By Patrick Ochoga, Benin City The Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate and Senator representing Edo North, Senator Francis Alimikhena has called on Nigerians to join faith in praying for ailing Presidient Muhammadu  Buhari for the quick recovery of his health. He also appealed to every Nigerian to  Exercise restraint in their death wish and inflammatory statements which is  capable of plunging the country into further crisis. According to him, some inflammatory  statement  and death wish by some desperate Nigerians to score political and personal points, are capable of threatening the peace and unity of the nation. “Nigeria is one and what binds us together is stronger than whatever interest targeted at dividing us. As Nigerians it behooves on us to pursue activities that will promote peaceful coexistence and avoid the on-going drum beat of destruction and chanting of war song which has created religious and ethnic tension in various part of...
By SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja The Senator representing Kaduna North senatorial district under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi, has faulted the submission of names of delegates to fill the vacant positions of the party during the party congress in the state. He said the submission of names by Governor Nasir el-Rufai without due consultation or election was blatantly unconstitutional and a recipe for crisis. Such action, according to him, does not in any way conform to the provisions of the party’s constitution and guideline procedures stipulated for the conduct of such exercise. Senator Hunkuyi who stated this in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP Sunday yesterday further explained that the crisis rocking the APC in Kaduna State was due to neglect of the wishes of the party members who made sacrifice to ensure that the present administration was installed. The lawmaker said it will amount to disregard and breach...
By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja Former Vice President and Chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar has stated that the agitations for secession would not have arisen if the country had shown sincere readiness to address the underlying problems that feed the agitations by separatist forces around the country. The former Vice President however described as patriotic, the convergence of positions around restructuring by leaders and stakeholders from diverse regions of the country noting that it confirms that he (Atiku Abubakar) was not just a lone voice in the wilderness in the inevitability of restructuring of Nigeria for the good of all. In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by his Media Office, Atiku further commended the resolution of the APC Progressive Governors Forum which called for restructuring and true federalism, saying that the issue transcended religion and ethnicity. According to the Waziri Adamawa, the restructuring debate transcended the ambition of any single politician...
Former Kano State governor, Musa Kwankwaso is one man who cannot be ruled out when when the achievements of the state for the past 50 years of its existence are enumerated. In this interview with Stanley Nkwocha and Durojaiye Hassan, he talks about the Kwankwasiyya movement which became the hallmark of his political strides in the state as well as other issues of governance. What was it like growing up; did you ever see yourself becoming governor of a big state like Kano? I was not born in Kano but in Kwakwaso town, which is about 25km away from the city. I started my primary education and finished there. From there I got admission into craft school, Wudil, and then into technical school and the polytechnic, Kaduna and of course to Middlesex university. I came back in 1991 and with all the training and education I had from technical school upwards...
CHIBUZO UKAIBE in this piece writes on the ripples arising from the recent constitution amendment by the National Assembly. The recent constitutional amendment exercise by this National Assembly commences continues to resonate across the country. Expectedly, mixed reactions have trailed the work of the federal lawmakers. While some pundits applaud this National Assembly for timely executive of the task, (considering how late execution largely affected previous attempts), some book makers, decry the level of opacity that trailed the process this time. From the secrecy surrounding the budget for amendment exercise to the poor engagement of stakeholders (unlike the last process), the decision of the lawmakers not to unveil how they voted on the issues was in bad taste. For those in this line of thought, they had hoped that the lawmakers would be bold enough to show how they voted on the issues as is obtainable in some other democracies. But those against revealing how...
By OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos The Deputy Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun Sanni has urged a Lagos High Court in Ikeja to remove the National Legal Adviser of All Progressives Congress (APC) Muiz Banire (SAN) from office over alleged forgery, anti-party activities and breach of constitution. Sanni, in the suit he filed alongside two APC chieftains: Babatunde Kehinde and Alhaji Kazeem Olatunji is accusing Banire of allegedly forging his purported withdrawal letter from the 2015 election into the Lagos Island Constituency 1 of the State House Assembly. The plaintiffs are therefore urging the court to declare Banire as not a fit and proper person to keep occupying the exalted office of the party’s National Legal Adviser owing to the forgery of the purported letter of withdrawal, series of anti-party activities and breach of several provisions of the APC Constitution. In a 37-paragraph affidavit attached to tge suit, Sanni averred...
BY ADEBIYI ADEDAPO As the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) awaits verdict of the Supreme Court to resolve it’s leadership crisis, ADEBIYI ADEDAPO observes that the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee is already seeking an alternative platform for its loyalists he National Caretaker Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had last week disclosed that state chapters were free to consider platform appropriate for members to contest pending elections in the meantime. National Publicity Secretary of the committee, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, in a statement noted that while the party awaits the verdict of the Supreme Court’s on its leadership tussle, the party is being confronted with pending councils’ elections in many states. Adeyeye said that there were also National and State Assembly bye-elections to be contested in some states. He explained that the order to the states was meant to avoid a repeat of the party’s misfortune in the  Edo and Ondo states gubernatorial polls, where...
By Andrew ojih, Jalingo Those eyeing Taraba Government House in 2019, especially from the southern zone, have to forget the idea, as there will be no vacancy. The state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman, Hon. Victor Bala Kona stated this yesterday. The chairman also mocked those he called “Abuja-based politicians” whom he said have no serious agenda for their people other than their personal plans. Kona maintained that both the central and northern zones of the state would not consider any candidate from the sout other than the incumbent governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, adding that recognising any other candidate other than the governor would distort the power rotation equation of the state. He said, “forget all the noise and talks. I’m a politician and I’m telling you authoritatively that there is no vacancy in Taraba Government House until 2023. The time hasn’t come yet now so we are a bit circumspect about it. But...
National chairman of United Progressives  Party (UPP), and founding national chairman, All Progressive Grand Alliance ( APGA), Chief Chekwas Okorie recently spoke with journalists in Enugu. OKECHUKWU OBETA was there for LEADERSHIP, excerpts: What is your take on allegation that there is a relationship between UPP, and Nnamdi Kanu? First and foremost, UPP is a political party registered with INEC in line with the Nigerian laws to acquire power to improve the welfare of the Nigerian people. And in that registration, UPP like other political parties has a constitution derived from the constitution of Nigeria. It, also, has a manifesto, but, it is the manifesto that stands it out from all the other political parties. So, haven said this; there is no special relationship between UPP and Biafran agitating groups, because we are aware that the Nigerian law does not permit a political party to have a direct relationship with any group...
BY KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL The National Assembly last week eventually fulfilled its promise of releasing its budget to the public, KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL examines the development and its implications. Since the return of democracy in 1999, the budget of the National Assembly has remained a mystery. While the national parliament appropriates money for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government and makes it public, no one was privy to their expenditure. For many years, the National Assembly annual budget was fixed at N150 billion until recently when the civil society groups and other Nigerians became apprehensive and started advocating for their budget to be published. Also, a few years back, the N150 billion was slashed to N120 billion and with the coming in of the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC), the 2016 budget was subsequently cut down to N115 billion. However, in all of these, details of these budgets stayed shrouded in...