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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.Olisah-Metuh

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 →


Dr. Joseph Targema Orkar is the Deputy Chairman of All Progressives Congress in Benue State believes that the orkarMuhammadu Buhari administration needs constructive criticism on the grounds that the rot in the system will take time to clean up. In this interview with HENRY IYORKASE in Makurdi, the elder brother of the late Major Gideon Orkar of the failed 1990 coup d’’état fame also argues that those saying the government is slow were being economical with the truth. Excerpts:There have been claims in some quarters that the new regime is too slow paced in setting up a new government and promised implementing reforms in the country. What are your views on this? Read More →

Posted By: GEORGE Oji

Amidst controversies, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Petitions last week, commenced the probe of alleged huge fraud, bordering on unremitted recoveries and diversion of recovered assets by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). GEORGE OJI reports.SARAKI-AND-LAMORDE

On the strength of a petition sent to it by one George Uboh, the Chief Executive Officer of Panic Alert Security Systems, a financial recovery and security firm, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Petition slated last Wednesday, August 26 to commence a public hearing on some allegations leveled against the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde.

The petition by Uboh was dated July 31, 2015 and submitted to the committee, shortly after the senate proceeded on its annual vacation, which will end on September 29. Read More →

The Presidency has stated that once it fully commences its corruption trials, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might have no moral legs to stand on.Garba-Shehu

The Presidency’s position was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the president’s Senior Special Assistant, Media, Malam Garba Shehu.

Shehu who was reacting to a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, that “the economy is going down” under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, noted that, the PDP should rather bury its head in shame for subjecting Nigeria to the “worst economic plunder through corruption” in its recent history. Read More →

* Lists new cases of looting under Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has listed new instances of the insane looting of the treasury by some officials of the Jonathan Administration, saying the corruption mess that characterized the administration was so pervasive that until it is cleaned, Nigeria will not be able to actualize its potentials.In a statement issued in Abuja, on Sunday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said:Lai-Mohammed ”Those who would rather give comfort to the looters by dismissing the media exposure of looting cases as mere hell-raising should realize that no sane person can be silent in the face of what is unfolding as the worst cases of brazen stealing of public funds in Nigeria’s history.

”On Aug. 16th 2015, we listed some instances of the breath-taking looting of the treasury by some officials of the immediate past Administration. Today, we bring three more heart-rendering cases to the attention of Nigerians. We will not relent until closure has been brought to this issue,” it said, listing the new cases as: Read More →

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There was drama at the Delta State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal on Thursday in the hearing of the motions filed by the three respondents in the petition, as counsel for the parties in the case battle over a subpoena served on the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The state governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the April 11 election, O’tega Emerhor, is challenging the declaration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the April poll.

Counsel for the APC, Thompson Okpoko (SAN), at the resumed hearing in the petition on Thursday, branded counsel for the three respondents as “meddlesome interlopers and rabble rousers”, whose applications were meant to cause confusion and stall the hearing of the petition. Read More →

Chief Clement Ben-Edo-Osagie is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State. In this interview by Isaac Olamikan, among other issues, he spoke about the performance of Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the chances of the PDP in next year’s elections. Excerpts:


During the countdown to the last national assembly election, you predicted that your party’s candidates will win in Edo State and your prediction came to pass. But the situation changed during the State House of Assembly polls two weeks later. What do you think went wrong? Read More →