Issues as Reps resume

PHILIP NYAM reports on issues expected to top deliberations as the House of Representatives resume plenary today   After the Christmas and New Year break, the House of Representatives will reconvene in plenary today amidst daunting challenges in the polity. Although, the House had resumed since January 8 to interface with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the 2018 budget proposal, today will be the first day the lawmakers would be meeting in a plenary session in 2018. There are several issues, which the House could not resolve before embarking…

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Umeh: A tortuous road to the Senate

MAN IN THE NEWS For Chief Victor Umeh, who won the Anambra Central senatorial re-run at the weekend, it is victory at last after a lingering legal battle, FELIX NWANERI reports   “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and…

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Aare Ona Kakanfo: Culture meets glamour at Adams’ installation

The ancient town of Oyo lost its balance on Saturday, when the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, was inaugurated as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. WALE ELEGBEDE reports   When the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, chose the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, last year, as the 15th Aare Ona Akakanfo of Yorubaland designate, he may not have fathomed the presence of the massive dignitaries and crowd that will be besiege his territory on the day…

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APC govt has failed Nigerians – Irawo

Alhaja Aminat Irawo is a human rights activist. In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, she speaks on women participation in politics, 2019 presidency and insecurity in Nigeria   The Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the timetable for the 2019 general elections, would you advise more women to seek for elective positions in 2019? Women are more productive in politics than men because as mothers they are passionate in taking care of things than men. So, more women should join politics ahead of 2019. They should not be afraid…

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PDP’s boast of returning to power, laughable – Anyim

Former National Vice Chairman (South-East) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Abia State governorship candidate of the party in the 2015 general elections, Nyerere Anyim, speaks in this interview with FELIX NWANERI on the state of the nation, recent developments in the party and the 2019 general elections     Over two years of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, the view of most people is that expectations of Nigerians are yet to be met. How would you react to this? In as much as every Nigerian will…

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The symbolic handshake

KENNETH OFOMA reports on the recent Handshake Across the Niger Summit, aimed at eliminating the suspicion and rivalry between the Igbo and Yoruba ethnic groups       The gathering was grand, and its purpose unique as there has never been any concerted and deliberate effort by leaders of two, out of the three major ethnic groupings in Nigeria – Igbo and Yoruba – to hold a close parley, where they would speak to each other with brutal frankness and at the end resolve to bury their political differences cum…

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2019: Jostling for Buhari’s job begins

Following the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission to release the timetable for the 2019 general elections, the stage is now set for those aspiring to contest the presidential election. JOHNCHUKS ONUANYIM tries to look at the contenders and pretenders for the election on their political part forms   With the announcement of the dates for the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), the dice is cast for those interested and willing to contest the presidential and other elections. Before INEC fixed the dates, many…

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