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Senator-elect Uba Sani describes re-election of Gov. El-Rufai as historic

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Senator-elect Uba Sani describes re-election of Gov. El-Rufai as historic

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Kaduna, March 11, 2019 The Senator-elect for Kaduna Central, Malam Uba Sani on Monday described the re-election of Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i at the March 9 election as most spectacular event in the history of the state.

Sani, in statement on Monday in Kaduna said that his joy at the electoral victory of El-Rufa’i and the peaceful conduct of the polls could not be quantified.

He commended the people of Kaduna state for massively voting in President Muhammadu Buhari for another four year term in office.

“We cannot thank the people enough for matching out across the State on Feb. 23 to “overwhelmingly re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari for another four year-term in office.

“I also wish to acknowledge the support of the people who overwhelmingly elected me to represent them in the Senate for Kaduna Central Zone.

“I remember having said that I will delay my celebration as Senator-elect until our indefatigable Governor and the architect of the accelerated reworking of modern Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufa’i got re-elected by our good people.

”Today, I can truly celebrate, for my joy is now complete with the affirmation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the huge votes you gave Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai to re-elect him the Governor of our beloved State of Kaduna.

“I am truly grateful to Almighty Allah and the good people of our State for this victory.

“Like anyone can attest to, our victory today and even the one of two weeks ago did not come easy.

“Agents of change and transformational leaders all over the world sometimes have to travel tortuous paths to truly achieve the liberation and emancipation of a people they love so much.

“The people of Kaduna State have again spoken all too loudly that they endorse our policies and Programmes to take them to the next level,” Sani said.

He assured the people that government would not take their love or the confidence they have reposed in them for granted.

“We have earned your trust and we intend to keep it. Kaduna shall remain home to all law-abiding citizens irrespective of creed, religion, ethnic, political and social inclinations.

Elections are over and we are completely poised to commence serving our people with all our strength and might, God helping us.

“Once again, we are extremely thankful to members and leaders of our great party, the APC. We urge our gallant party men and women to be magnanimous and graceful in victory.

“Like our President already admonished us, let us not gloat. With the development strides that Mallam El- Rufai has already begun, Kaduna will continue to comfortably accommodate all peace loving citizens of our great country,” Sani said.

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Senator donates 500kva transformer to Ibadan communities

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Sen. Kola Balogun(PDP-Oyo South) has donated a 500KVA transformer to improve power supply in 16 communities of Ali-Iwo area in Ibadan.

Giving account of his 12-month stewardship in a statement on Sunday in Ibadan, Balogun said he also donated cash, food palliatives and materials during the outbreak of COVID-19 virus.

Balogun, who was a former Commissioner for Commerce and Industries in Oyo State, said he facilitated Akufo Cattle Ranch farm worth $10m to the state.

“I also facilitated Federal Government dry food ration exercise for 250 households in Oyo South, and facilitated Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) for 250 beneficiaries.

“I also secured N-Power job for 100 beneficiaries and renovated Oje-Igosun Primary School in Ibadan,” he said.

Balogun said he empowered artisans and traders with revolving micro credit loan of N50million powered by SMEDAN.

He added that he had trained youths and film stakeholders as well as facilitated ecological project for erosion control in his senatorial district.

The lawmaker said that effort was ongoing to help constituents who applied for COVID-19 CBN-assisted loans for businesses in securing the facility.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmaker had in the last one year sponsored three bills, co-sponsored five bills, sponsored two motions and co-sponsored four motions at the Senate.

The bills included one for an Act to Amend the National Health Act 2014, to Regulate Medical Treatment Abroad and for other Matters Connected therewith 2020.

Others were bills for the development of a decentralised system of vigilantism peculiar to every local community and another seeking periodic conduct of National Population as well as Housing Census.

“The remarkable motions I sponsored were the need to upgrade the status of the Ibadan Airport to international airport and immortalization of Late Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN) in recognition of his contributions to national development.

“I also co-sponsor and supported several motions, among which are a motion to revive moribund paper mill in Nigeria as well as support for Amotekun concept in the Southwest,” he said.

Balogun said that he had in the last one year participated in several oversight functions as a senate committee member and protem chairman.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Eld-el-Fitr: Ondo senator urges Muslims to remember indigent persons

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Sen. Nicholas Tofowomo, representing Ondo South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, has urged Muslim faithful across the country to remember the poor as they celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr.

Tofowomo in a statement signed by his Media aide, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola in Okitipupa on Sunday, described Eid-el-Fitr as a time to present gifts to loved ones after the fasting period.

He said that this year’s celebration coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic which had resulted into unprecedented economic hardship for the masses.

“Eid-el-Fitr is a festival after the long fasting and prayers; a festival of love when gifts are shared among loved ones to celebrate the answers to their prayers.

“This year’s celebration coincided with COVID-19 which have caused economic hardship for the masses. Muslim faithful should remember the poor and assist them with gifts to cushion the effect of the pandemic,” Tofowomo said.

While wishing Muslim faithful happy celebrations, he, however, urged them to abide by all government precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19 for them to stay safe and live.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

 

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Biden asks Senator Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting to be running mate: media

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has asked Senator Amy Klobuchar to undergo a formal vetting to be considered as his vice presidential running mate, local media reported Thursday.

The request for information from potential running mates like Klobuchar “is underway,” a senior Biden campaign aide told CBS News.

It’s not yet clear if Klobuchar has consented to the vetting.

If a potential contender consents, she should be poised to undergo a rigorous multi-week review of her public and private life and work by a hand-picked group of Biden confidantes, who will review tax returns, public speeches, voting records, past personal relationships and potentially scandalous details from her past, said a CBS News report.

Biden has publicly credited Klobuchar for strong debate performances and for helping him win her home state Minnesota in March.

Biden committed during a March primary debate to picking a woman as his running mate and told donors during a fundraiser last month that he hoped this vetting process would be done by July.

Besides Klobuchar, California Senator Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are thought to be possible contenders.

The 77-year-old former vice president would be the oldest man ever elected to the White House and has not committed to seeking a second term if he wins the presidency, meaning his vice president would be a presumptive front-runner in the 2024 election, or positioned to lead the pack in 2028.

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U.S. Senator Ben Sasse’s commencement speech lambasted as “despicable”

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U.S. Republican Senator Ben Sasse’s recent commencement speech for a Nebraska high school has been lambasted as “despicable.”

Sasse, in an eight-minute speech released to graduates over the past weekend, made comments on students’ fitness and psychologists and tried to blame China for the coronavirus outbreak, which was considered inappropriate and offensive by many.

“If you don’t get that joke, talk to your mom and dad,” Sasse said. “Back in the day, when we were a lot fitter than you people are, we used to have to climb ropes all the way up to the ceiling of the gym.”

Before encouraging students not to major in psychology, the senator also said that “95 percent of all gainfully employed psychologists … their job is really just to help people forget high school.”

In response, Fremont School Board Member Michael Petersen urged Sasse to apologize.

In a Facebook post, Petersen told students they “deserved better than the graduation remarks from Senator Ben Sasse.”

“The racism, implying that our graduates are fat and lazy, disparaging teachers, and attacking the mental health profession are despicable,” Petersen continued. “You owe the graduating students of Fremont High an apology.”

Sasse graduated from Fremont High School in 1990 and was president of Midland University in Fremont before running for the U.S. Senate.

Sasse is running for a second term for his Senate seat and will be challenged by Democrat Chris Janicek this year.

“It’s hard for me to believe that a U.S. senator would make remarks like he did in that speech,” said Janicek. “Ridiculing mental health care specialists, suggesting that the graduates are lazy slackers and using the platform to blame China for the pandemic we have now is beyond reprehensible.”

In a letter to Sasse, the Nebraska Counseling Association called his speech “tasteless and demeaning to our field and more importantly, our seniors.”

“This time of graduation should be to celebrate our seniors, to praise them for the world that they have done, and to bring us together as a society. You missed the mark. We would welcome an opportunity to further discuss mental health with you when you are next in Nebraska,” read the letter.

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Ondo 2020: Senator urges PDP to pick flagbearer from Ondo South

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Sen. Nicholas Tofowomo, representing Ondo South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, has urged leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pick its governorship candidate from the district.

Tofowomo, in a statement through his media Aide, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola on Tuesday in Okitipupa, said that zoning the party ticket to the district would give PDP an easy ride to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Oct. 10 governorship polls.

The lawmaker said that out of the arrays of PDP aspirants in the state,  only two were from Ondo South.

According to him, PDP have very meaningful results in Ondo South during 2019 elections compared to other senatorial districts.

“To wrestle power from the incumbent is not an easy task, the more reason the PDP leaders need to be careful in deciding who becomes its candidate and from which zone to have the desired result.

”Right now, we have two formidable aspirants in Ondo South who are also viable, credible and experienced from Okitipupa and Ilaje LGA, respectively, and already equipped and have what it takes to dislodge power from APC.

“So, my message and position have always been very clear that the governorship ticket should be zoned to Ondo South,” Tofowomo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the six local government areas making up Ondo South included Odigbo, Okitipupa, Ilaje, Irele, Ese-Odo and Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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GOP senator rejects Trump’s demand for Obama to testify on Russia probe

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Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, on Thursday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s demand that his predecessor, Barack Obama, should be called to testify before Congress on the origins of the so-called Russia investigation.

“I think it’d be a bad precedent to compel a former president to come before the Congress,” Graham, a close ally of Trump, told reporters on Capitol Hill. “That would open up a can of worms and for a variety of reasons I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

But Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced on Thursday that the panel will start hearings in June on the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian election interference and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

In a tweet on Thursday morning, Trump tagged Graham, urging him to ask Obama to provide testimony about what the incumbent said “the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR.”

Trump and his conservative allies have recently ramped up attacks against the Obama administration, after the Department of Justice’s controversial move to drop its case against Michael Flynn, a senior advisor to his 2016 campaign and his administration’s first national security adviser.

Flynn admitted in Dec. 2017 that he lied to the FBI about his discussions, including of U.S. sanctions against Russia, with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, but has since sought to withdraw that plea, claiming that he was the victim of prosecutorial misconduct.

Criminal charges against Flynn became part of the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which Trump has repeatedly called a witch hunt and hoax. Russia has repeatedly denied meddling in U.S. elections.

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers released a list of names declassified by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, which showed that former Vice President Joe Biden and other top Obama officials requested the “unmasking” of Flynn’s name from an intelligence report.

“I was never a part, or had any knowledge of any criminal investigation into Flynn while I was in office. Period. Not one single time,” Biden said during an interview with MSNBC on Thursday night.

The move has sparked sharply different reactions, as some Republicans accused the Obama administration of abuse of power in order to go after a political opponent, while Democrats argued that the requests are not uncommon and were approved through standard process.

Biden and Trump are respectively the Democratic and Republican presumptive presidential nominees for this year’s election.

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COVID-19: Ogun-West senator distributes food items to constituents

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Senator Tolu Odebiyi, representing Ogun-West in the National Assembly, on Thursday donated food items to 2500 households in the area to cushion the effects of Corona virus pandemic on his constituency.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that each of the 2,500 households in five council areas of Ogun West Senatorial District received a package containing 10kg rice, 10kg gari and a cartoon of nooddles.

Distributing the food items, Sen. Odebiyi said that the gesture was aimed at complimenting efforts of the state government at cushioning effects of COVID-19 lockdown on the people.

“Having observed the trend as regards the COVID-19 and the possibility of its undeterminable spread in the country, the provision of sustained support in form of packaged food items will go a long way in bringing succor to the attendant challenges of the sit-at-home order,” he said.

Odebiyi commended Gov. Dapo Abiodun and his team for their support and swift interventions to contain COVID-19 in the state.

He urged his constituents to continue to observe social distancing and other measures put in place by the state government to check the spread of the pandemic.

Odebiyi prayed for God’s intervention and protection of everyone throughout the period of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Anambra South Senatorial seat: Supreme Court affirms Ifeanyi Uba’s election

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed the election of Sen. Ifeanyi Uba of Young Progressives Party (YPP) as duly elected to represent Anambra South Senatorial district at the National Assembly.

The apex court in a unanimous decision dismissed the appeals brought by Chief Chris Uba and Dr Obinna Uzor, challenging the election of Ifeanyi Ubah.

Justice Sylvester Ngwuta who led four other Supreme Court Justices held that the FCT High Court lacked territorial jurisdiction to determine a matter that arose from primary election conducted in Anambra.

According to Ngwuta, the cause of action emanated from Anambra and not the FCT.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Court Of Appeal Abuja Division in March 2020, set aside FCT High Court judgment which ordered the removal of Ifeanyi Ubah from office as senator representing Anambra South Senatorial district.

Dissatisfied with the Court of Appeal’s decision, Chris Uba and Obinna Uzor approached the Supreme Court to challenge the judgment.

Chris Uba and Obinna Uzoh through their counsel Chief Akin Olujimi, SAN and Chino Obiagwu, SAN respectively had urged the Supreme Court to set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal which had voided the judgment of Justice Bello Kawu of the FCT High Court.

They urged the apex court to allow their appeals on the grounds that the FCT High Court has territorial jurisdiction over pre-election matters among other issues raised in the appeal.

However, Counsel to Sen. Ubah, Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, urged the court to dismiss the appeals on the grounds that FCT High Court lacked the territorial jurisdiction to entertain a cause of action that emanated from Anambra.

In his reaction, Ubah dedicated the judgment to God and assured that the development would enable him to settle down and be better focused in delivering his electoral promises to his constituents.

“I thank the Justices of the Supreme Court for standing for truth and justice. This has once again shown that our justices cannot be intimidated.

“I give God all the glory that this has come to pass, I dedicate this victory to God and the people of Anambra South who stood by me through the trial.

“I equally dedicate this victory to my dear wife, Uche Ubah whose birthday is today.

“It is time to settle down to deliver quality representation to my constituents,’’ Ubah said.

 

 
Edited By: Obike Ukoh (NAN)

 

 

 

 

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Ramadan: Senator distributes 6,000 bags of rice in Zamfara

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The Senator representing Zamfara West, Sen. Lawali Hassan, has distributed 6,000 bags of rice as Ramadan packages to people in his constituency. The constituency comprises: Gummi, Bukkuyum, Anka, Bakura, Talata Mafara and Maradun Local Government Areas (LGAs).

Speaking at the event to flag off the distribution exercise in Anka town of Anka LGA on Saturday, the Senator’s aide, Murtala Jangebe, said each of the local government in the zone would benefit with 1,000 bags each.

Jangebe said the packages were meant to ease economic hardship among less privileges across the zone.

He said the senator was determined to improve the living conditions of all indigent members of the communities.

Jangebe noted that COVID-19 had compounded the situation in the state, saying it had become more important to come to the aid of the people, especially the poor, at these trying times.

A cross section of the beneficiaries commended the senator for the gesture, saying that it would go a long way in relieving them of the current economic challenges.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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