The dawn of national reconciliation

Text of General Gowon’s victory message to the nation on January 15, 1970     C itizens of Nigeria, It is with a heart full of gratitude to God that I announce to you that today marks the formal end of the civil war. This ends thirty months of a grim struggle. Thirty months of sacrifice and national agony.   Exactly four years ago on January 15, 1966, a group of young army officers overthrew the government of the country with violence. The country hoped, however, that the military regime…

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Isiaka’s defection: Ogun now one-party state – Abiodun, Oshiomhole

Gboyega Isiaka

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta  Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, was literally shut down on Tuesday as three-time governorship candidate, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, formally defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Isiaka, who was the governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 elections, was received into the APC by Governor Dapo Abiodun, the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the state APC Caretaker Chairman, Chief Yemi Sanusi. Prominent politicians in the ADC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who were joined by hundreds of their followers from the 20…

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APC crisis: Oshiomhole’s chairmanship illegal – N/E chair

Johnchuks Onuanyim, Abuja Crisis Tuesday erupted at the National Working Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the North East National Vice Chairman, Comrade Salihu Mustapha declared that the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is presiding over the NWC illegally. Mustapha, who had had altercation with the Chairman at the NEC meeting, told journalists that Oshiomhole has been suspended by his ward and the state chapter of the party and therefore had no right to preside over the NWC. According to him, the chairman had read a…

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Okwuosha: Govt did well to set-up Derivation Fund but…

Engr. Anthony Okwuosha is the Managing Director of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC). In this interview with STEVE UZOECHI, he speaks on the realities of oil producing communities in the state and how the commission is contending with multifarious challenges they are facing. Excerpts:   Do oil producing communities in Imo State really suffer deprivations?   Yes, they do and we cannot overemphasize that. They suffer several special kinds of deprivation to such extent that strange health issues and ailments that are uncommon in this part…

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APC remains party to beat in Edo – Osagiede

Pastor Joseph Osagiede is the new Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State. In this interview, he speaks on the party’s readiness for this year’s governorship election in the state, achievements of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his second term bid, crisis within the party and efforts to resolve the impasse. CAJETAN MMUTA reports       You recently assumed office as the new Publicity Secretary of the Edo State chapter of the APC at a time it is embroiled in serious crisis. How prepared are you…

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Reps push for conduct of census

  The House of Representatives has passed a resolution giving the National Population Commission (NPC) ultimatum to release the timetable for the nation’s population census latest by 2020. PHILIP NYAM reviews the proceedings at which the resolution was passed     T he question of population census in Nigeria has always been controversial and complicated. After almost 60 years of independence, the nation is yet to get it right in the conduct of its census.   Most population headcounts conducted after the exit of the colonial masters have not yielded…

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Cross River: 2020 beckons on Ayade

  CLEMENT JAMES reports on how the frequent travels of Cross River State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has negatively affected governance in the state      A s people across the world ushered in the year 2020, corporate entities, governments and even individuals are setting goals and articulating objectives in order to better their respective achievements of the past year. Government in particular, which exists for the purposes of security and welfare of citizens, has the responsibility to improve on infrastructure and security as well as prepare the ground for…

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Kogi: We’ll run all-inclusive govt – COS Asuku

Yahaya Bello

Muhammad Bashir Lokoja   The Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Pharmacist Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku, has said the administration, under the leadership of Alhaji Yahaya Bello, will involve critical stakeholders in the state irrespective of political party affiliation.   Pharmacist Asuku stated this over the weekend in Lokoja, the state capital, shortly after he was elected Chairman of the Ahmadu University Alumni, Kogi State chapter.   According to him,  no  government can succeed without meeting the yearnings and aspiration of it’s people.   He assured the people that Governor…

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Alleged empty treasury: Edo PDP chair seeking political relevance, should be ignored – Obaseki’s aide

Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, has berated the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Dan Orbih, for fabricating stories of an empty treasury against the state government to score cheap political points and save his ebbing political career. In a statement, Osagie noted that the rumours of an empty treasury are products of Orbih’s imagination as they have no basis in fact. According to him: “The chairman of the PDP in Edo State, Dan Orbih, has…

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Election petitions: Governors’ long walk to S’Court victories

Okowa, el-Rufai, Sanwo-Olu, Umahi,    Makinde, others scale legal hurdles       FELIX NWANERI reports on the recent judgements of the Supreme Court that affirmed the respective victories of some governors elected during the 2019 general election, which have also confirmed results of the polls as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)   I t has been torrent of judgements from the Supreme Court since December as the country’s apex court rules on the various appeals filed by some governorship candidates, who lost out in the 2019…

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