•Shootout in Lagos
•Ladoja emerged Oyo AP gov. candidate
Former Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, on emerged the governorship candidate of the PDP in Rivers State, in a peaceful primary conducted at Community Secondary School, Nkpolu in Port Harcourt Local Government Area.
Wike, scored 1,083 votes, while Dumbari Dimkpa came a distant second with 21 votes.
West Ibinabo got three votes while Emmanuel Georgewill and Lee Maeba got one vote each.
But 17 out of the 24 governorship aspirants boycotted the poll.
DEPUTY Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha will deliver this year’s Champion Better Society Lecture on Friday at Jesus Christ Arena, Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The high profile event has a former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida as Father of the Day, the national chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, chairman; Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, chief host and Abia State Governor, Chief T. A. Orji as the host.
The Federal Government has ordered the release of the Chad-bound Russian aircraft detained at the Aminu Kano Airport in Kano, hours after it said it was not in a hurry to let the aircraft go.
PR Nigeria, an agency that circulates press statements for Nigerian security agencies, had quoted an unnamed top security official as telling it that “Nigeria has no reason to release the aircraft and its cargo until investigation is concluded”.
As the Nigerian troops continue to sustain their offensives against terrorists in North-Eastern Nigeria, more arrests have been made.
Some of the recent arrest include professional cameramen for the terrorist group who are experts in photo, video recording and filming of their attacks on communities and atrocities against innocent citizens.
SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
President GoodluckEbele Jonathan yesterday said in Abuja that Nigeria’s Armed Forces and security agencies will sustain and intensify ongoing operations against insurgents in the north-eastern states to improve security ahead of the 2015 general elections.
AS expected Akinwunmi Ambode, the man widely believed to have been anointed by Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos governor and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress [APC], has picked the ticket to contest the governorship election in 2015 defeating in the process 12 challengers..Akinwunmi polled 3,735 votes.
Obafemi Hamzat took the second position with 1,201 votes.
MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja
IJAW National leader, Chief Edwin Clark, yesterday, raised the alarm over the life of President Goodluck Jonathan claiming that the level of bitterness among some members of the All Progressives Congress APC could push them to either kill or poison him.Though he did not provide any forensic evidence, the elder statesman, who spoke in Abuja during a conference organised by pressure group within the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP), ‘Ward2Ward Initiative’, he further opined that some utterances of members of APC in the face of the biting insecurity shows that they are not patriotic Nigerians.
MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja
•Inaugurates Convention Planning Committee
EXCEPT sound reasoning prevails, immediate-past national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, may be expelled from the party.
Already, the National Working Committee, NWC of the party after its 395th meeting yesterday slammed one month suspension on the embattled former national chairman.
Tukur, has joined the league of former PDP national chairman, who received ‘a baptism of fire’ after being asked to step aside.
KAYODE OBISANYA, Abeokuta
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday met with five Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors led by Godswill Akpabio behind closed door for several hours at his Abeokuta,Ogun State residence even as he said that the task of salvaging Nigeria required all hands to be on deck.
‘’This country is ours and we don’t have any alternative,’’ he said.
MALACHY UZENDU, Depyuty Editor, Abuja
FORMER Vice-President and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar yesterday declared that he has fully reconciled with his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The former Vice President also identified waste, poor management and failure to diversify the economy by the Goodluck Jonathan administration as the major causes of the adverse economic impact arising from the fall in oil crude price.