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BY ISRAEL BULUS, Kafanchan A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Gen Gora Katunku (rtd) said that every blunder by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) provides ground to campaign against the ruling party in future elections. While fielding questions from newsmen in Zonkwa in Kaduna State, Kutunku said the insecurity challenges in many parts of the country and the inability of the ruling party to arrest the issues was already a campaign for the opposition party to take over power in future elections. According to him, things are hard for Nigerians irrespective of status. Katunku…

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At the heart of the tussle within the major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is who controls the levers of power in the platforms. While other parties appear to have gone into hibernation, waiting to resurface months before the general election, the rumble in the political space has, so far, been defined by the tussle among the political camps in APC and PDP. Interestingly, both parties would hold elective national conventions this year. While APC’s convention would hold in June, PDP’s is billed for either November or December. However the…

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By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja Despite a clean bill of health for all its aspirants during the screening panel, former governor of Imo State, Achike Udenwa has been appointed to chair an appeal screening committee for the aspirants on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the party’s primaries holding on June 6 this year. The national organising secretary of PDP, Col Austin Akobundu yesterday said the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) approved the nomination Udenwa and 12 others to serve on the panel. Recall that former governor of Kogi State Capt Idris Wada had served as chairman of…

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In the midst of needless and senseless killings and threats to security of lives and properties in different parts of the country, a truck, loaded with live ammunition fell on a street in Onitsha, Anambra state. The lorry, a Mercedes 911, reportedly fell at about 5am along Awka Road, spilling its contents. More than anything else, the Onitsha incident, like the reported cases of arms interception at different parts of the country, is indicative of the enormity of the security challenges confronting the nation. It is clear that there is a proliferation of arms and ammunition in the society most…

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BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna Although the All Progressives Congress (APC) party primaries ahead of the June 15 local government elections into the 23 local councils was scheduled for last Saturday, a chairmanship aspirant for Kaduna North local government area, Comrade Yusuf Idris, has said there were no primaries in the council. Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, Idris said there were all manners of irregularities contrary to the set guidelines for the primaries in the party’s constitution. He said after passing the screening, he was not contacted whatsoever on the next action towards the primaries and his campaign organisation had…

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BY ADEBAYO WAHEED, Ibadan The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, has berated the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for proclaiming what it called a spurious victory on the May 7 ruling of the Supreme Court on the tussle over local Council administration. The state’s Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Engineer Akeem Olatunji, who stated this at the weekend said Governor ‘Seyi Makinde deserved to be hailed as a special prophet who saw tomorrow because he had earlier offered the sacked ALGON chairmen the same conditions they got from the Apex Court on Friday. “It will be recalled the…

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BY ADEWALE AJAYI, Lagos Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has commended  the state House of Assembly, (LAHA) over its recent resolution to suspend three council chairmen for the mismanagement and under performance. According to the PDP, the Speaker of the House, Hon Mudasiru Obasa, is leading the House in the right direction with the step taken. The party in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Taofik Gani, stated that as a matter of fact 85 per cent of the councils have nothing to show for their being in office. “Their council areas are so underdeveloped and apparent…

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By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the National Assembly to immediately amend the constitution and make provision for state police, to guarantee the security of Nigerians. The party said the action has become expedient because President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC-led Federal Government can no longer guarantee the safety of lives and property. PDP stated this while reacting to a statement by the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that banditry and kidnapping are state offenses and are not federal offenses. The national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, claimed that the statement by…

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BY Muyiwa Oyinlola, Abuja The membership figure of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has tripled in the last three months, the party has said. From 12 million members when the party commenced its revalidation and update exercise January 25, it has now increased to over 40 million members nationwide. Secretary of the Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party made this disclosure Monday in Abuja when the Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni played host to some Non-Career Ambassadors at the party’s national secretariat. The politician stated that before the Caretaker Committee commenced…

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BY ALO ABIOLA, Ado Ekiti Wife of a People’s Democratic Party(PDP) Chieftain in Ekiti State, Mrs Abimbola Omotoso has dismissed the allegation of rape against her husband, saying it was politically motivated. Mrs Omotoso, accused the state government of plotting to frame her husband up with a ‘phantom’ rape charges using a house help that had lived with them for over five years to achieve the sinister motive. Her spouse, Hon Samuel Omotoso is the immediate past Lawmaker representing Oye Constituency ll in the state House of Assembly. Responding, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Wale Fapohunda, said…

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BY ADEWALE AJAYI, Lagos The former deputy National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olabode George has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to call stakeholders summit to brainstorm on how to put an end to insecurity challenges facing the country. Addressing the press conference in his office in Lagos, Chief George said the stakeholders summit is very necessary because the insecurity is threatening continued existence of Nigeria. The PDP leader who titled the briefing, “Time to chart new direction” noted that finding solution to the Insecurity is a thing every reasonable and patriotic Nigerian should be interested in…

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By OKECHUKWU OBETA, Awka The late vice-president Alex Ekwueme’s daughter, and gubernatorial aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming November 6, Anambra State gubernatorial election, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe has advised the electorate not to allow money determine who they would cast their vote for during the election. Stating that political leadership, and indeed governorship position requires the occupant to render selfless service, she warned that anyone who spent billions of naira to get elected would be more interested in recouping such expenditure than providing the required services to the masses. Lady Onyemelukwe who spoke during an interactive…

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The barrage of reactions to the escalating insecurity across the polity point not just to the obvious heightened apprehension, but to a yearning for a pragmatic action by the Presidency. Although the war against insurgency and banditry had raged for close to a decade, events of the last two weeks sparked fresh concerns as the spate of attacks reflected the spread and intensity across the country. For instance, On Monday, April 26, from Anambra State to Kaduna, Yobe, Niger, and Lagos States, critical insecurity issues were recorded and reported. Also within the period, Boko Haram hoisted its flag in Niger…

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The Anambra Youth Emancipation Network, a group of young elite, professionals and politicians from Anambra State has  thrown its weight behind the aspirations of Sen. Andy Uba to contest this year Anambra State governorship election under the platform of All Progressives Congress Party, APC, as part of its efforts at ensuring that only a competent person emerges as the next governor of the state. Chairman of the Network, Mr. Christopher Ikechukwu told reporters in Awka on Saturday that the need for men and women of character and competence has become very important so as to emancipate the people from the…

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By Salifu Usman, Abuja The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2019 Kogi State governorship election, Engineer Musa Wada, has expressed confidence in the ability of Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, to salvage Nigeria’s current challenges if given chance to lead Nigeria in 2023. Wada made the assertion at the weekend when he received members of the national executive council of the Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed Vanguard (BAM-V), who paid him an advocacy visit in his residence in Abuja. While lamenting that virtually all facets of existence in the country are currently in shambles, the PDP stalwart declared…

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