Eromosele Ebhomele

 

 

The Governance Watch Initiative (GWI) on Monday alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the party’s National Publicity Secretary were plunging the country into chaos with their posture on recent developments in the country’s political and economic environments.Olisa-Metuh

The group led by Rotimi Ogunwuyi (Esq), its National Coordinator, said it read with great shock the press release by Metuh, on Sunday, in which he tried to instigate its members and supporters to rise up against the government of President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress.

“We are horrified that a party that was until six months ago the ruling party in our country, and one that was in control of 27 states at a certain time, could so brazenly seek to instigate anarchy in the country simply because a duly constituted tribunal upturned the governorship election in Rivers State.

“We have also noticed a series of unwarranted attacks against our nation’s judiciary by Chief Metuh and his party, an attack that was carried to a disturbing level in Sunday’s statement. Read More →



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. AhambaBut 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 →



Posted By: Wale Ibrahim


Former chairmen elected on the plat­form of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kogi State have described as signifying victory, the emergence of Captain Id­ris Wada as the standard bearer of the PDP in the November 21governorship election in the state.

This was contained in a statement signed by the for­mer chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Aloysius Okino, saying that the over­whelming votes Wada got during the election was an indication of his popularity and the support he enjoys from vast majority of mem­bers of PDP who share his vision for Kogi State.

The group congratu­lated the party’s National working Committee, NWC, for a job well done in con­ducting what it described as transparent, free, fair, credible and a well organ­ised primary, which it said confirmed the leadership position of PDP in the Ni­gerian polity. 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.gov_akpabio

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 →



Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja

 


*As PDP shuns birthday lecture
An elder statesman and former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has quit active partisan politics.Bamanga-Tukur

At a special birthday lecture organized to mark his attainment of 80 years in Abuja, Tukur urged Nigerians to support the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that dividends of democracy trickles down to the common man.

In the same vein, the Adamawa-born politicians also had kind words for former President Goodluck Jonathan, crediting him with efforts at fashioning credible electoral system and for his statesman-like concession of victory at the last presidential election. Read More →



By Fred Itua, Abuja


SENATOR Paulker Emmanuel has embarked on what many would probably classify a suicide mission. What has hap­pened?

Barely 24 hours before Bay­elsa Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson formally declared his second term ambition, Paulker had stormed the Wadata Plaza headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to submit his expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the December 5 governorship poll in his home state.Jonathan-Dickson-Emmanuel

Before Monday, September 7, many people were not aware that Paulker harboured such ambi­tion because it was believed that Paulker and Dickson belonged to the same political family led by former president Goddluck Jonathan.

Although Dickson’s Septem­ber 8 second term declaration was graced by party topnotch­ers; the move is now shrouded in controversy as some loyal party members are discussing in hushed tones, Jonathan’s endorsement of Dickson for a second term when the door was still supposed to be opened to other aspirants.

Perhaps, had the ex-president realised that the move would draw huge flak and upbraids from the PDP circle, he would have framed his views on the governor’s ambition in a differ­ent way.

President Jonathan hinged his endorsement of the Governor on the ground that “Bayelsa is not a cursed state. On the notion that governors in Bayelsa cannot do eight years, it slows down development and except there is continuation in government, development will be truncated. Performance is not about satisfy­ing individual needs, so we need to encourage Governor Dickson to go for second term.”

He added: “If you compare what has happened in other parts of the country, you will praise Dickson. People should think more about the way the state is being run and prepare for our future generation.

“Bayelsa is not a cursed state. On the notion that governors in Bayelsa cannot do eight years, it slows down development and except there is continuation in government, development will be truncated. Performance is not about satisfying individual needs and so we need to encourage Governor Dickson to go for second term.”

No sooner had Jonathan made the endorsement than the camp of other PDP governorship aspi­rants took on the former Presi­dent. To them, such endorsement would have made meaning if the party’s primary had taken place and Dickson emerged the candidate.

“I don’t know the basis for the endorsement , is he say­ing that other aspirants are not good enough to be governor and should not have bought the expression of interest/nomina­tion forms? Jonathan should have acted like a leader for all; regardless of where his interests lie,” a PDP chieftain in the state said.

Beyond the PDP circle, how­ever, several political watchers were taken aback that the ex-president and some PDP bigwigs including the Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus, openly backed the governor. Read More →



Ramon Oladimeji


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.Oduah

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 →