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Petitions Against Ambode’s Nominees Not Automatic Disqualification – Lagos Assembly

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

By Tunde Opeseitan Lagos The Lagos State House of Assembly has clarified that any petition against the nominees for clearance as commissioners and special advisers by the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode would not amount to automatic disqualification. Ambode had forwarded a list of 37 nominees for clearance as commissioners and special advisers to the House, while the lawmakers, in turn, ...

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Nigerian Project, A Marriage Of Inconvenience, Says Lagos Lawmaker

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By Tunde Opeseitan Lagos The 55th independence anniversary of Nigeria has been viewed from many angles by several people, but for the lawmaker representing Epe Constituency 1 in Lagos State House of Assembly, Abiodun Tobun, the Nigerian project is a marriage of inconvenience. He said in an interview that, while some people were ready for independence of Nigeria in 1960, ...

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Stop Blaming Me For Your Political Woes, Wike Tells Amaechi

Wike and Rotimi-Amaechi

By Daniel Abia Port Harcourt                 The on-going verbal war between the former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi and the incumbent, Nyesom Wike continued unabatedly on Monday as both parties exchanged banters. While the All Progressive Congress, APC, leadership in the state weekend accused the acting national chairman of the People’s Democratic ...

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Cartel Behind Plateau Crises –Bature


Rufus  Bature is the Secretary to the Plateau State Government (SSG),  and former Minority Leader of the  Plateau State House of Assembly. In this interview  with Onoja Audu, he  speaks on what Governor Simon Lalong’s administration is doing to return peace  to the state widely regarded as the Home of Peace and Tourism. Excerpts: What is the current Plateau State ...

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Ministerial List: All Eyes On Saraki-led Senate

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki

By  Temidayo Akinsuyi LAGOS “On corruption, there will be no confusion as to where I stand. Corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into my administration – President Muhammadu Buhari (Chatham  House) Today, Tuesday October 6 2015, all attention will focus on the Nigerian Senate under the leadership of  Abubakar Bukola  Saraki for the unveiling ...

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Bayelsa Women Sue For Violence-Free Poll


By Igoniko Oduma Yenagoa Women from different communities in Bayelsa State have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct relevant security agencies to ensure that electoral violence is not recorded in the December 5 governorship election in the state. They also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be above board and conduct the governorship election according to the ...

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Incoming Ministers Should Learn From Diezani’s Trial – Agbaje

Fred Agbaje

By  Temidayo Akinsuyi LAGOS As the Senate unveils the names of would- be  ministers today, a Lagos-based constitutional lawyer, Fred  Agbaje has urged the incoming ministers  to learn from the ongoing trial of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke who is being tried in the United Kingdom (UK) by Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) for alleged bribery and corruption-related ...

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Fresh Application Stalls Judgement At C’River Tribunal

Election Petition Tribunals

By Nsa Gill Calabar                  Judgment scheduled to be delivered in one of the cases handled by the National Assembly election Petition Tribunal sitting in Cross River State was put on hold on Monday when the matter came up. The matter was the case with Ref. N0: EPT/CR/NA/6/15 between Sanislous Tawo of Labour ...

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Group Rejects Kaduna Ministerial Nominee

By Juliet Oyoyo Kaduna As the ministerial nominees list is submitted by President Buhari to the Senate for screening, a Kaduna-based human Rights and Good governance advocacy group, Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Initiative (CEDRA), has raised an alarm over the authenticity of the  ministerial nominee from Kaduna State, Amina Mohammed doubting if  she is an indigene of ...

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Atiku Pledges Support For Buhari, Military To End Terrorism


By Augustine Adah LAGOS In view of the last bomb blasts in Nyanya and Kuje that left scores dead and many injured,  former Vice- President,  Atiku Abubakar, has promised to give support to President Muhammadu Buhari and the military to end terrorism in the country. Atiku on his tweeter handle said; “We will continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari and ...

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Uncertainty Over Enugu LG Polls

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Amina  Zakari

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu ENUGU There is uncertainty in Enugu State over the local government election, expected to hold by December. The State Local Government Law authorizes the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) to hold elections every two years to elect chairmen and councilors for the 17 local government areas of the State. The previous administration in Enugu State under ...

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Saraki’s Trial And Politics Of Ministerial Nominees


Until 2003 when Dr. Bukola Saraki was made the governor of Kwara State, little was known about his political antecedents though his late father, Olusola Saraki was known as the ‘strongman of Kwara politics’.  Saraki’s political journey began when his late father had misunderstanding with the then governor of Kwara State, late Mohammed Lawal. The mistrust between Lawal and late ...

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Why We Worked Against Jonathan’s Re-election –Abdullahi


Prominent member of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Ango Abdullahi, in this interview with Juliet Oyoyo, speaks on why the NEF clamoured for power shift to the North, Boko Haram and other national issues. Excerpts: Many people including stakeholders believe that if the coup of 1983 had not taken place, ...

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PDP And Criticism Of Akinwunmi Ambode’s Performance

Ambode and Gani

By  Temidayo Akinsuyi Since his assumption of office on May 29 as the Chief  Executive Officer of the state widely regarded as the nerve centre of Nigeria’s commercial and economic hub,  Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi  Ambode  has come under heavy sticks from the major opposition  party in the state, the  Peoples Democratic  Party (PDP).  The party, in regular statements by ...

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It Depends On Saraki’s Disposition Towards His Trial –Yunusa


National Chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP), Dr.  Tanko Yunusa in this interview with Anuli Agwu, speaks on the likely effect the trail of the Senate president, Bukola  Saraki will have on  President Buhari’s ministerial nominees. Excerpts: Do you think the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki will have any effect on the ministerial list to be submitted ...

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Frustrating The Screening By Senators Can Be Counter-productive –Enesi


The President, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Dr.  Peter Enesi, in this interview speaks on the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and its likely effect on the screening of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees at the Senate. He spoke to EJIKEME OMENAZU What is your impression about the  ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the ...

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Some Senators May Use Screening For Bargaining –Ogunye


A Lagos based constitutional lawyer,  Jiti Ogunye in this interview with Anuli Agwu, speaks on whether the trial of  Senate president, Bukola  Saraki will have any effect on the ministerial nominees sent by President Buhari last week. Excerpts: Do you think the ongoing trial of the Senate President Bukola  Saraki will have any effect on the ministerial list to be ...

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No Geopolitical Zone Can Hold Nigeria To Ransom – Okoye

Barrister Festus Okoye

Barrister Festus Okoye is a Kaduna based pro-democracy and human rights activist and a constitutional lawyer. He is also an Executive Director, Human Rights Monitor and was a delegate to the 2014 National Conference. In this interview with Gabriel John, he says no geo-political zone of Nigeria can hold the entire nation to ransom. Excerpts: How would you describe President Mohammed ...

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National Assembly Crisis, A Distraction – Lame

Dr Yakubu Lame

Former Minister of Police Affairs and former Governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State, Dr Yakubu Lame, in this interview withPatience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, speaks on the alleged planned impeachment of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and kidnappings in the country among others. There seem to be some challenges between the National Assembly, specifically the Senate, and the APC ...

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Alison-Madueke Arrested In London, Releasesed On bail

Diezani Alison-Madueke

•  EFCC Raids, Seals Abuja Mansion By Temidayo Akinsuyi Lagos Former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Maduekwe, has been arrested in London, but later released on bail. Reports have it that she was arrested yesterday afternoon, alongside five other persons whose identities could not be immediately ascertained but are believed to be her personal aides and business fronts. The United ...

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Igbo, Ijaw’s Allies In National Politics–Dickson

Seriake Dickson

By Igoniko Oduma Yenagoa Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has said the Igbo are allies of the Ijaw in the national politics of Nigeria. He stated this on Wednesday when the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo in the state conferred the chieftain title of ‘Ekwueme I of Bayelsa State’ on him at Government House,Yenagoa, according to a statement by his ...

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APC Sues Fayose, EKSIEC Over LG Poll


By Yaqoub Popoola Ado- Ekiti The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has taken Governor Ayodele Fayose and State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) to court over composition of the electoral body. In a suit filed by its counsel, Abiodun Fasakin and Tajudeen Akingbolu, the party said the composition of the electoral body contradicted the constitutional requirement for a non-partisan ...

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Saraki: I Won’t Be Surprised If Senators Frustrate Ministerial Screening –Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay

By  Temidayo  Akinsuyi LAGOS Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Prof. Itse  Sagay (SAN) on Thursday said senators will be doing themselves a great disservice if they attempt to work against the ministerial list forwarded to them for screening by President  Muhammadu Buhari due to the ongoing trial of the  Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The Office of the Attorney General ...

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