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Plateau’s House of commotion

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Simon Lalong

WHEN the people of Plateau State went to the polls to vote Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress, APC, into power in the last general elections, they earnestly desired the promised change.

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Underdevelopment: Jonathan tried for Niger-Delta but we failed him —Lori-Ogbebor

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CHIEF RITA LORI-OGBEBOR

NIger-Delta Leader, activist and Igba of Warri, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor, is not happy with the state of affairs in the Niger-Delta in spite of the efforts of the Federal Government to develop the region through the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Ministry of Niger-Delta Affairs and Amnesty programme that will end in December. In this interview, he lamented that these agencies performed poorly, adding that the region is so poor now and the leaders cannot pressure President Muhammadu Buhari for palliatives because their brother, former President Goodluck Jonathan, just left power.

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Buhari’s undemocratic rule: cui bono?

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President Muhammadu Buhari; Saraki, Senate President and Dogara, Speaker

Buhari has become part of the problem by his deliberate flashing of conflicting signals. Why would he, after pledging non-interference, start stiff-arming and refusing to meet with those that emerged as helmsmen in Senate and House of Representatives? Why is he now telling them they must comply with the wishes of the APC leaders, which are at variance with his own widely publicised non-interference stance? This has helped to stalemate efforts to resolve the conflict.

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Abia: APC, APGA take game to PDP

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Otti and Ikpeazu

THE political atmosphere in Abia state is assuming an interesting dimension as the opposition parties in the state appear set to take the game to the ruling PDP in the governance of the state.

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Commissionership: Return of Akpabio’s men tears Akwa Ibom apart

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•Akpabio and Udom: Who is calling the shots?

THE 20 commissioners and two special advisers recently appointed by Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel may be currently relishing their appointments, there is an uneasy calm over the appointment of 11 of them.

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Ashafa @ 60: A son’s testimony

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Ashafa1

I CAN say without hesitation, that Allah has profoundly blessed me, so that I may have the privilege of calling the finest man I have ever known ‘father’.

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Osun: Gov Aregbesola not guilty of indebtedness — House Speaker,Salaam

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Najeem Folasayo Salaam.

SPEAKER of Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam, in this interview speaks on unpaid salaries in the state, Justice Oloyede’s petition against Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the proposed summit being championed by a group among other issues

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INEC: Zakari on the scale of history

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INEC interim boss, Zakari and Buhari: President of Nigeria

By Jude Opara When President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari as the acting chairman of the Independent National Commission (INEC), he may have had a number of reasons that prompted that choice including the fact that as one of the National Commissioners of the commission, Mrs. Zakari must have acquired some experience from

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Why PDP senators allowed APC to produce senate president – Olujimi

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Biodun Olujimi

Olujimi said but for the intervention of the PDP leadership, the position of senate president would have gone to the PDP because senators of the party were in clear majority on the day of Senate inauguration and could have elected one of their own for the position.

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Enugu Urban renewal: Is Ugwuanyi walking the talk?

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Ugwuanyi

By Francis Igata DURING his inaugural speech, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State listed urban renewal as one of his major programmes. Top on the priority list was opening up semi-rural towns of Nsukka,9th Mile Corner and Abakpa-Nike among others, to trigger socio-economic growth in the state. To deliver on his promises, Ugwuanyi had to

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Investment opportunities abound in Akwa Ibom — Bassey

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Bassey James is the Chancellor, Akpabiosm Centre for Leadership. He is also the founder of Southern Youths Development Forum and was a member of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign committee. In this chat he speaks on the industrialisation project of incumbent governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr Udom Emmanuel among others

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You can’t judge Buhari in two months — Fred Agbeyegbe

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Fred Agbeyegbe

Call him a playwright, lawyer, author or activist and you will not be wrong. Chief Fred Agbeyegbe, who turns 80 years on Wednesday is many things to many people depending on the angle you are viewing him from. In this engaging interview, he speaks on the state of the nation, his experience in the last eight decades, how to check graft and the way forward for the country.

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Buhari will probe Jonathan’s govt – Presidency

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Femi Adesina

There are many questions Nigerians are craving answers to concerning the Buhari administration. For instance, why hasn’t the government appointed Ministers six weeks after it was inaugurated? Why would President Muhammadu Buhari, as the leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, not intervene in the free- for- all at the National Assembly? Is he disappointing the South-West zone which massively voted for him at the polls?

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Reps resume, set to boil again: Gbajabiamila will not be Majority Leader, Dogara insists

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Dogara and Gbajabiamila

The House of Representatives is expected to resume on Tuesday after three weeks break occasioned by the leadership crisis bordering on the sharing of principal offices.

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Why Buhari axed Service Chiefs ahead of US visit!

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FROM LEFT: CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR-VICE MARSHAL SADIQUE ABUBAKAR; CHIEF OF NAVAL STAFF, REAR ADMIRAL IBOK-ETE EKWE IBA; CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF, MAJ.-GEN ABAYOMI OLONISAKIN AND CHIEF OF DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE, AIR VICE MARSHAL MORGAN RIKU DURING THEIR MEETING WITH PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA ABUJA IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (13/7/15)

It was a sack signed and sealed by Boko Haram. President Muhammadu Buhari merely delivered it. Months before they were relieved of their appointments, last week, even the worst analysts of the Nigerian military had seen it coming.

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Underrating Obasanjo was PDP’s undoing — Bode Mustapha

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Olusegun Obasanjo

Hon. Bode Mustapha was in the House of Representatives between 1999 and 2003 under the aegis of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) before defecting to the PDP where he rose to become the National Auditor of the party. Chief Mustapha who has since left the PDP to join the All Progressive Congress (APC) in this interview says the alienation of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from PDP spelt doom for it

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EDO 2016: Oshiomhole, APC contenders and the fear of the PDP defectors

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Oshiomhole-new

The question on the lips of Edo people is, who succeeds Governor Adams Oshiomhole when his second term ends on November 12, 2016? For the people, this is very important so that the state will not go back to the years of under development and inactivity. However, the Comrade Governor has been very difficult to predict on who he has in mind to succeed him in his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC)

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Victor Umeh: APGA survived plot to kill it in the South-East

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Victor Umeh

Chief Victor Umeh, the immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), is a life member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party, alongside former APGA National Secretary, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi. In this interview, Umeh bares his mind on the new leadership of APGA and expectations of party stakeholders from the current helmsman, Dr. Victor Oye. He also speaks on the crisis in All Progressives Congress (APC), the first 30 days of Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

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What Buhari should tell Obama —Hon. Agbonayinma

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Agbonayinma

The relationship between Nigerian and the United States of America in the last part of the last administration was anything but cordial. It got so bad that at a point the United States bluntly refused to sell to Nigeria, badly-needed arms with which Nigeria could fight Boko Haram. America did not only refuse the arms to Nigeria , she also frustrated several attempts by the nation to buy such arms from elsewhere in the world. The excuse of America was that there was no guarantee that the Nigerian military would not use such arms to commit human rights abuses. The fact that several thousands of helpless Nigerians, including women and children were being killed by the Boko Haram did not move the Obama government. The government of former President Goodluck Jonathan had to look elsewhere to purchase arms that helped turn the tide in the anti-terrorism was against Boko Haram, shortly before Jonathan left office.

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Sacked Service Chiefs took loyalty to Jonathan too far

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FILE:  PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI WITH SERVICE CHIEFS DURING A  MEETING AT THE DEFENCE GUEST HOUSE IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY

Brig. General Don Idada Ikponmwen is a former Provost Marshal of the Nigerian Army and also its former Director, Legal Services. Idada, who was involved in several legal battles in the Army, including the prosecution of three admirals over the missing African Pride oil tanker in 2003, expresses shock over the Federal High Court’s recent declaration which stripped the President of the sole power to appoint Service Chiefs.

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Why Buhari should not discard key areas of the National Conference report — Prof Azinge

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Prof. Epiphany Azinge, a former Director General of Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, (NIALS), was, recently, appointed as a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat of Arbitration Tribunal (CSAT). In this interview, Azinge speaks on political developments in Delta State and Nigeria.

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Boko Haram as Achilles’ heel of Service Chiefs

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THE NEW SERVICE CHIEFS, NSA

Prejudice! Wicked prejudice! The consequence of the wickedness of prejudice is the present spate of criminal activities passed off as terrorism in some parts of the north of Nigeria.

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Why I dragged Masari to court over council chairmen – APC chieftain

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Bello Masari

Aminu Maigari is a member of All Progressives Congress, APC, the ruling party in Katsina State. Last week, he, through the High Court in Katsina, restrained Governor Aminu Masari from making good his threat to sack the state elected local government chairmen. What could have motivated him into taking sides with the opposition at the expense of his party,?

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Akpabio, Manager, others clash over Senate Minority Leader

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Chairman PDP Governors' Forum, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State briefing State Houyse Correspondents on the meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the aggreived PDP Governors at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

The 8th Senate inauguration, Tuesday, June 9, was followed by the election of former Kwara State governor and immediate past Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Bukola Saraki, APC, Kwara Central, as President of the Senate while the Deputy Senate President of the 7th Senate and senator representing Enugu West, Ike Ekweremadu, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, retained his seat.

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By removing 6,000 idle youths from Delta streets, Okowa has started well —Onyewonsa

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Onyewonsa-Sunday

He is a journalist with bias for investigative journalism. Sunday Onyewonsa is the Director-General of the Delta Democratic Alliance, DDA, an advocacy group for good governance in the Niger Delta. DDA worked to ensure victory for Governor Arthur Okowa of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Delta State gubernatorial election. In this interview, Onyewonsa says Okowa has started well.

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Buhari’s Government: “It is too early in the day to say the Yoruba have lost out

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Engineer Segun Odegbami, the former Nigeria international spoke out of the experience garnered during his football days when he said that it was too early to say that the Yoruba have lost out after helping to enthrone the Muhammadu Buhari administration in Abuja.

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NASS LEADERSHIP: It’ll be a grave mistake to exclude S-East — Rep Chukwukere

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Chukwukere

Mr. Austine Chukwukere represents Ideato North and South Federal Constituency of Imo State in the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC. In this interview, he faults the plot by some members of the APC leadership to exclude the South-East zone from sharing of principal offices in the National Assembly

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Anti-Corruption: Real war this time or razzmatazz?

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President Muhammadu Buhari

AT a time the anti-graft war appeared to have lost its momentum, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is once again taking on perceived corrupt ex-public officials with same old ‘method that yielded little in the past

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Court order: How distorted interpretation nearly set Rivers on fire

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Nyesom Wike

TENSION is probably the apt word to capture the mood in Rivers State at the end of proceedings at the National Industrial Court, Bayelsa State, last Monday.

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Ebonyi tribunal: How Umahi won two rounds

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Gov. Dave Umahi

THE supposed apprehension behind the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abakaliki over the 2015 governorship election in the state was last week reduced following the ruling of the tribunal on the petition filed by the Labour Party, LP Governorship Candidate, Edward Nkwegu challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governorship Candidate, Engr. Dave Umahi

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Unemployment: Great expectations as Udom seeks solution

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•Emmanuel addressing supporters last Tuesday

With an estimated N13 billion monthly allocation from the federation account , Akwa-Ibom State is unarguably one of the richest and most endowed states in Nigeria.

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National Cake: Ndigbo don’t need to vote Buhari to get their share — Ezeemo

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Ezeemo

CHIEF Godwin Ezeemo was the Anambra State governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA in the 2013 polls. In this interview, he explains why President Muhammadu Buhari should constitute a unity government. He also spoke on other issues.

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