Oshiomhole rejects Obaseki’s Christmas gifts

From Cajetan Mmuta, Benin The spirit of love, hope and joy being canvassed by leaders across the country may have been defeated as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole at Christmas eve rejected gifts from the state government. The latest development is a clear pointer of the worsening feud between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his estranged political godfather Comrade Adams Oshiomhole ahead of next year’s gubernatorial election. Obaseki is seeking for a second term in office. Both Oshiomhole and…

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Plateau PDP lawmakers reject tenure extension for LG chairmen

From Musa Pam, Jos Members of the Plateau State House of Assembly Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus have rejected the six months extension of the tenure of the Management Committee Chairmen of Barkin ladi, Riyom, Jos North and Jos South local government areas of the state by the APC members of the 9th Assembly. Minority Whip and Member Representing Langtang South State Constituency Hon. Sohchang Zingtim while briefing journalists at the State Assembly Complex alongside eight other PDP members rejected the tenure elongation. Zingtim said the PDP lawmakers are not…

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Dasuki, Sowore: Freedom at last

Felix Nwaneri and Tunde Oyesina report on the long road to freedom for former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki and Convener of RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore, after the duo respectively spent four years and four months in detention   It was breath of fresh air for former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Convener of RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore as the Federal Government, yesterday, directed the Department of State Services (DSS) to release them. Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar…

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Lack of internal democracy, bane of Nigeria’s democracy – Popoola

Joel Popoola, a British citizen of Nigerian descent, is the Founder of a digital democracy project – Rate Your Leader. In this interview with WALE ELEGBEDE, he speaks on the need for accountability by public office holders, Nigeria’s democracy and fake news, among other issues      What do you think is responsible for the no motion movement in the country’s democracy since 1999? There are a series of challenges that are responsible for this; the major one has to do with the electoral process. There is lack of internal…

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Govt can’t fight corruption without enforceable laws – Erubami

Comrade Mashood Erubami is the president of Nigeria Voters Assembly (VOTAS) and Executive Director Centre for Human Rights and Ethics in Development (CHRED). In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, he speaks on anti-corruption war in Nigeria and the way forward   Nigeria recently joined the world to celebrate the International Anti-corruption Day in commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the United Nations convention against corruption. What are your thoughts on the event? Since year 2003, when the United Nation Convention against corruption became an international document to be celebrated every…

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Nigerians’re great people despite challenges – Egberongbe

A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe, has described Nigeria as a very fortunate country peopled with a population that believes in perseverance. Egberongbe, who represents Apapa Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said this level of perseverance has kept Nigeria united in spite of security threats and other challenges that had run for many years. The lawmaker made this position known in a message to Nigerians in commemoration of this year’s Christmas celebration. “We all agree, irrespective of individual and national challenges,…

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Single tenure: The bill that failed to fly

How Reps shut down six-year single tenure bill   The House of Representatives last week kicked against a bill seeking to make provision for a six-year single term for presidents, governors and members of the national and states Assembly. PHILIP NYAM reviews the debate       R eminiscent of Daniel Kanu’s infamous Youth Earnestly Ask for Abacha (YEAA) and former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s alleged third term agenda, a bill seeking to provide for a six-year single term for the president, governors and members of the national and states Assembly…

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A Senate that works for Nigeria

T he Ninth Nigerian Senate was inaugurated on June 11, 2019. Six months after, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and his colleagues have a lot to celebrate even if also some things to ponder on the task ahead. The Senate can be proud of its record of achievements in all areas of its responsibilities as a preeminent democratic institution. The pace has been frenetic, as would be seen shortly. But the smoothness of the process and seeming placidness of the legislative environment have made its feats gone almost unnoticed or…

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Ebonyi: One battle too many

UCHENNA INYA reports on the supremacy battle between the council chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Hon. Clement Odah and the member representing Ohaukwu South Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Chinedu Onah, which has heightened tension in the area     O haukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State is one of the four councils under Ebonyi North Senatorial District. It is also one of the lucky local governments in the state, having produced notable leaders at the local, state and national levels.  …

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Ogun: Fresh crisis looms as Akinlade, APM members return to APC

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta The Allied People’s Movement (APM) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, has announced his return to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Akinlade made the dramatic return to his former party barely five days after he lost his petition at the Supreme Court, challenging the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun in the March 9 governorship election. He had also lost his case at the governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on September 14 and, subsequently, his appeal at the Court of Appeal, Ibadan on November 11. New Telegraph…

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