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2019: Group Backs Michael Johnny For Senate

2019: Group Backs Michael Johnny For Senate

NEWS
As preparations by political parties towards the next general elections gathers momentum, a political pressure group, Delta South Political Pathfinders DSPP, has thrown its weight behind the Senatorial ambition of High Chief Michael Johnny for Delta South Senatorial district  in 2019. Chief Michael Johnny, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress APC in Delta state and immediate past Chairman of Egbema Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation, EGCDF, has not publicly declared his intention to vie for Senate or any political office for 2019. But, the group in a statement on Saturday, signed by its coordinator, Newworld Bralade, said, "we have endorsed Chief Michael Johnny as our preferred candidate for the Senate to represent Delta South Senatorial district come 2019, we are
Delta South: Ejele Says His Ambition Unshakable

Delta South: Ejele Says His Ambition Unshakable

NEWS, POLITICS
Delta South Senatorial Hopeful, Hon Michael Diden, aka Ejele has said his resolve to represent the people of his constituency is unshakable. Hon. Diden gave the assurance weekend when he paid a consultative visit to the former Chairman of Delta Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Chief Wellington Okirika, who is an Ijaw elder. Diden said he is most qualified to contest for the senatorial seat and wondered why people are insinuating that he was being fronted by a Godfather. "God is my Godfather. I am not being sponsored by anybody but God who wants me to continue to impact on the lives of my people", he said to clear doubts of those who thought he might step down for another aspirant. Hon. Ejele said his desire to be in the Senate stemmed from the fact th...
Factional APC State Congress Produced Two Chairmen In Bayelsa

Factional APC State Congress Produced Two Chairmen In Bayelsa

NEWS, NIGER DELTA
  The crisis rocking the Bayelsa State chapter of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) has deepened as two contending factions in the state have produced separate executive committee members. While the faction of the party led by the former Governor, Chief Timipre Sylva and the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri produced Jonathan Amos, as state party Chairman and camp of former Acting Governor,  Nestor Binabo also held a parallel Congress in the state with Deacon Joseph Fafi as Chairman. Binabo's faction held its congress at the Azikoro Primary school in Azikoro village and was supervised by Secretary of the State Congress/Appeal Panel Committee of the Party, Ambassador Soni Abang while Sylva/Lokpobiri faction which was supe
Mammoth Crowd At APC ‘Congress’ In Delta, As Erue, Others Are Returned Unopposed

Mammoth Crowd At APC ‘Congress’ In Delta, As Erue, Others Are Returned Unopposed

NEWS, POLITICS
  There was mammoth crowd at the All Progressive Congress, APC state parallel Congress held in Delta state on Saturday. The Congress which was held under heavy security presence returned the incumbent state chairman of the party, Prophet Jones Ode- Erue unopposed alongside a few other executive members of his former exco. The estranged former deputy state chairman, Chief Cyril Ogodo who had pitched tent with the APC leader, Olorogun O'tega Emerhor was replaced by Hon Elvis Ayomanor. BigPen Online can report that the Sen. Olugbenga Obadara- led State Congress Committee which was inaugurated by the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Thursday were on ground to supervised the Congress. The Obadara- led State Congress Committee alongside INEC officials were a...
JUST IN: Delta APC Sets For Parallel State Congress As Emerhor, Erue, Blocs Fail To Harmonise

JUST IN: Delta APC Sets For Parallel State Congress As Emerhor, Erue, Blocs Fail To Harmonise

NEWS
  Members of All Progressive Congress, APC in Delta state are now set for parallel state Congress as the leaders and gladiators squabbling for the control of the structure of the party failed to harmonised their difference, BigPen Online can report. While one faction has shifted the Congress to Monday 21st, another faction is set for it this Saturday, May 19, 2019. Recalls that APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had reportedly withdrawn the Sen. Olugbenga Obadara- led State Congress Committee sent to conduct the Delta State APC state Congress this Saturday just while the committee members were about boarding a flight to Asaba, the Delta state capital. The reported withdrawal was attributed to Delta APC leader, Olorogun O'tega Emerhor who was said to have influ...
IG’s Trending Video: Journalist Goes Into Hiding

IG’s Trending Video: Journalist Goes Into Hiding

NEWS
  A Liberty Television journalist, Aminu Nurudeen, suspected to have posted the viral video showing the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, struggling to read a speech at a public event in Kano, has gone into hiding,  Saturday PUNCH has learnt. Impeccable sources told Saturday PUNCH that the Kano State Police Command invited the reporter to its office immediately the video went viral. The video, shows the IG struggling to read his speech at the inauguration of the Police Technical Intelligence Unit in Kano, Kano State on Monday. It was learnt that Nurudeen’s whereabouts had been unknown since the Kano State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Musa Magaji Majiya, invited him on Thursday. Sources said the police authorities were upset with the journalist because
JOHESU Strike: Sister Union Threatens To Mobilise For Mass Rally To Prod FG To Act

JOHESU Strike: Sister Union Threatens To Mobilise For Mass Rally To Prod FG To Act

NEWS
The Tertiary Health Institutions National Consultative Forum (THINCF), has threatened to restrategise and collectively mobilise in support of other members of Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU). This is coming on backdrop of the Abuja National Industrial Court order directing JOHESU to end its ongoing strike action. THINCF, in a statement said it will mobilised its members for a mass/street rallies to call attention to the injustice being perpetrated against health workers by the Federal Ministry of Health. They also threatened that unless the adjusted CONHESS table and other demands put forward by JOHESU are approved, released and implemented with arrears paid, the ongoing strike will neither be suspended nor called off. The THINCF position was expressed by the National S...
Security Breach In Ikoyi Prison As Inmate Allegedly Hijacked Security System

Security Breach In Ikoyi Prison As Inmate Allegedly Hijacked Security System

METRO, NEWS
  A security breach has been reported at the Ikoyi maximum prison, BigPen Online can report. The breach followed the alleged installation of Close Circuit Cameras at the Prison by an inmate who was reportedly remanded over the 661 pumps action riffles that were unlawfully imported into the country in January 2017 through the Lagos port. The alleged security breach in the Ikoyi Prisons Security Network was carried out in connivance with one DCP Tolu Ogunsakin in the Lagos State Police Command. According to a report sourced from IGBERETV, an accused simply identified as Donatus Achinulo who has been refused bail by Justice Ayokunle Faji in view of the charges leveled against him and his co-defendants is having a field day and living like a Lord in Ikoyi Prisons. Inves...
Exclusive! Oyegun Withdraws Obadara-led Committee Sent To Conduct Delta APC State Congress

Exclusive! Oyegun Withdraws Obadara-led Committee Sent To Conduct Delta APC State Congress

NEWS, POLITICS
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has withdrawn the Sen. Olugbenga Obadara- led State Congress Committee sent to conduct the Delta State APC state Congress this Saturday, BigPen Online can authoritatively report. The committee which was inaugurated on Thursday in Abuja alongside other states by the APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso on behalf of Odigie-Oyegun were withdrew eleventh hours when they were about boarding a flight to Delta state. BigPen Online learnt that Oyegun asked the committee chairman not to go to Delta state following directives from Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi who alleged that Obadara was going to do the bidding of APC National Leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu and former Edo state Go...
Ekwunife, Danbazzau, Zwingina, Obadara, 68 Others Head APC State Congresses, Appeal Committees

Ekwunife, Danbazzau, Zwingina, Obadara, 68 Others Head APC State Congresses, Appeal Committees

NEWS, POLITICS
  The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday inaugurated a 5-member State Congress Committees to conduct congresses in different states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) this Saturday. Three-member committees were also inaugurated to entertain appeals that may arise from the State Congresses, the ruling party said in a statement. Some State Congress Chairmen are H.E. Pius Odubu (Adamawa); Gen. Danjuma Danbazzau (Taraba); Prince Austin Eweka (Kano); Sen. Domingo Obende (Niger); Sen. Jonathan Zwingina (Abia); Sen. Olugbenga Obadara (Delta); Sen. Uche Ekwunife (Lagos); Hon. Mathew Omegara (Ondo); H.E. Peter Obadan (Ogun); H.E. Abdullahi Gwarzo (Oyo) among others. The Appeal committees have among others H.E. Chris Akoma as chairman of Ebonyi State; Hon. Gbenga E...