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2019: Saraki mulls presidential bid, promises change

2019: Saraki mulls presidential bid, promises change

2018-08-16 09:42:59

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has said that he is considering contesting the 2019 presidential election, adding that he believes he can “make the change.” Saraki, who stated this in an interview with Bloomberg, expressed concerns about the invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the Department of State Services. Bloomberg quoted the Senate President as saying, “I am consulting and actively considering it …I believe I can make the change.” Saraki, who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party, said all Nigerians should be concerned about the invasion of the… continue reading


Lagos All Progressives Congress opts for direct primary for 2019 elections

Lagos All Progressives Congress opts for direct primary for 2019 elections

2018-08-15 12:39:49

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has affirmed the decision of the party to use direct primary for next year’s elections in the state. He said members would use their membership card or slip based on the party register to vote in the direct primary. Tinubu, who spoke at a special stakeholders’ meeting at the party’s secretariat in Agidingbi yesterday, said the party would soon commence registration of new members throughout the state. The party’s national leader, who commended the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for his prompt intervention on national issues, berated former President… continue reading


APC lawmakers set for Saraki’s impeachment

APC lawmakers set for Saraki’s impeachment

2018-08-15 12:21:54

During a meeting with APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers, the legislators from both chambers of the assembly vowed they would deploy their numerical strength to achieve the goal ‘‘in the interest of the country.’’ Oshiomhole, who thanked the lawmakers for keeping faith with the ideals of the party, stressed that with APC’s 196 of the 360-strong House of Representatives and 56 of 109 senators, the coast was clear to take binding decisions. He faulted claims that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was behind the siege by security operatives on the assembly complex last… continue reading


INEC okays 91 parties for 2019 polls, disqualifies 121

INEC okays 91 parties for 2019 polls, disqualifies 121

2018-08-15 09:12:14

No fewer than 91 political parties are expected to participate in the general elections in 2019 as the Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday approved the registration of 23 new political parties. The National Commissioner and Member, Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Mohammed Haruna, said this in a statement shortly after INEC’s regular meeting in Abuja. The 23 newly registered parties are Advanced Alliance Party, Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party, African Action Congress, Alliance for a United Nigeria, Alliance of Social Democrats, Alliance National Party, Allied People’s Movement, and Alternative Party of Nigeria. The others are Change Nigeria Party, Congress Of… continue reading


PDP alleges fresh plot to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu

PDP alleges fresh plot to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu

2018-08-13 10:55:16

The Peoples Democratic Party claims it has again uncovered a plot by the All Progressives Congress and a group in the Presidency to use security agencies and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to invite, arrest and detain the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. The PDP also claimed it had unravelled fresh facts confirming that the pressure by the Presidency for the reconvening of the Senate was out of an alleged sinister motive and not for any emergency in the approval of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 elections.… continue reading


PDP alleges fresh plot to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu

PDP alleges fresh plot to arrest Saraki, Ekweremadu

2018-08-13 10:55:13

The Peoples Democratic Party claims it has again uncovered a plot by the All Progressives Congress and a group in the Presidency to use security agencies and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to invite, arrest and detain the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. The PDP also claimed it had unravelled fresh facts confirming that the pressure by the Presidency for the reconvening of the Senate was out of an alleged sinister motive and not for any emergency in the approval of the budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission for the 2019 elections.… continue reading


I won’t contest any post in 2019 –Lai Mohammed

I won’t contest any post in 2019 –Lai Mohammed

2018-08-10 11:20:12

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has ruled out the possibility of contesting any position in 2019. He said that his task was to work with like minds to wrest power from the current political leadership in Kwara State. Mohammed spoke on Thursday during a stakeholders’ meeting in Ilorin, the state capital. He urged Kwarans and the electorate to remain united, adding that they could take power from the current leadership in the state. Though he did not specifically mention the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, observers of politics in the state described Saraki as the leader… continue reading


APC justifies DSS action, Saraki, others urge probe

APC justifies DSS action, Saraki, others urge probe

2018-08-09 08:47:24

Short of withdrawing its earlier statement condemning the invasion of the National Assembly by the Department of State Services (DSS), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday backed the action, saying it was aimed at frustrating an alleged plot by Senate President Bukola Saraki to stir violence as a ploy to stop his impeachment. Unwittingly, the APC seemed to have admitted there was indeed a move to sack the Senate president. “Why did the Senate president reconvene the National Assembly? Ostensibly, it was a pre-emptive move to frustrate federal lawmakers’ effort to impeach him,” APC’s acting national publicity secretary, Yekini… continue reading


Akpabio, four lawmakers, two commissioners, others defect

Akpabio, four lawmakers, two commissioners, others defect

2018-08-09 08:43:18

The Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West in the National Assembly, Godswill Akpabio, who officially defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday, said his defection was done to link Akwa Ibom State to the centre. Four lawmakers consisting two from the House of Representatives and two from the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly also defected to the All Progressives Congress from the People’s Democratic Party. The legislators include a member from Abak Federal Constituency, Mr Emmanuel Ikon; a member from Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency, Emmanuel Akpan; a member from the Essien Udim State Constituency,… continue reading


Defection: Akpabio meets Buhari in London

Defection: Akpabio meets Buhari in London

2018-08-06 08:30:29

The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, on Sunday, visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom. The meeting came at a time there are reports that the former Akwa Ibom State Governor will be defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling All Progressives Congress this week. The Head of Digital Communication of the Presidency, Tolu Ogunlesi, confirmed the meeting between the President and Akpabio in London on Sunday on his Tweeter handle, @toluogunlesi. Ogunlesi tweeted: “Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio, Senator representing the Akwa Ibom North West District, and Senate Minority Leader, today in London met with PMB.” He… continue reading


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