Peace talks you breached agreement Aliyu accuses President Jonathan

Governor Babangida Aliyu has accused the Presidency of not honouring the agreement reached with the seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday. He said by this development, the Goodluck Jonathan leadership has proved its insincerity in resolving the lingering crisis in the ruling party. Aliyu also appealed to the northerners not to be afraid of a national conference which could be convened to resolve the issues affecting the peace, unity and progress of the nation. The governor, who stated these during the workshop organised by the state Ministry for Tertiary Education for members of the National Association of Niger State Students,


No deal with President Jonathan – G7 Govs, Baraje

STRONG indications emerged, yesterday, that an end to the lingering political quagmire rocking the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, is not in sight as the Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led faction accused the party National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur of not being serious with peace moves. This came just asthe nPDP said that it has not entered into any deal with President Goodluck Jonathan. The group, therefore, urged Nigerians to ignore what it described as “the tissue of lies and propaganda from the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur faction of the party on the outcome of our meeting with President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa last Sunday, September 15, 2013”. In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the Baraje-led leadership stressed that if there was any serious commitment on the part of Tukur, there will be no caretaker committee for Kano State chapter which was designed to humiliate Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, a few hours after the Sunday peace meeting with President Jonathan.


Why the zoological republic of Nigeria is poor

The average Nigerian believes Nigeria is a rich country. Wrong. Nigeria is a poor country. By every index of measurement. Take the more common measure, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, defined as the total output of a country divided by the total population. Nigeria’s GDP per capita in 2012 was US$1,052. That is right. Less than N200,000 (two hundred thousand naira per annum per person). When I make this assertion on some of Nigeria’s political blogs it agitates some people and some get very abusive because they believe Nigeria is rich but for suffering mainly due to corruption. But GDP measures the total output of a country including the outputs that are stolen. So why is a country with so much potentials in natural and human resources so poor?


I’m not accountable to you– Okonjo-Iweala replies Amaechi’s NGF

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, yesterday called the bluffs of the Governor Rotimi Amaechi-led Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, saying she is not accountable to state governors, but to President Goodluck Jonathan. It will be recalled that the Amaechi-led NGF on Tuesday called for Okonjo-Iweala’s resignation for what the Forum termed her alleged breach of the provisions of the Appropriation Act, 2013 and non-compliance with the revenue projections in the federal budget. The governors also called for the immediate disbandment of the National Economic Management Team, NEMT. But, the minister, who responded briefly to media enquiries on whether or not she was preparing to heed the call of the governors, during a briefing on the


We have no pact with Jonathan New PDP

There seems to be no end in sight to the crisis rocking the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, as the Abubakar Baraje- led faction yesterday denied reaching any agreement with President Goodluck Jonathan on the 2015 presidential election. Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum, Godswill Akpabio, had on Monday claimed that the seven aggrieved PDP governors had dropped their demand that President Jonathan should not seek re-election in 2015, stressing that his aggrieved colleagues had consented that President Jonathan’s unofficial ambition to run for another term in 2015 was not negotiable. But the New PDP stated that Akpabio was not saying the truth, in his claims that the aggrieved governors and other members of the new PDP accepted that President Jonathan should contest the 2015 presidential election and that most of their demands were being met.


Delta Kidnap Kingpin Gives President Jonathan A 60-Day Ultimatum to Address Demands or Face Attacks on Oil Facilities

A dreaded and ‘most wanted’ kidnap kingpin in Delta State who doubles as leader of the new Liberation Movement of the Urhobo People (LIMUP) today gave President Goodluck Jonathan a stunning 60-day ultimatum to address the sufferings of the Urhobo as well as grant amnesty to kidnappers or face attacks on oil facilities in the area. Known simply as Kelvin, the bandit, who wore a mask and was surrounded by members of his gang who were dressed in military fatigues, said at a press conference that if Jonathan failed to address what he described as the ‘gross marginalization’ of the Kokori community and grant unconditional amnesty to kidnappers, he will have no option than to shut down oil facilities. Present at the occasion were members of the Kokori, Ethiope East Local Government Area community, who expressed admiration of Kelvin and his men.


Job seekers Senate backs conference of ethnic nationalities

The Senate President, David Mark, yesterday said that the upper house would support a conference of Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities, “called to foster frank and open discussions of the national questions.” Mark, in a welcome address to mark the resumption of the Senate from its 2013 annual vacation, however, opposed the convocation of a sovereign national conference. According to Mark, Senate’s backing of an ethnic conference is based on the fact that such a parley is supported by the 1999 Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression and association.


PDP lawmakers exchange blows

The House of Representatives erupted into chaos yesterday as the visit of the Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led New People’s Democratic Party, nPDP, National Working Committee, NWC, and the dissenting seven governors ended in fisticuffs. The fight erupted among the pro-Baraje and pro-Tukur members of the House. The National Chairman of the ‘old PDP’, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who was scheduled to brief the House, was forced to call off his scheduled visit to avoid a clash with the Baraje-led PDP members. The Barajeled members in the House yesterday claimed that they had risen to 108 from 57 members, their leader, Hon. Andrew Uchendu (nPDPRivers) said.