Tuesday July 7th, 2015
Tuesday July 7th, 2015
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The truth about my battles with Amaechi — Wike

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Nyesom Wike

The empty treasuries at the federal and in many states of the federation is no longer news. The challenge before President Muhammadu Buhari is how to deliver the promises made to the electorate. In this interview, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State explains how he has decided to tackle the challenge of providing infrastructure for the people of his state, as according to him, the people did not vote for him to be giving excuses. He also spoke on a wide range of issues including the rancour between his administration and the immediate past government of ex-governor Rotimi Amaechi and why he has decided to complete projects started by the last administration

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Treachery and boxing in Benue House

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•Members of Benue State House of Assembly engaged in a brawl

•Members of Benue State House of Assembly engaged in a brawl

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Rivers govt not telling the truth —Semenitari, Amaechi’s Information Commissioner

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Ibim Semenitari

Mrs. Ibim Semenitari was Commissioner for Information in the Chibuke Amaechi administration. She responded to issues raised by Governor Nyesom Wike in his interview with newsmen in Abuja last Monday.

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Buhari’s charming media offensive

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•(l-r) Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, President Muhammadu Buhari and Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina during Buhari's meeting with State House Press Corps.

In his first coming as a military leader, Buhari won a reputation for his hostility to the press. That hostile relationship was climaxed by the jailing of two prominent journalists, Nduka Irabor and Tunde Thompson for alleged violations of that junta’s media law, Decree 4.

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Fallout of key appointments unsettles Udom’s Akwa Ibom

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•Emmanuel addressing supporters last Tuesday

THE appointment of people into key political positions in Akwa Ibom State is currently generating another round of controversy for the new administration of Mr. Udom Emmanuel.

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2015: Judging Jega and the media

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•Participants at the  United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, in Lagos

Two months after the relatively successful general elections, the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP penultimate week, convened a review of the media coverage and performance before and during the elections.

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How Buhari’s govt can succeed, by Oyatedor

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Tony Oyatedor

MR Tony Oyatedor is a veteran journalist and publisher of News Times Magazine. He has been involved in peace advocacy across the country. In this interview, Oyatedor tasks President Muhammadu Buhari to make promotion of peace in the country his priority.

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Brickbats in Rivers

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Nyesom Wike

Former Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State wouldn’t have expected to live in peace with his former aide turned foe as his successor. But whether he expected what he calls the Nollywood drama he says is going on in the state is another thing

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Buhari: Adjusting to reality will take Ndigbo some time — Uko

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Evangelist Elliot Uko

Evangelist Elliot Uko is the founder of Igbo Youth Movement and leader South-East Democratic Coalition. In this interview, he speaks on the Buhari Presidency and other national issues.

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Card Reader: Jega’s last card

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*Jega

Last week, Tuesday June 16-Friday June 19, 2015, the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in the 36 states of the federation including Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), converged at the Le Meridien Hotel, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State for a retreat to enable them to reflect on the March 28 Presidential/National Assembly Elections as well as the April 11, 2015 Governorship/House of Assembly Elections with a view to identifying areas of conflict and to ventilate on how to improve on those vexed areas in subsequent elections.

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NASS POLLS: ‘The era of godfatherism is over’

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Oladele Bankole Balogun

Mr. Oladele Bankole Balogun contested the House of Representatives election for Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but lost to incumbent member, Mr. Peter Akpatason. In this interview, he spoke on the election and other burning national issues

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The ugly reasons I said bye to PDP — Senator Nwaogu

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•Sen Nwaogu: I’m in APC to assist the party bring change to Nigeria

Senator Nkechi Justina Nwaogu, the immediate past senator that represented Abia Central District in this interview, speaks on the issues and contentions within the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Senator Nwaogu’s political trajectory has been phenomenal. She started off from the All Peoples Party, APP where she served as national treasurer and subsequently won election on the platform of the party to the House of Representatives in 2003. She moved from the party to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP while still a member of the House and used the PDP platform to overwhelm two senators in the 2007 election, Senators Chris Adighije and Bob Nwanunu

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APC: The unresolved issues

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APC Joint Leadership Meeting:  From left, National Publicity Secretary of APC Alh. Mohammed Lai, National Chairman John Oyegun, National Auditor Chief Morgan, Senatorial Candidate of APC, Hon Dino Melayi  and APC Presidential Campaign Organization and River State Governor Rotimi Amechi discussing during APC Joint Leadership Meeting held in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Some weeks before the recent presidential election, a former governor in the frontline of the campaign of the All Progressives Congress, APC reportedly went to the Lagos home of a national leader of the party and prostrated before him, begging him that they should not quarrel over some then emerging issues. The leader had acquiesced as both men resolved to paper over the issues between them and focus on the main target of forcing out their common enemy, that is, President Goodluck Jonathan out of office.Now, having successfully uprooted the vagaries of President Jonathan and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP from power, those issues that were papered over have now been exposed as the new ruling party seeks albeit with much frustration to forge a common ground.

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Senate President: APC could not match Saraki’s political sagacity – Senator Ben Obi

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SENATOR Ben Ndii Obi is the immediate past Presidential Adviser on Inter Party Affairs. Before then, he had held many political positions, including being the National Secretary of the defunct All Peoples Party, APP, vice presidential candidate and the senator for Anambra Central. In this interview, Obi speaks on Senate President Bukola Saraki and why there is need for the executive and the legislative arms of government to work together

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Buhari not fair to Ndigbo in inaugural speech — Chekwas

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Chief Okorie

Chief Chekwas Okorie is the founder of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and the United Progressives Party, UPP. He was the UPP presidential candidate in the March 28 election. In this interview, he speaks on the expectations of Nigerians from the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

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States’ request for bail out and its consequences

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BUHARI MEETS APC GOVS/GOVS-ELECT—Front row from left: Govs Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa); AbdulFattah Ahmed (Kwara); Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje (Kano); National Chairman APC; Chief John Odigie Oyegun; Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; President-Elect; Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; Gov. Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Speaker and Sokoto Governor Elect, Aminu Tambuwal; Kebbi Governor-Elect Senator Abubakar Bagaudu Atiku and Deputy Governor-Elect, Ngeri. Back row: Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno); Muhammad Bundow Jubrilla (Adamawa); Kaduna State Governor-Elect, Nasir El-Rufai; Governor Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Governor Mohammad Abubakar (Bauchi); Plateau State Governor-Elect, Simon Lalong and former Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi when the President-Elect met APC governors and governors-elect, yesterday in Abuja to kick-start the new government as May 29 hand-over date approaches. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze.

The request by seven All Progressive Congress, APC, Governors, namely, Okorochas (Imo), Ambode (Lagos), Al-Makura (Nassarawa), Aregbesola (Osun), Masari (Katsina), Ganduje (Kano) and Ajimobi (Oyo) raise several questions before consideration of the content of the request itself, as well as the reasons adduced for it.

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N9.2 Billion Salaries: Lawmakers should be ready for pay cut — Hon. Okafor

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Chike-Okafor

Honourable John Chike Okafor represents Okigwe South Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. He was a Commissioner for Finance in Imo State and seconded the nomination of Speaker Yakubu Dogara. In this interview, the former banker explains why emoluments and overhead of government officials should be reduced. He also speaks on other national issues

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Controversy over Obasanjo, Saraki secret meeting

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From right Alhaji Danjumu Goje, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Senatoe Bukola Saraki, Senate President and Alhaji Sanni Yerima in group photograph during a visit to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for Former President of Nigeria at his Hill Top Mansion, Presidential Hill, Abeokuta on Friday

The visit of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his Abeokuta residence could be said to be suspicious.

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Igbo should learn from South-West politics — Sen. Eriobuna

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Sen Nnamdi Eriobuna

Aggrieved by the inability of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Working Committee (NWC) to retain power, Senator Nnamdi Eriobuna, in this encounter, joins other members of the party calling for a new leadership that will direct the affairs of the party and ensure victory in the next general elections.

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Opposition trails El-Rufa’i’s Kaduna change initiatives

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el-Rufai

Less than four weeks after his inauguration on May 29, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, may have begun the implementation of aspects of the promised “change” which he believes will restore what he has consistently described as the lost glory of Kaduna.

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What they misread in Sexual Offences Bill – Chris Anyanwu

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Chris Anyanwu

One of the landmark bills the Seventh Senate passed was the Sexual Offences Bill sponsored by Senator Chris Anyanwu. The bill seeks to protect people of different categories, minors, teenagers, the aged and people with disability from being sexually assaulted. But there has been a misconception in some quarters that the bill tried to encourage defilement of minors. In this interview, Senator Anyanwu says she was misquoted and puts everything in its right perspective while hoping that the President assents for the bill to become law.

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Emehor, Ogboru should withdraw their suits against Okowa – Onosoke

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Onosoke

Chief Sunny Onuesoke is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former Special Project Director to the immediate past governor of Delta State. In this interview, he spoke on what Deltans should expect from the government of Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.

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Edo ALGON defends Oshiomhole over misappropriation allegation

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole

Unlike many other states, workers in Edo state civil service receive their wages as at when due despite the prevailing dwindling allocation to states from the Federation Account.

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Critics say ICC’s focus on African leaders inappropriate

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African Heads of State at the AU summit in South Africa

Critics of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) actions in Africa are of the view that ICC may have been set up only to tackle Africa, asserting that the actions of the agency appear unfair to the African continent, adding that the ICC is discriminating in its selection practices. Saturday Vanguard’s investigations into the issue revealed

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APC has deceived us with their Change slogan — Ameh, chairman, PPA

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Peter-Ameh

Chief Peter Ameh is the National Chairman of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA. In this interview, he bares his mind on the recent development in the nation’s political scene. Ameh while x-raying the controversies which characterised the recently conducted National Assembly leadership election concluded that a bi-partisan legislature is good for the country.

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Appointments of key Aides: How Obasanjo, Yar’Adua, Jonathan fared

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MUHAMMADU BUHARI

In the estimation of many, the inability of President Muhammadu Buhari to make key appointments three weeks after its inauguration is a cause for concern.

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Sharing of the loot will ever be a problem for APC — Iwanyanwu

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Iwanyanwu

Chief Chyna Iwuanyanwu is a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was a member of the Imo State House of Assembly in the Second Republic. He speaks to Correspondent Jude Opara on issues including the developments in the National Assembly which he says show that the APC is not yet a homogenous political party

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Relocation of Akwa Ibom Tribunal: Why PDP is in panic — Udoh

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Udoh

Otuekong Jackson Udoh is a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress APC, an industrialist and respected elder in Akwa Ibom state. He was a member of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council. In this interview with journalists in Uyo the Akwa Ibom State capital, he spoke on some of the current political issues particularly relating to issues at the Akwa Ibom State Election Tribunal.

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Jega used card reader to finish us in PDP — Oguma

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•Oguma: Card reader finished us in

OLOROGUN John Oguma, JP, is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Delta State. In this interview with select journalists, he spoke on the 2015 elections and other issues of national interests

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NASS ELECTION: Saraki’s ambition has resurrected PDP — Sen Kwankwaso

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Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso immediate past governor of Kano State in this interview with newsmen in Abuja gives his views on the crisis arising from the National Assembly leadership contest

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How Enugu welcomed Ekweremadu

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•Deputy President of the Senate, Dr Ike Ekweremadu and wife, Dr Nwanneka Ekweremadu being escorted from the airport

The fast one played by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in foisting the party’s choices on the leadership of the National Assembly against the desire of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC has pulled the opposition party into reckoning.

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Bayelsa 2016: Ikisikpo’s appeal

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Sen Clever

In 1966 late Prof. Chinua Achebe wrote his third novel, a political satire. It was a literary piece that extensively and exhaustively chronicled/pictured post-colonial Nigeria in all her rot, rust and ruins.

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