BY MSUE AZA The Kaduna State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the weekend endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai for second term in 2019. In a communique issued by, Hon. Samaila Suleiman, Member representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency, Hon. John Audu Kwaturu, Deputy Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly and others at the end of the APC stakeholders meeting with party excos from the 255 electoral wards held at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Kaduna, resolved that there is only one APC leadership in Kaduna State under the leadership of its Acting chairman, Alhaji Shuaibu Idris. According to the communique, the stakeholders expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the 29th July 2017 delegates congress election in the state and affirmed the outcome of the said delegates congress to the national headquarters of the party. The communique added that the stakeholders also resolved to pursue genuine reconciliation with aggrieved...
By Andrew Essien, Abuja The crisis currently bedeviling the leadership of Labour Party (LP) entered another gear, Tuesday, as one of the factions convened a special convention that saw to the ouster of the party's erstwhile national chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam , and unanimously elected a former Abuja Rotary Club Governor, Tayo Omotosho. Chronicling the many ‘sins’ of the ousted party chairman, the party'chaise pity national chairman (south) and convention chairman, Comrade Calistus Okafor said the former chairman had contravened various sections of the constitution, embezzled party finances and arrogated undue powers to the office of the chairman as well as forgery. However, mild drama ensued when the delegates in their hundreds led by the new factional chairman matched to the party's house premises that the former chairman (Abdulsalam) sneaked out of the building. Comrade Okafor, in his opening remarks at the convention also lamented that the party under its former chairman, Alh...
…Says its fiction of a faceless writer By Ebriku John Friday, Abuja  Former President Goodluck Jonathan has disowned a speech which has gone viral on social media allegedly delivered by him in the State of Texas, United States of America. He described the speech which addressed the place of the Niger Delta in the agitation for Biafra allegedly delivered by him as a "pure fiction which serves no purpose, other than probably massage the ego of the faceless writer". Speaking in a statement signed by his media adviser, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president stated further that he has never visited the said State since he left office in 2015. The statement reads in part, "We have just been informed of the text of a speech fabricated in the name of former President Goodluck Jonathan in which he was alleged to have addressed the issue of the place of the Niger Delta in the agitation...
Some elder statesmen added their voices to the clamour for the restructuring of the country amid new realignments. The issue remains divisive as it means different things to different people. CHIBUZO UKAIBE captures the debate   By and large, the obvious consensus that the country is experiencing aggravating systemic failure has not been matched with the much needed practical political consensus yet. While some personalities opposed to the new clamour for restructuring believe the narrative around the subject smacks of selfish political leverage ahead of 2019, in the camp of those who support a shake up in the system, a lack of consensus on what form it should take remains a nagging issue. In the camp of the latter, there are those calling for a revisit of 2014 Confab report, others believe that a fresh round of discussion should be held. Others, like the National Assembly believe they should drive the process, hence...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna The apex northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday profusely frowned at the position of a Pro-Buhari group from Kano under the aegis of Muhammadu Buhari legacy Implementation Initiatives, which urged that the North must ensure that 2019 presidency, does not go to any candidate other than President Muhammadu Buhari. ACF not comfortable with that call, unequivocally informed the group that the forum is not a partisan group and will not allow any group to decide for the forum who to support. This was even as another group from South-South under the umbrella of  South-South Re-awakening group led by its Chairman, Mr. Joseph Ambakederimo urged  northerners through ACF to reignite old political bond that existed between south and north for purpose of peaceful coexistence and development of the people and nation at large. Earlier, Chairman, Muhammadu Buhari legacy Implementation Initiatives, Ado Mohammed,  explained,  “After Muhammadu Buhari was elected President...
Eminent businessman and former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, will on Thursday and Friday consecutively  deliver lectures at Nnamdi Azikiwe University( UNIZIK) and University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). Kalu, who has carved a niche in business and leadership, is billed to pres­ent a paper titled: “Culture, leadership and higher education in Nigeria ” in the UNN. A statement  signed by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, UNN, Professor Christian Onyeji, said “the lecture is designed to discuss how contemporary developments in leadership, governance and higher education have eroded our core values and hindered self actualization in Nigeria.” Kalu is expected to present his views on the standard of higher education arising from his experiences as an active leader and entrepreneur in Nigeria. Onyeji said that  “The nomination for the intellectual exercise is usually reserved for those with passion and interest in education, human development and youth empowerment. “Dr Orji Uzor Kalu is...
BY SOLOMON AYADO and AHURAKA ISAH, Abuja Senate President Bukola Saraki has said the signing into law of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari is highly commendable. The Bill seeks to ensure rehabilitation, reconstruction and rebuilding of the North East that is ravaged by Boko Haram insurgents. Saraki in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the Presidential Assent as a major development in the efforts by the present administration to restore peace and normalcy in the North East and making the harrowing experience of the people as a result of the insurgency a thing of the past. "I applaud President Buhari for signing the North East DevelopmentCommission Bill into law. Now, that the NEDC Act has the full force and effect of the law, it is my hope that we can collectively work towards the rehabilitation, reconstruction and rebuilding of...
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...

Imo Gov Backs LG Autonomy

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has given his backing to the call for an autonomous local government system, urging his governor colleagues to allow the local councils  freedom for the development of the country. The governor pledged 100 per cent commitment to the attainment of local government autonomy, noting that one of the panacea to end the nation’s underdevelopment is to grant full autonomy, politically and financially, to local councils in the country. Speaking when the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees  (NULGE) paid him a courtesy visit as part of its, Okorocha said there is need to support the constitution amendment process and grant autonomy to the local government areas. He said he has been an advocate for an autonomous local government system, stressing the a well structured system will bring about development at the rural level. He said governors would do well to allow for elections at the council level as...
By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja - Against the backdrop of recent agitations and actions bordering on the unity of the country, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has assured that Nigeria will not breakup. Odigie-Oyegun further stated that while the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was acutely aware of the challenges faced by citizens and the shenanigans of interests resisting change, the current administration remained solidly committed and focused in the task of building a new foundation for the country and delivering on election promises to the electorate. The APC chairman gave the assurance at a grand reception and lifetime achievement award ceremony organised by the Inner Circle of Friends (University of Ibadan Alumni) in his honour and on the occasion of his 78th birthday anniversary over the weekend. Oyegun said, “My message is to our people nationwide. The pride that you feel when you walk out and say...