A BREAKDOWN OF THE 33 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BILLS PASSED BY THE SENATE; INTERPRETATIONS AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS.

Just as promised some weeks ago, the 8th Senate under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki is fulfilling the Constitutional amendment process. The senate is riding on an already established record of numerous bill passage within its first 2yrs of inauguration. Thus, it is making a giant stride with the constitution review considerations.

The Constitution review committee, as chaired by the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, this week submitted 33 bills on the floor of the house for considerations. And we the use of the Electronic voting system (e-voting), 29 out of it were successfully passed yesterday.

Among the passed bills are the famous #nottoyoungtorun bill, Local government autonomy bill, restriction of tenure and financial autonomy of the states government.
Below is a breakdown, voting results, interpretations and status of each bill.

Bill 1: Amendment of the Members of the Council of States.
Interpretation: The Council of States which currently consists of the sitting President, living ex-presidents and the sitting Senate President and speaker should now include the ex-Senate president “provided that such a person was not removed from office by the process of impeachment”.

Votes: Continue reading

THE EXECUTIVE VS LEGISLATURE RIFT; A SHARP LOOK INTO THE CAUSE.

2015 went down in our political history as the most dramatic year since the handover of governance to civilian powers. I remembered each month had its peculiar story. From January till December was a hit back to back. Thanks to our seasoned political actors and players.

The Elections, allegations and Counter responses from every sides of the divide drenched the nation into its strongest political mess. The aftermath of this mess spread into 2016 till 2017. As a matter of fact, we are still nursing the damages incurred. If care isn’t taken, we will walk into 2019 with the heaps.

The truth being that some issues were intentionally left unsolved and unattended to. As a result of the trending ‘selfishism’ or just a way to promote the already prophesied shenanigan initiated by the UN to be the aftermath of the 2015 elections. Recall that everyone had predicted the end of ‘Nigeria’ by 2015. The election came and went. We are not divided though, but the chants and body language as of today is pointing a delayed division at sight.

Nigerians voted out the ruling power in 2015 strongly because of two things: Continue reading

National Assembly (1): The Senate. (plus comprehensive list of all its members and political parties)

The Senate arm of the National assembly (Red Chamber as it is informal referred) comprises of 109 members effecting 3 each from 36 states of the federation plus 1 member representing the Capital. This arrangement is strictly according to the constitution.

The Senate is only but one half of the Nation’s Bi-cameral structure of allowing two legislative houses to foster progress and development. The Federal House of Representative is the other half. Known as the ‘Red chamber’ for its Red chair settings in its hall, is the Upper House. The Senate alongside the Housed of Representatives (Green Chamber) are vested with the power to deliberate and legislate laws for the country.

 

Its members are so referred to as ‘Senators’. Each constituency is expected to elect 3 members each (FCT provides only One) under the electoral conduct of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for four years. Elected members stand the chance of re-running at Continue reading