Abuja (AFP) – Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan lost his majority in parliament on Wednesday after 37 lawmakers bolted his party for a new opposition coalition, the latest political blow to hit the embattled leader. In a letter presented to the speaker of the lower house, the lawmakers elected under Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared that they had joined the All Progressives Congress, stripping the PDP of its majority in 360-seat chamber. They listed “divisions in the political party (PDP) that sponsored our election” as the reason for the move. The PDP had controlled the lower house in Africa’s most populous nation and top oil producer since the end of military rule in 1999, but was left with just 171 lawmakers after Wednesday’s announcement.
WE are all currently witnessing the inhuman and heinous destruction of precious lives of people and property across the country, Igbos inclusive and targeted. But what vey many of us today, weren’t witnesses to, were the HELLACAUSTAL pogroms, ethnic cleansings and genocidal perpetrations, months preceding the full-blown civil war between BIAFRA and NIGERIA, which claimed well over three (3) million souls of my people, the IGBOS of Nigeria! Some may argue, perhaps quite rightly, that the victims of this modern jihad engrossed and enveloped people from different ethnicity and religion. Great! But the Igbos must not continue to fold their hands, open their eyes and stare as our people are being unjustly decimated. The population of my people is currently surpassing 60 million, and because we are dispersed all over the country (in resilient spirit of both one Nigeria and natural entrepreneurial endowment), any and every event of killing, barbecuing; maiming of innocent people and hard-earned property affect us tremendously and hugely, more than any other people in the country.
The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, yesterday said the group was prepared to assist the Itsekiri
AHEAD of 2015 Presidential election, leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, stormed the Asokoro residence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as part of moves to woo him into the family of the opposition party. Meanwhile, the leadership of the APC disclosed that it has concluded arrangements to meet with former President and past Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT of PDP, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo at his hill top mission, Abeokuta, OgunState as part of its membership drive. Led by APC interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, the leadership of the opposition political party which has been moving round the country to get more members especially from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP stressed that it was determined to dismantle the PDP and rule the country in 2015.
Ohanaeze Ndiigbo, Truly Corrupt, They Fight Over Gifts/Money at Aso Rock While Hausa B’Haram Kill Igbos In the North
Sharing formula divides members An alleged cash gift during a recent visit by leaders of the pan-Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to Aso Rock for a parley with President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly sparked off a controversy.Members of the high-powered delegation of the group who met with the President behind closed doors for about five hours are now said to be engaged in cold war following disagreement on how to share the N40 million gift from the seat of power.Top Federal Government officials who were with the President during the meeting with Ohanaeze officials include Vice President Namadi Sambo, Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, and Chief of Staff to the President, Mike Ogiadhome.On the other hand, notable names on the Ohanaeze delegation included the President-General, Gary Igariwey, Secretary-General, Joe Nwaorgu, two former Presidents-General, Dozie Ikedife and Joe Irukwu, Allison Madueke, Uche Azikiwe, T.U. Nwala, Anya O. Anya, Goodly Uwazuruike, Ralph Uwazuruike and A.B.C Nwosu.Others were Ben Obi, Hope Uzodimma and Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Maria Okwor, Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, O.A.U. Onyema, Eze Eberechi Dick, and Kate Ezeofor.Some top Igbo businessmen were also on the Ohanaeze delegation.Another South East based group, Concerned Igbo Patriots (CIP), alleged on Tuesday that the current leadership of the Ohanaeze may have started trading with Ndigbo interest again like their predecessors with the secret visit to Aso Rock.Indeed, the group claimed in a text message to Daily Independent that a scuffle broke out during the sharing of the booty from Aso Rock.It alleged that the delegation received N30 million from the Presidency and another N10 million from Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah, in appreciation for the solidarity Ohanaeze showed her during her ordeal over the N255 million bulletproof jeep saga.The CIP argued that the delegation to Aso Rock was a faction of Ohanaeze under Gary Igariwe, just as it kicked against Eze Cletus Ilomuanya leading Igbo traditional rulers to such a meeting.
A’Court rejects call logs evidence in Senator Ali Ndume. One of the sponsors of Boko Haram terrorists
Senator Aliyu Ndume, who is facing trial for allegedly sponsoring the Boko Haram sect, got a reprieve on Tuesday as the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, overturned the admission in evidence of records of mobile telephone conversations between him and a former spokesman of the terror sect, Ali Konduga (aka Al Zawahiri). Trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Abuja Federal High Court, had in two rulings on December 11 and 14, 2012, admitted in evidence, DVDs containing results of the forensic analysis of two mobile telephones said to be retrieved from Ndume and Konduga – including call data records – as exhibits P7, P8, P8a and P8b. The DVDs were tendered in court by the State Security Service.
There was tension and drama in Warri, Delta State yesterday as the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, inaugurated a Delta State chapter of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Itsekiri community. What would have been a bloody confrontation between angry Itsekiri youths and security operatives was averted by the swift intervention of the leadership of the Itsekiri Leaders of Thought, Itsekiri National Youth Council (INYC) and members of the OPC. Adams, who led 2,000 OPC leaders, including Alhaji Oyinlola Awe, Lateef Oladimejo and Mudashiru Aderibigbe, National Admin Secretary, Financial Secretary and Treasurer; INYC President, David Tonwe and others, were stopped from the venue of the ceremony. The ceremony, scheduled for 11am at the Atuwatse II Model Primary School, Esisi Road in the Oil City, was later moved to a private residence when policemen invaded the scene and barricaded the entrance to the premises.
BOKO Haram insurgents may have struck from a new base in Cameroon, following renewed attacks on Borno villages, the military has said. It was also learnt that the military seeks to prevail on the Federal Government to reach out to Cameroonian authorities on a bilateral campaign against the insurgents. Last Saturday, Boko Haram attacked Arboko village, behind Gwoza Hills, killing five and burning 35 houses. Unspecified number of insurgents were killed in a counter-attack by troops. But investigation has linked the latest attack to a base being operated by Boko Haram in Northern Cameroon.
In what is turning out to be a season of open letters, daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Iyabo, has ruled out further communication with her father till death, describing him as a liar, manipulator, two-faced hypocrite determined to foist on President Goodluck Jonathan what no one would contemplate with him as president. Senator Iyabo Obasanjo in a letter to her father accused him of having an egoistic craving for power and living a life where only men of low esteem and intellect thrive.In the 11-page letter dated December 16, 2013 exclusively obtained by Vanguard, Iyabo accused her father of orchestrating a third term for himself as president, cruelty to family members, abandonment of children and grandchildren, and also, a legendary reputation of maltreatment of women.
Getting back to my mother, I still remember your beating her up continually when we were kids. What kids can forget that kind of violence against their mother? Your maltreatment of women is legendary. Many of your women have come out to denounce you in public but since your madness is also part of the madness of the society, it is the women that are usually ignored and mistreated. Of course, you are the great pretender, making people believe you have a good family life and a good relationship with your children but once in a while your pretence gets cracked. When Gbenga gave a ride to help someone he didn’t know but saw was in need and the person betrayed his trust by tapping his candid response on the issues going on between you and your then vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, you had your aides go on air and denounce the boy before you even spoke to him to find out what happened. What kind of father does that? Your atrocities to some of my other siblings I will let them tell in their own due time or never if they choose.