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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...
The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day is “Women And Diabetes:Our right to a healthy future. AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE takes a look at the csuses, cure and ravages of the global scourge. At a crowded tea spot in a quiet neighbourhood of Suleja in Niger State and close to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a large number of low-income earners eagerly wait for their turn to have a hot cup of tea and bread before heading to their places of work. The young and old all want the attention of the busy tea man also known as (Mai shayi) in Hausa language. As they get their hot cups of Shayi, the vendor grabs his large spoon, takes turns to scoop mounds of processed sugar from a bowl and empty same in their rubber tea cups. This Mai-shayi spectacle, is just one of the ways Nigerians consume processed sugar daily. After joining the tea party,...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari hinted yesterday that the federal government is working quietly behind the scene to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls. Boko Haram insurgents had on April 14, 2014 abducted over 219 schoolgirls in Chibok community, Borno State. In October 2016, the Buhari administration secured the release of 21 of the schoolgirls, while another set of 82 girls were released in May this year. The president spoke about ongoing efforts to secure the release of the remaining girls during the presentation of a book titled, ‘Making Steady, Sustainable Progress For Nigeria’s Peace and Progress’, compiled by the presidential media team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Buhari listed kidnapping, herdsmen/farmers clashes, armed robberies as security challenges facing the country, even as he assured that his administration will continue to give topmost priority to security. Accordingly, he restated the determination of his administration to improve security, fight corruption and...
By OMONU YAX-NELSON and JULIANA AGBO,  with Agency Report The exit plan of Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe is currently being worked out. Mugabe has been shown in talks with the commander of the country’s defense forces, a day after the military seized control of the capital. Photographs published by the pro-Mugabe Herald newspaper are the first images seen of the veteran leader since he was placed under house arrest Wednesday morning and the military staged an apparent coup. The Herald’s editor, Caesar Zvayi, also tweeted the images. Among the group of people in the photos is a priest, reported earlier to be brokering the talks for a transitional government, and two South African envoys. Mugabe appears calm in the photos as he talks with army leader Commander General Constantino Chiwenga. The commander warned the President on Monday that the military could intervene after Mugabe dismissed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, triggering the political tumult. A...
BY Sam  Egwu, Lokoja The Kogi State government said yesterday that the recent discovery of thousands of fake certificate holders in its civil service has justified its stance on reforms in the sector. Speaking with journalists in Lokoja, the director general on media and publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, assured the people of the state that the reforms will serve the interests of the citizens. He stated that the Governor Yahaya Bello administration discovered that the civil service needed a fundamental surgery to make it play its role of anchoring development. He said, “The conviction informed the staff verification exercise. We have now graduated to the stage of verifying the academic records of the staff and our discoveries so far are mind-boggling. Over a thousand certificates have been confirmed to be fake by the various institutions, which were alleged to have issued the certificates. “These are the people stifling the system and crying...
By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja The Nigeria Police Force disclosed yesterday that 221 Police officers were attached to Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano, for his personal and office protection. Obiano had alleged the withdrawal of his security detail, a development that necessitated the president to order the reinstatement of the governor’s security aide. A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh Moshood, noted that the personnel attached to Obiano comprised one ADC, one CSO, one Unit Commander from 45 Police Mobile Force ( PMF) and one Administration Officer to administer the Police Personnel. Others are 43 Personnel of PMF from 29 PMF and 54 PMF, 62 personnel of PMF from 45 PMF, 46 Personnel of Special Protection Unit (SPU) and 66 Personnel of Conventional Policemen. Moshood said that Police personnel attached to Obiano were more than the strength of some Police Area Commands in some states of the country. “This is done to ensure...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari has called for calm, peace and respect for the constitution in Zimbabwe. The President in a statement by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina urged all political and military stakeholders in Zimbabwe to avoid any action that may plunge the country into unnecessary conflict and impact negatively on the region. According to President Buhari, “Every attempt must be made to resolve all contentious issues by constitutional means in Zimbabwe to save the country from avoidable political instability.” The appeal by the Nigerian leader came in the wake of reported “military takeover” as a result of rising political tension in the southern African country sequel to President Robert Mugabe’s recent removal of former Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa. This led to the threat by the head of the Armed Forces of Zimbabwe, General Constantino Chiwenga, that “the military will not hesitate to step in” when the issue had to...
BY JONATHAN NDA- ISAIAH, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday night in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, explained that many appointees in his administration were appointed purely on merit and their proven track records. Speaking at a state dinner organised in his honour, President Buhari according to  a statement by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina, emphasised that he always considered what was best for the country in his decisions. ‘‘Some of the people holding high positions in the government, like my ministers, will tell you that I didn’t know them from Adam. ‘‘I just came across their names from the records and I worked with the records. I thank God that I have a very good team,’’ he said. The President commended Governor David Umahi for his development strides in the state, saying ‘‘the absolute commitment of the governor to his position is very remarkable and I am very impressed.’’ President Buhari, while expressing gratitude to...
BY OSA OKHOMINA, Yenagoa Contrary to speculations of a rift between former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, both men have denied the insinuation. A press statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo noted that, Jonathan said this yesterday when Dickson paid a condolence visit on former President Goodluck Jonathan in his Otuoke home on the passing of the Paramount Ruler of Otuoke Community, HRH King Lord Justin Ogiasa. The governor, who led a high-powered state delegation for the condolence said, he is part of the Ogiasa family and by extension, the Otuoke Community of Ogbia local government. ‘’We are here in full force as we have always done to commiserate with you, my elder brother, leader and the Ogiasa family in this hour of bereavement. We pray God to grant the Late Ogiasa eternal repose,’’ Dickson said. The governor, who dispelled rumour of any rift with...
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos As the National Assembly brainstormed on the 2018 budget proposals of the federal government, there are indications that it may be of immense benefits to the companies under the Agricultural, Building Material, Construction, Power, Manufacturing sector on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Capital market analysts said these sectors would benefit much from the federal government’s 2018 budget if well implemented. President Muhammadu Buhari, during the budget presentation speech highlighted achievements in the agricultural sector so far and the plans to do more. According to the President, the federal government shall continue to intensify its interventions through the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme and the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative to ensure that this momentum is sustained. In addition, there was provisions in the 2018 budget to complete ongoing irrigation projects at Ada, in Enugu State; Lower Anambra, in Anambra State; and Gari, in Jigawa State. Buhari also stated that the government would establish...