Politics

Kenneth Okonkwo: I’m Not Quiting Acting For Politics..I’ll Win Enugu Governorship Election By God’s Grace

     Tweet   In this chat with Adeniyi Adewoyin, Nollywood actor cum politician Kenneth Okonkwo talks about his poltical ambition and other issues. See excerpts.. What projects are you working on now? I am trying to be the governor of Enugu State. That is the project I am working on now. I am trying to contest for the governorship of Enugu State under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC). Then of course, I am a movie guy, so there must always be a movie on ground and we are also trying to remake Living In Bondage so that I will finally break free. What inspired your political ambition? That is because we are in democracy and democracy should be for everybody. Everybody might not be in power at the same time but everybody should be in politics because you should decide what shoul...

Twitter will give political candidates a special badge during US midterm elections

Ahead of 2018 U.S. midterm elections, Twitter is taking a visible step to combat the spread of misinformation on its famously chaotic platform. In a blog post this week, the company explained how it would be adding “election labels” to the profiles of candidates running for political office. “Twitter has become the first place voters go to seek accurate information, resources, and breaking news from journalists, political candidates, and elected officials,” the company wrote in its announcement. “We understand the significance of this responsibility and our teams are building new ways for people who use Twitter to identify original sources and authentic information.” These labels feature a small government building icon and text identifying the position a candidate is running for and the s...

Bon Iver’s Manager Kyle Frenette Withdraws From Congressional Race

“Unfortunately, it is not my time,” he said announcing the news. Bon Iver‘s manager Kyle Frenette has withdrawn his candidacy to represent Wisconsin’s 7th district in Congress, he announced on Friday (May 25).  In a statement posted to his website and on social media, he cited personal reasons for backing out.  “I didn’t get into this race because I wanted to be a politician but because I wanted to be a representative,” he said. “I wanted to represent the people of the 7th District; to give back to this amazing place that’s given me so much. “Unfortunately, it is not my time. It is with a heavy heart I must withdraw my candidacy for Congress. Due to unforeseen circumstances in my life, I will not be able to continue giving this ca...

Return Nigeria to regionalism, Alaafin, Aare Adams, others tell FG

By Dapo AkinrefonIBADAN—THE Alaafin  of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Aare Onakakafo of Yoruba Land, Gani Adams; retired Archbishop of the Methodist Church, Ayo Ladigbolu and a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Tunji Alapini among others, yesterday, urged the Federal Government to return Nigeria to the regional system of government being operated in the country before the military coup d’état of 1966 before it would be too late. According to them, the current structure is a marriage of inconvenience which would continue to breed disunity, starvation, under-development, and insecurity. Gani Adams and the Alaafin of Oyo HRH Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III They said this at a conference on Food Security in Yoruba Land, tagged: ‘Protecting Yoruba Land’, organized by a Pan-Yoru...

U.S. and China reportedly working on a deal to save ZTE

The United States and China are said to be working on a deal that would keep ZTE from going out of business. According to the Wall Street Journal, the two countries have agreed on a “broad outline” of a deal to settle a trade dispute sparked when the Commerce Department banned American companies from selling to ZTE for seven years after it violated sanctions against Iran and North Korea. If the deal goes through, the U.S. would lift the ban. In return, ZTE would have to make major leadership changes and also potentially face heavy fines. The deal would enable its business to survive, however, since many of its most important suppliers, including Qualcomm, are American and the ban has the potential to cause irreversible damage to its business. ZTE is also the fourth-largest vendor of mobile...

Ekiti APC gov primary was a charade, says group

By Onozure Dania A pressure group within  Ekiti State All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti Newbreed Politicians Association, ENPA, has described the May 12 governorship primary election of the party, which produced Dr. Kayode Fayemi, as “a charade,” noting that  it will explore all legal means to make the victory short-lived. APC ENPA in a statement in Lagos by its Coordinator, Prince Seyi Ogunrogba, said the group has empirical evidence to prove that the election was massively rigged through a touted ‘federal might’ and that the Governor Tanko Al-Makura led-electoral committee was hugely compromised. It, however, did not state the evidence it has. The group tasked the APC National Working Committee headed by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to immediately review the exercise...

APC FG plans to assassinate me, says Gov Wike

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has alerted Nigerians that the APC Federal Government is plotting to assassinate him in a crowd and claim accidental discharge. The Governor of Rivers state, Wike The governor made the revelation during the third year anniversary thanksgiving service of the Wike administration at Living Faith Church in D-Line, Port Harcourt on Sunday. He said: “Intelligence report available to us as at this morning indicate that they are plotting to assassinate me in a crowd and claim it was accidental discharge “. The governor said that the plots of the APC Federal Government and her associates will not intimidate him as he remains committed to the defence of democracy and Rivers State. He said that the plot will fail, because God will con...

2019: Nasarawa APC stakeholders endorse Buhari for 2nd term

Keffi (Nasarawa State) – Governor Tanko Al-Makura of and other major stakeholders in Nasarawa State on Sunday endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term to consolidate on the gains of his laudable achievements. Al-Makura made this known on Sunday in Keffi during a rally organised by a youth group known as ‘Nasarawa State APC Youth Awareness Group’, to endorse Sen. Abdullahi Adamu for a third term at the National Assembly. Buhari’s supporters in Jigawa State. The governor said that the endorsement of Buhari by the people was because of his laudable achievements which have direct bearing on the lives of Nigerians. He said that Adamu was also endorsed for a third terms because of his track record of achievements, urging the people of the western senatorial zone...

Nigeria not at US embassy relocation event in Jerusalem -Presidency

…As Minister queries Nigerian envoy to Israel By Johnbosco AgbakwuruABUJA – THE presidency Friday night said that Nigeria was not present when the United States officially relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday contrary to media report. Jerusalem A top Presidency official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told journalists in Abuja that the Federal Government had written to a foreign medium, Al Jazeera, demanding a retraction of its story that listed Nigeria as one of the countries represented at the event. The Presidency official disclosed that based on the report, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, queried the Nigerian Ambassador to Israel to explain his presence at the event. According to the source, “Based on that report, th...

I can attest to PMB’s history of honesty – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani has said that he can attest to President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘history of honesty’ Shehu Sanni Sani on his Tweeter handle yesterday said that ‘as a man born in Kaduna where PMB lived,I can attest to his history of honesty & moral uprightness/ He also named some others who are honest Nigerians like President Buhari, saying ‘we have good people in our country everywhere’ ‘But there are other Nigerians who are equally upright; Gowon,Adamu Ciroma,Balarabe Musa,Usman Jibrin,Yohanna Madaki,Aliyu Jamaa etc.We have good people in our country everywhere’ he tweeted. He also gave his opinon on the Senate vs Omo-Agege saga saying ‘I’m of the view and will insist that the senate should respect the court order given in respect of the suspended Senator, to set a...

Late-Night Hosts Tee Off on Opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

After a violent day of protests along the Gaza border fence that coincided with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, late-night hosts weighed in on the building’s relocation from Tel Aviv. On The Late Show on CBS, host Stephen Colbert joked of the break with tradition, “Now we just have to destabilize Antarctica, and we’ll have global-crisis bingo.”  Noting that President Trump could not be at the opening of the embassy Monday, Colbert said, “Instead, he sent Peace-Treaty Barbie and Collusion Ken,” as a picture of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner filled the screen. Colbert then played a clip of Kushner speaking, overlaid with audio of a comically high-pitched voice reading his speech. TONIGHT: The president couldn’t be there in person so he ...

Fayemi faces Fayose’s man: Battle of the eggheads

Dr. Kayode Fayemi who last Saturday emerged as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the July 14 governorship candidate was quick to make profuse apologies to the people of the state over perceived errors committed during his first term. Dr. Fayemi’s apology was in the wake of perceptions that he could be on a vengeance mission if he wins the election and becomes governor. The outgoing governor of the state, Mr. Ayodele Fayose is, however, taking joy in the emergence of Fayemi as the candidate of the APC affirming that Fayemi is a known commodity for him. Even though Fayose is not a candidate in the election, his name, image and person is going to reign supreme in the forthcoming election. Prof. Kolapo Eleka who days earlier emerged as the candidate of...