• APC national convention to go ahead without Buhari

    John Alechenu, Abuja
    Governors of the All Progressives Congress governors and members of the party’s National Working Committee on Wednesday resolved to proceed with preparations for the party’s inaugural bi-annual national convention.
    In furtherance of this objective, the two bodies resolved to send a delegation to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to present him with suggested dates for him to pick from.
    This was part of decisions taken at the end of a monthly meeting held between the
  • ICYMI: Fayose’s bid to seek re-election is anomalous – Falana

    Ade Adesomoju, Abuja Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has described as anomalous the likely bid by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to seek re-election in 2018. ‎Fayose had said on Monday that he would contest the 2018 governorship election ‎so that he could serve his first term which was truncated in 2006. Fayose was impeached in 2006, but the Supreme Court in 2014 nullified the impeachment that ousted him from the office about seven months to the en
  • Bankole’s loyalists dump PDP, join ADP, as crisis deepens

    Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta
    Crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State took a new twist on Wednesday as party members, consisting majorly loyalists of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, defected to the Action Democratic Party.
    Political analysts said the defection, might not be unconnected with the 2019 elections, as the ADP is being touted as a new mega party for the general elections.
    The defection took place at the new party secretariat located in
  • Only PDP can save Nigeria – Wike

    Akasike Chukwudi
    RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has declared that only the Peoples Democratic Party can pull the country out of the quagmire that the All Progressives Congress has plunged it.
    Wike, who also expressed his support for the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee, explained that it would lead the country to greater heights.
    The governor spoke after the premiere of the Stage Adaptation of Elechi Amadi’s ‘Concubine’ by Imo Edward on Tuesday
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  • Ortom replies Mark over wheelbarrow mocking

    The Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has replied Ex-Senate President, David Mark, saying Senator Mark is jealous of his achievements, a reason he made unsavoury comments about his developmental strides when he compared his (Ortom’s) developmental empowerment in Benue state with that of the Rivers state government led by Governor Nyesom Wike in a rather derogatory manner.
    Recall that Mark who is equally the Senator representing Benue South Senatorial District, had, while commissioning som
  • Igbo have invested more in Nigeria than Hausa, Yoruba – Iwuanyanwu

    Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
    Eminent businessman and politician, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, on Wednesday said that the Igbo do not want to secede from Nigeria.
    Speaking as a special guest of honour at a National Unity summit organised by Arewa Ambassadors Congress of Nigeria in partnership with Youth Assembly of Nigeria, Iwuanyanwu said that the people of the South East zone would fight anybody who wanted to secede from Nigeria, including the Arewa and Oduduwa people.
    The program which held in Owerri, th
  • APC takes-over PDP’s office in Enugu, say “change has come”

    The All Progressives Congress has taken over the office of the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State.
    Reports indicated that a building on Chime Lane, a street in the GRA part of the Enugu metropolis, which had served as the secretariat of the PDP in Enugu State for several years, is now the office of the Enugu State chapter of the APC.
    Flags, posters, banners, billboards and other paraphernalia of the PDP, which hitherto adorned the duplex, had been replaced with an APC signboard that proclai
  • Democracy Day: Youths unveil seven year political agenda

    The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) on Wednesday announced plans to formally unveil its political agenda for 2017 to 2023.This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Gambo Jagindi, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Mr Murtala Garba, President of NYCN, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
    The statement said the NYCN would also launch its campaign in support of local government autonomy during the 4th Nigeria Youth Democracy Lecture and Day of Hon
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  • PHOTOS: Ambode welcomes Evander Holyfield to Lagos

    Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right), with the former Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Evander Holyfield (middle); CEO, ACI Entertainment, Mr. Wole Adeniyi (2nd left); CEO, Bishop Entertainment Consult, Atlanta Georgia, USA, Mr. Bshop Adejube (left) and Manager, Rumble, Funke Michael (right) during the courtesy visit by the former heavyweight boxing champion at the Lagos House, Ikeja, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (right), with the former Hea
  • …Igbo first settlers in Ile-Ife —Igwe Achebe

    It’s either restructuring or referendum —Ezeife
    By Dennis Agbo
    ENUGU— FORMER governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeke Ezeife, has said that it is either Nigeria is restructured into six geopolitical zones or it  goes into referendum to decide if the country will remain as one country or disintegrate.
    Ezeife also said the Southern Peoples Assembly, SPA, will soon meet to take a decision on whether the people of southern Nigeria will participate in 2019 elections if the co
  • My problem with Wike — Gov Ortom

    •Anti-grazing, kidnapping laws’ll ensure peace in Benue
    By Peter Duru
    Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, at the weekend interacted with journalists on his stewardship in the last two years. He listed lack of funds and insecurity as his greatest challenges but concluded that in spite of these he recorded what he described as milestones in several sectors. Excerpts:
    Gov Samuel OrtomWHAT were your expectations when you were vying for the office, what did you see when you came in and how
  • Conflict at the Confluence: The trouble between Governor Bello and Senator Dino

    By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
    They represent the young generation in Kogi State. Governor Yahaya Bello, 41, and Senator Dino Melaye, 43, should have forged a relationship to underpin a guaranteed future for the youths of Kogi.
    Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello and Dino MelayeHowever, political brickbats now and then between the two men has become an almost daily episode in the chronicles of the political developments of Kogi State.
    The apogee of the crisis was the reported assassination a
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  • Aregbesola, Gbajabiamila write off presidential system

    Femi Makinde, OsogboThe Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said the presidential system of government being practised in the country cannot solve the numerous challenges the nation is facing.
    The governor said this in Osogbo on Tuesday while the Majority Leader, House of Representatives , Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, also toed the same line.
    The duo spoke during a special sitting of the Osun State House of Assembly to honour Aregbesola with a life membership of the House. The honour was one
  • PDP rejects Katsina Rep poll result

    Olaide Oyelude, Katsina
    The Katsina State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Tuesday, rejected Saturday’s House of Representatives by-election result for the Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency, insisting the Independent National Electoral Commission must declare it inconclusive because of alleged  malpractices which the party maintained  disenfranchised over 13,000 voters.
    The party made the declaration in Katsina  at a press conference addressed by its chairman, Alha
  • Court delivers judgment on Tambuwal election June 23

    Ade Adesomoju, Abuja
    The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed June 23 to deliver its judgment in a suit seeking the removal of the Governor of Sokoto State, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, from office.
    The presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, on Tuesday fixed the date for judgment after hearing parties to the suit.
    The plaintiffs are two former aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress for the governorship position of Sokoto State – Umaru Dahiru, a former senator, and Mr. Abuba
  • Another PDP Rep defects to APC

    John Ameh, Abuja
    The membership of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus at the House of Representatives dropped to about 120 on Tuesday as another lawmaker again left the party.
    The only member of the party from Adamawa State, Mr. Adamu Kamale, defected to the All Progressives Congress on the floor of the House.
    Every week in the last two weeks, one member has abandoned the PDP.
    Kamale, like others before him, cited the factional crisis in the main opposition party as his reason for dumping the P
  • Although the economy remains in recession …— Presidency

    …As Osinbajo condoles with UK over Manchester terror attack
    By Levinus Nwabughiogu
    ABUJA—Presidency said, yesterday, that there were strong indications that Nigeria was gradually exiting economic recession.
    Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu, stated this is in a statement releasing the 2017 Q1 GDP figures.
    He said there was a turnaround in the manufacturing and non-oil sectors, adding that there was also an increasing reduction in the sectoral
  • Why we’re opposed to open grazing –Ortom

    Governor Samuel Ortom, spoke with newsmen on insecurity, challenges of herdsmen in Benue and how the Paris Club debt refund was a saving grace for his administration. Adetutu Folasade-Koyi was there.
    Is it true that the Nigerian Governors’ Forum warehoused money, out of the Paris Club debt refund for consultancy?
    It’s true. The funds were warehoused by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and that is a fact and I’m aware of that. But, it was meant to be consultancy for those who
  • How Buhari restored Nigeria’s poor image -Onyeama

    From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja
    Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, is the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Since his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari in late November, 2015, he has championed the restoration of Nigeria’s image in the comity of nations, protection of Nigerians abroad and favourable trade diplomacy.
    So far, would you say as Minister of Foreign Affairs, you have achieved what you set out to do at the beginning of this administration?
    Yes, I will say so. There are different layers that on
  • Politics, leadership and accountability: The role of the people by Femi Falana, SAN

    By Femi Falana, SANIn a country where religious institutions are allowed to invest in commercial ventures there is no justifiable reason for mounting opposition to the establishment of Islamic banks which are not going to charge interests. Therefore, apart from stopping the opposition to the establishment of Islamic banks, Christian leaders should set up welfare schemes to encourage the establishment of banks that will make loans available to the poor without charging  interests. This will
  • APC takes over PDP office in Enugu

    Ihuoma Chiedozie, Enugu
    The All Progressives Congress has practically taken over the office of the Peoples Democratic Party in Enugu State.
    Our correspondent observed on Tuesday that a building on Chime Lane, a street in the GRA part of the Enugu metropolis, which had served as the secretariat of the PDP in Enugu State for several years, is now the office of the Enugu State chapter of the APC.
    Flags, posters, banners, billboards and other paraphernalia of the PDP, which hitherto adorned the dupl
  • Bello killing APC in Kogi, says Faleke

    House of Representatives member from Ikeja Constituency Hon. James Faleke was Prince Abubakar Audu’s running mate during the Kogi State governorship election. He spoke with BUNMI OGUNMODEDE and EMMANUEL OLADESU in Lagos on Governor Yahaya Bello’s style of governance and the future of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Confluence State.What’s your assessment of the political situation in Kogi State?
    The political situation in Kogi State is very dicey for our party, the A
  • When ‘ll Akeredolu appoint commissioners?

    Three months after his inauguration as the sixth elected governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) is still trying to settle down to business. He has made some appointments, but the people of the Sunshine State are still eagerly waiting for the list of commissioners. Correspondent DAMISI OJO writes on the scramble for slots in the State Executive Council.
    AFTER making some appointments into his kitchen cabinet, stakeholders now expect Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who mounted the rei
  • Ogun’s revival requires grand coalition, says Adebutu

    To genuinely revive Ogun State, the mission requires a grand coalition of the People Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other parties.These were the words of Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, House of Representatives member from Ogun State while reacting to the various romours suggesting he had decamped to the APC because he attended a meeting at the residence of former Governor Olusegun Osoba in Abeokuta, the state capital.In a statemen, Adebutu said: “We are hereby con
  • Ariana Grande: Osinbajo condemns terror attack on Manchester

    By Levinus Nwabughiogu
    ABUJA-Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, United Kingdom yesterday, Monday.Victim of Manchester terror
    In a statement by his spokesman, Mr. Laolu Akande on Tuesday, the Acting President who described the attack as “despicable”, condoled with Prime Minister Theresa May, the government and the people of the United Kingdom.
    The statement read thus: “On behalf of the people and Go
  • [ICYMI] $2.1bn: EFCC seizes 18 houses from Dasuki’s associate

    Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has seized 18 houses in an estate allegedly belonging to Alhaji Aliyu Usman, an associate of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
    Usman as well as two companies linked to him- Leaderettehe Nigeria Limited and Nordeen Global Resources – were among 300 others listed as persons who allegedly received contracts from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
    READ: EFCC re-arraigns Dasuk
  • TI collaborating with disgruntled politicians to undermine army – Lawmaker

    The Chairman, House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Nigeria-United States of America Relations/Inter-Parliamentary Affairs, Rep. Johnson Agbonayinma, has flayed Transparency International’s corruption allegations against the Nigeria Army.
    Agbonayinma said on Tuesday in Abuja that the group was collaborating with disgruntled politicians in the country to undermine the Army, in desperation to heat up the polity.
    In its recent report, Transparency International claimed that President M
  • Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of government spending in budget

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump wants lawmakers to slash $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim in his first budget plan at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor while boosting the military.
  • CIA ex-chief cites signs of possible Trump campaign ties to Russia

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday that he does not know whether President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign colluded with Russia but that he saw "information and intelligence that was worthy of investigation."
  • U.S. Defense budget sees modest increase despite hawkish rhetoric

    (Reuters) - While U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal for national defense increases spending, it falls short of campaign promises to rebuild the U.S. Navy and a "historic" increase in military spending.
  • CEOs of Target, ADM to square off on U.S. border tax at hearing

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chief executive officers of two major American companies - retailer Target Corp and agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Co - will offer countering views in a hearing before U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday on a proposed border adjustment tax.
  • Mueller cleared by U.S. government ethics experts to oversee Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been cleared by Department of Justice ethics experts to oversee the federal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, a department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
  • Trump budget to increase growth by boosting investment, labor force: Mnuchin

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration believes its budget plan will boost economic growth by fostering capital investment and creating jobs for workers who gave up their job hunts during tough times, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday.
  • U.S. intel chief declines comment on any Trump request about Russia

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats declined to say whether President Donald Trump asked him to help deny any collusion between his campaign team and Russia, as reported by the Washington Post, saying his talks with Trump were private.
  • Operational capacity of Army improved under Buhari – Buratai

    The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai said on Tuesday that the operational capacity of the Nigerian Army had improved since the inception of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
    Buratai made the remark when he declared open the “Combat Arms’’ training week of the Nigerian Army at the headquarters of Infantry Corps centre, Jaji.
    “It is necessary to note that since the inception of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, there has be
  • ‘It’s too early to adjudge APC a failure’

    Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
    The Presidency on Tuesday said it was too early in the four-year term of the present administration to adjudge the All Progressives Congress government a failure.
    The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said this while addressing State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
    He was joined by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; and the SSA on Media and Publicity to the Acti
  • Don’t delay 2017 budget signing, Cleric tells Osinbajo

    The Bishop of Ijumu Anglican Diocese, Dr Ezekiel Ikupolati, has advised the acting President Yemi Osinbajo to quickly scrutinise and sign the 2017 budget into law.
    Kupolati gave the advice on Tuesday at Iyara, Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi, during a press conference as part of activities marking the 9th anniversary of the creation of the diocese.
    He said the budget was long overdue for implementation, saying Nigerians are yearning for an improved living standard.
    While decrying the delay i
  • U.S. Labor Secretary says fiduciary rule to take effect on June 9

    (Reuters) - The U.S. Labor Department will implement its fiduciary rule on June 9 with no further delays, U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said on Tuesday.
  • Street trading: Oyo to distribute seized wares to orphanages

    The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources in Oyo State, Mr Isaac Ishola, says wares seized from traders who flout environmental sanitation laws will be distributed to orphanages.
    Ishola said in a statement in Ibadan on Tuesday that street trading persisted because offenders were able to retrieve their wares after paying fines.
    The commissioner said in the statement signed by the  Press Officer in the ministry, Mr Olusegun Adesoji, that government would do everything pos
  • BREAKING: Another PDP Rep, Kamale, defects to APC

    Another member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Adamu Kamale, has defected to the All Progressives Congress on the floor of the House of Representatives.
    Kamale, who is from Adamawa State, defected on Tuesday morning.
    Until his defection, Kamale was the only PDP member of the House from Adamawa State.
    Only last week, Mr. Edward Pwajok, SAN, also defected to the APC.
  • APC chieftain seeks support for Osinbajo

    The National Coordinator of Buhari Support Organisation (South), Pastor Folorunsho Longe, has urged Nigerians to support Acting President Yemi Osinbajo in his efforts toward ensuring good governance and national economic recovery.The All Progressive Congress Chieftain made the call today in an interview in Abuja.
    “All of us as Nigerians should support Osinbajo for him to succeed in implementing government policies so that the current economic and other challenges facing the nation can
  • Zamfara assembles 500 Qur’anic reciters to pray for Buhari

    The Zamfara Government said on Tuesday it had assembled 500 reciters of the Holy Qur’an to offer special prayers for the well-being of President Muhammadu Buhari and the country.
    Alhaji Lawal Liman, the state’s Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, said in Gusau that the Islamic scholars were drawn from the 14 local government areas of the state.
    According to Liman, the reciters were brought together as part of activities lined up for the 2017 Democracy Day celebration in
  • Resist any coup attempt, Balarabe, Tinubu, NBA VP, Reps tell Nigerians

    John Ameh, Sesan Olufowobi, Leye Aluko and Goddy Isenyo
    A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; the Vice-President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Monday Ubani; and the House of Representatives, on Monday, told Nigerians to resist any attempt to remove the current democratic government in the country by force.
    Also, a former governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, warned the military personnel against throwing the nation into turmoil in their
  • Supreme Court strikes out Sheriff application, reserves judgement on Makarfi appeal

    TheSupreme Court has struck out an application by Ali Modu Sheriff, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party which soughtthe court not to hear the appeal of Ahmed Makarfi, national caretaker of the party.The court however reserved ju ...
  • UK Election Countdown June 2017 - 5 Nigerians to watch out for...

    For the first time in the history of the British Politicians; more Nigerians are standing up to be counted in the June General Election.As the Conservative Party start to prepare for the final battle with Labour Party, the following British-Niger ...
  • Governors Nyesom Wike and Ayo Fayose As the New Face of Nigeria's Opposition Politics

    Governors Nyesom Wike and Ayo Fayose As the New Face of Nigeria39;s Opposition PoliticsSince the PDP lost the 2015 general elections to the APC, the role of the opposition which is indispensable in a democracy has been redefined by governors Ny ...
  • I may contest 2018 gov poll, says Fayose

    Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State said on Monday that he would contest in court his removal from office during his first term tenure.
    Speaking in  a live broadcast on Ekiti State Television in Ado-Ekiti on Monday evening, Fayose who was explaining why he chose to put his image on a campaign posters across the state, said that since the apex court had said that his impeachment in 2006 was illegal, he would then have to approach the same court to interpret what that ruling meant and also con
  • 3,000 PDP, APC members defect to APGA in Anambra

    …As Aguleri youths berate Ezeonwuka over commentsFrom Chidi Nnadi, Enugu and Obinna Odogwu, Ekwulobia
    About 3,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Ugbene community, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
    The defectors, led by the National Chairman of Ugbene Great Ambassadors Club, Chief Aaron Onwelukwue, disclosed that their defection was informed by Gover

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