Is the All Progressives Congress (APC) shifting ground over the debate over restructuring? CHIBUZO UKAIBE writes. The decision of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) to commission a nine-member committee to articulate its position on restructuring last Wednesday was instructive. By and large, the demand  is shaping up to be a major talking point ahead of the 2019 general election and the governing party appears to be trailing in the debate. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has since cashed in on it, with most of its members leading the charge for restructuring the polity. A statement by signed by APC national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi on Wednesday said “The All Progressives Congress (APC) notes that with various agitations on restructuring, the concept has assumed several disparate meanings. “In the light of this, at the fifth regular joint APC National Working Committee (NWC) /APC Governors meeting which held on Wednesday 19th July, 2017...
The alleged trashing of the “Not Too Young to Run” Bill by the National Assembly last week, set off series of backlash from Nigerians. KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL and ADEBIYI ADEDAPO give an insight to the bill Recently, Speaker of the House of Representatives, YakubuDogara, raised the hope of Nigerian youths, when he said that a citizen at 30 years of age would soon be eligible to be President of the country. Dogara while addressing the plenary of the Nigerian Youth Parliament in May, explained that the provision was contained in a new Bill seeking to lower the age qualification for persons vying for political offices in Nigeria. The Bill tagged the “Not Too Young To Run Bill,” has passed second reading and referred to the Special Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution. Introduction of the  bill was for many Nigerian youths, long overdue, given that it would provide them the...
By Kelvin Alohan The Supreme Court has removed Ali Modu Sheriff as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party reinstating Senator Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic chairman. A five-man panel of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, in its judgment delivered on Wednesday, reinstated Ahmed Makarfi who was earlier sacked by the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal, as the National Caretaker Committee. Reading the lead judgment of the Supreme Court, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, held that contrary to the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, the suit filed by Makarfi faction before the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt was not an abuse of court. The apex court also held that the National Convention of the PDP held on May 21, 2016 rightly and constitutionally removed Sheriff. It added that the convention acted rightly and not in breach of...
BY TUNDE OGUNTOLA Restructuring has become one of the most discussed subjects in public discourse. While some prominent voices in the nation uphold that Nigeria can perform better when it is restructured, others have described such call as a tool for blackmail to gain political relevance ahead of the 2019 general elections. The advent of the military in politics made gobbledygook of the nation’s federalism since 1966 through the Unification Decree by the late Gen. Aguiyi Ironsi-led government. Based on its hierarchical command structure, the central military government became so powerful while the states are relegated and subordinated, like the Soviet Federalism of old to mere administrative units of the central government. The federal system of government is the direct opposite, the coming together of different entities for the good of all but not the loss of their respective independence. Let us not get it mixed up, “restructuring” and “federalism” have...
By Kelvin Alohan with Agency Reports The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the candidate of the PDP challenging the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki for lacking in merit. The apex court said it would give in detail, its reasons for the judgment on July 24, 2017. A seven man panel led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onneghen unanimously dismissed the appeal. The CJN stated that the court had gone through the brief earlier, making it easier to arrive at a judgment as quickly as possible. The PDP candidate Mr Ize-Iyamu had approached the apex court filing the dismissal of his appeal at the Appeal Court, which challenged Obaseki’s election as governor.  
BY  CHIBUZO UKAIBE Next week, Nigeria’s apex court is expected to give judgment on the leadership crisis rocking the ace opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). What impact will it have on the party ahead of 2019? hile the polity reels from the dizzying pace of activities, the political landscape of country is set to be redefined if, as is expected, the Supreme Court, gives judgment on the leadership crisis rocking the leading opposition party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Expectedly, there is apprehension within the warring camps. Nothing is certain. The swing of the pendulum of judgment is unpredictable.The former ruling party has been enmeshed in a prolonged leadership crisis which has defiled series of reconciliation efforts and culminated in legal tussles. The warring factions led by Senators Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi, both former governors of Borno and Kaduna, respectively, have beyond trading blames, refused to back down. Meanwhile, series of...
Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Sabi Abdullahi, said Senate’s rejection of nomination of Mr Ibrahim Magu as Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) “still stands“. He made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. Abdullahi was reacting to a statement credited to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo that Magu would remain as EFCC chairman under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. He reinstated, while being represented at the inauguration of EFCC office in Kaduna on Thursday by Gov. Nasir el-Rufai that the Presidency had resolved to work with Magu to stamp out corruption in the country. Abdullahi said, “the Senate has already made its resolution, and our resolutions are official statements. “And most times, based on how we communicate, we don’t go to press immediately because somebody has made a statement; we usually discuss issues. “You know before we made that resolution the...
Two years after the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has been in government after upstaging the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the government at the center and indeed, from most states of the federation, ANDREW ESSIEN writes that the party is between the rock and the hard place It is no longer news that when the situation demanded, men with common purpose ( to sack the then PDP-led administration) came together to form a united front (APC), in a history-making general elections that saw a sitting President (Dr Goodluck Jonathan) defeated by the candidacy of General Muhammadu Buhari even as  Jonathan, in a rear display of sportsmanship, congratulated the winner of Presidential race even before formal announcement of the winner by the nation’s elctoral umpire. Thereafter, the nation witnessed historic transition of government at the center, from the  then ruling party in government to the opposition party that were...
By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja The House of Representatives and the civil society groups have differed on the need to create constituencies’ development fund (CDF) to finance constituency projects by federal legislators. Divergent views were expressed yesterday at a public hearing on a bill for an Act to establish the constituencies development fund for the purpose of even development of all constituencies in the federation organized by the House committee on constituency outreach. While the lawmakers posited that the fund would enhance even distribution and execution of constituency projects across the country, the civil society submitted that the House was trying to usurp the constitutional responsibilities of local governments. Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara who was represented by the deputy minority whip, Hon. Pally Iriase, while declaring the hearing open, said the intendment of the bill was to streamline the management and implementation of constituencies development fund by entrusting the execution of such projects...
By HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi The Benue State Independent Electoral Commission (BSIEC) announced yesterday  that the All Progressive Congress (APC), had won all the 23 local government chairmanship seats in the elections held on Saturday. It also announced that the party won all the councillorship positions, with some of the candidates returned unopposed. BSIEC chairman John Tsuwa,who declared the results in Makurdi, however, declined to release details of votes scored by the candidates. “The figures are not ready. I will not entertain questions because this is not a press conference,,” he told curious newsmen. Tsuwa said that eight political parties participated in the exercise and listed them to include Accord Party, APC, PDP, SDP, ACB, PPP, LP and NNPP. He thanked security agencies for ensuring a smooth conduct of the elections, and expressed happiness that no case of violence or snatching of ballot box was reported throughout the exercise.