Patience Jonathan I’ll back Wike to succeed Amaechi

Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Monday said she was solidly behind the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, to take over from the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, in 2015.Wike, who was at a time Amaechi’s Chief of Staff, has been at loggerheads with the governor since he (Amaechi) started having a running battle with President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife.Mrs. Jonathan, who is also from Rivers State, claimed in a statement by her media assistant, Ayo Adewuyi, that the people of the state were behind Wike and were prepared to follow him.

$510bn GDP: Nigeria now Africa’s largest, 26th globally

Nigeria’s nominal Gross Domestic Product, GDP, now stands at $509.9 billion, making the nation’s economy the largest in Africa and the 26th in the world, according to the preliminary results of the rebasing exercise of the federal government.The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, announced this at a press conference jointly addressed with the Statistician-General, S-G, Dr. Yemi Kale, in Abuja yesterday.The GDP is the market value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period. It is an

we’re probing soldier’s claim on military commanders’ link with Boko Haram terrorists

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) denied yesterday that some commanders in the Northeast and Boko Haram insurgents were working together – as alleged by a “soldier”.The DHQ said impersonation could not be ruled out to create wrong impressions for the public.The Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who spoke with our correspondent in Abuja, said the military was probing the purported confession of “a soldier” in an interview with the Voice of America (Hausa Service).

National conference Niger Delta to demand reparation

The Niger Delta will demand reparation from the Federal Government at the ongoing National Conference, a delegate, Prof. Godini Darah, said yesterday.According to him, the region that provides the oil, which is the mainstay of the country’s economy, is the worst victim of inequality, corruption and bad governance.Darah, however, did not specify the amount the region will be requesting.He spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

INEC challenges court’s power to declare Gov Mallam Okorocha’s seat vacant

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, to declare the seat of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State vacant, following his defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC.In a motion filed before the High Court, the electoral body sought the dismissal of the suit instituted against Governor Okorocha by his former party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.It will be recalled that APGA had in a suit filed by its lawyer, Mr. Victor Odjemu, asked court to declare