• As the road to 2019 opens

    The struggle for power is an interesting phenomenon. Access to the corridors of power in Nigeria, like every other country in the world, can be highly intoxicating. It confers a level of influence and, in the case of Nigeria, comes with unimaginable...
  • Day Aisha Alhassan jailed Fawehinmi, Beko and I over June 12 – Falana

    Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, in this interview with BAYO AKINLOYE, speaks about Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and how the government is paying lip service to the restructuring of the country
     
    Nnamdi Kanu is said to be on the run, what’s your opinion about this?
    Mind you, the fellow and his wife and children are British citizens. He may have left the country to join his family in the United Kingdom. While campaigning for Biafra he never threw awa
  • Permanent secretaries in Benue earn N500,000 monthly — Ortom

    Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, speaks with JOHN ALECHENU about the recent flood disaster in the state, the Paris Club refund and the states unsustainable wage bill among other issues
    How is your state coping with the recent flood disaster?
    Let me seize this opportunity to express our gratitude to all Nigerians, civil society and the media in particular for standing by us during our time of distress occasioned by the unexpected flooding that occurred recently in Benue State. It brought a lot
  • Military onslaught has made IPOB stronger — Kanu’s brother

    The brother of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Emmanuel, tells OGBONNAYA IKOKWU that in spite of the military attacks launched against the secessionist group, agitation for an independent state of Biafra will continue
    What do you do for a living?
    I’m a businessman.
    What led to the clash between members of the Indigenous people of Biafra and the soldiers deployed to your community?
    I don’t know the best way to narrate the story. The truth is that our house
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  • Jonathan inherited Diezani from Obasanjo — Ex-minister

    A former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, tells SUCCESS NWOGU that he does not agree with the Federal Government that Nigeria has come out of recession among other issues
    Can you tell us about the economic blueprint used during your tenure as the Minister for National Planning?
    I do not like flogging my stewardship because it is more than two years now since I left government. But, it should be remembered that I had a short stay in government and within that short stay, I
  • Nigeria needs restructuring to create balance —Tinubu

    TOBI AWORINDE
    A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said restructuring will bring much needed balance to the country.
    The former Lagos State governor, however, said he was against the split-up of the country.
    Tinubu’s assertion followed repeated pronouncements by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo that Nigeria’s unity is settled and not open to negotiation.
    Tinubu, who was the keynote speaker at the annual dinner
  • South-West united on restructuring — Lagos Speaker

    HINDI LIVINUS
    The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, has said the people of the South-West are in support of the calls for Nigeria’s restructuring, despite the contrary opinion expressed on the issue by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
    Obasanjo, while speaking in South Africa last month, had said he was not for restructuring as advocated by some Nigerians.
    “My own restructuring is what I have said. We have to restructure our mentality. We have to restruct
  • Bode George, best for PDP chairmanship — Babatope

    A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has said a former National Vice Chairman (South) of the party, Chief Olabode George, remained the best candidate for the party’s national chairman..
    Babatope, who is spearheading George’s campaign organisation for his aspiration in the December 9 convention of the party, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday that George had the ability to lead the party.
    He described as “improper” the call
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  • Opposition parties planning civilian coup – Oyo APC

    BAYO AKINLOYE
    The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has accused opposition parties in the state of planning to subvert the wish of the electorate in the 2019 governorship election.
    The ruling party, however, said all schemes by the opposition to wrest power from the incumbent government would prove unsuccessful.
    “The leadership of some opposition political parties have, in recent times, been involved in talks with a view to dislodging the ruling APC in 2019, using the platform of the
  • PDP must win 2019 elections by a landslide – Adebutu

    SAMUEL AWOYINFA and  KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE
    Ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party’s congresses in Ogun State, a member of the House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu, has urged the leadership of the party to be united to ensure victory in the 2019 general elections.
    Adebutu, who is aspiring to be the next governor of the state, noted that imposition of candidates would further polarise the party and might scuttle its chances in the next election.
    He stated this on Friday at a meeting
  • 2019: More troubles for APC after Al-Hassan’s outburst

    By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor,  & Omeiza AjayiSenator Aisha Alhassan’s recent salvo of her irrevocable support for Atiku Abubakar against President Muhammadu Buhari in any presidential duel may be the opening barrage in a contest of wills for the soul and structure of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
    Mustapha, Alhassan and BuhariWhat has generally been regarded as the deep-seated animosity among bigwigs of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, blew open penultimate
  • Enugu APC backs Buhari for second term, wants Onyeama sacked

    Ihuoma Chiedozie
    The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in 2019.
    The Chairman of the APC in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, announced the endorsement during a briefing on Saturday.
    He also urged the President to sack the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama.
    Onyeama is from Enugu State. He has been at loggerheads with the state leadership of the APC which threatened him for allegedly altering the list of delegates
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  • Uko: What South-East governors, Kanu agreed on before IPOB was outlawed

    Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu Uko is the Founder of Igbo Youth Movement, Secretary of Eastern Consultative Assembly and the Deputy Secretary of Igbo Leaders of Thought. He was at the centre of the peace talks on Biafran agitation involving South-East governors, IPOB and Igbo leaders before IPOB was outlawed. In this interview with Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, Uko reveals some of the agreements reached at the secret peace meetings. 
    AS a top official of the Prof. Ben Nwabueze-led Igbo Leade
  • Taraba, Benue mend fences

    I was nature’s design that the Tiv and Jukun settled in the trough of Taraba and Benue states. Their ancestors, who were hunter-gatherers and farmers, migrated from different places and quartered there. In Benue, you will find indigenous Jukuns in Abinse, near the state capital, Makurdi. In southern Taraba, there are indigenous Tiv people in appreciable numbers in Takum, Donga, Wukari and Ibi local government areas living with the Jukun. In Takum, there are also indigenous Kuteb people. Th
  • Jonathan, Dickson battle for the soul of Bayelsa PDP

    They used to be allies, but now, they seem to have fallen apart. What happened to the relationship between former President Goodluck Jonathan and Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson? Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, traces the genesis of their face-off? 
    THERE is fear in Bayelsa State that the alleged power struggle between former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson for the soul of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may threaten the party’s fortunes in the 2019
  • Ekiti 2018: Transparent APC primary, key to defeat Fayose’s factor’

    Hon. Bamidele Faparusi (a.k.a ‘Fappy’), is a former member of House of Representatives and one of the leading aspirants for the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti state. In this encounter with Daniel Adeleye, he speaks on his ambition to lead Ekiti state, what he would do differently and how APC should manage its primary election to unite the party to defeat Fayose’s factor. Excerpts
    You’re one of the numerous APC stalwarts seeking for the governorship seat in Eki
  • Late President Kennedy thought Nigeria would be like the US in 12 years – Mike Igni

    By Dapo AkinrefonA lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Mike Igini was the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Cross River State before his reappointment and redeployment to Akwa Ibom State.
    Mike IginiIn this interview, Igini joins the list of Nigerians agitating for the restructuring of the country. He, however, opines that Nigeria may not record rapid success except there is a return to the1960 arrangement that brought about competition for development among then regional governments. Exc
  • Ambode to unveil new Awolowo statue Tuesday

    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode will on Tuesday September 26, 2017 unveil a new iconic statue of the late sage and nationalist, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
    Obafemi AwolowoThe imposing bust located on Obafemi Awolowo Way by the Lagos Television (LTV) junction in Ikeja, is a befitting replacement to the old Awolowo statue that was removed from the Allen Avenue round-about in Ikeja.
    Standing at 20 feet, the new Awo bust will be unveiled by Governor Ambode alongside notable dignitaries across
  • Anambra: What I Will Do Differently as Governor — Obaze

    By Yinka Ajayi
    Mr. Oseloka Obaze is the PDP candidate in the   forthcoming Anambra State gubernatorial election. In this interview, Obaze speaks on the condition of labour in Nigeria and Anambra State, prescribing what should be done to improve the condition of workers.
    As somebody who has worked before, can you tell us your conception of work and of labourers?
    ObazeThere is a philosophical and practical dimension to work.   Work and labour have similar meanings. We have many
  • 2019: Katsina APC endorsed Buhari, Masari for second term

    By Bashir BelloKATSINA – All Progressive Congress, APC, Katsina State chapter of the President’s homestate has on Saturday endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and the State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari for second term.
    Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, addresses the United Nations General Assembly September 19, 2017 at the United Nations in New York. / AFP PHOTOThis was even as its said the party in totality did not recognize any faction, APC AKIDA withi
  • Biafra: It’s too late to pull out of Nigeria, says Igbo lawmaker

    A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Jude Idimogu, on Saturday, said it was too late for the Igbo nation to pull out of Nigeria.
    Idimogu, representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that secession would be injurious to the Igbos.
    He said: “As a full blooded Igbo man and a Nigerian, I believe, Igbo staying in Nigeria as an entity will prosper the Igbo nation better than pulling out.
    “After the 1967 Civil war, the Igbo
  • Nnamdi Kanu has used the language of the beasts to galvanize Nigerians … – Ubani

    BY UGOCHUKWU ALARIBEABA- Following the agitations for referendum by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, a security consultant, Chigozie Onyeukwu Ubani, has said that IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, has reawakened national consciousness on the urgent need to restructure Nigeria on the path on peace and justice.Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
    In an interview with Vanguard in Aba, Ubani who is a security consultant, condemned the proscription and branding of IPOB as a ter
  • How can anyone say George should step down for a more youthful candidate? – Babatope

    Lagos – A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said former National Vice-Chairman of the party (South), Chief Olabode George, remained the best candidate for the party’s national chairman.
    Babatope, who is leading George’s campaign organisation for his aspiration in the Dec. 9 convention of the party, in Lagos on Friday saod that George had the ability to lead the party.
    Bode GeorgeHe described as “improper” the call by a group w
  • Nigeria sinking, APC support group alerts Buhari, Tinubu

    By Emma AmaizeTHE All Progressives Congress, APC Rebirth 2019, a support group within the party, has raised the alarm that the country was sinking, warning that the party has only two options before it to save the country. Oyegun, Tinubu and Buhari
    The group in a letter by national president, Prince Tony Akeni and six others, to President Muhammadu Buhari, national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others, said: “There is anguish of unprecedented scale and depth among the poor and lower midd
  • OSUN 2018 ELECTION: WE WILL SUE OSUN INEC, CP, APC and PDP IF... - HDP

    The Osun State Chapter of Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has observed with downright disgust the political tautness and campaigns on social media and streets in the state to the build-up of 2018 gubernatorial election in the state following series of ch ...
  • PDP Chairmanship: Bode George will not step down – Babatope

    A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope, said former National Vice-Chairman of the party (South), Chief Olabode George, remained the best candidate for the party’s national chairman.
    Babatope, who is leading George’s campaign organisation for his aspiration in the Dec. 9 convention of the party, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday that George had the ability to lead the party.
    He described as “improper” the call by a
  • Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential Gamble

    Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has practically been on the soapbox in recent time criticising the administration of President Muhammdu Buhari, which he played a major role in electing into office and offering himself as a better alternati ...
  • Gov. Udom canvasses for Governors, wants tenure elongation

    By Bashir BelloKATSINA – Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has on Friday canvassed for tenure elongation of the present crop of Governors at the helm of affairs in the states of the federation.Gov Emmanuel Udom
    This was as he said if the country can be blessed with the crop of Governors who are at the helm of affairs and beyond 10 to 15 years, the country will be developed.
    Emmanuel stated this when he visited Katsina State as part of activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the creati
  • How APC is desperately trying to reclaim the debate on restructuring

    By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
    The country’s ruling party is running against time in a bid to reclaim the debate on power devolution after the agitation initially caused confused its top leadership.
    If anything had embarrassed the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC since it came to power, it was unarguably the party’s dithering procrastination on restructuring. For a party parading some of the country’s most progressive and pro-democracy enthusiasts, the APC should hav
  • Senator Saraki: Sly or survivor

    By Emmanuel Aziken
    Those who opposed Senator Bukola Saraki’s bid for the office of Senate President had rationalised their opposition on the premise that any man who could openly fight his father should be feared.
    Saying that Bukola fought his father is an understatement; he demystified Oloye as his father was popularly known.
    Oloye, had from the creation of Kwara State unilaterally determined all the civilian governors of the state until that epic confrontation with his son 2011.
    Bukola S
  • INEC, police, APC conspiracy threatening Nigeria’s democracy –Wike

    Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
    Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that the conspiracy among Independent National Electoral Commission, All Progressives Congress and the Police remains a threat to the nation’s democracy.
    Speaking on Friday to the Inter-Party Advisory Council at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike stated that following the use of the police to deny the people of Rivers East Senatorial District their mandate, the APC had made it their official policy.
    T
  • Day Sultan lost friends, Dambazau blinked a tear, Ijebu-Igbo Royals wept

    By Emeka Obasi
    Dark clouds enveloped the blue sky that fatal Saturday evening. Life was ebbing as a big bird dropped from the air into the swamps of Isheri – Osun around the Ejigbo area of Lagos. White navy uniforms soon turned crimson red, Airforce blue was bruised and military camouflage mixed with the greenery of the mud.
    Sultan 
    The nation was thrown into mourning as news of the disappearance of a Nigeria Airforce Hercules C -130 filtered in from the airspace. Flight 911 had crash
  • Race for Anambra Govt House getting to high pitch

    By Vincent Ujumadu
    CONTENDERS in the race to the Anambra State Government House have emerged after the intrigues that trailed the rigorous governorship primaries of the various political parties. Except for the Progressives Peoples’ Alliance, PPA, whose candidate, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo remained the only aspirant since the politicians started nursing the governorship ambition some years back, other aspirants in the other major parties faced stiff opposition before they secured their parties&rsq
  • IPOB: Buhari and the burden of handling agitations

    In the midst of agitations by different groups in the country, political analysts say the response of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been devoid of the much-needed intellectualism, writes JESUSEGUN ALAGBE
    One of the major intellectual forces behind the women’s rights movement in the 19th century America, Ernestine Rose [1810-1892], once said, “Agitate! Agitate! [It] ought to be the motto of every reformer. Agitation is the opposite of stagnation — the one
  • McCain torpedos Republican effort to repeal Obamacare

    US Senator John McCain Friday announced his opposition to the latest Republican attempt to replace Barack Obama’s signature health care law, likely dooming the repeal effort.McCain
    It is the second time in two months that he has defied his party and President Donald Trump over efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” which has long been in Republicans’ sights.
    “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,&rdq
  • How Saraki saved Buhari from being embarrassed in court by IPOB – Northern Elders

    By Anthony Ogbonna
    Northern elders under the aegis, North Elders’ Forum (NEF) have said that the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki saved Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari from being embarrassed in court by the secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, over its proscription and categorisation as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government.
    Dinner with Senators 1: President Buhari exchanging compliments with Senate President Bukola Saraki as he hosted Sen
  • Oba of Benin hosts Oshiomhole to grand reception for outstanding achievements

    The Benin Monarch, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, on Friday hosted the former governor of Edo, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to a grand reception in Benin City, for his outstanding achievements while in office.R-L: Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Chairman/Editor-in-Chief, THISDAY Newspapers and ARISE Television, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, and former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiom
  • Nigerian Govt can’t watch IPOB throw the country into a Tailspin’-Adesina

    IPOB: HE WAS THE GROUP Managing Director of The SUN Newspaper, a leading tabloid in Africa’s most populous black nation on earth. He was the former President of Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE). FEMI ADESINA, Special Adviser, Media & Publicity to Nigerian President is a highly trained, versatile journalist that never plays to the gallery.
    Femi AdesinaA godly, forthright, hardworking and humble media professional per excellence. In this Exclusive Interview during the 72nd United Nations
  • Just in: IPOB sues FG, Army over proscription order

    The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Friday, sued the Federal government of Nigeria and the Nigerian army for proscribing its activities and tagging it a terrorist organisation.
    At a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, IPOB prayed the court to set aside the order of injunction proscribing its activities.
    The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, on Wednesday in Abuja, granted Federal Government an interim injunction proscribing activities of the group.
  • Senator McCain to vote against Obamacare repeal: statement

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Friday that he would vote against a new Republican bill to dismantle Obamacare if it is brought onto the Senate floor next week, in a new setback for the proposal.
  • Health Secretary Price's use of private jets under review

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health Secretary Tom Price's use of private jets for government travel was under investigation on Friday after an internal watchdog agreed to review the issue following calls by Democrats for a probe.
  • Trump readies new order to replace travel ban: reports

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump is planning to replace his soon-to-expire travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries with a new one tailored on a country-by-country basis and affecting slightly more nations, U.S. media reported on Friday.
  • Comey talks 'real world,' meets protests at black university

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters at Howard University chanted and booed on Friday through James Comey's first public address since he testified to Congress about his firing by U.S. President Donald Trump, challenging the former FBI director with a taste of the "real world" he was trying to describe to them.

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