President Goodluck Jonathan is strengthening his camp, in anticipation of more onslaught by the members of the Kawu Baraje faction, it was learnt yesterday. Also, the mainstream Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, is preparing for its suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, for the determination of the legality or otherwise of the faction led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje. The court, presided over by Justice S.O. Chukwu, will resume hearing on September 12. The regular meetings by the President and his camp with the various party leaders and stakeholders may have slowed down governance at the federal and state levels. Many governors now spend more time in Abuja attending caucus meetings related to the festering crises. They also carry out some assignments for the President, who is building resistance to the onslaught by the spinster group.
AFTER a long break, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, Atiku Abubakar, seem set to renew their hostilities. Obasanjo is insinuating that ex-Vice President Atiku is corrupt, saying he was investigated by his administration following alert from the United States. He said Nigerians should ask Atiku why he has not visited the United States since he left office, if he has no case to answer. Obasanjo, who bared his mind on why he moved against his deputy in an interview with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) magazine, Zero Tolerance, said he could not understand why the anti-graft commission has not taken Atiku to court.
We’re toying with God’s design — Ezeife Our country is blessed! Climate: no extremes, no tornadoes, no hurricanes. The geographical structure of Nigeria is very stable no volcanoes no earthquake. There are abundant material resources in flora and fauna. The ones we know already are surplus; there are many we have not yet discovered. Our country is a great country, designed by Almighty God himself for unsurpassed greatness. Our country is the largest concentration of blacks on the face of the earth. This is our gem of a country but we are toying with it, playing with fire. North is beautiful, northern people are great; same can be said of South, East and West. Is it not God’s intention that Nigeria should be a rallying point and big brother to all blacks on earth? Man should not mess up God’s design.
The ongoing peace talks on the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may suffer a setback following plans by ex-President Ibrahim Babangida to pull out of the mediation over threats from a former Niger Delta warlord, Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo. Gen. Babangida was alleged to have described Asari-Dokubo’s threats as insulting to eminent leaders on the seven-man panel headed by ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. Asari-Dokubo at the weekend threatened violence should President Jonathan be stopped from contesting in 2015. There was, however, pressure on Gen. Babangida last night to have a rethink.
Against the threats by some Niger Delta militants to declare former Vice President Atiku Abubakar a persona non grata in the region following the on – going crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Niger Delta youth leader, Comrade Timi Frank has dismissed the threat as empty and falling flat of common sense. Reacting to the position of former warlords under the aegis of Leadership Peace and Cultural Development Initiative who made the threat at the weekend, Comrade Frank said the position depicted the ignorance of the group and only showed total lack of understanding of the crisis in the PDP. The Youth leader said it was wrong for the group to declare Atiku or indeed any Northerner and Nigerian involved in the current crisis a persona non grata as the issue at stake was purely a party matter that should be be devoid of tribal, ethnic,religious or regional sentiments.
President Goodluck Jonathan is to decide his political future at the end of this month – if he accepts a piece of advice from a party chieftain. The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, on Sunday night told Jonathan to make his intention towards the 2015 presidential election known to Nigerians at the end of this month or “as we enter October”. Anenih spoke during the PDP post convention dinner at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja. He said that taking such a decision was necessary towards giving the party a proper direction. The dinner, which was earlier scheduled to hold immediately after the special convention, was postponed due to the splitting of the party. Seven governors – Sule Lamido (Jigawa),
Four persons have been killed during an attack on two villages in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State by gunmen suspected to be Fulani mercenaries.
A five-year-old girl, Fatima Mohammed, died yesterday after being raped by yet-to-be-identified persons in Sandamu Local Government Area of Katsina State. The tragic incident occurred in a small village with the same name. The girl was said to have died shortly after being admitted at the Daura General Hospital. It was gathered that doctors, who confirmed that she was raped, had tried frantically to save her life as she bled from her wounds. A family source told journalists that Fatima was sent to a close-by Islamiyya School, but she returned around 5pm and complained of severe fever. The source said that the mother of the deceased had asked her to go and lie down while she tried to do some house chores before attending to her.
Policemen from the Ndiegoro Division of the Nigerian Police, Abia state Command, on Friday beat up the General Manager of the Abia State Road Maintenance Agency (ABROMA), Engr. Ndukwe Orji Agu and some of his workers who were on rehabilitation works between Tenant and Market roads section of Aba. In an interview with 247ureports.com, Agu said his team was carrying out rehabilitation works on failed portion of roads in the area when they were attacked by a team of four policemen who destroyed the diversion signs they placed on road. The General Manager lamented that he is still shocked over the incident as policemen who are supposed to protect him and workers, rather inflicted deep machete cuts on them.
A middle-aged woman, Mrs. Celine Eze from Umuezeala-Ogwara in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, has been arrested the police for her alleged involvement in running a baby factory and child trafficking. According to information available to 247ureports.com, Mrs. Eze, a professional nurse, was arrested at her home in the community by security operatives from police headquarters, Owerri. She was said to have capitalized on her profession as a nurse to perpetrate the crime.