2018 BUDGET SPEECH: BUDGET OF CONSOLIDATION Delivered by: His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari President, Federal Republic of Nigeria At the Joint Session of the National Assembly, Abuja Tuesday, 7TH of November 2017 PROTOCOLS            I am here to present 2018 Budget Proposals. Before presenting the Budget, let me thank all of you Distinguished and Honourable Members of the National Assembly, and indeed all Nigerians, for your support and prayers for my full recovery while I was on medical vacation.              I am very pleased to address this Joint Session of the National Assembly, on the revenue and expenditure estimates, and related matters, of the Federal Government of Nigeria for the 2018 fiscal year.              The 2018 Budget will consolidate on the achievements of previous budgets and deliver on Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2018 – 2020.   OVERVIEW OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS IN 2017 ...
In the past weeks, events around the anti-graft crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari threw the presidency on the roughest terrain of the country’s polity. But with the hindsight of a true leader, the president bounces back with a tempo that has left his critics at bay. JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH writes. The decision taken by former president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, on Syria in 2013 was defined as the turning point in his presidency, both for his foreign policy and for his own self-definition as a president. According to a report prior to that, the nation had struggled to come up with the right definition for Obama and get the right answers to the cacophony of questions seeking clarifications. Was he a dove (Iraq) or a hawk (surge in Afghanistan, drones)? Was he an idealist (speeches in Cairo and Prague in 2009, Arab Spring of 2011) or a cold...

PMB Set To Rejig Cabinet

By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja and SAM EGWU, Lokoja Ostensibly heeding the calls to weed out nonperforming members of his cabinet, President Muhammdu Buhari hinted yesterday that plans are underway for a cabinet reshuffle. Specifically, the president declared that there is the need to inject new blood into his administration. This is just as the All Progressives Congress (APC) passed a vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari and the John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC). Governors elected on the party’s platform have also insisted that President Buhari remains the most credible candidate ahead of 2019. These were some of the outcomes of deliberation at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party, which lasted for over three hours yesterday. A motion moved at the meeting to give the president automatic ticket was, however, shelved aside for a later date. Addressing APC NEC, President Buhari hinted of the need to inject new blood...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah - The National Caucus of All Progressive Congress (APC) held last night  at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa. The meeting kicked off at exactly 8.30pm when President Muhammadu walked in with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Present at the meeting were: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie Oyegun, National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu, former interim National Chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, Deputy National Chairman of APC, Segun Oni. Governors present at the meeting were: Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Sani Bello (Niger), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Bindowo Jubrilla, Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Kassim Shetima (Borno),Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa) and Osun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titilayo Tomori. Former governors in attendance  were:...
After a year, the intrigues that played out during the governorship primary election of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) in Ondo State still haunts the party as two persons lay claims to its chairmanship position, TOPE FAYEHUN writes The success of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Ondo State governorship poll last year was supposed to heal the internal crisis rocking the party in the state. Many thought that the party would have consolidated on the political gains for exploits arising from the victory at the polls. But that was not to be as the crisis has escalated instead. The crises that ensued after the controversial September 3 primaries has further torn the party apart, making it extremely difficult for the centre to hold. It appears there is no end in sight to the festering crisis in the state’s ruling party, as different interests and power blocs within the party in the...

2019: As, Lamido, Shekarau Lead PDP

Two northern candidates have declared their intention to contest the presidential seat under the platform of PDP CHIBUZO UKAIBE xrays their political sojourn so far After months to speculation, northern aspirants seeking to contest the presidential seat under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are beginning to come forward. Former governors of Jigawa and Kano States, Sule Lamido and Ibrahim Shekarau, have formally made their ambitions known to the party. Although, they simple wrote letters separately to the party members seeking to sound them out on their ambitions, their desire to contest have been issue of speculation. While that of Lamido had manifested shortly after the 2015 general election which the PDP lost, Shekarau, who had contested the 2011 presidential election, had never hidden his ambition to give a second try. Despite the zoning of the presidency of the party’s ticket to the North, governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state in South-west had declared interest...

APC Convention: Power Play, Intrigues

In this piece, KINGSLEY OPURUM, writes on the intrigues surrounding plans to convene the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) After its repeated inability to convene its mid-term non elective national convention, the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) heaved a sigh of relief when it was reported that the ruling party had concluded plans to hold a national convention in November, 2017. This situation has never ceased to unsettle some party chieftains following the party’s inability to hold the convention in April, but party leaders had attributed the delay to the health challenge of President Muhammadu Buhari. Article 25 (A)(i) of the current  APC  constitution stipulates that the National Convention of the Party shall be held once in two (2) years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the National Working Committee and approved by the National Executive Committee subject to the giving of the...
As the 2019 election year beckons, die-hard loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari have launched a campaign  for his re-election, but with a clear message to weed out perceived bad eggs in the current administration, ADEBIYI ADEDAPO writes Although, President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to declare his intention to seek re-election in 2019, different political group have openly declared support for him to recontest. Leader of the Buhari Support Group (BSG) Sen. Abu Ibrahim, after a meeting with Buhari at the presidential villa, said he led a delegation to Aso Rock to intimate the president on the activities of BSG. “We came here as members of the national committee of the Buhari support group. This is an amalgamation of about 189 different support groups that had worked for President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC to win the 2015 general election,” he said. Ibrahim explain that, though the issue of 2019 did not come up...
As the final count down to the November 18 Anambra state governorship poll is less than one month away OKECHUKWU OBETA in this report examines the strength of political parties which stand the chance of emerging the winner of the election. Although there are a total of 37 political parties the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cleared to contest the forthcoming November 18 Anambra state governorship poll, close political watchers strongly believe that only three of the political parties have the chance of emerging the winner of the election. The three parties and their candidates are: the ruling Alł Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in the state which has the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano as its candidate, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whose flag-bearer is a former United Nations diplomat and Secretary to the state government (SSG), Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze and the federal government-controlled All Progressives Congress (APC) which parades a...
By Andrew Essien, Abuja The House of Representatives has assured that it will act on the report of the committee set up by the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) to articulate the party’s position on the contentious issue of restructuring. This is even as the House reechoed the clamour by Nigerians for devolution of power at the centre as a panacea to some of the teething problems currently faced by the states. House spokesperson, Hon Abdulrazak Namdas, who disclosed this in Abuja on the sidelines of a public hearing by the APC Committee on True Federalism, added that the lawmakers would not discard the report. Namdas said, “So, when these views are collated and sent to us, I can assure you that we are going to work on it. I told you that I am a member of the National Assembly committee on agitations. We call it agitations but it is restructuring. “We realised...