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
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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.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen on Thursday stormed Bajoga and Ashaka in Gombe State raiding banks and burning government buildings as well as political party offices, residents told AFP.
Scores of gunmen dressed in military uniform arrived in Bajoga, 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Gombe city in a convoy of 20 vehicles at about 7 am (0600 GMT).
Troops managed to push out the attackers and they then drove towards the town of Ashaka five kilometres away near the border with Yobe state to the northeast.
MALACHY UZENDU, ABUJA
PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday described as “unfortunate and most unpatriotic” statements credited to former Head of State, Major- General MuhammaduBuhari, that the federal government has failed in tackling the problem of insurgency and that he will end the scourge if he is elected President.
EBOJELE AKHERE PATRICK, Benin
Tragedy struck at Aikhionbare axis of GRA on Wednesday afternoon, when gunmen killed a nephew of Edo South PDP Senatorial aspirant West Idahosa and his orderly, a police sergeant.
It was a pathetic sight at the residence of West Idahosa who was a three time member of the house of Representatives, as sympathizers wailed openly.
MUSA BABA AHMED, Abuja
Contrary to the belief in some quarters that the shifting of the resumption date for members of the House of Representatives from December 3rd to December 16th was due to the leadership tussle among lawmakers in the House, the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Leo Okuwe Ogor (PDP, Delta) has said that the decision was taken in the interest of all members.
Ogor in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Abuja stated that the move is purely about the impending party primaries involving majority of the members and as such has nothing to do with any individual.