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Jigawa lawmakers pass Not Too Young to Run bill

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The Jigawa State House of Assembly has passed nine of the 15 constitutional bills, including the Not Too Young to Run Bill transmitted to it by the National Assembly in the on-going constitution amendment process.

However, the legislators rejected the bills amending the procedure of overriding presidential veto power, expenditure time frame before passage of budget and for laying Appropriation Bill by the President or Governor before the National or state House of Assembly.

The National Assembly in December 2016 constituted ad-hoc committees on constitution review to initiate the process of amending relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution.

After the adoption of some of the recommendations of the committee, the federal lawmakers on December 14, last year forwarded the bills containing the 15 recommendations to the state Houses of Assembly for their consent.

The consent of at least 24 Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly is required to pass an amendment to any part of the Constitution.

But the Jigawa legislators also rejected the bill on independent candidacy and reduction of time frame for authorisation of expenditure before budget passage from six months to three months, and stepped down for wider consultation the bill granting local government financial autonomy.

Among the bills that secured the approval of the state lawmakers were financial autonomy for States House of Assembly and immunity for legislators for words spoken during plenary.

Approved too were the requirement for the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct by-elections within 21 days instead of seven days, and power to deregister political parties.

Also, the legislators approved the change of the name of the Nigeria Police Force to Nigerian Police and the Bill on administration of justice in the country for speedy dispensation of justice.

Other bills passed by the House were tenure restriction of president or governor which prohibits anyone who succeeds a President or a Governor and completes the tenure of such President or Governor, from contesting for that same office more than once.

The legislators also approved the bill on the establishment of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in the Constitution, including their functions and procedure for appointment of its Commandant-General.

However, the legislators rejected the bills on Independent candidacy and reduction of time frame for expenditure before budget passage from six months to three months.

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Police Vacate Akwa Ibom Assembly

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The Police have just ended their siege on the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly.

All entrances to the complex had been barricaded since Tuesday morning.

They are, however, now open as the police vacated the premises on Friday.

The Assembly had been cordoned off by armed police personnel on Wednesday following a crisis that erupted on Monday.

The Speaker, Onofiok Luke, had declared the seats of five lawmakers who had defected from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), vacant, a situation which later led to alleged thugs, disrupting plenary.

The police, thereafter, sealed off the complex, denying the lawmakers and staff of the Assembly access.

Shortly after, the Senate ordered an investigation into the sealing of the Assembly, after the issue was raised by Senator Bassey Akpan, representing Akwa Ibom North-East.

Subsequently, on Thursday, the Senate ordered the police to immediately vacate the assembly and not prevent legislators from getting in.

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BREAKING: Anambra Assembly Impeaches Speaker

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Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly have impeached their Speaker, Ms Rita Mmaduagwu.

The lawmakers impeached Mmaduagwu during Tuesday’s plenary at the Assembly chamber in Awka, the state capital.

They consequently elected Mr Ikem Uzoezie as the new speaker.

The former speaker was impeached on the grounds of alleged incompetence, docility, financial impropriety and high-handedness.

The lawmakers took the decision after the new speaker, Uzoezie who represents Aguata II Constituency moved the motion for impeachment while Onyebuchi Offor from Ekwusigo Constituency seconded the motion.

About 22 members were present at the plenary but only three lawmakers kicked against the impeachment.

The three members have also been suspended on allegations of gross misconduct.

Meanwhile, the Clerk of the House, Mr Pius Udoh, was against the inauguration of the new speaker.

Udoh stated that the lawmakers did not follow due process.

More to follow…

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Ondo Assembly Impeaches Speaker, Deputy

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The Ondo State House of Assembly has impeached Hon. David Oleyeloogun as its speaker, as well as his deputy, Iroju Ogundeji.

They were impeached on Friday after 18 out of the 26-member House, signed the notice.

Shortly after, Honourable Olamide George was elected as the new Speaker while Abimbola Fajolu was elected as the deputy.

Addressing newsmen at the assembly complex the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Fatai Olotu, said the former leadership was removed as a result of financial impropriety, incompetence and high handedness.

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