President Jonathan’s bid to amend the Electoral Act 2010 was Wednesday rejected by the upper legislative arm of the National Assembly.
The quest for the new amendment was to pave the way for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to ratify the sequence of elections.
The bill was also meant to give the leadership of the political parties, the power to list political appointees and their aides as delegates who can vote at party primaries.
Senators expressed dismay when the bill was read at plenary by Senator Teslim Folarin, the Majority Leader.
Okah’s loses bail
Henry Okah’s bid to get bail at a South African court failed Wednesday, as his trial for alleged terrorism commenced Thursday. The judge presiding over his trial, Hein Louw in South Africa granted prosecution the opportunity to re-open the case but warned that he would withdraw the privilege if the state is unable to provide more evidence.
The case commenced Thursday.
PDP in anxiety over congresses
Anxiety rose within the week over impending fresh congresses in eight chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Although some stakeholders described the development as welcomed, others faulted the national leadership of the party for allegedly taking sides with the Independent Electoral Commission.
Charles Okah meets with other suspects in SSS custody
The arrested brother of Henry Okah, Charles Okah met one-on-one with some of the other suspects of the October 1 bombing at Abuja — during the week at the State Security Service, SSS, office.
Orubebe denies Okah
Minister of the Niger-Delta, Godsday Orubebe on Wednesday denied allegations that he met with the former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger-Delta, MEND, Mr. Henry Okah.
Orubebe issued a statement through his Special Assistant (Media) that the allegation was malicious and wicked. He however, acknowledged visiting all the militants’ camps on his appointment as the Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs to confer with them and convince them to end the restiveness in the region.
S-E PDP warns Metuh against Uba
The stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-East, has warned the National Vice Chairman, South-East, Chief Olisa Metuh against actions that would heat up the peace process going on in the zone.
Metuh, amongst others had allegedly claimed that Chief Chris Uba is not qualified to be in the BOT of the party and such statements, claimed the stakeholders could frustrate the peace process going on in the party.
Ciroma panel begins consultations
The search for consensus candidate by the Northern Political Leaders Forum commenced Thursday with consultations with key Northern leaders.
The team consulted Thursday with the Sokoko Caliphate just as loyalists of President Jonathan launched a counter-move against the Northern leaders.
The Adamu Ciroma team is expected to tour the 19 northern states to decide whether it is former President Ibrahim Babangida, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former National Security Adviser, Gen. Aliyu Gusau or Kwara State governor, Bukola Saraki that would fly the PDP presidential flag in 2011 presidential elections.
SSS reveals how Abuja bombing was planned
The planning of the bomb blast incident that almost marred the October 1 independence day celebration in Abuja was revealed during the week by the State Security Service.
The vehicles that were detonated were said to be wired in the Port Harcourt home of an individual the SSS refused to name. The vehicles then took off from Port Harcourt to Abuja and so far, five suspects including Henry Okah’s brother Charles have been arrested.
Ibori to face trial in UK
Chief James Ibori, the former Governor of Delta State would reportedly face trial in the UK as the Court of Appeal in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, UAE, ruled that the application of the UK’s Metropolitan Police to extradite Ibori had merit.
However, the former Delta State governor plans to appeal to a superior court within 30days.
IBB, Atiku, Gusau, Saraki committed to consensus candidate
Contrary to views expressed at some quarters that the planned search for consensus candidate by former President Ibrahim Babangida and his co-travellers would fail, the four PDP presidential aspirants have expressed their commitment to the process that would produce a single presidential candidate.
A statement signed by the Directors- General of the Campaigns Organisation stated that each one of the four will not only accept the decision reached by the committee but also collectively work towards the emergence of that individual so chosen to emerge as the PDP flagbearer.
Fayemi pledges to repair Ekiti
The newly emerged governor of Ekiti State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi during the week pledged to repair every damage done by the former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni.
Fayemi told the crowd that gathered at his inauguration that he will pattern his government after the Western Nigeria government of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and part of the lucre of his regime to the indigenes of Ekiti State is free education.