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LG autonomy: Governors can’t stop the wish of Nigerians – ALGON President

SHORTLY after organizing a three-day national conference of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, last December, ALGON President, Ozo Nwabueze Okafor told Vanguard why plots to scuttle constitutional provision for local council autonomy would hit the brick wall. He also spoke on efforts to democratize the councils and why the Board of Trustees of ALGON was enlarged to 12 among others. Excerpts:

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I have no problem with PDP govs – Tukur

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He was General Manager, Nigeria Ports Authority. In 1983, he was elected governor of old Gongola State, now Adamawa and Taraba States; in 1992, he was a presidential aspirant of the National Republican Convention, NRC; and also a former Minister of Industries and President, Africa Business Roundtable. In this interview, Tukur bares his mind on the insecurity in the country, his reconciliation agenda for the PDP, and relationship with the PDP governors. Excerpts:

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Corporate Nigeria in centenary celebration

Plans for the 100 birthday celebration of Nigeria as a corporate entity have kicked off and corporate Nigeria is deeply involved in it. They were there: Mrs Folorunsho Alakija of Famfa Petroleum, Reginald Ihejiahi of Fidelity Bank, Segun Agbaje of GT Bank, Aig Aig-Imokhuede and many others. Aliko Dangote and Mike Adenuga Jr. sent representatives.

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Tukur’s troubles: The cat and mouse game with PDP governors

A major effort in peacemaking by the PDP ends with the exposure of internal dissensions traced to the style and schemes of its national chairman. It was celebrated as the boldest peace shooting initiative ever in the history of the fractious Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Central to the plan was a tour of the six geopolitical zones by the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and members of the National Working Committee, NWC to build bridges across the divides in the party.

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Kano Blasts:Boko Haram sponsors have murdered sleep – Igbo Youths

…Ndigbo to decide this week …
AS the death toll in last Monday’s bomb blasts at a bus park in Kano rises to 80, President of the Igbo Youth Movement, IYM, Evangelist Elliot Uko, has urged Igbo youths to remain calm and await the decision of Igbo leaders this week. In a chat with reporters, Uko holds northern leaders and politicians responsible for the Boko Haram insurgency, saying that sponsors of the sect have murdered sleep. Excerpts:

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Apga crisis: Ikemba would’ve supported Umeh – Emeka Ojukwu jnr

*It’s a shame we are in court over my fathers will…
Chief Emeka Ojukwu Jnr is the son of late Ikemba of Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and a member of Board of Trustees, BOT, All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. In this interview, he called on the state governor, Mr. Peter Obi to find a way of working with embattled former Chairman in order to save the party from being consumed by crisis. He also disassociated the party from the recent merger of opposition political parties. Excerpts:

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Alamieyeseigha’s pardon, an international embarrassment – Ajibola

Prince Bola Ajibola (SAN), former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, was livid last December when President Goodluck Jonathan, called his former boss, Chief Diepreye Alamieyeseigha his political benefactor. The retired jurist of the International Court of Justice thought it an insult to Nigeria that the President would call an ex-convict and fugitive his benefactor.

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