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Ibori, Okowa Others Entreat Uduaghan Not To Defect From PDP

Ibori, Okowa Others Entreat Uduaghan Not To Defect From PDP

NEWS, POLITICS
Indications have emerged that former Delta state governor Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan is currently under intense pressure not to defect from the Peoples Democratic Patty PDP to Nigeria ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC). Uduaghan who was seen in photograph with APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and rumoured to be nursing defection from the PDP to APC is being pressurised to shelve the plan, a source privy to the development told BigPen Online on Monday. The source disclosed that Ibori have been prevailing on Uduaghan on behalf of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who was said to have been jostled over his predecessor moves to dump the party for the opposition APC in the state. Dependable source revealed that the governor after apparently listening to a television programme...
BREAKING: Tambuwal Officially Announces Defection From APC To PDP

BREAKING: Tambuwal Officially Announces Defection From APC To PDP

NEWS, POLITICS
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has officially defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He announced his defection on Wednesday at a press conference in the Government House, Sokoto, North-West Nigeria. This is coming as amid hundreds of supporters who stormed the Government House to declare their support for him. Governor Tambuwal explained on the state government’s Twitter handle that he took the decision after a wide consultation with the people of the state who assured him of their support for his next political move. The announcement comes after weeks of speculation that the governor was planning to leave the ruling party and one day after he called on Nigerians to reject what he described as “prison-yard democ
Bolaji Abdullahi Formally Resigns As APC Spokesman, Defects From Party

Bolaji Abdullahi Formally Resigns As APC Spokesman, Defects From Party

NEWS
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) has formally resigned his position. He announced his resignation by multiple tweets on Wednesday on Twitter. The statement he posted reads: “In view of recent political developments in the country and within the All Progressives Congress (APC), I have decided to resign my position as the National Publicity Secretary as well as my membership of the party with effect from today. “In the last few days, I have had to endure the flagrant usurpation of my role as the spokesman of the party in a manner that I consider unbefitting of a ruling party and inconsistent with my ethical standards. “I have served the APC honestly and to the best of my ability and when I stood for and won m
JUST IN: Buhari In Close-door Meeting With Akpabio Amid Saraki Defection

JUST IN: Buhari In Close-door Meeting With Akpabio Amid Saraki Defection

NEWS
President Muhammadu Buhari has entered into a closed-door meeting with Senator Godswill Akpabio amidst formal defection of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) The Senate Minority Leader met the President at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. The former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, a PDP chieftain arrived the president’s office at 5:00pm, presidential source told BigPen Online.
BREAKING: Official! Saraki, Gov Ahmed Finally Dump APC

BREAKING: Official! Saraki, Gov Ahmed Finally Dump APC

NEWS
Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President has finally say goodbye to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), after weeks of horse trading over his membership of the party. Saraki who hails from Kwara state announced his dumping of the party on his Twitter handle @bukolasaraki on Tuesday evening. He wrote: “I wish to inform Nigerians that, after extensive consultations, I have decided to take my leave of the All Progressives Congress”. https://twitter.com/bukolasaraki/status/1024338845616095233 Meanwhile, Governor Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state has also announced his defection from the APC through his media aide, Muyideen Akorede, saying his decision followed consultations with people in the state. “Following due consultations with the people and in response t
N3.2bn Corruption Trial: You’ve Case To Answer, Court Tells Uzor Kalu

N3.2bn Corruption Trial: You’ve Case To Answer, Court Tells Uzor Kalu

NEWS
A Fed High Court in Lagos has dismissed the no-case application filed by former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu in his bid to stop his trial over an alleged N3.2 billion fraud. Kalu is standing trial for an amended 39-count charge bordering on money laundering. “You have explanations to make,” Justice Mohammed Idris told Kalu on Tuesday. Mr Kalu alongside his former Commissioner for Finance and Account, Jones Udeogu, and a company, Slok Nigeria Limited, are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on an amended 39-count charge bordering on money laundering to the tune of N3.2 billion. The case has been adjourned to Sept 10, 2018 for continuation.
BREAKING: EFCC Grills Ekweremadu, May Be Detained

BREAKING: EFCC Grills Ekweremadu, May Be Detained

NEWS
Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, is currently being interrogated by the anti-graft agency, EFCC office, PREMIUM TIMES is reporting. Mr Ekweremadu who arrived the agency’s office in Abuja between 9-10:00 a.m to answer allegations of fraud against him is still with detectives the newspaper has reported. “He is currently at the interrogation room,” a source told the newspaper. According to rhe report, another EFCC staff also said Mr Ekweremadu is with anti-graft detectives, but could not say when he would be released. “We have some questions for him bordering on corruption,” a source said. “But we do not know yet when he would be released, we will know this by 5:00 p.m.” Mr Ekweremadu, the most-senior member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in public
BREAKING: APC Breaks Up, As Galadima Leads New Faction

BREAKING: APC Breaks Up, As Galadima Leads New Faction

NEWS
  Ahead the 2019 general election, Nigeria's ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) have broken into two faction at the nation's capital, Abuja, Channels TV is reporting. The new faction is named Reformed-APC (R-APC) with Buba Galadima appointed as the Chairman. The new faction is made up of aggrieved members of the APC, mostly from the National Assembly. Briefing journalists after their meeting at the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja on Wednesday, the chairman, Galadima, said the new faction was formed due to the failure of the APC. They described APC as “severely underperforming and unable to meet its potentials for good governance.” “We are sad to report that after more than three years of governance, our hopes have been betrayed, our expectations completely da
Delta APC Crisis: Court Restrains APC’s NWC, Oshiomhole, Affirms Ogodo-led Exco

Delta APC Crisis: Court Restrains APC’s NWC, Oshiomhole, Affirms Ogodo-led Exco

NEWS, POLITICS
  A Delta State High Court sitting in the Kwale Judicial Division has restrained the National Working Committee, (NWC) of the All Progressive Congress and its National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole from recognising any other executive committee of the party in Delta state other than the one led by Chief Cyril Ogodo. Justice V.I Ofesi who gave the order also granted an interim injunction restraining the party or its agents from swearing-in any other Ward and Local Government Areas Executives of the APC in the state other than the Chief Cyril Ogodo-led leadership which has been sworn-in and since assumed office before the emergence of the current NWC. Joined in the case with suit no. HCK/56/2018 are the All Progressive Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (The National Chair
Why AGF Declares Omo-Agege’s Suspension Illegal

Why AGF Declares Omo-Agege’s Suspension Illegal

NEWS, POLITICS
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), told the Federal High Court Abuja on Monday that the suspension of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful. Malami, who is the 3rd defendant in the ongoing suit brought by Omo-Agege challenging his suspension from the Senate, made his position known through his counsel, Dayo Apata. Apata, who doubles as the Solicitor-General of the Federation, in his submission, said that the role of the AGF was to defend and protect the constitution, adding that he had to react to any issue that had  to do with the constitution. He said: “According to Section 4(8), 39, 40 of the Constitution and Articles of the African Charter on Human Rights, all the actions of the senate relating to the suspension of th