Bombshell at confab: Obasanjo didn’t win 1999 election – Sen. Femi Okurounmu

A prominent member of the National Conference,  Sen. Femi Okurounmu, yesterday  caused a stir  when he claimed former President Olusegun Obasanjo was rigged into office in 1999 by those he called “powers that be”.He alleged Obasanjo did not win the poll.Okurounmu, who is one of the delegates representing South-West  at the ongoing conference, released the bombshell  during a debate on the  modalities for rotating electoral positions by the “Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government.

Nyako, others fault Jonathan’s request for extension of emergency rule in N-East

Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has again opposed the move by President Goodluck Jonathan to further extend the state of emergency currently in force in his state and two others in the North-East. Nyako’s opposition followed Jonathan’s request to the National Assembly to grant him power to further elongate emergency rule for six more months. Jonathan’s request, dated May 2, 2014, was read to members yesterday.Reacting to the request, Nyako described the action as ill-advised and a wrong step in quelling rising insurgency in the North-East.

2015 Presidency: No intimidation’ll stop Jonathan —Airiavbere

FORMER governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2011 gubernatorial election in Edo State, Major General Charles Airhiavbere (rtd), has said that no amount of distraction or intimidation from the Boko Haram insurgents or any other group can stop President Goodluck Jonathan from seeking re-election in the 2015 general elections.General Airhiavbere, who is Chairman and the National Coordinator of the Goodluck to Goodluck (G2G) 2015 project, in Benin, Edo State, yesterday, when he hosted over 4,500 ex-militants from Ijaw communities in the state, who visited him at the group’s secretariat in Benin, insisting that President Jonathan needed the support of every Nigerian to continue the good work he was doing for the country.

Obasanjo condemns abduction, says FG could have acted quickly over Chibok Girls

Former Nigeria’s President, Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, condemned the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State.Obasanjo spoke in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the state government on the adoption of a junior secondary school and a primary school in Kudai, Dutse.Obasanjo, however, faulted Federal Government for its lackadaisical attitude towards saving the lives of the abducted students.Speaking shortly after the signing of MoU between Jigawa State government and Olusegun Obasanjo

Aso Rock rejects Boko Haram’s condition for the release of abducted schoolgirls

The Nigerian Government this afternoon swiftly rejected the condition set by Boko Haram terrorists for the release of the over 200 teenage girls it abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in the night of April 14.Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau had in a video released earlier today by French news agency, Agence France-Presse requested that his arrested comrades be exchanged for the girls whose kidnapping from their hostel has sparked global outrage.

National conference North insists on onshore-offshore dichotomy, scrapping of NDDC, Amnesty Programme, Niger Delta Ministry •Wins over some South West delegates

After seven hours of closed-door deliberations today, the Committee on Devolution of Power emerged without a decision on the twin issues of resource control and derivation principle at the on-going National Conference in Abuja.The committee could equally not resolve the argument and counter argument by some delegates from different geo-political zones that the onshore-offshore oil dichotomy be reintroduced in states whose minerals are located off the coasts of their states.

Federal Judge Stops “Malicious” Probe Of Ousted Nigerian Central Bank Governor Sanusi

Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court, sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Monday stopped the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN) from further investigation of the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.Specifically, the court held that the FRCN which had earlier indicted the suspended CBN governor, lacks the powers to investigate him.Delivering judgment in a suit filed by Sanusi challenging the powers of the FRCN and its Executive Secretary, Mr. Jim Osayande Obase to probe him, Justice Tsoho who upheld all the prayers of Mr. Sanusi, declared that the

BokoHaram terrorists others received $3m from bin Laden in 2002

The violent sect, Boko Haram and other groups in northern Nigeria received $3m from Osama bin Laden in 2002, according to a report by some United States intelligence analysts.Bin Laden was said to have dispatched an aide to Nigeria to hand out the seed money in naira to a wide array of Salafist political organisations that shared al Qaeda’s goal of imposing Islamic rule.According to  a report in a United States-based newspaper, The Daily Beast, the Al-Qaeda founder helped provide Boko Haram’s seed money.