2020 guber ticket: Edo PDP at crossroads

OJIEVA EHIOSUN writes that the race for the PDP governorship ticket is brewing a crisis that is set to ‘consume’ the party if nothing is hurriedly done to nip the catastrophe in the bud.         The race for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, has taken a new dimension, with the leadership of the party at crossroads over the choice of its would-be candidate. This is because, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, who is expected to automatically clinch the party’s ticket…

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Amotekun: Afenifere backs govs, says no going back

Kunle Olayeni, Adewale Momoh and Adewumi Ademiju   Fayemi: Outfit in line with community policing Daniel: Operation desirable   Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, yesterday threw its weight behind the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, urging governors of the states in the zone not to bow to any pressure against the wish of the people of the region. Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, who gave the charge, while speaking with journalists at his residence in Akure, the Ondo State capital, condemned the declaration of Amotekun as illegal by the Federal Government through…

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Buhari ready to work with all Nigerians despite party differences – Enang

Senator Ita Enang is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, a former three-termed representative of Itu/Ibiono Federal Constituency and senator for Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District. Enang, who was until recently the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on National Assembly (Senate), speaks in this interview with TONY ANICHEBE on some salient issues, including Federal Government’s projects in Akwa Ibom and the planned citing of a nuclear plant in the state. Excerpts:       You said before the 2019 general election that the Calabar-Itu highway…

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Tension in Kano, Sokoto, Benue ahead of S’Court’s judgement

Muhammad Kabir, Umar Abdullahi, Cephas Iorhemen, Musa Pam and Onyekachi Eze       …as states await S’Court judgement    ●PDP in shock over loss of Imo, seeks God’s face   Fear has gripped political office holders and party chieftains in Kano, Sokoto, Benue and Plateau states, following Tuesday’s judgement of the Supreme Court, which sacked Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as governor of Imo State and declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9, 2019 governorship election, Senator Hope Uzodinma, winner of the poll.  The apex…

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Uzodinma sworn in as Imo gov

Steve Uzoechi   …demands financial records from 2010 till date   Senator Hope Uzodinma and Prof. Placid Njoku were last night sworn into office as Governor and Deputy Governor of Imo State respectively. They were sworn in by the Chief Judge of Imo State, Justice Paschal Nnadi at the Heroes Square in Owerri, the state capital, at about 8p.m. In his maiden address, Uzodinma announced his intention to look into the accounts and contracts awarded from May 29, 2010 till date. Uzodinma directed the Accountant General of Imo State to…

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Ihedioha: Supreme Court judgement contravenes will of Imo people

Ousted Governor of Imo State, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, yesterday broke his silence on Tuesday’s Supreme Court judgement which sacked him from office, describing the verdict as a contravention of the will of the people. The apex court had in a unanimous decision nullified the election of Ihedioha and enthroned Senator Hope Uzodoinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the validly elected governor in the March 9, 2019 governorship election. In a statewide broadcast to the people of Imo State, Ihedioha lamented that the mandate freely given to him…

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Why South-West deserves 2023 presidency, by Okunola

Hon. Mutiu Kunle Okunola, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is the National Coordinator of Nigeria Unity Forum and Tinubu 2023 Not Negotiable (TNN). In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, he speaks on his recent defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling party and the 2023 presidency, among other issues     Why did you dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)? I defected to the APC because the narrative has changed. Nigeria has a tradition of power rotation,…

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50yrs after Biafra: Nigerians speak on lessons from civil war

In this interview, a cross section of Nigerians speak on lessons from the civil war, Felix Nwaneri and Temitope Ogunbanke report        Gowon: Nigerians must avert another civil war     General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) was Nigeria’s Head of State during the war     I sincerely believe that my speech at the end of the civil war is still relevant today and on this occasion. I therefore urge us to always refer the speech as a reference point for entrenching national reconciliation, peace and unity of the…

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50yrs of end of Civil War: Civil war: An avoidable mistake

Strife that reshaped Nigeria   January 15, 1970 remains a significant date in Nigeria’s history. It was the day, the 30 months Nigerian Civil War that led to the death of over three million people ended, FELIX NWANERI reports   I t is reflections today as Nigeria marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, fought between the Federal Government and the secessionist state of Biafra.     The first shot of the 30-month old war was fired at the dawn of July 6, 1967 by federal…

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Biafra’s surrender speech

    Being text of speech by acting Head of State of Biafra, General Philip Effiong, that announced the surrender of the secessionist state on January 15, 1970   I , Philip Effiong, do hereby declare: I give you not only my own personal assurances but also those of my fellow officers and colleagues and of the entire former Biafran people of our fullest cooperation and very sincere best wishes for the future.   It is my sincere hope the lessons of the bitter struggle have been well learned by everybody…

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