Sunday December 21st, 2014
Sunday December 21st, 2014
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Buhari, the legend at 72

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General Muhammadu Buhari

Permit me to join millions of Nigerians in saluting Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), GCFR, the man we fondly call GMB, as he clocks 72 years in our clime where the official life expectancy is more than two decades below his age.

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Why I’m marking time on politics — Wuyep, former Chief of Air Staff

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Wuyep

AIr Marshal Jonah Wuyep, a former Chief of Air Staff under President Olusegun Obansanjo in this interview speaks on sundry issues ranging from his life in service, security situation, terrorism, and politics amongst others

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Buhari rekindles hope from Lagos

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APC-convention-Buhari

Teslim Balogun Stadium, venue of the just concluded National convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Surelere, Lagos State wore a new look outside being a beehive of activities.

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Ebonyi: Are the hawks now after Elechi?

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*Gov Elechi

THE rumoured plans to impeach Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State by the State House of Assembly was in the eyes of some a fluke. Those saying so insist that the peace and stability of the state remains unshakable

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Celebration of Jonathan in Abuja

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•Senate President, Senator David Mark, wife of the Vice President, Hajia Amina Sambo, Vice President Nnamadi Sambo, First Lady, Patience Jonathan and National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mua'zu at the PDP National Convention in Abuja.

ABUJA, the nation’s capital city, was last Wednesday practically locked down by a combination of traffic gridlock and security cordon put in place for the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Ndoma-Egba: Victim or victor of a conspiracy

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*Ndoma Egba

The over 15 years Nigerian successive democratic process, is still surprisingly and painfully far from being matured. Up till the moment, merit appears irrelevant, thrown to the wind. What thrives in Nigeria’s political circle right now are subservience to Godfather’s who promote sheer mediocrity across the land. Anyone who attempts to be a guiding light or advocates for standard and level-playing ground is marked in some cases and made a scapegoat thereafter.

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Why Ajimobi’s second term is imperative – Genny Adeosun

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Genny Adeosun

Chief Mrs Genny Adeosun, woman in politics advocate and wife of late former Minister of Aviation, Communication and Transport. Chief Oluwole Adeosun, who died while in active service as Chairman of the National Pension Commission (Pencom), relieved her experience to Vanguard at the family’s Victoria Island, Lagos residence last Thursday. She spoke glowingly about Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State saying for a governor who has done well in first term, a second term is deserved.  

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Post APC primaries : The reasons we went for Buhari – Gov Ahmed

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Ahmed

Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, a former banker turned politician was before his nomination as governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the Kwara 2011 election, the commissioner for finance in the state. An integral member of the Bukola Saraki political structure, he followed Senator Saraki into the All Progressives Congress, APC and was recently nominated as the governorship candidate of the party for the forthcoming governorship election.

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How Okowa picked Delta PDP ticket

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The Okowas at home

Watchers of the political drama that attended the emergence of Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa as the standard bearer of Peoples’ Democratic Party’s in the 2015 governorship race will not forget in a hurry the palpable fear that pervaded the atmosphere at the Event centre, Asaba, the venue of the governorship primaries held on December 8, 2014.

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Deconstructing Buhari, the presidential candidate

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General Muhammadu Buhari

General Mohammadu Buhari’s acceptance speech as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, showed a strategic deployment of words by the former Head of State to project himself in a new and acceptable light.

After more than 20 hours of an unprecedented live broadcast of democracy at play at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, the nation’s leading opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, came up with Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate. The choice was so transparently done that one of the nation’s leading political veterans present at the occasion, Atiku Abubakar, remarked it as the most transparent process ever in the nation’s history by a political party in choosing its presidential flag bearer

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Controversial Primaries: How are the mighty fallen!

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PDP-aspirants

The Psalms, in which David was lamenting the deaths of Saul, the king of Israel, and his son, Jonathan, made this headline popular. But the headline also applies to the gubernatorial primaries of the two dominant political parties – PDP and APC – across the states which saw anointed aspirants losing the tickets for the 2015 polls. For instance, in Ebonyi State, the candidate of Governor Martins Elechi, a former Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, lost the PDP ticket. Adamawa State Governor James Bala Ngilari lost the ticket to a former EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu, while in Lagos State, a former minister, Musiliu Obanikoro, was floored by Mr Jimi Agbaje. Sokoto State deputy governor, Mukhtar Shagari, was denied the ticket.

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God has made me greater than my father – Rasheed Ladoja

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Ladoja

Former Governor Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja will definitely not fizzle out of Oyo State politics, due to several variables which he created and the ones he does not have control over. The first is that he has a large number of political followership in the state, thanks to his Accord Party which won seats at the state and national assemblies. The other factor is the ubiquitous challenges that former governors face in terms of performance in office. In this interview, he bares his mind on the orgy of violence in Oyo State, life at 70, governance in the state since he left office and his reasons for planning to come back to Agodi Government House, Ibadan having emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of his party ahead of 2015.

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I’ll make Aba the industrial workshop of Nigeria – Otti, APGA flagbearer

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Alex Otti

Dr Alex Otti, who emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Monday, December 8, 2014, granted this interview as soon as he resigned his position as the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive of Diamond Bank PLC in October 2014. A first class (hons) economics graduate, best graduating student/valedictorian of the University of Port Harcourt in 1988, explains why he left his plum job for the rough and tumble of partisan politics and, in particular, jostling to be the governor Abia State come 2015

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‘Why we returned David Mark’

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David Mark

By training, a military officer is expected to bear pains and control his emotions even when he is overwhelmed. . But this was not the case with Brigadier General David Mark, (retd), who has since embraced democracy.

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How power-drunk politicians misinformed Uduaghan

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Uduaghan

UP till the last 48 hours to the December 8 governorship primary of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, won by Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, in Delta State the heart of the governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, was for a successor from the Delta North senatorial district (Anioma) in line with an unrecorded power shift covenant, about eight years ago, by the power brokers of the party.

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Amosun vs Deputy : How the friendship turned sour

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Prince Segun Adesegun

On 28 of October, 2014, the deputy governor of Ogun State, Prince Segun Adesegun threw a jab at his estranged boss, Governor Ibikunle Amosun through a stinker he wrote to him, which got leaked to the Press.

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Stop PDP, INEC from accepting any other candidate other than myself, Ayogu asks court

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Ayogu Eze

Senator Ayogu Eze yesterday asked the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, not to accept any other name as governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, other than himself.

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Jonathan will perform better in second term — Eke, DESOPADEC Commissioner

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Chukwudi Eke

Reverend Chukwudi Eke is the Commissioner representing Ndokwa ethnic nationality on the Board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC and also the leader of Integrity for Leadership and Sustainable Empowerment Initiative, based in Asaba, the Delta State capital, with member drawn across the states if the federation.

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Buhari’s likely running mates

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Buhari-declares

HAVING emerged victorious at the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress,APC, in line with pre-convention predictions, the question of who becomes the running mate of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) is on the front burner.

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Vice-Presidency: Why Goodluck bypassed Shema, Sule for Sambo

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Jonathan1

Yesterday’s announcement of Arc. Namadi Sambo as the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was heralded by much intrigues and speculations within the Northern political establishment

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C/River Central: Ndoma-Egba fights back

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*Ndoma Egba

Cross River State had nearly become a benchmark for election standards after the fiery civil-rights advocate, Mike Igini was appointed the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) just over four years ago. Now Igini and others are bothered

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‘Why Confab report should not be forgotten’

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*Tony Uranta

Tony Uranta, a Niger Delta activist, was a member of the Presidential Committee on National Dialogue. In this interview, he bared his mind on the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram sect in some Northern part of the country

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APC Convention: How the pendulum may swing

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Buhari and Atiku

THERE are indications that Akwa Ibom State delegates may vote en masse for former Vice-President, Alhaji Atkiku Abubakar.

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Lagos: Permutations that defeated Obanikoro, others

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Jimi Agbaje

After much horse-trading, delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, on Monday elected Jimi Agbaje as the party’s standard bearer for the 2015 governorship election.

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The road to jonathan’s coronation

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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

4, 224 persons are expected to converge for the event out of which 3,074 form the number of delegates who will vote, 300 as observers; 700 Convention planning Committee members and 150 representing the media.

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APC presidential ticket: The power of money

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Rochas Okorocha,  Muhammadu Buhari, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar and Sam Nda- Isaiah.

THE influence of money in the contest was vividly captured by the chairman of the Plateau State chapter of the party, Hon. Latep Dabang who promised that all the state’s delegates will vote for Atiku Abubakar because of the financial support he has always rendered to the party. “No Plateau delegate will vote for anybody apart from Atiku.”

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Okowa’s victory: The Inside story

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•Senator Ifeanyi Okowa flanked by his wife and Professor Sam Oyobvbaire during his governorship declaration in Asaba, Delta State.

Senator Ifeanyi Okowa’s emergence as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Delta State was not just the result of the steadfastness and steel of the candidate. There were many other factors.

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Buhari and his salvage plans

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BUHARI DECLARES—Arrival of Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, during his declaration of intent for All Progressives Congress, Apc, Presidential candidate in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

This generation of Nigerians and indeed the future generation have no country other than Nigeria, we shall stay and salvage it together!’

That was the rousing quote from Buhari as head of state at the commencement of his eventful 20 months stewardship of the country as a military ruler between 1984 and 1985.

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A reminder to APC delegates as they decide

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APC National Convention:  River State Governor , Rotim Amechi and his delegate at the Convention . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Let me start by confessing that I am not a politician, but I am political because I am a human being and most of all a HUMANIGERIAN. What has not become clear to us Nigerians is that we are all guilty and responsible for the current state of affairs of our country. Some more so than others, but we all must share in the guilt. This is one point we must all accept if we are ever going to make progress in uniting ourselves for nation building. What we have become very good at, is finger pointing, ascribing fault to others and none to ourselves.

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Mugabe sacks vice president, ministers in Zimbabwe purge

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Joice Mujuru

Zimbabwe’s vice president, once seen as Robert Mugabe’s heir apparent, has been fired along with eight cabinet allies, the government said Tuesday as the veteran leader purged his foes.

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APC Presidential Primaries: The final battle

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L-R Founder, Leadership Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah, Governor Rochas Okorocha, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former head of state, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) displaying their Certificates of Clearance after receiving same from Chairman, Presidential Screening Committee of APC, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu at the APC National Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

The stage is set for the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress,APC, who are upbeat about clinching the party’s ticket in an exercise that is poised to define how far the party would go in the 2015 presidential elections.

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How Atiku will win 65% of the delegates – Borishade, DG, Atiku Campaign

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Former Vice President and presidential aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar

Director-General, Atiku Campaign Organisation, Prof. Babalola Borishade, in an interaction with editors in Lagos spoke on the plans and preparations of the Atiku campaign for tomorrow’s convention

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