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Displaying items by tag: politics


Abia State Senator, Nkechi Nwaogu has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress(APC).

Nwaogu said:
“l am here to fraternise myself once again with my party, APC, to identify myself, to associate myself with the change train and anybody today in this country who does not realise that this is a divine mandate given to APC to usher in change, to sustain change, to bring about change in all endeavours of our lives, especially in our economic lives, is not realistic.”



By: Kindness Okoli


The media aide attached to embattled Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has resigned.

Opunabo Inko-Tariah did not however just resign from the job, he has also turned around and mouthed off at his former boss.

In his letter of resignation made available to journalists today, November 6, Inko-Tariah accused his boss of starving him of funds and stubbornness in heeding professional media advice.

He stated that he has been under intense pressure performing his duties, adding that for five months, he operated as the media aide to the governor without funds.

He however thanked the governor for giving him the opportunity to serve in his government.

Ironically, in a swift reaction, the APC in Rivers state, in a statement issued by Chris Finebone, its publicity secretary, hailed Inko-Tariah’s action as courageous for finally deciding to dump Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government.



By: Kindness Okoli


The Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has, on Saturday, nullified the state's April 11 elections which declared Nyesom Wike as winner.

According to the tribunal, the election was nullified on grounds that it didn’t comply with electoral guidelines.

Hence, the tribunal has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to conduct fresh elections within the next 90 days.




By: Temitope Bamidele

19-yr-old Nigerian Emerges Councillor in UK

Aisha Eniola, a 19-year-old final year Nigerian student, was recently elected as the Councillor of Brent Council in London, UK.

Aisha who is currently a final year student of Mass Communication in one of the London universities, represented the Labour Party.

She polled a total of 2,160 votes, defeating Simon Erskine, of the Green Party, who received a total of 459 votes and Paul Fowler, of the Liberal Democrat, who polled 313 votes.

She exhibited astounding brilliance during the debates preceding the election, and this warmed her into the hearts of the voters.

She is currently the youngest Councillor in Brent council, and according to her, she hopes to inspire youths to participate in politics.




By: Pheyie


PDP Rivers Senators lose bid against Amaechi

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has come under intense opposition from PDP Senators in Rivers.

The three lawmakers from Rivers state, George Sekibo, Olaka Nwogu and Osinachukwu Ideozu had last week opposed the clearance of Amaechi with a petition laid before the Senate by Sekibo.

However, it was revealed that their petition might not stop the former Governor from been screened.

"Our colleagues from Rivers State are not comfortable with this development because the knife to cut Amaechi’s bid has already been sharpened if we had not waved the rule that a ministerial candidate must have the support of his home senators,” A Senator from one of the Southern States said, demanding anonymity because the sensitivity of the matter.

The screening which began yesterday will continue for two more days.
By: Chika Onwuasoanya

The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has sued the National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP), Olisa Metuh, for alleged libel at the Lagos State High Court.

Mohammed is demanding for N500 million as damages from  Metuh for issuing a malicious press statement that was harmful to Mohammed's reputation.

The press statement in concerned was titled "Assault on democracy: Address issues" and was issued on September 20.

In the press release, Mohammed is described as “being ethically challenged” and “embezzling funds meant for fencing of an airport in an APC-led Southwest state”.

Metuh also accused the APC spokesman of “fraudulently refusing to supply ambulances after collecting money from another APC Southwest state,” Metuh added that: “It is then a comedy of roles when Alhaji Lai Mohammed speaks on corruption, a topic he practices and has well learnt, being personal aide to one of the most corrupt politicians to ever bestride the political landscape of the country.”




Credit: The Nation

By: Temitope Bamidele

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said that during his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, the main focus was the better governing of Nigeria and not his recent trial.

He said, “The meeting was an initiative of the President for an interaction with the leadership of the National Assembly.

“It was a very useful session, being the first one. This kind of interaction helps in ensuring smooth relationship between the two arms of government.

“We discussed a number of issues: some of the plans. The general commitment is that yes, the National Assembly has legislators from different parties but now we are representing Nigeria. We have a common goal to see that we work together for the interest of the country as a whole.”

When asked whether his ongoing trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false declaration of assets came up during the meeting, Saraki said, “We are talking about what will make Nigeria work, we are talking about the promises we made during elections.

“Those are the big issues we are talking about and to ensure that there are no distractions. The focus is to ensure that the executive arm does things in the interest of the county.

“It is normal in democratic setting, from time to time, you see the parliament talking with the executive. That is how to make things work.”





By: Chika Onwuasoanya


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party’s candidate in the Kogi State governorship election, Abubakar Audu, and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Dino Melaye, on Monday met behind closed doors.

A party source said, “The former governor was here to put in a word for Melaye, you know the tribunal matter is still there and judgment is only a few days away.

“Also note that some of our leaders are not taking the “threat” to make things difficult for our nominees lightly. For now, the party leadership cannot meet with the Senate President for obvious reasons.”

Dino Melaye however said the meeting had nothing to do with his case at the tribunal.

He said, “What has the party got to go with the tribunal case? This is my party’s national secretariat and I can come here anytime. As for the election petition, God go win.”





By: Chika Onwuasoanya

The deputy national organising secretary of APGA, Campbell Umeh-Nzekwe, has said that 2019 is the best time for the South-East region to produce the country's next president.

His reason was that the North will be divided as a result of APC and PDP zoning of the presidency to the north. Hence, he stated that his party will utilise the division of the north as a better opportunity to winning the next presidential poll.

He said: “The PDP has zoned its presidency to the North while the national chairman slot has been zoned to the South-West. APGA has thus zoned the presidency to the South-East. Hence, the PDP will be buried in the South East in 2019.

“Those Igbo who used the PDP to destabilise the Igbo race will naturally rejoin their brothers and sisters in APGA to work towards the Nigerian presidency.

“Since we helped a Yoruba man, Olusegun Obasanjo, to become President; a Fulani man, Umaru Yar’Adua, to become President and an Ijaw man, Goodluck Jonathan, to also become President, no self-respecting Igbo man will deny his fellow Igbo the opportunity of becoming the President in 2019."





By: Temitope Bamidele


Former Delta Commissioner for Housing and Chief of Staff, Government House, Chief Paulinus Akpeki, has defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State.

Along with him were other state-party stakeholders.

Akpeki said his reason for defecting is for a need to be “free from the iron grip of the PDP which is threatening to turn the state to a personal fiefdom" amongst other reasons.



Credit: The Guardian

By: Temitope Bamidele


A one-time Minister for Police Affairs, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan, on Friday, predicted a foul fate for the ruling All Progressive Congress. Stating his reasons, he said: “The APC is an amalgamation of people who are disgruntled here and there. They came together to hijack power."

Stating the unfairness of the last presidential election, he said: “What was free and fair in the election in which a state was given about 1.9 million votes and another one was given about 1.4 million votes? Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, is the biggest town in West Africa and cannot provide such figure.

“Anything that is built on falsehood will crumble and that is what we have seen about this APC thing.

“Muhammadu Buhari wanted to become the President of Nigeria, he needed the amalgamation of some people and he has got it. Bukola Saraki wanted to be the President of the Senate and he has got it. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu wanted to be the leader of the APC, he also got. So, all of them wanted to get their own and they have got it. And that is why they are falling apart.”

However, backing the Peoples Democratic Party, the ex minister said: “The PDP is a party where people can easily express their opinions. There is no cabal and there is no street-fight leadership; the party allows politicians who genuinely wish to express their desire to operate unlike the APC.

“Those who left the PDP have seen the reason why they should not have left in the first instance and the only opportunity for them now is to come back to their original party where they can express their feelings without any ill-feelings and repercussions.”


Credit: Punch

By: Temitope Bamidele


After recommendations from PDP Post- Election Review Committee, lead by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu-led, the national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has zoned the 2019 Presidency to the North, saying it would also assuage any ill-feelings over any perceived breach of the party’s zoning principle.

The party also said it had drawn a roadmap towards the 2019 general election and for future electoral success.

Addressing reporters on Thursday, the Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche
Secondus, said: “The National Working Committee, NWC, has agreed to move this party forward. We will obey the principle of zoning and have agreed that in 2019, PDP presidential candidate will come from the north.

“NWC has agreed that we will never repeat the mistake of the past; we will follow the submissions made by this committee.

“By the time it passes through all organs of the party, we will implement the report to the letter. Today marks a turning point in our struggle in the last 16years; we are now a robust opposition and our senators are in control of the National Assembly. We are the best organized party in the country.

“Some interest groups had tried to scuttle the committee. Our NWC will review and implement the recommendations that are very urgent to it. We need sacrifice, not display of inordinate ambition that will destroy us.

“Members must obey the constitution and follow the principle of zoning. With this, the party’s presidential candidate will come from the North. The party must go back to the principle of its founding fathers.”




By: Temitope Bamidele

The latest updates on the ministerial list is that it contains 21 names. The list has been received by Senate President Bukola Saraki, and he has set nextweek Tuesday as the date it will be read, that is October 6th
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu made this clear when speaking to journalists.
He said, "The Senate president received the ministerial list around 5:00pm this evening but no action would be taken on it until next week Tuesday. The envelope is still sealed.”
However sources say that a former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola; and a former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, made the list.

Also said to be on the list are Kayode Fayemi, a former governor of Ekiti State; a former Governor of Anambra State, Chris Ngige; and a one-time Governor of Abia State, Ogbonaya Onu. Malami Abubakar, SAN, a former National Legal Adviser to the defunct Congress for Progressives Change; Aisha Alhassan, a former governorship candidate of the APC in Taraba State; and Amina Mohammed, a special adviser to the Secretary-General of the United nations, Ban Ki-Moon, also made the ministerial list.

Same for a former finance commissioner in Ogun State, Kunle Adeosun.The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Ibe Kachikwu, is said to be on the list too.





By: Chika Onwuasoanya



Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has submitted his list of commissioner – nominees to the Ogun State House of Assembly for approval.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi who read the letter at the floor of the house during Wednesday plenary of the Assembly, informed co – lawmakers that the governor is seeking their support and confirmation of the nominees.

The submitted list consists of some former commissioners which include the former commissioner for Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun; former commissioner of Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sofekun; former commissioner of Local Government and Chieftains Affairs, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo; former commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite; former Commissioners for Commerce, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru; and commissioner of Tourism, Yewade Amusan.

Other who made the list are: Arch. Segun Abiodun, Hon. Jide Ojuko, Mr. Sunday Segun Bamiwola, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, Barr. Leke Adewolu, Mr Folabi Afuape, Mr. Gbenga Adeosun, Chief Kolawole Wasiu Lawal, Olumide Ayeni, amongst others.



Credit: The Nation

By: Temitope Bamidele


Senator Olusola Adeyeye (APC-Osun Central) has been made the new chief whip of the Nigerian senate.

Adeyeye was nominated for the position by the Senate South West Caucus and was made whip after Senate President, Bukola Saraki read a letter by APC South West Caucus nominating Prof Sola Adeyeye as Chief Whip of the Senate.

He attended the University of Ibadan, where he was the editor of a students’ newspaper.

When the military government of Olusegun Obasanjo lifted the ban on politics in 1978, he worked for the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), the party of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

After Awolowo failed to be elected President in 1979, Adeyeye went abroad where he earned his graduate degree. He earned a PhD from the University of Georgia. Adeyeye later became a Professor of Biology at Duquesne University.




Credit: PM News

By: Kindness Okoli


The All Progressives Congress (Lagos State Chapter) has kicked against the state's chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party over the PDP's request to reject the list of commissioner-nominees forwarded to the House of Assembly for screening and approval.

In a statement, the issued by the APC spokesperson, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, described PDP’s reason that the nominees had links with a national leader of the APC as reckless.

The statement added: “Now for the avoidance of doubt, the nominated candidates are cerebral and very competent personalities who can hold their heads high anywhere in the world and answer their fathers’ names if the need arises.

“They have climbed through the ladder of leadership from various departments in Lagos State to get to where they are today. They have been tested and therefore can be trusted to add values to Lagos State.

“These gentlemen and women are no pushovers in their chosen professions and they are capable of assisting the governor to take Lagos to the next level.”




Credit: Punch

By: Temitope Bamidele


The Bayelsa state capital, Yenagoa, was thrown into a state of hurly burly yesterday as the rescheduled governorship primary by the All Progressives Congress did not hold.

No official statement has been issued for this unexpected development by the party. However, there were conflicting views by members of the state executives of the party, as some claimed the election would take place yesterday night, while others claimed the election would be conducted today, on Wednesday.



Credit: Vanguard

By: Temitope Bamidele

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has summoned an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee for today.

Source has it that the meeting's agenda include the discussion on President Buhari's proposed ministerial list  (which might be submitted to the Senate tomorrow or on Wednesday) as well as the multiple crises rocking the party's leadership.
By: Temitope Bamidele

The court of Appeal, sitting in Owerri, Imo state has dismissed the two appeals filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State against the gubernatorial candidature of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Alex Otti, in the April general elections.

The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeals by the PDP for lack of merit.



Credit: Vanguard

By: Temitope Bamidele


The Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi on Monday upheld the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Governor Samuel Ortom.

The tribunal dismissed the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag-bearer, Terhemen Tarzoor, for lacking in merit.

Justice Elizabeth Karatu, who read the three-hour judgment, said the petitioner failed to prove that Governor Ortom was not qualified to stand election.

Ortom urged Tarzoor to join him in building a new Benue, which everyone would be proud of.

Addressing the media after the judgment, Ortom urged Tarzoor to join him in building a new Benue, which everyone would be proud of.


Credit: The Nation

By: Temitope Bamidele

Five months after they were dethroned by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna State, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP stakeholders in Kaduna North have regrouped to express their commitment to remain in the party and to strategise on how to reclaim power from the ruling party, APC, in the state in 2019.

The stakeholders, who also vowed to retake all PDP strongholds that were captured by APC during the 2015 elections in Kaduna, expressed optimism that PDP will bounce back, considering the feelers the party is getting from a large number of supporters and other Nigerians who still believe in the party.

Addressing newsmen after the closed door meeting held in Kaduna on Thursday, Senator Mohammed Aruwa, who presided over the meeting, said members of PDP are working hard to ensure the party remains organized and united.

While speaking on the resolve of PDP to play the role of an opposition party, he said, “Our members are also working assiduously to achieve the established goal of a formidable opposition party.”

According to Aruwa, PDP is still a party with a hybrid of leaders with the requisite experience to provide Nigerians with a focused leadership.

“That APC defeated our party in the 2015 elections in the state and federal levels, is not enough grounds to write off the party,” he said.

The Senator who represented Kaduna North Central in the National Assembly, however, urged all PDP members in the state to be patient and work closely with the party in its effort to reclaim power at all levels in 2019.

Meanwhile, reacting to rumours that some PDP members defected to APC in Kaduna North, Aruwa said they are baseless rumours, stressing that, “We are saying authoritatively that no PDP member in Kaduna North defected to APC, and we have no information about anyone that has indicated interest to do so.”



By: Kindness Okoli




 The EFCC under the directive of the Federal Government has allegedly frozen the accounts of notable persons associated with former President Goodluck Jonathan. 


The affected accounts belong to Keketobou Foundation, which is owned by former Special Adviser to Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Amnesty Program,  Mr Kingsley Kuku. Also affacted are the accounts of Mieka Divers Limited as well as Global West Limited reportedly owned by ex-Niger Delta warlord, Mr Government Ekpompolo (aka Tompolo) and Mr Kime Engozi. 


This is being done to prevent the possible transfer of looted funds from the affected accounts...pending the conclusion of ongoing investigations are that being carried out by the EFCC.


By: Chika Onwuasoanya


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