2023 elections: Only three APC aspirants qualified to run for president – Lawyer

Kayode Ajulo, a constitutional lawyer, has branded the emergence of many presidential candidates for the 2023 general elections as a good omen for the country. However, according to Ajulo, only three of the numerous All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirants are constitutionally qualified to contest the presidential election. He stated thisContinue Reading

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its special convention for the presidential primary from Sunday, 29th – Monday, 30th of May, 2020 to Monday, 6th – Wednesday, 8th of June, 2022. APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Felix Morka explained that the decision was in line with the Independent NationalContinue Reading

Abba Kyari safe in custody, NCoS maintains

•Refutes plot to transfer super cop to DSS facility The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) has said information making the rounds that suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Abba Kyari, was attacked by his fellow inmates in one of its correctional facilities, is false. Controller-General of Corrections, Haliru Nababa, made thisContinue Reading

Kano deputy governor, Gawuna emerges APC governorship candidate

Kano State Deputy Governor, Nasiru Gawuna has emerged governorship candidate of the All Progress Congress (APC) for 2023 general election in the state. Gawuna polled 2,289 votes to defeat his only opponent, Sha’aban Sharada, a member representing Kano Municipal Federal Constituency, who scored 30 votes. The Returning Officer and Chairman,Continue Reading

48 hours to APC presidential primary: Another shift likely over absence of screening, convention committee

Uncertainty trailing conduct of the special convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to nominate its presidential candidate for the 2023 general election is giving party members anxious moments as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deadline draws nearer. It was  gathered yesterday that there are strong indications thatContinue Reading

A capable successor ’ll be Buhari’s greatest legacy

Speaking in one of his many public lectures at the Harvard Business School, the late great management guru, Dr. Peter Drucker, once said, “There is no success without a successor,” emphasising that succession planning and transition is one of the major responsibilities of transcendent leaders. In other words, sustaining theContinue Reading

Family cries out as EFCC fails to interrogate Okorocha 24 hours after

The family of a former Imo State Governor and All Progressives Congress presidential aspirant, Rochas Okorocha, has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of failing to interrogate him 24 hours after his arrest. It  had earlier reported that EFCC operatives on Tuesday broke into Okorocha’s Abuja house after aContinue Reading

Presidential bid: Emefiele’s withdrawal on Buhari’s order, says source

Fresh facts have emerged on why the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, withdrew the suit he filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission and the Attorney-General of the Federation over his presidential ambition. A competent source told The PUNCH on Tuesday night that Emefiele withdrew the case basedContinue Reading

No evidence APC aspirants shared money to delegates, says Adamu

Following allegations of bribe-for-votes between aspirants of the All Progressives Congress and party delegates in different states, APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, on Wednesday has said there was no evidence to substantiate the claim. Adamu, who debunked the claim in an interview with Voice of America Hausa service, noted that heContinue Reading

Buhari backed Osinbajo on Daura’s removal, VP not religious bigot – Lawyer

Dr Kayode Ajulo is a constitutional lawyer and coordinator of Progressive Lawyers for Osinbajo, a group rooting for the presidency of the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo. In this interview with FRIDAY OLOKOR, he speaks on the Vice-President’s actions as Acting President, among other issues Can you allay the fears of thoseContinue Reading

Why South-East shouldn’t be denied Presidency because of IPOB – Ex-NIMASA DG, Agu

In this interview with SODIQ OYELEKE, a former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr Ferdinand Agu, offers reasons why the South-East should produce Nigeria’s next president. What’s your view about the South-East’s clamour for Presidency? I support, with every conviction and full enthusiasm, the quest by theContinue Reading

Why I lost PDP primary in Kogi -Dino Melaye

Former lawmaker, Dino Melaye, has blamed gang-up for his loss at the primary to elect the senatorial candidate for Kogi West on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. It has been  reported that the serving House of Representatives’ member representing Kabba-Buni/Ijumu Federal Constituency, defeated Melaye on Tuesday. Yusuf beatContinue Reading

Lawyer sues FG, 12 northern states for sharing in VAT realised from sale of alcohol

Human rights lawyer, Chief Malcom Omirhobo, has sued the Federal Government (FG), Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Lagos State government and its attorney general, and 12 other northern states and their attorneys general at the Federal High Court, Lagos, over-allocation of Value Added Tax (VAT) realised from the saleContinue Reading

2023: General Abubakar kicks against zoning, defends 1999 Constitution

As political parties begin primaries to elect their candidates, former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar has counselled them to rise above sectional sentiments and consider competence. To him, Nigeria at this stage of nationhood should not be debating zoning but should concentrate on getting any competent Nigerian, irrespectiveContinue Reading

Primaries: Confusion trails Buhari, governors meeting as APC adjusts timetable

The confusion within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was palpable, yesterday, when the National Working Committee (NWC) released yet another revised timetable and schedule of activities for the governorship, state House of Assembly, Senate and House of Representatives primary elections. The new schedule, which comes a day after theContinue Reading

Losing graft cases on technical grounds demoralising, EFCC tells judges

Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, yesterday, expressed concern about corruption cases being lost to technicalities at various courts nationwide. He maintained that the development might serve as a disincentive to the fight against economic and financial crimes. The EFCC chair made the submissionContinue Reading

Too late to sign amendment to Electoral Act, election observers’ coalition tells Buhari

• Ongoing primaries valid under existing laws, not affected by amendments, lawyers say A Coalition of Election Monitors and Observers (CEMO) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against assenting to the recent Electoral Act 2022 amendment bill because preparations for the 2023 general elections are already in full gears. The coalition,Continue Reading

2023 Presidency: APC to screen, prune number of aspirants

Barring last minute changes, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will today screen its presidential aspirants for the 2023 general elections after earlier postponements. This was announced, yesterday, by the National Organising Secretary of the party, Suleiman Argungu, in Abuja. He said the party will screen 28 presidential aspirants, thoughContinue Reading

Also, the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP and House of Representatives hopeful for Ideato North and South Federal Constituency, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, blamed the development on the alleged desperation of few top party leaders. He also called on the national leadership of the party to order the immediate arrest and investigation of the electoral officers from the party responsible for the missing results sheets for the conduct of wards’ three-man delegates congress and local government one-man national delegate congress. “The decision by INEC was a painful one for the Party but in line with the extant laws appears the only option for the PDP in view of the desperate circumstances,” Ugochinyere said. “The situation was a bag of mixed blessings as Imo PDP members can now sleep with both eyes closed because the desperate efforts to foist a fake delegates list on them is over and the Party can now begin its rebuilding process.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission has again invalidated the outcome of the local government and national delegate Congresses conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State over alleged malpractices and violation of extant laws.The Independent National Electoral Commission has again invalidated the outcome of the local government and nationalContinue Reading

How influential politicians get away with corruption

Govt suspends accountant general over alleged N80b fraud Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has condemned “the manipulation of the justice system to favour influential politicians facing corruption charges in Nigeria.” Falana stated this, yesterday, in a paper, titled, ‘Sentencing Rich and Poor Convicts In Nigeria: An Unbalanced Scale’, deliveredContinue Reading

SERAP to INEC: Prosecute perpetrators of vote buying in Ekiti election or face legal action

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has sent an open letter to Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) urging him to “promptly, thoroughly and effectively investigate allegations of vote buying by both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during last Saturday’sContinue Reading

INEC flays political parties on vote buying

PORT HARCOURT – INDEPENDENT National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said the unethical culture of vote buying in Nigerian politics was being instigated by political parties in the country. INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, for Rivers, Obo Effanga, who expressed the view Monday in Port Harcourt, said the electorate would notContinue Reading

18 political parties want 37-day extension of INEC’s primary election deadline

Nigeria’s 18 registered political parties under the aegis of Inter-Party Advisory Council IPAC have appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to tinker with its electoral timelines and shift the June 3 deadline for the conduct of primary elections by the parties. The parties are asking the electoral umpireContinue Reading

The principle officers of the Imo State House of Assembly on Friday presented Hon. Paul Emeziem representing Onuimo State Constituency as the new Speaker of the 27-member Assembly to Governor Hope Uzodimma.   It was on a day the removed Speaker, Rt. Hon. Chiji Collins also congratulated his successor, Rt.Continue Reading

End Sars ,police brutality, nigerian sars

Protests in Nigeria towards a police unit accused of human rights abuses have been anticipated to unfold to London this weekend, in an additional signal of the worldwide solidarity that has fashioned across the motion. As social media posts and native TV protection confirmed individuals take to the streets onceContinue Reading

hope UZODINMA

  Gov. Uzodimma has commended Imo Youths on their courage to embark on a peaceful protest against police brutality. The Imo State Governor, Uzodimma who was speaking to the protesters in front of the Government House, agrees with the genuineness of their complaints and grievances, and promised that they willContinue Reading