Gbenga Daniel Will Kill PDP – Kashamu

THE Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, has said it will be “a monumental disaster” to elect former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel as Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman. Reacting to Daniel’s official declaration to vie for the position yesterday, Kashamu said Daniel was the least qualified among those aspiring for the post. The statement reads in part, “When I heard that he was vying for the post, my initial reaction was that it was a joke. But, now that he has decided to make a formal declaration, I…

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PDP Political Gladiators At Work

  By Stephen Ubanna Ahead of the 2019 Presidential election there had been  new political realignment of political gladiators in the country. This is evident going by the consultations going round among the politicians across the country. Last Wednesday, October 18, 2017,, former President Goodluck Jonathan had visited Ibrahim Babangida, a retired army General and  former military President and elder statesman in his Hill top residence, Minna, Niger state to consult with him.Jonathan was said to have been accompanied in the visit by Nimi Barigha  Amange,  one of the Senators…

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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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Buhari’s integrity rating hits an all time low.

Integrity, which was a reference point of President Muhammadu Buhari has reached an all time low as knocks on his anti corruption war is being reduced to personal vendetta and war against opposition on a daily basis. All his lieutenants caught n the web of scandal and financial recklessness has been shielded one way or the other, and blames heaped on past governments even in the face of glaring incompetence around him. The latest of these was the Baru_Kachikwu feud, which was an embarrassment to the government. Minister of state…

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Buhari aproves pension for Biafran veterans

Forty-seven years after the end of the Nigerian civil war, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved payment of pensions to Veterans-soldiers, policemen and paramilitary personnel who were involved in the civil war. Many of them, who were youths during the war, were either already dead or ageing. The veterans, who were dismissed from service after the civil war that lasted between 1967 and 1970, and whose dismissal was commuted to retirements in the year 2000,will begin receiving their pensions by 20th of October 2017. It is not clear how this is…

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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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IPU: Saraki Seeks Improved Relationship With Russia

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has commenced negotiations for improved trade relations between Nigeria and Russia, newsmen report. Saraki said the relationship between the two countries was nowhere close to where it should be, adding that there was need for improvement to increase trade volume. The president of the senate made the remark in a meeting with Chairperson of Council of Russian Federation, Valentina Mativienko, St. Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday. The meeting was on the sidelines of the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly. Saraki said “I think…

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‘PDP Must Not Pick A Wrong Chairman’- Jonathan

A former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has advised members of the Peoples Democratic Party no to make the mistake of making wrong choice of National Working Committee  members at the December convention. Jonathan gave the advice when he received an aspirant for the party’s national chairmanship position, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, at his residence in Abuja on Tuesday. He cautioned that the party could not afford to make mistake in choosing its next national chairman and publicity secretary, describing them as “very delicate positions.” He said, “This time around we need…

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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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EFCC Traces N2.1 Billion To Patience Jonathan Mum’s Account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has traced N2.114bn to the bank account of Magel Resort Limited, which was allegedly owned by Mrs. Patience Jonathan and her late mother, Mama Charity Oba. According to the EFCC, the total amount of money traced to Mrs. Jonathan is now N17bn. Patience, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, had, last week, filed a N2bn fundamental human rights suit against the EFCC, accusing the anti-graft agency of subjecting her to psychological trauma, unnecessary persecution and going as far as freezing her late mother’s…

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Stampede in South east over military vaccination

The army claim that they are on medical mission to effect vaccination in the South east has bred panic and controversies within the region culminating in panic withdrawal of children from school in the south east. The army had besieged schools and demanded immediate vaccination of pupils and secondary students without consent from their parents and taking most school authorities by surprise.This was days after the army raided Nnamdi Kanu’s house claiming they are looking for weapons, an act that the banned Indigenous People of Biafra saw as an avenue…

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Court Orders Permanent Forfeiture of Diezani Houses

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the permanent forfeiture of 56 houses linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. The houses, located in Lagos and Port Harcourt, were said to have been acquired by the ex-minister between 2011 and 2013 using front companies. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission claimed that Diezani paid  $21,982,224 for the properties, adding that it believed that the funds were proceeds of crime. The anti-graft agency listed the properties to include 29 terraced houses comprising eight four-bedroomed penthouse apartments, six…

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Aishah Ahmad becomes Deputy CBN Governor

In a not so surprising move, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the name of Aisha Ahmad to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Deputy Governor of the central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. However, the appointment has come with its own baggage of controversies. For one, the rapid promotions from AGM of Diamond bank to full fledged Director in the same Bank and appointment as Deputy CBN Governor all on the same day. This was contained in an anonymous post that alleged that the newly appointed Deputy Governor has his…

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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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Ibe Kachukwu letter sparks controversy

With the current trending letter of the Minister of state , Ibe Kachikwu,anti corruption war of the present All Progressives Congress government appears to have taken a hard knock in recent times as reports of financial recklessness inundate the media space. From the scandal of the former Secretary General of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal,who allegedly used N270 million to clear the grass at the Internally Displaced People’s, IDP, camp by awarding the contract to his own private firm against civil service rules; to the chief of Staff, Mallam Abba…

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IGP Idris’s Wife Threatens Sen. Misau

The in-laws of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, have threatened to sue Senator Isa Hamman Misau for lying against their daughter. The family of Mrs Asta Idris said that Misau had on the floor of the Senate alleged that the IGP married Asta secretly in Kaduna after allegedly impregnating her. The family faulted Misau and explained that their daughter got married to the IGP publicly at the Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna. Mr. Nasiru Baba Saleh, a member of the family, told Daily Trust that Misau lied…

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House Of Reps Committee Orders Magu’s Arrest

THE House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions, yesterday, issued a warrant for the arrest of acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, over his refusal to appear before it. The committee, disturbed by Magu’s deliberate refusal to appear over former First Lady, Patience Jonathan’s petition demanding that her bank accounts be unfrozen, issued a bench warrant for Magu’s arrest. House of Representatives Magu is consequently expected to appear before the committee on November 7, to defend the role his commission played in getting six bank…

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SERAP Asks Buhari To Suspend Baru

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him to use his “good offices and leadership position to urgently refer the allegations of corruption and abuse of office against Mr Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for investigation, and if there is relevant and sufficient admissible evidence, for him to face prosecution.” The organization also urged Buhari to…

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Senate Says Nigerian Embassies Are Facing Threats From Host Countries

THE Senate, yesterday, raised the alarm that the nation’s diplomatic missions were facing challenges of inability to pay home-based officers allowances, local staff salaries, rent for residences, chanceries and other staff official quarters. According to the Senate, with these myriad of issues and financial woes, the collective and corporate image of Nigeria is suffering at the moment, thereby resulting in the loss of prestige and influence in the comity of nations. It, however, vowed to come up with ways to fix what it described as total mess and embarrassment to…

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