A self styled group, under the aegis of Isoko Restoration Order, (IRO) has issued a 21 day ultimatum to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara to immediately declare vacant the seat of ailing Majority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor, member representing Isoko Federal Constituency. The Group handed down the ultimatum in a statement signed by Jim Ebejoko, National Coordinator, Comrade Okeoghene Ewoma, Mr. Darlington Akpovoka, Mr. Emmanuel Omamode respectively. The group noted that Hon Leo Ogor, should be allowed to treat himself properly, hence the Speaker must immediately declare the seat vacant and allow the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct a bye-election without further delay. Part of the group’s statements reads, ” Isoko Restoration
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) could be facing a huge crises as key party members are set to leave the party. This is coming even as one of the party’s foremost chieftains and former Vice President , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has left the party and is believed to be heading to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It was gathered that these key party members are no fewer than seven state Governors, serving ministers, several lawmakers in both houses as well as others holding key positions in the government and the parties have concluded plans to dump the party and follow the former Vice President. It was gathered that the exit of Atiku on Friday morning after months of speculations has sent fear into the various camps and groups in the party which is likely to
[Widget_Twitter id="1"] It was a gathering of who-is-who in the political landscape of Delta State and beyond as All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain and Warri based business mogul, Chief Ayirimi Emami performed the final rite of the conferment of Ologbotsere of Warri title on him by Olu of Warri Kingdom, HRM Ogiame Ikenwoli. Dignitries who graced the occasion include, Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, ex-governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs to the President, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Presidential Adviser on political matters, Babafemi Ojudu, All Progressive Congress governorship aspirant in Delta State, Prof Pat Utomi, former defunct PDP factional National Vice Chairman, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, former De
As the political horse trading toward the 2019 general elections gathers momentum, former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday declared that his priority now is to ensure that the Peoples Democratic Party returns to power. Jonathan who spoke while receiving on courtesy call one of the chairmanship candidates of the party, Chief Olabode George, in Bayelsa State, said that he will ensure that the mistakes of the past did not repeat itself again. Jonathan said he took responsibility for the loss the party suffered in the last presidential election and would do everything possible to get the Presidency back. According to him, he was already working with some stakeholders to ensure that the ambition of regaining the Presidency became a reality. His words: “Whether I lik
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has refuted claims by Governor Okorocha that 34 governors had endorsed Buhari for a second term, stating that the party would follow the normal democratic process in choosing its flagbearer for the 2019 presidential election. Governor Okorocha had earlier stated on Tuesday when he was visited by “Democratic Youths Congress for Buhari 2019” at the Government House in Owerri that over 34 Governors had endorse Buhari for a second term. However, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu while speaking in Akure, the state capital of Ondo maintained that the leadership of APC had not endorsed Buhari as its sole candidate for 2019. He said, “Buhari is a believer in the process. He believes in the rule of law. We wanted him eve
The Governor of Delta State, Senator, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa has called for transparency of proceedings during the PDP national convention scheduled to hold on 9 December, 2017. He stated this when one of the chairmanship aspirants of the party, Chief Bode George paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba today. The governor said that the party needed to ensure that its national convention was conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner so as to move the party forward. “We are a very organized political party, we believe that the process of choosing our officers at the national convention will be free, fair and transparent, everyone has to ensure that it is a fair process to move the party forward”. The Governor commended Chief George for his patience and tenacity in c
[Widget_Twitter id="1"] A socio-political group under the auspices of "The United Nigeria Group" has urged former Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku to heed the calls by many Nigerians to join the race for the 2019 presidential election. In a statement made available to BigPen Online in Warri, Delta State, the group said that Atiku enjoys overwhelming support of Nigerian than any other would-be aspirants because he has being on the side of the masses. Signed by its National Organising Secretary and the National Spokesman, Engr. Adamu Salihu and Dr Emenema Bright respectively, they reeled out the reason for the choice of Atiku to include, being advocate for true federalism, respect for democratic institutions, ability to fast track economic growth through major politico structural c
The Senate on Tuesday announced the deferment of debate on the 2018 budget submitted to the joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari about 2 weeks ago. This contradicts its earlier plan to commence debate on the general principles of the budget. Senate President and leader of the National Assembly, Bukola Saraki who made the announcement at the commencement of Tuesday’s legislative business said the postponement was due to the delay in the passage of the 2018-2020 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework, MTEF, and distribution of budget documents. He also said that the deferment will allow the National Assembly’s bureaucracy distribute copies of the budget proposal to members of the House. He announced the documents to include;
[Widget_Twitter id="1"] "I no longer belong to any political party. I am now a father to all." What a powerful declaration! The statement was said to have been made by H.E. Chief James Ibori at Owhelogbo, where he was hosted by the former Delta State SSG, Comrade Ovuozuorie Macaulay. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the ceremony as I needed to address some compelling family issues. I truly wish I was there to hear with my own ears. I had to call a few friends who were at the occasion to confirm the story. Behold, they all repeated the statement. For purposes of clarification, or more appropriately, for those who may be in doubt, Chief James Ibori is (or should I now say was) the undisputed leader of PDP in Delta State. He was like the soul of the party; the cor...
[Widget_Twitter id="1"] For those who doesn't know how former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chris Ngige was rescued from Awka during the abduction saga in 2003, the Saturday last week grand reception organised in honour of Chief James Onanefe Ibori have offered many the opportunity to know what transpired. It is now clear that Ibori played a very critical role in rescuing Ngige from the hotel where he was held up by security agents. Emphasing the need for leaders in the country to be courageous in standing on the part of the constitution and working for the people, Ibori revealed how as a sister governor at that time, he moved in to save Ngige from further embarrassment when his attention was drawn to the constitutional breach. He spoke at the grand reception o...