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Day: March 17, 2023


Buhari signs bills devolving power to states on rail, electricity


President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to a constitutional amendment bill that moves “railways” from the Exclusive Legislative list to the Concurrent Legislative list.

This will allow states to build rail lines, without seeking Federal approval.

Buhari also assented to the amendment that would allow states generate, transmit and distribute electricity in areas covered by the national grid.

Also signed was the alteration bill requiring the president and governors to submit the names of persons nominated as ministers or commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office for confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly.

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Ahmed Wase commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for assenting to the momentous amendments that altered some provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

Wase, who doubles as the Chairman, Special Ad-Hoc Committee on the Review of 1999 Constitution gave the commendation in Abuja on Friday.

He said that the Constitution, which is the fifth alteration bill in 2023 was fragmented into 16 assented bills.

He listed the bill to change the names of Afikpo North and Afikpo South Local Government Areas (LGA), Ebonyi State and the name of Kunchi LGA in Kano.

He said that there was an alteration to change the names of Egbado North and Egbado South LGA in Ogun, adding that there was also an alteration to correct the name of Atigbo LGA in Enugu.

He said the name Obia/Akpor LGA in Rivers was also altered, adding that there was also an alteration to provide for the financial independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary.

Wase said there was an alteration to regulate the first session and inauguration of members-elect of the National and State Houses of Assembly.

Other alterations include Provisions of the Criminal Code, Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Act, Criminal Procedure Code or Evidence Act

He said the alteration was also to exclude the period of intervening events in the computation of time for determining pre-election petitions, election petitions and appeals.

He said the president also altered the bill which sought the Constitution to provide for the post-qualification of the Secretary of the National Judicial Council.

According to him, the alteration deleted the item “prisons” in the Exclusive Legislative List and re-designated as “Correctional Services” in the Concurrent Legislative List.

He said others were to correct the error in the definition of the boundary of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, adding that it also to require the government to direct its policy towards ensuring right to food and food security in Nigeria.

“Others deal with devolution of powers/promoting true federalism and also strengthening of State Houses of Assembly and Judiciary.”

Wase, however, congratulated members of the 9th National Assembly for working tirelessly to ensure the passage of the legislations

Peter Obi

Peter Obi wants to steal Bola Tinubu’s mandate


Peter Obi should stop deceiving his supporters

The defeated Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi goes around inflaming passions, spreading lies as if he is still campaigning for the highest office in the land, weeks after the exercise was concluded and a winner announced.

We are worried about his recent media rounds on Arise TV and Channels TV, in which he made profoundly misleading, criminally false and inciting statements about the election that he lost woefully.

We call on the security agencies to caution him from further making incendiary remarks, especially after he claimed he is challenging the results of the election in the tribunal.

Asked on Arise TV about his loss, he derided the election, considered by many to be the best in our recent history. He described it recklessly as ‘probably the worst’, ‘wrong election’, ‘not God’s will’. In one moment, he likened the election to ‘robbery’.

He also fleetingly wore the toga of a political scientist redefining democracy, which the world knows as government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

According to Obi, “to win in democracy is to win the people. The declared winner, Bola Tinubu did not win- that is what we are challenging…’ Later, he clarified in his moments of sobriety, after leaving the studio, that what he wanted to challenge was the process of declaring the winner.

On Channels TV few days later, Obi made the ridiculous claim about ‘his stolen mandate’, echoing the position of his unthinking mob of supporters, who believe that he won the election, because some sponsored polls made the claim before the election.

We consider the claim by the former governor of Anambra as very fraudulent as he fell short of winning any mandate. He came third, not even second, losing by 2.6 million votes to President-elect Bola Tinubu, despite getting outrageously padded votes from his ethnic South East states.

From the false narrative Obi has been pushing, he is the one trying to steal Bola Tinubu’s mandate, by appealing unashamedly to tribal and religious sentiments and by resorting to his sickening penchant for lying boldfaced to snatch what does not belong to him.

We consider Obi’s TV statements as prejudicial to the case he has filed and contemptuous of the court. Only a desperate politician like Obi will embark on his course of action: seeking justice in court and simultaneously embarking on a mission of blackmailing and intimidating the judiciary.

He is trying to present himself before his case takes off in court as a helpless, cheated victim of the ‘system’, robbed of a mandate by INEC. He is trying to position himself as the candidate ‘who won the people’, who is loved by the people, going by his self-serving definition of democracy.

His antics, if he is able to sway the judges is to make them cancel the entire election, even without sufficient, substantial proof of malpractice. This will pave way for his dream alliance with the PDP, the second losing party, in a fresh election.

The PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar spoke about his readiness to enter into such alliance in his post-poll press conference, as he accused Obi of taking his votes in the South South and South East.

We hope the men and women of the judiciary will not fall for Obi’s cheap tactics and really examine the cases before them on merit and on the basis of substantial evidence presented.

Let us remind Obi once again, he is welcome in the court,, where he is bound to lose woefully.

Finally we advise Mr. Obi to stop attacking the integrity of the election just because he did not win the majority votes and the constitutional spread in 24 states.

He should stop deceiving his gullible followers and raising unrealistic hopes about reclaiming the presidency from Asiwaju Tinubu.

We also advise the NBC to caution TV houses giving Obi the platform to de-legitimise a free and fair election, when he has taken his case to court.

Bayo Onanuga
Director, Media and Publicity
APC Presidential Campaign Council
March 16, 2023


Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a man of many traditional honours across the country, from north to south, west to east. The array of titles he has garnered was only comparable to that of Chief Moshood Abiola, winner of the 1993 Presidential election.


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