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SPECIAL MID-TERM REVIEW: Rivers assembly embroiled in proxy political battles

LEGISREPORTS NG - It is gradually becoming too cold for comfort for Speaker Otelema Amachree of the Rivers State House of Assembly as the protracted crisis ravaging the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State has penetrated the rank and file of the assembly.   The PDP crisis is a turf battle of supremacy involving the office and person of the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, who is up in arms ag ...

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SPECIAL MID-TERM REVIEW: TARABA – How lawmakers were reduced to errand boys under Governor Suntai

LEGISREPORTS NG - Unlike other state Houses of Assemblies, activities among members of the Taraba state House of Assembly in the past two years have no doubt been docile due to interference by the Executive arm of government in the legislative affairs of the House. This in turn impacted negatively on the various constituencies that adversely hindered the state from attaining the much desired and anticipated ...

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SENATE REVIEW: How Senate killed Jonathan and 13 Governors’ 2015 ambition

LEGISREPORTS NG - The Political fortunes of President Goodluck Jonathan and thirteen governors seeking re-election in the 2015 general elections apparently has been thwarted with the outcome of recommendations contained in the Senate Constitution Review Committee. This was disclosed yesterday to newsmen, by the Deputy Senate President and Chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review that the new law wh ...

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POLITICS REVIEW: Amaechi and the PDP – The Obituary of NGF?

LEGISREPORTS NG - The move by the ruling People's Democratic Party to suspend embattled Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, after a faction of the Jang led Nigerian Governors' Forum rejected his re-election as NGF Chairman may very well spin an inevitable consequence that sees the end of the Forum.   Governor Rotimi Amaechi was suspended over alleged involvement in anti-party activities.   T ...

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SENATE REVIEW: Emergency rule – How PDP Senators swayed opposition to support Jonathan unanimously

LEGISREPORTS NG - Following President Goodluck Jonathan's declaration of emergency rule in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) lashed out without apologies at the pronouncement as "lacking original Thinking."   The opposition party also went a step further to urge the National Assembly to reject the President's request saying his method was not in anyway the solution to ...

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SENATE REVIEW: Insecurity – How Senate moved to cripple terrorist financing, money laundering

LEGISREPORTS NG - Disturbed by the encroaching and rapidly overtaking pace of insecurity in the country, the Senate is set to tackle headlong its root causes when by deciding to confront the problems of terrorism and corruption in a bill to be considered on the floor, seeking to establish the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency (NFIA). The bill when passed into law shall empower the agency as the central ...

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ASSEMBLY REVIEW: RIVERS – Abandoning Duties, Assemblymen Engage in Proxy Battle for Amaechi (Part 1)

LEGISREPORTS NG – The political battle of supremacy between Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and the presidency has been waged on several fronts with loyalists from both warring parties testing their might. The Rivers State House of Assembly has emerged as one of the proxies on the governor’s side.   And this is costing the state legislature series of bruises and burns that it is not only distra ...

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ASSEMBLY REVIEW: Taraba Assembly – How religion, battle for Suntai’s job caused changes in leadership

LEGISREPORTS NG - Tarabans and Nigerians in general were last week taken by surprise when simmering wrangles in the Taraba State House of Assembly took a different dramatic dimension which saw the entire body of principal officers removed and replaced in one fell swoop.   The crisis which had factionalized the members did not only lead to the impeachment of the former speaker, Hon. Istifanus Haruna Gba ...

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ASSEMBLY REVIEW: LAGOS ASSEMBLY- Lateness as Hallmark of Legislative Business

LEGISREPORTS NG – Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly may have earned for themselves the notoriety of being an assemblage of lousy time keepers given the way they have made unpunctuality a hallmark of their activities. In this review, LEGISREPORTS will discuss this issue with hope that the leadership of the assembly take corrective measure into addressing this obnoxious behaviour of Lagos lawmakers ...

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ASSEMBLY REVIEW: Delta Lawmakers Make History, Become First Assembly to Veto Gov

LEGISREPORTS NG - The Delta State House of Assembly Wednesday made history as the first state legislature to veto a bill denied assent by the governor. By this bold and courageous act, the Hon. Victor Ochei-led assembly has proven to Nigeria as a whole that state assemblies are now emerging from the shadows of governors who more often than not run the states like fiefdoms brooking little or no opposition no ...

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