Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ahmed Makarfi in this interview with RUTH CHOJI, speaks on why the party lost the just concluded governorship election in Anambra State, among other issues. Most people were hopeful that the PDP would win Anambra state but it came third. What went wrong? We can’t give excuses but since 2013, we as a party have been having problem with Anambra. It is a complex internal issue and it was there before we did the primaries. So, all I can say is that, it is an internal problem but not something exclusive to the primaries. People had a mindset from observations to do what they had decided to do for reasons best known to them.  Based on internal problems of Anambbra, a time to write a history of why PDP has been failing in Anambra is not now. Most of us...
By Tope Fayehun, Akure The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Wednesday ruled out automatic ticket for President Mohammadu Buhari come 2019 elections. Tinubu said ,anybody that would fly the party’s ticket for the polls, would emerge through credible primaries. He stated this in Akure, the Ondo State capital during his visit to the leader of the Pan Yoruba socio- cultural group, Afenifere, Pa. Reuben Fasonranti. Addressing journalists after the closed door meeting with Fasonranti, Tinubu flanked by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu ,Chief Bisi Akande and Chief Pius Akinyelure however said, no law would be violated if the National Executive Council of the party and members come together to endorse President Mohammadu Buhari as the sole candidate. While reacting to some endorsement of the President by some governors, for the 2019 elections, Tinubu said the governors lack power to endorse any candidate as a sole candidate of the party...
*** PDP Can't Afford To Make Mistake At Convention - Ciroma By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship aspirant, Prince Uche Secondus, Wednesday  said he is not the candidate of the party's chairman of the national caretaker committee, Sen Ahmed Makarfi. This comes as former Minister of Women Affair, and a contender for deputy national chairman, Hajia Inna Ciroma, warned that the party cannot afford to get it wrong at the forthcoming national convention. She added that the North rejected PDP in 2015 because it abandoned zoning principle, noting however that the party has learnt its lesion ahead of 2019. Secondus who stated this at the party national secretariat in Abuja, after submitting his nomination form, also stressed that at no time was the national chairmanship position micro-zoned to South West geo-political zone by stakeholders from the zone. He noted that the position was zoned to the 17 states in South, same way...
By Ebriku John Friday, Abuja The Atiku National youth organization, ANYO said yesterday that former vice President, Atiku Abubakar remains the only alternative and credible candidate for the 2019 presidential position in the North. The organisation which is currently mobilising and sensitising over 20m Nigerians especially the youth on the need to hunt for a credible, a bridge builder, that is qualified and has the solution to the national question warned Nigerians against voting for those that have nothing to offer than deceit. Rising from its from its national executive meeting in Abuja Wednesday, the organization maintained that the choice of the former vice president is born out of the fact that the history of sustainable democracy cannot be mentioned or written Without the contribution of the Adamawa political leader. According to the statement issued and signed by the vice President Friday Odey and the national secretary, comrade Samuel Tiku , it was...
By Andrew Essien, Abuja The duo of Catholic Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, have renewed their calls on the imperative of restructuring of the country. While Atiku warned that with the world gradually moving away from oil, Nigeria is equally at the risk of extinction of it fails to restructure, Bishop Kukuh pointed that restructuring would provide opportunity for Nigeria to renew the vow that brought it together as a country. Speaking at the unveiling of the book "We Can't All Be Wrong" (Nigeria and the Restructuring Debate) by Dr Ethelbert Okere, in Abuja yesterday, Bishop Kukah likened the clamour for the restructuring of the country to husbands and wives periodically renewing their marriage vows to evaluate the challenges the marriage is facing. The clergy, who insisted that democracy, being a marketplace of ideas, must therefore accept various positions if a move towards an...
As Nigerians continue to mull Morocco’s bid to join ECOWAS, the House of Representatives recently organised a forum to collate views of experts on Nigeria’s continued membership of the sub-regional organisation. KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL writes With the next session of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) scheduled to hold in Lomé, Togo just weeks away, the House of Representatives two weeks ago, brought together experts and stakeholders to review Nigeria’s continued membership of ECOWAS in view of the clamour for the admission or otherwise of Morocco into the regional body. It would be recalled that on February 24, the Kingdom of Morocco through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation issued a press release wherein His Majesty, King Mohamed VI informed the President of Liberia and Chairperson of the Economic Community of the West African States (ECOWAS), Ellen Sirleaf, of the Kingdom’s willingness to join the Regional Economic Community as...
By CHIBUZO UKAIBE, Abuja The battle for the national chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) turned dirty as a controversial N9 billion allegedly embezzled by the immediate past national working committee of the party resurfaced yesterday. This comes as former national treasurer of the PDP, Alhaji Buhari Bala denied that the former national chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu left the sum of money behind in the coffers of the party. There has been allegation that over N9 billion generated from the sale of nomination forms for the 2015 general elections by the former national leadership was not properly accounted for. The then acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, had at a press briefing in Abuja, after the 2015 general elections, explain that the actual amount generated was little over N11 billion and not N12 billion. He explained that some percentages were expended on assignments by various party functionaries and the rest was...
BY MAHMOUD IDRIS Thirty seven  weeks after a Federal high court in Uyo sacked Mr Bassey Albert Akpan from the National Assembly and ordered the immediate inauguration of Hon Bassey Etim as the senator representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, the Senate is yet to comply with the subsisting court judgment. Although the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki had struggled to defend the legislature on its decision, yet, his position, rather than douse heightened tension in the polity, with many prominent Nigerians, including a former Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Omotunde Ilori, shout Saraki down. The concerned Nigerians spoke in unison to the effect that the legal advice Saraki claimed he was awaiting to enable him obey the court judgment was unnecessary on the account that no such opinion could override a valid judgment of the court and that he was constitutionally bound to...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commended the people of Anambra State, the governorship candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), election observers as well as security agencies and other stakeholders, on the peaceful conduct of last Saturday’s governorship election in the state. A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted the president as saying, “The processes leading to the election and its peaceful conduct and outcome, have shown that our electoral reform is bearing positive fruits. “This is very encouraging and I am determined to give Nigeria free and fair elections, no matter which way the results swing.” Adesina said Buhari particularly expressed delight at the conduct of the candidates post-election results, describing it as “heart-warming and a renewal of confidence in the sanctity of the ballot which deepens our nation’s democracy.” President Buhari, the statement noted, urged INEC to improve on areas of logistics as the nation braces for...

Ndume And Fear Of Double Jeopardy

AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH writes that aside the possibility of a continuation of his suspension following the stay of execution filed by the Senate against the judgement of Justice Babatunde Quadri returned him to the Senate, Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno South in the National Assembly now faces a courtroom trial after that of Senate’s Ethics and Privileges Committee that found him guilty and punished him with 90 days suspension. Events which took place on the floor of senate on Wednesday November 16, 2017 gave credence to the belief that if the Senate President, Bukola Saraki was in the chamber the previous day, perhaps the Senate’s resolution that day to allow Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC Borno South) to resume because he has served out his suspension of 90 legislative days and not to prejudice recent court pronouncements could have been otherwise. Many senators especially those of northern extraction who felt it’s...