By Osa Okhomina,Yenagoa ..commend Obiano, security agents The Bayelsa State Governor, the Hon. Seriake Dickson yesterday mocked the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State over lack of proper democratic conduct during elections as compared to their counpart in Anambra State. Governor Seriake Dickson, while congratulating Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State for his re-election victory in last Saturday Governorship election, said though the APC in Anambra were peaceful during the poll compared to the alleged violent conduct of their counterpart in the state during the 2016 Governorship poll. Governor Dickson, in a statement issued and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo specifically praised the APC politicians in Anambra State for their maturity and for not taking advantage of the APC-led Federal Government to foment trouble before, during and after the election. Dickson, therefore, advised the opposition politicians in Bayelsa not to use APC as a cover...
BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina The Katsina State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Elders’ Consultative Forum yesterday implored former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to forgive former elements within the PDP, who forced him “to seek further political relevance and justice in alternative political enclaves” and return for  “a successful rebirth of the PDP.” The elders rose from their meeting in Katsina with a resolution to canvass for the return of Atiku they hailed as “political son” of Katsina State, who has made indelible contributions to the foundation and development of the PDP.” The statement signed by forum chairman, Hussaini Dambo, read in parts: “Nigerians will surely wish to continue to receive the tremendous benefits from his versatile political experiences, his humility, his industrial prowess which has benefited millions of Nigerians, his philanthropic disposition, his formidable bridge-building structures across Nigeria and Africa and his unfettered commitment and admiration for the PDP.” According to the statement, “The history...

Nasarawa APC, Undivided-Shekwo

By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Nasarawa State, Philip Tatatari Shekwo, has dispel rumours making the rounds that there is division in the party, which has led to its fictionalization. Shekwo, who dispelled the romour in his office in Lafia in the chart with journalist on Monday, described such rumours as baseless. There were speculations in recent times about sharp division among APC leaders in the state thereby tearing the party apart. But the APC chairman said it is not true as he blamed the opposition party in the state who are bent in creating division by spreading fake news. “ In Nasarawa State APC has remained one, it is still one and it will continue to be one by the grace of God, we don’t have any division in our party” “ All of us recognizes the structure of the party and we have a leader who...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the North Central have expressed support for former deputy national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to emerge national chairman at the December 9, national convention of the party. Led by former governor of Plateau State and serving Senator, Jonah Jang, the zonal leaders who met with Secondus last week in Abuja described him as the right person PDP needs to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Secondus is among the eight aspirants contending for the PDP chairmanship position. Jang stated that PDP at this point in time needs an experience party man like Secondus, adding that the party can only win in 2019 when a tested person is elected next month as the Chairman. The former governor said the North Central delegates appreciate his humility of seeing himself as a servant of the party. He said "What this party needs now is...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah  A presidential aspirant in the 2019 general election, Ibrahim Abubakar Lajada, has pledged that if voted into office, he will appoint youths into critical positions of responsibility in order to move the country forward. ‎In a statement by his media office, Ibrahim Lajada, who is just 34-years-old, said, it is only when such drastic decision is taken by allowing youth to occupy critical positions   that Nigeria will be able to get the best results. According to him, if the youths are not given responsibilities now when will they  be given such responsibilities. He said it was proper to allow the youths to be at the helm of affairs especially now that the country has found itself in a very difficult period of its history especially as it concerns the security and economy of the nation. He argued that  it is  when the youths are appointed into critical positions that they would...
The fight for the soul of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has entered  yet another phase even as the protracting legal battle over which group will emerge as the authentic leadership of the party challanages its potency ahead of the 2019 general elections. ANDREW ESSIEN writes. As the next round of general elections draw increasingly closer, there will be displays and flexing of muscles from persons within all the political parties which will ultimately, either make or mar its chances to properly field candidates that will appeal to the people and represent their interest. Recently, APGA leaders returned to battle trenches in the law Court, when the National Working Committee (NWC) rose to impeach its national chairman, Victor Ike Oye, on October 5, 2015, following allegations of financial impropriety. The NWC, after impeaching Oye and his two deputies, announced former vice chairman, South east, late Ozo Nwabueze Okafor (Okpche Ngene), as...
By Bernard Tolani Dada Uyo. Stakeholders of the Action Congress APC Sunday warned that there would be dire consequences should the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) government in the state connive with the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) to rig December 2nd 2019 local Governmemt elections. Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters(Senate), Senator Ita Enang and the MD/CEO of the NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere who gave the warning at Uyo township stadium during the flag off of the party’s campaigns ahead of the December 2 Akwa Ibom local government elections in the state. The APC party leaders said they are aware that the PDP has perfected to connive with AKISIEC to stop results from been announced at collation centres, and warned that the APC will resist every attempt to rig the election. Addressing the mammoth crowed, the National Chairman of the APC, Chief Odige Oyegun said the...
Henry Tyohemba in this report writes on issues that will determine who becomes the next national chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ahead of the forthcoming national convention of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), there are indications that both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may also  be closely watching the race, especially in view of on-going investigations into some of the aspirants, and also because ofthe amount of funds that is being spent traversing the country to canvass for the support of PDP chieftains, especially governors. Apart from the high cost of air travel for their entourage, some of the aspirants are believed to give generous cash gifts while visiting the states, thereby reinforcing the widely held public view that the PDP is a party where money is king. It is thus in the light of key parameters such...
Barr Festus Keyamo ( SAN) is a human rights activist lawyers. In this interview with LEADERSHIP Sunday, he speaks on the state of the nation and some other issues. There has been a lot of clamour for federalism in the nation recently. What is your take on that?  There are three types of people who are campaigning for federalism, all of them with different motives. Some are the true patriots, with whom I identify, with whom we must all join hands. True patriots who have always being on this foyer forever and those who want genuine change in Nigeria and those who are looking at the future and they feel like something has to change for every part of this country to feel wanted. We have another category, the category of some opportunist politicians who are not sincere about the project of federalism, those want to ride on it to gain popularity...
In this report, AHURAKA YUSUF ISAH examines Senate Ad-hoc Committee’s investigation of allegations made by Senator Isah Misau against the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and says the conduct of the committee can only at best follow precedents, court pronouncements and rule of law. After some brickbats or flexing of institutional muscles, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris finally appeared on November 8, 2017 before the Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on the allegation of corruption levelled against him by Senator Isah Misau. The committee had in its letter of invitation dated October 26, 2017 asked the IGP to appear before it to answer to Virement in the 2016 Appropriation Act without authorization, abuse of posting and deployment of officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force and abuse of Special Police Promotion. Others are misuse of funds collected for Police Protection, inappropriate relationship with female police officers contrary to...