2019 Polls: Atiku Gets Obasanjo’s Backing, As APC Develops Cold Feet

By Akinwale Kasali During the 2015 presidential electioneering campaign, the battle for Aso Rock seat was between incumbent president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari had the blessings of former president Olusegun Obasanjo who many described as the ‘kingmaker’ in Nigeria politics. Three and half year down the line, the once celebrated and eulogised Buhari by Obasanjo has now become a ‘filthy rag’ in the face of Obasanjo, no thanks to his administration’s policy, which Obasanjo says lack focus on economy development. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the former vice-president…

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APC Lagos Primary: Why Ambode Is Jittery

By Akinwale Kasali The hope of Akinwunmi Ambode hoisting the All Progressives Congress, APC, flag as the candidate of the party in 2019 Governorship in Lagos State is dangling like a pendulum. The reason for this is not far-fetched, as the media have been awashed with the politicking that has rocked the party, with Jide Sanwo-Olu, an aspirant challeging Ambode for the APC ticket is been tipped to be the party’s flagbearer. Ambode is however jittery, following the overwhelming support Sanwo-Olu is enjoying from top chieftain of the party, most…

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APC Set To Win Akwa Ibom State, As NDDC MD Emerges Governorship Candidate

By Akinwale Kasali For months now that Senator Godswill Akpabio defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progessives Congress, APC, the party at the center is not leaving any stone unturned as its battle ready to win the oil rich states in the general election coming up next year. Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission was on Monday declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections in Akwa Ibom. The chairman of APC’s committee for the governorship primary, Yamah Momoh,…

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The Return Of Great Ogboru

By Akinwale Kasali Great Ovedje Ogboru is an household name in Delta State politics. Most especially during election period. Some political analysts call him a serial loser, while some call him ‘ Uduaghan’s nightmare’. Having contested for the governorship seat of Delta State, though, he  a Nigerian businessman turn politician who was the gubernatorial aspirant for Alliance of Democracy, Democratic Peoples’ Party and Labour Party in the 2003, 2007 and 2015 Delta State governorship elections. From obscurity comes the Great Ogboru, who has been silent since his lost to Governor…

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Minister Amaechi Vs. Senator Abe

By Comfort Obi If anybody was in doubt of why the civilized world laughs at us, the open letter, written to the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, by Senator Magnus Abe, published in the ThisDay newspaper of Wednesday,  September 26, puts a seal on the doubt. I read it three times. And each time, my worries increased, with an exclamation to nobody: ‘Look at what politicians have reduced our country to.’ Both the Minister and the Senator are from Rivers state. The former, an Ikwerre man, and the latter,…

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Adeleke: Pressure Mounts on Ambode to Dump Tinubu, APC

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Following  Senator Ademola Adeleke’s virtual victory in the  September 22  inconclusive Osun gubernatorial election, supporters of Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode, are putting pressure on him to call the bluff of his godfather and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC who has refused to endorse his second term bid. The Source learnt that the governor’s supporters and a number Lagos  of APC chieftains loyal to him have asked him to chart an independent political course by embracing another political platform to realize his second term…

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Lagos Governorship: Buhari, Ambode in a Make or Mar Meeting

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu There is tension in the camp of embattled governor of Lagos state, Akinwumi Ambode as his supporters anxiously wait for the outcome of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Both men began what observers described as make or mar closed door meeting at 2.45pm at the presidential villa, Abuja. Ambode’s second term bid hangs on the balance following his godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s refusal to endorse him. In Ambode’s stead, Tinubu, who was himself a former governor of the state and now the National Leader of the…

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Money Bags Buy Imo APGA, Jostle for Party’s Guber Ticket

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The influx of defectors to the Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Alliance, APGA should ordinarily be a source of strength to the party as 2019 elections draw near but reverse seems to be the case. In the last two months, scores of prominent Imo sons who had occupied important political positions in the past have been defecting to the party with the view of seeking elective offices on its platform next year. However, chieftains of the party in the state who have kept faith and…

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Ambode ‘Toast’ Tinubu

By Akinwale Kasali Following rumours that the All Progressives Congress, chieftain, leader and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has decided not to support the second term ambition of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, to seek re-election come 2019, Ambode and Tinubu has played down the situation. Political observers speculated that Tinubu was inline and has indicated interest to support Jide Sanwo-Olu, who is also vying to become the governor of the Center of Excellence, under the APC platform, at the expense of the incumbent governor, who also happens…

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Why PDP May Lose the 2019 Presidential Election; the APGA Connection

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu PDP supporters and sympathizers are worried. Even some party chieftains who spoke to The Source on the condition of anonymity say they are lost in the maze of confusion.  And here lies the crux of the matter: Six months to the February 2019 presidential election, many Nigerians who want the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP back to power are wondering whether the former ruling party is yet to overcome the trauma of defeat almost four years after. They rue that PDP is not showing…

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