The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Good Governance has claimed that some prominent Nigerians are currently plotting what it termed ‘civilian coup’ against President Muhammadu Buhari. The group, at a two day Consultative General Assembly held in Abuja during the week stated that since the president has not told anybody he is unfit to lead, no one should force him out of power. Representatives of 40 CSOs, which included the New Initiative for Credible Leadership, the Advocates of Social Justice for All, Lawyers of Mercy, Media Without Border, Beyond Leadership Legacy Foundation, described the calls for Buhari’s resignation as distraction to the current government. The groups in a statement jointly signed by its Secretary, Joyce AdamuSecretary and Rev Steven Onwu Chairman, Communique Drafting Committee passed a vote of confidence on the president to continue to oversee the nation’s political affairs. The statement said, “In the past days, several notable persons have breached...
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...
Lawyers to former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Alhaji Bala Mohammed have kicked against the continued detention of the former Minister by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC. It will be recalled that the former FCT Minister was again whisked away from his residence on the 2nd of May, 2017 and since then has been detained at the EFCC custody, despite declarations by an FCT High Court which had granted him bail on the 29th of November, 2016, for the same offense. In a letter addressed to the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, dated 5th May, 2017, Counsel to the former FCT Minister, Chief Christ Uche, SAN, called on the Agency to release him on bail, saying that there was no justification for his detention following his arrest since 2nd May, 2017. Bala’s Counsel are also contemplating filing a contempt of Court case against the EFCC for violating the...
Imo State governor and the chairman, All Progressive Peoples (APC) Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha had an interactive session with State House Press Corps where he stated that his Ekiti counterpart lacks the qualifications to ask the president to resign. He also spoke on some burning national issues. JONATHAN NDA- ISAIAH was there for LEADERSHIP Friday. On state of the Nation As you are aware we are passing through a very difficult time in our nation and we have a lot of challenges - political, economic, social, cultural and what have you, I want to advise that this is what many great nations of the world have passed through before getting to their point of greatness and Nigeria will not be an exemption. We must see this time as a trying period for Nigeria and by the grace of God, we shall overcome. So this is the time to preach love, this...
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 Shamsudeen Abubakar Lukman In his recent analysis, the deputy editor of an online publication ‘Daily Nigerian’ Abbas Yunusa has mentioned some APC governors in some the northern states that may likely lose the 2019 re-election bid. The writer vividly attributed his assertion to intractable internal differences, disloyalty and simmering disagreement in the party in the seven states. The good thing about it all is the write-up is no more than the opinion of an individual, and his motive could well be questionable. In a similar manner, someone could choose to pick out those same states, namely Kaduna, Kano, Kogi, Katsina, Benue, Jigawa and Bauchi and say they stand the best chance of winning the 2019 election and justify it. It all boils down to power of argument and personal opinion. Interestingly, all the states mentioned are being governed under the APC political family. However, it might be an energy and time...
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...
The newly unveiled Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), is speculated to be an alternative platform for Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP, if the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction wins the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling over the leadership crisis of the party. KINGSLEY OPURUM takes a look at how the new party plans to cause a major upset for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP in 2019 general elections and other sundry issues. The emergence of a new political platform ahead of 2019 was predicted shortly after the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) started. And when the cracks arising from the power tussle in the All Progressives Congress (APC) began to manifest, the prediction appeared more real. Before, a plethora of political associations applied for registration to be political parties, with some of them boasting to be the desired alternative platform. However, the personalities behind the recent unveiling...
Edo State gubernatorial tussle between Governor Godwin Obaseki of the APC and the candidate of the PDP, Pastor Ize-Iyamu, has moved from the tribunal to the Supreme Court, PATRICK OCHOGA writes. Expectedly, the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was optimistic that the five-man-led Appeal Court panel would rekindle its hope by upturning the judgment of tribunal which had thrown away the petition filed by its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu against the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki. The PDP and its leaders had stormed the court with over 150 legal counsels in apparent determination to ensure that no stone was left unturned in its quest to upturn the Obaseki All Progressives Congress (APC)-led victory in the September 28, 2016 governorship election. As the D-day came, security within and around the Court of Appeal premises was tight with stern looking security operatives frisking everyone including media practitioners before allowing them to gain...
Governors of the crisis ridden Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) met last well in Abuja amidst a confusion over whether they will leave the party or not, ahead of the Supreme Court judgment over the leadership tussle rocking the leading opposition party. CHIBUZO UKAIBE writes The wait for the Supreme Court judgment has sent the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) into series of mood swing. First, it was grandstanding by the two factions led by Sen Ali Modu Sheriff and Sen Ahmed Makarfi, over which side would get victory. Later there was silence. And then there was a conflicting signal from the Makarfi camp and its loyalists, over whether PDP was a wise choice for elections as they waited the Apex court’s judgment. While they distanced themselves from any particular party, they, in another breath, gave authority to their state chapters to use any other platform other than PDP to seek for election. The...