Mr. Phrank Shaibu, a public communication consul­tant and former Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to former Governor Ibrahim Idris of Kogi State in an interactive session with journalists in Lagos, spoke on the political developments in Kogi State ahead of the forth­coming gubernatorial elections.Shaibu-Phrank

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Kogi State governorship election is around the corner and the general belief is that the incumbent gover­nor, Capt. Idris Wada, will seek re-election. Is this a welcome develop­ment for the people of the state?

I really don’t know how that can be a welcome development for the good people of Kogi State. Rather, I think it would come as a curse if the incumbent governor de­cides to seek re-election. I say this because many instances abound.

For example, the recent public booing of the governor by the citizens during the inauguration of the new House of Assembly speaks volume of the distaste the people have and have developed for him. In every nook and cranny of Kogi State, the story about Wada’s leadership is depressing, but, sadly, those that are expected to act as po­litical watchdogs and even those officially mandated to check the governor’s excesses in the Kogi House of Assembly either do not have strong teeth or may have compro­mised for self-aggrandizement. Read More →

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Following the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party has said Nigerians will beg it (PDP) to come back to power in 2019.

The National Vice Chairman, South-South Zone, of the PDP, Dr. Cairo Ojugbou, made this remark on Monday at the party’s zonal secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Ojugbou, who criticised the APC for not been able to manage the recent crisis engulfing it, explained that the ruling party had shown that it lacked coordination and ideology.

On the Rivers and Akwa Ibom State tribunals going on in Abuja, the PDP national vice chairman expressed optimism that the PDP would win. Read More →

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Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has warned against what he described as the intimidation and harassment of Deputy Senate President, Mr. Ike Ekweremadu, by the police, allegedly on the instigation of the ruling All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.Ekweremadu

In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, Mimiko, who is also the Governor of Ondo State, urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC to respect the integrity of the National Assembly and other tiers of government.

According to the PDP Governors’ Forum chairman, he said the opposition party will resist all forms of tyranny and Gestapo tactics said to be employed by the APC in order to protect “our hard-earned democracy which the PDP sustained for 16 years.”
Mimiko vowed that the Forum and the party will protect and defend the Deputy Senate President as he was overwhelmingly elected by his colleagues in the Senate.

He also cautioned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, not to allow himself become a puppet in the hands of the APC, stressing that it would greatly undermine the credibility of the police. Read More →

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By Titi Ogunrinde


ONE issue that has continued to bother watchers of political events in Enugu State is the unpreparedness of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to supplant the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state’s politics.Ezea

They had vowed to win the 2015 general election to compensate, but that seems a tall dream, as the party performed poorly in the 2015 general elections, securing less than 30,000 votes. It did not even win in any of the wards in the state. Many believe that the result the party recorded in the election is a reflection of how crisis had eaten deep the fabrics of party.

Emecheta Ugwu, a lawyer and Enugu North chairman of the party, gave credence to this, noting, “APC in Enugu State remains the weakest following a plethora of crisis.” Read More →

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BY NDUBUISI ORJI

 


Tony Nwulu is a member of the House of Representatives representing Oshodi/Isolo Federal Constituency 2. He is one of the five federal legislators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State. In this interview, he speaks on his agenda for his constituency and other issues. Excerpts:Nwulu

What is your agenda for your constituency ?

I will pursue programmes relating to youth development within my constituency and the country at large. No matter how you look at it, the youths constitute the workforce of this country and if we are to take Nigeria to the moon, like former President Jonathan would always say, the youths should be the major driving factor. Read More →

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…says plots to rig Kogi, Bayelsa guber polls already hatched
Appointment followed due process –Presidency

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday called for immediate removal of Mrs. Amina Zakari as acting Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, describing her appointment as unacceptable.Mrs.-Amina-Zakari-and-Jega

PDP, which decried the shoddy way President Muhammadu Buhari shoved aside the nominee of former INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, before the appointment of Mrs. Zakari, whose tenure as INEC commissioner expires next month, also alerted of plots to rig the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

It would be recalled that Prof. Jega, had on Monday, upon the expiration of his tenure, handed over to one of the National Commissioners, Ambassador Mohammed Ahmad Wali, whose tenure as National Commissioner will expire on August 11, 2015. Read More →

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A former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC governors to halt the party’s drift.Chief-Bisi-Akande

Akande, in a statement, on Sunday, warned that the ongoing crisis afflicting the party was capable of jeopardising the chances of the APC in 2019.

He said, “Now that the whole conspiracy has blown open, it is doubtful if the present institutions of party leadership can muster the required capacity to arrest the drift.
“It is my opinion that President Buhari, and the APC governors should now see the APC as a rocking platform that may not be strong enough again to carry them to political victory in 2019 and they should quickly begin a joint damage control effort to reconstruct the party in its claim to bring about the promised change before the party’s shortcomings begin to aggravate the challenges of governance in their hands.” Read More →

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