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PIB, Electoral Act: Deputy Speaker’s Aide Celebrates ‘Northern Victory’

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Aminu Malle, the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, has expressed delight over the recent activities in the Green Chambers.

Recall that the House of Representatives recently passed the Petroleum Industry Bill and the Electoral Act.

The bill will boost northern Nigeria’s quest for oil as Section 9 of the bill states that at least 30 percent of the profit generated by the proposed Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) will go to the exploration of oil in ‘frontier basins,’ which are mostly northern states.

However, the demand by the oil-producing communities in the South for five percent of the profit of oil firms was cut down to three percent

For the Electoral Act, northern Reps also kicked against the compulsory electronic transmission of results by the Independent National Electoral Commission, arguing that many northern states have weak Internet penetration.

In a congratulatory message sent on behalf of Hon. Wase by Aminu Malle to the northern caucus through their WhatsApp group, the DSP’s aide thanked northern Reps for protecting and promoting the interest of the North.

In the message leaked to The PUNCH by one of the members, Wase’s chief of staff praised lawmakers for protecting the interest of the North and showing unity.

The message reads, “On behalf of the Deputy Speaker Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase and the Northern Caucus leader Hon. Musa Sarki Adar, I am directed to write and formally congratulate and appreciate all the northern caucuses for standing firm through their wisdom and strength to ensure the Northern interest in both PIB and Electoral Act is adequately placed in a position of advantage.

“There is no doubt a house united will forever get whatever it wants, giving [sic] the advantage we have in size. May God Almighty continue to unite and bind us stronger. May He bless and reward us all abundantly. Remain blessed and wish you the best holidays and Sallah celebrations. Thank you all.”

However, the spokesman for the Deputy Speaker, Umar Puma, distanced his principal from the message.

“I have received calls on this letter. It was not written by the Deputy Speaker,” Puma said.

Recall that the 17 southern governors had last week insisted that the electronic transmission of results must stand and had kicked against the allocation of 30 percent of NNPC’s profits to oil exploration.