Doling out cash, not solution to restiveness – Adjogbe

Mr. Samuel Adjogbe is the Executive Director, Projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). He speaks in this interview with SONY NEME, on the agency’s efforts to meet the oil-rich region’s needs When the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo toured the Niger Delta, he threatened to jail contractors who abandoned projects. How does NDDC hope to tackle the issue of abandoned projects that litter everywhere in the region without proper funding? On the issue of the abandoned projects, we have tried to ascertain the reason why those jobs that…

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Awaiting Supreme Court’s judgement

Leaders and stakeholders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are anxiously waiting for the Supreme Court judgement to resolve the leadership crisis in the party, ONYEKACHI EZE reports   Claimants to the leadership of the former ruling party – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will soon know their fate as the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the matter, having reserved judgement on the appeal filed before it by the National Caretaker Committee of the party challenging the February 6 Court of Appeal judgement, which recognised Senator Ali Modu…

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Anambra people are tired of APGA’s false claims – Nwike

Bufo Nwike, an Ireland-based medical practitioner, hails from Ogbunike, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State. He speaks in this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE on his aspiration to govern Anambra on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)     Three years ago, you abandoned your governorship ambition halfway and fled the country. What happened? Yes, I nursed the ambition to contest for governor but what happened that led my fleeing the country is still in the public domain. My brother, Chuddy Nwike, who was the deputy governor to…

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Osun: APC clears Aregbesola’s nominee for Senatorial Rerun election

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared Mudashiru Oyetunde Hussen, the nominee of the Osun State governor,  Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the party’s Osun West Senatorial District primaries. The members of APC NWC cleared the aspirant after its emergency meeting Monday. Husseni, a commissioner in the present administration ‎ of Aregbesola was formally disqualified by the Screening Committee. The committee was alleged to have disqualified him for failing to properly resign his appointment as a Commissioner. But after its meeting on Monday, the APC NWC…

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Ndume: Why I won’t apologise

Suspended former Senate Leader Mohammed Ali Ndume has ruled out a likelihood of him apologising in order to get a recall. He told reporters, after an interactive session with his constituents in Abuja, that there was no basis for him to apologise since he did nothing to warrant a suspension. Ndume was on March 39 sent on a six months’ suspension for alleged breach of Senate rules. He allegedly alerted the Senate to the purchase of exotic cars for the Senate President, with forged papers, and the certificate scandal against…

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June 12: The key actors,their respective roles

Felix Nwaneri and Wale Elegbede profile the key actors in the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, as well as those who fought for the poll’s revalidation   Ibrahim Babangida The then Military President eclipsed his eight-year reign(1985-1993) with the annulment of the June 12 presidential election. He had after four years in power (1989) came up with the idea of two political parties – Social Democratic Party (SDP) and National Republican Convention (NRC) and urged all Nigerians to join either of the parties. The legislative elections went…

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June 12: Nigerians speak

Adebanjo: Nigerians yet to learn from June 12 Chief Ayo Adebanjo, an Afenifere chieftain, was one of the leading voices in National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) during June 12 annulment struggle June 12 reminds us of the day MKO Abiola won the successful election in this country, which was annulled by the military led by Ibrahim Babangida. It was the day democracy was killed. MKO Abiola demonstrated that day that our votes count, but the military nullified the election. That is why we believe that June 12 is the real Democracy…

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The botched national honour for Abiola

Goodluck Jonathan

    The clamour by most Nigerians for the Federal Government to immortalise the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola was resounding for years, but successive governments paid deaf ears to it. The demand was however heeded to by immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, when he renamed the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG) to Moshood Abiola University, Lagos (MAULAG) after the late Ogun State born-businessman and politician. The then president, in a nationwide broadcast to mark the 2012 Democracy Day, said the…

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Remembering a martyr

Abiola

Today’s 24th anniversary of the annulled 1993 presidential election offers Nigerians another opportunity to reflect on the country’s stride to true and representative democracy and the man, who symbolised that period of national history – Chief Moshood Abiola, FELIX NWANERI reports     After the painstaking eight-year conduct of a transition programme to return Nigeria to democratic rule, the then military government led by General Ibrahim Babangida, voided the result of the June 12, 1993 election, which would have produced his successor. That action added the word – annulment –…

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Putting South-East development on the agenda

A fortnight ago, a bill seeking the establishment of a South-East Development Commission (SEDC) was thrown out in the House of Representatives. PHILIP NYAM gives a blow by blow account of how and why the proposed legislation hit the rocks at the lower house A few days after the Igbo nation rolled out the drums to remember her fallen heroes and victims of the Nigerian Civil War, the House of Representatives decided to put a spanner in the wheel of Biafra agitators by throwing out a bill seeking to establish…

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