By Daniel Gbabo


The Benue State incoming Governor, Chief Samuel Ortom, has described his experience as a motor park tout and his election as governor as a divine arrangement and the handiwork of God.Chief-Samuel-Ortom

Ortom, who bared his mind to The PUNCH in an exclusive chat in Makurdi, said his elevation from grass to grace was due to hard work and his firm believe in God.

He said, “My journey from being a motor park tout to an elected governor is purely a divine arrangement. I cast my mind back to when I dropped out of school in Form 2 but I remained hardworking and I did not engage in crime to survive. Read More →

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Written by Misbahu Bashir, Kaduna

Kaduna State governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, yesterday said his administration would not spare any official found guilty of stealing public funds.

He spoke in Kaduna shortly after receiving the report of the APC Transition Committee. He said he would not condone indiscipline, adding that any public official found guilty of stealing money would be made to return it. He said government would be forced to take severe actions against recalcitrant officials.
“This report is the beginning. we are trying to understand the government and see what has been left behind and we will see some more, I have said this and I will say it again, no one will take away the resources of this state without consequences. We are not going to let it happen. There will be full accountability for every penny that accrues to this state and any one that has taken the money for this state will he asked politely to return it and if he doesn’t, we will take actions that are not necessarily polite. Read More →

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Rivers state governor, Chibuike Amaechi has advised the newly sworn in local government chairmen and councillors to resist any attempt to sack them from office by the incoming administration of governor-elect, Nyesom Wike and be ready to challenge them in court.Governor-Rotimi-Amaechi

Governor Amaechi gave the advice while swearing in the 22 Council Chairmen in Government House, Port Harcourt.

Amaechi insisted that the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RSIEC, obeyed the laws governing the conduct of local government elections for which the All Progressive Congress, APC, won all the chairmanship seats in a free and fair election that was devoid of violence unlike the the presidential and governorship election. Read More →

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Niyi Odebode, John Alechenu and Ade Adesomoju


Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, in this interview with NIYI ODEBODE, JOHN ALECHENU and ADE ADESOMOJU, speaks on the expectations of Nigerians from the incoming administration of Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), his perception of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, among other issuesFormer-Vice-President-Atiku-Abubakar

The President-elect, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has acknowledged the fact that expectations of Nigerians from him are very high. How do you think he can meet these within the next four years?

Whenever there is a change in government in a democracy, whether in Nigeria or anywhere else, normally the expectation tends to rise. It is not unexpected in Nigeria, particularly when this is the first time in our democratic process that we are witnessing a smooth change in government from the ruling party to an opposition. Therefore, expectations are much higher within the normal circumstance of change. Read More →

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by JAMES ABRAHAM


Ahead of the May 29 handover date in Plateau State, the governor-elect, Barrister Simon Lalong, is already looking forward to his inauguration as the third democratically elected governor of the state since the return of the nation’s democracy in 1999. He follows after Joshua Dariye and Jonah Jang respectivelyPlateau-State-governor-elect-Barrister-Simon-Lalong

Checks by Sunday Mirror reveal that although none of the two committees set up by both the incoming All Progressives Congress, APC, and outgoing Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration for the purpose of handover has been officially inaugurated, it was however learnt that members of the Transition and Inauguration committees drawn from both parties have, nevertheless, been working to ensure a smooth transition amidst bickering. Read More →

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by AYO ESAN

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, slide into controversy continued last week with two principal officers of the party, Alhaji Adamu Muaz’u and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih, throwing in the towel the same day.Anenih

Following from the bickering that have trailed the party’s defeat in the March 28 presidential election by the main opposition party in the country, the All Progressives Congress, APC, the former chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muaz’u and the chairman of Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih have quit in controversial circumstances. Read More →

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By Jide Ajani,Evelyn Usman,Daud Olatunji,& Ifeanyi Okolie


Senator-elect, Ogun-East, Prince Buruji Kashamu, was said to have threatened to kill himself if officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) forced their way into his house, yesterday, claiming there was a court injunction against the NDLEA’s action. Some of his friends who claimed to have contacted him on phone between 7 and 9 am told Sunday Vanguard that Kashamu said he would remain indoors till Monday.Kashamu

But the narcotic agency explained that the operatives mandate was to put the politician, who is also the Chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation Committee of the PDP in the South-West, under house arrest pending when he would appear in court on Monday. The NDLEA spokesman, Mitchel Ofoyeju , in a six paragraph statement, yesterday, said: “A special team of NDLEA has confined Ogun State senator-elect, Buruji Kashamu, to his Lagos residence pending his appearance in court on Monday, May 25, 2015 to perfect his extradition to the United States. Read More →

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