There is great rift between members of the House of Representatives and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, this is as the ex-president attacked President Muhammadu Buhari.
The issue between Obasanjo and members of the house of Reps has made the headline for most of the major dailies in Nigeria, this Friday, November 25.
We begin with Daily Sun which bears the headline: "Obasanjo under fire".
The House of Representatives, replied former President Olusegun Obasanjo (who had earlier described the National Assembly as a cesspit of coruption), describing him as the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria.
The House accused the former leader of introducing corruption into the National Assembly at the inception of the Fourth Republic.
Addressing National Assembly Correspondents, chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity, Abdulrasak Namdas said Obasanjo is angry with federal legislators for frustrating his third term bid in 2006.
Namdas, who was reacting to allegations of corruption leveled against the National Assembly by the former president, on Wednesday, said it was imperative to correct misrepresentations.
Obasanjo, at the inaugural Akintola Williams annual lecture, in Lagos, on Wednesday, November 23, accused the House of Representatives of padding the 2016 budget and threatening the life of an unnamed whistleblower, amongst other allegations.
The House spokesman observed that the former president was in the habit of accusing every other person of corruption, whereas, he is the most corrupt person to have led the country.
Daily Trust and The Independent bear the headline: "Obasanjo Plotting To Bring Down Bhari's Govt - Reps"
Addressing a press conference yesterday, House spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), hit back at Obasanjo, accusing accused him of introducing corruption in the National Assembly the first day he assumed office as president in 1999, and blackmailing every government that he is not part of.
“It is unfortunate that he has started his very familiar method of bringing down governments. He did it to Alhaji Shehu Shagari, he did it to Gen. Buhari, he did same to Gen. Babangida, he attempted to bring down Gen. Abacha before he imprisoned him for treason; he made frantic efforts to derail the government of President [Umaru Musa] Yar’adua when he couldn’t use him.
He supported President Goodluck Jonathan but when he refused to take dictation, he turned against him. He supported President Buhari, but since he has sensed that Nigeria is having economic difficulties under him, he has pounced to derail his government.
“The way Chief Obasanjo talks gives the impression that he is a lifetime opposition leader who has never held any office. What did he do about the issues he raised in his eight years as President?” he asked.
In another parliament related issue, The Vanguard reports: "Senate tired of passing unexecuted budgets - Saraki"
SENATE President, Bukola Saraki has said that the Senate was tired of having appropriation bills passed into law without full implementation. Noting that the problem is hindering development, he stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to halt the trend.
Towards aiding full implementation, the Senate President said the 8th Senate would ensure that the 2017 budget is passed on time.
Saraki, who also assured that the National Assembly would conclude ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution early next year, spoke, yesterday, in Abuja while presenting a keynote address at the 2016 Awards/Dinner for Senators and Journalists covering the Senate, organized by the Senate Press Corps.
Meanwhile, the Senate has begun deliberation on the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Medium Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and Fiscal Strategy Paper, FSP, submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari in October.
Leadership this Friday, November 25, bears the headline: "Anxiety As CCB Set To Verify NASS Members' Asset Claims".
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) is set to verify claims by members of the National Assembly regarding their asset declarations.
A source privy to the development said verification of assets of most of the ministers, heads of ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDAs), service chiefs and the inspector-general of police has been concluded.
The source added that it is now the turn of the members of the National Assembly and judiciary for their assets to be verified.
The Punch bears the headline: "Oke, Akeredolu disagree as Jegede calls for poll delay".
The Independent National Electoral Commission has rejected the calls for the postponement of the November 26 governorship poll in Ondo State, saying there is no justifiable reason to delay the election.
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), on Thursday, who visited the state chapter of INEC to lodge a protest, called for the postponement of the election.
Jegede said the list of his party agents had not been received by INEC, adding that his faction of the party had not got the copy of the voter register.
He said: “We want INEC to postpone the date of the election to enable me to enjoy the privileges the candidates of other parties enjoy in the election.
“Before now, my party has written to inform INEC on what is needed to be done in line with the provisions of the law; they have not replied the letter. There are three conditions for election postponement.
These conditions are hinged on violence, natural disaster or any other emergency. What we have here is a legal emergency, it must be attended to.”