Balarabe Musa Igbo should bid for 2015 presidency

Second republic Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has argued that lack of credible candidates for the 2015 Presidential election, has made it imperative for a candidate of Igbo extraction to stake a claim presidency in 2015. The chairman of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), who dropped the hint in his keynote address in a dialogue conference organised by a political pressure group, the South-east Forum in Abuja on Tuesday, however urged Ndigbo to forge regional unity amongst themselves ahead of the 2015 Presidential election. While arguing that Ndigbo stand a bright chance provided they present a nationally electable candidate acceptable to the other geo-political zones, he warned that ethnic group could win election on its own. “Fortunately for the Igbos, there is no ethnic nationality or region or zone or state that can boast of a candidate with true national appeal ahead of the 2015


Apo killings Boko Haram terrorists sets up base in Abuja –Senate

Senate said yesterday it has uncovered the establishment of an active Boko Haram cell in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. This was contained in the report of the Senate Joint Committee on National Security and Intelligence and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on investigation into the alleged extra-judicial killings in Apo, Abuja on September 20. Four days after the incident, Chairman of the Land Transport Committee, Senator Sahabi Alhaji Ya’u, moved a motion on the floor of the Senate, demanding a probe after he identified those killed as his constituents from Zamfara North Senatorial District. Senators Sani Saleh and Sahabi Ya’u outrightly rejected the report of the joint committee on the grounds that the panel did not address the assignment given it by the Senate. On the other hand, Senators Kabiru Marafa and Hadi Sirika noted that the joint committee did not expressly answer whether the Apo killings was extra-judicial or not. In the findings/observations section of the report, the joint committee noted that on the day of the operation, some Boko Haram members were killed alongside


Army kills 40 Boko Haram suspects in Borno

MAIDUGURI — Over 40 suspected Boko Haram members were killed in an offensive by the military, which raided its identified cells using air strikes and ground troops from the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, in Bita village, Damboa-Gwoza road in Borno State. Two weeks ago, no fewer than 20 suspected terrorists were reportedly killed by troops from the same Division in the area, while several others escaped during a similar raid in one of the Boko Haram hideouts as confirmed to journalists by the Division’s spokesman, Colonel Mohammed Dole. Bita, which is 32 kilometres west of Gwoza town is about 135 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital and it is alleged to be one of the strongholds of the Boko Haram insurgents. The area has witnessed series of attacks and killings, with the bombing of public schools, a new generation bank and road attacks in recent times by the insurgents.


Gov Babangida Aliyu, Atiku best President Nigeria yet to have

AHEAD of 2015 Presidential election, chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum, NSGF and governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu said yesterday that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar remains the best president Nigeria as a country was yet to have.Speaking yesterday at the launch of the book, titled, “Landmark Constitutional Law Cases in Nigeria 2004-2007: The Atiku Abubakar Cases”, at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, Governor Aliyu who described Atiku Abubakar as one who could not be pushed aside when he was Vice President, however stressed that he had an understanding with his former boss, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, hence any memo which did not have the backing of the former Vice President was considered dead on arrival, adding that each time he nodded his head at Federal Executive Council, FEC meetings, the memo scaled through and when he does anything to the contrary, the memo dies. Governor Babangida Aliyu who urged any politician who wants to contest for any election, being it Councilorship or Presidential, must budget for it and for the courts, adding, Atiku is “the best President Nigeria is yet to have.”


Ex-PDP govs, APC seal power-sharing deal

The New Peoples Democratic Party said on Wednesday that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the All Progressives Congress. When and where the MOU was signed as well as its content were not made public by the National Publicity Secretary of the New PDP, Chukwemeka Eze, in a text message he sent to one of our correspondents. The PUNCH however learnt in Abuja that both sides agreed that the five PDP governors who defected to the APC on Tuesday, would control the structures of the party(APC) in their states. The five governors, also known as rebel governors, are Muritala Nyako(Adamawa), Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto).


Gov Amaechi I joined APC to protect Rivers people

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has said that he joined the All Progressive Congress in order to protect the people of his state. Amaechi said Rivers had suffered neglect under the President Goodluck Jonathan administration. He also said that he made up his mind to leave the Peoples Democratic Party for the APC because the issues raised by G-7 governors were not resolved by Jonathan and the PDP. The governor, who spoke with newsmen at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Tuesday, described the decision to join the opposition party as good for the country’s democracy. He explained that the PDP was giving the impression that they (G-7 governors) were begging to come back to the ruling party, maintaining that issues that led to


Sharia police smash 240,000 bottles of beer in Kano

Police enforcing Islamic law in the city of Kano publicly destroyed some 240,000 bottles of beer on Wednesday, the latest move in a wider crackdown on behaviour deemed “immoral” in the area. The banned booze had been confiscated from trucks coming into the city in recent weeks, said officials from the Hisbah, the patrol tasked with enforcing the strict Islamic law, known as sharia. Kano’s Hisbah chief Aminu Daurawa said at the bottle-breaking ceremony he had “the ardent hope this will bring an end to the consumption of such prohibited substances”. A large bulldozer smashed the bottles to shouts of “Allahu Ahkbar” (God is Great) from supporters outside the Hisbah headquarters in Kano, the largest city in


Start writing your handover notes, G7, Baraje group tell President Jonathan

THE defunct Abubakar Kawu Baraje led splinter group of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP which prior to Tuesday had in its fold, the G7 governors, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to start writing his handover notes ahead of the 2015 Presidential election. According to the group in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, joining the All Progrsssive Congress, APC, the opposition party was now the majority party in the country while it said it tagged PDP as a minority party, adding, “In the circumstances, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan must now start writing his handover notes because his ambition to maouevre the party structures so as to get a third term in office in 2015 has suddenly collapsed. On dumping the PDP, Eze said, “Now, we have reached the stage that we can only say: “PDP, your sinking ship has been abandoned to you! You brought this