Wada Stays: Supreme Court Upholds Election
Kogi State’s misty political cloud cleared off recently when the Supreme Court affirmed the victory of Captain Idris Wada in the last governorship election in the state, writes Matthew Onah
The political space in Kogi State has been clouded for some time by uncertainties. Major political camps in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had engaged themselves in battle of wits over the occupancy of the Lord Lugard Lodge, the seat of the power in the state.
Until the Supreme Court judgment which affirmed the victory of Governor Idris Wada, the rumour doing the rounds in the state was that the court would sack the Wada administration.
It was therefore not surprising that Wada described the court ruling as “freedom received at the highest temple of mother justice”. The Supreme Court had held that Wada’s nomination as candidate of the PDP and his election in 2011, were valid. Add a comment
Gambia: President Bans English Language
Gambia’s president said that he wants to implement a policy change that would shift the country’s language from English to a local language.
“We no longer subscribe to the belief that for you to be a government you should speak English language. We should speak our language,” President Yahya Jammeh said during the swearing-in ceremony of Gambia’s new chief justice that aired on state-run Gambia Television Services on Friday.
The announcement comes months after the West African country announced it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, a collection of 54 nations made up largely of former British colonies, saying it would “never be a member of any neo-colonial institution.”
The United Kingdom recently warned its citizens of rising anti-British rhetoric from the president, who last year accused the former colonial power and the United States of organizing coup attempts in the West African nation. The allegations were denied. Add a comment
Abe Insists: I Was Shot
PORT HARCOURT—Senator Magnus Abe has insisted that he was shot by the Police during the aborted rally of the Save Rivers Movement, SRM, in Port Harcourt recently.
Abe, who spoke weekend in Port Harcourt, said he was set to drag those behind the alleged shooting to court, adding that about two hundred persons witnessed the ugly development.
While thanking God for sparing his life, Abe said he was in the state to participate in the ongoing registration of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in his home town, Bera, in Gokhana Local Government Area.
According to him, after registering as a formal member of the APC, he will cease to sit with the PDP in the House.
He said: “I was not alone there. There were more than 200 people who saw what happened. This young man was there with a camera. He was beaten up and his camera destroyed. So, if nothing happened, why were they eager to make sure that no picture of what happened got out?
“They opened fire on us in their midst; we were not in any crowd; they opened fire on us. To say that I was not shot is the largest understatement or the biggest lie of the century. These people opened fire, teargas, everything was fired everywhere. Add a comment
Breaking News: Activist Reveals APC Set to Welcome Sacked Sports Minister, Abdullahi, Into Party
An activist and political commentator, Perkins Abaje, has revealed that the sacked minister for sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, is set to join the oppositionAll Progressive Congress, APC.
It would be recalled that Bolaji Abdullahi was sacked this morning and replaced by Tamuno Danagogo, as sports minister.
While reasons for his sack are still shrouded in mystery, it is speculated by other activists (not Abaje) that he may have be sacked because if his closeness to an APC chieftain, Senator Bukola Saraki.
The appointment of the ex sports minister into the federal cabinet is thought to have been influenced Senator Saraki which caught the amiable administrator in the middle with his employers on one aside and his loyalties to Saraki on the other.
However, with his sack, the coast appears to be clear for the former minister to go with his loyalties.
Abdullahi would be remembered as a very successful minister who changed the face of Nigerian sports. During his tenure, Nigeria won the African Cup of Nations 2013 as well as became the first African nation to qualify for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Add a comment
Breaking News: President Goodluck Apportions Portfolios To Ministers
Gen. Aliyu Gusau (Zamfara) - Minister of Defense
Senator Musilliu Obanikiro (Lagos) - Minister of State Defense
Mohammed Wakil (Borno) - Minister of State Power
Abduljelili Adesiyan (Osun) - Minister of Police Affairs
Amb. Aminu Wali (Kano) - Minister of Foreign Affairs
Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom) - Minister of Lands/Housing
Lawrencia Laraba Mala (Kaduna) - Minister of Environment
Dr. Tamuno Dangogo (Rivers) - Minister of Sports
Hajjia Asabe Ahmed (Niger) - Minister of State Agriculture
Boni Haruna (Adamawa) - Minister of Youth Development
Dr. Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto) - Minister of State Health
Breaking News: All Heads of Aviation Agencies Fired
A statement from the office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation announced the changes.
The statement reads:
RE-ORGANIZATION IN THE MINISTRY OF AVIATION
His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved the following re-organization in the Ministry of Aviation:
(i) Engr. Saleh Dumona (Director Projects, FAAN) to replace Mr. George Uriesi as Managing-Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
(ii) Engr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam (General Manager, Procurements, NAMA) to replace Engr. Nnamdi Udoh as Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). Add a comment
Borno: Boko Haram Strikes Again Kills 35
There appears to be no end in sight to the bloodletting in the North-east as the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, launched yet another attack Sunday night on a village in Borno State, resulting in the death of 35 people.
Sunday’s slaughter of innocent Nigerians in Borno was followed by a statement by the All Progressives Congress (APC) calling on the federal government not politicise the Boko Haram menace by linking the perceived enemies of the Jonathan administration to the terrorists.
However, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshall Alex Badeh, yesterday said the Armed Forces and other stakeholders were working round the clock to tackle the insurgency.
The latest surge of violence in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States has left more than 400 dead in recent weeks.
The latest attack hit the town of Mafa in Boko Haram’s historic stronghold of Borno State, which is witnessing one of the deadliest episodes of the group’s nearly five-year-old rebellion.
The militants had sent fliers to the town last week, warning of an impending attack, a tactic used by the extremists elsewhere in the region, AFP quoted Borno Senator Ahmed Zanna as stating. Add a comment