Osun West bye-election: Security beefed up as APC, PDP hold primaries

  Security was beefed up in Osogbo, the Osun capital, and Iwo Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday as the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic (PDP) primaries for Osun-West Senatorial District bye-election got underway. While APC was holding its primary in Osogbo, PDP convened  its own in Iwo Local Government Area of the state. Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN),  who are  at the venues of the primaries,   report  that there was heavy presence of mobile and regular policemen as well as  officers  of …

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Zambia suspends 48 opposition MPs for snubbing president’s speech

  Zambia’s parliament suspended 48 opposition lawmakers on Tuesday for boycotting a speech by the president, widening a political rift that has alarmed rights groups. Parliament’s speaker barred the United Party for National Development (UPND) politicians from taking their seats for 30 days, a move that banned them from the building and stopped their pay. Their party, which was defeated in August elections that it said were rigged, called the suspensions unconstitutional. The lawmakers boycotted President Edgar Lungu’s address at the official opening of the assembly in March, saying they…

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Ondo APC: Controversy over Kekemeke’s suspension

BABATOPE OKEOWO reports on the suspension of the Ondo State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Duerimini Isaacs Kekemeke, which has brought to the fore the discrepancies in the ruling party’s constitution Just as the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic Nigeria is characterised by many conflicting provisions that sometimes needs clarifications by the courts, the 2014 constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is replete with similar contradictions especially as it concerns the removal of officers of the party. The contradictory nature of the APC’s constitution came to…

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The battle gets messier

The battle of wits between Governor Yahaya Bello and Senator Dino Melaye is heating up the polity in Kogi State, writes WALE ELEGBEDE Like a recurring decimal, the simmering political crisis in Kogi State is in the front burners again, but this time, the stakes appear to be high and the gladiators are headed for each other’s jugular to put an end to the crisis once and for all. The gladiators in the state, Governor Yahaya Bello and the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district, Senator Dino Melaye, and their…

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Celebrating Ambode at 54

It is always a Herculean task to write tributes to your boss on his birthday, not for want of what to write, but for misconception of readers who may accuse you of being too patronising. As a matter of fact, there is no way a leader, mentor and boss like Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State will not be celebrated on his natal day to let people know the humane side of him hidden from the public. Many have read and watched events marking Lagos at 50 and two years…

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POLITRICKS: Anambra guber revs fringe parties

Ahead of the November governorship election, in Anambra State leaders and members of political parties in the state have started strategising and fighting for party positions with the aim of being at vantage positions during the election. Politricks gathered from national chairman of onr of the politicalparties that some individuals have started struggling to serve in the party’s executive at the state level. In fact, Politricks gathered that two people are battling to lead the party in Light of the Nation State. “I have been receiving calls from different people…

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POLITRICKS: Dashed hope for Lagos APC aspirants

The recent chairmanship primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State was a test of might for political gladiators in the Centre of Excellence and explains why the outcome was determined by godfathers and who is who in Lagos politics. The outcome of the APC’s primaries where majority of the party’s candidates emerged through consensus has dashed the hope of over 80 per cent of the aspirants, who coughed out N555,000 and N155,000 in their quest to become council chairmen and councillor.s Politricks learnt from a reliable…

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APC can be sacked – Odigie-Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun Tuesday stated that the party can be fired if it did not meet the aspirations of Nigerians. Odigie-Oyegun stated this at the National Headquarters of the party when a book titled: “APC: The making of a change agents”, written by the  Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla was presented to him. According to him, Nigerians applied the right to fire a government for the first time when they voted out the Peoples Democratic Party…

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Our successes, challenges

An excerpts of a speech delivered by Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dogara, at the second year anniversary of the 8th Assembly on June 9, 2017 We have chosen to mark this day, not because we are in the mood for celebrations. No. We are marking this day even when the nation is struggling to exit from the excruciating economic recession and anguish being faced by our people. Our intention therefore is to simply appraise ourselves, to find out at mid-term, how far we have kept faith with our…

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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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