A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has restrained the House of Representatives from acting on the report of its House Committee on the Federal Capital Territory which indicted the immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, over allegations of impropriety in the management of Federal Government’s Centenary City project in Abuja. Anyim, through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), approached the court with an ex-parte motion brought pursuant to Order 5 Rules 3 and 4 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009 and Section 35 (1) of the 1999 Constitution. In the motion with suit number, CV/1303/17 and application no: M/5531/17 before the presiding judge, Justice U.A. Musale, the Anyim named the House of Representatives and Hon. Herman Hemben who is the Chairman, House Committee on FCT as 1st and 2nd respondents respectively. Anyim begged the court for “an order of interim injunction...
National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sen Ali Modu Sheriff yesterday declared that PDP stalwarts or stakeholders itching to form new political associations are military apologists and nomadic political activists who have no genuine political credentials. He noted that such members of their party were at the helm of affairs in PDP when impunity held sway. In the face of the raging leadership crisis, it was gathered that most PDP leaders are poised to form a new party if the Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led faction loses the been accused of nursing plans to Former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Emeka Ihedioha, was alleged to have said should Sheriff win at the apex court, there exists an alternative platform, where they will move into enmass. But Sheriff, in a statement signed by the PDP spokesman, Hon. Bernard Mikko, said that there is no division or schism in the party to...
Former Lagos State governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday said the unfounded speculation around the health of President Muhammadu Buhari must stop, saying such rumours and speculations could derail the president’s progressive agenda. Tinubu in a statement he personally signed obtained by LEADERSHIP said,” We must not covet fear and rumor but should engage our creativity and enterprise to help the President accomplish his historic mission.  Our greatest energies should be focused on righting this economy so that it provides a decent livelihood for all people. This critical path towards economic recovery must be followed for the sake of our children.” The sagacious politician pointed out that unfounded speculation serves no purpose other than to encourage those who would rather divisively pit one aspect of this nation against another. He said,” Such chatter may foment division where there was none and this might come...
Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has lambasted Rivers State governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike for failing to fulfill his threat of going to Court to claimed the $43 million recovered at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos. Wike has alleged that the cash, which was recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) belongs to Rivers State, kept at the Ikoyi Apartments by Amaechi, who is the immediate past governor of the state and threatened to go to court should the federal government fail to return the money to the state within seven days. Amaechi, in a statement issued last night in Port Harcourt by his media office, described the Wike-led administration in Rivers State as in Rivers State as a government of lies, deceit, fraud and blood. The former governor also threw his weight behind the call by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka that in the fight against corruption,...
After 71 days in the custody of the Department of States Security Service, DSS, former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, has been released. It was gathered that Hon  Suswam was released yesterday at about 3:30pm. The former governor had on 25 February, 2017 honoured invitation by the DSS over alleged possession of firearms and link with militia gang leader, Terwase Akwaza. He was, however , detained afterhhe honoured the invitation of the DSS. A source close to the former governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam, told our correspondent that the former governor was released on self- recognition, but agreed to honour the DSS invitation  whenever he is needed. The former governor is standing trial at a federal High court Abuja, over allegation of fraud. A group, Benue Concerned Citizens had last week called on the Department of State Service to immediately release Dr Gabriel Suswam or charge him to court for whatever offence he...
Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union, early projections showed. The centrist’s emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will bring huge relief to European allies who had feared another populist upheaval to follow Britain’s vote to quit the EU and Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president. Five projections, issued within minutes of polling stations closing at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. ET), showed Macron beating Le Pen by around 65 percent to 35 – a gap wider than the 20 or so percentage points that pre-election surveys had pointed to. Even so, it was a record performance for the National Front, a party whose anti-immigrant policies until recently made it a pariah in French politics, and underlined the scale of the divisions that Macron...
  The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Good Governance has claimed that some prominent Nigerians are currently plotting what it termed ‘civilian coup’ against President Muhammadu Buhari. The group, at a two day Consultative General Assembly held in Abuja during the week stated that since the president has not told anybody he is unfit to lead, no one should force him out of power. Representatives of 40 CSOs, which included the New Initiative for Credible Leadership, the Advocates of Social Justice for All, Lawyers of Mercy, Media Without Border, Beyond Leadership Legacy Foundation, described the calls for Buhari’s resignation as distraction to the current government. The groups in a statement jointly signed by its Secretary, Joyce AdamuSecretary and Rev Steven Onwu Chairman, Communique Drafting Committee passed a vote of confidence on the president to continue to oversee the nation’s political affairs. The statement said, “In the past days, several notable persons have breached...
BY ACHOR ABIMAJE The battle for Little Rayfield, Plateau State’s seat of power, has begun. In this report,  ACHOR ABIMAJE captures the intrigues and the unfolding drama as political parties and contenders engage in serious consultations and consolidation efforts to actualise their ambitions. ess than two years to the 2019 general election, aspirants jostling for Plateau State gubernatorial electionare emerging. Some of the governorship aspirants have openly declared their intention to anybody that cares to listen. For others who are yet to publicly declare their ambition, their body language speaks volumes. Following this development,   analysts are of the opinion that the Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong will brace for intense battle as several aspirants, on different platforms, are poised to unseat him. However, the two major political parties, ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have all agreed that Plateau South should produce a candidate for the gubernatorial...
BY CHIBUZO UKAIBE Some delegates of the 2014 National Conference reunited and revived the clamour for implementation of the recommendations, especially now that the National Assembly is embarking on amendment of the constitution. CHIBUZO UKAIBE, writes It was lamentation and regret when some former delegates of the 2014 National Conference reunited last Tuesday in Abuja. It was the first major  reunion of the delegates after they dispersed upon the close of their assignment in 2014. With the report relegated to the dust-gathering shelf of history, the former delegates, drawn from various geo-political zones, had revived the clamour for its implementation by this administration. Led by elder statesman, Tanko Yakassi, the reunion was designed to fashion a strategy on how to engage government to implement the report, more so, that the National Assembly was embarking on constitutional amendment. Three years on, precisely March 17,2017, after the conference was inaugurated by former President Goodluck Jonathan, over...
BY RUTH CHOJI Sen Yahaya Abdullah represents Kebbi North in the Senate. In this interview with RUTH CHOJI, the pioneer permanent secretary of Niger-Delta Ministry spoke on the challenges in the region and the direction the country should go with regards to crude oil. He also gave insight into the 2016 budget. The militants are threatening that they will start bombing again if their demands are not met.  What is your view? The threat could be as a result of the non- payment of amnesty stipends, school fees and the rest. The Senate did a supplementary budget last year and billions were appropriated for the militants. I heard that the presidential committee on amnesty is going round foreign countries to pay off the fees and allowances of ex-militants sent outside the country so that fees that are outstanding will be cleared. I am sure the funds have been released or else, the...