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With its leadership crisis over, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faces a new challenge of forging a common front as it welcomes returnees and new comers BY CHIBUZO UKAIBE xpectedly, events in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), shows a party in 2019 mode. Having survived a long leadership crisis, the party has been trying to cover lost grounds. It’s national leadership under Sen Ahmed Makarfi has been racing against time to ensure it mends fractures within its fold. As it stands, the party, in states it does not control, grapples with leadership crisis. From Anambra to Osun, Benue, Jigawa, Kebbi, Ogun, Imo and Oyo States, (to mention a few), there has been tussle for the soul of the party. Although some of the divisions in the states preceded the recent leadership crisis, tensions within the party in most of those states, escalated with the emergence of the leadership battle at the...
BY Paul Agbo A LIFE IN BRIEF Patience Diana Dangaru is a 29-year-old lady from Bajju tribe in Kaduna State. She did her nursery and primary school in St. Louis Nursery and Primary School, Zonkwa, and Girls College of the Beatitudes, Saminaka for her secondary. She is a graduate of special education from the University of Jos, Plateau State. Upon her graduation, she worked in few schools in Abuja before setting up her special needs centre and a consultancy: Indie Educational Consult Abuja and her newly opened Special Needs Centre in Wuse 2, Abuja BACKGROUND My name is Patience Diana Dangaru. I am from Kaduna State, Bajju by tribe. I was born on 7th February 1988. I am the third born of Mr. Joseph Dangaru and Mrs Agnes Dangaru. I graduated from St. Louis Nursery and Primary School, Zonkwa and proceeded to Girls College of the Beatitudes, Saminaka in Kaduna State. After my...
Patrick Ochoga, Benin City Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka; Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the chairman, presidential advisory committee against corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, yesterday answered certain questions about the knotty issue of restructuring the nation. Speaking at the 20th Wole Soyinka Annual Lecture held in Benin, Governor Obaseki who was the chairman of the occasion said, while Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable, it is possible to make the country great and prosperous again. Obaseki said that having the right leadership at all levels of government and the different aspects of life was the panacea to the recurring problem of the clamour for self-determination in the country. “The question of whether Nigeria has come to stay is a non-issue. The real issue is what sort of country should we create for ourselves?” He queried. He explained that his administration is making concerted efforts to provide good...
By ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI, and SALIHI ABUBAKAR BELLO, Kano The Arewa Youth Coalition yesterday met with leaders of all Igbos in the 19 states of the North and Abuja over the October 1 quit notice. The meeting held in Kano had all the Igbo presidents in the states of the North led by the president general of Igbo Delegates Assembly, Chief Chi Nwogwu, and their Igwes led by Eze Boniface Ibekwe in attendance. The Igbos were also accompanied to the meeting by two South-West and South-South leaders in Northern Nigeria, Dr Jimpat Ayalambe and Mr. Fred Akhigbe. At the of the meeting, the convener and renowned labour leader, Alhaji Isa Tijjani, noted that the meeting was convened to bring the two groups together to deliberate on the issue of the quit notice issued the Igbos by the Arewa youths with a view to resolving the issue once and for all. After listening to both sides,...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, yesterday paid a personal visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja House, London. The cleric said he was delighted to see the rapid recovery President Buhari has made from his health challenges, noting that it was a testimony to the healing powers of God and answer to prayers of millions of people round the world. The Archbishop and President Buhari are friends who share deep respect for each other. A statement by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, noted that Archbishop Welby noted that the cleric pledged to continue praying for both President Buhari and Nigeria. In his response, the Nigerian president thanked Archbishop Welby, whom he noted had always stood by him at critical times, even as he wished him God’s continued grace in his spiritual duty of leading the Anglican Communion worldwide. LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that Archbishop...
By Kayoede Tokede,  In a renewed strategy to recover a whopping total debt obligation of over N4.6 trillion owed Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) by recalcitrant debtors across the country, AMCON yesterday met with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The purpose of the meeting, LEADERSHIP Friday gathered, was for both agencies to consolidate on the gains of their relationship, especially as it borders on investigating, prosecuting and compelling all obligors of AMCON in accordance with the relevant statutes. The meeting between the two government agencies led by AMCON managing director/chief executive officer, Mr. Ahmed Kuru and EFCC’s acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu resolved to take another look at some banks and their officials that were instrumental to the abuse and violation of internal processes that led to the huge non-performing loans in AMCON’s portfolio. The agencies are planning to revisit, reinvestigate and duly prosecute such banks and the officials involved. The...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe,  Former ministers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared yesterday that a new chairman of the party will emerge by merit. They also said they will support the current national leadership of the party financially ahead of its non-conventions, just as they stated that the era of impunity and exclusivity is over in the party. The former PDP ministers, after a meeting in Abuja, noted that the new leadership of the party which is expected to emerge from the anticipated elective convention must be by merit. Chairman of the forum and former minister of special duties, Tanimu Turaki, while briefing journalists after their meeting said their conviction is that the best candidate should emerge as candidate. Noting that the party is replete with credible members that can serve as chairman, he said, “We will support meritocracy. We have gotten to a level where Nigerian consciousness has been awakened. We intend to...
The federal government and the Niger Delta Leaders under the aegis of Pan Niger Delta Elders Forum (PANDEF) met for several hours at the Presidential Villa on Thursday and agreed to partner to actualize the FG’s new vision for the region’s development. The meeting, presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, was attended by the Ministers of Environment, Niger Delta Development Affairs, State for Petroleum, and the Chairman of NDDC, Sen. Ndoma Egba. Also in attendance were Chief Edwin Clarke, Alabo Graham Douglas, Chief Timi Alaibe, Chief Alfred Diette-Spiff, former Akwa Ibom Gov. Victor Attah and a host of other Niger Delta leaders. Elder statesman and leader of PANDEF, Clarke, who addressed state House Correspondents at the end of the meeting described it as very fruitful and called on the people of the region to maintain peace and await the implementation of the FG’s vision. “The message is that everyone should maintain peace,’’...
In this report, Jonathan Nda-Isaiah details some key decisions President Buhari will likely take when he returns from his medical trip and why he is bound to take them. Happenings around the seat of power in the past few days indicate that President Muhammadu Buhari is expected back in the country any moment from now. From the press briefings by presidential spokesmen on recent visits by some governors to the president in London to the hint by wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, that the president will chase “the Hyenas and Jackals away from the kingdom” when he returns to the country, the country’s political firmament is already saturated with issues about Buhari’s next line of action on arrival. The president had jetted back to London on May 7 this year for further medical checks. While he is away, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has held forte admirably in the absence of...
By FESTUS OKOROMADU,    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), yesterday said it would extend the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) project from Ghana to Cote d’ Ivoire as part of the Federal Government’s West African energy integration policy. A statement issued from the Corporation by its spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu said the group managing director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made this disclosure while receiving a delegation from Cote d’Ivoire at the NNPC Towers in Abuja. The GMD who was represented by the chief operating officer, Gas and Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, explained that the extension of WAGP to Cote d’Ivoire would facilitate easy transmission of gas within the West African sub-region. According to the statement, Engr. Saidu added that the visit would afford the NNPC and Cote d’Ivoire the opportunity to open a new vista for further bilateral discussion which would lead to the growth and development of the oil and...