Why Nigeria of our dream might not be feasible, by Yakasai

Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, an elder statesman and ex-Special Advis to former President Shehu Shagari on National Assembly Liaison, speaks on state of the nation and what he described as the need to re-connect with the vision of Nigeria’s founding fathers in order for the country to continue its journey to greatness, among other issues. TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE reports     First Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, recently clocked 90, how would describe him?   I wish to begin by saying happy birthday to Dara Mbazulike Amaechi; the man we…

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Ogun: Isiaka, ADC, PDP bigwigs to join APC Tuesday

Gboyega Isiaka

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta Three-time governorship candidate in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, will on Tuesday formally defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Isiaka, who was the governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 elections, will be received into the APC by Governor Dapo Abiodun. Some leading politicians in the ADC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will also declare for the APC on same day. The Publicity Secretary, APC Caretaker Committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, who confirmed the defection in a statement on Sunday, said the event would…

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Soleimani: Iran will be obliterated if attempts to retaliate –Keshi

Ambassador Joe Keshi is a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at various times Charge d’Affaires, Embassy of Nigeria in The Hague, Netherlands and Nigeria’s Consul-General in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. In this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE, he looks into the recent American attack on Iran and posits on possible consequences     What is your view on the recent development in the international arena with the killing of the Iranian Army Chief Qasem Soleimani by the US? With the benefit of hindsight, I…

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Amotekun: New dawn in regional security

Sola Adeyemo       After series of criticisms and foot-dragging that trailed the inauguration of the South-West joint security outfit code-named “Amotekun,” the Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde eventually hosted the event last week at the Agodi Government Secretariat. The project called “Western Nigeria Security Network” (WNSN), initiated by the Seye Oyeleye-led Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN Commission), an offshoot of Odu’a Investment Company Limited was aimed at checkmating the myriad insecurity challenges bedeviling the people of the region, particularly from the activities of Fulani herdsmen clashing…

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Oshiomhole embarrassing APC, says Carrena

Otunba Femmy Carrena is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State and Special Adviser to the National Vice Chairman of the party in the South-West. In this interview with BIYI ADEGOROYE, he speaks about the need to restructure the party in Lagos, even as he appraises the intrigues in Lagos politics and chances of the party in Ondo and Edo states this year        What does the recent election of Engineer Deji Doherty mean for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State? First…

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Southern Kaduna PDP leaders defect to APC

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday reiterated his administration’s commitment to improve security and development in the state. El-Rufai stated this while receiving some “heavy weights PDP members“ from Southern Kaduna who moved to the APC. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  reports that among those who decamped to the ruling party were former commissioners, former Federal and State legislators, former Local Government Council Chairmen and other PDP officials. They were led by Chief Tony Hassan, the Dokajen Jaba, who said they came to align with Gov El-Rufai and…

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Buhari’s minister, Fashola boils in own stew

President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision in 2015 which saw the handover of three portfolios in one, to Babatunde Raji Fashola as minister of Power, Works and Housing had been greeted mixed reactions. These sectors unarguably are critical as they affect directly on the lives of ordinary Nigerians. To many people, Fashola’s appointment as the proverbial ‘three-in-one man,’ was a fix of a round peg in a round hole. Notwithstanding, it was a burden too huge to carry in the view of others.  I remember a concern raised by the former governor…

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2023 Presidency: Whither the South West, South East?

It is still three years ahead of the battle for the 2023 Presidency, but the drumbeats of political war are very loud, even to the deaf, as gladiators begin permutations towards the actualisation of their dreams. OLALEKAN OSIADE looks at the array of politicians being paraded in the southern parts of Nigeria, and the impending rivalry between the South East and the South West geo-political zones.     There is no doubt that the 2023 election is going to be a tough battle as the road to the Presidency is…

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Obaseki’s 2020 dream, done deal –Lawani

Hon. Damian Lawani is the Edo State Commissioner for Youths, Sports and Special Duties as well as the Convener, Oshiomhole-Shaibu Movement (OSM) for the state governorship election. In this Interview with OJIEVA EHIOSUN, he spoke on the political feud in the state chapter of the APC, among other issues. Excerpts…     What is your take on the stance of the Edo People’s Movement (EPM) against the state government? In the first place, I will like to tell us that there is nothing like EPM again in Edo State. The…

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Edo APC crisis: We have no confidence in Senate President’s committee –Osagiede

Ojieva Ehiosun As the supremacy tussle in the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gets messier, the newly appointed Publicity Secretary to one of the APC factions, Pastor Joe Osagiede, has said that the Edo State Government will not accept any reconciliation committee chaired by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Osagiede, who stated this in Benin City, while assuming office as the state Publicity Secretary of the party, maintained that as far as Edo APC was concerned, he was the authentic Publicity Secretary, and that he would…

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