THE First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, has denied the allegation that she was behind the sale of an Enugu electricity distribution company.
A member of the 1994/1995 Constitutional Conference, now a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji (Dr) Lema Jibrillu, in this interview with Oluwole Akinloye and Hassan Ibrahim, speaks on the wrangling within the ruling party and other national issues. Excerpts: Politically, not much is being heard from you these days, have you quit politics? Yes and no. I keep abreast of all the ongoing. It is only that I don’t participate fully as such but I’m a loyal member of the PDP. Maybe, I’m too old for them to take me into account on anything but I still remain loyal. I am a democrat, I go with the majority. Two Saturdays ago, in Abuja, there was the convention of the party during which some of the party members left the venue of the convention and held another convention somewhere else. Where does that lead the party to? You know the dictum which says, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. This is exactly what the PDP is going through. They should ignore the so-called break away because it is really gross indiscipline, both to the President and the party’s National Chairman, They shouldn’t have acted the way they did. If they have any grievances, there are mechanisms within the PDP to solve them.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday turned down a request brought by the Bamanga Tukur’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Abubakar Baraje’s faction seeking an interim order of maintaining the status quo pending when the substantive suit would be heard.Tukur had on Thursday asked the court to grant the order pending the determination of the suit he brought seeking to restrain the Abubakar Baraje’s faction from parading itself as the recognised faction of the party. Delivering ruling, however, the presiding judge, Justice E. S. Chukwu, held that he did not observe any tardiness on the part of the new faction as claimed by the Bamanga Tukur-led faction.
‘North Cannot Justify Its Cry Of Marginalisation’ Former Secretary General of Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Mr. Udengs Eradiri, in this interview with ONYEDIKA AGBEDO, speaks on the allegations by a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and interim National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that President Goodluck Jonathan is playing ethnic and…
Braithwaite, Utomi, Falana, Asobie, Others Call For National Renaissance To ‘Save Nigeria’ CITING the decline of the country into what they described as a failed state, a consequence of pervasive corruption in governance, eminent Nigerians, among them academics, leading lawyers and human rights activists have called for national renaissance ahead of 2015, in order to avert a looming catastrophe. Speakers after speakers at the Inaugural Annual Tunji Braithwaite Birthday Symposium, part of activities to mark the 80th birthday celebration of the legal icon and political thinker held in Lagos Friday, were unanimous that there was urgent need for the people to come together to launch a new national liberation movement to free Nigeria from political and economic thralldom imposed upon the country by its pseudo-capitalist, irresponsible politicians and their neo-imperialist allies.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, have both dismissed the remarks made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in an interview he granted to the commission’s in-house magazine, Zero Tolerance. In the interview, Obasanjo had accused Atiku of corruption, adding that his former deputy had not been unable to travel to the United States of America because he risked being jailed by the American authorities. In the same interview, Obasanjo had said Waziri as the EFCC chairman was a “disaster” in the anti-graft war, insisting that she was not qualified for the post and was only appointed because of the recommendation made by the convicted former Delta State Governor, James Ibori, to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
“At about 11:35 hours on 13 September, 2013, some troops of Banki Forward Operating Base (BFOB) on a mission of 202 Battalion Bama, on their way back to Banki, a border town with Cameroun Republic, encountered some Boko Haram terrorists along Bama-Banki road carrying out armed robbery activities on innocent traders and travellers.“The troops succeeded in killing many of them during the encounter and saved the traders and travellers.”The above were the words of Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, the spokesman of the newly-established 7th Division, Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital in a statement made available to newsmen on the renewed threat and tactics employed by Boko Haram as a means of survival following their dislodgement from their various camps within and outside the state.
As Reps resume on Thursday, fresh threats of impeachement of Jonathan emerged, ‘We may impeach Jonathan if …’ says Reps spokesman
THE Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Honourable Zakari Mohammed, on Friday confirmed that the September 17 resumption date of the lawmakers is sacrosanct.He maintained that as the House reconvenes, impeachment proceedings would be commenced against President Goodluck Jonathan if he was found wanting.The House spokesman, who identified with the New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that impeachment moves against the President should not be ruled out, saying that any impeachment moves against the president would be treated according to its merit. Saturday Tribune recalls that there have been reports of possible impeachment moves against the president following the crisis rocking the PDP, which has already divided the party into two factions, one led by its National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and the other by Alhaji Kawu Baraje.
The Akwa Ibom State government has said it is committed to commencing the construction of Ibaka Deep Seaport in partnership with the Federal Government.Governor Godswill Akpabio disclosed this at a gala night organised in honour of the visiting United State Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr Jeffrey Hawkins.The Consul-General was accompanied by the Minister of State for…
Rivers State governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has condemned Thursday night’s police blockade of the access road to the Government House, saying that it was the height of lawlessness and impunity. Amaechi stated this on Thursday night when he received members of the Forum of Former Speakers of State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital. He said: “All of you saw how the former speakers came down from the vehicle to tell them (police) where we were coming from, but the police resisted them. It is for Nigerians to see that we no longer have democracy in this country. We are now in a regime where the law is no longer supreme. We must rise up against this impunity against our democracy.”