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.”

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