By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja - A new political party, the Freedom and Justice Movement (FJP) has emerged, advising Nigerians to reject the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 presidential election. The new party said both PDP and the APC have failed to meet the peoples’ expectation. FJP which said that it has fulfilled all the requirements for registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and has been issued a letter of recognition said it is out to forge a new merger far greater and focused than the APC. Chairman of FJP, Dr. Breakforth Onwunbuya who addressed journalists in Abuja yesterday after a meeting of the party said the country needed urgent rescue, re-building, re-engineering and re-structuring, which only a credible and honest party can deliver to Nigerians. “Therefore the formation of freedom and justice movement is to mobilize all well-meaning Nigerians, including political parties apart...
By Tunde Oguntola, Maimunat Mohammed, Abuja - A political group, PDP Renaissance Group has called on former vice president Atiku Abubakar to return  to the party. The national coordinator, PDP Renaissance Group, Chief Chyna Iwuanyanwu who stated this in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday, also called on other PDP chieftains who left the party to answer the clarion call to national duty by returning to the PDP where they properly belong. Iwuanyanwu who is a known political apostle of the former vice president averred that, Atiku has no business whatsoever in the APC. He stated that the PDP Renaissance Group will be leading a high profile delegation to the former vice president and other eminent leaders who left the party or who have been alienated by the cabal that hijacked the party and brought it on its knees, warning that under no circumstance should PDP go back to Egypt. ‘’The exit of...
Mr Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications, has expressed confidence that he would succeed Gov. Abiola Ajimobi as governor of Oyo State in 2019. Shittu made the declaration when he spoke with newsmen in Ibadan after a meeting with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Egbeda Local Government and Ajorosun Local Council Development Area. The minister, who is a governorship aspirant, said he would take over from Ajimobi to improve on the good work already started. According to him, he is the most experienced of all the aspirants, having held several public offices and learnt politics from late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. “I was a member of the State House of Assembly in 1979 and two-time Commissioner in the State. I have also contested the governorship seat in the state twice before I became a minister. “These are experiences you cannot buy. Oyo is advanced and sophisticated to be handled by inexperienced administrators,’’...
Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Oseloka Obaze, in this interview with select journalists, unveils his plan for the state, if elected in the forthcoming election. MUYIWA OYINLOLA was there for LEADERSHIP Why do you think Anambra state needs somebody like you? As I speak to you, I live in Awka, I don’t have a place of mine. I don’t have a house that I own in Awka. we had a problem when I came in; I told the governor that this wasn’t acceptable. So to answer your question; development in the society is not an event, it is an ongoing process. You must have short, medium and long term plan. You should know what is happening to us here, forget vision 2020 and 2030. The last national development was Adebayo Adedeji in 1975. And national development was done in a 15 year interval. Five...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja - The campaign organisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, for the Anambra State governorship, Oseloka H. Obaze, yesterday assured that any perceived shortcomings from the party primaries will not be ignored. The organization said they cannot consider the ramifications of PDP not wining the forthcoming elections, called for all party members in the state to set aside their differences and work together to achieve victory for their great party by 18 November, 2017. Obaze’s campaign organisation stated this while hailing the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) for upholding the his candidacy of the party in the light of petitions that trailed his emergence. A statement signed by the organization said “I am elated and thankful that the National Caretaker Committee of our great party, PDP, has upheld the outcome of the 28 August 2017 primary elections that produced me as the Candidate of the PDP for the November...
By MSUE AZA, Kaduna - The Kaduna State All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai for a second term in office. In a communique issued by Hon Samaila Suleiman, member representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency, Hon John Audu Kwaturu, deputy speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly and others at the end of the APC stakeholders meeting with party excos from the 255 electoral wards held at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Kaduna, the stakeholders resolved that there is only one APC leadership in Kaduna State under the leadership of its Acting chairman, Alhaji Shuaibu Idris. According to the communique, the stakeholders expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the 29th July 2017 delegates congress election in the state and affirmed the outcome of the said delegates congress to the national headquarters of the party. The communique added that the stakeholders also resolved to pursue genuine reconciliation...
By Andrew Essien, Abuja - The Kashim Shettima-led Committee which conducted the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship primaries in Anambra State has insisted none of the 12 contestants who took part in the elections raised any questions on the integrity of the process before, during and after the August 26 primaries which held in Awka, capital of Anambra State. This was made known when it submitted its report to the party’s National Working Committee (NWC). Governor Shettima, in company of the Committee’s Secretary, Navy Commander Giwa Daramola (Rtd) and three members, Engineer Muazu Magaji , Dr. Ray Murphy and Alhaji Mustapha Mayana presented the report to the National Organising Secretary of the APC, Osita Izunaso at the residence of the Party’s chairman, Chief Odigie-Oyegun in Abuja on Sunday. Shettima said, “The Committee particularly notes with satisfaction that before and during the election, all aspirants confirmed to have received the list of delegates. The...
By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja - Against the backdrop of recent agitations and actions bordering on the unity of the country, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has assured that Nigeria will not breakup. Odigie-Oyegun further stated that while the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was acutely aware of the challenges faced by citizens and the shenanigans of interests resisting change, the current administration remained solidly committed and focused in the task of building a new foundation for the country and delivering on election promises to the electorate. The APC chairman gave the assurance at a grand reception and lifetime achievement award ceremony organised by the Inner Circle of Friends (University of Ibadan Alumni) in his honour and on the occasion of his 78th birthday anniversary over the weekend. Oyegun said, “My message is to our people nationwide. The pride that you feel when you walk out and say...
BY MSUE AZA The Kaduna State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai for second term in 2019. In a communique issued by, Hon. Samaila Suleiman, Member representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency, Hon. John Audu Kwaturu, Deputy Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly and others at the end of the APC stakeholders meeting with party excos from the 255 electoral wards held at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Kaduna, resolved that there is only one APC leadership in Kaduna State under the leadership of its Acting chairman, Alhaji Shuaibu Idris. According to the communique, the stakeholders expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the 29th July 2017 delegates congress election in the state and affirmed the outcome of the said delegates congress to the national headquarters of the party. The communique added that the stakeholders also resolved to pursue genuine reconciliation with aggrieved...
The recall process purportedly initiated by the people of Kogi West senatorial district has reinforced the need to educate Nigerians on their power of recall and the sanctity of the process of recalling elected public officials AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE examined the contentions of stakeholders on the power of the electorate in a recall process. Worried by the way and manner the recall process of Senator Dino Melaye, a member of the Nigerian Senate, representing Kogi West has generated profound interest around the country, some stakeholders saw the need to further elucidate the subject matter regarding the constitutional role of the power of the electorate devoid of interference. Although, never in the political history of Nigeria has a recall of an elected public official been tested to its constitutional conclusion, stakeholders are concerned following development in the polity of the attempts by the people of Kogi West senatorial district to test their constitutional...