The curtain fell on the lawmaking career of Herman Hembe, chairman of the House Committee on Capital Market, on Friday as the Supreme Court ruled that he was not the duly elected candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 election.
Here are some interesting facts about Hembe:
· Prior to his election in 2007, Hembe had never practiced law, or worked in the public service and had no known business.
· He graduated in 2001 from the Benue State University, Makurdi before going on to the Nigeria Law School.
· Hembe hails from Mbakpor clan in Mbake council ward of Konshisha local government area area of Benue State.
· He is the second of six children in in the family of the late Professor Godwin Nyor Hembe, who was a Political Science scholar at the Benue State University, Makurdi.
· He was born in Zaria, Kaduna State on June 22, 1975.
· He attended Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School Makurdi for his Senior School Certificate in 1992.
· Hembe was elected into the National Assembly in 2007, and reelected in 2011.
· Hembe sponsored some projects that bring succour to his constituents among which are the design and construction of a block of three classrooms with offices at Tsambe in Vandeikya local government area, electrification of Korinya-Wuese-Jov.
· Donated of 20 computer sets with accessories to LGED Primary School Tian in Korinya, donation of 120 dual desks among other projects apart from the sponsorship of 14 bills to his credit.
· Hembe and Aruma Oteh, former DG, Securities and Exchange Commission had a running battle over corruption.
· He was also arraigned by the EFCC on corruption charges.
Rivers State Commissioner For Information and Communications, Austin Tam George, on Friday, resigned from his position.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Friday, declared Governor Aminu Tambuwal as the duly elected governor of Sokoto State.
The Supreme Court has sacked Herman Hembe, lawmaker representing Konshisha/Vandekiya Federal Constituency of Benue State, from the House of Representatives.
The apex court also ordered a replacement be sworn in without delay.
The Court further declared Mrs Dorathy Mato as the rightful candidate who won the All Progressive Congress (APC) party ticket.
Mr. Hembe was ordered to return all salaries and benefits collected while in office within 90 days.
Senator Dino Melaye has claimed he is yet to receive any letter from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, notifying him on his recall from the National Assembly.
INEC on Thursday said it has notified the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, on petition demanding his recall from his constituency.
The electoral body said it received over 188,000 signatures of eligible voters from Mr. Melaye’s constituency demanding for his recall.
Reacting to the report, Mr. Melaye disclosed on Friday that he is yet to receive the notification letter from INEC.
He further urged his supporters to remain calm and peaceful, adding that they will always prevail.
No letter from INEC yet. I urge all my supporters to remain calm & peaceful. God is on our side & light will always subdue darkness.— Senator Dino Melaye (@dino_melaye) June 22, 2017
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has notified Senator Dino Melaye, lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, on recall petition it has received from his constituency.
THE WHISTLER reported on Wednesday that the electoral body received over 188,000 signatures of eligible voters from Mr. Melaye’s constituency demanding for his recall.
INEC in a statement signed by its National Commissioner, Mallam Mohammed Haruna, said the decision to notify the lawmaker followed a meeting held at its headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
The electoral body said it will verify the petitioners and will on July 3 publish details of the verification process of all the signatories to the petition.
The statement reads: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held its regular weekly meeting today and considered the petition submitted by some registered voters from Kogi West Senatorial District to kickstart the process of recalling Senator Dino Melaye.
“In accordance with the INEC guidelines for the recall of members of the National Assembly, the Commission has formally acknowledged the receipt of the petition to the petitioners’ representatives and has conveyed a letter notifying Senator Melaye of our receipt of the petition.
“The next step is to verify that the petitioners are registered voters in the Kogi West Senatorial District.
“INEC will, on the 3rd of July, 2017 issue a public notice stating the day(s), time, location and other details for the verification exercise.”
Meanwhile, Senator Melaye late Wednesday condemned his recall move, saying it is a political witch-hunt from Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello.
Should Mr. Melaye’s recall succeed, he would be the first serving senator ever recalled in Nigeria’s history.
The senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District has reacted to moves by members of his constituency to recall him from the senate.
Recall that his constituents, on Wednesday, submitted a petition to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) demanding Dino Melaye’s recall from the Senate.
Leader of the constituents, Chief Cornelius Olowo, after submitting the petition at INEC headquarters, said that the move to recall Malaye was based on his “abysmal performance’’ since he was elected to represent the district in 2015.
He said, “In the last two years, some senators have been meeting with their people quarterly. They update them on what has been happening and seek their contributions on issues and their aspirations to be presented at the senate.
“For the past two years, Sen. Malaye has not organised one town hall meeting anywhere in Kogi West to meet with the people to present his scorecard or stewardship.
“He has been completely disconnected from the people. Since he won his election and the legal battle at the court, he is no longer reachable.
“He has no constituency office in Kogi West as we speak, as a way to reach him on matter of interests from the people that elected him,’’ Olowo said.
“We have over 360,000 registered voters in Kogi West and after about one week of collection of signatures, we were able to gather over 188,500 signatures, endorsing the recall of the senator.
“We have submitted the petition at the office of INEC Chairman. It is now left for INEC to go and do confirmation of the signatures before going on the process needed for the recall,’’ he added.
But reacting to the action, Dino Melaye said the move to recall him from the upper legislative chamber is a comedy of errors.
He said the action will land many people in jail as names of dead people were discovered on the petition list and a handwriting with similar signatures for several people as well.
Speaking to Seun Okinbaloye, anchor of Politics Today, a daily programme on Channels Television, Melaye said “I continue to laugh at their efforts which I know is in futility. The whole exercise is a comedy of errors.
“Nobody should take it seriously the whole thing is shrouded in money politics and cannot stand.
“We have discovered names of dead people on the list and a handwriting with similar signatures for several people on petition, the discrepancies are too much and it’s a total fraud.
“And I promise that many people will go to jail for forgery.”
The war of words between Senator Shehu Sani and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, seem not to have been over as the former on Wednesday described the governor as the “Judas” in President Buhari’s government.
Senator Sani in a statement signed by his Adviser on Politics and Ideology, Suleiman Ahmed, reprimanded Governor El-Rufai for the continuous arrest of journalists criticise his government.
According to the statement, the Kaduna governor has arrested about 7 journalists in the state who have criticized his administration one way or the other.
The statement reads: "Journalists in Kaduna state are under siege; blackmailed, arrested, pocketted or threatened with arrest and as such could not have written such a story.
“El-Rufai jails journalists like Pinochet or Stalin. He is a man with a mouth for criticism but without a stomach for criticism.
“In his two years in office he has jailed not less than 7 Journalists in Kaduna of which many are in court. Kaduna state is run like a personal family and friends estate without any meaningful physical achievement other than sponsored media propaganda.
“El-Rufai has enough money to pay Herdsmen but no money to pay district heads. Kaduna is today littered with abandoned drainages to the point that the rainy season has turned Kaduna into a 'coastal state with creeks'.
“He is auctioning over two thousand Government houses he inherited but he is yet to build a hut.
“The Kaduna state Governor who in his memo accused President Muhammadu Buhari of running a failed Government, has failed also woefully.
“He thinks PMB failed but he never invited PMB to even commission a completed Toilet in his state. Under El-Rufai, Kaduna has become a hub of Kidnappers and a sanctuary for Herdsmen.
“The very Governor who once condemned the National Assembly for lack of transparency has proven to be worse. El-Rufai wants to be seen as an apostle of Buhari's change but he is actually the Judas of change.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Wednesday, received the signatures of the total number of registered voters in Kogi West senatorial district approving the recall of Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate.