House stabilises after the storm

Midterm scorecard Dogara stabilises House after the storm The 8th House of Representatives will be two years on June 9. PHILIP NYAM examines the performance of the parliament under Speaker Yakubu Dogara in the last two years On Friday, June 9, 2016, the House of Representatives will roll out its drums to mark two years of its four-year tenure. The 360-member legislative house was proclaimed and inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday 9 June, 2015. After two years, political pundits and indeed Nigerians have formed their opinion about the…

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APC has redefined governance in Kebbi – Macido

Kebbi State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr. Muhammadu Maccido, speaks in this interview with ABUBAKAR ABDUL, on two years of Governor Atiku Bagudu’s government and the recent defections to the party in the state Your party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has just celebrated two years in office, as the chairman of the party in Kebbi State, how would you access its government in the state? In the last two years, our government has done tremendously well in all facets of human endeavour such as agriculture, education,…

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POLITRICKS: The fear of anti-graft agencies

There is no doubt that the ongoing war against corruption by the Muhammadu Buhari administration has succeeded in cowing most politicians, especially members of the opposition political parties. While some are currently held in detention for their respective roles in the immediate past administration, others have either escaped abroad or gone underground. But, to some who are yet to be quizzed, the best option is to shun politicking for now to avoid having the various antigraft agencies beam their searchlight on them. Politricks encountered one of them recently, and when…

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POLITICAL NOTES: Opposition as alternative platform

This tend to be when it is simply in the wider public interest that a problem is fixed as well as when the solution the government is proposing has wide support and is hard to disagree with. Regrettably, this has not been the case in Nigeria. Instead of holding the government accountable and serving as alternative platforms, most members of opposition parties chase political offices. Much noise would be made to rubbish and paint the party in power in bad light, but immediately an opportunity is opened, they grab it.…

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POLITRICKS: No more free meals for hangers on

It is hard time for hangers-on, who depend on public office holders for survival, no thanks to the economic recession, which has forced most politicians to adjust their expensive lifestyles. Some of these hangers- on, who usually seize the opportunity of any political gathering as time of merriment given the presence of the benefactors, experienced the shock of their lives during a recent political event in one of the communities in Imo State. The event, which was organized to honour a son of the community, who was appointed as board…

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APC Crisis: Kekemeke accuses govt of mastermiding crisis

It’s not true – CPS The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State worsened Tuesday as the embattled Chairman, Hon Duerimini Isaacs Kekemeke accused the governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of deploying violence in order to take over the structure of the party. Kekemeke in a letter to the Southwest Zonal executive of the APC led by Chief Pius Akinyelure alleged the governor of deploying state machineries in order to unconstitutional take over the State Executive Committee of the party. There had been dispute among the…

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Ganduje moves to reconcile Dogara, Jibrin

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The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, is making moves towards reconciling the suspended member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin with Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers of the House. It was learnt that Ganduje has reached out to Dogara on the issue, and the lawmakers are considering recalling Jibrin from suspension. Jibrin was suspended by the House for 180 legislative days for exposing budget fraud allegedly committed by some principal officers of the House. Sources at the Government House said as part of the initial reconciliation…

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Adeleke: INEC fixes July 8 for Osun West Senatorial bye-election

  The Independent National​ Electorial Commission (INEC) has fixed July 8 for Osun-West Senatorial District bye-election to elect a new senator for the constituency after the sudden death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke. In a notice by Administrative Secretary, INEC, Osun, Mr E.A Ademusire, in Osogbo on Monday, conduct of parties’ primaries would commence on Tuesday through June14 while the election would hold on July 8. The notice stated that bye-election was scheduled “consequent upon the position of the enabling status that bye-elections to fill the declared vacant seat by the…

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Alternative platform to the rescue

With its defeat at the last general elections, the cord holding the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) relapsed and the party has been in turmoil. In this report, Wale Elegbede writes on the latest round of crisis within the party     Like a wild-fire, the crisis ravaging the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has eaten deep into its fabrics and many are already speculating the death of the party. Although the party is not alien to crisis as it had battled with shades of wrangling and came out unscathed, the narrative…

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Umahi’s two years of infrastructural, urban devt

UCHENNA INYA reports on two of Governor Dave Umahi’s administration in Ebonyi State and his landmark projects which have transformed the state While canvassing for votes during the2015 general elections, Ebonyi State governor, Chief Dave Umahi based his campaign on a three-legged tripod – the people, infrastructure and economy. Since assumption of office, he has strived to achieve this tripod. Immediately he took over mantle of leadership from his predecessor, Chief Martin Elechi, Umahi embarked on construction and rehabilitation of all the roads in the capital city and some of…

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