President of the National Assembl, Bukola Saraki, has said that he will not dump the All Progressives Congress, APC. The Senate President spoke with Punch through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, on Tuesday. He pointed out that as a founding father of the APC, he would remain in the party. He said, “There is nothing like that and there is nothing to suggest that. Every member must come from somewhere. Are you going to ask the President [Muhammadu Buhari] whether he would go back to the Congress for Progressive Change? “You’re not going to ask Asiwaju [Bola Tinubu] whether he will return to the Action Congress of Nigeria. “Everybody has where they are coming from. As far as my principal is concerned, he is a founding father of this party. There is
Senate President Bukola Saraki has said Nigerians will know about his intentions for 2019 in two months. He said this in an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on the Osasu Show on the sidelines of the unveiling of Bolaji Abdullahi’s book, ‘On a Platter of Gold: How Jonathan Won and Lost Nigeria’. Abdullahi, who is the national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was a former minister of youth and sport under the former President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration. Saraki said there was enough time to talk about 2019, adding that the topics for discussion now should be how to develop the country. “You are like the tenth person who has asked me, so there is a queue. I promised the first person that when it is time to talk about 2019, I would answer the ques
Senate President, Bukola Saraki Tuesday night said that the National Assembly was ready to receive President Muhammadu Buhari whenever he is ready to present the 2018 Appropriation Bill. Saraki spoke with State House correspondents after the dinner the leadership of the National Assembly had with the Presidency at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said the meeting was to welcome President Buhari from medical vacation. Though he said it was an interactive session with President Buhari, Saraki, said, “Mr President invited us for dinner; as you know since he came back we have not had the opportunity to meet with him. “He has met with different stakeholders, this is the first meeting since returning to the country with the leadership of the National Assembly. So
The National Caucus of All Progressive Congress (APC) held last night at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. The meeting kicked off at exactly 8.30pm when President Muhammadu walked in with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Present at the meeting were: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie Oyegun, National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, former interim National Chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, Deputy National Chairman of APC, Segun Oni. Governors present at the meeting were: Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Sani Bello (Niger), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Bindowo Jubrilla, Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Aminu Masari (Kats
President Muhammadu Buhari met with Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, late on Thursday night at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock, Abuja. It is understood that the meeting was about the 2018 budget. The meeting happened after the lawmakers had initially left the Villa in anger, after security operatives insisted on screening them. Buhari later reached out to them, but majority of the lawmakers had left the residence of Saraki, where they converged after the embarrassing incident. However, Saraki and Dogara returned to Aso Rock and were hosted to a dinner. Others present include: Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, alongside Ita Enang and Sulaiman Kawu and other presidential aides.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola will represent President Muhammadu Buhari at Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying showdown between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo. Thenff.com discloses on Friday that Fashola will fly into the Akwa Ibom State capital on Saturday. Top officials have also confirmed that President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung and the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba and Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan will also be at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium. Host Governor Udom Emmanuel and members of the Akwa Ibom State cabinet, NOC President Habu Gumel and Members of the NFF Executive Committee and Management will also be present. The Super Eagles
The former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume representing Borno on Monday unveiled a one-point agenda for the rest of his tenure in the upper chamber. Ndume was suspended on March 29, this year for six months expected to resume on Tuesday next weekbut it was gathered that the Borno lawmaker will resume next Tuesday. Recall that Ndume was suspended following a point of order he raised on the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Chairman of the Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi). Ndume in a chat with Daily trust said his only agenda now, just like before, remained the plight of thousands of people of his constituency who had been rendered homeless as a result of insurgency. He said the humanitarian crisis in his constituency had not received the ...
Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday night, flew out of Abuja to Saudi Arabia to join about two million Muslim faithful for this year’s hajj. In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, the President of the Senate will spend the period of the pilgrimage to pray for the unity, stability and development of Nigeria as well as better health for the leader of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari. He will also spend the period of the holy pilgrimage to pray for more success for the Eighth National Assembly in the execution of its Legislative Agenda which is aimed at helping to improve the standard of living of the citizenry and positively transform the national economy. The President of the Senate is expected back early September wh
Senate President, Bukola Saraki has disclosed that he was under intense pressure to resign during his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. Addressing his supporters at the Ile Arugbo section of his Ilorin home, Saraki said, “We thank God for today because when the entire travail started it was from this same place that we gathered and said we would come back on a day like this to do exactly what we are doing now. And I want to thank the Emir of Ilorin for staying very firm with us. He did it to the extent that even his colleagues across the country knew and at a point he said we would not beg again; that we would resort to prayers because we were innocent. You know he too has legal background, so he said we would focus on God. “And for you women, I can’t thank you enough. When th
A mild drama occurred on the floor of the Senate, on Tuesday, when a point of order was raised, that the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki was the Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Senate, upon resumption from its 3 weeks break, received a communication from Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Acting President of Nigeria, seeking the confirmation of Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, as the Director General of National Lottery Regulatory Commission. The lawmakers, however, subjected the letter to deliberations, owing to the fact that the Acting President, had earlier report said the Senate had no power to confirm nominees. Senator Eyinanya Abaribe (Abia South), had raised a motion that the country had no President or Acting President at the moment, adding that, President...