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PDP crisis’ll not affect Senate – Ndoma-Egba

The National Assembly will resume today after its vacation amid fears that the crisis in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party may affect the leadership of the Senate as a result of its alleged loyalty to the embattled PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. In this interview, Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba, SAN, says the crisis will not in any way affect the leadership of the upper legislative body. He also speaks on the expectations of the people from the Senate and the best way to resolve the PDP crisis. Excerpts:

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PDP crisis: Jonathan has no pact with the North — Zwingina

DR. Jonathan Silas Zwingina represented Adamawa South Constituency in the Senate between 1999 and 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).  In this interview, he said that the face-off between the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and the rebelling governors within the party, was borne out of the urge by Tukur to fight the culture of impunity practised by some state governors. He also said that President Goodluck Jonathan had no agreement with the North over 2015, adding that the North has never formed a common front in any election. Excerpts:

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TUKUR AT 78: The life of an embattled PDP National Chairman

This is the story of how the National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who operates from the Wadata Plaza, Wuse Zone 5, carry out his activities daily, with a cursory look at his actions after the August 31 Special National Convention of the party where the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who hails from the state with him, stormed out alongside six governors and later formed a ‘New PDP’.

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President goes for broke

Dogged by challenges capable of denying him re-election in 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan has taken the battle to the doorsteps of his known and perceived political opponents, using the carrot and stick approach. Last Wednesday morning, he shocked members of the Federal Executive Council when he fired nine ministers, who are believed to be irrelevant to his second term bid and are more loyal to their governors. Will the ouster of the ministers remove the mounting roadblocks to his re-election? There seems to be more questions than answers.

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2015: Jonathan has edge over the North – Sulaimon

In this interview, the Coordinator of the Northern Emancipation Network, Mal. Abdul-Azeez Sulaiman, says that the ordinary people in the North can no longer follow the political elite blindly. He also warns that the North could suffer after 2015 if it continues to antagonize President Goodluck Jonathan as it is not in a position to win the presidency in the next general elections.

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Enugu senators, Reps on scale

As the dust raised by the mid-term report of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Executive Council settles, the case for a similar report by the National Assembly has become imperative. The case is made all the more compelling by the fact that the legislative arm of government claims to being the embodiment of the sovereign will of the Nigerian people. In particular, the South-east is in dire need of periodic assessment of its representatives at the National Assembly, given the marginalization of the zone in numerical terms in both chambers.

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