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My Distinguished colleagues, there is an issue which I need to bring to your attention very urgently.

Last night, my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who had been in police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with prosecution about to commence under the State law based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Ministry of Justice were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.

According to the information available to the Governor, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim directed the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to immediately transfer the men to the Force Headquarters. The plan, as the Governor was made to understand is that, under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements they already made in Ilorin. They will then be made to implicate the Kwara State Government, and in particular, myself, in their new statement

This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP Idris to settle scores over the declaration by this honourable Chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country and that he is an enemy of Nigerian democracy based on his usual disrespectful conduct towards lawful authorities.

It is my honour, distinguished colleagues to inaugurate the Senate Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the Incident of the Senate Chamber Invasion on Wednesday the 18th of April 2018.

The events of the 18th of April 2018 will go down as one of the darkest days of our democracy. The precincts of the National Assembly is not just a place where the National Assembly meets, it is the symbol of our liberty and freedom from autocracy and the base of our democracy.

This should not happen. It should never have happened. The violation of this solemn place, the symbol of our liberty to have a government by the representatives of our people for our people by a group of mobsters and criminals cannot simply be ignored. It has been inferred in many quarters that this group of thugs and urchins were led by a serving distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is most despicable and unspeakable.

It is clear and remains the duty of the legislature when faced with behaviours that undermine its fundamental integrity like this one that the legislature acts to restore the integrity of the institution. We owe it as a duty not only to this present National Assembly but also those to precede it, that the legislative process is purged of this dirt and the legislature restored to its full place of dignity. This is a duty that must be achieved. We cannot let a precedence proceed from this. Everyone involved from conception to execution of this heinous crime must be brought to book.

It is my honour, distinguished colleagues to inaugurate the Senate Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the Incident of the Senate Chamber Invasion on Wednesday the 18th of April 2018.

The events of the 18th of April 2018 will go down as one of the darkest days of our democracy. The precincts of the National Assembly is not just a place where the National Assembly meets, it is the symbol of our liberty and freedom from autocracy and the base of our democracy.

This should not happen. It should never have happened. The violation of this solemn place, the symbol of our liberty to have a government by the representatives of our people for our people by a group of mobsters and criminals cannot simply be ignored. It has been inferred in many quarters that this group of thugs and urchins were led by a serving distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is most despicable and unspeakable.

It is clear and remains the duty of the legislature when faced with behaviours that undermine its fundamental integrity like this one that the legislature acts to restore the integrity of the institution. We owe it as a duty not only to this present National Assembly but also those to precede it, that the legislative process is purged of this dirt and the legislature restored to its full place of dignity. This is a duty that must be achieved. We cannot let a precedence proceed from this. Everyone involved from conception to execution of this heinous crime must be brought to book.

As Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) is about to open its defence in the criminal charges brought against it over the collapse of its six storey guest house in September 2014 in which scores of people died, the world is waiting eagerly for this historic titanic legal battle.

Clearly it is not only the SCOAN alone that is on trial but also the entire Nigeria and of course the humanity!

What exactly that is peculiar in this case? Was this the first time a structure would collapse with even greater tragedy in the world? Definitely not. What is astonishing and remains astounding till today was the extraordinary dimensions and jigsaw puzzle of the collapsed building.

It is obviously not going to be an easy case. The peculiarity and unusual nature of the collapse which defied all known scientific logic of foundational and structural ingredients of collapsed structures in the world's history of construction or building industry!

Former Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola clearly foresaw this when he pointed out during an interaction with the media after visiting the collapsed site that: "the issue of Synagogue is highly technical and it requires experts to determine what actually happened to the building because it is not a thing that can be rushed into."

Yes it is highly technical as can be seen in the legal battle from the Coroner inquest. Today the event of collapsed structure in Synagogue has become a bundle of academic research because of its strangeness for the advancement of knowledge.

Dr Stephen Ntoga, an international expert in civil, structural and material engineering and Dean Faculty of Engineering in Tanzanian University was at the site for thorough investigation with his team. His verdict was incontrovertible: "The collapse of synagogue building was completely strange. It goes beyond the issue of foundation or structural elements. The construction and the materials used were excellent." Ntoga who is an embodiment of scholastic prodigy and had handled and partaken is collapsed structured across Europe and America and flaunting the British and American codes said he clinically examined the foundation where he found no element of crack, the aggregates of materials used from the sand, steels, cement, columns, beams, loading among others that the job he found done in the collapse Synagogue building also took a preemptive sensitivity of resistance of building construction in an environment prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and therefore confidently declared that the job done on the collapse structure was super perfect!

He stated further that the types of steels used was the highest in the world and as such with what he found, without any palpitation the foundation of the collapse six storey structure would carry conveniently twelve floors by the strength of what he saw.

Dr Ntoga, a product of Aristotle University in Greece, an international colossus in Construction Engineering challenged anybody to dispute his findings!

Another expert from South Africa, Engr. Alfeus Mamafa who also carried out an independent and private investigating team at the instance of his country also admitted at the end that: "I found nothing wrong in the design and work done here. Structural failure will always happen from the foundation and in this case everything remained solid, no crack of any and with the structural elements nothing can affect or shake the building. It can never be a case of foundational or structural failure."

In the same vein, Engr. Thabo Pheeha also an expert concluded after his team's investigation that "the structure must have been affected by something else other than structural or foundational failure. It is not the case here because everything remained intact despite the collapse."

Dr Folayan, a Geophysical expert with over 45 years practising experiences across the globe including USA declared angrily after his thorough examination of the collapsed building that he was ready to sacrifice his career if anybody could come out to challenge or dispute his findings that foundation of the building was in any way faulty. He described it as "adequate, perfect and superb."

What then was responsible for the collapse? Prophet T.B. Joshua, The General Overseer of SCOAN has a reputation for excellence all over the world for whatever he lays his hands on to do. Everything around him clearly shows the mark of super standard and higher wisdom.

He is the only preacher who would hold Crusades abroad without collecting offerings or donations there. He would spent his own money all through and through and then even carry out a landmark charity in the country.

In him you find love and unequalled integrity.

T.B. Joshua had rushed down from a crusade in Cali Columbia and suddenly appeared in the Sunday service. He declared: "I could see a dark cloud gathering here and that is why I have to rush down." He enjoined church members to be praying for this to pass over.

But like Jesus at the critical moment of His trial when he called God to take away the cup of sorrow away from him if it was His Father's will, similarly the cup of sorrow of the collapse building could not be removed from Prophet T.B. Joshua.

As Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) is about to open its defence in the criminal charges brought against it over the collapse of its six storey guest house in September 2014 in which scores of people died, the world is waiting eagerly for this historic titanic legal battle.

Clearly it is not only the SCOAN alone that is on trial but also the entire Nigeria and of course the humanity!

What exactly that is peculiar in this case? Was this the first time a structure would collapse with even greater tragedy in the world? Definitely not. What is astonishing and remains astounding till today was the extraordinary dimensions and jigsaw puzzle of the collapsed building.

It is obviously not going to be an easy case. The peculiarity and unusual nature of the collapse which defied all known scientific logic of foundational and structural ingredients of collapsed structures in the world's history of construction or building industry!

Former Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola clearly foresaw this when he pointed out during an interaction with the media after visiting the collapsed site that: "the issue of Synagogue is highly technical and it requires experts to determine what actually happened to the building because it is not a thing that can be rushed into."

Yes it is highly technical as can be seen in the legal battle from the Coroner inquest. Today the event of collapsed structure in Synagogue has become a bundle of academic research because of its strangeness for the advancement of knowledge.

Dr Stephen Ntoga, an international expert in civil, structural and material engineering and Dean Faculty of Engineering in Tanzanian University was at the site for thorough investigation with his team. His verdict was incontrovertible: "The collapse of synagogue building was completely strange. It goes beyond the issue of foundation or structural elements. The construction and the materials used were excellent." Ntoga who is an embodiment of scholastic prodigy and had handled and partaken is collapsed structured across Europe and America and flaunting the British and American codes said he clinically examined the foundation where he found no element of crack, the aggregates of materials used from the sand, steels, cement, columns, beams, loading among others that the job he found done in the collapse Synagogue building also took a preemptive sensitivity of resistance of building construction in an environment prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and therefore confidently declared that the job done on the collapse structure was super perfect!

He stated further that the types of steels used was the highest in the world and as such with what he found, without any palpitation the foundation of the collapse six storey structure would carry conveniently twelve floors by the strength of what he saw.

Dr Ntoga, a product of Aristotle University in Greece, an international colossus in Construction Engineering challenged anybody to dispute his findings!

Another expert from South Africa, Engr. Alfeus Mamafa who also carried out an independent and private investigating team at the instance of his country also admitted at the end that: "I found nothing wrong in the design and work done here. Structural failure will always happen from the foundation and in this case everything remained solid, no crack of any and with the structural elements nothing can affect or shake the building. It can never be a case of foundational or structural failure."

In the same vein, Engr. Thabo Pheeha also an expert concluded after his team's investigation that "the structure must have been affected by something else other than structural or foundational failure. It is not the case here because everything remained intact despite the collapse."

Dr Folayan, a Geophysical expert with over 45 years practising experiences across the globe including USA declared angrily after his thorough examination of the collapsed building that he was ready to sacrifice his career if anybody could come out to challenge or dispute his findings that foundation of the building was in any way faulty. He described it as "adequate, perfect and superb."

What then was responsible for the collapse? Prophet T.B. Joshua, The General Overseer of SCOAN has a reputation for excellence all over the world for whatever he lays his hands on to do. Everything around him clearly shows the mark of super standard and higher wisdom.

He is the only preacher who would hold Crusades abroad without collecting offerings or donations there. He would spent his own money all through and through and then even carry out a landmark charity in the country.

In him you find love and unequalled integrity.

T.B. Joshua had rushed down from a crusade in Cali Columbia and suddenly appeared in the Sunday service. He declared: "I could see a dark cloud gathering here and that is why I have to rush down." He enjoined church members to be praying for this to pass over.

But like Jesus at the critical moment of His trial when he called God to take away the cup of sorrow away from him if it was His Father's will, similarly the cup of sorrow of the collapse building could not be removed from Prophet T.B. Joshua.

I am delighted to welcome you all to this very important meeting in the affairs of our party and our country. I want to specifically thank members of the Technical Committee for a job well done within the limited time frame.

  1. It shows a great sense of commitment to the ideals of our party with a view to consolidating and positioning the party to continue delivering good governance in the overall interest of Nigerians.
  2. With the present state of the party and based on the report submitted by the Technical Committee, It is important to focus on how to move the party forward by avoiding actions detrimental to the interest of the party. Considering that politics is a game of numbers, we must not be a house divided against itself and must try to note, appreciate and accommodate our differences as far as the law permits.
  3. Upon my review of the Report, my position is to ensure that the party tows the path of unity, legality and cohesion and not that of division.
  4. Therefore, I am stressing that we should strengthen our internal democracy by organising the Party’s Congresses and Convention where election of National Executive Committee members would be held. This will automatically end the cases filed by members seeking orders of Court compelling the party to hold its Congresses.
  5. I also believe that the current executives should be free to vie for elective positions in the party if they so wish as permitted by our Party constitution.
  6. However, considering the provision of Article 31(1)(iii) of the APC Constitution which requires any serving officer desirous of seeking re-election to resign from office 30 days before election, I am not sure of the practicality of present serving officers’ ability to meet this condition.

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