Wednesday May 27th, 2015
Wednesday May 27th, 2015
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Enugu: Taking stock ahead of Ugwuanyi

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Ugwuanyi

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Enugu State chapter had a free rein in the state between 1999 and now. The emergence of a different party in control in Abuja poses unseen challenges

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Senate Presidency: Permutations on numbers and groups

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The Senate

Not since 2007 has emotion over the leadership of the Senate been stoked as it is now. Then the men in combat were Senator David Mark and the then Senate greenhorn, Senator George Akume both of them being from the same geopolitical zone and the same political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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8th Assembly: I will partner Buhari as Speaker to enhance good governance-Hon Iriase

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House of Representatives

Hon Pally Iriase is a second timer in the House of Representatives, a former Secretary to Edo State Government, a former Deputy Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly and a two-term local government chairman. In this chat, he speaks on how he will assist President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to deliver dividends of democracy.

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It was obvious PDP will fall – Masari

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Bello Masari

Katsina State governor elect, Honorable Aminu MaSari, was the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Lack of internal democracy, he says, pushed him out of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to join Congress of Progressives Change, CPC, founded by the now president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, but which later merged with two other parties to form All Progressives Change, APC. In this interview, he says the opposition, since 2003, had always won Katsina’s governorship election but always rigged out even as he says his administration will walk its talk.

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Kaduna: As governor Yero faces debt owed before he was born el-Rufai laments

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Malam Nasir el-Rufa'i and Mukhtar Ramalan Yero

Beginning from late last year when he indicated his interest to run for the governorship election, Kaduna state governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, has consistently harped on what he describes as the level of indebtedness of the state government, to various financial institutions, from even across the shores of Nigeria. El-Rufa’i has often said that the development would likely constitute a problem for the next governor.

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Chuka Umunna: The man who wanted to be British Prime Minister

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Chuka Umunna

Ben Osi Umunna had just returned from England with what everybody accepted as a rich resume as far as sports is concerned.

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Rising star Umunna quits UK Labour leadership race

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Chuka Umunna

Rising political star Chuka Umunna abruptly withdrew Friday from the race to become the new leader of Britain’s defeated centre-left Labour opposition party, three days after announcing his intention to run.

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Akinwumi Adesina: How I met President Jonathan

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Akinwumi

When President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Dr Akinwumi Adesina as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, about four years ago, it was for the sole aim of revitalizing the agricultural sector such that it would become the major source of income for the country after oil.

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Why PDP Reps-elect want Dogara as Speaker — Rep Okwu

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•Okwu

Rep. Samson Okwu, who is returning to the House of Representatives for a second term on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to represent Oju/Obi Federal Constituency of Benue State in this interview asserts that PDP House members would not kowtow to the desires of external influences in the choice of the next speaker of the House

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CABINET FORMATION: South West govs in quandary?

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The change of baton at the federal level, is expected to be experienced at state levels.

In the South West geo-political zone, only three governors will be inaugurated on May 29.
This is because governorship elections were conducted in only three states (Oyo, Ogun and Lagos States).

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Amosun in dilemma over formation of new cabinet

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Amosun-tour

Governor Ibikunke Amosun of Ogun State will any-time from now dissolve his cabinet in preparation for the inauguration of his second term in office.

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To change the country, we must give Buhari time – Magaji

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Alhaji Gambo Magaji

Alhaji Gambo Magaji, is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC and a member of the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT. A key associate of the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), Magaji, was at one time the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the now defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and played an active role in the merger of the three political parties that culminated in the emergence of the APC.

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Buhari is beautiful: He is everyone’s bride

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Buhari-victory

Many politicians who few months ago would not near General Muhammadu Buhari are beating one another to get an audience with the president-elect. The competition to be Buhari’s friend is stoking crisis in state chapters of the All Progressives Congress, APC

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Ondo: Dissolution to affect Executive Council members, others

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Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko

FEAR and palpable tension have reportedly gripped the 24 Ondo State Executive Council members over speculation of a possible dissolution by the governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko before May 29.

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New cabinet: Ajimobi remains unpredictable

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Gov Ajimobi

Tension has gripped most cabinet members in the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration as there is likely to be dissolution of the cabinet which has been piloting the Pacesetter state since 2011 when he assumed power.

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Delta: Okowa should put square pegs in square holes — Aduze

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Aduze

Arch Clement Onowono Aduze is a People’s Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain and a Quantity Surveyor.

He vied for the Delta State House of Assembly position for the Isoko South constituency I under the platform of the PDP but lost at the primary.

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House Speaker: We’ve not endorsed any candidate-PDP Reps

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From left: PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN ; Otunba Gbenga Daniel former governor of Ogun State and VICE PRESIDENT NAMADI SAMBO  DURING PDP PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIN RALLY IN  ABIOKUTA

ABUJA-MEMBERS of the House of Representatives of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP extraction Tuesday said the party has not endorsed any candidate for the position of House Speaker. Also, more than 80 youths from the North East on Tuesday stormed the National Assembly demanding that Rep Yakub Bawa must be made the speaker of the eighth House.

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Senate and Jonathan: Vain veto venture

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President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President, Sen. David Mark

It was supposed to be the last staging post for the Seventh Senate to further dent what would now turn out to be the mixed legislative record of the Goodluck Jonathan presidency.

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How I tackled greed in Delta — Macaulay

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Macaulay: Uduaghan has a unique leadership style

COMRADE Ovuozorie Macaulay is the outgoing Secretary to the State Government in Delta State. He became the pioneer chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ in the State before he was later elected as State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC. In the heat of the Warri crisis, he was appointed Commissioner for Ethnic and Conflict Resolutions by former Governor James Ibori. In this interview with select journalists, he spoke on the achievements of the outgoing administration of Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan among other issues.

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Lagos PDP: Perpetual trouble

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Mr Shelle

The first causality of this crisis at the state level is the state chairman of the party in Lagos State, Navy Captain Tunji Shelle (rtd).

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Buhari needs God to succeed — Adegbenro

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Adegbenro

Mr. Adejare Adegbenro is a chip from two old political blocs. Paternally, he is the grandson of Dauda Adegbnro, the now deceased premier of the former Western Region and maternally, he is also the grandson of Pa Alfred Rewane, the chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition(NADECO). A businessman himself, he shared time in an interview on contemporary developments

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Roots of coup attempt against Burundi president

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People burn mattresses looted from the local police post on 13 May, 2015 in Musaga neighborhood in Bujumbura, during a protest against incumbent president Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a 3rd term. Protestors looted the local police post in Musaga, burning furniture, mattresses and clothing in a barricade fire, an AFP photographer said. Burundi's presidency said an attempted coup by a top general had "failed" on May 13, 2015 and pro-president Burundi troops at state broadcaster fire warning shots over the heads of hundreds of protesters. Nkurunziza, who was attending a regional crisis meeting in neighbouring Tanzania, flies home to Burundi on May 13 hours after Burundian general Godefroid Niyombare announced a coup. AFP PHOTO

A top Burundian general on Wednesday launched a coup attempt against President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president’s bid to stand for a third term. Opposition protesters have been seeking to prevent Nkurunziza from standing for re-election, because they see him as a repressive, divisive leader incapable of reducing extreme poverty.

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Burundi’s Nkurunziza; ex-rebel, born-again Christian who divided a nation

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A file picture taken on 14 December 2006 in Nairobi at the UN-sponsored conference on the Great Lakes Region shows Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza. Burundi's presidency said an attempted coup by a top general had "failed" on May 13, 2015 and pro-president Burundi troops at state broadcaster fire warning shots over the heads of hundreds of protesters, an AFP reporter said. Burundian general Godefroid Niyombare on May 13 announced the overthrow of President Pierre Nkurunziza, following weeks of violent protests against the president's bid to stand for a third term. President Nkurunziza flew to Tanzania earlier Wednesday to meet regional leaders on the political crisis in his country but a coup was launched against him hours after his departure. AFP PHOTO

A former sports teacher, ex-rebel, born-again Christian and football fanatic, Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza, the subject of a coup attempt Wednesday, has divided the nation over his bid to secure a third term in office.

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Mu’azu’s muscles and medicals

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MUAAZU-cartoon

The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Adamu Mu‘azu has gone abroad to relax his muscles and obtain medical relief from the tension and thorns of the last election.

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Abia: Ikpeazu holds on to his bold ideas

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Okejie Ikpeazu

HAVING emerged victorious in a race adjudged as one of the hottest governorship contests in Nigeria’s recent history, expectations are that Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, the victorious candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP would not circumvent the key promises that earned him victory

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My politics is for the people — Adegeye (Sunny Ade’s wife)

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Adegeye

A MEMBER of the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission and former lawmaker representing Amuwo Odofin in the House of Assembly, Mrs Riskat Adegeye in this interview wants women to be compensated with elective positions for their poor performance at the last general elections. Adegeye, who is married to popular fuji musician, King Suny Ade also explains why she wants to contest for the chairmanship position of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

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Fashola hinges sustainable development on adherence to laws

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*Gov Fashola

Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Tuesday said it would be difficult for nations to attain meaningful development in the absence of law and order. The governor made the remark while inaugurating a 22-room magistrate court in Ogba area of the state. The court was named after retired Justice Samuel Ilori, a former Chief Judge of the state. Fashola said law and order remained the most important agenda any nation could pursue, pointing out that without it, nothing could be achieved.

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‘Edo govt not owing workers salary arrears’

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Governor Oshiomhole

Edo State Government has denied owing workers salary arrears, insisting it is up-to-date in its obligation to the state workers. The government in a statement yesterday insisted that the state should not be lumped in the league of some states in default of payment of salaries as it meets its wage obligations before the end of each month. In a statement, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Louis Odion said: “we read with deep shock claims that the Government of Edo State owes workers five months salary arrears. Nothing could be more misleading and mischievous.

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NASS Offices: Northwest shouldn’t be blackmailed – Jibrin

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House of Representatives

Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin who hails from Kano State, represents Kiru/ Bebeji Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. He is the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and in this interview with some journalists in Abuja, Jibrin bares his mind on why he supported Governor Rabiu Kwakwaso for the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential ticket, why he has now changed his loyalty to the President- Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, retd; why he wants to be the speaker and his relationship with Femi Gbajabiamila among other salient issues

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The Tambuwal Effect

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File: Tambuwal

The emergence of Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as speaker of the House of Representatives in 2011 upset the apple cart that had been ordained by his then party leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Senate Presidency: Lawan’s advantages

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The Senate

If the contest for Senate President were simply a matter of ranking, Senator Ahmad Lawan simply would have been the only one in the race. He is the longest serving member of the National Assembly in the rank of those elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the party that is set to form the majority party in the next Senate.

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Intriguing battle for Senate President

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Sen. Saraki

By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor The battle for the office of Senate President in the Eight Senate was in the perspective of many classically redefined by the outcome of the March 28 National Assembly elections. Before the elections the prospects of unseating Senator David Mark from the number three position in the land was in

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