By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja Ahead of governorship election in Anambra State, the former minister of Health, Prof ABC Nwosu, has emerged the chairman of the caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State. This comes as the PDP national chairman, Sen Ahmed Makarfi, who inaugurated Nwosu’s committee, tasked them to ensure the party reclaims the state during the governorship election. Meanwhile, the national leadership of the party has suspended a former factional state chairman, Ken Emeakayi, for convening a party meeting after the three parallel executives in the state were dissolved. The party disclosed that it was forced to suspend Emeakayi following his disparaging remarks against Makarfi and the national secretary of the party, Sen Ben Obi, when queried over his action. However, while speaking after his committee was inaugurated at the party’s national headquarters, Nwosu who pleaded with party members who defected, noted that the era of cutting corners in...
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vowed yesterday that it will ensure the return of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki and all those who held top political offices under the party’s platform. The national chairman of the party, Sen Ahmed Makarfi, stated this while inaugurating three party committees namely convention, disciplinary and reconciliation. Former foreign affairs minister, Chief Tom Ikimi, is the head of the disciplinary committee, while governors of  Rivers and Gombe States, Nyesom Wike and Ibrahim Dankwambo, will serve as co-chairmen of the reconciliation committee, with governor of  Delta State heading the convention committee. In the build up to the 2015 general election, Obasanjo had monitored the shredding of his PDP membership card and much later declared his resignation from partisan politics. Atiku and Saraki alongside five PDP governors namely Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano); Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto); Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara); Rotimi...
The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) recently insisted that the October 1 quit notice issued to Igbo people living in the north has not been withdrawn, but there are new narratives to the imbroglio, writes ADEBIYI ADEDAPO The quit notice issued by the coalition in June generated a lot of public outcry and condemnation from eminent Nigerians and organisations, but there were speculations that the forum would withdraw the quit notice. To this end, leader of the Arewa youth coalition, Yerima Shetima, last week, cleared the air on the speculation, as he said, although consultations are ongoing, leadership of the group would consult with other components and allies of the coalition before a compromise is reached. “We have not withdrawn our quit notice, but you can be rest assured that there is no cause for alarm, you can see that we are wearing the Nigeria flag while some people are wearing biafra,”...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt - Rivers State governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike yesterday submitted a list of 13 commissioner-nominees to the State House of Assembly, for possible screening and confirmation. The submission of the list of commissioner-nominees came barely 12 hours after the governor sacked all but one of his special advisers. Recalled that Wike has in the first week of July announced the dissolution of his cabinet, few hours after the former commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George, resigned his appointment. LEADERSHIP gathered seven of the sacked commissioners, including Hon. Emma Okah, Hon. Walter Ibibia, MRA. Ukel Oyagiri, Hon. Isaac Kamalu, Hon. Boma Iyaye, Hon. Emeka Onowu and Professor Kaniye Ebeku, made the list. New entrants on the list of nominee are former leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, Charles Nworgu, Albert Miller, Professor Princewill Chike, Tasie Chinedu Nwobueze and Sylvanus Nwankwo. Meanwhile, Wike on Sunday evening...
BY BODE GBADEBO, Abuja - Barring last-minute change of plan, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is set to dissolve the State Executive Committee of the party in Kogi state today Tuesday during a scheduled meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Abuja. If the plan sails through, it will be contrary to Chief Tony Momoh-led committee’s recommendations to the party’s national leadership, which strongly evolved a blueprint for reconciliation between the Audu/Faleke faction and Governor Yahaya Bello-led faction of the party in Kogu state. According to a source, the latest move by the APC national chairman, is tantamount to a “selfish interest” and an attempt to sell the Audu/Faleke stakes in the APC to the Yahaya Bello’s faction of the APC. According to the insider, who craved for anonymity, it is believed that Oyegun may have been offered a huge sum of money amounting to...
By Osa Okhomina,Yenagoa There was pandemonium in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital following the angry protest by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the decision by the National Working Committee (NWC) to suspend and expel the state chairman, Chief Tiwei Orunimighe and two others over alleged anti-party activities. The protesters, who described the purported suspension and dismissal of the party chairman as “misinformation”, insisted that the embattled Chief Tiwei Orunmighe, remains the state chairman of the party. In a protest yesterday led by the APC’s 105 wards chairmen, the eight local government chairmen, women, youths and elders of the party, the protesters, accused the national leadership of the party of aiding and abetting illegality, insisting that  the APC was ‘not for sale’. Among the notable members of the party who spoke during the protest include a former senatorial vice chairman of the party, Chris Alogoa, a former leader of the party,...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South West zone, yesterday, said it has set-up a disciplinary committee to sanction Senator Buruji Kashamu representing Ogun East, Senator over alleged anti-party activities. The party in the communiqué issued at the end of its meeting held in Ibadan and read by the zonal chairman of the party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso said the anti-party activities of some of the PDP members led to loss of elections in Ondo, Ogun and Edo states. He urged the Ogun State chapter of the party which is the primary constituency of Kashamu to do away with anything that has to do with Senator Kashamu and stop dealing with him henceforth. “The zonal leadership also hereby condemned and regret the action and ignoble role of some of its membership that led to the unfortunate experience and trauma that held the entire party down for over a year now and...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says Kogi State Government violated the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention by proscribing  ASUU in Kogi State University (KSU), Ayingba. The Zonal Coordinator, ASUU Abuja Zone, Dr Theophilus Lagi, who made this known while briefing newsmen yesterday in Abuja said the  state government also violated the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. The Abuja zone comprises University of Abuja, Federal University of Technology,  Minna, Nasarawa State University, Keffi,  Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai and Federal University, Lafia. Our correspondent reports that Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on July 19 proscribed activities of the ASUU in KSU, Ayingba. The governor, who announced the proscription in Lokoja shortly after the weekly executive council meeting, said that the decision was with immediate effect. He said that the state government was forced to take the decision following the refusal of the lecturers to call off six months old strike. Bello...
The Kano State House of Assembly has fixed Tuesday, Aug. 8, to swear in Alhaji Abdullahi Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the elected member representing Kura/Garun-Malam constituency. The Speaker, Alhaji Abdullahi Ata, who, announced this during plenary on Monday, said the development followed a letter received from the Supreme Court over its judgment on the issue. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Supreme Court recently sacked Alhaji Hayatu Dorawar-Sallau of the All Progressives Congress (APC) earlier declared winner of 2015 election. In its judgment, the court ordered the swearing in of Mohammed, the PDP candidate, who the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced as coming second in the 2015 election. NAN reports that before the 2015 general election, an APC aspirant, Alhaji Danladi Karfi, had instituted action before the Federal High Court, Kaduna, challenging the emergence of Dorawar-Sallau as the party’s candidate in the election. When Karfi approached the...
….Says They Will Dislodge Pdp Next Year In Ekiti Guber Polls By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja National Chairman of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) Mallam Shitu Mohammed, yesterday, called on the National Assembly to revisit the devolution of powers so that states can develop with constitutional hinderances. This comes as he boasted that their party will dislodged the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State. According to a statement by the party, Mohammed while explaining why the party believes restructuring, during the inauguration of the Ekiti State executive of the party, said it was the only way to ensure development in the country. He said "We equally believe that the country must be restructured for development and there must be devolution of powers to states so as for states to develop without constitutional hindrances that have slowed the pace of development in most states of the federation. We...