IGBO AMERICAN POLITICIAN MAZI GABE OKOYE EYES US SENATE AFTER CAPTURING REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLD

As of the time Gabe Okoye emerged as party chairman in 2016, Gwinnett was a Republican stronghold, with only five of the 25 elected officials in the county being Democrats.

However, the tide turned when he led the party into the 2018 mid-term elections and recorded historic wins.

They captured 13 elected offices, including the majority of Gwinnett seats in the Georgia state legislature, from the Republicans, who currently hold just 7 positions.

The Democratics swept the two county commission seats that were up for grabs and also took one of the two School Board seats contested for.

In addition, the Democrats reclaimed the office of the Solicitor General of the county after decades in the hands of the Republicans.

“Under my leadership of the party, we elected the first black commissioner, first black school board member, and also the first black Solicitor-General of the county in its 200-year history as of 2018.

“The Democratic Party also produced the first black state judge from this county under my watch,” Okoye told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

In recognition of these historic achievements in Gwinnett, the Georgia House of Representatives in Resolution 313 of 2019, designated Nov. 6 of that year as Gabe Okoye Leadership Day.

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The United States Congress

The United States Congress is the legislative arm of the federal government of the United States of America. It is bicameral. That is; it consists of an upper house and a lower house. The lower house is the House of Representatives. The upper house is the Senate.

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Duties

The United States Congress is responsible for making the federal laws of the United States. It passes the federal budget. It can impeach and sack the president of the United States.

Congress also passes non-binding resolutions. Congress passes such resolutions to nudge the federal government into action. The United States Congress is the only body authorized to amend the US constitution. It is the only body that can declare war.

That’s not all. Congress holds legislative hearings on issues of national import. It investigates various government departments and agencies.

By tradition, every year, the president of the United States addresses a joint session of Congress. This special speech is called the State Of The Union address. Various foreign leaders have also been given the honor of addressing joint sessions of the US Congress during visits.

Approving Treaties And Overriding Vetoes

Congress also has the power to ratify or reject treaties signed by the federal government.

For instance, President Woodrow Wilson did so much to get the countries of the world to form the League of Nations at the end of the First World War. But despite that, the US didn’t join the league because Congress refused to ratify the league treaty.

One other important function of Congress is overriding vetoes by the president. Sometimes, Congress approves a bill, but the president refuses to sign it into law.

When the President exercises such powers, he is said to have vetoed a law. However, Congress can override such a veto if it can muster a two-thirds majority in favor of the bill. Normally, bills are passed by just a simple majority.

Generally, the role of Congress is to serve as a check on the powers of the president; and to partner with them in the quest to uphold the interests of the United States.

Composition

The United States Congress has a total number of 535 members. That is 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 senators.

In the senate, all 50 states of the US have equal representation. That is 2 senators per state.

But in the House of Representatives, representation is based on the size of each state’s population. A state with a small population won’t have the same number of representatives as more populous states like New York or California.

Leadership

The Senate is led by the vice president of the United States. The vice president doubles as the senate president. Even though not an elected senator, he has the power to vote if there is tie.

The House of Representatives is led by a speaker. The speaker of the House of Representatives is the second in line to the presidency of the United States. First in line is the vice president. The United States Constitution does not require the speaker to be a member of the House.

Other notable leaders of the Senate are the Senate Majority Leader and the senate president pro-tempore.

Both houses of Congress have several committees. These committees have oversight functions over departments in the federal government. Examples include the powerful Ways and Means committee of the House of Representatives and the Senate Defense Committee.

Division Of Roles

Normally, a bill (proposed law) should be approved by votes of both houses to become law. But sometimes, there are differences. For instance, it is the responsibility of the Senate to confirm cabinet and supreme court nominations made by the president.

Also, in cases of impeachment, the House of Representatives is the only entity that can impeach the president. But after such impeachment, the Senate initiates a trial of the president in which it serves as both judge and jury.

Congressional Caucuses

Members of Congress form different caucuses to promote causes they might be interested in within Congress. A notable caucus is the Congressional Black Caucus.

The Black Caucus is made up of Congressmen (and women) from both houses. Their aim is to promote the civil rights of Blacks in the United States.

In summary, the United States Congress is an entity that essentially entrenches democracy in the United States.

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‘If Say U No Win, Imo For Turn Family Business’, Cubana ChiefPriest To Hope Uzodimma

Celebrity bar man, Cubana Chief Priest has heaped praises on Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma as he celebrates the Governor’s 100 days in office.

Cubana Chief Priest, who is known more as a celebrity than a politician shared a photo of a meeting he had with Governor Uzodimma. He wrote a caption suggesting that if a certain son-in-law whom he did not name had won the last Imo State governorship election, he would have stopped being a proud Imolite.

He said many more things. Read all he said:

Thank You For Rescuing Imolites🇳🇬 From Rescue Mission I Will Forever Be Grateful To You, If To Say You No Come Imo🇳🇬 For Turn Family Business, You Fought A Battle For Us You Made Us Understand Imo🇳🇬 Is Too Big To Be Gifted To A Son Inlaw Na Man You Be, If To Say That Agenda Work I Would Have Stopped Being A Proud Imolite🇳🇬 Because It Would Have Made Us All Bunch Of Cowards, You Made Us Know Na Anyi Nwere Mmadu, You Have Done Well In Your 100 Days In Office Sir But You Still Have So Much To Do Please Don’t Relax Please Don’t Relent, Am So Confident You Will Do More, To Mark This Day For You Onwa 🌝 Oyoko🌟 I Will Reach Out To Thousands Of Imolites🇳🇬 Today With Palliatives @he_hopeuzodimma You Too Much, Congratulations 🎈 Sir Am So Sure You Will Not Fail Us Because So Far You Have Done Well, I Have Confidence In You, I Know Say You No Go Break Our Heart ❤️ Like I Always Say Only Time Will Tell, Your 100 Days In Office Di Ok 👍 Jisike Nwoke Oma Na Nke Iji Ka… Who Say Men No Dey ? Comort Body Oh Because Onwa🌝 Dey !!!! #CubanaChiefPriest🔑 #CelebrityBarMan🌟

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Gbajabiamila, Oshiomhole In Aso Rock Meetings With Buhari, Abba Kyari

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, have held a closed door meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting took place about 1pm.

It is not known what was discussed.

At the same period as Buhari and Gbajabiamila met, Oshiomhole was seen going to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari.

It is not known if their is any link to the meetings.

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Gbajabiamila, Oshiomhole In Aso Rock Meetings With Buhari, Abba Kyari

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, have held a closed door meeting at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting took place about 1pm.

It is not known what was discussed.

At the same period as Buhari and Gbajabiamila met, Oshiomhole was seen going to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari.

It is not known if their is any link to the meetings.

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