• Anxiety in Rivers over rerun

    In Rivers State, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are strategising towards winning the  December 10 legislative rerun across the three senatorial districts. BISI OLANIYI writes on the controversies, intrigues and power play.
    Rivers State has been enveloped in anxiety, following the allegation by a group, Ken Saro-Wiwa Associate, that Governor Nyesom Wike and other ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders had concluded arrangements to bom
  • ‘There is impunity in Rivers’

    On December 23, last year, the Court of Appeal ruled that Hon. Victoria Wobo Nyeche should be sworn-in as a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly representing Port-Harcourt 1 Constituency. On February 15, the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain received her certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Up to now, she is yet to be sworn-in by the Speaker. In this interview with PRECIOUS DIKEWOHA, she speaks about her long walk to justice and other i
  • Senate pledges to work with executive in nation`s interest

    The leadership of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) has been assured of a good cordial working relationship between the Senate and the Presidency.
    This assurance was given by the Senate President  Bukola Saraki  on Wednesday in Abuja when he led a Senate delegation on a visit to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and members of its National Working Committee (NWC).
    It would be recalled that the relationship between the Senate and the Presidency had not been ver
  • Buhari swears in 6 INEC Commissioners, expresses concern over electoral processes

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday swore in six Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and expressed concern over the integrity of the nation’s electoral processes.
    The president charged the commissioners to be firm and fair in the discharge of their duties, urging them to help consolidate the integrity of the electoral body.
    “This administration is extremely concerned with the integrity of the electoral processes. You are people of great integrity
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  • Asset Declaration: Dankwambo, top Gombe functionaries verified by CCB

    The Code of Conduct Bureau Gombe State office on Wednesday said that it has verified top government officials in the state for the 2016 asset declarations exercise, said the State Director, Mr Panyi Baira.
    Baira, who disclosed this to journalists in Gombe on Wednesday, said those verified included Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo, his Deputy, Mr Charles Iliya, 24 members of the State House of Assembly and 14 Special advisers to the governor.
    According to him, civil servants and public office holders in th
  • Ghana Polls: Contestants seek electorates’ vote

    Ghanaians started lining up at voting stations on Wednesday to elect a president and parliament, in polls dominated by a three-year economic downturn that led to heavy job losses and price hikes.
    President John Mahama is running for a second four-year term in the West African nation rich in gold, cocoa, diamonds, aluminium, bauxite and recently discovered oil.
    Mahama is competing with six other candidates for the presidency, but his fiercest rival is Nana Akufo-Addo, the leader of the largest op
  • Nwabueze: I’m not against anti-graft war

    Eminent legal scholar Prof. Ben Nwabueze (SAN) yesterday declared that he was not against the Federal Government’s anti-corruption war.He alleged that former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who accused him of frustrating the crusade, was trying to wipe up sentiment against him.The former university don said his position was that the war should be fought within the constitutional framework.He said the violation of the constitution in a bid to fig
  • Why voters shunned Lagos by-election

    Last week’s House of Representatives by-election in Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency, Lagos State was characterised by abysmally low turnout. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE, who monitored the election, highlights the reasons for the unusual apathy.
    RESIDENTS of Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency, Lagos State went to polls last weekend, to fill the vacuum left behind by the death of Dr. Elijah Adewale, who passed away on July 20. According to the Returning Officer, Prof. Clement Aghatise, Mr. Olaitan Akinwunmi o
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  • Why I want to govern Ogun, by Adebutu

    House of Representatives member Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu (Ikenne/Sagamu/Remo North Constituency) spoke with Assitant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN on his governorship ambition, the crisis in the Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the way out of the logjam.
    What is responsible for the split in Ogun State PDP?Having divergent interest groups within a political party is not unheard of. The question is why the polarisation in Ogun PDP? The answer is we have people that have their heart and soul in
  • 10,294 staff for Saturday Rivers rerun election – INEC

    10,294 staff will be deployed to conclude the re-run National and State Assembly elections in Rivers scheduled for Saturday.
    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which stated this in its daily bulletin issued on Tuesday in Abuja that 14 categories of staff would be deployed to make up the 10,294 figure.
    The categories according to the commission, will include three Returning Officers for the three Senatorial Districts (DC); eight Returning Officers for Federal Constituencies (FC)
  • Who replaces Shaibu in House of Representatives?

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to declare the seat of the Estako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives vacant. This is because the previous occupant of the seat, Hon Philip Shaibu, is now the deputy governor of the state, following the election of Godwin Obaseki in the September 28 poll.A date has not been fixed for the election, but some political heavy weights in Estako, especially in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), are not leaving anythi
  • INEC was unfair to PDP, says Jegede

    Former Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) governorship candidate Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) spoke with reporters in Akure, the state capital, on the November 26 poll won by Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of the All Progressives Congress(APC), the faulty card readers and other issues. DAMISI OJO reports.
    What is your assessment of the recent governorship election in Ondo State?Well, we give glory to God. Under a democratic dispensation, elections ordinarily should represent the will and the wishes of the
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  • Ekiti politician hails Akeredolu

    A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Mr. Kolawole Alabi, has congratulated the Ondo State Governor-elect, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, on his recent victory at the poll, saying Ondo people have made the right choice.He said Akeredolu’s victory has strengthened the faith of the people in the growth of democracy in the country.Alabi thanked the people of Ondo State for their resolve to keep faith with the APC, noting that it was an appreciation of the pragmatic leaders
  • ‘Akeredolu’s victory for Ondo people’

    A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Saka Yusuf, has said no group can lay claim to the victory of the APC governorship candidate Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) in the just-concluded Ondo election.Yusuf, who was reacting to a published story accredited to the former Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, that defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were responsible for the victory.The party chieftain, who spoke with reporters in Akure, the state capital, said the credit
  • Guinea Bissau: ECOWAS to address political impasse at Dec. 17 summit

    Leaders of the sub-region would address the situation in Guinea Bissau at their forthcoming summit on Dec. 17. This statement was made by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Chairperson, Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State Government.
    Sirleaf spoke while addressing newsmen at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja on Monday.
    The ECOWAS chairperson  described the situation in Guinea-Bissau as “very complicated, adding that “it is pertinent to choose a leader that reflected the will of the peo
  • Renzi set to resign after “clear-cut” referendum defeat

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday was due to tender his resignation after losing a crucial referendum on constitutional reforms that was seen by many as a plebiscite on his popularity.
    The Interior Ministry said just over 59 per cent of Italians voted against Renzi’s proposed reforms and less than 41 percent in favour with all votes counted.
    However, turnout was relatively high at 65.5 per cent.
    “The ‘no’ has won… the experience of my government ends he
  • How to protect ballot box, by Igini

    Mike Igini, a lawyer, is the former Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Cross River and Edo states. He spoke with reporters about his experience and how to safeguard the sancity of the electoral system. Excerpts:You have just returned from the United States to monitor the election. The outcome came as a shock to the whole world. Are you surprised?The outcome appears to have gone against most of the polling expectations as well as the generally held assessment and views about the candidates
  • Akeredolu’s victory, the triumph of zoning

    A lot of issues dominated the recent governorship election in Ondo State, including the crisis that rocked the two domiant parties, zoning, imposition of candidates and Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s bid to thwart the power rotation arrangement, which was widely seen as a third-term agenda for the incumbent governor. Deputy Political Editor RAYMOND MORDI looks at the issues and how zoning aided Rotimi Akeredolu’s victory.
    WHEN Governor-elect Rotimi Akeredolu got to his polling unit to ca
  • Rivers re-run: Your comment provocative, INEC tells Wike

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has condemn Governor Nyesom Wike over his comment about the Commission.INEC said the governor’s comment was dangerous and capable of inciting people to commit violence.Wike had accused INEC of releasing an APC dominated list of ad-hoc staff, for the December 10 rerun elections. According to him, INEC had included APC ward chairmen and ward secretaries as assistant presiding officers.But in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary
  • Rivers re-run: Your comments provocative, INEC tells Wike

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has condemn Governor Nyesom Wike over his comment about the Commission.INEC said the governor’s comment was dangerous and capable of inciting people to commit violence.Wike had accused INEC of releasing an APC dominated list of ad-hoc staff, for the December 10 rerun elections. According to him, INEC had included APC ward chairmen and ward secretaries as assistant presiding officers.But in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary
  • Will Jonathan’s new window save PDP?

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration last week that he will still play active part in partisan politics on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given fresh impetus to the efforts to revive the once ruling party. Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, and Assistant Editor, Dare Odufowokan report on Jonathan’s roles in the party’s current dilemma and what he is expected to do to revive it
    SINCE he left office as Nigeria’s President in 2015, Dr Goodluc
  • Senate tackles MDAs

    IT is noteworthy that the Senate may have finally decided to take more than a cursory interest in the operations of ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government.
    The biting economic recession in the country may have informed the renewed interest of the upper legislative chamber in operations of the MDAs.
    The parliamentarians are particularly interested in the activities of revenue generating agencies, which they believe, if well managed, could seamlessly fund the annual budget
  • ‘Atiku made a poor attempt at rewriting history with his attacks on el-Rufai’

    In this interview with some editors, Mallam Uba Sani, the Political Adviser to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State explains why the disagreement between the governor and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has taken the centre stage in recent times. He also speaks about the security situation in the state and what the government is doing to curb the killings. Our Deputy Editor, Nation’s Capital, Yomi Odunuga, was there. Excerpts: 
    THE security situation in Kaduna State, particula
  • Reps move to save primary healthcare sector

    THE House of Representatives has said the collapse of primary health care (PHC) in the country is imminent unless drastic and immediate steps are taken. The lawmakers opined that the declaration of a state of emergency in the Primary Healthcare (PHC) sector in the country remains the most effective option towards the repositioning of PHC for effective and efficient service delivery to the people at the grassroots. It is however instructive to know that the lawmakers were not alone on this as the
  • How Ambode inspired my grassroots programme -Benson

    The lawmaker representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Babajimi Benson, has special passion for the wellbeing of the vulnerable constituents. In this interview with Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, he reveals how he has reached out to the people so far. He also spoke on the prospects of All Progressives Congress (AP), his future ambition and other issues. Excerpts
    YOU are one of the first term members of the House of Representatives, how will you describe your exp
  • President Buhari has high regard for Tinubu – Femi Adesina

    Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser (Media and Publicity) to President Muhammadu Buhari in this interview with Vanguard Newspaper navigates through and sometimes around some knotty issues that have recently bestirred the polity. He spoke on among others, the alleged intraparty wrangling between the President and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the role of the President in the All Progressives Congress, APC’s victory in the Ondo State governorship election, and the criticism raised against his
  • Lagos by-election: Low turnout based on poor awareness-INEC

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday blamed the low turnout of voters for the Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency by-election in Lagos to poor awareness.
    The election resulted from the death of Mr Elijah Adewale, who represented the constituency in the House of Representatives.
    Adewale died in Abuja on July 20.
    Alhaji Abdullahi Kaugama, Supervisory Resident Electoral Commissionerfor the Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency By-election, made the observation in an interview
  • PDP congratulates Adonye on his victory at the Appeal Court

    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has congratulated Mr Diri Adonye on his victory at the Appeal Court, Abuja.
    Adonye is the party’s candidate in the March 19 state constituency re-run election in Opobo/Nkoro state constituency of Rivers.
    The party’s congratulatory message was issued by Chinwe Nnorom, Head of PDP Publicity Division for the National Publicity Secretary, on Friday in Abuja.
    The Appeal Court on Dec. 1 reversed the Ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal and upheld Ado
  • Lagos bye-election: Parties sign peace agreement

    Ahead of Saturday`s Federal House of Representatives by-election into Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency, some political parties in Lagos State on Friday signed a peace agreement
    The parties signed the agreement in Lagos at a meeting with Mr Fatai Owoseni, the State`s Commissioner of Police and INEC officials.
    The parties included APC, PDP, SDP and ADC, while AA and AD had no representatives.
    ”The main reason for this meeting is for stakeholders to have understanding on the need for a peace
  • Court orders immediate release of El-Zakzaky

    The Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the unconditional release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, leader of the Shiite sect in Nigeria, and his wife, Malama Zeatudden, from detention,  within 45 days.
    The court also ordered the Federal Government to provide a new accommodation for El-Zakzaky in Zaria or any northern town of his choice.
    The court, presided by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, also awarded El-Zakzaky and his wife N50 million as general damages.
    The post Court orders immediate release of El
  • 268, 942 people eligible to vote in Lagos bye-election – INEC

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that only 268, 942 of the 340, 634 registered voters in Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency in Lagos can vote in Saturday’s bye election in the constituency.Mr Clement Oha, The Administrative Secretary of INEC in the state, said that only 268,942 registered voters in the constituency possessed Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs).
    Oha spoke to Journalists on the sidelines of a stakeholders’ forum organised by the c
  • Ekweremadu advocates staggered primaries for Nigeria’s electoral system

    The Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, on Thursday, advocated staggered or phased primaries by political parties to deepen the country’s democracy.
    Ekweremadu made the submission at a forum on credible electoral processes organised by the FCT branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Abuja.
    The forum has as its theme: “Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects”.
    “By staggered primaries, I mean, for instance, holding primaries
  • Lagos By-election: Ambode seeks support for APC candidate

    The people of Ifako-Ijaye Federal Constituency have been urged to elect Mr Akinwunmi Olaitan in Saturday’s by-election to ensure adequate representation.
    This call was made by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday, during a rally held at the Ifako Ijaye Mini Stadium in support of Olaitan, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the by-election in the constituency.
    Mr Elijah Adewale, who represented the constituency in the House of Representatives, died on July 20, neces
  • Ex-Sports minister elected new APC spokesman

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday got a new National Publicity Secretary when the North Central Zone of the party unanimously elected former Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, as the spokesperson of the party.But the suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Timi Frank said he remains  the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party pending the outcome of the case he instituted against the party.The suit which was filed before an Abuja High Co
  • Akeredolu: New dawn, new challenges

    Ondo State Governor-elect Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) will succeed out-going Governor Olusegun Mimiko next year. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the challenges that will confront the new administration.Like a flash of lightening, the eight years of the Olusegun Mimiko administration will expire in February, next year. For the governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the euphoria of victory would have also withered down in the face of the daunting
  • ‘There’s no discrimination in Lagos House of Assembly’

    Hon. Jude Idimogu, an Igbo, is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member of the Lagos State House of Assembly. He represents Oshodi/Isolo Constituency II. The lawmaker spoke with Oziegbe Okoeki on his experience, the PDP crisis and the relationship between him and the All Progressives Congress (APC) legislators, who are in the majority.
    How do you cope being only Igbo speaking member of the Lagos State House of Assembly?
    It has not been easy. its like for you when you are dinning with people that
  • Appointment of Tribunal Chair; Reps to transfer power to CJN

    The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, commenced the process of conferring exclusive power for the appointment of chairmen and members of National and State Houses of Assembly election tribunals in the 36 states and Abuja to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and National Judicial Council.
    Presently, the power to make those appointments is the exclusive preserve of the Appointment , as contained in section 1(3) of the Sixth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
    But a bill jointly sponso
  • One term bill for acting president, gov. passes 2nd reading

    A Bill seeking to amend the 1999 Constitution and limit the tenure of a president and governor on acting capacity to a single term passed a second reading in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.
    The amendment bill which is sponsored by the Chairman, Special House Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Deputy Speaker Yussuff Lasun.
    The bill provides that no person who had held the office of president or governor of a state or acting as president or governor of a state for
  • Tackling menace of card reader

    The Ondo State governorship poll was adjudged peaceful, free and fair. There were no major hitches, except the malfunctioning card readers that slowed down voting in some polling units. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN examines the performance of the card reader in the accreditation and how it could be improved.
    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has improved on its performance with the conduct of a peaceful and transparent governorship election in Ondo. Stakeholders commended t
  • How PDP can survive, by George

    Former Deputy National Chiarman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George recently marked his 71st birthday in Lagos. He spoke with reporters on the state of the nation, the crisis in the party and other issues. MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE was there.
    What is your assessment of the state of the nation?Many topical issues have come to the fore these days. Abraham Lincoln said that it is not when everything is rosy that we know who is a leader. It is when there is problem, tribulation that you k
  • Political scientists attribute insecurity, corruption to bad governance

    Political scientists have blamed the endemic corruption and insecurity on bad governance by successive administrations in the country.National Political Science Association of Nigeria (NPSAN) President, Prof Shuaib Ibrahim, said the President Muhammadu Buhari government rode to power, based on his promise to curb the menace.He lamented that the promise has not ben fully fulfilled by his administration.Ibrahim spoke at the Second National Conference of the Department of Political Science, Univers
  • ‘Why Kashamu, others were suspended’

    A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction in Ogun State has explained why it suspended Senator Buruji Kashamu and other chieftains from the party.The chieftains are Bayo Dayo, Chief Pegba Otemolu, Mr. Semiu Shodipo, Mr. Fatai Adeyanju, Mr. Segun Seriki, Hon. Daisi Akintan, and Hon. Bowale Solaja.In a statement, the faction described the senator representing Ogun East District as an agent of destabilisation.The factional chairman, Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele, said: “Contrary to the avo
  • Lagos chiefs call for special status for Lagos

    The Association of Lagos Titled Chiefs has presented a bill seeking one percent allocation to Lagos from the revenue accruable to the Federal Government.They presented the request to the senator representing Lagos Central District, Oluremi Tinubu, in Lagos.They recalled that, arising from the South west zonal public hearing on proposed amendment of the 1999 Constitution in Lagos, it was the opinion of the people of Lagos that the city-state be given a special status.The association, therefore se
  • PDP worries on Wike’s security

    The Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Felix Obuah, is worries over the complaint by Governor Nyesom Wike that his security has been withdrawn by the Commissioner of Police.The PDP chieftain, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, condemned the action of the Commissioner, adding that the development was a source of concern to Rivers people.He said it has clearly showed the desperation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the
  • ‘Leaders must take responsbility for their actions’

    Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu represents Amuwo/Odofin Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker spoke with Oziegbe Okoeki on his legislative activities and the state of the nation.
    What are the expectations you had in mind before contesting for the House of Assembly?When we say expectations, they can be wishes and they could also not be realistic. Wishes do not mean they are not realistic as well. If I may say, it’s my first time here and I wan
  • ARG hails Akeredolu, residents

    The Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has congratulated Ondo State people for their faith in democracy.In a statement by its chairman, Hon. Olawale Oshun, ARG also praised the recipient of the people’s mandate, Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN), and other candidates for pursuing their ambitions within the ambit of the rule of law. Such maturity and statesmanship, the group said, is needed to restore the pride of Yoruba land.“Oshun charged Akeredolu, as the guardian of the people’s mandate, t
  • Ondo PDP: Licking wounds of division

    Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko will hand over to Governor-elect Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in February, next year. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU revisits the protracted crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which frustrated its bid for power retention and consolidation in the Sunshine State during the historic election.Eyitayo Jegede, legal luminary and former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, gazed at the Ondo State Governme
  • Moghalu: Why I want to govern Anambra

    Dr George Moghalu, the National Auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is a governorship aspirant in Anambra State. He spoke with GBADE OGUNWALE in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on the Buhari administration, the crisis in the ruling party and his ambition to rule the Southeast state.
    Why do want to be governor of Anambra State?
    I am very confident that the APC will win the next gubernatorial election in Anambra State because by the time we put all the issues on the table;
  • My grouse against APC primary in Ifako-Ijaye, by aspirant

    An All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant for the House of Representatives in Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency, Lagos State, James Owolabi, has spoken on the outcome of the poll.
    He said his loyalty to the party was intact, noting that all hands must be on deck to win the election.
    Owolabi, who polled 166 votes at the delegates’ election, said Mr Akinwunmi, who emerged as the candidate with 219 votes, could not match him on the field.
    He described himself as a committed party man and po
  • ‘Senate ‘ll back council autonomy’

    The Chairman of the Senate Committee on state and local governments, Senator Abdullahi Abubakar Ojo, in an interview with reporters, said local government autonomy is inevitable and that the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) should be abolished AHMED RUFA’I was there.What is the senate doing about the local government autonomy?The cry about local government administration is not only from the masses, but also from the government of the country. President Buhari, in his inaugura