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Niger House: Sweet romance with Talba

The trend of “absolute loyalty” by the state legislature to the executive branch is likely to continue. Towards the ending of the last House of Assembly the relationship had matured into a romantic affair and it is not surprising that the present House of Assembly has picked up from the romantic note where the last House stopped.

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How excluding INEC at election tribunal can derail justice – Abiola, INEC lawyer

THE three man Election Petitions Tribunal in Cross River State led by Justice G. Mohammed Nabarun , seems to have been on a fast track since it started sitting. The tribunal is expected to work for 180 days. However, there have been claims of rigidity by the Chairman of the tribunal. In this interview, one of the lawyers representing the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Sanni Abiola explained the reason while the commission did not file its reply on time and the consequence of the tribunal not allowing the commission to file its reply to the petitions.

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The unusual peaceful handover of baton in PDP

THE peaceful handover of leadership baton that took place at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP last Monday was an unusual event in the twelve year history of the nation’s ruling party. None of the previous national chairmen ever handed over peacefully. One, Vin Ogbulafor was shepherded from office to face court trial, another Audu Ogbeh was intimidated out of office. The immediate past substantive national chairman, Dr. Okwesileze Nwodo was made a national spectacle. Nwodo indeed had the rug pulled out from under his feet on national television while presiding over the party’s last national convention.

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Governors can pay N18,000 if they stop foreign junkets – Senator Adeyemi

Senator Smart Adeyemi who represents Kogi West Senatorial District in the Upper Legislative Chamber was first elected in 2007. Adeyemi who was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character & Inter-Government Affairs during the 6th Senate, is the Vice Chairman of the Northern Senators’ Forum.Before his election, the Senator was the National President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ from 1999 to 2006.
In this interview the outspoken journalist turned lawmaker spoke on the burning issue of minimum wage of N18,000 for the workers, warning that the governors have no reason not to pay the money.

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Rivers: Tasks before the House

THE newly constituted Rivers State House of Assembly is entirely made up of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It was like that in the previous assembly. The former Speaker, Right Honourable, Tonye Harry was not lucky to retain his position as speaker this time, rather it went to Honourable Otelema Amachree.

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How I preached and Obasanjo ‘forgave’ me – Mbadinuju

Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, former journalist and governor of Anambra State from 1999 to 2003 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was also at one time an Associate Professor of Politics and African Studies at the State University of New York. In this interview with Vanguard, he speaks on the many controversies that marked his term as governor, his relationship with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and the position of the South-East on the chairmanship of the PDP. He also explained how religious sentiments have endangered the politics of Anambra State and steps that President Goodluck Jonathan needs to take in realising his dream of transforming Nigeria.

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