In twos and threes, in some high profile social and political circles, it is being discussed in hushed and sometimes, animated tones that distinguished member of the House of Representatives, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has her eyes on the Lagos governorship seat. The seat becomes vacant after the expiration of the illustrious tenure of the incumbent Governor Babatunde Fashola next year.
For the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, especially the Godfather of southwest politics, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the issue of Fashola’s successor has been a hot-button issue considering the importance of the state on one hand, the continuation of Fashola’s legacies and the need to ensure whoever succeeds him does not lower the bar of governance on the other hand. Add a comment
Though since its independence from Britain in 1960, Nigeria has managed to contain many of its serious challenges without necessarily addressing them, and even survived existential threats, many observers rightly believe that, the situation is simply unsustainable. Add a comment
Jonathan Stops NNPC From Buying New Aircraft
Government officials have cited President Goodluck Jonathan’s reluctance to approve the purchase of a new jet for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC for the continued hiring of a private jet for the corporation’s senior officers, including the Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke.
The president’s reluctance is despite problems associated with the NNPC’s two private jets. One of them, a Hawker 4000, which crash landed in Warri, Delta State, sources said was to be balkanised for spare parts to service another Hawker 4000 in the presidential fleet on account of lack of spare parts following the stoppage of spare parts production by the manufacturer’s of the planes.
The other aircraft it was claimed, was abandoned after it lost altitude twice forcing the corporation officers to abandon the two aircraft. Add a comment
Nasarawa Assembly calls for Attorney-Gen’s sack for Scaling Fence
Lafia— The Nasarawa State House Assembly has called on Governor Umaru Al-Makura to immediately relieve the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Innocent Lagi, of his appointment over misconduct.
The House reached a resolution to call for the sack of the Attorney-General yesterday after it deliberated on the issue of misconduct raised by the Majority Leader, Godiya Akwashi, PDP- Nasarawa Eggon West.
Akwashiki, who brought the issue under matters of urgent public interest, said Lagi came to the complex during plenary and scaled the fence to gain entrance into the Assembly.
He said that the commissioner took the decision having been stopped by the security at the gate.
The Majority Leader wondered why the Attorney-General could engage in the scaling of a fence. Add a comment
Policeman Accused of Raping Four-year-old Girl in Plateau
A policeman attached to the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis, Mr. Damudu Bzigu, has been accused of raping a four-year-old girl in Kassa village of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
He was said to have lured the minor to a STF makeshift tent in the village where he allegedly raped her.
Confirming the incident to reporters yesterday in his office, the chairman of the local government area, Hon Emmanuel Loman, said: "The girl has been bleeding profusely and she is currently receiving treatment at the Barkin Ladi General Hospital. It is sad that some soldiers posted to restore law and order have abandoned their duties for something else, otherwise what has restoring order got to do with defiling a minor.
“This is not the first time this kind of thing is happening. We are therefore calling on parents to monitor their children."
He called on the commander of the STF to ensure the prosecution of the errant policeman, adding that the local government will also follow the case to its logical conclusion. Add a comment
In what may signal internal tensions ahead the 2015 elections, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has urged the party to stop the culture of imposition of candidates in order to move ahead of the competition. Add a comment
Lamido: APC Can't Take Nigeria to Promised Land
The Governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has described the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party that has no real attributes of democratic ideology that would propel the nation to the Promised Land.
The governor who stated this at the weekend, while receiving the members of Nigerian Guild of Editors that paid him a courtesy visit, said the APC as a political party had no particular history.
Lamido said Nigerians cannot take the risk of handing power to a group of aggrieved politicians that have left their former political parties simply because they were denied tickets to contest for leadership positions.
Stating that the APC without Buhari would not last for three months, he said most of those making noise in the APC today could not dare do such in 1998 for fear of incarceration. Add a comment