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STEVE OKO, Umuahia.
A reactions still trail the recent call by a radical Catholic priest, the Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka , urging President Goodluck Jonathan to step down for Gen. Mohammed Buhari ( retd)  at the February 14 Presidential election, the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio- cultural organisation, Ohaneze  Ndigbo , has warned the priest to retract the controversial remarks .  

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Yishawu Gbolahan representing Eti-Osa II has opined that the tax system in Nigeria needs to be revisited to address the slump in the international price of oil. Our correspondent, IBRAHIM KADIRI reports in this interview that the lawmaker notes that the refusal of United States to buy Nigeria crude oil is tantamount to sanction. Excerpts…   

From the National Conference that was convoked by the Federal Government to address the imbalance in the polity to the various impeachments, rising state of insecurity, defections and invasion of the National Assembly by police personnel, the year ending was as politically remarkable. JOHN SILAS reports

PDP elects new chairman
The year 2014 kicked off with the change of guard in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in January. In a move that shocked many, though unexpected, given the leadership crisis in the party, its then National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur resigned his position on January 15.
Tukur bowed   to pressures on him to resign as national chairman after a protracted battle for the soul of the party between him and some of the governors.
The wrangling had earlier (November 2013) led to the defection of five, out of the seven aggrieved governors of the PDP otherwise known as G7 to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja

BICKERING, bad-blood, vice. These are the three words that could describe the relationship existing, between the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the main opposition political party, the All Progres­sives Congress (APC).
For all they care, they have the license to abuse themselves, engage in the most atrocious gutter language in the description of the activities of one another and can employ every available label and smear campaign against one another.

EMMANUEL AWARI, Jalingo

Taraba State Acting Governor Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi has presented a draft budget of N97, 319, 103, 027.00 to the State House of Assembly with the total revenue projection of the 2015 estimated at N97,319, 103, 027.00 which comprises internally generated revenue estimate of N4, 528,926,649.00, federation Account Allocation of N52, 972,971,511.00, Refund of N 25,680,000, 000.00 form the federal Government for federal road projects executed by the state Government, Aids and Grants at N7,169,340,272.00 while the sum of N 6,967,864,595.00 from loans.

INNOCENT OKONKWO

Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has warned those parading themselves as party officials to desist from such forthwith.
The party in a statement made available to Daily Champion yesterday regretted that such impostors always appear whenever election is around the corner. The statement was signed by the state publicity secretary of the party, Mr. Sanjo Olawuyi.

JUSTICE Theresa Uzoamaka Uzokwe has been sworn-in as the substantive Chief  Judge of Abia State.   Before now she has acted twice in the capacity as the Abia State Chief judge.      Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Judge at the executive council chambers of the Government House, Umuahia, Governor Theodore Orji said the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria vested on the Governor, the state House of Assembly, the Judicial Service Commission and the National Judicial Council (NJC) the power of appointing an acting or substantive Chief Judge and in keeping with section 271(5) of the 1999 Constitution appointed Justice Uzokwe the new chief judge of Abia state

IBRAHIM KADIRI
THE governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday said the laudable achievements of the state governor, Babatunde Fashola is not complete without mentioning the contribution of the speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji.      Ambode said this during his visit to the Assembly on the Speaker of the House, Adeyemi Ikuforiji and other members of the House at Lateef Jakande Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja.   

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