FEC and Fashola’s N1.58b road patching project

I sat attentively as usual last Wednesday inside the briefing room of the council chambers in the presidential villa, waiting to get the news from the outcome of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting. Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had just presided over the meeting as he has been doing since President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to London, United Kingdom (UK) on a medical vacation. Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was joined by former Lagos State governor and Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola and…

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Nigeria not yet democratic –Ekiyor

Dr Konrad Welson Ekiyor was the Chief Press Secretary to the immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan when the latter was the Governor of Bayelsa State. The lecturer of Philosophy at the Niger Delta University spoke with PAULINE ONYIBE on sundry issues. Excerpts.     How would you assess Nigeria’s 17 years of democracy? Nigerian is translating into democracy. The problem is this, we brought the idea of democracy in this country from the West and today we believe we are practicing democracy. I want to disagree. Nigeria…

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Owan-Enoh: New law on emergency power soon

Senator John Owan-Enoh is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance, representing Cross River Central Senatorial District. In this interview with CLEMENT JAMES, he spoke on sundry issues. Excerpts…   Why did you dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressive Congress (APC)? I believe that was the right thing to do and the right decision taken because, majority of our people in the Central Senatorial District had been excluded by the PDP. I believe that our interest would be best served in an alternative platform, the APC. What…

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The many ‘wrongs’ of Ajimobi

There is no doubting the fact that an average citizen of Oyo State is politically sophisticated, highly intelligent and sagacious. They don’t suffer fools gladly and they call a spade by its name without minding whose ox is gored. All these attributes have always come to play during political discourse and whenever the need to make informed political decisions arises. It could, therefore, be safely concluded that their resolve to give Governor Abiola Ajimobi an unprecedented second term in office in 2015, through their overwhelming votes, was not a blunder.…

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Politics of defection in Nigeria: South East experience

Since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, Nigerian politicians have exhibited uncommon attitude and resilience in search of political positions. In most cases, however, these quests by politicians to either ascend higher or clinch a certain political position have often led to defection. This indeed had been the trend since the return to democratic governance in the country. To say the least, there are few politicians who had not moved from one political party to the other all in search of greener political pastures. Most often, these politicians are either…

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Constitution amendment: Eight Senate worst ever, says Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay speaks with JOHN CHIKEZIE on the ongoing amendment of the 1999 Constitution.     How would you react to the decision of the Senate regarding the diverse constitution amendments before it? To summarise the attitude of the Senate to constitutional reforms, their decisions on Wednesday July 26, 2017 demonstrate their contempt and disdain for federalism and women, and their inordinate self-love and self-indulgence, amounting to narcissism at the expense of other Nigerians. Their rejection of devolution of some powers to the states involving transfer of some items…

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You can’t suspend Banire, APC tells Lagos Chapter

      National leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Friday told the Mushin Local Government chapter of the party that they have no constitutional powers to suspend a national officer. The APC national leadership stated this in reaction to the purported suspension of the APC National Legal Adviser, Dr. Muniz Banire from the party. According to the APC, in statement from the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullai,‎ only the National Executive Committee of the party was vested with the powers to suspend a national officer. The APC…

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The new destination choice

FELIX NWANERI reports on the recent visits by a section of Nigeria’s political leaders to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Abuja House in London, which has turned the building to Mecca of some sort     Abuja House, the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), located in the posh Campden Hill area of the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London, is fast turning to a destination choice for powers that be in Africa’s most populous nation. The reason is, however, not farfetched.…

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Anti-graft war: Ebonyi, ICPC partner on strategies

UCHENNA INYA reports on the partnership between the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Ebonyi State Government on the anti-corruption war   When he took over the mantle of leadership in 2015 as the chief executive of Ebonyi State, Governor Dave Umahi declared zero tolerance to corruption and immediately constituted the Fiscal Responsibility Board charged with the responsibility of fighting corruption in the state. After constituting the board, Umahi went into probe of projects handled by the immediate past administration by directing the contractors to join…

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No plot to impeach Osinbajo – Marafa

Senator Kabir Marafa represents Zamfara Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly. He speaks on the insinuation in some quarters that the Senate plotted to remove Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. CHUKWU DAVID reports The Coalition of Northern Youths recently described you as an enemy within for allegedly supporting Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe on an alleged motion to make the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, acting president, when Prof. Yemi Osinbajo travelled out of the country earlier this month? It is an unfortunate development within the politics of North- West in particular. I…

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