Category Archives: Politics

I’ll never leave APGA for APC, Obiano vows

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, on Friday said there was no truth in the insinuation that he would leave the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the All Progressives Congress. He said he would never leave the party on which platform he contested and won the governorship

Restructuring: Southern senators begin confab in Cross River

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja Members of the Senate from the southern part of Nigeria on Friday began a conference on the governance and political structure of the country. The two-day retreat by the Southern Senators’ Forum, which is holding in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, is tagged, ‘National Unity and

2019: No automatic ticket for Atiku, says PDP

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to the resignation of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the ruling  All Progressives Congress, saying he is now a free man. It, however, said it would not offer Atiku an automatic ticket to contest the 2019 presidential election. It said

Kwara Speaker, DVC, NASFAT oppose automatic ticket for Buhari

Success Nwogu, Ilorin The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Kwara State University, Malete, Prof. Sakah Mahmud; and the President, (Worldwide), the Nasrul Lahi-il-Fath Society of  Nigeria, Alhaji Kamil Bolarinwa, have opposed automatic tickets for incumbent elected public office holders including governors and

PDP: Show leadership, George tells Makarfi

Oladimeji Ramon The Bode George for Peoples Democratic Party National Chairman Campaign Committee has called on the PDP Caretaker Committee to exercise its expected leadership role. The group said the issue it raised recently had to do with what it “perceived to be an inadvertent abdication of responsibility by the

Wife of ex-PDP national chairman joins APC

John Alechenu, Abuja Wife of a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Maryam Ali, has joined the All Progressives Congress. Mrs. Ali who is married to ex-PDP National Chairman, Senator Ahmadu Ali, renounced her membership of the PDP to declare her allegiance to the APC at a

Non-indigenes won’t succeed me, says Amosun

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has said that he will not allow a non-indigene to succeed him in 2019. He said this on Wednesday while addressing elders from Ogun West Senatorial District during a meeting with him at his Oke-Mosan office in Abeokuta. The elders said

We’ll take decision on Kashamu soon, says PDP

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it does not have the power to enforce the contents of the recently signed peace accord by national chairmanship aspirants of the party. The party also frowned on the activities of the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the

INEC gives Obiano certificate of return

Tony Okafor, Awka The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Wednesday received a certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission to affirm his victory in the November 18 poll in the state. The certificate was handed over to him at the INEC Secretariat in Awka, the state

Why I joined APC now – Ojukwu

Emeka Ojukwu

Emeka Ojukwu, son of late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, has said that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that the South-East occupied its rightful place in the national governance. He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja after he was formally welcomed into APC by

Why I joined APC now – Ojukwu

Emeka Ojukwu

Emeka Ojukwu, son of late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, has said that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that the South-East occupied its rightful place in the national governance. He stated this on Wednesday in Abuja after he was formally welcomed into APC by

PDP convention: Bode George asks Makarfi to resign

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Members of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi had an emergency meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, The PUNCH learnt. The meeting was sequel to growing apprehension caused by calls on Makarfi to quit his position before the December 9

2019: Ogun West forum endorses Adeola as gov candidate

Samuel Awoyinfa, Abeokuta The Ogun West Consultative Forum says it has endorsed the senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District in the red chamber, Solomon Adeola, popularly known as Yayi, as the consensus Ogun State governorship candidate for the  Yewa-Awori in 2019. The group said this on Monday evening, during a

I can’t be anybody’s stooge – Secondus

John Alechenu, Abuja The former acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has said he cannot be anybody’s stooge. He also dismissed claims that the December 9 party convention already had a pre-arranged outcome in his favour. Secondus said this in an interview with reporters in Abuja,

Obiano won’t join APC, says APGA national chair

Tony Okafor, Awka The National Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Chief Victor Oye, on Tuesday said Governor Willie Obiano  would not defect to the All Progressives Congress. Oye’s reaction is coming following insinuations  in some quarters that Obiano had a tacit agreement with the leadership of the APC

Constitution amendment: N’Assembly sends 29 clauses to state lawmakers

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja The National Assembly has transmitted proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution to state Houses of Assembly for concurrence, The PUNCH learnt on Tuesday. It was gathered that the “clean” copies of the amendments had been made ready for transmission as of Monday, while the process for the

Buhari congratulates Obiano, promises Nigerians credible elections

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja Ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday promised to give Nigeria free and fair elections, no matter which way the results swing. Buhari made the promise in his reaction to the Saturday governorship election in Anambra State which was won by the state

Atiku’s posters flood Katsina PDP secretariat

Olaide Oyelude, Katsina Posters of former Vice-President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Atiku, on Monday, flooded the Katsina State secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, even as the PDP chieftains called for Atiku’s return into their fold. Atiku’s posters carrying various messages such as ‘Wazirin, we earnestly want

Convention: Adeniran petitions Makarfi over election panel members

Olusola Fabiyi and Ramon Oladimeji There are indications that the Peoples Democratic Party may soon be enmeshed in a fresh crisis as the party prepares for its national convention. The convention, which has been fixed for December 9,  is holding in Abuja. Already, a former Minister of Education,  Prof. Tunde

Anambra poll too transparent to be contested – Okorocha

The Governor of Imo State and Chairman,  Progressives Governors’  Forum, Rochas Okorocha, has urged all the candidates that participated in the election to team up with Governor Willie Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance to make the state a model state. The governor, who congratulated Obiano in a statement