FORMER Kano State governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, yesterday took a critical appraisal of the current administration and asked Nigerians to brace up to the challenges of unseating President Goodluck Jonathan come 2015. Shekarau spoke just as the Interim National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, gave indications that the substantive national leaders of the party will likely emerge in January 2014. Shekarau spoke at a conference organised by the Movement for Better Future and Democratic Emancipation Movement in Kaduna.
THE Anglican Archbishop of the Niger Delta North Diocese, the Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey and his wife,
The PDP leadership crisis claimed its first casualty yesterday: the proposed secretariat of the Abubakar Baraje faction was sealed off by armed policemen. The security agents brandished an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, obtained on Friday, the same day elders of the party including ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, ex-military ruler, General Ibrahim Babangida, the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih and two former national chairmen of the party-Chief Barnabas Gemade and Dr.Ahmadu Ali, met with the two factions in the dispute in Abuja to set the tone for the resolution of the crisis.
A COMMON tread that tied the contributions of participants at the two-day political summit held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, which ended on Wednesday night, is the need to address the prevailing wind of insecurity blowing in Nigeria and other socio-economic and ethnic problems through a national conference. Drawn from all parts of the country, the participants picked holes in the 1999 constitution in spite of many amendments by the National Assembly and insisted that what the country needs to be on the path of recovery is a brand new grundnorm fashioned by the people themselves.
The quest to acquire education at all cost has lured more than 5,000 students into the net of a self-styled medical practitioner and leader of a criminal gang that specialises in extorting money from unsuspecting candidates seeking admission into higher institutions. The suspect, Fidelis Chukwujindu was apprehended by the police while conducting common entrance examination for the victims who reportedly purchased the admission forms at N8, 000 each. Chukwujindu, who was later discovered to be a native doctor, was eventually nabbed at the premises of his non-existent College Hospital which has the sign post “University College Hospital Ogboko, Ideato, P.O.Box 1960, Orlu, Imo State.
MOVED by the crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday led other elders of the party on trouble shooting mission and met with the leaders of the party and aggrieved governors, geared towards nipping in the bud, the problem, with a vow to resolve and bring peace to the party. There were strong indications that the meeting was deadlocked as issues raised and advice from the elders may not have gone well with the Baraje-led faction as they stormed out and immediately went to inspect the office of the new PDP presently under renovations, even as the actions portray that the meeting ended in deadlock.
At least 50 suspected Boko Haram sect members were killed in an encounter with Military Troops of 5 Brigade of 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Monguno when the terrorists laid ambush in two communities of Gajiram, the Headquarters of Nganzai and Bullabulin Ngaura of Konduga Local Government Areas of Borno state. This was disclosed by the Spokesman of the 7Division, Leuitenant Colonel Sagir Musa in an interview with newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday. Nganzai is about 73 kilometres, while Bullabulin Ngawra is 45 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital. Both councils are
President Goodluck Jonathan shall win the 2015 presidential election convincingly and successfully rule Nigeria till 2019,
The Anglican Christian Fellowship of Nigeria, ACFN, yesterday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately convene a national dialogue to save the country from imminent collapse.
Ijaw kinsmen of President Goodluck Jonathan have threatened to pull out of the Nigerian federation if the President’s re-election bid was frustrated in 2015. The Ijaw, in a communiqué made available to National Mirror yesterday after their meeting at the hometown of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, Okirika, Rivers State, said Jonathan would return to the Niger Delta to lead his people in the case that he was rejected by Nigerians in 2015. “If other ethnic nationalities feel that they don’t Jonathan as from 2015, we want him to return home in the Niger Delta and lead the Ijaw nation as President and Commander-in-Chief,” the communiqué made available by the National Chairman of Izon Ikemi, Chief Kalaiti Jephthah, read.