Rivers: Defections drive APC to the edge

EMMANUEL MASHA reports on the gale of defections among chieftains and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State since after the National Assembly rerun elections in the state in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious   A few months before the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, the camp of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was bubbling as party leaders expressed optimism about the party’s chances in the election. But, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result, it…

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Journalist with Bayelsa’s Glory FM shot dead

Gunmen yesterday killed a journalist with the Bayelsa State-owned Glory FM 97.1, Mr. Famous Giobaro. Giobaro was shot dead in his residence on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Road, Kpasia in Yenagoa, the state capital. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Asinim Butswat, said the command was yet to get the full detail of Giobaro’s killings. A witness said the gunmen stormed Giobaro’s apartment about 5 a.m. on Sunday and shot him point blank in the stomach. The attackers had gained access into the compound after scaling…

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Dogara asks INEC to begin delineation ahead of 2019

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to activate the process of delineation of Federal Constituencies in accordance with provisions of the 1999 constitution. Speaking in an interview with NIGERIA NOW magazine, Dogara however, suggested that the exercise would have to wait till 2019 elections to avoid a situation where sitting elected lawmakers may be displaced. The Speaker noted that there have been clamours for more constituencies in view of rising population and other factors, and urged INEC to muster…

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Nigeria is not ripe for Diaspora, electronic voting -Rep Garba

Hon. Abubakar Kannaike Garba represents Ilorin East/Ilorin South Federal Constituency of Kwara State and is the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Works. In this interview with PHILIP NYAM, he speaks on a wide range of issues including the delay in the passage of budget, the problem associated with credit facilities for farmers and SME’s and the use of card reader and electronic voting system in the country   The issue of late passage of the budget has remained an albatross in the country and the 2017…

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KIDNAPPING: ‘Big business’ that took over from armed robbery

Kidnapping began some years back with the agitation in the Niger Delta region for resource control. Overtime it assumed an alarming dimension with schools becoming targets and pupils taken away for ransom. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, looks at this disturbing menace that has seen many Nigerians lose millions to abductors   Ikorodu, the aquatic neighbourhood in the ‘centre of excellence’, has been in the news lately, though for the wrong reasons. It is gradually but steadily becoming kidnappers’ den. But, before this new dimension to criminality, armed robbers had…

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