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The spokesman for the House of Representatives and Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas, has denied allegations that Reps members were collating signatures to impeach the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Namdas told journalists on Wednesday that he is not aware of such process in the House.

According to him, “There is nothing like impeachment before the House of Representatives as I speak now.

“As far as I am concerned, I speak for the House, and there is nothing like impeachment before the House for consideration. I don’t speak for members, I speak for the House.

“At least, officially before the house, there is nothing like that. I am not aware of any impeachment.”

Namdas’ reaction comes amidst allegation that some of the lawmakers are collating signatures to commence the impeachment of Vice-President Osinbajo.

A member of the House of Representatives, Johnson Agbonayinma, had made this allegation on Tuesday while speaking with journalists.

Agbonayinma alleged that political gladiators were ‎sponsoring fake news against Osinbajo.

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Council of State approves N27,000 as new minimum wage

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*FG to pay N30,000

*Bill gets to NASS tomorrow

*NCS unaware of opposition plot to disrupt polls

The Council of State, at its meeting chaired by President Muhammad Buhari this afternoon approved N27,000 per month as the new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

This is N3,000 less than the N30,000 demanded by the organised labour, failure of which it had threatened to mobilise workers for nationwide industrial action. Current wage is N18,000.

The Federal Government has however, opted to pay its workers the N30,000 demanded by Labour, while asking the labour unions to go negotiate with state governments if they want higher figures for state government workers.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, announced the approval of the new wage to State House correspondents in Abuja at the end of the NCS, which also comprises of the Vice-President, past presidents and heads of state, Chief Justices of Nigeria, leadership of the National Assembly, and state governors; and is the highest advisory body to the President.

Ngige explained that the new minimum wage of N27,000 per month is reviewable every five years, but that organisations and companies employing less than 25 persons are exempted from it.

Also, sanctions for defaulters are prescribed in an Executive Bill that will be sent to the National Assembly tomorrow (Wednesday), he stated.

The minister further pointed out that the relevant standing committees of the National Assembly would be expected to work on he bill even while the legislative plenary is on recess.

Ngige pointed out that “in consonance with the fact that the issues of national minimum wage prescription is in the exclusive list, second schedule, Item 34 and being on that list, it is not a job that can be done by the Executive alone. The president has to transmit the bill to the National Assembly and the National Assembly will take legislative action and return the bill that has been so treated to the president for his assent.

“So, a bill will now be transmitted to the National Assembly that will amend the 1981 Act and 2011 Act. The figure of N27,000 monthly has been approved for transmission to the National Assembly. The frequency of the review of the bill is five years, to get it in consonance with pension law of the federation as enshrined in the constitution.

“Exemptions to this bill will be establishments that are not employing people up to the number of 25. The various times prescribed have also been altered in the bill and will be sent to the National Assembly before the close of work tomorrow (Wednesday).”

Meanwhile, the NCS meeting was briefed by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on its preparedness for general elections starting next month.

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, who briefed the press on this, said the Council was convinced of the readiness of the INEC to conduct credible polls.

According to the governor, the INEC chairman’s presentation was very clear, lucid and all encompassing; and it was agreed that the commission’s boss should similarly address the nation ahead of the polls to further convince and assure the citizens and voters.

The NCS heard from INEC that all funds requested for the polls had been released, so training of staff and procurement of the materials are either completed or ongoing, while the Commission will continue to use varsity academic staff and members of the National Youth Service Corps as ad-hoc staff for elections.

“They have improved card readers, the details of what have been done to improve it was made known. It was made known that look, the process of continuous voting and accreditation system was the best so that when you are accredited, you vote at the same time and you leave.

“INEC as at today is ready for election and questions were put, he was interrogated and he responded and gave adequate explanations to the satisfaction of every one of us”, he said.

On the recent allegation made by former president Obasanjo, who was at the meeting, that INEC was being compromised ahead of the polls, Akeredolu replied that “I think that all of us in the hall have heard that look, whatever it is, we have now listened t the chairman of INEC and we are convinced that they are prepared for the election.

“I am not sure any other person will come out to talk about INEC any longer. So, the point has been made, all of us now have our hands on deck to ensure the success. Because, without our participation, without our cooperation, INEC itself cannot be successful.”

Asked about the plot to disrupt the polls by the opposition parties as alleged by Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, a day earlier, Governor Akeredolu said such issue was not discussed by the NCS because no fact to the allegation was available to it.

His words: “Seriously, there was no discussion on that. As we mentioned to you, what we received was briefing by INEC on how prepared they are for the election. So, their level of preparedness that was what we listened to.

“There is no way INEC will come and tell us, they have information on what opposition is doing or what opposition is not doing but what INEC is doing is what was received and there was no discussion about that. I am not too sure that we have that fact.”

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2019: I’m impressed with INEC’s readiness – Buhari tells EU election obsevers

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President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja told the European Union Observer Mission (EOM) to Nigeria’s elections starting in February, that he was impressed by the preparations made by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and was optimistic that the electoral body would deliver on its mandate of a credible poll.

Receiving the EOM, led by the Chief Observer and member of the European Parliament, Maria Arena, at the State House, the President said he had listened earlier in the day, to the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, when he briefed the National Council of State.

According to President Buhari, “I am happy and impressed with the briefing he gave. I hope that the confidence he exuded and the intellect he brought to bear on the Report will be justified at the end of the day.”

The President told the EU delegation that Nigeria had grown its electoral system incrementally, getting better year after year.

“Having participated in elections four times in the past, I would say that since 2015, technology has helped the credibility of our elections,” he said.

President Buhari said that Nigeria with over 250 cultural groups across religions and ethnic groups, with each group canvassing for identity and primacy in the affairs of the nation, “patriotism demands that we identify the nation’s best interest and go with it.”

He stressed that the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, administration had the good sense of identifying the national interest to include security, peace and stability, improved economy, jobs creation and the campaign against corruption, noting that the party was not wrong in 2015, and is not wrong going into the election this year with the same issues in its campaigns.

The President thanked the delegation for taking interest in Nigeria’s elections, and in the affairs of the nation generally.

The EOM team, accompanied by Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, Head, European Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said that the EU had observed every election in Nigeria since 1999, and had come here again for the next one, following an invitation by INEC.

The delegation promised impartiality and neutrality in the monitoring of the elections.

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Kola Ologbondiyan Director, Media & Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization

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…Insists Atiku Will Win Presidential Poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rejects in its entirety the idea of an Interim Government, being mooted by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on behalf of the Buhari Presidency.

The PDP says it cannot accept any form of unconstitutional governance and a contraption like an interim government because it is confident of a landslide victory on February 16, given the overwhelming support, which it’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, enjoys among Nigerians across the board.

The party said a suggestion of an Interim Government, under any pretext, context or contemplation can only come from desperate and unpatriotic minds in a failed administration or political party that has lost hope of being re-elected in a free, fair and credible election due to its manifest incompetence and humongous corruption.

Every Nigerian knows the desperation of the APC and the Buhari Presidency ahead of the 2019 general election, leading to their resort to threats, intimidation and clamp down on dissenting voices, as well as, assault on institutions of democracy, in the face of incontrovertible indices pointing to their imminent crushing defeat at the polls.

The PDP has already alerted Nigerians that Alhaji Lai Mohammed had let out APC’s ignoble “plan B” of “if we can’t have it, then destroy it”, which is to cause violence, derail the electoral process and blame it on the opposition; not minding the damage such could cause the nation, including human and material losses.

We hope such cruel plot, as revealed by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is not the underlining reason behind the APC administration’s alleged neglect and undermining of our security forces fighting in the fronts.

The PDP demands that Alhaji Lai Mohammed comes clear on the source of his information, if it is not a plot being hatched by the APC.

He should tell Nigerians if his source was the Police, the military or the Directorate of State Services (DSS) so that they can appropriately channel their concerns.

The PDP therefore urges Nigerians to be at alert and keep an eye on the APC in their nefarious plans against our nation, now that they have made their strategy public.

On our own part, the PDP is prepared and ready for the elections. We have been going round the country peacefully, campaigning and presenting our candidate, policies and programmes to the electorate.

The PDP will therefore not accept any form of interim government, not when Nigerians have already attained a consensus to rally behind and vote in the peoples Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their next President, come February 16, 2019.

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