Additional 21 political parties in Nigeria

The registration of additional 21 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has made it a total of 67 political parties in Nigeria. This gross total has beaten the records of all registered political parties in the 50s, preparatory to Nigerian Independence in 1960.   The latest in the series of the registration of political parties by INEC call to question the modality of such a large number of busybody political organisations, which in itself is embarrassing to Nigerians and the comity of nations. It is a colossal…

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Olufemi-Kayode: Parties should encourage women to participate in politics

Dr. Princess Olufemi-Kayode, a rights activist and Executive Director of Media Concern for Women and Children Initiative (MEDIACON), in this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, urges political parties to give more tickets to women during general elections You are one of the leading female rights activists in Nigeria, why are you passionate about defending the masses, especially women and children? It wasn’t something I just decided that I will do. It is much more of looking at a need; there is that need and there are issues. And by calling, I…

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Dogara seeks collaboration between legislature, parties

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has said for any political party to succeed in living up to its promises in its manifestos, there must be active interaction between the party, the legislature and the executive. Dogara, made this known yesterday when he received a delegation from the International Republican Institute, IRI, at the National Assembly. He said until the use of indirect primaries by political parties for selecting flag bearers is jettisoned, the hope of having true representation of the will of the people would not…

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Rivers: Defections drive APC to the edge

EMMANUEL MASHA reports on the gale of defections among chieftains and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State since after the National Assembly rerun elections in the state in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious   A few months before the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, the camp of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was bubbling as party leaders expressed optimism about the party’s chances in the election. But, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result, it…

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Angst in APC over ‘marginalisation’

The bottled-up anger in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is gradually being let out with series of protests by members who feel marginalised, writes ONYEKACHI EZE   There is no doubt that all is not well in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Events in the last few weeks confirmed this. First, is the news making the rounds that the party’s planned April 29 midterm national convention might not hold due to lack of funds. In fact, many people had expected this to happen because the APC leadership has cried…

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Slippery crude oil swap

The recent payment of over $202 million to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) downstream entities by Aiteo Energy Resources Limited for fraudulent deals under the scrapped crude oil swap arrangement has reaffirmed the need to fully unravel all transactions surrounding the controversial barter plan during the last administration. The amount includes Aiteo’s share of the $184 million total indebtedness by three companies on crude swap obligations and other downstream liabilities. Televaras Group of Companies has also pledged to make a tranche payment of $17.2 million while NNPC is still…

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Building insurance gains traction from regulators, lawmakers

With regulators and lawmakers putting modalities in place to fully implement building insurance in the country, victims of subsequent disasters are set to get paid for losses. Sunday Ojeme reports     Effort by the Federal Government to ensure Nigerians embrace all aspects of Compulsory Insurances is gaining strength following insurance regulators and lawmakers’ synergy on public building insurance. The latest determination, which began two weeks ago with a meeting between the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), Nigerian Insurers’ Association (NIA) and Federal Fire Service, was given another traction last week…

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Anthony Joshua: ‘Being a boxer you have to be a man of the people’

Anthony Joshua has never lost a professional fight and he’s won every bout with a knock-out. But in two weeks he faces the fearsome Wladimir Klitschko, aka Dr Steelhammer. Should he be nervous? Alex Clark meets the bricklayer turned boxer Anthony Joshua, the Hertfordshire bricklayer who has become British boxing’s greatest star, is a busy boy. After months of trying to find a gap in his schedule, we finally isolate a weekend in Watford. Within 24 hours, that’s shifted to a Friday in Sheffield, and a modern, unremarkable cul-de-sac on…

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