By Fred Itua, Abuja

SENATOR Paulker Emmanuel has embarked on what many would probably classify a suicide mission. What has hap­pened?

Barely 24 hours before Bay­elsa Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson formally declared his second term ambition, Paulker had stormed the Wadata Plaza headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to submit his expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the December 5 governorship poll in his home state.Jonathan-Dickson-Emmanuel

Before Monday, September 7, many people were not aware that Paulker harboured such ambi­tion because it was believed that Paulker and Dickson belonged to the same political family led by former president Goddluck Jonathan.

Although Dickson’s Septem­ber 8 second term declaration was graced by party topnotch­ers; the move is now shrouded in controversy as some loyal party members are discussing in hushed tones, Jonathan’s endorsement of Dickson for a second term when the door was still supposed to be opened to other aspirants.

Perhaps, had the ex-president realised that the move would draw huge flak and upbraids from the PDP circle, he would have framed his views on the governor’s ambition in a differ­ent way.

President Jonathan hinged his endorsement of the Governor on the ground that “Bayelsa is not a cursed state. On the notion that governors in Bayelsa cannot do eight years, it slows down development and except there is continuation in government, development will be truncated. Performance is not about satisfy­ing individual needs, so we need to encourage Governor Dickson to go for second term.”

He added: “If you compare what has happened in other parts of the country, you will praise Dickson. People should think more about the way the state is being run and prepare for our future generation.

“Bayelsa is not a cursed state. On the notion that governors in Bayelsa cannot do eight years, it slows down development and except there is continuation in government, development will be truncated. Performance is not about satisfying individual needs and so we need to encourage Governor Dickson to go for second term.”

No sooner had Jonathan made the endorsement than the camp of other PDP governorship aspi­rants took on the former Presi­dent. To them, such endorsement would have made meaning if the party’s primary had taken place and Dickson emerged the candidate.

“I don’t know the basis for the endorsement , is he say­ing that other aspirants are not good enough to be governor and should not have bought the expression of interest/nomina­tion forms? Jonathan should have acted like a leader for all; regardless of where his interests lie,” a PDP chieftain in the state said.

Beyond the PDP circle, how­ever, several political watchers were taken aback that the ex-president and some PDP bigwigs including the Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus, openly backed the governor. Read More →

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* Lists new cases of looting under Jonathan

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has listed new instances of the insane looting of the treasury by some officials of the Jonathan Administration, saying the corruption mess that characterized the administration was so pervasive that until it is cleaned, Nigeria will not be able to actualize its potentials.In a statement issued in Abuja, on Sunday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said:Lai-Mohammed ”Those who would rather give comfort to the looters by dismissing the media exposure of looting cases as mere hell-raising should realize that no sane person can be silent in the face of what is unfolding as the worst cases of brazen stealing of public funds in Nigeria’s history.

”On Aug. 16th 2015, we listed some instances of the breath-taking looting of the treasury by some officials of the immediate past Administration. Today, we bring three more heart-rendering cases to the attention of Nigerians. We will not relent until closure has been brought to this issue,” it said, listing the new cases as: Read More →

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Written by Fidelis Mac-Leva, Muideen Olaniyi, Hamza Idris, Ibraheem Hamza, Adelanwa Bamgboye, Saawua Terzungwe & Nuruddeen Oyewole (Lagos)


For about two decades they bestrode the Nigerian political landscape as movers and shakers within the umbrella of the now ousted Peoples Democratic Party, calling the shots at will. But now that things have fallen apart for the PDP and the center appears shaky, many of them seem to have gone into political oblivion. Daily Trust on Sunday digs into to their new vocation as members of an opposition party.bamangar

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur
Alhaji Bamanga Tukuisr is one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A former Governor of the defunct Gongola State, his almost two year’s tenure as national chairman of the party, which came to a dramatic end on January 15, 2014, is said to have been characterized by a reign of intra-party crises that eventually led to the split of the party which had held onto power in Nigeria for sixteen years.
While he held sway as national chairman at the Wadata Plaza there were a lot of theatrical events that characterized the party which left no oxygen for him to breath. Perhaps the most dramatic event that had characterized the PDP under Bamanga was on August 31, 2013 when the party was to host a mini- national convention at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Since his resignation, Bamanga who was later appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan as chairman of the Nigerian Railway Corporation has remained less visible in the affairs of the party. Read More →

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Former Minister of Transport and member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope, in this interview with TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI speaks on the conduct of the general election, agenda for the president-elect, and the way forward for his party. Excerpts…Babatope

You once said Buhari cannot become President in Nigeria again. What do you make of his victory in the just concluded election, can you say you have been proven wrong?

I was surprised that he won the election. Honestly, I was very surprised. But my verdict is that that is how God wanted it to be. Nothing can happen without God’s knowledge. Igbo have a saying that nobody knows the event of tomorrow except God. So, God has decided to give power to Buhari and there is nothing any man can do about that. I wish him and his party the best of luck Read More →

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By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North; Ben Agande, Levinus Nwabughioguand Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA —”Since the telephone call you made, you have changed the course of Nigeria’s political history and for that you have earned yourself a place in our history, for stabilising multi-party democratic system and you have earned the respect of not only Nigerians but world leaders”.Buhari-tasks

These words from the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to out-going President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, summed up the mood at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa as President Jonathan presented hand-over notes to his successor, Buhari, who will be sworn in today.
Speaking at the Presidential Villa after receiving the hand-over notes as well as the report of the National Conference from President Jonathan, Buhari said by the singular phone call that Jonathan made to him conceding defeat, he has changed the course of the nation’s political history.

According to Buhari, by choosing to concede defeat, President Jonathan saved the lives of many Nigerians that would have been lost if he had insisted on sitting tight.

He said President Jonathan was capable of using the power of incumbency to scuttle the electoral process at the expense of the lives of poor Nigerians, but he chose to toe the path of honour and selflessness.

Buhari continued: “All the leaders who spoke to me and congratulated us for arriving at the point we arrived, mentioned this and I could understand a lot of relief in their voices that Nigeria has made it after all and this is largely owed to a situation.

“You could have made things difficult and that would have been at the expense of lives of poor Nigerians, but you chose the path of honour and may God help all of us. Thank you very much, Your Excellency,” he said.

The hand-over notes

On his part, President Jonathan told Buhari before handing over the notes as well as the report of the National Conference that “this will give you (Buhari) a mission statement of the commitment of this government for the past five years and the directions we are going that will help you to navigate.jonathan-Buhari-handover

“It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Vice-president, members of the executive council and other senior functionaries to formally hand over these notes to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the President-elect who will assume office tomorrow (today). Congratulations.

“There is another document that I will hand over to you; to me this is more important than the hand over notes. The hand-over notes contain the activities of an administration, showing where we started, where we are going. In some of the cases you may follow, in other cases you may take a different approach. Read More →

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by: Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja


… Consoles Obasanjo over sister’s death

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday declared that he can never be a party to moves or plans to disintegrate Nigeria.President-Goodluck-Ebele-Jonathan

The President spoke when he was decorated with the “Peace-Loving Global Citizen” Award by the Universal Peace Federation led by prominent lawyer, Mike Ozehkome, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Jonathan said he conceded defeat in the March 28 presidential election in the interest of the country and that he could not withstand deaths of Nigerians over his political ambition. Read More →

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By Augustine Adah and Ifeoma Ononye Lagos



President Goodluck Jonathan on May 17, at a special thanks-giving church service to end his tenure as president of the country, held in Abuja, pleaded for forgiveness from those he had offended through his policies. Said he: “We have certainly done things in a way that probably we wouldn’t have done, but we didn’t do them deliberately. For those we have offended, it was not deliberate, but due to circumstances of the office. So we also plead that those people should forgive, as we think we did our best.”Jonathan

In the People’s Court

Expectedly, the president’s apology drew reactions from stakeholders. While some regarded the apology as unnecessary, others noted that to err is human; to forgive, divine.

For example, Lt. Col. Silas Jack (retd), said that there is a limit to how he can forgive the outgoing president because he failed to address the case of his premature retirement. He explained that many aides and ministers in Jonathan’s administration frustrated all his efforts at getting justice. There is a limit to how I can forgive Jonathan’s ministers and aides who refused to treat my case through the period of this administration. He said that he can only forgive partially and not fully. Jack who worked at training and Doctrine Command of the Army was retired about 14 years ago and all his efforts to get justice has not yielded result. Read More →

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