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By OKECHUKWU OBETA, Awka - The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr Willie Obiano, is set to be re-elected governor of Anambra State following the election conducted in the state yesterday. The incumbent governor raced to an early lead in yesterday’s poll and retained the momentum, leading most watchers to give him the victory. Though no official results had been released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the time of going to press, however, our correspondent said that going by his general observations and the information he gathered from different election watchers, Obiano was coasting home to victory. Also, INEC officials who sought anonymity because they were not authorised to speak for the electoral umpire, told LEADERSHIP Sunday that the governor was winning the election. On the conduct of the poll, both Obiano and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, commended INEC and the security...
By Jonathan Nda-Isaiah and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja - Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) yesterday accused United States of America (USA), Germany, France and several other developed countries of giving protection to corrupt politicians and stashing the proceeds of their corrupt acts in their countries. Osinbajo said besides hiding under their laws of corporate secrecy, stolen funds are converted into properties, trusts, humongous bank accounts and other arrangements designed to cover ownership of assets, or treated in anonymity. Osinbajo stated this at the opening ceremony of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) 18th Ministerial Committee meeting, held in Abuja yesterday. He said despite numerous mutual legal assistance treaties and conventions entered into with the U.S. and other G8 and G20 countries, they still install stiff obstacles to frustrate the repatriation of stolen funds stashed in bank accounts in their countries. The vice president further asserted that it was inconceivable the...
Zimbabwe’s ruling party,  ZANU-PF will today sack the country’s President, Robert Mugabe from holding sway on Sunday morning, sources have revealed. The party’s  meeting, which is scheduled to start at 10.30am (8.30 GMT), will also reinstate vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa and remove Mugabe’s wife Grace, from the leadership. The announcement came as thousands took to the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare to demand the end of Mugabe’s leadership after four decades in power. Euphoric crowds marched in celebration of the end of the Mugabe era, with people of all races calling for the official process to be sped up. Some had posters with an image of the military commander who swept in earlier this week and put the 93-year-old under house arrest, with the slogan: “Go, go, our general!!!” Marchers handed flags to soldiers. “It’s like Christmas,” said one marcher, Fred Mubay, who added that Zimbabweans have been suffering for a long time. Mr Mugabe, the...
By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja - Former President Goodluck Jonathan has debunked the allegation that he fraudulently received N5 billion payments from pension fund. Apparently  reacting to the allegation levied against him as published in a national daily, not LEADERSHIP, the former president described the allegation is baseless and unfounded. Jonathan categorically stressed that it was a ‘’blatant lie and a cooked up plan’’ to divert the attention of the general public from the raging ‘Mainagate’ and other embarrassing scandals. It would be recalled that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami reportedly told the Senate ad-hoc committee investigating the return and reinstatement of ex-pension boss, Adburasheed Maina how a former President was collecting N5billion monthly from the pension board. The media adviser to Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Ikechukwu Eze in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP Sunday yesterday in Abuja, said he believed that the story was concocted as part...
by ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja  Fugitive former chairman of the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina, will next week appear before the ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives panel investigating his controversial readmission into the federal civil service. Maina is still on the wanted list of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the security agencies claim that he has not been seen in public. A member of the Hon. Aliyu Madaki-led ad hoc committee confirmed that Maina may at the long run appear before the committee next week. The lawmaker also confirmed that Maina’s lawyer, Muhammad Sani Katu, of the Justice Mamman Nasir Chamber, had reportedly made some initial representation to the committee, ahead of Maina’s expected appearance next week. Following widespread condemnation of Maina’s secret re-admission and subsequent elevation in the civil service, the House of Representatives on October 24, 2017 passed a resolution mandating an ad hoc...
Leaders of Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF, met yesterday to draft a resolution to dismiss President Robert Mugabe at the weekend, a senior party source said. The source said the leaders will lay the ground for his impeachment on Tuesday if Mr. Mugabe refused to stand down. “There is no going back,” the source told Reuters. “If he becomes stubborn, we will arrange for him to be fired on Sunday. When that is done, it’s impeachment on Tuesday.” Zimbabwe’s military said it was engaging President Mugabe in talks on the way forward for the country and that it would advise the nation on the outcome as soon as possible. The military added, in a statement broadcast on Zimbabwean television, that it had made “significant progress” in its operation targeting “criminals” around Mugabe. On Thursday, Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai urged Mugabe to resign in the interest of the country after the military seized power. “In the...
by ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja  National chairman of Northern Nigeria Union (NNU), Professor Ango Abdullahi,  has said that President Muhammad Buhari will have to earn the endorsement of the North for re-election in 2019 through his performance in his first term. Professor Abdullahi stated this while speaking on the activities lined up by the NNU for the 5th commemorative lecture in honour of the late Dr. Olusola Saraki on November 27 this year at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja. He also declared that the issue of unity in a country like Nigeria could not be a settled matter, just as he expressed the Union’s disappointment with the National Assembly over its rift with the executive. Speaking on the candidacy of President Buhari and the position of the North, Abdullahi said that his endorsement would depend on performance and not sentiment, adding, however, that the president’s electoral fortunes did not depend on the region...
By Tordue Salem, Abuja The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday disclosed that former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, was arrested by the Commission on Thursday for pilfering the Ecological and National Security funds to the tune of over N71billion. The facts behind the arrest of the former President of the Senate emerged yesterday, through a statement issued by the spokesman of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujiaren. Mr. Anyim was arrested by some operatives of the EFCC, at about noon Thursday November 16. The security agency said the swooped on the politician after he failed to honour a 10-am appointment at the Agency’ headquaerters. The arrest, according to sources, took Anyim by surprise as the EFCC team, armed with a Warrant, immediately executed a search on the property during which they recovered documents relevant to the investigation. Anyim who was still quizzed at the time of...
Danjuma Joseph writes that the exodus of herders and their cattle from Benue State into neigbouring Nasarawa State following the implementation of  the Anti-open Grazing Law in Benue has left Nasarawa State bursting from the seams with cattle and their herders, eliciting  save-our-soul calls from Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigerian, MACBAN, Nasarawa branch. It is no longer news that the Benue State government recently introduced an anti-open grazing law that prohibits herdsmen from grazing openly in the state, what is news is the aftermath of the law that took effect on 1st November, 2017. It will be recalled that the anti-open grazing law sent all herdsmen in Benue State packing and their next point of call is either Nasarawa or Taraba State, which are the two closest states to Benue. Parts of the new anti grazing law stipulates that “Section 19 (4) movement of livestock on foot from one destination...
It is over two years now since the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was displaced as the ruling party. The 2015 general elections proved a test of its strength and popularity in the face of the then emerging All Progressives Congress (APC). GABRIEL EMAMEH looks at how well the PDP has fared as the leading opposition party, especially in the light of APC’s declining popularity?  Up till 2015, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held sway at the federal level and also controlled most states. The party enjoyed the good will of Nigerians for 16 years, and almost extended that record until a viable opposition platform, championed by a coalition of political parties which later snowballed into what is now the APC, came on the scene. The PDP had never tasted what it is like to be in an opposition, particularly at the centre. In fact, the party had once through its former...