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Tinubu Throws Weight Behind Direct Primary For Osun APC Governorship Election

Tinubu Throws Weight Behind Direct Primary For Osun APC Governorship Election

NEWS, POLITICS
All Progressives Congress stalwart, Sen. Bola Tinubu, says the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) approving direct primaries for electing the governorship candidate in Osun will deepen internal democracy in the party. Tinubu expressed the view in a statement in Lagos on Tuesday entitled ‘Internal Democracy: Improving the Nomination Process’, A copy of the statement was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by Tinubu’s Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman. According to the APC chieftain, the party’s Constitution provides for both direct and indirect primaries, but the direct option is more democratic and more participatory. Tinubu said that the decision was a ground-breaking step, as it affirmed the party’s democratic inclinations. He said that the
Stop Bickering, Our Target Is To Send Okowa Packing, Oshiomhole Speaks On Delta APC Crisis

Stop Bickering, Our Target Is To Send Okowa Packing, Oshiomhole Speaks On Delta APC Crisis

NEWS, POLITICS
  National Chairman of Nigeria's ruling party, All Progressive (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has responded to the bickering over his recent swearing in of Prophet Jones Erie as Delta state chapter's chairman of the party. Chief Press Secretary of the APC national chairman, Simon Ebegbelum in a statement Tuesday night obtained by BigPen Online, said the uncomplimentary comments about the swearing in may be coming from the opposition PDP who are shivering over the resolve of the APC to capture Delta State in 2019. The statement read in full: "My attention has been drawn to some misleading and mischievous comments emanating from a section of our APC members following the swearing in of Prophet Jones Ode Erue, as the Delta State chairman of the All Progressives Congress by ...
Two Policemen Shot Dead In Kaduna

Two Policemen Shot Dead In Kaduna

NEWS
  Two policemen lost their lives in the Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state on Monday night. Spokesman of the state police command, Mukhtar Aliyu who confirmed this in a statement, said the deceased officers were on a special operation against bandits. While morning their colleagues, policemen fired live bullets indiscriminately and a 26-year-old woman was killed by a stray bullet. As sourced from TheCable, Aliyu said the policemen, “in their deep mourning mood” were conveying the corpses of their colleagues when the incident occurred. However, the victim was reportedly rushed to the hospital where she was said confirmed dead. “The Kaduna State Police Command wishes to categorically state that, on 16/07/2018 at about 1830hrs, a team of police officers on special du
I Will Defeat Boko Haram If I Am Elected President -Atiku

I Will Defeat Boko Haram If I Am Elected President -Atiku

NEWS, POLITICS
Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President has promised to end the Boko Harman insurgency if elected president. While speaking in Maiduguri, Borno state capital on Tuesday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant said he has what it takes to defeat Boko Haram. According to TheCable, he criticised the manner in which the current administration has been fighting insurgency, vowing to use a better approach. “Since the year 1999 when I was elected the Vice President of Nigeria, I knew Borno, Yobe and Gombe states were under the government of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP),” he said. “But if you consider the appointments that these three states enjoyed from the federal government, (they) were much higher than the ones given to other PDP states. “And
Asaba Athletic Championship: Delta Announces Road, Traffic Diversions

Asaba Athletic Championship: Delta Announces Road, Traffic Diversions

NEWS
  The Delta State Traffic Management Authority (DESTMA) and the Asaba 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC), as part of efforts to ensure a hitch-free Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship has announced road and traffic diversions in the Asaba, the Delta state capital. The tournament will hold at the reconstructed Stephen Keshi Stadium along Nnebisi road in Asaba from Wednesday, August 1st to Sunday, August 5th 2018. A statement jointly signed on Tuesday by Rindom Kumven - Sector Comd FRSC, Stephen Dieseruvwe -DG, DESTMA, as well as Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (Rtd) - Head, LOC Security Committee, disclosed that the traffic diversions during the championship was as a result of road closures at two points along Nnebisi Road. The statement advised motorist...
I Won’t Leave PDP To Join Failed APC Leaders In Ebonyi – Umahi

I Won’t Leave PDP To Join Failed APC Leaders In Ebonyi – Umahi

NEWS, POLITICS
Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi has denied decamping from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Umahi stated that “even if there is a need” for him to leave the PDP, he can never leave for the “kind of APC in Ebonyi state”. He revealed this on Tuesday while addressing journalists regarding recent reports that he has left the PDP. On being an ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, the governor once expressed support for the president to seek a second term in office. He however said his relationship with Buhari is personal because the president is his “boss”. “Mr. President or any APC person has never asked me to come to APC, and they will never ask me. And there is no reason for me to leave my party, PDP, of which I was the party ch
All Public Office Holder Must Submit Their Documents For Screening -SGF

All Public Office Holder Must Submit Their Documents For Screening -SGF

NEWS
  Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha says all public office holders must submit their credentials for screening in the ongoing nation-wide verification of personnel records. Speaking on Tuesday after his own screening, Mustapha said the directive is part of the implementation of the 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP). According to Mustapha, the screening exercise would allow the government to have an accurate database of employees. Briefing journalists in Abuja on Friday, Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of the federation, announced that the verification exercise would begin on Monday, July 16. Meanwhile, the exercise will capture 330,820 employees in 486 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) being paid sa...
No More Delegate Primary In APC, All Members Will Elect Governorship Candidate – Oshiomhole

No More Delegate Primary In APC, All Members Will Elect Governorship Candidate – Oshiomhole

NEWS, POLITICS
  Henceforth, Nigeria's ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC) will now adopt the direct primary, a system which allow all card carrying members of the party to elect the party’s governorship candidate, unlike the delegate system, which is often prone to corruption. National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole who gave the hint, on Monday in Abuja after a closed door meeting with members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), said that the party has adopted the system for the September 22 Osun governorship election. Oshiomhole explained that the essence of the direct primary was to allow more party members to participate in the process of nominating candidates and to remove issues of corruption or monetising the processes. He added that the
MOSOP Accuses Shell, Army Of Repression Of Ogoni Farmers

MOSOP Accuses Shell, Army Of Repression Of Ogoni Farmers

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has accused Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) of using Nigerian soldiers for continual violation of the rights of the Ogoni people. MOSOP's Fegalo Nsuke who is the Publicity Secretary of the group in a statement on Monday, lamented that Shell has continues to inflict monumental pains on Ogoni people. The statement read: "We are deeply saddened that the repression of our people continue unabated as soldiers attached to SPDC continue to harass our women and farmers and prevent them from accessing their farmlands, destroying crops and forcefully lay pipelines through Ogoni farms. "It is disheartening that despite the precarious conditions of the Ogoni people consequent upon the massive pollution...
PDP To Buhari: Report Yourself To ICC For Crime Against Humanity

PDP To Buhari: Report Yourself To ICC For Crime Against Humanity

NEWS
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his attendance of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Rome Statute to report his administration to the court over documented human right abuses, crime against humanity and killings in Nigeria under his watch. This was contained in a statement by National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan on Monday. The party said the fact that President Buhari is the only head of state invited to the event shows that the world is particularly alarmed by the spate of bloodletting, extra-judicial executions, illegal arrests, arbitrary detention, torture and reported disappearances, as captured in the reports by the United States Department of State, Amnesty I...