Henry Tyohemba in this report writes on issues that will determine who becomes the next national chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ahead of the forthcoming national convention of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), there are indications that both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may also  be closely watching the race, especially in view of on-going investigations into some of the aspirants, and also because ofthe amount of funds that is being spent traversing the country to canvass for the support of PDP chieftains, especially governors. Apart from the high cost of air travel for their entourage, some of the aspirants are believed to give generous cash gifts while visiting the states, thereby reinforcing the widely held public view that the PDP is a party where money is king. It is thus in the light of key parameters such...
Barr Festus Keyamo ( SAN) is a human rights activist lawyers. In this interview with LEADERSHIP Sunday, he speaks on the state of the nation and some other issues. There has been a lot of clamour for federalism in the nation recently. What is your take on that?  There are three types of people who are campaigning for federalism, all of them with different motives. Some are the true patriots, with whom I identify, with whom we must all join hands. True patriots who have always being on this foyer forever and those who want genuine change in Nigeria and those who are looking at the future and they feel like something has to change for every part of this country to feel wanted. We have another category, the category of some opportunist politicians who are not sincere about the project of federalism, those want to ride on it to gain popularity...
In this report, AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH examines Senate Ad-hoc Committee’s investigation of allegations made by Senator Isah Misau against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and says the conduct of the committee can only at best follow precedents, court pronouncements and rule of law. After some brickbats or flexing of institutional muscles, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris finally appeared on November 8, 2017 before the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on the allegation of corruption levelled against him by Senator Isah Misau. The committee had in its letter of invitation dated October 26, 2017 asked the IGP to appear before it to answer to Virement in the 2016 Appropriation Act without authorization, abuse of posting and deployment of officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force and abuse of Special Police Promotion. Others are misuse of funds collected for Police Protection, inappropriate relationship with female police officers contrary to...

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...
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 Niger Delta Roundtable Group has called on the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu to seek relevance with something else rather than disparaging the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. According to a statement signed by the Group's spokesman, Samson Okon the group said Tinubu has lost his face and is desperately seeking relevance in the political space. The group said: "Our attention has been drawn to the comments made by the ceremonial National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, disparaging the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan as corrupt. "While the facts have already been put forward to Tinubu, he has willfully ignored them to go about slandering the past administration like a political jobber seeking favours from their pay masters. It is a shame Tinubu has become faceless and has lost relevance in the scheme of things so much so that he is now is now begging to be part of...
By Andrew Essien, Abuja Former deputy governor of Akwa Ibom State, Noble Lady Valerie Ebe has told the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state that it cannot use cheap propaganda and deception to garner the support of the people ahead of the 2019 elections. In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, Ebe who is the immediate past deputy governor of the state condemned the use of her name by the leaders of the party in the state to curry the favour of the state governor by linking her with a sponsored message congratulating the leadership of the party in the state. She said those using her name without her permission should be educated enough to know that they cannot forcefully garner cheap propaganda for their selfish interest from the mouth of others. While saying that the party was using the name of the state governor as a cover to treacherously...

Benue: The Road To 2019

Ahead of the 2019 elections, political gladiators are already strategising on who becomes the next governor of Benue State, SUNDAY ISUWA reports It was Professor Chinua Achebe who said and I quote, “the trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership.” Achebe was right. More than 30 years after, Nigeria, and Benue State in particular has not crossed that threshold. But another opportunity to right the wrongs is knocking. The 2019 governorship election, although with more than 12 clear months away, the electorates must put on their thinking caps to be able to make the right set of choices. So far, the political gladiators have commenced subterranean moves, holding consultative meetings with stakeholders across the length and breadth of the state before going into full blast. Chief Samuel Ortom of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is the incumbent governor, entitled to another term. Yet, the kind of strength required...
By Anayo Onukwugha, Port Harcourt Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has advised Nigerians and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to collectively defend the country's democracy. Jonathan, who gave the advise today while speaking at the grand finale of the PDP governorship campaign in Onitsha, Anambra State, said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the only party that will attract development to the state. He stated that the people of Anambra State must elect the PDP governorship candidate, Osaloka Henry Obaze in Saturday's governorship election, describing him as the best hand to represent at home and in Abuja. Speaking at the rally, Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has advised PDP members in Anambra State to defend their votes in order to stop the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government from rigging the November 18 governorship election in favour of their unpopular candidate. The governor said, "If you don't defend your votes, you have yourself to blame. They...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja Governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Prince Paul Ikonne Wednesday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari has to seek a second term in the interest of Nigeria. Ikonne, who served as Commissioner in Abia State Founder of Ndigbo for PMB 2019, also said he would lead a five million man march to plead with Buhari to seek reelection in 2019. Speaking with newsmen yesterday, in Abuja, the ex-governorship candidate appealed to power brokers in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to field Buhari ‎for a another term of office. He said ‎"The APC will win the presidential election in 2019 as long as Buhari remain's the party's flag-bearer. His support base is intact. Any Nigerian that wants to tell the truth will agree that he has laid a solid foundation. "‎Based on what I call the last mistake of 2015, where some Igbos didn't vote President Buhari,...