Kwara: The Fall of Saraki?

The Saraki political hegemony in Kwara state may finally be broken following uncertainty that now surrounds the political future of Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s who’s struggling to retain his seat at Nigeria’s upper legislative house, the Senate. His position is being threatened by candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ibrahim Oloriegbe. It was the first time that Saraki will lose election in Kwara state as his family has controlled the politics of the North Central state for decades. His father, Olusola Saraki, Wazirin of Ilorin was the political leader…

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Senate In Rowdy Session, refuses to Endorse EFCC Nominees

By Uche Mbah Senate today went into a rowdy session as they considered the names that were submitted by the presidency for confirmation of their appointments into the anti graft agency. The uproar was hinged on the flagrant disregard for federal character in the nominations. The nominees are Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Najib and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu. The letter from the presidency has been with the senate since 2016, but it only came up today for hearing and debate in the upper legislative chamber. It was then refered to…

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Pressure Mounts on Yakubu to recall Amina Zachary Back to Operations

By Uche Mbah Since Amina Zachary, Buhari’s niece that was recently removed from her vantage position as the independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Director of Operations, the professional lobbyists in this administration have set to work to see that she is returned back to her former position. Amina has recently been moved to Medicals as their new Director as a result of pressures on the government to remove her because of her filial relationship with President Buhari. In the wake of the rerun elections in Osun, it was alleged that…

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Court Orders Saraki To Pay Omo-Agege’s Entitlement

The Federal High Court on Thursday warned the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over the imprisonment proceedings initiated against him by the Delta-Central senator, Ovie Omo-Agege. Omo-Agege had initiated the committal proceedings praying that Saraki be sent to prison as punishment for flouting the May 10 judgment of the court which ordered him (Omo-Agege) to be reinstated from illegal suspension and be paid all his accrued benefits for the period of the voided suspension. The hearing of the committal proceedings was scheduled for Thursday, but the alleged contemnor and his lawyers…

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PDP Primaries: How the Five Musketeers’ intervention raised the Tempo for Atiku’s Emergence

Atiku Abubakar,Chief Olusugun Obasanjo and General Abdulsalami Abubakar

By Uche Mbah Although the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Primaries have come and gone, facts are emerging on how the table turned in favor of the Waziri of Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar. Though it has been known that the PDP Presidential candidate has been on the drive for the presidency for three consecutive times and that he is the most prepared of the lot to take up the challenges of the presidency, it still came as a surprise to pundits why he won the election with such a clear margin. In…

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PDP Convention Royal Rumble: Wike Wins Round one, Tambuwal In Hot Contention for Presidency

By Uche Mbah The venue of the PDP convention that will be used in selecting the flag bearers of the party that was tearing the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party apart has been finally settled in Wike’s favor: Port Harcourt will host it. It was gathered that the presidential aspirants were not comfortable with the choice of Port Harcourt by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, and this did not go well with the aspirants, since it appears he will be using his home advantage to project the interest…

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2019: Saraki’s Entrance To The Race Sparks Alignments, Realignments

The race for 2019 became interesting recently when the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, confirmed his interest in the Presidential Race to a German medium, Bloomberg.  -believing he can make the difference, Saraki is now busy consolidating his newly found position as the National Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. And this has changed permutations. This Magazine has earlier in the year noted that Saraki’s imminent declaration for the Presidency has already got the front-line contender, Atiku Abubakar, twirling his suspenders into a knot. In an earlier converse with Atiku,…

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How Buhari Forced Saraki To Join The Presidential Race

By Stephen Ubanna President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, may have known that Bukola Saraki, a former  governor of Kwara state  and now  Senate President, has a Presidential ambition. It was therefore not surprising why  he decided to frustrate his  leadership of the Senate  from the out-set to whittle down his powers and popularity in order to force him to  drop the ambition and support his re-election bid . Buhari, according to party sources, fears that  with the rising profile of Saraki in the party and…

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Akpabio’s $25million Defection Larges Tears APC Apart

By Uche Mbah Facts are emerging on how the former Director of Security services, DSS, Lawan Daura, ran his empire, and how the defection campaign campaign fund handed to Akpabio may have been handled by the ruling party. An interview granted to an online medium by his erstwhile colleague, Abdulwahab Abdulrhahaman, a retired DSS official who served with Daura until 2016, revealed that e is a man of insatiable greed. “Daura was receiving money from everyone, including the president’s enemies”, Abdulrahman told Premium Times. “I noticed immediately we started work…

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NASS Siege: How Daura’s Incompetence Tipped Off Saraki, Precipitated Counter Measures

By Uche Mbah The siege on National Assembly, which has come to epitomize the height of national embarrassment, is the story of a script gone awry. Lawan Daura, until recently the boss at the Directorate of State Security, DSS, was in the eye of the storm. And he has paid dearly for it. Unconfirmed reports indicate that, in the days preceding the siege, a group of masked men came to Akpo quarters in a van. They were suspected to be on a mission. They arrived the house of a senator…

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