APC Playing Russian Roulette With Speakership – Hon Ogene

By Chris Udochukwu The Minority caucuses of the incoming 10th House of Representatives has dismissed claims that it’s members are beginning to drift apart. Speaking with journalists today, at the sidelines of the official unveiling of the Speakership quest of Hon. Yusuf Gagbi at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, the group stated that “attendance at such events does not translate to endorsement. “What you see going on is not anything unusual. In an electioneering season, such as we have currently, Members-Elect are free to honour invite by friends and colleagues,” one of the Spokespersons of the Minority caucuses, otherwise known as “Greater Majority,” Hon. Afam Victor Ogene said. Continuing, Hon. Ogene described what is going on in the All Progressives Congress, APC as a game of Russian Roulette. “The mere fact that five weeks to inauguration of the National Assembly, the APC still has over 10 Speakership aspirants speaks volumes about the confusion therein. Regardless, as a popular African idiom proclaims, ‘if you close your eyes because you don’t want to see bad people, you may …

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Members-elect kick against secret adoption of Abbas, Kalu by outgoing Speaker, others

…As Coalition says NO to imposition Democrats Alliance for Good Governance (DAGG) on Saturday condemned in strong terms the report making rounds on the “secret adoption” of one of the Aspirants for the position of the Speaker of the 10th House of Representatives. In the same vein, a group of Members-elect who frowned at the purported “secret adoption” which reportedly took place on Friday night, described the exercise as “an affront on the Parliamentarians and the National Assembly as an Institution.” The Coalition’s National Coordinator Dr. Williams Martins stated this in a statement made available to Journalists in Abuja. He said: “We are most jolted and sincerely betrayed especially when we got the hint that the preferred Aspirant was taking by hand to be introduced to the President-elect. “This development for us is not only demeaning, but degrading and absurd for the calibre of Nigerians who were elected by over 50 million Electorates who voted during the 25th February and Supplementary elections.” According to the Group, “Men of goodwill and Conscience as well as elected Public Office holders can not …

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Speakership: Betara Remains Unbeatable, Says Gudaji

Leading aspirant for the Speakership seat of the House of Representatives, Hon Muktar Aliyu Betara remains unbeatable in the race for the Speakership of the House of Representatives. A member of the House of Representatives, Hon Mohammed Gudaji Kazaure in a goodwill made this known during the unveiling ceremony of the Speakership aspiration of Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja. He described Betara as a man with tremendous goodwill that could easily sweep the race for the Speakership of the 10th Assembly. The Jigawa born politician recalled that Betara singlehandedly influenced the votes that led to the emergence of Yakubu Dogara and his successor, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila as Speakers of the House of Representatives in the 8th and 9th Assemblies. He maintained that Betara who chairs the House committee on Appropriation remains indispensable as far as the race for the speakership of the 10th Assembly is concerned. He advised Gagdi to strike a deal with Betara to decide on which of them would succeed the outgoing Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila. He said: “The truth is …

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Brace up for challenge to meet up with our demand – Labour to Tinubu

ABUJA- It is becoming apparent that the organised labour may not give the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, the luxury of time to settle down before agitation for a wage increase, as the clock of the May 29 inauguration thickens. To them, they will not accept anything less than a N100,000 minimum wage this time. They want Tinubu to brace up for the challenge in a bid to meet up with their demand in the face of soaring prices of goods and services. Though the dust of the last minimum wage which was increased from N18,000 to N30,000 by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is yet to settle as some state governors are still owing civil servants several months in arrears. The excuses been given is that N30,000 as minimum wage was huge considering the revenue accruing to their states and the monthly Federal Allocation Account they received is not enough to pay such amount. The gpvernors claimed it was near impossible for them to meet such minimum standard. However, on May 1, Tinubu, in a message to the Labour Union to …

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Wildfire: Over 13,000 people in Western Canada evacuated amid hot weather and high winds

More than 13,000 people in Western Canada evacuated as wildfires rage across region amid hot weather and high winds More than 13,000 people who live in the Canadian province of Alberta have been evacuated as wildfires rage across the region, which is seeing abnormally hot weather and high winds, emergency officials said. At least 78 wildfires are burning across the western province, 19 of which are burning out of control, Stephen Lacroix, the region’s emergency management agency director, told reporters during a Friday news conference. This is a stark reminder of just how unpredictable and powerful wildfire can be,” Lacroix said. Some residents in the community of Fox Lake, where the fires are severe, had to be evacuated by helicopters, according to Christie Tucker, Alberta Wildfire’s information unit manager. On Friday morning, dozens of firefighters in Fox Lake were battling the blazes, which burned nearly 11,000 acres, officials said. In Drayton Valley, firefighters, helicopters and air tankers battled an out-of-control fire that torched over 3,700 acres, according to Tucker. Authorities in the municipality of Yellowhead County and the town of Edson have …

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#King Charles: Lionel Richie And Emma Thompson Among First Celebrity Guests To Arrive For Coronation

Singers Lionel Richie and Nick Cave, and British actress Emma Thompson, are among the first guests to filter into Westminster Abbey as King Charles’ coronation ceremony nears. Actresses Judi Dench and Joanna Lumley, and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, have also arrived. Around 2,300 people were sent invitations to the Westminster Abbey service, according to Earl Marshall, the Duke of Norfolk, who was involved in the preparations. Who’s there (and who’s not): While Buckingham Palace doesn’t release a detailed guest list, it has confirmed that the congregation will be made up of members of the royal family as well as international representatives from 203 countries, Nobel Prize winners and members of the British government, alongside community and charity volunteers. Prince Harry has confirmed his attendance but his wife, Meghan, will be staying in California with their two children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. It is understood Meghan opted to forgo the celebrations as the day coincides with Archie’s 4th birthday. US President Joe Biden also won’t be attending and instead first lady Jill Biden will lead the American delegation. We’ll undoubtedly see allies …

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King Charles Coronation: Anti-monarchy Protesters Arrested Near Procession Route – Group

Organizers of an anti-monarchy protest have been arrested near the coronation procession route, their group has said. Republic, Britain’s largest anti-monarchy activist group, said on Twitter that police “won’t say” why their demonstrators were detained. “So much for the right to peaceful protest,” the group said. Republic earlier claimed it was expecting between 1,500 and 2,000 people to join the group at its protest in Trafalgar Square, just south of the royal procession route. Instead of a coronation we want an election. Instead of Charles we want a choice. It’s that simple,” the group tweeted on Saturday. The Metropolitan Police has been scrutinized for its tough approach toward protests around the coronation. “Our tolerance for any disruption, whether through protest or otherwise, will be low,” the force wrote on Twitter this week. “We will deal robustly with anyone intent on undermining this celebration.”

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King Charles Coronation: Over 11,500 Police Officers Deployed To Streets Of London Saturday

More than 11,500 police officers are being deployed in London on Saturday, according to the London Metropolitan Police Service, and there are plans for facial recognition technology to be used in the capital. It is the largest one-day deployment in decades, London’s Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adelekan said Wednesday. These officers will be part of more than 29,000 deployments in the lead-up to May 6 over the rest of the weekend, according to a statement from the Met. The Met said the operation — labelled Golden Orb — will see officers line the processional route, manage crowds and road closures, protect high-profile individuals and carry out searches with specialist teams. There are also plans for facial recognition technology to be used in central London. “The watch list will be focused on those whose attendance on coronation day would raise public protection concerns, including those wanted for offences or have an outstanding warrant for arrest issued by the courts, or those under relevant offender management programmes in order to keep the public safe,” the Met said. “Our tolerance for any …

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Meteorologist: King Charles Coronation Warmest And Wettest

From CNN’s Meteorologist Allison Chinchar Coronation Day is here and festivities are already off to a damp start thanks to showers that moved through London on Friday, with even more rain expected for the big day. “A further area of rain is expected to move into southwest England early on Saturday, moving east and north through the day with some heavy bursts at times. This is likely to bring some rain to London by around lunchtime,” said UK Met Office deputy chief forecaster, Steven Keates. One bit of good news: Temperatures will be at or slightly above normal for early May. The high temperature for Saturday in London is forecast to be between 16-18°C (60-64°F) which would put this at one of the warmest coronation days in more than 120 years. For the coronation of George V temperatures reached 17°C (63°F) back on June 22, 1911. “Under the cloud and rain, temperatures will be subdued with 16 °C in London, whilst 20 °C is likely in sunnier northwest Scotland,” said Met Office Chief Meteorologist Matthew Lehnert. Unfortunately, it’s also possible this could …

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