Obaseki too transparent to be involved in money laundering –Ohonbamu

Paul Ohonbamu is the Edo State Commissioner for Communications and Orientation. In this Interview with OJIEVA EHIOSUN, he spoke on sundry issues   What is your view on the arrest of your colleague, the Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, Osaze Osemwingie Ero, by the INTERPOL for alleged money laundering offence? The government has issued a release in connection with that issue.   It is someone that put it on the social media, we cannot authenticate the truth of the matter, and government should be able to have something concrete on…

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PDP will takeover Edo, restore people’s hope, says Ikhine

Engineer Gideon Ikhine is an Ekpoma born politician and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State. The PDP aspirant for the governorship race, in this interview with OJIEVA EHIOSUN, spoke on a number of issues. Excerpts: As an aspirant seeking for 2020 gubernatorial ticket under the PDP, do you think you have the political muscle to push APC out in 2020?   With my recent tour of the 192 wards in state, I have discovered that Edo State is still a PDP state despite the loss…

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Abiodun appoints 100-member transition committees for Ogun LGs

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta     Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has appointed transition committees to pilot the affairs of the 20 local government areas of the state. Abiodun appointed the transition committee members barely three months after the expiration of tenure of the elected chairmen in the local government areas. Each of the committees comprises of a chairman, vice chairman, secretary to the local government and two members. A statement on Friday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said the new caretaker committee members were chosen in…

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Sanwo-Olu: We ‘ll embark on people-centric governance in 2020

An address by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on New Year Day   Fellow Lagosians.     W ith gratitude to the Almighty, I greet you all and welcome you to the New Year.  The year 2020 will bring joy and prosperity to every household in Lagos and Nigeria.     As experience has shown, there is no better moment than the end of one calendar year and the beginning of another to reflect on how well we have realized our aspirations and discharged our duties in…

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Govt should take loans for productive ventures – Aborisade

Comrade Femi Aborisade, a human rights activist, is the pioneer National Secretary of the National Conscience Party (NCP). In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, he speaks on the state of the nation, projections for the New Year and the current administration       What do you think of the state of the nation?     Though the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not create the multifarious socio-economic problems confronting Nigeria today, the party has contributed in sinking the country into a state of unprecedented poverty, inequality, and insecurity. Rather…

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INEC: Electoral challenges dwarf success

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) faced the challenge of confidence with the elections it conducted in 2019, writes ONYEKACHI EZE       L ast year, 2019 was a challenging year for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Despite the promise of free and fair elections, Nigerians still don’t trust the commission.   Both the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) took turn to accuse the commission of bias.   While the APC said the electoral umpire disqualified it from fielding candidates in…

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Ninth Assembly not rubber stamp – Ogunlola

Hon. Omowumi Ogunlola is a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ekiti Central Federal Constituency II. In this interview with ADEWUMI ADEMIJU, she speaks on the relationship between the National Assembly and executive, plans for constituents and low representation of women in politics   Check and balance in the roles of the arms of government is sacrosanct but recently the Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila said he was not elected to fight the executive and base on his statement, some Nigerians have tagged the Ninth Assembly a…

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Plateau: We must unite against insecurity in 2020 – Sen. Gyang

From Musa Pam, Jos   Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on Defense and the Senator Representing Plateau North in the National Assembly, Barr. Istifanus Gyang has urged Plateau citizens to exhibits the virtues of love, peace, brotherhood and remained united against insecurity in the year 2020. He admonished the people to pursue peace and be cautious of their security in the New Year.   Senator Gyang disclosed on Wednesday during the Amo National Development Association (Amonda) Amo Day, tagged, “Youth and Women Empowerment”, whih held at Jengre in Bassa Local Government…

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Our expectations in the New Year

2020: Economy, security, anti-graft war top priority as Nigerians set agenda for govt       The wait is over and the highly anticipated new decade and New Year are on us. For many Nigerians, 2020 should be an improvement on the previous years in terms of socio-economic, security, rule of law, governance, among others. WALE ELEGBEDE and TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE spoke with some eminent citizens on their expectations in the New Year   J ust like every other year, the crystal balls are already at work for the new 2020…

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Yuletide: APGA tackles Ikpeazu over hardship in Abia

…Says, it’s ungodly not to pay salaries, pensions at Christmas The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Abia State chapter, has once again carpeted the Abia State Governor, Chief Okezie Ikpeazu for the inability of his government to pay accumulated salaries and pension arrears owed Abia workers and senior citizens respectively. This is as the party appeals to the governor to show some sympathy and human feelings to workers and pensioners by paying what is due to them especially during the Yuletide season. The party in a statement signed by its…

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