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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My fears about APGA’s chances in Anambra guber election – Ezugwu

Chief Willy Ezugwu is a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). He speaks, in this interview with Felix Nwaneri, on the party’s leadership crisis and APGA’s chances in the November governorship election in Anambra State     As a member of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Board of Trustee (BoT), how is the party’s recurring leadership crisis impacting on its success? It is true that APGA has been ridden by leadership crisis since the death of our great leader, Dim Emeka Odumegu Ojukwu.…

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How we resolved crisis over Lagos APC LG primaries – Afikuyomi

The Chairman, Lagos State All Progressives Congress (APC) elections committee for the July 22 local government election, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, has given insight into how the party resolved the skirmishes in some areas arising from its primaries. He said the disagreements in some areas were resolved through the conflict-resolution mechanism put in place by the party to address all the issues raised by aggrieved aspirants during the primaries. Afikuyomi in a statement issued and made available to New Telegraph said the APC had forwarded its list of chairmanship and councillorship…

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INEC may announce newly registered parties Wed

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will on Wednesday give a status report on the 95 political associations that applied to it to be registered as political parties. About five of these associations were said to have been registered. INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, at workshop in Kaduna ‎Monday, said a statement would be issued on the matter after the commission’s meeting on Wednesday. One of the intending political associations, the Action Democratic Party (ADP), had las week, petitioned the commission over the delay to issue it with a formal…

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Nigeria’s mobile legislators

The Nigerian Constitution clearly intends to discourage and penalise legislators for defection except on rare and exceptional circumstances, but that has not been the case given the gale of defections across the various legislative houses in the country, FELIX NWANERI reports     The framers of the Nigerian Constitution were not unmindful of the harm that unguarded defection by legislators could cause to polity, which explained the wisdom behind the provision of section 68(1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The section states that: “A member of the Senate…

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Nigerians’ll resist any coup – Opadokun

Chief Ayo Opadokun is a former Secretary-General of the National Democratic Coalition and convener, Coalition of Democrats for Electoral Reform (CODER). In this with ADEWALE AJAYI, he speaks on the fight against corruption, the current political system in the country and the 2019 general elections, among other issues     The Chief of Army Staff recently raised the alarm about some politicians hobnobbing with military men, thereby creating an impression of some people planning a coup. What is your take on that? For the first time in this country since…

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SEDC bill: Reps insensitive to plight of people of S’East – Metuh

  Former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh‎ said the rejection of the bill seeking for the establishment of the South East Development Commission by the House of Representatives does not demonstrate the desired spirit of national accommodation. Metuh, however, said it is heartwarming that a good number of lawmakers from other geo-political zones supported the bill. “This is a laudable act, showing that other regions are beginning to appreciate the issues related to the developmental predicaments of the South East,” he said. Metuh,…

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