Posted By: OBIORA IFOH, GEORGE OJI and TORDUE SALEM

•Lawmakers settle down for business

For more than 50 days after its inauguration, the eighth National Assembly had been under conflagration over leadership tussle. However, last Tuesday, the crisis came to an end with each arm of legislature agreeing to sheath the sword for greater interest of the nation. OBIORA IFOH, GEORGE OJI and TORDUE SALEM bring the undercurrents that led to the resolution of the crises.

The National Assembly which has been in crises over leadership tussle finally last Tuesday resolved all differences and gets ready for legislative business for which it was in place to conduct.

How Saraki stemmed Senate crisis

Since the event of June 9, which marked the election of the former chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, and former governor of Kwara State, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, as President of the eighth Senate, that arm of the National Assembly has hardly known any peace. The same also goes for the election of Senator Ike Ekweremadu as the Deputy Senate President, DSP. Indeed, if the election of Saraki could be tolerated in any way, that of Ekweremadu is seen by the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, as complete abomination.

The circumstances leading to Saraki’s emergence as Senate President on that eventful June 9 are still fresh in the minds of most Nigerians. However, Saraki’s emergence is against the wishes of the leadership of the APC, under which platform the Kwara-born politician got to the Senate.Buhari-Saraki-and-Gbajabiamila

APC leadership’s favored candidate is no doubt, Senator Ahmed Lawan, a four-time senator from the North- East geo political zone of the country. Unfortunately, the party’s support was Lawan’s greatest undoing. Thus, while Saraki was busy building bridges of friendship and understanding among members of his APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Lawan was relying and counting on APC leaders’ support alone.

The final death knell on Lawan’s political ambition of becoming the Senate President was however delivered on June 9, when, instead of mobilising his supporters to face Saraki in an election on the floor of the Senate, he rather, led his team to attend an illegal meeting purportedly with President Muhammadu Buhari and some other supposedly party chieftains at the International Conference Center, ICC, Abuja, on a day that the Senate was to be inaugurated by the President, which also had as the only business of the day, the election of its presiding officers. Read More →

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From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

 


Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the determination of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to give Owelle Chukwuma Azikiwe, first son of Nigeria’s first president, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, a decent burial, despite opposition from some politicians in the zone who had abandoned the family.PDP

Speaking with Rev. Obinna Akukwe, Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress (IMC) in Abuja yesterday, after a meeting of committee of friends and family members of the late Owelle, a member of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) and former national secretary of the party, Chief Rex Onyeabor, described President Buhari’s action as very patriotic. Read More →

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John Alechenu

 

 

The All Progressives Congress has said it was shocked at the magnitude of cases of corruption it has so far unearthed while going through the records of the previous administration.Crude-oil-theft

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Abuja, on Thursday.

He was reacting to the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari that some officials of the immediate past administration were involved in stealing one million barrel of crude oil daily.

Mohammed said, “We are not just shocked but taken aback by what we have found. We have always known that there was monumental corruption under the previous regime but we did not know it was this huge. Read More →

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One of those aspiring to govern Edo State in 2016 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri, recently spoke to some correspondents. ISAAC OLAMIKAN was there. Excerpts…Edebiri
Former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, at a function recently, said that he would play a major role in the choice of whoever will be governor of the state in 2016. He also stated that the incoming governor would be a member of his political family. We are not sure that you’re a member of his political family. So, what is your take on this?

Thank you very much. Like I would say at any point in time, Chief Lucky Nosa Igbinedion is one of the leaders of the party (PDP). He has a right to his opinion. He has a right to his decision. And I don’t think that people should hold that to an extreme level. For me, I appreciate him as a person; I respect the Igbinedion family; most of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion’s children are my friends and I have nothing against them. And if you ask His Excellency, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, he’ll tell you that was not exactly what he said. People have a way of manipulating statements. However, whatever he said was his opinion and he has a right to it. So, that has no effect on my ambition and I believe that even Lucky respects my position; respects my intellect as well and believes equally and sincerely that I too have the capability to govern the state. So, depending on the way journalists define what he has said and that is how it will be interpreted. The way they interpret it that is how they will publish it. So, I don’t hold anything against him and I expect that people should see it as his own opinion and they should respect his opinion. Read More →

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From Taiwo Amodu, Abuja


AS the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) continues its trouble-shooting initiative to address the war of attrition among its members in the National Assembly over allocation of principal officers, the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) ap­pears set for similar crisis.Wike-akpabio-n-Ekweremadu

Daily Sun investigations re­vealed that certain stalwarts of the party are pushing for dif­ferent candidates for the office of Senate Minority Leader.

The main opposition party had last month announced the zoning of minority positions in both chambers of the National Assembly.

Its National Publicity Secre­tary, Olisa Metuh who spoke with newsmen at the end of the National Working Committee meeting announced the zoning of the Senate Minority Leader to South-south, the North Cen­tral would produce Minority Whip while Deputy Minority Leader and Deputy Minority Whip would come from the North-east and South-west respectively. In the House of Representatives, the party said it accepted the choice of the members who have already chosen Leo Ogor from South-south as Minority Leader.

Metuh, however, said the North-west would produce the Minority Whip while the positions of Deputy Minority Leader and Deputy Minority Whip were zoned to South-east and North-east, respec­tively.

He further said the party ex­pects that in accordance with the provision of the Standing Rules of the National Assem­bly, members would use their various zonal party caucuses to chose party principal of­ficers to enable PDP provide effective opposition in the Na­tional Assembly. Read More →

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By Tony Iwuoma

 

A frontline chieftain of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party, PDP, Chief Peter Aniekwe, has taken a swipe at critics of the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, saying they are mere busy-bodies who refused to acknowledge the good in the nascent administration in the state.wike-nyesom

Pleading with opponents of the Wike administration to stop distracting the gov­ernor from his onerous task of governing the oil-rich state, Aniekwe, who is also an industrialist and astute businessman is the chief executive of Lagos-based MacPee Group of Companies, which is a freight forwarding and major player in the haulage sector of the economy, said recent develop­ments in the state are indicators that Rivers State would soon return to its glorious past that was bastardised by the immediate past administration in the state.

Aniekwe condemned the relocation of the Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal to Abuja, and wondered why Rivers State was not considered good enough for the tribunal to sit. Read More →

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From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri


A former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart and ex- Parliamentary Liaison Adviser to late President Umaru Ya’Adua, Senator Abba Aji has blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for what he called deliberate destruction of the party (PDP) before leaving office two months ago.PDP logo

Aji who was justifying his decision to quit PDP and join the All Progressive Congress (APC), told journalists in an interview in Maiduguri, that the former president knew the future of the party was precariously bleak months before elections but deliberately decided to destroy it.

“PDP was deliberately destroyed by Jonathan. He was the greatest beneficiary of democracy in Nigeria and PDP’s 16 years of ruling in most states and at the federal level, yet he did everything to undermine the progress of the party and left it worse than he met it. He simply messed up the party,” he alleged. Read More →

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