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*As PDP shuns birthday lecture
An elder statesman and former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has quit active partisan politics.
At a special birthday lecture organized to mark his attainment of 80 years in Abuja, Tukur urged Nigerians to support the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that dividends of democracy trickles down to the common man.
In the same vein, the Adamawa-born politicians also had kind words for former President Goodluck Jonathan, crediting him with efforts at fashioning credible electoral system and for his statesman-like concession of victory at the last presidential election. Read More →
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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 →
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Popular stand-up comedian, Basketmouth (real name Bright Okpocha), is in the news again. This time, it is because he has taken a swipe at the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Midway into his show, tagged BM Uncensored, which held in Houston, Texas in the United States, a few days ago, the comedian accused the Jonathan administration of doing nothing else other than “stealing” money during its six-year tenure.
A copy of the video posted on Youtube shows Basketmouth, who was dressed in a sleeveless top and dark trousers, speaking his mind about the high level of corruption that prevailed in the country under Jonathan’s watch.
In the video, the comedian said, “The funny thing is that Buhari is now in power and everyone is hating the guy under two months. I am normally into politics, but when I see some s..t I say it. Goodluck was there for six years and all they did was steal money.” Read More →
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Deadly group, Boko Haram is offering to free more than 200 young women and girls kidnapped from a boarding school in the town of Chibok in exchange for the release of militant leaders held by the government. According to an activist, who pleaded anonymity with an international news agency because he was not authorized to talk to reporters on the sensitive issue, it was revealed that Boko Haram’s current offer is limited to the girls from the school in northeastern Nigeria whose mass abduction in April 2014.
“The new initiative reopens an offer made last year to the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan to release the 219 students in exchange for 16 Boko Haram detainees, the activist said.
He said the 5-week-old administration of President Muhammadu Buhari offers “a clean slate” to bring the militants back to negotiations that had become poisoned by the different security agencies and their advice to Jonathan. Read More →
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While Nigeria currently does not have substantive ministers assisting President Muhammadu Buhari to run the government, state affairs must continue. Our correspondents examine the people who perform these tasks pending the appointment of substantive ministers
For no fewer than 38 days, the country’s Federal Executive Council which was dissolved by former President Goodluck Jonathan on the eve of his departure has yet to reconvene.
This is due to the delay of President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power on May 29 having defeated Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election, in appointing a new cabinet.
The council which consists of the President (as chairman), Vice President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, ministers, special advisers to the President, Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the National Security Adviser is the highest decision-making body in the country.
With the expiration of the tenure of the Jonathan-led FEC and the current interregnum especially as regards the appointment of new ministers, the ship of state cannot tolerate a vacuum. Read More →
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Dayo Oketola, Fidelis Soriwei, Friday Olokor, Ihuoma Chiedozie, Olalekan Adetayo, Stephen Ukandu, Etim Ekpimah, Simon Utebor, Fisayo Falodi and Gbenro Adeoye
Nigerians especially those from the Southern part of the country on Friday, expressed concern over the appointments made so far by President Muhammadu Buhari.
They said the appointments were lopsided and not in the best interest of the country.
President Buhari is from Katsina State, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, are from Kwara and Bauchi states respectively. The judiciary is led by Justice Mahmud Mohammed from Taraba State.
Of the nine appointments made by Buhari so far, eight are from the North, while one is from the South. The appointments are: Director-General of the State Services, Lawal Daura, Katsina State; Acting Chairman, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari, Jigawa State; Director, the Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Mordecai Danteni Baba Ladan; and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris, Kano State. Read More →
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By ANAYO ONUKWUGHA
Rivers State Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has denied allegations that he received the sum of N108 billion from the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan as refund from the repairs of federal roads in the state, which was carried out by former Governor Rotimi Amaechi.Wike, who made the denial during an interactive session with journalists in Port Harcourt at the weekend, wondered when the money was released to him, adding that such funds are not difficult to trace.
The governor said, “It is not possible that I received N108 billion. Did Jonathan pay the money into my account or gave me the cash? Was I paid the money before or after I was sworn-in as governor? Did Jonathan have the power to sign money after President Mohammadu Buhari was sworn-in?
“Is it possible that nobody can trace the money (N108 billion) if it was given to me? It is unfortunate. How people have trivialized governance. So such stories should be discountenanced.”
On the sufferings of Rivers State students on government scholarship scheme, Wike described the programme as a scam, and accused the state government of using consultants when there was a scholarship board in the state. Read More →
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