Political class inflicting pains on Nigerians – Irawo

Alhaja Aminat Irawo is a human rights activist. She was actively involved in the struggle against the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. She speaks in this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE on the state of the nation Why are you passionate about fighting for the masses? Since the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, I have been in the vanguard for a better Nigeria by allying with many civil society groups to champion the cause of the masses, especially on issues bordering on welfare and better…

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Philips: An enduring legacy of justice

The chairman of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Justice Ayotunde Phillips has, again, demonstrated that the qualities that made many saw her as an unbiased umpire, while she held sway as the Chief Judge of the state still subsists, given the way she supervised the recent local government election in the state. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports   Justice (Mrs.) Ayotunde Phillips is a household name in the judiciary, especially in Lagos State. From June 2012 to July 2014, she redefined the face of the Lagos judiciary and her footprints are…

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Mainstreaming Igbo in Nigerian politics

Being full text of a lecture delivered by Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu at the inauguration of Ndigbo Suppport Group for Governor Yahaya Bello on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Lokoja   Let me make one confession: I am always elated anytime I have a reason to speak on a matter concerning Ndigbo. And today, I am doing it in Kogi State; a place whose history is deep rooted and a state that has always offered Ndigbo an exceptional hospitality and space to thrive in their callings. First, let me specially…

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Constitution amendment: Regional bias shapes Senate’s position

CHUKWU DAVID reports on how the Senate’s vote on the various items recommended for amendment by its Committee on Constitution Amendment was shaped by regional bias of members of the upper legislative chamber The Nigeria Senate in a seeming nationalistic stance recently expressed serious concern over escalating secessionist agitations across the country. It also passed some resolutions, demonstrating intention to curb the various sectional/ethno-religious crises threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria. One of the resolutions of the Senate towards stemming the tide of secessionist moves and echoes of disintegration was…

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Constitution amendment: Intrigues that defined Reps’ votes

 Voting on the 33 bills in the report of the constitution review in the House of Representatives ended with some marked differences from the Senate. PHILIP NYAM reports on the intrigues and protests that characterised the exercise   A day after the Senate shocked many Nigerians by rejecting the devolution of powers in the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution, the House of Representatives, conscious of the angst that trailed the outcome of the exercise in the upper chamber, attempted to do some damage control. However, what the House did…

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How hope for devolution of powers was dashed

The Bill on Devolution of Power had proposed that the Second Schedule, Parts I and II of the Constitution be altered, to move certain items to the Concurrent Legislative List to give more legislative powers to states. The bill, among other intensions, delineated the extent to which the federal legislature and states assembly could legislate on the items that had been moved to the Concurrent Legislative List. However, 46 senators voted in support of the passage of the bill, while 48 voted against it with one abstaining from the exercise.…

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2019: PDP zones gov to Ogun East

Ogun State chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele, Sunday disclosed that the party’s governorship ticket has been zoned to Ogun East Senatorial District ahead of 2019 elections. He said in an exclusive interview with New Telegraph that the PDP took the decision as part of political strategies to win the next general elections in the state. Ogundele expressed delight at the recent Supreme Court judgement on the PDP leadership crisis, saying it had given hope to the party to bounce back to power. According to him, the…

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Ondo PDP expels, suspends Sheriff’s faction

 They have no power to do so – Alabi Some loyalists of the ousted National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Alimodu Sheriff led by Prince Biyi Poroye have been expelled by the party in Ondo State over allegations of anti-party activities. Aside Poroye, who was the factional chairman of the party, his Deputy, Mr Johnson Alabi, the factional secretary, Mrs Yemi Ajonibode and Ademola Genty were expelled from the party. The Chairman of the party, Clement Faboyede in a statement made available to reporters on Sunday said…

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PDP: Picking up the pieces after leadership crisis

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now rebuilding towards the 2019 general elections after its lingering crisis. ONYEKACHI EZE examines the chances of the party to return to its winning ways After about 14 months of leadership crisis that threatened its survival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now working hard to pick up its broken pieces towards rebuilding before the 2019 general elections. The party has lost much ground as a result of the crisis: some of its members defected to other political parties while its electoral fortunes nose-dived…

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Nigeria shouldn’t be plunged into chemical warfare, says Kanu Uche

The Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr. Kanu Uche, has lent his voice to the call for restructuring, devolution of powers and a united Nigeria. In this interview with TAI ANYANWU, he warns against the dangers of possible war How do you assess the response of our politicians to the issue of Nigeria’s unity? Politics is about caring for the people. I admired so much, the political lifestyle of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Michael Okpara, and Alhaji Ahmadu Bello. Look at Ahmadu Bello University, it is…

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