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183 Lawmakers Yet To Sponsor Any Bill As 28 Members Propose 564 Bills

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No fewer than 183 of 360 House of Representatives members do not have a single bill listed against their names since their inauguration in June last year, The Nation has found.
The 1,039 bills that have passed first reading were sponsored by only 177 members.
The Executive and the Senate also have bills either pending or being passed by the House.
Ten executive and 10 Senate bills are at various stages of consideration.
Our correspondent found that 93 All Progressives Congress (APC) members have sponsored bills in the House.
They lead members of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP’s) 73, All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA’s) six, African Democratic Congress’s (ADC’s) two and one each from members of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
The Southwest leads in members with bills, with 43 of the 71 from the region proposing 181 bills since inception; 35 of 55 members from the Southsouth have proposed 198 bills.
Twenty-nine of the 51 members from the Northcentral have contributed 217 bills; 26 of the 43 members from the Southeast have contributed 192.
From the Northwest, 25 of 92 members from the region have contributed 158 bills; 19 members of the 48 from the Northeast have contributed 99 bills to the pool.
Tajudeen Abbas (APC, Kaduna) has the highest numbers of bills (58) that have passed through the first reading.
The Chief Whip, Tahir Mongunu (APC, Borno), has the second-highest number of bills (43).
Ossai Nicholas Ossai (PDP, Delta) is third with 38 bills; Dachung Bagos (PDP, Plateau) is fourth with 32 bills; House Spokesman, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) and Uzoma Abonta (APGA, Abia) have 30 bills each.
Deputy Chief Whip, Nliruka Onyejeocha (APC, Abia), Minority Whip, Gideon Gwani (PDP, Kaduna), Simon Mwadkwon (PDP, Plateau) have 29, 23 and 21 bills.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) has 19 bills against his name, with many of them already passed and some others awaiting committee report or second reading.
About 152 members have between one and nine bills, including Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu (PDP, Delta), with nine bills.
The Nation found that 28 members account for about 564 of the bills currently being considered, ranging from 10 to 58 listed against each of them.
Immediate past Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who recently returned to the APC, has 10 bills listed against his name; Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase (APC, Plateau) has 15 bills.
Lagos, which has 24 members, tops the states with the highest number of members who have sponsored bills (11).
Only a member each from Yobe (which has six members), Sokoto (11 members) and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) (two members) have sponsored bills.
Majority of the bills are either for new universities, polytechnics, colleges of education or agriculture, or federal medical centres; several others are on constitution amendment.
A breakdown shows that 81 of the bills seek one form of an amendment or the other to the constitution, while 44 seek the establishment of both conventional and specialised universities.
Also, 43 bills seek the establishment of federal medical centres across the country; 27 bills seek the establishment of federal colleges of education; 22 bills seek the establishment of colleges of agriculture, while 17 bills seek federal polytechnics.
Some bills are for the conversion of Auchi Polytechnic, Kaduna Polytechnic, Yaba College of Technology, Adeyemi College of Education and Federal College of Education, Zaria to universities.
While the bill seeking the conversion of Auchi Polytechnic to City University of Technology has been passed by both chambers of the National Assembly and is awaiting presidential assent, others are still at committee stages.

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Bye-election: Fresh crisis rocks Zamfara APC

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A fresh crisis has engulfed the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressive Congress barely two weeks to the bye -election into the vacant Bakura constituency seat in the state House of Assembly .
A faction of the APC loyal to the immediate past governor of the state , Abdulaziz Yari , named Bello Gamji as its candidate for the contest , a move which has since been opposed by party members loyal to Senator Kabiru Marafa .
Addressing journalists in Gusau on Sunday , the Publicity Secretary of the Marafa -led faction , Alhaji Bello Bakyasuwa , while faulting the decision by the Yari -led faction to field a candidate , said , “ Zamfara State APC is still in court; as such , it has no constitutional rights to present a candidate to contest the election .”
Bakyasuwa rejected claims by the Yari -led faction that the Court of Appeal in Sokoto had set aside an earlier judgment given by the Zamfara State High Court.
He said, “ The court has only set aside the Zamfara State High Court judgment ; but didn’ t give the mantle of leadership of the party to any faction . ”

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PDP sweeps all seats in Bauchi LG poll

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The Peoples Democratic Party has won all 20 chairmanship and 20 deputy chairmanship positions as well as the 323 councillorship seats, in the Bauchi State local government election held on Saturday .
The LGA election was last held in Bauchi State 12 years ago .
The 20 elected chairmen and their deputies were issued their Certificates of Return by the Chairman of the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission , Dahiru Tata , at the commission ’ s headquarters on Sunday .
The council leaders were later sworn in at the Banquet Hall of the Government House , Bauchi on Sunday .
The oath of office and oath of allegiance were administered to them by Justice Hamidu Kunaza , who represented the Bauchi State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Umar .
Speaking at the ceremony, the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed , warned the council leaders against indolence and corrupt practices in the discharge of their duties .
He said, “ What the people of Bauchi want is work , service , infrastructure . I assure you , we are going to give you autonomy to give you the little resources that you need .
“ You must work with us to free resources in your local councils . Ghost workers that are taking our money at the primary level , especially the primary health care, primary education and even local workers , must be freed .
“ Don ’t go and create your own ghost workers because that is the circle of corruption that we inherited . Everybody that becomes a chairman or councilor will have his own number of ghost workers that will bring money to him at home . I know by your pedigree , you will not do that .

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I Have Not Defected To APC – Governor Umahi

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Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi has denied reports making the rounds he has left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A House of Representatives from Ebonyi, Chinedu Ogah had claimed on Saturday the Governor had defected to the APC.
Ogah, who is the only APC federal lawmaker from Ebonyi, also commended the Governor for defecting to APC.
According to Ogah, Umahi defected to the APC after meeting several leaders of the party, including President Muhammadu Buhari.
He described it as a bold step and move in the right direction and asked About, Enugu and Anambra Governors to join the APC for stability in the polity and South East.
“Yes, Governor Umahi’s defection to our great party, APC is a step in the right direction.
“We cannot afford to remain in opposition. We must join the ruling party to continue to reap the dividends of democracy.
“I am calling on other Governor in the southeast to toe the line of Governor Umahi and join APC. We have to be at the center, we have to join mainstream politics for the overall development of our zone and the country in general.
President Muhammadu Buhari has done well. Everybody should join the APC to encourage him”, Ogah said.
But when contacted, Governor Umahi, in a terse reply simply told The Nation “it is not true.”
The Governor’s Media Aide, Maze Francis, also debunked the report.
He said: “My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC)”.
“The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.
“It is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.
“If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers”.
“The general public is advised to jettison such unfounded rumour”.

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