APC to Zone 10th National Assembly Leadership After Ramadan
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on April 12, 2023
The new leadership of the 10th National Assembly, Senate Spokesperson, Ajibola Bashiru says the leadership of All Progressives Congress APC, will take a decision on zoning the leadership of the National Assembly at the end of the Ramadan fast.
According to Bashiru, some of the parameters to be considered for the emergence of the next Senate President and the next Speaker of the House of Representatives include ranking, competence, capacity, religion, zonal contribution to the victory of Bola Tinubu in the February 25 presidential poll, amongst others.
He adds that it will be in the best interest of APC to zone the offices in order to narrow the number of contestants.
The APC has won majority of the legislative seats during the elections with over 55 Senate seats out of 109 and over 160 out of 360 House of Representatives seats.
Many APC chieftains and legislative member-elect have expressed interest in the highly coveted positions in the red and green chambers.
Still staying with the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress APC has given insight to the circumstances that led its candidate and president-elect, Bola Tinubu, to forfeit the sum of $460,000 to the government of the United States of America, USA in 1993 following a drug trafficking allegation.
In its processes filed at the Presidential Election Petition Court, the Party maintained that Tinubu merely surrendered funds in 10 bank accounts that were opened in either his name or that of Compass Finance and Investment Co.
Recall that the Presidential Candidate of the Labour party, Peter Obi who is challenging the victory of Tinubu, says the President-elect’s forfeiture of his funds to the US government over a drug trafficking allegation was an indication that he engaged in infractions that were enough to disqualify him from contesting an election.
The APC, however, told the tribunal that the funds, which were domiciled in two commercial banks, were subject to a civil forfeiture proceeding.
According to the APC, the purported decision of the United State District Court Northern District of Illinois, Eastern division in the said case, was not a fine but a decree of forfeiture of the amount of $460,000 to the United State pursuant to the settlement of claim by the parties to the case.
In the meantime, Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Office has revealed how the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi was harassed by immigration officers at Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom.
Spokesman for the Campaign Council, Diran Onifade, in a statement says the former Anambra State governor was detained and questioned for a duplication offense which suggests that someone has been impersonating Obi in London.
Onifade said Obi arrived the Heathrow Airport in London from Nigeria on Good Friday, April 7, 2023, and joined the queue for the necessary airport protocols when he was accosted by immigration officials who handed him a detention note and told him to step aside.
According to the party’s spokesperson, the Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate who just got back from London, was saved by the spontaneous reaction of Nigerians at Heathrow Airport.
In the nation’s capital, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently presiding over this week’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
This is as President Muhammadu Buhari, is away in Madinah, Saudi Arabia for an eight-day state visit.
Today’s meeting which commenced at about 10:00 am is being attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the President’s Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, also present are Ministers, Ministers of State and some presidential aides.
Before the meeting, Council members observed a moment of silence in honour of a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bola Ajibola, who died at the age of 89.