Ministers Are Jittery as Buhari Wields the Big Stick

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   There are strong indications that following the suspension of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachair Lawal for alleged corruption in the award of contract under the Presidential Initiative on Northeast, PINE, President Muhammadu Buhari is now poised to overhaul his cabinet to weed out Ministers connected with corruption allegations as well as those he perceived as under performing.   Prelude to this, Ministers have been instructed to tender their report cards by the way of briefing the president on the activities of their…

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Ngige Alters Anambra Guber Calculations

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Seven months to the Anambra gubernatorial election, snippets of the reconfiguration in the state’s political arena have emerged. The main parties battling for the incumbent, Governor Willie Obiano’s position are the ruling party in the state, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC. While APGA is fighting hard to ward off PDP and APC’s onslaught and retain power, the two opposition parties in the state, for different reasons, are bent on wrestling power from Obiano. PDP for example, still…

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How Indiscipline Ruined APC…Party Weighs Options

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu     The party at the centre, the All Progressives Congress, APC is currently pondering options open to it in its determination to exert a measure of control and influence over political office holders elected on its platform, especially APC governors and National Assembly members. Reliable party sources say yesterday’s stalemated meeting between national leadership of the party and APC Senators to resolve Senate’s frosty relationship with the presidency opened the party’s eyes to the effect that APC is just a party in name and lacks the…

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Why South east Governors Forum Died…And Rose Again

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Camaraderie among five Governors of the South east states is waxing strong. The South east Governors Forum suffered paralysis following the exit from office as governor, of its Chairman for eight years, former governor Peter Obi of Anambra state. This magazine learnt that political differences and struggle for the Chairmanship of the Forum among the governors was at the heart of it’s the (Forum) inertia for almost three years. Sources close to the Forum inform that with the victory of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in…

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Plot Against Saraki, Ekweremadu Thickens

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   If the current truce initiated by the presidency aimed at thawing the power play between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Senate fails, the leadership of the Senate may be in for fierce battle ahead as there are indications that the presidency will deploy everything in its arsenal to get back at the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. The two principal officers of the Senate are held responsible by hawks around Buhari for the current frosty relationship between the Executive and the…

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Why the Senate is Fighting Buhari

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   This Magazine has been told that the Senate has long ago resolved not to give the Executive kid glove treatment in order to curb what it perceives as President Muhammadu Buhari’s military hang over-dictatorial tendencies. The Senate’s resolve to bark and bite was demonstrated when it rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. President Buhari’s inaction on Ibrahim Magu , yesterday led  the Nigerian Senate under the leadership of Dr. Bukola Saraki to bare its fangs…

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PDP: Why It May Bleed to Death

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Reconciliation Committee, Governor Henry Seriake Dickson and his group are frantically working to salvage the party’s peace process after the Ali Modu Sheriff camp hit rival Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party at the weekend. Temporary peace returned to the troubled party last week following a peace pact signed by both sides of the PDP divide to effect that they would refrain from making inflammatory statements that further deepens divisions in the party. However, few days after, Sheriff, speaking through…

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Smoke in Saraki’s Senate

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki cannot be described as stern, at least judging from his looks. On his face is a pious, harmless mien. But on his left is an instrument of authority that can make or mar-the Gavel. Most times when the Gavel goes up and lands on Saraki’s desk, the Senate under his leadership demonstrates it’s nobody’s appendage. In the past weeks, Saraki’s Senate, though not in open fisticuffs with the Executive headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been in a…

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2019: APC’s Lethal Weapon Revealed

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   From all indications, what some observers have termed, APC’s machinations against the Southeast are yielding bountiful fruits. Top party sources told this Magazine that rash of defections of a number of notable politicians from the zone is traceable to secret, verbal promise which important stakeholders in the party from the North had made to select Southeast leaders. Some South east leaders with soft spot for the APC and Buhari , it has been alleged, was told that the President may not likely seek second term and…

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PDP: Makarfi, Sheriff’s Secret Files

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Governor Henry Seriake Dickson’s angle in the raging leadership tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has created a third frontline in the battle for the soul of the party. This Magazine has it on good authority that a new thinking and pattern of engagement as regard resolving the intractable dispute in the party has emerged following Governor Dickson’s appearance in African Independence Television, AIT’s current affairs program, Focus Nigeria, where he blamed Chairman of  PDP’s Interim National Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi for the continued impasse…

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How DSS Magun Caught Magu

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu It is not clear if Ibrahim Magu had ever heard of  Magun , the Yoruba fetish preparation that traps adulterous wives and their lovers with deadly consequences. If he was aware of it ,he certainly didn’t expect that he would be caught by DSS’s Magun neither was he expecting to be asked to ‘take a bow and go’. He knew there would be skirmishes with the Senators but he was convinced he would emerge from it, after his first brush with them last December, with a confirmation…

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Shocking Things Buhari Is Set To Do

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   His surprise return to Nigeria after almost two months of medical sojourn in Britain is not the only shock President Muhammadu Buhari has in stock for Nigerians. Credible presidential sources have informed this Magazine that the looming cabinet reshuffle will leave Nigerians speechless. The President, it has been learnt, is set to sack non-performing aides and Ministers as well as those tainted with corruption allegations. Among Ministers on the firing line, The Source has learnt, is one from the South south many view as untouchable and…

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Why Sheriff Is Dribbling PDP

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   The future of Nigeria’s former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, remains uncertain. Some members of the party-especially some governors and National Assembly members-remain resolute in their decision not to work with the court-ordered Acting National Chairman of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, and are putting finishing touches to the registration of an alternative platform, Advanced Peoples Democratic Party ,APDP. However, Governor Seriake Dickson’s dramatic submission of the PDP Reconciliation Committee Report to Sheriff suggests that political solution to the PDP quagmire is favoured by majority of…

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Brains Behind APDP

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Barring a last minute change of heart, some chieftains of the embattled former ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and some Governors elected on the party’s platform will formally make public, their decision to rebrand a faction of the party with another name, Advanced Peoples Democratic Party,APDP. Last week, relying on very dependable PDP sources, The Source reported that interests and some stakeholders in the party, majorly from the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction were toying with several options following the Court of Appeal ruling recognizing former Borno…

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More Troubles For Nnamdi Kanu

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Some members of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have expressed fear that the Federal Government is set to slam fresh charges on their incarcerated leader, Nnamdi Kanu who yesterday inched towards freedom following Justice Binta Nyako of the Abjua High Court’s ruling striking out six out of 11 charges preferred against him and three others. The IPOB members claim intelligence reports available to them indicate government was primed at keeping Kanu at bay as long as it takes. They insist their leader is innocent of…

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Why Anambra Indigenes in Oklahoma Are Spreading Smiles

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Anambra State Association in Oklahoma, United States is unrelenting in its drive to uplift the downtrodden in the state (Anambra) through medical missions and donation of medical equipment. The Association since its inception in 1994 has striven to enhance the quality of life among Anambra indigenes so as to live a productive life. The Association has several committees to maintain progress. One of them is the medical committee. The medical committee under the chairmanship of Obi Aniekwe had recommended disbursing of #2.8 million Naira to 10…

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How PDP Will Be Buried

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   The Source has just been informed by sources within the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, that top chieftains of the party are weighing several options in the event that the faction fails to unseat Ali Modu Sheriff at the Supreme Court. The Makarfi camp to which all organs of the party and at least, 90 per cent of members belong filled an appeal at the Supreme Court penultimate week asking the apex Court to quash recognition the Appeal Court accorded the Sheriff…

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PDP Belligerents Yield Ground, Unveil Peace Proposals

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu Emerging developments within the PDP in the last few hours indicate leaders and elders of the party on both Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi factions may have agreed to settle the lingering leadership tussle in the party out of court. The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt last week accorded recognition to the Sheriff’s faction prompting flurry of reactions from the Makarfi camp. Though the faction to which about 98 percent of PDP members belong, including the party’s governors , Senators , House of Reps…

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PDP’s Troubling Dilemma

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu The peoples Democratic party, PDP which is currently engaged in soul-searching with the view of re-inventing itself is also right now in a serious dilemma over 2019, Nigeria’s next election year. The party is torn between fielding a Northern presidential candidate in 2019 and settling for a Southeast candidate. The former ruling party is also torn between fielding a returnee member and settling for someone who remained with after it lost power to the APC in 2015. This magazine has it on good authourity that a great…

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