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State Police ‘ll make Govs dictators – Atunwa, Kwara Speaker

Atunwa sought the 2011 governorship ticket of the PDP but gave in after the party leadership in the state inclined itself towards the incumbent governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed. The speaker, who turned 43, last week, spoke with reporters in Ilorin on a range of issues including autonomy of the legislature, the spate of instability in State Houses of Assembly among other issues. Excerpts:

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Ondo PDP to approach Tribunal: You are on your own – PDP national leadership

•Mimiko’s victory a pariah – Akeredolu •Mimiko gets certificate of return, hails INEC
THE Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tuesday, disagreed with the national secretariat of the party in its assessment of weekend’s gubernatorial election in the state as it moved to contest what it described as a concoted election result in the election tribunal.

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Shadow boxing in Kogi

The sack of the former speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Bello is fallout of the intrigues within the PDP that shadowed the emergence of Governor Idris Wada as the PDP gubernatorial candidate last year. An unseen hand beating the drums is said to be former governor Ibrahim Idris. Why?

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Govs, elders battle for the North-East

The quest by elders in the North-East to find a lasting solution to insecurity and other problems bedevilling the area has become challenging in recent times. The elders are battling to restore the lost glory of the geo-political zone that is afflicted by high rate of unemployment, poverty, insecurity, economic and educational backwardness. One question the elders are asking is, where did the North-East go wrong and what is responsible for the deplorable state of affairs?

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The Crude oil benchmark debate and controversy

There is a controversial clause in the budget which has pinned the legislature and the Presidency against each other. This is on the bench mark for oil export. The Presidency has proposed a benchmark of $75 per barrel next year. But in sharp contrast, the House of Representatives shot it up to $80 pb while the Senate considers $78 pb. The discrepancy has in no small measure set the various institutions on war path.

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Pre and post Budget Presentation Speeches

Perhaps, the speeches made by Senate President, David Mark and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal may have created controversial impressions to some people and as such somewhat foretold the face-off between the Presidency and the National Assembly. The addresses of the duo were perceived to have angered the Presidency which described it as dictatorial, over authoritative and mere grandstanding.

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