By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday disclosed that it has received and acknowledged a petition seeking the recall of Hon Abubakar Galadima Kuki, a member representing Bebeji constituency in the Kano State House of Assembly, from his constituents. The commission, in a statement signed by chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee (IVEC), Prince Adedeji S. Soyebi, said it has written to the lawmaker over the recall moves by his constituents. The commission further added that “a timetable and schedule of activities pursuant to the petition will be issued shortly.” The statement reads in part, “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday the 11th of August, 2017 received a petition for the recall of Hon Abubakar Galadima Kuki, a member representing Bebeji constituency in the Kano State House of Assembly, from his constituents. “In accordance with the INEC Guidelines for Recall, the Commission has formally acknowledged the receipt of...
Recently Governor, Dickson issued an order directing opposiition APC in Bayelsa State to quit its Secretariat. Osa Okhomina writes on the politics of the quit notice Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has a way of taunting and ruffling the feathers in the camp of the opposition groups in the State. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and governor Seriake Dickson never left anyone in doubt, through open mockery, the heavy blow of defeat dealt the opposition parties including the All Progressive Congress (APC) during the 2016 Governorship election in the state. To his pleasure and to the disconfort of members of the APC, governor Seriake Dickson is at it again. He has issued a quit order to the Bayelsa APC on the building used as State Secretariat of the party. While the fold of the APC was being torn apart by the controversy surrounding the supension and expulsion of the State Chairman, Tiwei...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja  The senator representing Ogun West, Buruji Kashamu, yesterday said the dissolution of the executive council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State and Southwest will not work because the party’s national leadership violated a court order with its decision. The senator, who was reacting to the decision of PDP highest decision making body, the National Convention, last Saturday, which dissolved the executive councils, said the action was a clear travesty of justice. Kashamu, in a statement yesterday said that a court judgment which recognises the executive councils in Ogun and Southwest was never appealed. The Federal High Court, Abuja, on August 11 ruled: “That an order is hereby made restraining the 2nd Defendant from operating in the South West zone of the party through any committee in which the applicant, Chief Pegba Otemolu and Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe are not members in the capacity of the Secretary and...
By Patrick Ochoga There was pandemonium at the Edo State House of Assembly, EDHA today as the Speaker, Dr Justin Okonoboh, was impeached by 19 out of the 24 members of the assembly. Others impeached along with the Speaker include the Deputy Speaker, Hon Elizabeth Ativie and the Majority Leader Hon. Foly Ogedegbe. Hon. Kabiru Adjoto from Akoko Edo I Constituency emerged as the new Speaker in what loyalists to the impeached Speaker described as a 'coup' and illegal. Okonoboh was the third Speaker to be removed since the current Assembly was inaugurated in 2015. At about 11.00am, no sooner than the house reconvened after a 6 days break, Hon Emmanuel Agbaje, read a letter of no confidence against the Speaker on the floor of the House. Shortly after, a member Representing Etsako West II, Hon. Sylvania Eruaga, PDP, asked the Speaker to vacate his exalted seat, a development which led to a fight among both the anti and pro-Speaker lawmakers. The situation was however brought...
President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has outlined the focus of the Senate upon resumption from recess to include passing other aspects of the Petroleum Industry Bill. He said in a statement that both the Administrative and Fiscal Policy Bills for the Petroleum Industry as key parts of the priorities for the 8th Senate in the next 22 months. Speaking on the issues that will take up the Senate’s time over the next 22-months, Saraki stated that it will focus on Bills aimed at repositioning the national economy so as to enable it address the rising unemployment and strengthening Nigeria’s democracy through legislative oversight on government establishments. He added that other issues that would pre-occupy the upper legislative chamber are the need to entrench transparency in governance at all levels and creating universal health coverage law. He said that the Senate will stop at nothing in strengthening the institution of the...
By Michael Oche, Abuja A Civil Society group, the Centre for Truth and Justice (CTJ) has accused top members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko of being behind what it described as “sponsored anti-Buhari protests” in Abuja. The group said it is obvious that the protest against the recuperating President is being orchestrated by those who fear that once the President is fully fit and resumes duty, they will be forced to pay for thier corrupt past. Addressing journalists in Abuja on Sunday, national coordinator of CTJ, Barrister Timothy Charles said the group is aware that N300 million was paid to celebrity activists Deji, Danfulani and Charlieboy to organise the protests with a single instruction of causing civil disorder so as to portray the Buhari presidency as anti-people. He said, patriotic citizens would have conducted themselves in orderly manner and cooperated with law enforcement...
By Juliana Agbo, Abuja The members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) United Kingdom Chapter converged recently to proffer strategies on how to move Nigeria forward. The meeting which was the mid-year gathering of the party faithful across the United Kingdom was witnessed by scores of members who also reiterated their support for Nigeria’s governing party, APC. At the meeting held at the prestigious Holiday Inn Hotel in London’s North Greenwich, a chieftain of the party in the United Kingdom, Hon Ade Omole reeled out the achievements of the party chapter in the last year, one of which is the merger of all APC groups in the UK to form one indivisible force with the aim of supporting the APC-led Federal Government in these challenging times. He encouraged party loyalists to remain steadfast and continue to support the present APC-led Federal Government administration in Nigeria. According to Hon. Omole, “The present administration in Nigeria...
Noble Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, former Governor Adams Oshiomhiole, the Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, among others were guest at a recent Annual Lecture in Benin in search of solutions to the nation’s woes. PATRICK OCHOGA writes on the divergent views that emerged from the high-powered gathering There is no gainsaying that the nation is faced with imminent threat of disintegration more than ever before since its amalgamation in 1914, when the Northern and Southern protectorates were merged into what is today known as Nigeria. In the North, the activities of killer herdsmen on one hand and the on-going war against Boko Haram insurgency remain a sad history of the nation’s quest for peace, stability and prosperity. In the Southern part of the country, there is a mounting agitation by the Independent People of Biafra, (IPOB) who are calling for the Independent State of biafra. The secessionist call...
KINGSLEY OPURUM examines the prospects of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) surviving the raging crisis bedeviling the newly registered party There were widespread speculations that the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) was floated by Sen. Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as its alternative platform in case the Supreme Court judgment favoured Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff faction. Eventually, the apex court handed Makarfi faction of the party the opportunity to bask in euphoria, as the pendulum of triumph swung in their side. However many observers have been left wondering how a nascent party like Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has been plunged in a full-blown internal crisis, which has the capacity to decimate the party permanently. These political watchers bemoaned the  feud that has engulfed a political party, which is still lying in its cradle, describing the situation as unprecedented in the country’s political history, where a barely two-month...
By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja  Ahead of the Anambra gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for next week Saturday, the party, after screening its candidates, has cleared all the twelve aspirants who have shown interest in the governorship ticket of the party Ondo state deputy governor and chairman of the screening panel, Agboola Ajayi, said yesterday in Abuja that all the 12 aspirants were eligible to contest the governorship primary. The chairman of the screening panel while presenting the report of his committee, commended all the aspirants saying the party ‘is one in Anambra state.’ He said all the aspirants compiled with the guidelines and all signed an undertaking form assuring that they will all support whoever emerge eventually as the candidate of the party. The National Organising Secretary Osita Izunaso, who congratulated the aspirants for being all competent to stand for the primary, added that the next face will be that...