Showing posts with label Politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Politics. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Governor Rochas Okorocha commends Orji Kalu's defection to APC, calls on South-East leaders to follow his footstep

Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has described the entry of the former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu into the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a very good development, not only for the APC as a political party but also for the South-East as a people.

The governor regretted that he was shouting on top of his voice for the Igbos especially the political leaders in the South-East geo-political zone to join APC, but he was not only blackmailed but was called all kinds of names, and that today, it has become obvious that he was not wasting his time.

The governor explained that with men like Orji Uzor Kalu joining him in APC, they would develop Igbo land under APC as the ruling party, and noted that, Orji Kalu as an illustrious Igbo son is a political asset any political party would like to have in its fold.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Those calling for sack of CBN Governor are Palm Wine drinkers – Oshiomhole

Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described those calling for the sack of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele as ‘faceless manipulators and palm wine drinkers".

The governor and a coalition of civil society groups in the country yesterday condemned those calling for the sack of Emefiele, describing them as faceless manipulators of the Nigerian economy who are bent on wasting their time...

They stated that President Muhammadu Buhari would not be fooled by them into sacking the CBN governor.

In a report by Ejiofor Alike and Paul Obi for ThisDay, Oshiomhole said the hiring and firing of the CBN governor is not a political decision because institutions such as the central bank are central to economic growth and development of any serious nation.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New PDP Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, vows to unseat Buhari, APC by 2019

Newly appointed chairman of PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff, has vowed to unseat President Buhari and the APC from Aso Rock come 2019. He said this while addressing PDP members at the Abia state governor. Okezie Ikpeazu's thanksgiving service in Umuahia, Abia state today February 17th.

"We are here today, we are starting from here, and we are going to Aso Rock, Insha Allah by 2019. We will head from here and we will do it together. This my long cap is prepared to lead my colleagues and brothers to Aso Rock, Insha Allah. By the grace of Allah nothing will deter this party from going to Aso Rock in 2019. By the time we put down our master-plan I am sure they (APC) will go back to where they came from. And Insha Allah, nothing will stop us”he said
Source;Linda Ikeji

Friday, December 18, 2015

Jubilation Trails Governor Udom’s Sack (PHOTOS)

The Appeal Court’s decision to nullify the election of Governor Udom Emmanuel in line with the appeal of Okon Umana, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the April 11 election, has been greeted with jubilation in the state.
Shortly after the appellate court, sitting in Abuja, nullified the entire poll of the April 11 governorship election and upheld the ruling of the tribunal, residents of the state, believed to be APC supporters, shut down traffic in Uyo, the state capital to celebrate the court ruling, Sahara Reporters reports.
See photos below:
Akwa Ibom residents shut down the streets to celebrate Governor Udom’s sack (PHOTO CREDIT: Sahara Reporters)
Akwa Ibom residents shut down traffic to celebrate Governor Udom’s sack (PHOTO CREDIT: Sahara Reporters)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Akufo Has Potentials To Outperform Buhari- Policy Analyst

Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, chief policy analyst at the Ghana institute for public policy options has said he believes President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance in Africa can be surpassed.
Nana Addo
The chief policy analyst says he is of the opinion that Nana Akufo-Addo, a Ghanaian politician will do better if elected president of Ghana.
Dr Wereko-Brobby debated that Nana Addo can match and surpass the feats attained by President Buhari in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
In an interview at Atinka FM on Thursday, December 3, Wereko-Brobby, stated that Nana Addo has the capabilities to even outperform the Nigerian president and make Ghana better than it is in the current dispensation under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by President John Dramani Mahama.
The founding member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), said in his view, President Mahama’s approach to dealing with issues of corruption among his appointees is too weak.
It is worthy to note that President Buhari has received commendation globally for taking decisive steps to root corruption out of Nigeria.
The Nigerian president has also introduced several policies towards reforming the West African nation.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Confusion In Kogi Over Rumoured Ressurection of Audu

There is confusion in Kogi state over the possible resurrection of Prince Audu Abubakar, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor of the state was confirmed dead on Sunday evening and there were reports that he is due for burial today.
Prince Abubakar Audu, Ex-Kogi State Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship
 candidate is rumoured to be alive
But unconfirmed reports say that the APC candidate has come back to life and there is wild jubilation in Lokoja, the state capital and Abuja.
ADVERTISING correspondents on the ground said that although they were not allowed into the residence of the politician, they heard that a prophetess had come in to pray for him and he was brought back to life.
“There is wild jubilation here as we speak. Although we have not been allowed in, the news everywhere here is that he is alive,” our correspondent noted.
At the time of filing this report calls were still being put through to the state to ascertain the truth in the matter.
Premium Times is reporting that a cleric was taken into the house to pray and possibly revive the late politician, with their correspondent saying: “a prophet seeks to pray for Audu’s corpse and bring him back to life. Security inside and family members would have none of it but angry youths break the door open

“The prayer man has successfully been forcefully taken in by the wish of the crowd and they have all joined in the prayers for the resurrection of Audu with Holy Ghost fire renting the air as well as shouts of Allahu Akbar.
‎”Dino Melaye and some family members came out through the back door to calm the angry crowd. While they are largely engaged in fervent prayers others are weeping loudly by the door.

“As men and women of faith engage in fervent prayers to bring Audu back to life others are digging his grave in one end of the compound.”
More details soon…

How PDP Can Regain Political Space From APC – Nnamani

The former Senate president Ken Nnamani has suggested the only way in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can reclaim power from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing newsmen at the recent PDP Rebrand Forum held in Abuja, Nnamani said the PDP can seize power from the APC if its inter­nal democracy is established, The Sun reports.
Nnamani urged the PDP members to stop the blame game over the party’s defeat in the last elec­tion, adding that the party should take the bold step of reinventing itself by avoiding mistakes that lost it the trust of the electorate.
Former senate president Ken Nnamani

Former senate president Ken Nnamani
He said: “Many of the people who are very pained that we lost the presidential election have needlessly been blaming ourselves. This blame game should not continue. We lost the elec­tion because we deserved to lose. We had run out of policy gas. We worked hard to lose the election.
“Now it is time for renewal and renewal requires strategic thinking and bold actions. Many years ago, I worked with some of my colleagues in the PDP and we foresaw this moment. We predicted that the PDP needed to keep faith with its cardinal prin­ciples and values to sustain its leadership of Nigerian politics. How I wished our other colleagues listened to us in those days. We would have averted the disaster of the 2015 electoral defeat. Some of those who contrib­uted immensely to the PDP electoral defeat shouted us down and refused to hear our voice of wisdom. This is past now. There is no time for recrimination and self-adulation. It is time for clarity and effective action.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Jonathan’s Lack Of Political Will To Fight Corruption: Clark Meant No Harm – IMG

As former Federal Commissioner for Information in the first Republic, Chief Edwin Clark receives flak for saying ex-President Goodluck Jonathan lacked the political will-power to fight corruption, the Ijaw Monitoring Group, IMG, has risen in defence of the Ijaw leader.
Clark, the most ardent supporter of the Jonathan administration, had while hosting a delegation of Think Nigeria First Initiative at his Asokoro, Abuja residence on Wednesday, said the former president was too much of a gentleman, which resulted in a lot of corrupt practices going on under his nose unchallenged.
“Jonathan didn’t have the political will-power to fight corruption. He’s too much a gentleman. Drivers of yesterday are living in palatial buildings now under his government. In advanced countries, when you are living above your means, people query you.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Instead Of Distracting Buhari With Ridiculous Allegations, PDP Should Bury Its Head In Shame – APC

The All Progressives Congress, Lagos State chapter, yesterday gave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) knocks for the “irrational heckling and outlandish statements” on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Accusing the PDP of plotting to pit the millions of Nigerians, who voted for “change” against the Federal Government by distracting the Buhari administration, the APC advised the opposition party to bury its head in shame.
The governing party berated the PDP for dissipating energies on a wasteful venture as Nigerians have not forgotten how the party plundered the wealth of the nation between 1999 and May 29.
“For a PDP that totally destroyed the Nigerian economy and stole 16 years of the nation’s providential oil boom to now mount a daily credo of rootless criticism of a regime that is working so hard to recover the country from PDP’s wasteful hangover shows that it is insulting the intelligence of Nigerians, who roundly rejected it a few months ago”, the party said in a statement by Lagos State spokesman Joe Igbokwe.

Why South-east Lost Senate Presidency – Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has regretted that most of the politicians that contested under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-east were robbed of victory during the last general elections.
He said if the zone had produced senators and members of the House of Representatives under the APC, nobody would have denied them the seat of the Senate president or speaker.
Okorocha stated this, yesterday, shortly on arrival from a trip to Turkey.
He said that in his state, the APC was strengthened to enable it favourably compete in future elections.
He commended the people of the South-east for their show of understanding in the appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari, addibg: “APC is a great party, it is a big family. The Igbo people are also of the APC and I represent the face of that very strong movement from South-east. What is important is what the people can get from the federal government to develop the zone.
“We can develop the resources of our land and make the place better with or without politics. Emphasis should not be more on politics but on development of resources.”
He lamented that politics in Nigeria revolved around distribution of income from oil, saying: “If oil dries up, what will our people do? This makes it imperative to look for alternatives now.”
He urged the people of the South-east Zone to support Buhari.
Okorocha said his administration would implement an industrialisation programme known as “One community, One industry”, to improve the economy of the state.
Source: Daily Trust

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Code Of Conduct’s Allegations Against Me Malicious, Politically Motivated – Saraki

Bukola Saraki
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has denied reports on Wednesday that the Code of Conduct Bureau has prepared a 13-count corruption charge against him for offences ranging from anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets in forms he filed before the bureau while he was governor of Kwara state.
It was also reported that the Senate president would be arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal before the end of the week.
However, in a statement by his media office, Saraki said he was yet to be served the court papers even as he clarified that the allegations contained in the charge sheet are not only false, but another futile attempt to smear his character and bring the Office of the Senate president to disrepute.
Read the full statement issued by Dr. Bukola Saraki’s Media Office:
The attention of Dr. Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, has been drawn to a charge sheet being widely circulated on the online media, upon which he is expected to be tried at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Monday, September 14, 2015

Why Amaechi, Kwankwaso And 3 Other Governors Joined APC

Dr. Bamanga Tukur, the former chairman of Peoples Democratic Party has revealed why five governors of the party walked out on him and former president Goodluck Jonathan at the special national convention of the party in August 2013.
According to Tukur, former governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state chose to stay away after he was told that he could not come into the convention with his factional chairman of the party and other governors followed suit.
Tukur denied claims that he stopped Governor Murtala Nyako from the convention ground.
It would be recalled that Nyako was impeached by the Adamawa State House of Assembly over allegations of gross financial misconduct in June 2014.
" Bamagar Tukur"
PDP’s former national chairman, Bamagar Tukur.
Many believed that the impeachment was prompted because Nyako mocking letter to President Jonathan accusing the Federal Government of carrying out genocide against the people of the North East.

Friday, August 21, 2015

PDP Chieftain In FCT, Others Defect To APC

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) suffered a heavy loss on Wednesday, August 19, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as over 6,000 of its members defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The decampees were led by a PDP chieftain in the FCT, Yahaya Alhassan Gwagwa, Daily Trust reports.
Gwagwa was a former mandate secretary, area council services secretariat, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
In a statement issued by Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, the coordinator of Yahaya Gwagwa Restore AMAC group, Gwagwa said: “Hon. Gwagwa moved from his former party, PDP, to APC to lend his support for the present administration as he finds integrity, honesty and competency on the president.”
He stated that he was ready to work with the APC as he believes they have what it takes to make Nigeria a better place.
Gwagwa therefore, called on his supporters to support APC in the forthcoming area council elections, saying, “Mr. President cannot be a tenant in his land.”
APC executives were said to have received Gwagwa and his supporters at the party’s Gwagwa ward office.
Receiving the defectors, Mohammed Apulu, the Gwagwa Ward chairman promised to borrow some of his experience as an experienced grassroots politician.
There seems to be no end to the defection saga. Members of the PDP have dumping the party in large numbers before and after the 2015 general elections. About a week ago, a former chairman of the PDP in Borno state, Hon. Kolo Bukar and a former minority leader of the House of Representatives (1999-2003), , alongside scores of their supporters.

Okorocha Explains Why He Said APC Will Rule For 24 Years

The governor of Imo state, Chief Rochas Okoracha has thrown more light on his earlier statement that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will rule for 24 years in the state.
In a press statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, and made available to journalists in Owerri, Okorocha said his statement was anchored on enviable achievements by his administration, which could be seen by all, Vanguard reports.
The governor advised loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to stop losing sleep over his statement and trying to compare it with a similar claim by the former National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Vincent Ogbulafor, who said the PDP would rule the country for 60 years.
The Imo state government acknowledged what it called, “the concerted effort being made by some PDP elements in the state to wrongly situate the claim by the governor that his party would not only become stronger in the state and even in the South-East, but would govern the state for 24 years.”
Some members of the PDP in the state, yet to recover from the shock of losing the governorship elections in 2011 and in 2015 consecutively, have been making fruitless efforts to read harmful meaning into that innocent claim of the governor,” the statement read.
According to Onwuemeodo, Governor Okorocha’s claim and that of Chief Ogbulafor could not be compared as they were not the same.
That of Ogbulafor was only anchored on federal might they had always leveraged on to indulge in high degree of impunity during elections, while that of Okorocha was anchored on enviable record of achievements by his administration,” he said.
About a week ago, . He also vowed to make sure the party becomes very strong in the whole of South East.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Women Are Not Being Respected In This Administration - APC Women Leader

The National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress APC, Hajiya Ramatu-Tijjani has bemoaned the fate of women politicians in the current administration.
In an interview with National Mirror, she exclaimed that she was really worried with the lack of women leaders in both Senate and the House of Representatives.
Hajiya Ramatu-Tijjani
She explained that arrangements were made for some Women to take principal offices but due to some problems they failed to achieve that.
She said: In the Senate, we have a candidate that was coming for the position of the Deputy Senate President. And again we have Khadija Bukar Abba in House of Representatives who also showed interest in contesting for the Majority Leader. But then, as long as the zoning arrangement ab initio favoured that, the party was mindful of how some of them could be worked out to support the affirmative action. Because we are very much aware that, the 8th has dropped in women participation, so we want to make it up and augment by the principal offices occupied by the women.

Monday, August 10, 2015

How PDP Prevented South-East From Producing Senate President

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has come out to reveal how the Peoples Democratic Party prevented the South-Eastern part from producing the Senate president.
Okorocha with Buhari during campaign
He made this disclosure during an interview with newsmen at Owerri, the state capital.
Okorocha said the PDP made sure that the All Progressives Congress candidates did not get the mandate of the people by gigging the presidential and national assembly election in the zone, Daily Independent reports.
He said: “The PDP rigged the Presidential/National Assembly elections and stole all the mandates given to the APC in the South East.
They did this so as to continue to dominate the three arms of the government, but they never knew that they would be doing a great disservice to the South East because if they had allowed the wishes of the electorate to prevail, definitely, the APC would have got the position of either the President of the Senate or the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
He added that when he was campaigning for people from the zone to embrace the APC, people did not take him serious, adding that now that the coast is clearer and he is being vindicated.
The governor pointed out that the PDP had allegedly taken the zone backward in term of development saying “the PDP took us several years backwards in development and growth.”
He promised that the APC-led government would not marginalise any zone especially in the South-East, adding that the president had not appointed his ministers. He stressed that the people of the South-East will be accommodated when buhari makes appointment.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

DSS Besieges PDP National Secretariat

Officials of the Department of State Security Services on Monday, August 3, besieged the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party.
This is in connection with the crisis that ensued between the national leadership and staff of the party over plans to reduce the staff strength, salaries and allowances by 50%.
The DSS officials reportedly arrived the secretariat, Wadata Plaza, as early as to prevent breakdown of law and order.
Speculating a protest from the aggrieved workers, they reportedly stayed for over 30 minutes while the directors and leaders of the aggrieved workers had a meeting to broker peace.
According to Vanguards’ report, they also went round the premises of the secretariat and finally went to the National Executive Committee, NEC meeting hall before they finally left perhaps with the assurances that all was under control.

DSS Totured INEC Residential Electoral Commisioner For 13 Days

Akwa Ibom Sate Resident Electoral Commissioner, Austin Okojie was arrested by the DSS and spent thirteen days in their custody as he has also been ordered upon release to report daily to DSS office for more interrogation.  
Okojie could barely walk or talk upon his return from detention after been seriously brutalized.
“They were interrogating him about his relationship with the PDP in Akwa-Ibom State and former Governor Akpabio. He was tied to a chair for 13 days and tortured to confess that he connived with PDP to rig the elections. At the time they released him, he could barely even talk or stand well”, a family source told Breaking Times.
 “The desperation by the DSS to get Okojie to indict former Governor Akpabio of Akwa-Ibom State and the PDP in Akwa-Ibom State may have forced them to employ drastic measures in securing a confession from Okojie”, an informed security source told Breaking Time on Monday. However, it was gathered that Okojie stood his grounds despite the torture by refusing to grant false evidence during the interrogation.
It was also reported that, Okojie was released after severe pressure from the PDP and civil society advocates. A group under the auspices of the Public Interest Lawyers League had accused the DSS of unduly harassing the Akwa-Ibom Resident Electoral Commissioner.
About four days ago, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has . The PDP also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call Daura to order, and to see to it that the agency does not dabble into electoral matters.

Monday, August 3, 2015

PDP Lawmakers Angry Over Buhari’s Support For Gbajabiamila

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in the House of Representative seem not to be happy over the emergence of Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the majority leader of the 8th House.
Dogara and Gbajabiamila
They are particular not comfortable with the support President Muhammadu Buhari gave to  Gbajabiamila’s ambition for the position of House leader.
The House was thrown into crisis after Gbajabiamila who had the backing of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC)  lost to Yubuku Dogara  for  the Speakership position on June 9. Following his defeat, the party penciled his name for the House majority leader position which  generated into controversy among APC lawmakers in the House.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Buhari, APC urged me to fight on; I was meant to be Tambuwal’s Deputy – Gbajabiamila

Gbajabiamila was not imposed on us – Lawmaker-elect
Majority Leader of the 8th House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari, and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, encouraged him to fight for the speakership of the House.
He said he had opted to withdraw from the race because he never wanted to put first his ambition ahead of the unity of the legislature and Nigeria at large.
“A lot of people don’t know this. Long time ago, I saw the President, I saw my party, I explained to them. I told the President, I said listen. ‘This thing has been framed to be about me”, he told newsmen in his office on Friday.
“It was never about me and that is what my members believe and I told Mr. President and the party that I wanted to withdraw from this thing, for the sake of the President, for the sake of the House, for the sake of the country.