By Michael Oche, Abuja The chairman of the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Anslem Ojezua, yesterday said there was no cause to be alarmed  over the impeachment and subsequent elections that produced a new speaker and deputy speaker in the state House of Assembly on Monday, August 14, 2017. Mr. Ojezua who gave the assurance at the Government House,  Benin City, after a peace meeting called by the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, assured that the party was still in consultation with  members of the state House of Assembly to ensure that the new  speaker’s election conforms to the party’s power sharing arrangement. The party chairman explained that though members of parliament t have  the  right to choose who they believe will lead them well, he however  stressed that the process must conform to the political framework of the state. “We sought to find out if there were...
BY HENRY TYOHEMBA, Abuja Kaduna Youth Vanguard of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that Senator Shehu Sani, and  his Akida Group as well as the Kaduna Restoration Group are fighting Governor Nasir El-Rufai for allegedly refusing to share the state’s bailout fund with them. The group expressed this in a statement jointly signed by its Coordinator, Comrade Zubairu Mukhtar and Secretary,  Comrade Richard Augustine, respectively. The group said, Shehu Sani and the others are fighting Mallam Nasir El-Rufai because he refused to share the state’s Paris bailout funds for their personal gain instead of the interest of the people. “ It is so disheartening and very unfortunate that thugs would go to the extent of invading the Kaduna State secretariat of the Nigeria Union  of Journalist to the extent of harassing  and intimidating Journalists  right inside their premises. These are the same thugs Sen Shehu Sani has been deceiving to unleash...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no data driven achievements to show since it assumed office in 2015. The party said there are no indices anywhere in Nigeria and in the world, to indicate that the current administration is performing better than any PDP administration since 1999. The opposition party, in a statement by its spokesman Prince Dayo Adeyeye, was reacting to comments by some government officials and APC chieftains over the achievements of PDP. The National Publicity Secretary of the APC; Alhaji Bolaji Ojo-Abdullahi; Special Assistant to the President on Media; Mallam Garba Shehu, and other senior members of the Ruling Party such as former Governor, Segun Oni and Dr. Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria had rubbished the achievements made by former President Goodluck Jonathan that his administration performed well during his term in office. Reacting...
BY TUNDE OGUNTOLA, Abuja Following recent developments in the newly registered Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), its National Executive Committee (NEC) has passed a vote of confidence on the Mallam Shitu Mohammed-led National Working Committee (NWC). The party has also set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the activities of some members alleged to have recently erred against its constitution. This resolution was reached yesterday during the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at its secretariat in Abuja. Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting, the second since its formation about two months ago, Mohammed stated that members to be investigated included High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Dan Nwanyanwu and Mainasara Ilo. Recall that the trio had at a press conference last week sacked the Mohammed-led leadership of the party, which the latter described as illegal, null and void. He therefore disclosed that members “found to have violated the constitution of the party in...
By Patrick Ochoga An All Progressive Congress (APC) Chieftain in Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State, Comrade Mathew Emiohe, has raised the alarm that the widespread discontentment in the party in state if not urgently addresses maybe the beginning of the end for ruling party. Besides, he angrily expressed disappointment over the Monday impeachment of the former Speaker Justin Okonoboh who is from Edo Central Senatorial district and noted that the Esan people have been completely schemed out from the political tripod in the state. He also identified lack of genuine political leaders in Esanland as one of the bane which have continue to undermine efforts geared towards unity in the zone and urged leaders to be selfless on issues that concerns the people. Emiohe, who was reacting to the impeachment of Okonoboh pointedly called on Governor Obaseki to reconsider some of his policies which he considered anti-people to douse the...
BY OKECHUKWU OBETA, Awka The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano is the only contestant in today’s primary being conducted by the Chief Victor Oye- led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA) to choose the party’s flag- bearer for the November 18, Anambra State governorship election. Chief Oye who disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in a press briefing in his Amawbia country home in Awka South local government area of the state, revealed that a total of 1,109 delegates made up of three delegates elected from each of the 326 wards in the state and 150 statutory delegates of the party will be taking part in the primary. He stated that the party printed a lot of forms for the governorship primary sold at the sum of N5 million per aspirant but only Governor Obiano purchased and returned the form duly filled before the close of the exercise...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday disclosed that it has received and acknowledged a petition seeking the recall of Hon Abubakar Galadima Kuki, a member representing Bebeji constituency in the Kano State House of Assembly, from his constituents. The commission, in a statement signed by chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Prince Adedeji S. Soyebi, said it has written to the lawmaker over the recall moves by his constituents. The commission further added that “a timetable and schedule of activities pursuant to the petition will be issued shortly.” The statement reads in part, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday the 11th of August, 2017 received a petition for the recall of Hon Abubakar Galadima Kuki, a member representing Bebeji constituency in the Kano State House of Assembly, from his constituents. “In accordance with the INEC Guidelines for Recall, the Commission has formally acknowledged the receipt of...
Recently Governor, Dickson issued an order directing opposiition APC in Bayelsa State to quit its Secretariat. Osa Okhomina writes on the politics of the quit notice Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has a way of taunting and ruffling the feathers in the camp of the opposition groups in the State. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and governor Seriake Dickson never left anyone in doubt, through open mockery, the heavy blow of defeat dealt the opposition parties including the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the 2016 Governorship election in the state. To his pleasure and to the disconfort of members of the APC, governor Seriake Dickson is at it again. He has issued a quit order to the Bayelsa APC on the building used as State Secretariat of the party. While the fold of the APC was being torn apart by the controversy surrounding the supension and expulsion of the State Chairman, Tiwei...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja  The senator representing Ogun West, Buruji Kashamu, yesterday said the dissolution of the executive council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State and Southwest will not work because the party’s national leadership violated a court order with its decision. The senator, who was reacting to the decision of PDP highest decision making body, the National Convention, last Saturday, which dissolved the executive councils, said the action was a clear travesty of justice. Kashamu, in a statement yesterday said that a court judgment which recognises the executive councils in Ogun and Southwest was never appealed. The Federal High Court, Abuja, on August 11 ruled: “That an order is hereby made restraining the 2nd Defendant from operating in the South West zone of the party through any committee in which the applicant, Chief Pegba Otemolu and Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe are not members in the capacity of the Secretary and...
By Patrick Ochoga There was pandemonium at the Edo State House of Assembly, EDHA today as the Speaker, Dr Justin Okonoboh, was impeached by 19 out of the 24 members of the assembly. Others impeached along with the Speaker include the Deputy Speaker, Hon Elizabeth Ativie and the Majority Leader Hon. Foly Ogedegbe. Hon. Kabiru Adjoto from Akoko Edo I Constituency emerged as the new Speaker in what loyalists to the impeached Speaker described as a 'coup' and illegal. Okonoboh was the third Speaker to be removed since the current Assembly was inaugurated in 2015. At about 11.00am, no sooner than the house reconvened after a 6 days break, Hon Emmanuel Agbaje, read a letter of no confidence against the Speaker on the floor of the House. Shortly after, a member Representing Etsako West II, Hon. Sylvania Eruaga, PDP, asked the Speaker to vacate his exalted seat, a development which led to a fight among both the anti and pro-Speaker lawmakers. The situation was however brought...