Plenary proceedings of the House of Representatives for Wednesday, January 19th, 2022

The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presiding.

After leading the opening prayer and recitation of the national pledge, the Speaker approved the votes and proceedings for Tuesday, January 18th, 2022
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Communication From the President:

Mr. President requests the House to consider and pass the best possible versions of:
1. The Proceeds of Crime Bill,
2. The Whistle Blower Bill and
3. The Witness Protection Bill.

This is in line with the need to ensure the government’s zero tolerance for corruption is sustained.
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MOTIONS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE

1. Rep. Segun Odebunmi moved a motion on the need to recognize and honour late Dr. Alao Akala and it was seconded by Rep. Yusuf Buba.

Rep. Odebunmi extolled the virtues and achievements of late Dr. Akala whose passing he stated remains a huge shock and loss to Oyo state, the Southwest region and Nigeria as a whole, as he was a true leader.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

2. Rep. Suleiman Gumi moved a motion on the need to curb the frequency of attacks by armed bandits in and around Zamfara state and it was seconded by Rep. Sada Soli.

Rep. Gumi expressed worry at the gruesome and confident ways the bandits attack and extort ransoms from citizens in the northern states despite the presence of security personnel in the affected states. He pointed out that the forest in the region and the porous Nigerian border with the Republic of Niger has become a refuge for fleeing bandits. Rep. Gumi called on the relevant security apparatus of the nation to ensure security returns to the region by flushing out all miscreants there.

The motion was voted on and adopted.

3. Rep. Ademorin Kuye moved a motion on the need to investigate the invasion of the Magodo G.R.A phase 2 estate, Lagos state by policemen under the direction of the Inspector General of police and the Attorney General of the federation and it was seconded by Rep. Babajimi Benson.

Rep. Kuye in leading the motion stated that the policemen were carrying out a Supreme Court judgement concerning some parts of the area. He expressed worry why a separate injunction obtained from the Court of Appeal on the issue staying the evacuation of the residents by the Supreme Court judgement was disregarded. This he stated makes the invasion illegal. Rep. Kuye called on the House Committees on Justice, Public Petitions as well as Police to investigate the issue with a view to resolving it amicably so that the inhabitants of the estate can have their due rest of mind and compensation or reallocation.

The motion was voted on and adopted.
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ORDERS OF THE DAY
MOTION

1. Recommital of Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021. (HB.981)
Rep. Abubakar Hassan Fulata:
The House:
Notes that the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill was passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to the President for assent but the assent was withheld;

Also notes that in withholding the assent, the President particularly referred to the amendment of Section 87 of the Electoral Act, 2010 dealing with the mode of nomination of candidates by Political Parties;

Further notes that Section 87(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 provides that the procedure for the nomination of candidates by political parties for various elective positions shall be by direct or indirect primaries;

Recalls that the National Assembly amended Section 87(2) of the Electoral Act, 2010 as Clause 84(2) of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to read thus:
“The procedure for nomination of Candidates by Political Parties for various elective positions shall be by direct primaries”.

Cognizant of the need to allow Political Parties to choose the procedure for nomination of candidates for elective positions;

Resolves to:
Commit Section 84(2) of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to the Committee of the Whole for reconsideration in accordance with Order 12, Rule 20 (1-3) of the Standing Orders of the House.

Debate
Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved the motion on the recommittal of the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and it was seconded by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu.

The motion was voted on and adopted.
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Rep. Abubakar Fulata moved a motion for the House to suspend its relevant rules to enable the Speaker of the House to chair the Committee of the Whole and it was seconded by Rep. Ndudi Elumelu.
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CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS (HOUSE IN THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE) Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila presiding:

2. A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Electoral Act No. 6, 2010 and Enact the Electoral Act 2021, to Regulate the Conduct of Elections in the Federal, State and Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory; and for Related Matters (HB. 981) (Leader) – Committee of the Whole:19/1/2022.

The Speaker of the House, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila explained that the consideration of the single clause became necessary due to the decline of assent by President Muhammadu Buhari on the specific area of the Bill regarding the conduct of primaries by political parties in choosing their candidates for elective positions.

Synopsis of the report:
Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa urged members to be objective and patriotic in their considerations in the spirit of doing what is right for Nigerians.

Summary of voting:
Clause voted on and approved: 84 (2)
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HOUSE IN PLENARY
The House reverted to plenary and adopted the report of the Committee of the Whole following a motion by the Leader of the House, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and seconded by the Deputy Leader, Rep. Peter Akpatason.
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Adjournment:
The House at 14:03 adjourned plenary till Thursday, January 20th, 2022 by 11:00 following a motion for adjournment moved by the Deputy Leader of the House, Rep. Peter Akpatason and seconded by Rep. Abubakar Yalleman.

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