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Reps begin lobby for juicy committees



Intense lobbying has begun among members of the House of Representatives for chairmanship of top committees, otherwise tagged ‘juicy’ committees.

The committees most desired by the lobbyists include banking and currency, finance, appropriation, petroleum (upstream and downstream), gas, education, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), industry, communications, environment, drugs, narcotics and financial crimes, local content, works, agriculture, health, privatisation and commercialisation, and works.

Others are aviation, internal affairs, external affairs, customs and excise, public accounts, House services, science and technology, pensions, police affairs, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), defence, navy, army, airforce and land transport.

Also on the juicy list is marine transport, labour, employment and productivity, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria control, housing and urban development, capital markets and electoral matters.

Sources said Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC, Kano), who is the spokesman for the Consolidation Group, which championed Dogara’s election may have been pencilled down to head the committee on appropriation while Hon. Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje (PDP, Abia), who was chairman of committee on foreign affairs in the Seventh Assembly is said to be lobbying to be appointed chairman of the committee on public accounts.

Hon. Chike Okafor (APC, Imo) who was earlier nominated as deputy chief whip by Dogara before the APC reconciliation consumed him may head the committee on works as compensation.

Hon. Herman Hembe (APC, Benue), who is a ranking member and close associate of the speaker, is said to be gunning for the chairman of the FCT Committee.

Hembe was chairman of the Committee on Capital Markets in the last Assembly. Also, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno) who lost out in being a principal officer may be compensated by retaining the Committee on Agriculture, which he chaired in the 7th Assembly.

Similarly, Hon. Jones Onyereri (PDP, Imo) is said to be lobbying to retain the chairmanship of the committee on banking and currency, which he headed in the 7th assembly.

Also, Hon. Nicholas Mutu (PDP, Delta) is angling to retain the NDDC. Mutu is one of the longest serving members in the House, having been elected since 1999.

Hon. Sani Zoro (APC, Jigawa), former NUJ president who is heading the ad hoc committee on media is likely to continue with the standing committee as chairman.

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Not even my corpse will be found in PDP – El-Rufai Replies Bwala



Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has said that not even his corpse will be found in the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

El-Rufai stated this while responding to a comment by Daniel Bwala, spokesperson to PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Bwala, who was an aide of the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, last month dumped the position and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s choice of a fellow Muslim, former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima as running mate.

El-Rufai had via his verified Twitter handle shared and laughed at one of Bwala’s TV appearances where he lambasted the PDP.

Consequently, Bwala on Monday via his verified Twitter handle stated: “Hmm @elrufai is one of the finest we have from the north, I will never join issues with him, especially because I am optimistic he will be with us before the 2023 elections.”

A few hours later, El-Rufai in his response wrote ” Thanks @BwalaDaniel but no, thanks. Never ever, not even my corpse will be found in the vicinities of your new-found political party. I still dey laugh!!! – @elrufai.”

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PDP postpones National Caucus, NEC meeting



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has postponed its National Caucus and National Executive Committee meetings.

PDP National Caucus and NEC meetings were earlier slated for Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11, 2022.

Though reasons for the postponement were not given, sources said the party wants all issues between its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike resolved.

PDP National Secretary, Samuel N. Anyanwu in a statement, Monday said a new date will be announced in due course.

The statement read in part, “This is to inform all members of the PDP National Caucus and National Executive Committee that the meetings of the two bodies earlier scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11, 2022, respectively, have been postponed.

“The postponement is due to unforeseen circumstances. A new date will be announced in due course.

“All inconveniences are deeply regretted.”

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VIDEO: Pirates mock Bola Tinubu over ‘Emi Lokan’



A group allegedly identified as Pirates Confraternity has been spotted in a viral video mocking the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate for the 2023 polls, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Members of the group, dressed in white and red attire, played on Tinubu’s buzz word: “Emi Lokan,” with a song.

They said despite Tinubu’s failing health, he was still shouting Emi lokan, which means it is my turn.

They sang: “Emi lokan.

“Baba wey no well, him dey shout Emi lokan.

“Hand dey shake, leg dey shake, baba wey no well, him dey shout Emi lokan.”

“Emi lokan” became a popular word associated with the APC presidential candidate after his outburst on June 3, 2022 when he vented his frustration during a presidential campaign in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, saying it was through his efforts that President Muhammadu Buhari made it to Aso Rock after failing thrice.

He also pointed at the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who he described as “Eleyi{, being one of the products of his political hard work.

“Look at this one (Eleyi) seated behind me, Dapo, he wouldn’t have become governor without my support,” Tinubu had stated.

Tinubu made the statement while addressing the APC delegates in Ogun State.

His outburst evoked mixed feelings from Nigerians, with many loyalists of the party, including the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, saying the remarks were meant to slight the President and Ogun State governor.

Twenty-four hours after the drama, the Bola Tinubu Media Campaign Team dismissed insinuations that the presidential candidate disrespected the Ogun State governor.

The Director of the BAT Campaign Team, Bayo Onanuga, said that the comment was “mischievously interpreted.”

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