PDP: How Wike, Fayose Stripped the South east of VP slot and Awarded the same to the South west

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Following the landslide victory of Rivers state born Uche Secondus in the December 9, 2017 elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as new National Chairman of the party, inside story of how various interests and stakeholders plotted and strategized the outcome has emerged. Secondus’ victory signifies inevitable shift in pundits’ calculations and re-thinking of pre-convention projections vis avis the 2019 presidential election. For example, before now, all permutations pointed towards the emergence of a South west National Chairman and South east Vice presidential running…

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2019: PDP Bows to Atiku

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Atiku’s return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has altered permutations in the party. The party zoned its 2019 presidential ticket to the North and the position of the national chairman to the South. Stakeholders favour micro zoning of the topmost party position to the Southwest and ceding of the vice presidential ticket to the South east. In the event of victory at the polls, the South south is tipped to produce President of the Senate. However, Atiku’s re-entry is fast altering the calculations in the…

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APC, Buhari in Panic Mood

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   After shrugging off the resignation of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar from its fold, the All Progressives Congress, APC is in a panic mood. The Magazine has been informed that the full import of his exit and the impending on the party has now dawned on APC. The presidency is also putting mechanisms in place to forestall any negative impact the former VP’s exit from the party may have on the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari. The Source learnt that the APC and presidency…

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Atiku: The Untold Story

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s resignation from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC did not come as a surprise. Even as a member of the party, he was its trenchant critic. However, the ripple his exit is causing in the political landscape is now source of anxiety within the APC. And in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku’s expected entry into the party has altered permutations and calculations. This magazine has been informed that moments after Atiku’s resignation from the APC became a public knowledge,…

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National Convention: PDP Battles for Survival

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Two weeks to the national convention of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders of the party are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the exercise do not trigger another round of crisis. Nine aspirants are jostling to become the next national chairman of the party. One of them, former Deputy national chairman (South) of the  party, Olabode George yesterday alleged there were grand plans by the PDP national leadership to foist a fellow aspirant on the party. He specifically demanded the resignation of Chairman…

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‘How I Ended The Badoo Menace’ – CP Imohimi

Barely three months after his appointment as Lagos State Police Commissioner Imohimi Edgal, speaks to Chidiebere Onyemaizu, Bayo Bernard and Uche Nwosisi on the challenge of policing Nigeria’s Commercial capital. The suave speaking Lagos police boss opened up on how he led the team that cracked Badoo, the dreaded cult group that terrorized Ikorodu, a suburb of Lagos for months. Excerpt: Lagos is a peculiar state, it’s a mini Nigeria, and for a man to be posted to police the state is not an easy task. So, how has it…

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Diamond Bank’s Albatross

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Many weighty issues are probably agitating the mind of Dozie Uzoma, the youthful Group Managing Director, GMD of Diamond bank. Chief among these is perhaps the desire to go down in history as the Bank’s GMD during whose tenure Diamond bank’s customer and deposit base burgeoned but it’s doubtful if Uzoma has taken time off to reflect on the travails of one of Diamond Bank Customers, Prince Alfred Ugochukwu Amaobi. Diamond Bank is a customer-friendly bank but Amobi’s bitter experience with the bank makes him insists…

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National Chairman: PDP Settles for a Dark Horse

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu     A dark horse is set to emerge the next National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Reliably party sources inform that the national leadership of the party has taken the decision to throw up a dark horse, untainted by the acrimony and intrigues that have so far defined the race for the plum party position,48 hours to the election.The Source has been informed that the PDP national leadership took the decision  to douse tension in the party. One of the sources revealed that virtually…

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Why Buhari Saved Oyegun

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   It has emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term ambition was the singular saving grace of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie- Oyegun  at the just concluded National Executive Committee ,NEC of the party. The Source has been informed that some party bigwigs were poised to dethrone Oyegun during the NEC meeting and had already put in place water-tight strategies to that effect. However, few days to the NEC meeting, the plot leaked, prompting the president’s loyalists to swing into action to…

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Second Term: Buhari Lures South east, South south

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   There are indications that President Muhammadu Buhari have shrugged off opposition to his second term, owning to his fragile health, to seek re-election. A secret Think-Tank charged with preparing the roadmap for his election that has already been set up. The Think-Tank has made it clear that marketing Buhari in the South east and South south will be an uphill task unless he is urgently rebranded in the two zones ahead the 2019 presidential election in order to get the people of the two zones to…

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2019: APC Chieftains eye PDP vice presidential Ticket

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Though the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is yet to make a formal pronouncement on the ceding of its 2019 presidential slot to the South east, a number of politicians from the zone are clandestinely reaching out to critical stakeholders in the party, including, those nursing presidential ambition to sell their candidature. Strangely, prominent members of the party at the centre, All Progressives Congress, APC, including some former PDP members who defected to the party in the wake of its (PDP) defeat in the 2015 presidential election…

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National Convention: APC’s Plots unsettle PDP

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu   Multiple PDP sources have spoken of high octane plots allegedly involving the All Progressives Congress, APC and disgruntled chieftains of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to derail the party’s December 9, national convention. The motive is to plunge the PDP into crisis again and render it incapable of flexing muscles with the APC in the 2019 presidential election. The convention will produce the next national chairman of the party after a protracted crisis. The three-pronged plot will likely see the APC sponsoring mercenary from the…

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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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