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APGA’s doom inevitable— Nwobu-Alor

By Vincent Ujumadu COORDINATOR of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Stakeholders Forum, Chief Sylvester Nwobu-Alor, said, weekend, that the party, as presently constituted, was faulty, adding that its apparent internal intrigues and external dysfunctions made its steady descent to doom inevitable. APGA Logo Nwobu-Alor, who is a founding member of APGA, decried what he called the erosion of the ideals of the founding fathers of the party. According to him, APGA was initially structured to be a national party with an Igbo base, regretting, however,that vision was thwarted by the inordinate ambition of past leaders of the party. He said: “The primary duty of every political party is to grow and move to greater heights, but sadly in the case of APGA, the party lost it...

Army should produce Nnamdi Kanu- Ochereome Nnanna

By Ochereome Nnanna THE excesses of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, needed to be put in check, no doubt. But I think the Army totally mismanaged it and put those who signed his sureties at risk. In April this year, Justice Binta Murtala Nyako of the Abuja High Court brought relief to the tensed atmosphere wrought by the continued illegal detention of Kanu and granted him bail on rather draconian conditions. Apart from being barred from granting interviews, addressing rallies and being in a group of more than ten people at any time, he was required to procure three sureties for the sum of N100 million each, one of whom must be a Jewish religious leader (Kanu being a self-acclaimed adherent of the Jewish religion). Nnamd...

Dickson and the 40-year jinx

By Francis Ottah Agbo FOR Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, his words are his bonds. He is not just a keeper of promise, his promise are bankable! But Promise keepers are hard to find on the country’s political landscape, especially when the promise to be kept has been made for 40 years on the trot. That length of time, naturally, makes the beneficiaries of the promise wonder if they are not jinxed. That was the story of the people of Bayelsa West Senatorial Zone who had waited in vain for the construction of the Sagbama/Ekeremor/ Agge Road before Governor Dickson came to their rescue, 40 years, after the road was officially conceptualised. The road was first listed in the budget of the old Rivers State in the second Republic under Governor Melford Okilo...

Mint Pensioners: Too old to work, too young to die-Owei Lakemfa

By Owei Lakemfa DURING a tour of Germany in March, 2012, I had discussions with a number of workers including those  of  the Bayerische  Motoren Werke AG , BMW, makers of high class sports sedans and motorcycles. Their main grouse was a planned increase in  retirement age by about two years. The country was  facing  rapid population ageing and projected  that it may spend 12.5 percent of its GDP on pension by the year 2050. So it wanted to keep workers longer at work. But to the workers, retirement is what they look forward to; they want to live the rest of their lives in peace, have full control over their time,  be free to spend  time with their families or travel to see the world. In contrast, Nigerian workers do not look forward to retirement which to many of them,...

EU denies favouring Buhari during 2015 presidential election

Commends Jonathan for accepting defeat By Victoria Ojeme Abuja—The European Union, EU, has denied favouring President Muhammadu Buhari above other candidates during the 2015 Presidential elections in Nigeria. Santiago Fisas, former Chief Observer of the 2015 EU Election Observation Mission ( EU EOM), and member of the European Parliament, stated this in Abuja. yesterday, while making clarification on EU assessment of the 2015 elections. Fisas said the EU was more interested in deepening democracy and the electoral process than who emerged as the President. “The international community is not in favour of any candidate above others,” Fisas said. President Buhari He, however, commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting defeat and sacrificing his personal a...

Maina’s recall unsettles Buhari’s anti-corruption war

Minister blames HoS for reinstatementAs EFCC launches fresh manhunt for Maina By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor & Omeiza Ajayi ABUJA—Why did the Presidency claiming to be fighting war against graft authorise the pardon, recall and promotion of a top suspect implicated in the looting of pension fund running into hundreds of billions of Naira? This was the question that top officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration tried to figure out last night, with some expressing indignation over the development, which many claim has further dented the anti-corruption fight. Abdulrasheed Maina, who headed the controversial Presidential Pension Task Team under President Goodluck Jonathan, was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EF...

Conte: I’m not scared of Chelsea sack

Antonio Conte  insists he isn’t scared of being sacked by  Chelsea. Aubameyang The Italian avoided seeing his Premier League winners suffer their third straight top-flight loss on Saturday when Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford 4-2 at Stamford Bridge. But after beating Watford 4-2, Conte insisted he will never be worried about being relieved of his duties by Roman Abramovich because he is giving his all for the club. He told reporters: “I must be honest. I feel a lot of pressure but not this type of pressure if the club decide to sack me. Honestly I don’t feel this pressure. “I trust in my work. I try to keep everything for the club that I’m working for. I’m doing this for Chelsea. I did this last season. I’m doing this with my staff this season. Honestly I will...

Evans to be arraigned tomorrow

By Emma Nnadozie Billionaire kidnap kingpin, Mr. Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evans, will be arraigned before Justice Taiwo in Lagos High Court, Igbosere, tomorrow. Evans He will be arraigned for the kidnapping of Mr. Sylvanius Ahanonu in Lagos and for the attempted kidnap of Chief Vincent Obianodo, owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, in Festac Town, in which Chief Obianodo’s driver and Police were killed. More arraignments are expected to follow on many other kidnappings in Lagos and Edo high courts.

APC’ll concentrate on grassroots empowerment —Kachikwu

By Perez Brisibe MINISTER of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, weekend, said the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, will further concentrate on the empowerment of the grassroots in moving all Nigerians from poverty to wealth. This is just as two leaders of the party in Delta State, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor and Chief Hyacinth Enuha, described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the common enemy of the APC, adding that until PDP is uprooted from the state, “we would never rest on our oars.” Ibe Kachikwu Speaking at Evwreni, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state during a reconciliation meeting of interest groups in the party, Kachikwu said: “Every time we gather, we talk about the State House. The State House is not the issue, but empowering our peopl...

Gov Emmanuel, Akpabio others seek collaboration for devt

By Chioma Onuegbu SENATE Minority Leader and immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Governor Udom Emmanuel, Senator Effiong Bob and Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Mr. Onofiok Luke,  have emphasized the need for the state executive, legislature and judiciary to work in close collaboration to enhance the development of the state. The leaders spoke at the public lecture to mark the silver jubilee of Akwa Ibom State legislature, weekend, at the state Assembly lobby. Senator Akpabio, who chaired the occasion, said the executive must support, cooperate and partner with the legislature to succeed, stressing that the role of the legislature in ensuring political stability and peace needed for the development of the state cannot be ...

Ighalo shines in Changchun Yatai win

Changchun Yatai made it back-to back wins in the Chinese Super League after beating Jiangsu Suning FC 3-1 in the Chinese Super League on Sunday, with in-form Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo writing his name on the score-sheet again. Odion Ighalo Inside the opening minute, Cameroon international Benjamin Moukandjo gave the visitors the lead, but Ighalo volleyed his side level in the 29th minute. From there, Changchun Yatai were on top and went in front four minutes into the second half, courtesy of Yu Rui, who headed home after a free-kick was floated into the box. On 82 minutes, an unselfish Ighalo squared the ball to an unmarked Du Zhenyu, and his left foot strike could not be stopped by goalkeeper Zhang Sipeng. The Super Eagles striker has scored 15 league goals from 2...

Zuma’s statue: Ohaneze youths defend Okorocha

By Anayo Okoli.UMUAHIA—OHANEZE Youth Council, OYC, has defended the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha over the controversial statue of the South African President, Jacob Zuma erected in Owerri, the Imo State capital, at an alleged whopping cost of N500 million, saying that he achieved a feat for which he should be lauded rather than vilified. Jacob Zuma’s statue in Imo In a statement by its National Vice Chairman, Comrade Obinna Achuonye, the OYC said Okorocha did what several presidents could not do, let alone a governor. “We are thanking Governor Okorocha for bringing Zuma to Nigeria; he has shown capacity as an Igbo leader. “In future, we expect that he will bring other Presidents to Igbo land; in the history of this country, no sitting governor has been able to b...