Tuesday September 2nd, 2014
Tuesday September 2nd, 2014
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Confab: Jonathan didn’t interfere — Akinyemi, deputy chair

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Professor Bolaji Akinyemi was Foreign Affairs Minister

With the successful deliberations and adoption of the resolutions of the National Conference by the 494 delegates, the leadership has made history by breaking the jinx that has often attended previous confabs. In this interview, Deputy Chairman of the National Conference, Prof Bolaji Akinyemi, speaks on the factors that brought about the success and its implications for Nigeria and its future.

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APGA defections: Ekwunife, Reps running from their sins — Umeh

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Victor Umeh

NATIONAL Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, in this interview punctured claims that the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi resigned his position as APGA Board Of Trustees, BoT, chairman as a result of the dominance of the party by some interests. He also said there is a point of convergence between the recent mass defection in APGA and the defectors desire for automatic return tickets to the National Assembly, NASS.

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Impeachment: Why I’m being persecuted – Enugu Dep Gov

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Onyebuchi: Chime asked me to take all instructions given by Mrs. Nwobodo

EMBATTLED Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, has said that his problem with Governor Sullivan Chime which led to the impeachment proceeding against him began the moment he expressed interest to contest Enugu East senatorial seat in 2015.

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2015: Why Jonathan should run with Sambo — Senator Braimoh

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Yisa-Braimoh

Senator Yisa Braimoh (Edo North from 2007-2011) has been a recurring decimal in the nation’s political arena since the ill-fated third republic. He was a running mate on the National Republican Convention (NRC) gubernatorial ticket in Edo State in 1991; and was in the botched Abacha transition programme leader of the National Congress Party of Nigeria (NCPN). In this interview, he speaks, among others, on the achievements of the President Jonathan administration, the president’s second term in office and why Vice President Namadi Sambo should be retained on the re-election ticket

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2015: Ahmed in the Kwara people’s court

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Abdulfatah Ahmed

Stakeholders in Kwara South have urged the leadership of All Peoples Congress (APC)to present Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for second term in 2015 gubernatorial election.
The stakeholders, which include artisans, market men and women, students, teachers,NULGE, farmers,CAN, imams, the Fulanis, transporters, community development associations non-political stakeholders among others made the demand when the Forum of Kwara South Political Appointees, met them in town hall meetings to sensitise them on voters registration cards ahead of 2015 general elections.

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Osun is temporary setback; PDP will capture S-west in 2015 — Senator Balogun

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Senator Lekan Balogun represented Oyo West at the Senate between 1999 and 2003. A member of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, Oyo Chapter, the Osi-Olubadan (third in hierarchy to the Olubadan throne), in this interview, is definite on the chances of his party in next year’s gubernatorial election in Oyo, asserting that because of the anti-people policies of the All Progressives Congress, APC- led government in the state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi would be the last APC governor in the state. He also speaks on the PDP vis-a-vis the 2015 polls in the South-west.

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Edo PDP: Anenih, Ogbemudia, Oghiadohme, Okunbor to decide candidates’ fate

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From right: President Goodluck Jonathan right his wife Dame Patience
Jonathan chief Tony Anenih his wife Patricia and Gov. Adam Oshiomhole of Edo state, at Chief  Tony  Anenih Thanks 80th birthday  Giving Church Service  in Abuja ON SUNDAY 4th Augut 2013

As Edo State politicians prepare for the 2015 general elections, what is obviously in their minds in the big one which is the governorship election that comes up in 2016. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, buoyed by the recent victory of the PDP in Ekiti State, had boasted, through its state chairman, that the PDP’s ousting of the APC government in Ekiti will be replicated in Edo come 2016.

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2015: Our case for Delta North, by Gen Onyekweli (rtd)

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Onyekweli

MAJOR-GENERAL Philip Onyekweli (rtd), an Ndokwa leader, in this interview, argues that the agitation for power shift to Delta North in 2015 is justifiable. He also speaks on the ultimatum given by the Northern Elders Forum to President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure the release of the abducted Chibok girls or forget 2015 among other issues.

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Ajimobi has returned Oyo to path of glory — Ashamu

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Ashamu

Ibukun Tony Ashamu is a like a proverbial child who has learnt how to wash his hands well to be qualified to dine with the elders. Born into the famous Ashamu family in Oyo, he combines the dynamism of the youths with the wisdom of the elders. This is why he was accepted by all and sundry in his constituency when disclosed his intention to enter into politics.

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2015: Will Jonathan ensure another bloodless, credible election?

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President Goodluck Jonathan

WHEN on February 19, 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan, who was running for his first term, said his “political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian” that nobody should rig for him as every vote would be made to count, many observers, especially the opposition did not take him seriously.

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How we can change Cross River

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Governor Imoke

The banquet hall of the Transcorp Hotels Calabar witnessed a different kind of gathering on August 13, 2014. It was midweek, and the gathering which started converging as early as 9.30 a. m. was at the instance of the Conference of Cross River State Professionals, a body formed by a group of professionals of Cross River State extraction.

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DELTA@23: The Good and Bad

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DELTA State, also known as ‘Finger of God’ will be celebrating its 23 rd anniversary, Wednesday, August 27, just like the other states created same date in 1991 by former military President, General Ibrahim Babaginda (retd.) Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, who is the third civilian governor of the oil-rich state, spoke to Saturday Vanguard on the state before it was created, what he met on ground on assumption of office in 2007 and what he has done to reposition it. Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan spoke with Emma Amaize.

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Ribadu’s and his friends

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Ribadu

On April 9, 2014 in the thick of the All Progressives Congress, APC membership registration exercise, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, a chieftain of the party had blasted purveyors of the rumour that he was about to defect from the party.

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Enugu’s chicken impeachment: My story, by Onyebuchi, dep gov

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Onyebuchi: Chime asked me to take all instructions given by Mrs. Nwobodo

MR. Onyebuchi who had earlier appeared before the panel penultimate Wednesday, however, truncated proceedings when he took ill midway into his testimony on that day.

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Oyo 2015: The titanic battle for Agodi Govt House

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Olaosebikan,  Ajimobi and Akala

THE battle for the Oyo State Government House has in recent times never been a battle for the gentle. It is especially so given the fact that Ibadan, the state capital is dubbed the political headquarters of the South-West and has its own idiosyncrasies. One of such is captured in the saying: “Ibadan people don’t serve a governor twice”.

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2015 Guber: How PDP caucus zeroed in on Abia South – Ukpai Agwu

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Ukpai Agwu

Following the controversy raised by the Abia State’s Equity Charter which zoned the 2015 governorship slot to Abia South Senatorial Zone through the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Vanguard went to Umuahia, Abia State to speak with Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai, one time SSA to Gov Theodore Orji on Security, Transport Commissioner, on the intrigues and intricacies behind the zoning.

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Bauchi 2015: Twists and turns

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Adamu-Mu'azu

The question of who succeeds Governor Isa Yuguda has become the topical issue in Bauchi State among political stakeholders. Apparently constrained by new political permutations arising from the emergence of his predecessor, Adamu Muazu as national chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Yuguda seems determined to hold his succession desires to his chest.

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Rivers 2015: Why Bonny deserves to produce Amaechi’s successor — Hart

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Abie Hart

AHEAD of the 2015 elections, a major thorny issue in Rivers where Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s successor should come from: Upland Rivers or Riverine Rivers. In this interview, Mrs Abie Atedoghu Bob – Abbey Hart, a lawyer, one of the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a member of Rivers Mainstream Coalition speaks on Why Riverine Rivers especially Bonny should produce the next occupant of the Government House

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Edo North’s unsettled pair: Shagadi and Momoh

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A mammoth crowd at the Liberation Stadium for the rally. Eleven individuals died following a stampede

By tradition, I am not a politician, but nearly made a slip to join a political party over a year ago and I will explain my reasons for daring such a move: I saw the developments that were going on in my senatorial district by the state government and just retiring from the Federal Civil Service, I had thought that to identify with the progressive government from my ward level, would create a platform to enhance my contributions, but I had a shocking experience which quickly put me on the reverse gear

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Abia 2015: What Orji’s successor will need —Abaribe

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*Gov Theodore Orji

Senator Enyinninya Abaribe, erstwhile deputy governor of Abia State and presently the senator representing the Abia South Senatorial District is one of the major aspirants in the Abia State governorship contest. In this interview he speaks on his prospects and plans.

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North, Central may rock zoning in Abia

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THE zoning arrangement adopted by the Abia state’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its Equity Legacy is receiving some knocks.

The hardest of the knocks seem to come from the Abia North and Central senatorial zones, two areas that have produced state governors in the past.

Though the PDP zoned some principal political offices in the state from councilors to governor, some PDP aspirants in the two zones are jostling for the governorship and some top slots in spite of the fact their zones fall outside the favoured areas.

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CONFAB: Proposed Oil Rivers State is treacherous — Attah, Nduese, others

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Ibom State caucus at the 2014 National Conference has kicked against planned moves to create Oil-Rivers State, saying that it was designed to scuttle the final report of the Conference.
In a protest letter to the Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, the 13 delegates led by former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Victor Attah, former Minister of Lands and Survey, Chief Nduese Essien, described the recommendation to create the new state from Akwa Ibom and Rivers states as treacherous and harboured a hidden agenda.

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Adamawa 2014: Ribadu’s rumbles

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*Ribadu

The imminent decision of former anti graft czar, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to contest the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Adamawa State is stirring the hornet’s nest with stakeholders in the dominant Peoples Democratic Party, PDP at daggers drawn over the propriety of serving juice to their one time tormentor

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2015: Only the best should succeed Imoke — Ashang

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Tanko-Ashang

Mr. Tanko Ashang, a lawyer who worked as legal adviser in several government agencies including and presidential committees recently stepped down from the civil service to pursue the gubernatorial ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in his native Cross River State. Ashang, who is from Obanlikwu Local Government Area in the Northern Senatorial District in this interview reviews the field of candidates and the process that would bring out the best candidate to succeed the outgoing governor, Senator Liyel Imoke

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Insurgency: Only APC members are criticising Jonathan — Mbadinuju

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Ex - Gov Mbadinuju

Lawyer, journalist, and former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju was one of two governors elected in 1999, who failed to win a second term. In this interview, he traces the conspiracies he claims aborted his second term dreams, and for that reason, strongly rejects what he claims are similar conspiracies against President Goodluck Jonathan. He also reviews the proceedings and conclusions of the recent National Conference and dismisses the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, as a pack of troublemakers for the polity

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Abia 2015: North, Central may rock zoning

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tHEO-Orji

THE zoning arrangement adopted by the Abia state’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its Equity Legacy is receiving some knocks.
The hardest of the knocks seem to come from the Abia North and Central senatorial zones, two areas that have produced state governors in the past.

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Osun: Our victory was hard fought — Lai Mohammed

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Lai Mohammed

The people of Osun State are still basking in the euphoria of last weekend election that saw the victory of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s second term in office. In this encounter with the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, he bares his mind on how he was abducted by security agents among other issues that transpired during the election.

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Impeachment: The dilemma of the Nasarawa Assembly over Gov. Almakura

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The decision by the Nasarawa State PDP-controlled legislature to impeach Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura over a 16-count charge contained in an impeachment notice may have ended in a fiasco due to the interests of some PDP members whose ambition to contest the 2015 governorship election may be defeated if Almakura is impeached.

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Rivers PDP: Nwike and the road to 2015

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Barr. Nyesom Wike

THOUGH Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria, INEC, is yet to blow the whistle signaling the commencement of the 2015 governorship election in Rivers State, the political weight of the various gubernatorial aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has indicated that the race would not be bereft of damning surprises.

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2015: We will support Orji to produce governor from Abia South — Adaelu

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Elder Adaelu

I want to correct this impression; there is no controversy on the zoning of the governorship position to Abia South. What the PDP did has been accepted overwhelmingly by the greater majority of Ukwa/Ngwa people across the nine local government areas of the zone. If there are pockets of dissenting voices, it shouldn’t make any story. It is natural that one or two interest groups may feel agitated. If at all they exist, they are in the negligible minority because what the party has done is our wish. 99.9% of the Ukwa/ Ngwa people support the decision and are grateful to the governor and the party.

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How INEC can improve — Ogbeni Lanre Banjo

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Lanre-Banjo

Ogbeni Lanre Banjo is a three-time governorship candidate in Ogun State. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Chattered) with wealth of experience in both government and governance. He had served as a Treasurer for a member of the United States’ House of Representatives, Mayor of the District of Columbia, and a Council member. He headed the Policy division of the entire District of Columbia Government, led the Accounting and Budget Division of the University of the District of Columbia before his appointment by Governor Ibikunle Amosun as the Ogun State Representative in Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (Dawn).

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The politics of Adesiyan, police affairs minister

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Jelili Adesiyan

In simple words, the occasion of Alhaji Abdul Jelili Adesiyan’s birthday on August 14, 2014 presents another opportunity to reflect on the political profile of this ever-blossoming star on the political scene. This is a man whose life and politics continue to leave positive and enduring impacts with the capacity to expand the frontiers of progressivism and constitutional democracy.

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