November 18: Internal Strife Cripples PDP

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Recent developments in the Anambra state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, according to the party, fuel allegations that certain members of the party in the state have been recruited by Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to undermine it and scuttle chances of its candidate, Oseloka Henry Obaze in the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state. Parallel PDP rallies were held simultaneously in the state last week. One was the flag off of Obaze’s campaign at the commercial city…

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PDP: How the Next Chairman will Emerge

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   There is mounting sentiment towards the South west geo-political zone in the race for the election of the next national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The new PDP national chairman will be elected at the party’s national convention on December 9. There have been calls for the position to be micro-zoned to the region but certain interests in the party have resisted this. Chairman of the PDP Interim National Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi is on the side of the anti-micro zoning elements. He has…

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2O19: Aisha Splits Aso Rock Cabal

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   As uncertainty surrounds President Muhammadu Buhari’s political future, desirability or otherwise of his wife, Aisha Buhari replacing him in 2019 as President has split Aso Rock cabal. This magazine has exclusively gathered that some members of the cabal have come to the realization that the President’s health condition could be an albatross to his re-election for second term in 2019. The Aisha option, according to them stems from the need to maintain the Buhari aura in the presidency even when the patriarch, the current President is…

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Kachiukwu, Baru and $26bn Alleged Fraud: The Whole Story

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu     The feud between Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachiukwu and the Group Managing Director, GMD, of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru has unearthed untold intrigues surrounding the Minister’s initial appointment as the GMD of the NNPC when he came on board the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and then later Minister of State for Petroleum. It has been learnt that President Buhari was a excited by Kachiukwu’s intimidating work and academic credentials and was primed at handing him Nigeria’s oil sector to…

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Buhari’s Second Term: APC Governors Gang Up

Buhari’s Second Term: APC Governors Gang Up   By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Though President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to make his 2019 intention known, this magazine can exclusively report that some All Progressives Congress, APC governors have resolved to prevail on him not to seek re-election. The governors are insisting that elements in the party who do not think well of the President are the people urging him to seek re-election. Cardinal reason the governors advance for their opposition to President Buhari’s second term is his health condition. They argue…

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Anambra: Revolt of a Godson

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Ahead the November 18 gubernatorial election in Anambra state, the state is awash with brickbats between supporters of the incumbent and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance,APGA, Willie Obiano and his predecessor, Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Though Obi is not a candidate in the election, there has been immense spotlight on him on the account of his support for the Secretary to the state Government, SSG and candidate of the, PDP, Obaze Henry Oseloka. Many in the Obiano camp and some…

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Nwoye Changes the Anambra Narrative

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu     Tony Nwoye has altered permutations for the November 18, 2017 Anambra gubernatorial election. The implication of his emergence as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC is that he will compete for Anambra North senatorial zone’s votes with the incumbent, Willie Obiano. Like Nwoye, Obiano hails from the zone. And if the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, eventually picks its candidate from the zone, the Anambra election would have become an all-North affair. Former Secretary to Anambra state government under former governor Peter Obi,…

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Okorocha Pulls Down Ekeukwu Market Tomorrow

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Multiple security and government sources have just informed The source that barring a last minute change of mind, Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha will in the early hours of tomorrow demolish the popular Ekeukwu market situated in the heart of the capital, Owerri. The market which is ancestral to the indigenes of Owerri has been a source of standoff between them and governor Okorocha. The indigenes had vowed to defend their ancestral heritage. Their effort to save the market from Okorocha’s bulldozer saw hundreds of Owerri…

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Ngige: APC’s Joker

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Aspirants currently jostling for the gubernatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC may be in for a shocker. Because of the caliber of the aspirants, many of whom are money bags, the national leadership of the party is anticipating debilitating crisis in the state chapter of the party over the outcome of the primaries.APC has therefore positioned Labour Minister, Senator Chris Ngige as its plan ‘B’. In fact, this magazine has been informed by reliable party sources that the former Anambra state governor is APC’s…

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PDP Gains As Turbulence Hits APC

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu     Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC are miffed at the avalanche of protests trailing its ward congresses nationwide. Virtually all state chapters of the party are in turmoil following allegations of sharp practices during the exercise. For example, in Kano, loyalists of Senator Musa Kwakwaso were shut out from the process leading to the boycott of the exercise by the Senator who was a former governor of the state. In River state, Senator Magnus Abe and leader of the party in the state, Chibuike …

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2019: PDP Mulls Atiku/Obi Ticket

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is not one to shy away from punchy political statements or from ventilating his views on topical national issues. That explains why most Nigerians were not taken aback by his strident support for the restructuring of the country. Besides the restructuring debate, Atiku has also come down hard on his own party, the All Progressives Congress, APC over perceived short comings in the party. However, while his admirers applaud his forthrightness, some Nigerians attribute political motive to the former Vice president’s…

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Rivers APC Crisis: Abe Weighs Options

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu There are no more pretenses that all is well between Former Rivers state governor and now Transport Minister, Chibuike Amaechi and his ally, Senator Magnus Abe. The feud between both men is now in the public domain. Before last Saturday’s rancorous Congress of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Rivers state, strained relationship between the two politicians was discussed in whispers. At the heart of the struggle for the soul of Rivers APC between Amaechi and Abe’s factions of the party is who flies the APC flag…

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Aso Rock Cabals Plot Against Buhari

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu     Though ailing President Muhammadu Buhari who was seen in pictures in cheerful mood with seven governors who visited him in London two days ago has repeatedly said he would only return to his presidential duties whenever he is permitted by his doctors to do so, multiple sources close to the presidency say there are indications that many members of the president’s kitchen cabinet or what has come to be termed ‘cabals’, are exploring ways of ferrying their principal back home to fill what they perceive…

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Anambra: Battle of the Ubas

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   The November 2017 Anambra gubernatorial election is likely to witness a spectacular scenario of two siblings-Senator Andy Uba of the APC and his younger brother and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP,Chris Uba- on opposing political platforms facing each other at the polls. There are indications that Senator Andy Uba is set to emerge consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The Magazine has been told that many of the APC guber aspirants in the state viewed as pretenders are being pressured to stand…

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OKOWA AND ‘’EGO ARIA’ PHENOMENOM: LETTER TO MY GOVERNOR

By  Jerome-Mario Utomi.   Your Excellency, Senator Doctor Ifeanyi Authur Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State, though you are a medical Doctor by profession you have left nobody in doubt that you were  a very good student of Economics back in your  secondary school formation days.   This is evident from the way you punctuate every speech of yours with the basic economic concepts as taught at the introductory stage of the subject. Chief among these concepts is the Theory of man’s numerous needs chasing limited resources. This theory…

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APGA Crisis: Obiano’s Options

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Facts are emerging about the crisis bedeviling the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. South east state of Anambra is the only state controlled by the party. Incidentally, this Magazine’s findings show Anambra is the subject of the current APGA crisis. It has emerged that similar forces that severely whittled down People’s Democratic Party PDP’s ability to fend off All Progressives Congress, APC’s challenge in Ondo state, are at work in Anambra for the same purpose. Before the coming of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the APC ,…

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2019: Pressure Mounts on Obi

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Though Peter Obi is currently subject of intense permutations as regards the 2019 presidential election, the immediate past governor of Anambra told select Bloggers in Lagos yesterday that he has no interest in the presidency. It is not however; clear whether Obi’s assertion will deter prominent Nigerians across political and ethno-religious divides that this Magazine learnt have secretly been mounting pressure on the soft spoken former governor. They want Obi to vie for the presidency in 2019, on ground that he is one of the few…

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Panic In Aso Rock….Osinbajo Goes for Hyenas and Jackals’ Jugular

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Following Acting President Yemi Osinbajo’s meeting with ailing President Muhammadu Buhari in London, certain elements in the administration are now apprehensive as they are no longer sure of their continued stay in office. Osinbajo has refused to disclose to Nigerians the kernel of his meeting with Buhari but multiple sources in the presidency have told this Magazine that Buhari may have given him the green light to carry out far reaching restructuring of the administration. The main target of the impending restructuring, according to one of…

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Realignments and Reconfiguration as PDP Rebounds

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Tortuous legal battle for the soul of Nigeria’s erstwhile ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP came to an end this morning with Supreme Court ruling declaring a former governor of Kaduna state, Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader of the party. Makarfi and former governor of Borno state, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff had both laid claim to the leadership of the PDP. Matters came to a head for the party on May 21, 2017 at its botched national convention in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state…

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Kanu: Untold Story of a Secessionist Leader…How He was Created

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Before his arrest in October 2015, Nnamdi Kanu’s only claim to Biafra activism was his vitriolic verbal attacks on perceived enemies and opponents of restoration of defunct Republic of Biafra via a pirate Radio, Radio Biafra, which was believed to be broadcasting from the United Kingdom. He was the Director Radio Biafra, the propaganda arm of now fractured and weakened Ralph Uwazuruike’s Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB. MASSOB was at that time, the rave of the moment as the premier secessionist movement in the…

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