Beyond the ongoing war of words between Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and one of his predecessors, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, Iyobosa Uwugiaren, who just returned from Benin City, the state capital, writes that what is currently playing out is a spiteful and vicious contest for power by two political parties – the APC and PDP
Those who work with Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State say he had every reason to be all-out against those he perceived to have punctured his good mood few hours to the commencement of the celebration of his seven years in office.
With two national network television stations booked to cover the events live, the media-savvy and full of life governor had invited many editors and other media executives to Benin City, the Edo State capital, to witness his usual explanatory speeches on “why Edo is working” and the reasons he had “failed to fully deliver on his promises to the people.” Read More →
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Posted By: RICHARD NDOMA
Bishop Emmah Isong is the General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International, CCCI and Assistant National Vice President ,South -South Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN. In this interview with RICHARD NDOMA, he speaks on issues of national importance.
Election Petition Tribunals have cancelled the governorship election in Rivers State, ordered rerun in 18 local government areas of Akwa-Ibom State and sacked the governor of Taraba state. How will you react to these landmark judgements?
First of all, let me congratulate Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State for passing through his own political storm and is able to retain his integrity among the political class and of course my confidence that he is going to clear election result in the remaining eighteen local governments. I am also praying for Governor Wike of Rivers state.
At least for once, let people learn how to do the right thing during elections so that we won’t have too much cancelation after elections. If the right things are done by INEC, by candidates, which begins from nomination but some of the candidates were not nominated correctly in their intra- parties affairs or were not the right candidates but were just thrown up to the electorates to swallow and of course they had no choice other than to manipulate the electoral process. There are few cases of these nature in states like Akwa Ibom that you and I know, that there were controversial incidences. For instance, if you say in eighteen Local governments, each local government that has about ten wards but more than half had issues in the election and the tribunal decides to cancel it, I don’t think there is a problem with that. To me, the tribunals are doing a good job, the courts are doing well; I back the judiciary for a job welldone and believing that they should continue like this. Maybe if care is not taken, many more cancelation may still occur. Read More →
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By IHEANACHO NWOSU
THERE is a new buzz in town . The country is broke and cannot pay some ministers. In addition to that, not all the minister designates will be given portfolios . These are tales swarming the political space. They appear not ready to fizzle out soon.
There is a good reason these issues are dominating the landscape . They emanated from the table of President Muhammadu Buhari . And many, righty, cannot afford to trifle with the comments .
In the last one week the President has spoken twice on the issue. First was during his recent visit to India where he participated at the India-Africa Summit, which took place in New Delhi. He re-emphasized it last Tuesday when he played host to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who was at Aso vila to present the list of ministerial nominees who scaled Senate’s screening. Read More →
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By Wole Ayodele in Jalingo
No fewer than 12 people were on Sunday killed in Wukari, Taraba State, during a violent clash between supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The clash, which started late in the night last Saturday, was a fall out of the judgment of the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which declared Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan as the duly elected governor of the state.
Besides, several people sustained varying degrees of injuries during the clash while properties worth millions of naira, including houses and vehicles, were destroyed. Read More →
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By Tobi Soniyi, Onyebuchi Ezibo in Abuja and Olakiitan Victor in Ado-Ekiti
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The nation’s economy was on the front burner on Sunday as President Muhammadu Buhari declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government, under Dr Goodluck Jonathan, lied to Nigerians and the world about the buoyancy and vibrancy of the Nigerian economy during its tenure.
President Buhari was reacting to a statement credited to the PDP in which the party’s spokesperson, Mr. Olisa Metuh, alleged that the President was making harmful and unabating statements that could portend danger for the economy, the general image of the country and scare away investors. Read More →
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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.
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 →
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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. But 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 →
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