BY ACHOR ABIMAJE The battle for Little Rayfield, Plateau State’s seat of power, has begun. In this report,  ACHOR ABIMAJE captures the intrigues and the unfolding drama as political parties and contenders engage in serious consultations and consolidation efforts to actualise their ambitions. ess than two years to the 2019 general election, aspirants jostling for Plateau State gubernatorial electionare emerging. Some of the governorship aspirants have openly declared their intention to anybody that cares to listen. For others who are yet to publicly declare their ambition, their body language speaks volumes. Following this development,   analysts are of the opinion that the Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong will brace for intense battle as several aspirants, on different platforms, are poised to unseat him. However, the two major political parties, ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have all agreed that Plateau South should produce a candidate for the gubernatorial...
The Defence Headquarters says the Service Chiefs of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have not committed any illegality in extending the service of career officers. Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, the Director Defence Information gave the clarification in a statement on Thursday. Enenche said that the clarification followed a publication captioned: “How Service Chiefs Illegally Extend Military Careers of Course Mates”. “Thus, it has become necessary to clear this issue that was addressed particularly to the Nigerian Army, Navy and Airforce,’’ he said. He explained that the publication cited the “Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service (HTACOS), 2012, Paragraph 02: 10 (b) as justification for the assertion, which is a tabulation of the conditions relating to the length of service of a commissioned officer of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.’’ “ However, it failed to give insight into other sections of the Paragraph that borders specifically on extension of service for a commissioned officer. “In view of...
The call for the adoption of independent candidacy by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) began to gather momentum again when Senator Ken Nnammani-led Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee recommended the inclusion of independent candidacy. KINGSLEY OPURUM examines its implication and workability, ahead of 2019 general elections. As the 2019 general elections are fast approaching, a lot of Nigerians have started taking their cue from Senator Ken Nnammani-led Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee report to clamour for the creation of independent candidacy with a view to improving standard of elections in the country. In adducing their reason, they are of the opinion that such provision will go a long way to address the bureaucratic processes involved in political parties, where an aspirant will register to be a staunch and financial member of a particular political party; go through the party primary elections before becoming the party’s standard bearer. Some political commentators...
BY EMMANUEL MGBEAHURUIKE As the race for the 2019 governorship seat heats up in Imo State, all the zones in the state are laying claim to the seat. However, Owerri zone is contending for the seat earnestly. EMMANUEL MGBEAHURUIKE captures the scenario. To keen observers of the Imo State politics , the 2019 governorship election would be a tough battle between the Imo East (Owerri) and the Imo North senatorial zones of the state. Although he has consistently refused to disclose his anointed candidate to succeed him, Governor Rochas Okorocha,  who currently calls the shot from the Douglas House Owerri, has severally dismissed the zoning governorship arrangement between the three zones of Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe as grossly undemocratic. The businessman turned politician is of the view that the state only needs a governor with relevant administrative acumen, vision and pragmatic instincts to attain greater heights in growth irrespective of the geopolitical background. But...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna The All Progressive Congress (APC) Kaduna State under the auspices of 'APC   AKIDA' have passed a vote of  no confidence on Governor Nasir el-Rufai over series of allegations against his administration. This was disclosed at  a press conference addressed by chieftains of the party in the State as contained in a statement read by Maitamaki Tom Maiyashi. Others who were in attendance of the briefing include, Senator Shehu Sani, Honourable Isah Ashiru, Ambassador Sule Buba, Alhaji Tijjani Ramalan,  Alhaji Taro Makama Rigachikwu, Admiral Ibrahim Iko among several other chieftains of the party in the State.
In the past weeks, the call for restructuring grew by the day, with former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, lending his voice to the debate. In this report, JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH examines the issues surrounding the clamour. The most popular term in the country’s political lexicon at the moment is restructuring. In the past few days, the issue dominating the media space has been how to restructure Nigeria. In the news, on talk shows and in the online media, the story has been the same. Analysts, public commentators and other close watchers hammer on restructuring of the country at any given opportunity, even though a good number of them have no inkling on how the country should be restructured. Down memory lane, until 1966, Nigeria was practising a unitary government where every region was in control of its resources and were paying taxes to the centre. Then, every region was viable and growing...
By MSUE AZA ...Says Corrupt Persons Likely To Abandon Stolen Money At Airports The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday declared that concerted efforts are being made by some big Nigerians to neutralise the fight against corruption. EFCC Acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, who stated this while commisioning the anti-graft Kaduna zonal office and stakeholders engagement session of the Commission on Kaduna, called for establishment of a special prison for corrupt Nigerians in the dreaded Boko Haram infested Sambisa forest. Magu, however, noted that for the prison to become a reality, the judiciary arm of government should should cooperate with the Commission. The EFCC boss who is having battle with the Senate, revealed that illegal monies are likely to be abandoned by corrupt persons at the nation's airport and places in near future as it happened at Kaduna airport some few months ago. He commended Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai for encouraging...
By Obinna Ogbonnaya, Abakaliki Vehicular and human movement were yesterday disrupted for more than six hours as the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), MaziNnamdiKanu and his group numbering over 5000 defied the security blockage by the Nigeria police and other security agencies at the border between Enugu and Ebonyi states and made their way into Ebonyi State. LEADERSHIP gathered that the IPOB leader and his group spent a long time at the Ebonyi border negotiating with a combined team of military personnel and police officers before they finally made their way into  the state. Hundreds of members of the group alongside the IPOB leader stormed the state in a convoy of over 50 cars and buses and held a meeting with members, supporters and sympathizers at EzzamgboJunction , about 10 kilometers away from Abakaliki ,the Ebonyi State capital. Residents of Abakaliki were seen struggling to have a glimpse of Mr. Kanu...
Three former Nigerian leaders, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) and General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) yesterday met behind closed doors in Minna, the capital of Niger State. LEADERSHIP gathered that the meeting which lasted for over two hours was held at the hilltop home of former military president, IBB. It was learnt that visitors who usually besiege Babangida’s house were streamlined, with some of them stopped from entering the house ahead of the arrival of former President Obasanjo at about 3:00pm yesterday. Before the arrival of Obasanjo, former head of state, General Abubakar was already in IBB’s house waiting. On arrival, Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, recieved Obasanjo at Minna airport and took him to IBB home at hill top without official retinue. Sources told LEADERSHIP that the governor led Obasanjo to the inner chamber where the duo of IBB and Abubakar were waiting. It was learnt that after the usual pleasantries, even...
Since the eruption of political fracas between Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and the Senator for Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye, a lot of ugly events have been unfolding. SOLOMON AYADO takes a look at issues surrounding the frosty relationship betwen the duo and the move to recall the vocal senator. Although the much anticipated 2019 general elections are still ahead, the political gimmicks, the clever maneuverings and above all, the treachery that ha’s already Playing out in Kogi state  is more obvious than can best be imagined. No one is sure what is really happening in the political sphere of Kogi State. Virtually all the political heavy weights have begun what appears like fighting to the finish. None of them want to take the back seat. Unfortunately, the overall development of the state which, ordinarily should be the major concern of the political gladiators is suddenly thrown to the...