The chance of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the Feb.23 presidential election to present 400 witnesses listed in their petition against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election within the remaining three days continued to tick away. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all parties in the matter had agreed to open and close their cases within specified period. The parties therefore agreed to workable modalities in the management of time to ensure the petition was dispensed within the 180 days allowed by the Electoral Act. Flowing from the agreement, the ten days allotted to the petitioners to open and close their argument which commenced on July 4 would expire on July 17. NAN reports that all the respondents were
A former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that Nigeria is a country without consequences, adding that citizens and voters have failed to hold politicians and leaders accountable for their actions and policies. Amaechi said that he knows politicians who have suddenly turned billionaires few months after taking up political positions. Amaechi who is also a former governor of Rivers State stated this during a panel session at the fifth edition of The Nigeria Symposium For Young and Emerging Leaders held in Lagos on Friday. Speaking on ineffective policies and extreme poverty, Amaechi explained that the country’s wealth has been in the pocket of an influential few and called for politicians to invest in infrastructure in order to create jobs and redu
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari says he will no longer nominate unknown persons for ministerial positions but only tested hands. The President said this In a maiden meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly, Buhari also said that only those tasted and capable of delivering on assigned mandates will make the ministerial list. At the meeting held at the new Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday night, Buhari said he was under intense pressure to constitute the Federal Executive Council (FEC). He however said despite the pressure, only those with track records, honesty and credibility would be appointed. “Many at this dinner meeting are saying they want to see the list of the proposed cabinet so that they can go on leave peace
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday admitted being under pressure to present the list of ministerial nominees to the National Assembly. He spoke last night over dinner with the leadership of the National Assembly. Senate President Ahmed Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila were at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to a source at the dinner, the President said he was under tremendous pressure to release the list. He reportedly said that many of the ministers he appointed in his first tenure were not known to him personally. The President was said to have expressed his plan “to appoint those he knows, have confidence in and that have the capacity to deliver”. President Buhari was quoted as saying: “Many at this dinner meeting are say
Amb. Godknows Boladei Igali ONE of the governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Amb. Godknows Igali, in an interview with Vanguard spoke among others on how he will consolidate on the achievements of Governor Seriake Dickson, if elected. What do you think you can do differently in the state? I wouldn’t say what I can do differently. Governor Dickson has done well. Government is a continuum and he (Dickson) has done his beat and haven done his beat, statutorily he has to go for somebody to come in and whoever comes in should not just do his beat, but twice or thrice of Dickson, and that is what I will bring on board. Why do I say so? I joined Federal Service as a carrier diplomat at the age of 22. I left Federal Service at the age of 55. Within th
(190709) -- ABUJA, July 9, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Policemen examine a burned car after a protest in Abuja, Nigeria, on July 9, 2019. Police authorities in Nigeria said 40 protesters were nabbed on Tuesday after an invasion of the national parliament by members of the Islamic Movement, also known as the Shi'ites Movement. A march for the release of the detained leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife turned violent when hundreds of protesters invaded the parliament in the capital. (Xinhua/Olatunji Obasa) Some members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday called on the federal government to release the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim Elzazaky. The members made the call while contributing to a motion of urgent public importance mo...
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday objected to the admission of documents containing his personal information to the presidential election petition tribunal. Mr Buhari’s objection was raised through his lawyer, Wole Olanipekun, at the continuation of the hearing on Monday. The personal information of the president included in his form, CF001, was part of documents meant for submission by the PDP, who is challenging Mr Buhari’s emergence as winner of the 2019 election. The form includes the president’s details that were submitted to INEC as part of criteria to qualify for the elections. Part of information contained in the form are Mr Buhari’s educational qualifications. Some Nigerians have argued that Mr Buhari lacks the requisite educational qualifications to con
The spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation in the 2019 election, Festus Keyamo SAN, has urged PDP presidential candidate in the election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar against jeopardizing the neutrality of the Supreme Court. Keyamo stated this in a tweet on Friday in reaction to Atiku’s stance on the Supreme Court judgement on the Osun State gubernatorial election. The court had declared the APC candidate, Gboyega Oyetola, as duly-elected Governor of the state, defeating the PDP and its candidate, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, who challenged the decision of the Court of Appeal that also affirmed Oyetola’s victory. Reacting to the judgement in a tweet, Atiku wrote, “Finally, I urge the nation’s judiciary to take a pulse of the nation and reflect it. “In their hands,
With the appearance of ex-president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s name in the Malabu case, the social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mrs Lauretta Onochie, Friday disclosed how disappointed she was on learning the alleged involvement of the former president in an international scandal case. Onochie via her tweeter handle narrated how disgraceful it is for Jonathan’s name to be mentioned in an International fraud case. Recall that in 2017, BuzzFeed quoted a 2017 excerpt of FBI submissions to Italian authorities wherein Mr Ednan Agaev, a former Russian diplomat, who is the middleman and defendant in the case, alleged that if the former Nigerian petroleum minister, Mr Dan Etete actually paid out bribes to Nigerian officials, “Agaev stated that he would think Pre
Immediate-past Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar has said that he only spent N1.2billion to procure funeral materials in six months, contrary to his successor’s claim that N2.3billion was expended for the purpose. The incumbent Governor, Bala Mohammed, made the accusation in a statement through his spokesman, Ladan Salihu, saying that his predecessor expended the money between January and May 2019. However, Abubakar denied his successor’s accusation, disclosing that only N1.2 billion was spent. He added that he inherited the practice of procuring funeral materials from his predecessors and decided to toe the line as it was well accepted by the people. Abubakar further said that the contracts for the purchase of the funeral materials followed due process.