02 Dec 2013
Chief Friday Nwosu is a political activist and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State. In an interview with OKEY SAMPSON in Aba, he spoke about the proposed national confab as well as how President Goodluck Jonathan's second term in office would serve Ndigbo's interest better.
The inauguration of an advisory committee on national conference by President Goodluck Jonathan has been greeted with mixed reactions. Some people have condemned the timing while others want it to be sovereign. What is your view?
President Goodluck Jonathan should be commended on the inauguration of that committee. I don't think there is anything wrong with somebody, saying 'let's sit down and talk'. Opposition to the national conference is unfounded and highly misplaced. If you analyse the flank from where the opposition has been coming, you
02 Dec 2013
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has disclosed that he used his personal resources to develop the American University of Nigeria AUN in Yola to its present status.
Atiku spoke weekend at the 8th annual founder's day ceremony of the University in Yola.
He recalled the events that preceded the establishments of the University with nostalgia as he paid tribute to the first President of the University, David Huwiler.
"I recalled with deep emotions and tribute to the first President of the American University David Huwiler whom I brought to the virgin land before the university project commenced. When I took Huwiler to the virgin land on which the university stands today he asked me where the university is and I told him here"., Atiku recalled.
01 Dec 2013
Second Republic member of the House of Representatives and Russian trained Medical Doctor, Junaid Mohammed, has declared that blood would flow on the streets of Nigeria, should President Jonathan insist on running for the presidency in 2015.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sunday Sun from his base in Kano, the former lawmaker, who chaired the House Committee on International Economic Relations and Socialist Bloc, argued that it was wrong for anyone to suggest that the clamour for power to return to the North in 2015, was coming from the North alone, insisting that there abound more agitators in the South-west, in this regard, than there are in the North, adding that "I can tell you today that there are more agitators in the South-west, for power shift to the North, than there are in the North. And they are doing this because they believe in justice and fairness.
01 Dec 2013
In this interview, a former military governor of Kaduna State, Col. Abubakar Umar, comments on burning national issues and tells the untold story of the June 12 election annulment, in this interview with GODWIN OFULUE
What do you think is the cause of the Boko Haram insurgency?
In discussing Boko Haram, I will talk of the general insecurity in the country. Everything is happening in other countries and Nigeria is facing its security challenges; Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping, robbery, oil theft, Niger Delta militancy, phenomenal piracy on our seas and youth restiveness. And a new development, which we are not paying attention to is the Fulani herdsmen/farmers clashes that are engulfing the northern part of Nigeria. Cattle stealing has led to many deaths in that part of the country. These are the major security issues affecting the country; they are responsible for the seeming inability to deal decisively with the challenges. It is difficult to know how to solve a problem if one doesn't know the cause.
01 Dec 2013
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Willie Obiano, has been declared winner of the governorship election in Anambra State.
The returning officer, Prof James Epoke said Obiano satisfied all the requirements of the law "and is hereby declared winner. "
The result showed APGA polled 180,178 votes, PDP polled 97,700 votes; APC got 95,963 votes,
Before yesterday's supplementary election conducted in 210 polling units in 16 local councils across the state where the exercise was cancelled during the November 16 exercise, Obiano was already coasting home to victory, having scored the highest number of votes and securing 25 per cent in 18 of the 21 local government areas of the state.
The 16 local government areas where INEC conducted the supplementary election are Aguata, Awka North, Awka South, Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum, Anaocha, Ekwusigo, Idemili North and Idemili South. Others are Ihiala, Nnewi South, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Orumba North and Oyi.
Though there was restriction of movement in the affected areas, some people were still doing their normal businesses and traffic was light on the roads in all the areas.
01 Dec 2013
WORKERS in the oil industry have explained their resolve to frustrate the sale of the four government refineries, saying well-meaning Nigerians must join hands with organized labour to ensure that the refineries are not handed over to fronts and cronies of the Presidency.
Under the umbrella of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and its Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, counterpart, the workers insisted that government officials deliberately sabotaged the Turn-Around Maintenance, TAM, and supply of crude to the refineries to have reasons to sell the refineries to their cronies.
Operating under the aegis of NUPENGASSAN (a fusion of NUPENG and PENGASSAN), the unions proposed the option of strategic