BY REMI ADEFULU
Hon Dauda Kako – Are represents Mushin 1 federal constituency in the House of Representatives. He has a commanding presence in the politics of the South–west, going by his political mettle over the years.
in this interview, the quiet and unassuming politician who jettisoned the All Progressives Congress (APC) to win another term on the platform of the Accord Party speaks on Contemporary national issues. Excerpts:
What is your impression of the Buhari administration?
Well, so far, so good, what he has succeeded in doing is to let people have attitudinal change. We now have electricity more than before. It’s all because of attitude. A lot of people know he is a no-nonsense man and they don’t want to lose their jobs so they have to change. So, I think what he has done is to send a signal to people that they have to be on their toes or else they will be shown the way out. We should give that to him. A lot of improvement has taken place because they know his attitude and they know his character. Overall, so far, so good.
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By Alvan Ewuzie
He has over 36 years experience in politics and had deployed this in legislative functions, barring the intrusion of the military in power. Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN) has a long standing anti-corruption stance that has seen him reject some rather juicy offers when opponents tried to lure him away from Muhammadu Buhari camp. He stood by Buhari when the president sojourned in the political jungle on his way to the presidency. But in twist of fate, when Ahamba left the ACN, which he helped midwife, Buhari became president. What are his veiws about Buhari’s presidency? Will he return to ACN? As President Buhari’s advocate in the election petitions that saw them arguing their case up to the highest court in the land, what would he tell the president, concerning some laws of the land. He shared his views with this reporter.
COULD you assess the senate and the House of Representatives so far?
So far, they have played more politics that legislation. They need to redirect themselves to legislation. We claim to be copying Britain and America, particularly America but the fact is that in that place, if you play politics with your legislative functions you fail the next elections. But here in Nigeria different criteria qualify you to pass or fail. So, they are doing what they can do in accordance with their modus Operandi, but I believe that time has come to redirect them to making laws for peace, order and good governance. Read More →
Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators at the weekend accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of deliberately orchestrating crisis capable of plunging the nation into chaos.
They made this remark in reaction to last Friday’s warrant of arrest issued by the Code of Conduct Tribunal against Senate President Bukola Saraki following his absence at the beginning of his trial over alleged false declaration of assets before Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in 2003.
In separate reactions to the situation, the senators expressed dismay over perceived gestapo manner in which charges were brought against Saraki and the eventual warrant of arrest issued against him by the tribunal. Read More →
By Ekele Peter Agbo
The hearing in the matter between Akwa Ibom senatorial election continued Tuesday with the witnesses for the respondent, former governor Godswill Akpabio admitting that people of the area had always recognised and voted for the opposition.
The All Progressive Congress for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, Chief Inebehe Okori had approached the tribunal challenging conduct of the election and declaration of Obong Godswill Akpabio as winner of the poll.
The witness admitted before the tribunal that their constituencies have in the past elections voted for some members of the opposition.
Micheal Akpan had earlier told the tribunal that Ukanafun people have always voted for the PDP as a tradition.
But when asked by counsel to the petitioner, Chief Assam Assam SAN, if he knew Ubong Etiebet, he admitted he knew him as a former Member of the House of Representatives for Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency under the ANPP.
He also admitted that the area also voted a former council chairman, Hon Eseme Udoh from the opposition party thus contradicting his earlier claim that the PDP is the only popular political party in Ukanafun. Read More →
By Segun James in Yenagoa
He didn’t die in my house, says Alaibe Bayelsa Govt: Sad and painful loss
The immediate past Bayelsa State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Col. Sam Inokoba (rtd), whose defection with others to the All Progressives Congress (APC), 19 days ago caused a stir, has died in Lagos.
The announcement came just as the former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and governorship aspirant in Bayelsa State on the platform of the APC, Mr. Timi Alaibe, on Wednesday denied some online reports that the late Inokoba died in his house in Lagos.
According to a statement issued by his eldest son, Waripamo, Inokoba,his 67-year-old father was said to have slumped and died in Lagos while on a private visit to his family.
Although information about how he died is still sketchy, insinuations flying around political circles has it that he may have died of food poisoning, while others claimed that the deceased’s health was frail and has been a regular visitor to various hospitals abroad, having recently slumped at a public gathering. Read More →
Justice Mohammed Yunusa of a Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from inviting a former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, for questioning.
The judge ordered the EFCC to stay action on Oduah as regards the purchase of two armoured BMW cars at a cost of N160m in 2013 by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority under her watch.
The order, made on August 26, 2015, is also binding on the ICPC, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police. Read More →
Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
FG will not interfere with judiciary, says ruling party
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday claimed that it had uncovered a plot by the All Progressives Congress APC)-led administration to tinker with the composition of the election tribunals in Rivers and other PDP states and to substitute them with pliable judges to overturn the party’s victory in the last general elections.
The party said it had “concrete evidence that the APC administration in its desperation was set to transfer uncooperative tribunal judges and replace them with malleable ones to overturn PDP’s electoral victory in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Abia, Taraba and Delta States and hand them over to the APC.”
Addressing journalists at the party’s secretariat Tuesday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said: “Following the insistence by some tribunal judges on delivering justice, despite the pressure being mounted by the APC government, machineries have been put in motion to influence the outcome of the judicial process by replacing them with those already briefed to do the bidding of the APC government.” Read More →