Monday November 24th, 2014
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2015: Swinging chairs in Ebonyi House

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•Madam Speaker flanked by her men

When last July the members of the Ebonyi House of Assembly impeached Chukwuma Nwazunku as speaker, Governor Martins Elechi led stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to resist the action and eventually, the woman who was elected speaker in the place of Nwazunku was forced to step down. Now, after the speaker changed political camp, the governor has changed his tune and tone on the independence of the legislature.

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Automatic tickets for failed senators ‘ll cause PDP failure — Edionwele, ex-PDP zonal scribe

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The Senate

CHIEF Joe Edionwele is the immediate past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary (South- South). A House of Representatives aspirant on the party’s ticket for Esan-West/Esan Central/Igueben Federal Constituency, Edionwele in this interview challenges proposals for automatic ticket for members of the National Assembly saying it is only the will of the people that will prevail

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Why Tambuwal must be handled tactfully, by Nwuche

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Former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Prince Chibudom Nwuche was in his days in the House famed as the Tiger on account of his ferocious assertions of the ideals and causes of the House as led by Ghali Na’ aba. Nwuche is stepping out to contest the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for Rivers West Senatorial seat. In this interview, he explained why he is seeking a seat in the Senate again, having tried unsuccessfully in 2011. He also spoke on other national issues

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Kwara: The battle after the endorsement

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Abdulfatah Ahmed

While the silence of Senator Bukola Saraki, the undisputed political leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC family in Kwara State lasted, many had insinuated that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed was in jeopardy

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Akwa Ibom 2015: Time for a woman governor – Senator Esuene

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*Helen Esuene

Senator Helen Esuene is the only female out of 27 persons presently engaged in the Akwa Ibom governorship contest.

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I’ll double Fashola’s achievements in four years — Hamzat

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Obafemi Hamzat

Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat (popularly known as Femi Hamzat) is the current Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Lagos State. Hamzat, who was born in September 19th, 1964 is one of the governorship aspirants in Lagos under the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, hoping to succeed the incumbent, Governor Babatunde Fashola in 2015. In this interview, he unveils his plans for Lagos if given the opportunity

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Poverty: Atiku’s template to save Nigeria

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*Atiku on the campaign rostrum in the days of the former Action Congress party

Former Vice President and Presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku is disturbed by what he perceives as dwindling economic fortunes of the country and poverty and itemised measures he said will check poverty.

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My Senate agenda for Delta North — Osaji

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PAUL Osaji, a former Commissioner for Works in Delta State and a senatorial aspirant in Delta North Senatorial District in this interview, explains that his wealth of experience in the private and public sectors, make him better positioned to succeed the incumbent lawmaker representing the zone

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Governors have become a problem to our democracy — Etiebet

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Etiebet

Chief Donald Etiebet, erstwhile minister of petroleum, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is one of the leading political lights in the country.

A major political force in his native Akwa Ibom State, Etiebet in this interview reviews recent developments in the country and posits that governors have become a danger to the democratic process.

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2015: How Jonathan, Oshiomhole fell apart

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Governor Oshiomhole

It was the first time Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State will be blowing so hot against President Goodluck Jonathan. Unlike other governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Comrade Governor had hardly attacked the President publicly even though he may not be satisfied with the way the country is being run. He apparently tried to avoid situations that will warrant him attacking Jonathan. And that was why his recent tirade against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government came as a shock to many.

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2015 APC Presidency: Fierce battle for Tinubu’s endorsement

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Fresh facts emerged yesterday that contenders for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have intensified their bid to get the endorsement of Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

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A Presidential’s Declaration: Between Jonathan and the opposition

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (R) and Nigerian Vice President Namadi Sambo greet supporters at a ceremony in Abuja on November 11, 2014. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on November 11 declared his bid for re-election, vowing to finally defeat Boko Haram whose rise in strength during his first term has threatened the country's sovereignty. The 56-year-old made the announcement to tens of thousands of supporters in the red, white and green of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at a carefully orchestrated ceremony including patriotic music, dancing, prayers and speeches. AFP PHOTO

“I am convinced that I have kept my pact with Nigerians, and it is now time to look to the future. With your tremendous support, we have collectively done so much in the last three and half years, but to take our country to the next level, there is still more to be done. History has shown that the path of honour for any true leader is not to walk away from his people in moments of challenges. We must stand together in adversity and overcome all threats to our development. We must defend our future, for the sake of our children. So many things have inspired me in the journey to this moment. I want to appreciate ordinary Nigerians, especially young people, for the solidarity shown to me by contributing their meagre resources to enable me arrive at this point”, he said.

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Obuh’s agenda on sustainability, growth

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Mr. and Mrs Tony Chuks Obuh during the public declaration of the guber aspirant held in Asaba, yesterday. Photo Nath Onojake

Festive and colourful was the atmosphere on the major roads as vehicles filled with hordes of well wishers moved around dancing to different tunes.

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Akwa Ibom 2015: I’m the most qualified to succeed Akpabio — Bassey Albert

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Bassey-Albert

A former Finance Commissioner and one of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) governorship aspirants in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Bassey Albert, says he is the most qualified of all the aspirant to succeed Governor Godswill Akpabio on account of his experience and contributions to the uncommon transformation.

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Orubebe keeps guber hope alive in Asaba

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The governorship aspiration of Chief Godsday Orubebe recorded a boost following his formal declaration to contest for the number one seat in Delta State.

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I am in politics to serve my people — Abiodun Abayomi

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Abiodun-Abayomi

Hon. Abiodun Abdulkareem Abayomi is the Executive Director of Habitech Nigeria Limited, a building construction company based in Ifo, Ogun State. In this interview with Vanguard, the Public Administration graduate from the University of Abuja, speaks on his ambition to be the next lawmaker representing Constituency II of Ifo Local Government Area in the Ogun State House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress come 2015

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Ex-chairman opens up Enugu PDP crisis: ‘I did not sell out to Ekweremadu’

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Ike Ekweremadu

The crisis rocking Enugu State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was at the front burner as the former Chairman, Chief Vita Abba, spoke on his return from medical treatment abroad having resigned his position to seek elective office. He bared his mind on issues bedevilling the part

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Failure to attend Jonathan’s declaration: My emotion would have failed me — Clark

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Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, Ijaw leader, in this encounter, explains why he was absent at the Tuesday event where President Goodluck Jonathan declared his re-election. He speaks against the backdrop of the position of the All Progressives Congress, APC, that the president ought not to have declared a day after the massacre of students in Potiskum, Yobe State?

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Lagos 2015: Jimi Agbaje as game changer?

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Jimi Agbaje

The 2015 general elections are fast gaining momentum.

In Lagos State, the frontline political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are ready to slug it out at next year’s governorship election.

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Why Tinubu dumped Buhari for Tambuwal

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Team Tinubu, the camp of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was compelled by some former Nigerian leaders and Northern Islamic leaders to drop its support for the 2015 presidential aspiration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

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Permanent Voters’ Cards, PVC: How INEC failed Nigerians

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Jega-cartoon-2015

Although the Independent Electoral Commission is trying desperately to apply damage control to correct a very bad situation, Nigerians across the country have expressed disgust over the just-conducted distribution of the Permanent Voters Register, PVC, by the Commission.

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It’s green light as Ambode tours Lagos

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APC

The tour of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to parts of Lagos has shown positive signals if the account of party followers is anything to go by.

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Delta 2015: My govt will be tough on crime — Omo-Agege

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OBAISI Ovie Omo-Agege is one of the strong contenders for the Delta State Governorship in 2015. The United States of America trained lawyer is very resolute in his aspiration to govern the State.

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Ogun PDP chieftains at war over governorship candidate

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AHead of the 2015 governorship election in Ogun State, the People’s Democratic Party may have been in a fixed over the choice of its flag-bearer to slug it out with the incumbent governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

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The final war in Lagos PDP

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WITh its chances of capturing Lagos almost becoming a possibility, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is again about to self-destruct in Lagos. It is a curse that has consistently shadowed the party. Before now, party insiders had accused their main foe, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of planting spies to sabotage the peace of the party in the state to allow for the sustenance of his domination of the country’s commercial capital.

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All I need is a level playing ground — Obanikoro

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Musiliu Obanikoro

IMMEDIATE past Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro in this interview reveals why he is renewing his bid to run for the governorship position of Lagos State

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Quote me, Jonathan is not backing Obanikoro— Bode George

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Bode George

Chief Olabode George, former deputy national chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in this interview bares his mind on the party’s preparation for next year’s governorship election in Lagos, the issue of religion and zoning and other sundry issues

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Women on the move

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Abuja-women

Nigerian women have with great aplomb taken up the challenge of showing their mettle in the unfolding contest for political supremacy in the country.

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Tenure Expiration: Cash crunch, inactivity hit Lagos councils

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•Ikosi-Isheri LCDA secretariat, Lagos.

SINCE October 29, when the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola dissolved the executive councils of the 20 Local Government Areas, LGAs and 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, following the expiration of their three-year statutory tenure, cash crunch and inactivity have continued to hit the councils, South West Voice has gathered.

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After Jonathan’s declaration: Next dicey steps

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ABUJA, the nation’s Capital City literarily stood still on Tuesday as supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term aspiration stormed the town to witness his formal declaration for the 2015 Presidential election.

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PVC: Disturbing tales dim expectations of credible polls

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Residents of Sebiotimo street, Agege, checking for their Permanent Voters Cards at  ward 5, Agage Local Government in, Lagos state,  yesterday [08-11-14]. Photo: Bunmi Azeez

The current controversy over the distribution of Permanent Voter’s Card, PVC, by the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has for the umpteenth time, thrown up fears about the commission’s capability at rewriting Nigeria’s history of flawed elections

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PDP Ward Congresses: The playing field in Abia was level — Okpara

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James Okpara

Commissioner for Special Services, Legal Matters and Due Process, Office of the governor of Abia State, Mr. James Okpara in this interview deflated claims that the recently conducted ward congresses in the state was not credible. He also spoke on other issues

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