AS the nation prepares for the next general election, a strong indication emerged yesterday that some key northern traditional rulers, who spearheaded the emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, are not ready to back his re-election in 2015. The anger of the monarchs, Vanguard gathered, stems from what they see as a spirited attempt by the Presidency to deny an agreement President Jonathan allegedly reached with them before they gave their nod to his election in 2011.A northern governor, who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, pointed out that there was an unwritten understanding between the President and northern monarchs that he would not stay in office beyond 2015, if given the support to complete late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s tenure and run for a term of four years.
The Nigerian-based Islamist extremist group Boko Haram is to be banned in Britain under anti-terror laws, the British interior ministry announced on Monday. The Home Office said British-based extremists Minbar Ansar Deen, also known as Ansar al-Sharia UK, would also be proscribed from Friday, subject to parliamentary approval. “This will make membership of, and support for, these organisations a criminal offence,” the ministry said in a statement.
THE crisis brewing between Abia and Imo State governments over the ejection of Abia Transport Company from its park in Owerri, deepened weekend, with the former giving the latter till tomorrow to secure a new loading bay for its transport company. Abia State government threatened to also eject Imo Transport Company from the state, if its Imo counterpart failed to accede to its appeal by today. It said the threat became necessary because of alleged refusal of Imo government to heed to its previous appeals to give Abia Line a place to operate in Owerri.
There is crisis in Elelem autonomous community, Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State, following the rejection of the ‘Eze’ elect of the community, Nelson Nwaordu.
ELDER statesman and Chairman of The Patriots, Professor Ben Nwabueze (SAN) has described as gratuitous, comments attributed to leader of the South-South Assembly, Chief Edwin Clark over his (Nwabueze) advice to President Goodluck Jonathan. He referred to Clark as a person “camouflaging political ideas and ambition with intellectualism” and as an “unpatriotic saboteur of the democratic process.” The legal icon said there was nothing unpatriotic or undemocratic in his advice to President Jonathan not to contest the 2015 elections and to focus attention on the nobler task of leading Nigeria out of danger.
Former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister and Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressive Congres (APC), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has said
The fledgling fortunes of the unregistered All Progressives Congress, APC, suffered a setback weekend in Imo State, following the resignation of the state chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Chief Vitalis Orikeze Ajmbe, and a host of his colleagues. Disclosing his decision to newsmen, Chief Ajumbe explained that the yet-to-be-registered political party was dead on arrival in Imo. He recalled that he loved ANPP with passion when he joined the party and even promised not to leave it, stressing that this was despite its sagging fortunes over the years.
Governor’s of the South East and South South States, yesterday, met in Enugu with a pledge to continue to support President Goodluck Jonatham, saying he has done well through his transformation agenda. However, three governors, including Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State were conspicuously absent. The governors kept mum on their absentee colleagues. It is not clear if their absence was a boycott of the meeting or lack of adequate communication.
Gunmen on Sunday kidnapped the Special Adviser to Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Power, Mr. Olice Kemenanabo. Kemenanabo was reportedly abducted in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that the special adviser was about driving into his residence when the hoodlums blocked him. A top security source said the bandits laid ambush for the governor’s aide.
The Abia State Government has ruled out going to the bond market to raise funds for provision of infrastructure. Addressing members of the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) in the state capital Umuahia last week, Governor Theodore Orji said he will never go to the bond market to raise funds for infrastructure. Instead, the governor said he would work towards increasing the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to meet infrastructural needs.