President Goodluck Jonathan during the week dropped the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces from his official title list. This was announced by Vice-President Namadi Sambo when he delivered a lecture to the Oxford University International Relations Society.
The Vice President said President Jonathan prefers to be referred to as Mr. President now and not the Commander-in-Chief.
Falana calls for Ayoka’s sack
LAGOS lawyer and chairman of National Conscience Party, NCP, Mr. Femi Falana has called on President Jonathan to remove the embattled Ondo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mrs. Ayoka Adebayo and direct the Attorney-General of the Federation to prosecute her for declaring false result and other grave electoral offences.
Falana said the move was necessary following the findings of the Court of Appeal that the betrayal of confidence by Ayoka will have a devastating and lasting effect on the electorate.
Nwodo can’t dissolve Enugu
PDP excoENGINEER Vita Abba, the removed state chairman of Enugu PDP has dismissed as false, reports that the national Chairman of the party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo has dissolved his exco.
In a five-paragraph statement issued within the week, Abba said that Nwodo had no power to dissolve the Enugu exco without recourse to the National Working Committee, NWC and National Executive Committee, NEC.
Fashola makescase for INECto review electoral process
LAGOS State governor, Babatunde Fashola has urged the National Assembly to make laws to regulate the election process rather than ordering the process of elections.
Fashola made the remarks while speaking with newsmen at the closing session of the 5th Lagos State Executive and legislative Parley at Amuwo Odofin during the week.
“….What the national assembly should do is to put a regulation in the law and enable INEC from time to time to review that process because INEC has more technical knowledge about election process in the country. INEC meets with the parties and has field officers and the technique to monitor election…”
PDP moves to petition NJC over Ekiti Guber verdict
THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ekiti chapter recently indicated that it would not accept the Appeal Court verdict on the Ekiti Guber election.
Ekiti state PDP chairman, Chief Bola Oluojo told newsmen in Abuja that the party will soon send a petition to the National Judicial Council to make a comprehensive review of the four judgements of the tribunal and the appellate court over the 2007 governorship election in the state.
But the chairman of ACN in the state, Chief Jide Awe accepted the decision of the PDP to have the four judgements investigated so as to unravel the truth about all that transpired in the last three and a half years between the two parties.
Ameh Ebute advises IBB, Saraki, others
FORMER President of the Senate, Chief Ameh Ebute during the week counseled presidential aspirants on the platform of the ruling PDP to listen to the voice of reason and drop their presidential aspirations and support President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ebute told the presidential aspirants to read the hand writing on the wall and accept the majority view from the zone to support Jonathan.
ANPP urges members to withdraw from Jonathan’s cabinet
THE All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, has indicated it would ask its members serving in the PDP-government to withdraw in line with the party’s decision to discontinue with an agreement on Government of National Unity entered into shortly after the 2007 general elections.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Emma Eneukwu said the party leadership would however wait for the approval of its National Executive Council before proceeding to recall its members.
He said the withdrawal is in line with the on-going repositioning in the party.
EFCC re-arraigns el-Rufai
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has filed fresh criminal charges against the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir el-Rufai.
The commission’s lawyer, Alhaji Adebayo Adelodun, SAN, filed the same charges that were quashed by the Federal High Court at the Abuja High Court. The Federal High Court had upheld el-Rufai’s objection that he could not be tired at the Federal High Court.
In the charges, el-Rufai was accused of allocating land to his wives and associates in sheer disregard of the law guiding land allocation.
EFCC asks parties to stop Kalu, Fayose, Turaki
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, during the week listed over 40 politicians who should be barred from contesting for elective offices in 2011.
The list contains names of former governors, former and serving ministers and some top government officials.
In the list are former Jigawa State governor, Senator Saminu Turaki, former Abia state governor, Orji Kalu and former Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose. The list also includes the daughter of former President Obasanjo, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo Bello. Others also include former Oyo state governor Rashidi Ladoja, former Aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode who is running for governorship in Osun state.
PDP chieftains move against Nwodo
THE National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, within the week rose against the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo for high-handedness and usurpation of the NWC’s power.
A three-man delegation on the NWC comprising the Deputy National chairman, Alhaji Haliru Mohammed Bello; National Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje and National Legal Adviser, Chief Olusola Oke was mandated to see President Goodluck Jonathan over the national chairman’s authoritative conduct.
The NWC members were irked by Nwodo’s unilateral action in ordering fresh congresses in some states including his home state, Enugu State.
INEC resumes voters registration Nov. 1
THE Independent National Electoral Commission has picked November 1, 2010 to start off the process for registration of eligible voters in the country for the 2011 general elections.
The registration process will begin on that date with a four-day training of the commission’s staff in Abuja who would operate the thousands of automatic Direct Data Capturing Machines expected to be deployed nationwide for the polls.
Advisory list: AGF slams EFCC chairman
THE Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN) during the week warned the chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri to desist from making statements that could heat up the polity.
In a letter to Waziri dated October 24, he asked the EFCC chairman to stop making statements capable of embarrassing the FG.
ANPP opposes staggered elections
All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, has demanded the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to be further stretched to allow the elections hold on a single day. This, the party said would forestall the bandwagon effect that might likely occur if the elections were staggered.