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Convention: Don't elect EFCC-indicted ex-governors as chairman, Emerging leaders warn APC

...Roots for Senator Sani 313 Ahead of the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for February 26 in Abuja, a South-south Emerging Leaders' Forum (SELF) has warned leaders of the party not to elect some former governors and individuals in the race who have been indicted for some financial crimes by anti-corruption agencies. In a statement released to newsmen Wednesday in Abuja, national coordinator of the group Barrister Preye Wilson, warned that the ruling party does not need a national chairman that will be dragging in and out of the anti-corruption agencies' offices to explain their dealings in the past. Barrister Wilson said it is time for the ruling party to deviate from past experiences of electing former governor as national chairman. While making reference to a media report titled: "APC faces integrity test, five chairmanship aspirants on EFCC radar," the South-south forum warned that if any of these allegedly indicted ch
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Adamawa: How APC can regain control in 2023 --part 2

By :Tom Garba In the first instalment of this two-part analysis, I tried to show how Adamawa, a political no man's land, transited from moderate to left-of-centre leadership with Governor Nyako rebellion against PDP in the twilight years of the Goodluck Jonathan presidency.  President Jonathan expectably kissed the dust in the aftermath of the conservative North's gang-up aimed at favouring Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.  Buhari, who had become a perpetual presidential candidate, repeatedly sought the presidency as though his life depended on it. He first tangoed with an Igbo running mate, then a Yoruba man, and then a Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor. APC in Adamawa can still make it to the Government House if it does things differently. Essentially, I am guiding APC's attention to the paramount need for togetherness and concentration on achieving the greater good, rather than self-aggrandisement. Without unity, the APC can achieve little. We must help all pe

COAS CELEBRATES HEROES, PRESENTS VEHICLES FOR THEIR SACRIFICES*

* In commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration(AFRDC) 2022, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has presented brand new Hilux Vehicles to 14  living heroes of the Nigerian Army for having served the nation, when their services were mostly needed. The COAS added that the presentation was in honour and recognition of the sacrifices of both the fallen heroes and veterans who are still alive for their services to the Nigerian Army (NA), the nation and humanity.The presentation was done nationwide, across all formations of the NA to signpost the significance of the celebration.  Presenting the vehicles on behalf of the COAS to one of the beneficiaries, the Provost Marshal (PM), Army, Major General Robert Aiyenigba stated that Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration provided an opportunity for retrospection and  appreciation of the patriotism and  sacrifices demonstrated by both veterans and fallen heroes. " It is in appreciat

Atiku secures diaspora support for PDP's presidential ticket

*Former VP is symbol of unity, hope - PDP UK Chairman  By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON As the process of the 2023 presidential election gets underway, interested aspirants have commenced consultation towards securing the support of party stakeholders and members especially towards the first hurdle of primaries election of the party. To this end, the Atiku team has been moving round the country in consultation with the party leaders.  The team led by High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has secured the endorsement of over 25 states for a probable Atiku presidential run. Atiku Abubakar, a frontline contender for the office of the President, though has not publicly announced his intention to run for the highest office in the country, but a passionate Atiku has never hidden his desire to lead Nigeria out of the current despicable situation it has found itself. In continuation of the tour therefore, the Atiku team, through a statement released Sunday in Abuja, by the Director Director General of

ASIWAJU TINUBU’S MANY ‘FIRSTS’ IN NIGERIAN POLITICS

  Tola Omoseebi His footprints in the annals of Nigerian politics are as crystal clear as the stars in the sky. Like other great leaders across the world (past and present), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu brims with great ideas; great ideas that transform the society. That innate gift, without a doubt, explains his phenomenal success as Lagos State helmsman from 1999 to 2007. In Lagos, his legacies dot the landscape. They remain imperishable, still. This piece puts into perspective the ‘17 Firsts” of the Jagaban in Nigeria’s political landscape. 1- HIGHEST NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VOTES IN 1991 As the Senatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the National Assembly elections held in 1991, Asiwaju Tinubu scored the highest number of votes in the country, polling over 300k, a record figure at that time. From that auspicious moment till date, there has been no stopping this titan in his political conquests. 2- TRANSITION COMMITTEE/LAGOS DEVELOPMENTAL BLUEPRINT  While oth

Factional Speaker tackles Lalong, demands congresses cancellation in Plateau

...Says Gov appointed loyalists during congresses  A factional Speaker of Plateau House of Assembly, Hon. Abok Nuhu Ayuba, has petitioned Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) demanding total cancellation of congresses conducted in Plateau state by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The lawmaker said Governor Simon Lalong and his supporters didn't carry members of the House of Assembly, critical stakeholders and other party faithful along in the process leading to the selection of executives from Ward, Local government and the state. In a petition dated 22nd of October, 2021 but made available to newsmen Thursday in Abuja, Hon. Abok Nuhu Ayuba, said the governor Lalong can't talk about national convention when Plateau state APC still in crisis. The petitioner appealed to Governor Mai Mala Buni-led leadership to correct what he described as injustice against majority members of Plateau APC by conducting a fr

Adamawa: How APC can regain control in 2023 (Part 1)

By: Tom Garba The political hues in Adamawa have never been sharply pronounced. Usually, it is the right-of-centre kind of politics since the present dispensation began in 1999.  Another remarkable feature of politics here is the audacity of its opposition. Incumbency cannot be guaranteed to favour a party in power.  Despite this delicate balance, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held the Government House, Yola, until Governor Murtala Nyako, a naval admiral elected on the PDP platform, jumped ship to All Progressives Congress, an alliance of hardline, pro-North and South-West-inclined persuasions that later toppled PDP from a 16-year rule.  Nyako's remainder tenure as governor was mostly turbulent, as he played the cat-and-mouse game with the state parliament that eventually impeached him. He was succeeded, not necessarily in that order, by the deputy governor and the parliamentary speaker, who happens to be the incumbent governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.  That game

2023: Nigeria won't survive a week under Umahi as President, Ebonyi indigenes reject ambition

...Demand Umahi's stewardship in state The Association of Ebonyi Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) said it received with mixed feelings the news that Ebonyi state Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, declared his intention to contest for presidency, saying the governor should give stewardship of his seven years in the state. While totally rejecting Umahi's presidential ambition, the Ebonyi indigenes said Nigeria won't survive a week under the "dictatorship style of governor Umahi" as president. Governor Umahi had on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and thereafter announced his intention to succeed the president. But reacting to the development through a statement signed Thursday and made available to newsmen in Abuja, AESID's president Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, who acknowledged Umahi's constitutional right to contest, said the governor has failed "to secure our tiny Ebonyi State with the consistent and reported attacks and com

Adamawa: How APC can regain control in 2023 (Part 1)

By: Tom Garba The political hues in Adamawa have never been sharply pronounced. Usually, it is the right-of-centre kind of politics since the present dispensation began in 1999.  Another remarkable feature of politics here is the audacity of its opposition. Incumbency cannot be guaranteed to favour a party in power.  Despite this delicate balance, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held the Government House, Yola, until Governor Murtala Nyako, a naval admiral elected on the PDP platform, jumped ship to All Progressives Congress, an alliance of hardline, pro-North and South-West-inclined persuasions that later toppled PDP from a 16-year rule.  Nyako's remainder tenure as governor was mostly turbulent, as he played the cat-and-mouse game with the state parliament that eventually impeached him. He was succeeded, not necessarily in that order, by the deputy governor and the parliamentary speaker, who happens to be the incumbent governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.  That game

Atiku has Affected Nigerians positively, He is the next President - An Interview with Dr Sani Adamu

Dr.Sani Adamu, one of the staunch ally of former Vice President and the Presidential flagbearer of PDP in 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar  spoke to our correspondent on many issues pertaining to the last election and the 2023 election . (1) How did you get into politics? For me I have been an observer of State and National for a long time. However, venturing into active politics came about after the 2011 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential primaries which Atiku lost.  I was disturbed because the ballot boxes were arranged according to states. Only a few delegates from Adamawa State voted for him. He got less than 20% of the votes cast despite his popularity. But Atiku has affected the lives of Adamawa people through his investment and non-profit initiatives.  He became very popular. So, the election did not reflect the minds of the electorate. I could not understand why the delegates from his home constituency betrayed him or to say betrayed their s

Buratai; Reflecting On The Gains Of The Army General Turned Diplomat

By Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani When he served, as Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and leader of the counter-insurgency operations, His Excellency, Ambassador Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd) stretched his last energies, to save his country, from the twinges of insurgencies and insurrections.  He donated his life and strength to the cause of liberating humanity to the best of his capacity and conscience for six years in leading the battle in the trenches. But life has mixed experiences; some pleasant and others unpleasant. So, Amb. Buratai has been publicly arbitrated maliciously or accurately eulogized based on who holds the other end of the stick, as ennobled by his personal perceptions. Nonetheless, he is not exhausted yet. There are still a lot of treasures embedded in Gen. Buratai (rtd) unknown to many Nigerians. He is a mystique of some sort, with multilayered ingeniousness. Its easy to describe him as a soldier of the trenches or a warmonger of the finest breed. A

Badaru terrorising APC members in Jigawa, stakeholders demand cancellation of congresses

  Some founding members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa state, under the aiges of APC Stakeholders Forum, Jigawa, have petitioned the national leadership of the ruling APC under the leadership of Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), alleging that the state governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar 'terrorising them'. The APC members also demanded for immidiate cancellation of the state congress. Although the first petition addressed to the Chairman of the CECPC, Governor Mai Mala Buni, dated 30th of October 2021, the reminded obtained by newsmen Monday in Abuja is dated 23rd December, 2021. In the said petition, signed by six leaders of the group, which include Alhaji Sani Ibrahim Taura, Barrister Hafizu Abubakar,  Alhaji Bala Idi Kazaure, Mutari Garba Garki and Saifullahi Muhammad Mudasshir, accused governor Badaru Abubakar of "singlehandedly championed the congresses that produced consensus nomination of Alhaji Aminu Sani G

RE- SOLDIERS, MINERS DIE OVER SEVENTY MILLION NAIRA GOLD NUGGETS IN KATSINA*

*RE- SOLDIERS, MINERS DIE OVER SEVENTY MILLION NAIRA GOLD NUGGETS IN KATSINA* The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to an online publication by Daily Nigeria.com of 9th January  2022, alleging that 2 soldiers and 7 illegal miners were killed during a gun duel, arising from a disagreement over gold nuggets in Magama village in Jibia LGA of Katsina State.  According to the publication, the incident occurred when the soldiers turned down an initially agreed offer of 500,000 naira per pit from the miners, but afterwards, turned around to demand  more money on discovering the large quantum of gold nuggets found by the illegal miners in one of the pits.  The  Nigerian Army wishes to unequivocally state that this story is baseless, unfounded, untrue and a mere figment of the writer's imagination, aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the Nigerian Army, as no Nigerian soldier was killed, nor involved in any skirmish with illegal miners in Magama village on 5 January