Yoruba Summit: Raising the bar of restructuring call

The call for restructuring of Nigeria is not new, but the Yoruba summit held last Thursday in Ibadan, Oyo State, perhaps gave a fresh narrative to the clamour. WALE ELEGBEDE reports on how the zone reached a consensus on return to regionalism   If there is any discourse that has permeated the nation’s political system, it is the call for the restructuring of Nigeria’s economic and political system. In the light of this, several individuals, ethnic groups, political parties and organisations, have joined the fray to put pressure on the…

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IPOB threat: Police to deploy 21,084 officers for poll

Tunde Oyesina Abuja Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, yesterday said a total of 21,084 officers would be deployed to Anambra State for the November 28 governorship election. Idris, who disclosed this in Abuja during the Situation Room dialogue session with civil societies on the election, added that no group under any guise would be allowed to disrupt or cause violence before, during and after the election. Giving the breakdown of how the police personnel would be stationed, the IGP revealed that four policemen will man each of the 4,330…

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Whither opposition

A common practice in advanced democracies across the globe is that the opposition ensures that the voice of the governed is heard to spur government to action. Besides this, it also forms a recognised, and even semi-official “government in- waiting.” The existence of an opposition, without which politics ceases, is indispensable to the functioning of parliamentary political systems, as uncensored public criticism and the threat of being thrown out of office, prevents rulers from acting with impunity. Though it is the right of a democratically elected government to govern, it…

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Abia APC chieftain drums support for Nwoye

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Abia State and a youth advocate, Engr. Nwabueze Onwuneme has appealed to those who lost out in the party’s guber primaries in Anambra State to accept it as God’s will and rally round Hon. Tony Nwoye for the sake of the party’s victory in the forth coming guber poll. Onwuneme in a chat with newsmen in his Umuahia home said the Anambra election is very important to the APC in its quest to fully make inroad into the South-East, so all…

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POLITRICKS: Ojudu’s escape from Fayose

The Yoruba Summit held in Ibadan has come and gone, but one person who will not forget in a hurry the jibes he got at the gathering is the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu. Representing the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the summit, Ojudu, found himself seated beside former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode. While the duo exchanged banters along political differences, FFK, as he is called, got support from other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apologists, but Ojudu had to carry his cross alone by…

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POLITRICKS: Oiling political structure

Former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff is one of the richest and influential politicians, especially in the North where he is known for his philanthropic gestures. Since he came into politics, Sheriff has been one of the faces of opposition party in the country and he has used his political structure to install and remove some public officers, especially in his home state, Borno. Recently, Sheriff in the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir celebration, brought joy to the people of Borno State as he hosted a large crowd at his mansion in Maiduguri…

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I’ve no interest in elective office – Onyeama

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has been accused of usurping functions and leadership in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu chapter. In this interview, Onyeama gave his own account of the crisis in Enugu State APC. Johnchuks Onuanyim writes There was news conference addressed by some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State alleging that you are destabilising the party in the state. What is your position on that? I appreciate the fact that you want to balance up your story. Sometimes one gets the…

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Disregard Uba’s petition, APC chieftain tells NWC

…as appeal committee submits report Johnchuks Onuayim One of the aspirants, who contested the August 26 All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Anambra State, Chief Madu Nonso, has called on the national leadership of the party to dismiss the petition of Senator Andy Uba over the outcome of the exercise as his allegations against the party’s flag bearer, Hon. Tony Nwoye are baseless. Madu charged Uba to accept the outcome in good faith and work with candidate and other stakeholders for APC’s victory in the November 18 governorship poll.…

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POLITICAL NOTES: Whither opposition

A common practice in advanced democracies across the globe is that the opposition ensures that the voice of the governed is heard to spur government to action. Besides this, it also forms a recognised, and even semi-official “government in- waiting.” The existence of an opposition, without which politics ceases, is indispensable to the functioning of parliamentary political systems, as uncensored public criticism and the threat of being thrown out of office, prevents rulers from acting with impunity. Though it is the right of a democratically elected government to govern, it…

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Viruses infected, destroyed PDP – Daniel

The is the concluding part of an interview with former Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State with GEOFFREY EKENNA Did you not lose that election because you fielded Jonathan, a southerner, when the North wanted power back after the purported one-term agreement? That’s fine but I would not put it that way in absolute terms. Remember I told you before that probably as a result of his consistent participation in the election for almost a decade and half; Buhari had cultivated a cult followership, largely in the North and some…

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