The Lamentations of Okorocha

By Comfort Obi Life is full of ironies.  It can pull unbelievable surprise.  Ask Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha. He has just been suspended from his party, the All Progressives Congress, a party he was very proud of. In suspending him, the state APC chairman, Marcelinus Nlemigbo, said the governor has become bad news for the party. He said the man has become a betrayer; that he has embarked on, and engaged in,  anti-party activities and so, an embarrassment to the party. So, the party kicked him out. It is…

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2019 Polls: El-Rufai Says Christians Would Not Vote For His Re-election

By Akinwale Kasali Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has dropped a bombshell, saying that 67 percent of Christians will not vote for him at the coming poll in the state. The former Federal Capital Territory Minister, who has been under series of attack from different political and religious groups, not forgotten that some Non-governmental organisations have criticised the policies of the El-Rufai administration, most especially the crisis in Southern Kaduna, which led to loss of lives and properties. The number one citizen of the state said he is aware that…

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2019 Polls: CAN Cautions Politicians

By Akinwale Kasali The President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has warned politicians to avoid utterances and actions, which are capable of setting the country on fire, and causing unrest. Ayokunle stressed that politicians should desist from fanning the ember of hate and war, which could lead to unnecessary crisis, leading to loss of lives and properties. The CAN president said this at the 2nd General Assembly of the Inter-faith Dialogue Forum for Peace, with the theme, ‘‘General Elections and National Security: The Role of Inter-faith Communities’’…

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Imo Governorship Election: Politicians Strike Deal Ahead Polls as Alliances, Alignments and Horse Trading Intensify

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The March 2, 2019 gubernatorial election in Imo state is wrapped in high wire intrigues as secret inter-party alliances and alignments take the centre stage. For example, highly placed sources are linking the candidate of Accord party and former governor of the state, Ikedi Ohakim to an unwritten commitment to the Peoples Democratic, PDP, candidate and the immediate past Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha. In the same manner, the outgoing governor, Rochas Okorocha is also allegedly weighing the option keeping the Ihedioha window…

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$2.8m Seized Cash is For Political Campaigns- EFCC Source

By Bayo Bernard  The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN has failed to intervene on the allegation of money laundry in which two officials of Bankers Warehouse are currently being held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The decisionby apex bank to keep mum over the matter, the magazine learned may not be unconnected with ongoing EFCC investigations to unravel the source of the cash and suspicion held by the anti- graft body that the seized is meant for campaign purposes. Two officials of BW were arrested last Thursday…

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Amid Boos and Crisis, Buhari Presents Budget Without Economic Plan

By Uche Mbah President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 budget yesterday amid boos, jeers and accolades from the joint sitting of the national Assembly. The budget, which degenerated into a campaign speech by the president, was received with boos and shouts of “it’s a lie”, “no more years”, four more years” etc. It was a rancorous session, which prompted the president to take a break from reading the budget and caution the National Assembly, saying they should not be behaving this way, and that “the world is watching us”. Amid…

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Okorocha Gives Up on APC; Sets to Announce New Party for Son-In-law

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Having reached a dead end in their chase for the All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial ticket ,the stage now appears set for the outgoing  governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha and his son -in-law, Uche Nwosu to activate a plan B in their determination to have the latter succeed the former as the next governor of the state. What observers describe as “a final nail” having been driven into Nwosu’s  governorship ambition by an Owerri High court presided over by Justice K.A Ojiako which on Wednesday, November…

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RE: Peter Obi, Ghost of the Past and Reality of Today

By Valentine Obienyem With great disappointment and distaste, I read the above-titled piece supposedly written by one Abdullahi Haruna. It was indeed like a tour of a lunatic asylum. What are his contentions? It was clearly sponsored by those who are dismayed that the Vice-Presidential candidate of the PDP, Mr. Peter Obi has no common fault that are observed among many Nigerian politicians and in desperation concoct tales, which defy all logic. The unidentifiable Haruna submitted falsely that as Governor of Anambra State, Obi “bundled some northerners” back to their…

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All Eyes on Osun Election Tribunal

By Dr Tonnie O. Iredia The convention since the return of Democracy to Nigeria in1999 has been that once an election result has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, it can only be looked into by the relevant election tribunal. The power is expressly conferred by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended. According to Section 285 of the said constitution, election tribunals are empowered to hear and determine petitions as to whether a person has been validly elected into non-appointive offices under…

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Buhari Campaign Organisation Reacts To Atiku’s Victory

By Festus Keyamo We wish to congratulate His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on his emergence as the candidate of the PDP in respect of the forth-coming 2019 Presidential Election. However, we note with interest all the reports in the media as to massive vote-buying at the PDP primaries (especially with foreign currency). We contrast this with the speech of President MuhammaduBuhari in the 2014 APC Convention when he said as follows:  “I have always served Nigeria to the best of my ability. I have always tried to give more to…

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