In a communiqué signed by Chief Hyacinth Enuha, after a caucus meeting of the Delta North leaders at the home of Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the leaders resolved that Buhari had performed well and should be given another chance to run the second term in the 2019 general elections The caucus also agreed that from the inception of the present democratic system in Nigeria, the Delta central and south had produced the governor of Delta state and completed terms of two tenure each, hence it was fair and equitable for the Delta north to complete its second term under the platform With assurances that the party has the capacity to win the gubernatorial election in Delta state, the meeting also resolves that it will achieve this laudable objective by constantly keepin
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plots to disrupt its Saturday national convention in Abuja over fear that the success of the event will mark the end of the ruling party. PDP national publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye stated this during a news briefing in Abuja on Wednesday. While he said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not part of the plot, he however called on him to urgently investigate the allegation and ensure that the convention was not disrupted by some “overzealous elements in the APC government”. “We have credible information that some overzealous elements in the APC Government want to disrupt the PDP national convention. “It is not from the very top; they know that if we have a hitch-free conve
Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers State and his immediate predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi have once again taken their quest to assert control over the state to another level. Both men on Saturday were involved in a traffic altercation, but turned it into a power play to justify who should be in charge of the politics of the state. Their security convoys and details did not miss the chance to create havoc in efforts to please their principals, while drawing their guns, leading to allegations from both camps that it was a plot to assassinate the governor, and Amaechi, who is the current minister of Transport. Both men have in the past two years been at loggerheads over who should be in control of the politics of the state ever since Wike won the governorship election in 2015, to the chagr...
A former Special Adviser on Youths and Students’ Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Jude Imagwe, has lambasted All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar over his alleged moves to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Imagwe, in a statement on Tuesday, dared Atiku to tell the world motives behind his alleged plan to dump the ruling party. Imagwe said: “I read about Atiku’s rumoured return to the PDP and I am inclined to ask him some pertinent questions.” “The first question I will ask him is why, and the second is what are his motives. “Atiku should be able to explain to Nigerians why he wants to leave APC back to PDP from where he left. Is it for some altruistic or selfish motive? “He should also explain why he left PDP to APC and w
Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ahmadu Ali and the caretaker chairman Ahmed Makarfi, have taken different stances on the party’s zoning for 2019 presidency. PDP has zoned its chairmanship slot to the South and the presidential ticket reserved for aspirants from the North. The party leaders, at a consultative meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, appealed to aspirants to various elective positions not to violate the zoning arrangement, saying the party paid dearly for such violations in the 2015 presidential election. However, Ali argued in favour of electing the next chairman from the South-West geopolitical zone. “It’s either we choose our next national chairman from the Southwest or we forget about PDP”, adding that the zone had yet to occupy the chairmanship p
Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and an aspirant to the position of the national chairman, Chief Bode George, has warned leadership of the party to put its house in order so as not to end up like the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP. George said there was short time, between the party’s election and the 2019 general elections, noting that the former ruling party needed a person who can weather the storm and face the battle ahead. He said the next chairman of the party must extract the seed inside palm kernel. He said, “It is not a joke, because when you apply the harmer, you have to watch your fingers. It is a major decision, not only for our party but for the country. “We need someone with a track record, someone who has been through the storm.
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has warned politicians and political parties to stop campaign, ahead of the 2019 general elections. He said the ban on campaign was still on and until it was lifted, it was illegal for any party or politician to commence campaign. Yakubu stated this at the quarterly Consultative Meeting with the media in Abuja on Tuesday. Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, had last Thursday declared his intention to vie for the presidency in 2019, contrary to Section 99 of the Electoral Act 201 (as amended). The section says: “For the purpose of this Act, the period of campaigning in public by every political party shall commence 90 days before polling day.” But the INEC chairman warned politicians and politic
Shehu Sani, a senator from Kaduna central, says the Nigeria political elite see President Muhammadu Buhari as a “meal”, and that they want him to seek re-election for their own survival. Aisha Alhassan, minister of women affairs, stirred a storm she when declared she would support Atiku Abubakar if he runs for office in 2019. In an interview with the BBC Hausa, the minister said she would support her godfather, Abubakar, even if Buhari seeks re-election. She also claimed that the president told members of his party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) – that he would only spend a single term in office to “clean up the mess of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”. Her declaration and statements have ignited conversations on whether the president would seek re-election or not. In a Face
The Rivers State Chairman for PDP has come out to refute claims that the pretenders who decamped from his party to the ruling APC are rented crowd and scammers, hired by the APC to deceive it's leadership and Nigerians. At a rally in Port Harcourt on Thursday, its national leader, Chizi Nyeomasila said the platform was formerly a pro PDP group but decided to join the APC because it was a better party. Addressing the defectors at the event, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, insisted that there will be power rotation in the state in 2019. In a swift reaction, Rivers state PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah called the group’s leaders scammers and political jobbers, insisting that the party did not know them. In a statement by his media aide, Jerry Needam, he said they merely thre
In what can be described as an epic battle by two of the most powerful men in Rivers State, it seems like the Rotimi Amaechi camp are winners as another senate seat has been won by the Rivers State APC. The Appeal Court, dismissed an appeal filed by Sen. George Sekibo, challenging the judgment of the Rivers State National Election Tribunal which sacked him as Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District. The Appeal Court Panel also declared Hon Andrew Uchendu of the All Progressive Congress(APC) as the rightful winner of the 2016 National Assembly Rerun for Rivers East Senatorial District. The Court also order the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a Fresh Certificate of Return to Senator Andrew Uchendu. As we look forward to see who the winner