INEC fixes August 11 for Bauchi South bye election

By Rita Michael


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared August 11, 2018 for the Bauchi South Senatorial Bye-Election.

  Bauchi State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Ibrahim Abdullahi, disclosed this on Thursday during stakeholders’ meeting in Bauchi.

  According to Abdullahi, the commission received a formal communication from the National Assembly on July 13, 2018, declaring vacancy in the Bauchi South Senatorial district by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Protesters shut down Owerri over plot to impeach Imo deputy governor

Hundreds of protesters yesterday took over the major streets of Owerri, the Imo State capital, to register their grievances over the state assembly’s plot to impeach the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, through trumped up charges.

 The protesters had taken over the streets of Owerri as early as 6am, chanting protest songs, accusing Governor Rochas Okorocha of masterminding what they termed as kangaroo charges against his deputy, who is seen in many quarters as innocent of the charges being leveled against him.

Afenifere, South-South, Ohaneze Ndigbo leaders denied landing permit for Middle Belt rally

Leaders of three major social-cultural organisations in the southern part of Nigeria were allegedly denied landing permit to grace the Middle-Belt conference in Makurdi the Benue state capital.

Chairman of the Middle-Belt Forum, Elders Forum, Air Commandore (rtd) Dan Suleiman who disclosed this while speaking at the Middle-Belt rally in Makurdi said, leaders were left stranded at the airport for five hours.

Saraki is a double agent, says APC

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has been challenged to declare where he belongs in the current realignments going on in the All Progressives Congress (APC).

  The challenge was contained in a statement released on Sunday by the APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Yekini Nabena.

  Nabena accused Saraki of playing the role of a double agent in APC, saying he is free to associate with whomsoever he chooses but he must do so according to the rules of the game, and not try to destroy the party.

Breaking: Benue governor dumps APC

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The governor disclosed this on Monday at the Government House in Makurdi while swearing in his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jerome Torshimbe.

Explaining the reasons behind his action, the governor said he has been sent out of APC and is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.

Breaking: PDP's guber candidate Eleka finally casts his vote after card reader glitch

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olusola Kolapo Eleka, has eventually cast his vote after few hours of card reader glitch.

The Independent Electoral Commission’s (INEC) card reader had initially failed to read Eleka’s Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

Meanwhile, Ekiti residents are trooping out in their large numbers to cast their vote for their preferred candidates in today’s make or mar governorship election

We will defect with Dogara, say Dass, Tafawa Balewa, Bogoro constituents

By Rita Michael

Imo 2019: Waiting for Frank Nneji

By Valentine Amanze

Since the creation of Imo State in 1976 poor leadership has been its bane; only the second republic, which began in 1979, was unique. Reason: The then governor, the late Chief Sam Onunaka Mbakwe, made the difference with his people-orientated leadership.

His legacy in a four-year tenure, which was truncated by the military junta then led by General Muhammadu Buhari, is yet to be rivaled by subsequent administrations in the state.

Tension in Imo over deputy governor’s impeachment

Tension soared on Wednesday over the impeachment process against Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere, as a committee set up by the State House of Assembly to investigate the allegations levelled against him summitted its report and was adopted by the House.

This was as protesters blocked the Imo House of Assembly complex, condemning the planned impeachment of the deputy governor.

In the same vein, police deployed to the assembly, also barred scores of journalists from covering the sitting.


How Fayose escaped assassination attempt, by Ekiti govt

By Valentine Amanze