Sheriff’s back and forth movement

Last weekend’s collapse of the peace accord between the two factions in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership tussle was a prediction fulfilled. ONYEKACHI EZE chronicles several breaches of such accord in the past     The repudiation of the peace process by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) barely two days after it was reached seems to have confirmed the belief in some quarters that it is not the wish of the former Borno State governor that peace returns to the party, at least…

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Politics of no vacancy in Anambra

  This year is already turning out to be a very interesting one. One interesting thing is that it is a year of election in Anambra State and all eyes are focused on the state. Many people will be disappointed at the end of the day because what they expect will not come to pass. God is going to intervene to make the election very smooth. We are confident that All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) is going to win the forth coming Anambra State governorship election primarily because its candidate…

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Oil-based economy can no longer sustain Nigeria – Ojudu

Senator Babafemi Ojudu is the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters. He speaks in this interview on Nigeria’s challenges, blaming them on the handiwork of forces within the system     You are one of the founders of The News/PM News group, a media organisation that famously fought military dictatorship in Nigeria. How would you describe those years? It was very interesting and dangerous at the same time. It was also a very challenging period of my life. We lived as if everyday was the last. We did…

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Magu: A chequered financial crimes busting career

Commissioner of Police, who has a degree in Accounting and further trained in Financial Crimes Investigation at the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and London Metropolitan Police Institute, is a pioneer staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) under the headship of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, He had previously served as head of agency’s Economic Governance Unit (EGU) responsible for investigating senior public officials. The Senate’s turndown of his confirmation is not the first time he would be facing challenges in the course of his career with…

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Unending political chess game confirmation saga

While the hope of Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, to have his appointment confirmed seems to have been dashed by the Senate, he is being subjected to a fresh integrity test, FELIX NWANERI reports It is really not the best of times for the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu. Twice, his confirmation as the substantive chairman of the anti-graft agency, have been turned down by the Senate. While there is no doubt that the…

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Buhari is held hostage, says Gana

Alhaji Umar Ahmed Gana began politics in the Second Republic and during the Babangida Transition, he ran for the governorship position in Kaduna State on the platform of the National Republican Convention (NRC). Gana was also the Kaduna State Chairman of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) during the Sani Abacha Transition Programme. Similarly, he was the Kaduna State Chairman of the Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s Presidential Campaign in 1999. In this interview with IBRAHEEM MUSA, he explains why Governor Nasir El Rufai wrote President Muhammadu Buhari the controversial memo in…

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MASSOB: On Biafra we stand

The Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Delta South Zone has restated its determination for the creation of the Republic of Biafra. It also flayed the remarks made against the actualization of the move by the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, insisting that their demand has come to stay. Gen. Buratai had lambasted the agitators of the actualization of MASSOB, describing it as a waste of time and will subsequently not hold. Reacting to the statement, a member of the Elder-In-Council of the…

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Current Niger Delta peace must be sustained, says Ijaw leader

Ijaw opinion leaders, Chief Godspower Gbenekaeme, in this interview with OLA JAMES, says President Muhammadu Buhari should fulfill his promises to develop the Niger Delta as panacea to the peace process in the battered region The Ijaws have been crying out against marginalisation for decades now, what do you think is the way out of this quagmire? The problem is not that of the Ijaws alone. I can say that the problem of Ijaw is about the Niger Delta question. Unfortunately, the Ijaw man has always been at the forefront…

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Ovie: Okowa has tamed kidnapers, herdsmen in Delta

The Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Hon Festus Ovie, in this interview with OLA JAMES, enumerates Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s efforts to tame herdsmen and kidnappers in the state What is your impression about Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s achievements so far? Thank you very much. If you recall, Governor Okowa promised prosperity for all Deltans if he won the governorship election. By that he came up with a lot of programmes that dwelt on wealth creation, peace and security, educational health and urban regional development. For a start, let us…

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2019 presidency: I’m waiting on God – Sheriff

Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff ‎said his future political ambition is in the hand of God. The former Bornu State governor, who was emphatic that he is not going to contest the PDP national chairmanship position at the party’s planned national convention, however, said he could not decide his presidential ambition in 2019. At a press conference Monday, Sheriff said he accepted the party’s decision to zone the national chairmanship position to the southern part of the country while the PDP presidential…

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