Even before the commencement of voting on Saturday at the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), some power brokers in the 19-year-old party have decided that Prince Uche Secondus must take the baton of leadership from Senator Ahmed Makarfi. To ensure this, harmonised names of ‘favoured’ aspirants to offices have been compiled in an arrangement tagged ‘Unity List’. Led by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, his Ekiti State counterpart, Ayodele Fayose, and some members of the National Assembly, the new power brokers of the party vowed that all the names in the list must emerge victorious after voting. Some agents of the governors were seen showing voters the list of favoured candidates, freedom online had reported. Making the list are Secondus, Senator
Indications are beginning to show that former military head of State, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd) may stage a 'civilian coup' in the country come 2019. The 1985 palace coup in which Babangida overthrew General Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria current President, under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) was said to be successful because the latter decided to avoid bloodshed. That is said to be the most important reason he overthrew the administration of Buhari. In one of the interview he granted to the press, IBB was quoted to have told those who wish to listen that a coup or change comes about if there is frustration in the society. According to him, there was frustration in the society between 1984 to 1985, as a result the ground was fertile for a ...
A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, has announced his withdrawal from the PDP Chairmanship race. Chief George made this announcement at a conference on Friday night in Abuja. He raises concerns about the fallout of the outcome of the convention. Giving reasons for his withdrawal from the race, George said the South West is already cheated with the entrants of aspirants from the South-South. He stands with the micro-zoning principal of the party, which has been jettisoned George also accused the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike of undermining members of the PDP in the South West on a national Television when he said the South West has never contributed anything meaningful to the success of the PDP. Channel T
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated there is nothing like micro-zoning in relation to the December 9 National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party. He spoke while canvassing support for the candidature of former Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus whom he said is the best candidate to drive PDP to the next level in view of his experience and track record. The governor said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will come out from the National Convention stronger and re-positioned to provide credible opposition. Wike spoke on Friday during an appearance on Sunrise Daily from the Abuja Studio of Channels Television. He said: "The issue of micro-zoning and gentleman's agreement does not arise. There is nothing like tha
All is now set for the much awaited National Convention of Nigeria main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with clearance of nine persons for the plum job of national chairman of the party. The party which lost the control of Nigeria political machinery in 2015 after losing to then opposition party, All Progressives Congress had vowed to reclaim power in 2019 and doing everything possible to elect a national chairman that would drive the party back to power. Chairman of the Organising Committee for the party's National Convention, Governor of Delta state, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa who relocated to Abuja since last week in preparation for the convention, on Friday expressed satisfaction with the arrangements made so far for the big political event. Briefing newsme...
The Leadership of the National Convention Planning Committee, Sub Committees and members of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have summoned all the Aspirants and Party State Chapter Chairmen for a strategic meeting tomorrow (Friday) that would usher a new leadership for the country's main opposition party. The meetings which would clear ground for the National Convention of the party on Saturday have been scheduled to hold interalia; National Chairmanship Aspirants at 10:00Am, Other Aspirants for various Offices at 10:30Am while that of State Party Chapter Chairmen will hold at 11:00Am A terse statement signed by Senator Dr Authur Ifeanyi Okowa, Chairman, National Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Delta State, says the PD...
A bill to cut the salaries and gratuities of local government Councillors in Delta State is on the offing. Already, the bill christened, “Delta State remunerations, salaries, allowances, gratuities and pensions of certain public office holders and bodies amendment bill" has passed second reading at the State House of Assembly. The second reading of the bill at Tuesday’s plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori, was sequel to a motion moved by the member representing Ndokwa West constituency, Hon Azuka Azaka, seconded by the Majority Leader, Hon Tim Owhefere. Hon Azaka who sponsored the said bill, explained that the bill was important to protect and stabilize local government councils from financial collapse. According to him, presently, Councils were
Former Nigeria's Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida has expressed confidence that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led convention organising committee of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) will conduct a rancour free, acceptable convention. General Babangida spoke on Wednesday when Governor Okowa, accompanied by the Chairman of the caretaker committee of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and top officials of the party met him at his (IBB's) country home at Minna, Niger State. A statement release by Delta State Government quoted Babangida as saying,"I have here, the chairman of the caretaker committee, former chairman of Kaduna State, the Chairman of convention planning committee, the Governor of Delta State with the officials for the convention, I am glad they are working hard a
Firebrand human right lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN) has raised some posers concerning the ongoing probe of Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Haliru Gwarzo, just as he decried display of petty politics and ethnic bigotry over the matter. BigPen Online recalls that Gwarzo had been under investigation by an Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up by the Hon. Minister of Finance; Economic and Financial Crimes Commission as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for his conduct as head of Nigeria’s apex securities regulator. Keyamo in a statement on Wednesday, however said, "I woke up this morning and read of the attempts by the Ho
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday made his first strategic trip to Kano state where he will be for a two day visit. This visit however is seen by many as an indication he is seeking for a second term in office in 2019, being that Kano state is a key state for any presidential aspirant seeking to win presidential elections. Speaking at the palace of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, Buhari gave little away about whether he planned to seek a second term. He said, “I know the elections. If they are to be free and fair, if it is a question of numbers, if it is a question of allowing people to make their choice, then I think the people are in my pocket”. President Buhari seems to have fully recovered after months of treatment had last month also visited thre