By Okechukwu Obeta, Awka The flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Anambra State governorship election slated for November 18, Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze, has restated his total commitment to peaceful elections, saying that the forthcoming election is not a do-or-die affair. Speaking at the headquarters of his campaign organisation in Awka, Obaze said the whole society would suffer if democratic processes were allowed to degenerate into violence. “I need your votes so that we can embark on the process of rebuilding Anambra State. Anambra State deserves better. Presently, it is badly broken, we need to fix it. I ask you to go and cast your votes for PDP. While you do that, I ask you also to do so peacefully. No hate speeches, no mud slinging, and no violence. It does not augur well for us to engage in any form of violence. Democracy is a peaceful...
By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja  Ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Anambra State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday, said that 2,158, 171 voters are expected to participate in the election. This is as the electoral body has said that all political parties and their candidates would be given equal treatment. According to the commission, Anambra State is in the verge of making history in Nigeria as the first state to field candidates in 37 political parties in a gubernatorial election. Speaking at a stakeholder meeting on the Anambra State governorship election, held at the Women Development Centre, Awka, the INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu said it is the first time in the history of the state that 2,158, 171 people collected their PVCs and are ready to vote in an election. According to the INEC boss, even though the gubernatorial election holding on Saturday would be combined with a state assembly by-election,...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja National chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday vowed not to defect from the party, with their supporters, if any of them loses. The aspirants, who also promised to abide by the outcome of the convention however gave a caveat that the convention must be free, fair and transparent in accordance with the constitution of the party. They also agreed that any aspirant, who breaches party’s 2015 zero policy on expenditure which prohibits inducement including lodging of delegates and providing money for votes, should be disqualified on or before the convention date. The aspirants agreed to this while appending their signatures to a peace accord, titled, “National Chairmanship Aspirants Accord On Prevention of Violence And Acceptance of Election Result At The Elective National Convention”, ahead of the December 9  national convention of the party, holding in Abuja. The national chairmanship contenders, present at the meeting were media mogul,...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja and Obinna Ogbonaya, Abakaliki President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured Igbo people that his administration will ensure the timely execution of roads, power and other projects in the South East. Addressing leaders of thought and traditional rulers at a meeting in Government House, Abakiliki when he visited Ebonyi State, the president commended Ebonyi people for the warm reception accorded him during the state visit. He said, ‘’My presence here today is a demonstration of our strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is unique among nations. ‘’When I met with leaders from the South East last month in Abuja, they raised several issues of concern, including the state of the roads and infrastructure in the region. I want to assure you that we will deliver on our promises. ‘’Our 2018 Budget includes many strategic projects for...
As the election magical year of 2019 approaches, contenders gunning to take over from the incumbent Governor Abiola Ajimobi in Oyo State, have returned to the trenches, fine tuning their strategies to outdo one another in the titanic battle ahead, reports OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU Ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial election in Oyo State, contenders for the plum seat from the two major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have begun underground moves to ensure they emerge victorious in their bid to succeed the incumbent governor of the Pacesetter State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, whose second term tenure expires on May 29, 2019. Consequently, political activities in Oyo State, albeit clandestinely, and jostling for political relevance by various stakeholders, are on the increase. The Pacesetter State sits on a tripod, just like most states in the country, based on the three senatorial districts, which are: Oyo...
By Osa Okhomina, Yenagoa - Former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva and Governor Seriake Dickson yesterday again trade blames over Thursday’s violent political clash between supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Brass local government area of the state. The Bayelsa State government had on Sunday reacted to an earlier claim by the Timipre Sylva Media Office that Governor Henry Seriake Dickson was planning a campaign of calumny against the former governor, describing it as a futile attempt to distract the government.‎ The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Affairs, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said in a press release that Governor Dickson was too busy executing the mandate of the people of Bayelsa to join issues with politicians that have failed the state and the Ijaw nation. The statement advised Sylva to stop using the name of the President to cover up his criminal activities in...
  By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja - The senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, yesterday ,alleged that chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi is creating crisis in the South-west zone of the party because of his 2019 presidential ambition. Kashamu, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, accused Makarfi of illegally altering duly elected state executives in the zone. He further claimed that Makarfi is less bothered over plans to impose a candidate loyal to a South-South governor ahead of the election of the national chairman of the party at the December 9 convention. He said, “The activities of Sen. Makarfi have been everything to the contrary. He had been going about not even as an elected national chairman with full tenure but much more ridiculously like a sole administrator with timeless tenure under the disguise of solving one problem or the other.” He added that Makarfi has allowed his...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, yesterday alleged that Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi is creating crisis in the South-west zone of the party because of his 2019 presidential ambition. Kashamu, in a statement Monday in Abuja, outrightly accused Makarfi of illegally altering duly elected state executives in the zone. He further claimed that Makarfi is less bothered over plans to impose a candidate loyal to a South-south governor ahead of the national chairman of the party at the December 9 convention. He said "The activities of Sen. Makarfi have been everything to the contrary. He had been going about not even as an elected national chairman with full tenure but much more ridiculously like a sole administrator with timeless tenure under the disguise of solving one problem or the other." He added that Makarfi has allowed his presidential ambition to...
By OSA Okhomina,Yenagoa Former governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva and Governor Seriake Dickson Monday, again trade blames over the thursday violent political clash between supporters of All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Brass Local Government Area of the State. The Bayelsa State Government had on Sunday reacted to an earlier claim by the Timipre Sylva Media Office that Governor Henry Seriake Dickson was planning a campaign of calumny against the former governor, describing it as a futile attempt to distract the government.‎ The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Affairs, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said in a press release that Governor Dickson was too busy executing the mandate of the people of Bayelsa to join issues with politicians that have failed the state and the Ijaw nation. The statement advised Sylva to stop using the name of the President to cover up his criminal activities in Bayelsa. Dickson...
Former Education minister, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, in this interview speaks on his ambition to become the next National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). MUYIWA OYINLOLA met him. Why do you want to be National Chairman of PDP? For Nigeria to return to democratic governance in 1999 after many years of repressive military rule, it took the concerted and sacrificial efforts of patriots and leaders of the political class to plough the grounds from which the 4th Republic political parties sprouted. It could be rightly said that the PDP, the dominant national party that came out of that era, is a product of robust and vigorous political engineering. The party came to being from the aggregated patriotic efforts of leaders and key political actors from diverse political backgrounds, orientations and ideologies from across the country, which played leading roles in engendering the new democratic dispensation which we currently enjoy. On account...