• We’ll take decision on Kashamu soon, says PDP

    Olusola Fabiyi, AbujaThe Peoples Democratic Party has said that it does not have the power to enforce the contents of the recently signed peace accord by national chairmanship aspirants of the party.
    The party also frowned on the activities of the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu,  and said it would take a decision on him soon.
    The spokesperson for the party, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said in Abuja on Wednesday it was wrong of the senato
  • Non-indigenes won’t succeed me, says Amosun

    Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta
    The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has said that he will not allow a non-indigene to succeed him in 2019.
    He said this on Wednesday while addressing elders from Ogun West Senatorial District during a meeting with him at his Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta.
    The elders said they had come to dissociate themselves from a reported endorsement of Senator Solomon Adeola as the consensus candidate by the Ogun West Consultative Forum.
    The governor, who spoke in Yoruba, reaff
  • FG seeks amendment to Police Act

    Oladimeji Ramon
    The Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, has said the Federal Government is in the process of amending the Police Act which has been in existence since 1948.
    According to Apata, the proposed amendment aims to bring the Police Act in consonance with current realities.
    Apata made this disclosure on Wednesday in Lagos at the Conference of Network of Justice Reform Team.
    The conference, which held at Sheraton Hotel,
  • Ex-AGF, Bayo Ojo, gets Law Digest lifetime achievement award

    Oladimeji Ramon
    A former Attorney General of the Federation and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN), will on November 24, 2017 be conferred with the Law Digest Africa Lifetime Achievement Award.
    The award, which is in his third edition, will hold at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
    A statement on Wednesday by the organisers of the award, said Ojo was singled out for his vast contributions to Nigeria’s body of law and jurisprudence.
    The statement qu
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  • INEC gives Obiano certificate of return

    Tony Okafor, Awka
    The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Wednesday received a certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission to affirm his victory in the November 18 poll in the state.
    The certificate was handed over to him at the INEC Secretariat in Awka, the state capital
    Obiano won the election with 234,071, against Tony Nwoye of the All Progressives Congress, who polled 98,752 to come second in the contest.
    The certificate was handed over to him by the
  • ‘Buhari deserves automatic ticket’

    Chief Ntufam Eta is the National Vice Chairman (Southsouth) of the All Progressives Congress (apc). In this interview with TONY AKOWE in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he speaks on why President Muhammadu Buhari deserves a second term and why former Vice President Atiku Abubakar should not go back to the Peoples Democratic Party (pdp).
    You supported former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s bid for the presidency in 2015. We are approaching another election. What has changed?
  • ‘Obiano won on sympathy vote’

    The Director of Adoration Ministries, Rev. Emmanuel Uke, in this interview with reporters in Lagos, speaks on the outcome of the Anambra State governorship election. Musa Odoshimokhe was there.
    You predicted victory for Governor Willie Obiano. Are you satisfied with the outcome of the election?
    Let me start by saying that I am very happy at the outcome of the election and Anambra people are also very happy. I predicted it and when the message came, I saw Obiano emerging a winner of the contest.&
  • No crack in Lagos East APC, says Seriki

    Lagos East All progressives Congress (APC) leader Alhaji Akanni Seriki-Bamu has said there is no crack in the senatorial chapter, urging members to be committed to the welfarist cause of the party.
    He urged party chieftains, followers and supporters to support Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and reiterate their loyalty to the leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who he described as a colossus and a oak tree offering protective shade to the progressive family.
    Seriki told reporters in Lagos that the insinuatio
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  • Anambra poll: Group rates security, INEC high

    The Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG) has hailed the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the Anambra State governorship election.
    The group said this while briefing reporters on its preliminary report released in Awka, the state capital. Its Executive Director, Dr Chima Amadi, said the group deployed 100 observers across the 21 local government areas to observe the election and the House of Assembly by-election in Idemili Nort
  • U.S. Senate candidate Moore's spokesman resigns as allegations roil campaign

    (Reuters) - The communications director for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has resigned amid the Alabama Republican's efforts to combat allegations of sexual misconduct that have roiled his campaign.
  • JPMorgan's Dimon says new U.S. president likely in 2021

    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co, on Wednesday said he expects to see a new U.S. president in 2021 and advised Democrats to come up with a "pro-free enterprise" agenda for jobs and economic growth.
  • Why I joined APC now- Ojukwu

    Abuja – Mr Emeka Ojukwu, son of late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, has said that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that the South-East occupied its rightful place in the national governance.Emeka Ojukwu jnr, son of late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu and All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun
    He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja after he was formally welcomed into APC by its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
    He said that his decision to join th
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  • Trump to meet congressional leaders next week on legislative issues -White House

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with congressional leaders next week to discuss "end-of-year legislative issues," a White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
  • U.S. calls Myanmar moves against Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population "ethnic cleansing" andthreatened targeted sanctions against those responsible for what it called "horrendous atrocities."
  • I’m a crisis manager, able to lead PDP to “change the change” – Gbenga Daniel

    LOKOJA – Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel said if elected as chairman of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, in the December 5 convention, he will turn the fortune of the party around.
    The former governor who is one of the leading aspirant for the PDP chairmanship position made this known in Lokoja on Wednesday at the Kogi State PDP Secretariat in during his campaign visit to the State.
    Gbenga-DanielHe also tasked the state party to ensure th
  • Osinbajo to youths: Don’t expect you’ll become Nigeria’s President immediately you join politics

    The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has urged Nigerian youths to join political parties and bring the transformation they needed instead of blaming politicians of misgovernance.
    Osinbajo however told the youths not to expect becoming the president of Nigeria immediately they join politics because it does not work that way. He said it requires gradual process which involves that the green horn in politics must undergo mentoring.
    OsinbajoOsinbajo, who was represented by the Special Adviser
  • 2019: Join political parties, effect the change you need, VP Osinbajo urges youths

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday urged youths in the country to join political parties ahead of the 2019 elections to enable them be voted into political offices so that they can effect the change they wanted in governance.Osinbajo, who was represented by Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, made the call at the Emerging Political Leaders Summit in Abuja.
    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SANHe also said that it was not enough for youths to always comp
  • We Have Come To Take Power From PDP’s Bad Government --- Delta APC Youth Leader

    Ahead of the January 6, 2018 local government elections in Delta State, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said it has come to wrestle power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) bad governance. Speaking in an exclusi ...
  • PDP denies Makarfi’s Presidential ambition

    By Dirisu YakubuABUJA- The Peoples Democratic Party has denied knowledge of a Presidential ambition by its National Caretaker Committee (NCC) Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi contrary to insinuations by some chieftains of the party.
    Senator Ahmed Makarfi, the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), 
    In a press conference held at the party secretariat Wednesday, the party through its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye also faulted the call for the resign
  • Ekpeyong, Oke arrest: SERAP blows hot, condemns face-off between EFCC and DSS, NIA

    By Luminous JannamikeABUJA – A civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has condemned the face-off between officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and those of the State Security Service (SSS) and National Intelligence Agency (NIA) over the foiled attempt to arrest the former heads of SSS and NIA, Ita Ekpeyong and Ayo Oke respectively.
    In a statement signed and issued Wednesday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adew
  • Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

    (Reuters) - The pace slowed in the third week of enrollment for 2018 Obamacare individual insurance as nearly 800,000 people signed up through the federal government website HealthCare.gov, down about 75,000 people from the previous week, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday.
  • PDP chairmanship: Bode George woos Delta delegates

    From Paul Osuyi, Asaba
    ONE of the aspirants for the national chairmanship position of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George on Wednesday stormed Asaba, Delta State capital, soliciting support of party delegates in the December national convention.
    Chief George told the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa during a courtesy call that needed to ensure a free, fair and transparent electoral process so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
    His campaign organization had on
  • In Trump strongholds, Democrats walk tightrope ahead of 2018 elections

    KATY, Texas (Reuters) - As Democrats try to win control of the U.S. Congress in next year's midterm elections, their hopes of picking up a Senate seat in Republican-dominated Texas rest with a telegenic ex-punk rocker who wants to impeach President Donald Trump and legalize marijuana.
  • Breaking: INEC issues Obiano Certificate of Return

    Following his victory in the Nov. 18 governorship election in Anambra State, Gov. Willie Obiano on Wednesday received a Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), promising to work harder.
    Obiano, who was visibly elated, said Anambra was bigger than any individual’s ambition, and urged all to join hands with him to move the state forward.
    “I am happy to receive this Certificate of Return which confers on me the power to pilot the affairs of the s
  • Senate probes alleged EFCC, DSS, NIA feud

    The Senate on Wednesday announced that it would probe alleged feud among Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Directorate of State Services and National Intelligence Agency over operational issues.
    The face-off was said to have stemmed from EFCC’s attempted arrest of former directors-general of DSS, Ita Ekpeyong, and NIA, Ayodele Oke.
    The Senate said it would set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter within two weeks.
    The resolution followed a motion by Sen. Dino Melaye (AP
  • Trump: Father of UCLA player in shoplifting case is 'ungrateful fool'

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reignited a feud with the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, calling him an "ungrateful fool" in a series of early-morning tweets.
  • Reps committee to probe alleged missing $60bn petroleum profit tax

    House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions says it will investigate alleged missing $60.3bn Petroleum Profit Tax and Royalty revenues at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
    Chairman of the committee, Mr Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (Abia-PDP), stated this on Wednesday in Abuja following failure by the CBN to appear before the committee to defend its submissions over the alleged infractions.
    He said that the committee would conduct a public hearing as part of the process of investigating the allegation
  • Democrats, advocacy groups launch blitz of ads attacking tax plan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The tax overhaul pushed by President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans is prompting a slew of attack ads by Democrats and progressive groups that say the legislation would lavish benefits on corporations and the rich, while harming the middle class.
  • Anambra election: Obiano receives Certificate Of Return

    Tony Okafor, AwkaThe Anambra state governor,  Chief Willie Obiano on Wednesday received a certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission for his victory in the November 18 election in the state.
    The event  took place at the INEC Secretariat in Awka, the state capital
    Obiano won the election with 234, 071 votes. Tony Nwoye of the  All Progressives Congress came second with 98, 752 votes.
    The certificate was handed over to him by the INEC Nat
  • Anambra election: Governor Obiano receives Certificate Of Return

    Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has received his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, following his victory in the Saturday’s governorship poll.
    Obiano, who was re-elected governor in the election, received the certificate of return from the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, at INEC’s headquarters in the state capital, Akwa.
  • Anambra election has diminished IPOB – Lai Mohammed

    FG cannot stop voters from trading votes for cashBy Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
    The successful conduct of the Anambra State governorship election and the turnout of voters has diminished the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said.IPOB cartoon
    Speaking in an interview, Mohammed also praised the neutrality of President Muhammadu Buhari in the conduct of the election even as he affirmed that the president cannot dissuade voters
  • Buhari, Osinbajo, ministers honour Ekwueme

    Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
    Members of the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday observed a minute silence in honour of a former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, who died on Sunday.
    President Muhammadu Buhari led other council’s members including Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and top government officials to accord the deceased the honour.
    The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had at the commencement of the weekly meeting of the council formally informed
  • 2019: A chance for redemption

    One of the good things that can happen to any man is to have a second chance to make amends on his mistakes and get things right. Such second chance affords any rational mind the opportunity to make up for the errors of the past. For whatever err ...
  • Osun APC debunks violent attack at party's secretariat

    The Osun State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress has debunked reports circulating on online media that while two people died, scores were also injured at the party39;s secretariat, Ogo Oluwa area in Osogbo, the state capital on Mo ...
  • Zimbabwe awaits new leader after Mugabe’s shock exit

    Zimbabweans waited Wednesday to discover when their new leader would be appointed after president Robert Mugabe’s resignation brought a sudden end to a 37-year reign of authoritarian rule.Mugabe
    Mugabe’s tenure ended in an announcement at a special joint session of parliament where MPs had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades.
    On the streets, the news that his long and often brutal leadership was over sparked wild celebr
  • PDP convention: Bode George asks Makarfi to resign

    Olusola Fabiyi, AbujaMembers of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi had an emergency meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, The PUNCH learnt.
    The meeting was sequel to growing apprehension caused by calls on Makarfi to quit his position before the December 9 national convention of the party.
    The convention is scheduled to hold in Abuja.
    The request on Makarfi to resign is being seen by members of the different caucuses in the party as an indication
  • PDP CONVENTION: Crisis deepens, as Bode George calls for Makarfi’s resignation

    By Dapo Akinrefon & Dirisu Yakubu
    ABUJA—THE crisis confronting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP deepened yesterday after another of the eight national chairmanship contenders expressed lack of confidence in the actions of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, NCC, which it described as favouring a South-South candidate.
    Bode GeorgeThe allegation was made by Chief Bode George, the erstwhile deputy national chairman of the party. The call came a day after Prof. Tun
  • I can’t be anybody’s stooge – Secondus

    John Alechenu, Abuja
    The former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has said he cannot be anybody’s stooge.
    He also dismissed claims that the December 9 party convention already had a pre-arranged outcome in his favour.
    Secondus said this in an interview with reporters in Abuja, late on Tuesday.
    He was reacting to claims by some of his opponents in the race to become the next chairman of the party that he was working hand in gloves with the Ahmed Makarf
  • PDP Chairmanship Race: New Permutations by the second

    By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
    Plans by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to reinvent itself are increasingly being challenged as the leading contenders in the national chairmanship contest are confronted with what stakeholders allude to as pragmatic political permutations.
    For a party desperate to recover from the impunity that stakeholders claim drove it from power in 2015, it was a shock on Monday when the claim of the return of impunity echoed at a press conference organised
  • Obiano won’t join APC, says APGA national chair

    Tony Okafor, AwkaThe National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Oye, on Tuesday said Governor Willie Obiano  would not defect to the All Progressives Congress.
    Oye’s reaction is coming following insinuations  in some quarters that Obiano had a tacit agreement with the leadership of the APC to return him( Obiano) in last Saturday’s poll.
    According to the story, that was why the APC  did not put up  a strong fight against Obiano in the rac
  • Constitution amendment: N’Assembly sends 29 clauses to state lawmakers

    Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
    The National Assembly has transmitted proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution to state Houses of Assembly for concurrence, The PUNCH learnt on Tuesday.
    It was gathered that the “clean” copies of the amendments had been made ready for transmission as of Monday, while the process for the referral to states began on Tuesday.
    The Constitution Review Committee of the National Assembly had proposed 33 alterations in the Constitution which were drawn from 27 bills,
  • 2019: Ogun West forum endorses Adeola as gov candidate

    Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta
    The Ogun West Consultative Forum says it has endorsed the senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District in the red chamber, Solomon Adeola, popularly known as Yayi, as the consensus Ogun State governorship candidate for the  Yewa-Awori in 2019.
    The group said this on Monday evening, during a press briefing it held at the Asade Agunloye Pavilion, Empire, Ilaro, in Yewa South Local Government Area of the state.
    This was coming barely a week after elders from th
  • 2019: Group endorses Adeola as Ogun West guber candidate

    From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
    Ogun West Consultative Forum (OGWCF) has endorsed Senator Solomon Adeola as the zone’s  governorship candidate.
    Adeola, who represents Lagos West in the Eighth Senate, is vying for Ogun State governorship, on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
    Last week, Ijebu-Remo Governorship Agenda Elders Forum, endorsed serving Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru as Ogun East APC consensus candidate.Briefing newsmen in Ilaro, Yewa South Lo
  • Anambra guber: Buhari, Obaseki congratulate Obiano, laud electoral reforms 

    From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja and Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
    President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on his re-election.
    The president urged Obiano to re-dedicate himself to building on achievements which endeared him to the electorate and swayed majority of votes in his favour.
    This was even as the president commended the people of the state, the governorship candidates, the Independent Nation
  • 2019: PDP, APC governors want Buhari to contest -Okorocha

    By Chinelo Obogo, Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja and Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti
    Governor Rochas Okorocha has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term project enjoys the support of most governors in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
        Okorocha, who spoke when leaders of the Democratic Youths Congress visited him, yesterday, at the
    Pic.1. President Muhammadu Buhari making a nationwide address to mark the 57th Independence Day Celebration in Abuja
  • FCC chief plans to ditch U.S. 'net neutrality' rules

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission unveiled plans on Tuesday to repeal landmark 2015 rules that prohibited internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content in a move that promises to recast the digital landscape.
  • PDP chair: Makarfi must resign now –Bode George

    The Bode George National Chairman for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Campaign Organisation has called on the National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, to resign with immediate effect.
    Chief Bode George’s campaign organisation said it hinged its demand on the role Makarfi is allegedly playing in the process towards the party national convention slated for December 9.
    In a statement signed by its Director General, Alhaji Ibrahim K. Aliu, yesterday, the campaign organi
  • Buhari, Obaseki hail Obiano, President promises free 2019 elections

    Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
    Ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday promised free and fair elections.
    Buhari, who is believed to be interested in seeking re-election in 2019, made the promise in his reaction to the Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State which was won by Willie Obiano.
    Obiano was re-elected on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance ahead of the President’s All Progressives Congress candidate, Tony Nwoye, who came a
  • Trump says AT&T plan to buy Time Warner 'not a good deal'

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday stood by his criticism of pay TV and wireless company AT&T's deal to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc, which the Justice Department has sued to stop.
  • What now after Mugabe resignation?

    Robert Mugabe shocked Zimbabwe and the world when he resigned as president on Tuesday, ending his 37-year grip on power.
    It also plunged the nation into uncertainty, raising institutional questions over succession although the military will likely retain power for now.
    Speaking to AFP, Derek Matyszak, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, outlined what he expected to happen next:
    – What now? –
    “I think we’re going to see (ousted vice president)

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