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IN a deft move to stall any immediate move by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the House, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, after announcing his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), adjourned the plenary session of the House till December 3.
Before his defection, it was learnt that Tambuwal had perfected what to do with a meeting with his loyalists in Kaduna, at the weekend.
KANO State governor and one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Tuesday, declared his intention to vie for the presidential ticket of his party, saying that to save Nigeria is a difficult task.
The governor, however, vowed to save the country from deteriorating condition if given the opportunity to lead.
Kwankwaso, who stated this during his official declaration to seek APC presidential ticket, ahead the partyâ€™s presidential primaries,
THE defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has indeed opened a new vista in the gerrymandering ahead the 2015 election. Coming less than four months to another crucial round of elections in the country, the action is bound to create seamless eddies not just within ambits of the political parties but also among other major stakeholders in the Nigerian project.
THE First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Tuesday, said she did not campaign for former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, neither did she have political favourite.
She warned mischief makers and political jobbers to desist from dropping her name for their political survival and fortunes.
This was contained in a statement signed by her media assistant, Mr Ayo Adewuyi, in Abuja, in reaction to some media reports against the First Lady.
According to the alleged report, Mrs Jonathan had requested
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has described arguments of former military head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo on religious formation of presidential ticket in the 2015 general election as wrong and unconstitutional.
Speaking at the 26th annual national education conference of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) in Ilorin, on Tuesday, the vice-president of NLC, Isa Aremu, said Nigerians should not be divided
SOME parents and relatives of the abducted students of Government Secondary School (GSS), Chibok, Borno State, have appealed to the Boko Haram sect to fulfil its promise of releasing their daughters.
They made the appeal in telephone interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.
Mr Shettima Haruna, one of the parents of the abducted girls, said they had suffered in silence for the past six months because of the abduction.
â€œWe have suffered immensely due to the abduction of our girls
THE National Assembly, on Tuesday, formally transmitted the amended sessions of the 1999 Constitution to speakers of the 36 state houses of Assembly.
Senate President, David Mark, who made the formal presentation at a brief ceremony held at the conference centre of the new Senate building, said the National Assembly had passed the ball to the court of the state lawmakers.
The state assemblies, according to him, should do their job expeditiously and with interest of Nigeria at heart.
Mark, who was
SENATORS resolved on Tuesday to raise the sum N20 million in support of people who have been displaced from their homes, as a result of Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
While adopting a motion of urgent national importance, raised by the Deputy Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi, the Senate resolved to contribute the sum to assist the affected Nigerians.
The lawmakers also urged the Federal Government to double efforts in providing relief materials to the affected people and also solicit assistance
DR Abdul Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, son of late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, on Tuesday, made good his threat to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), despite the party reserving it for the president.
He paid N22 million for the expression of interest and nomination forms, but was unable to pick them up during his visit to the national secretariat of the PDP in Abuja, on Tuesday, as he was informed that the forms were not available.
THE Board of Trustees and administrators of the Nigerian Media Merit Awards (NMMA) have rescheduled the award ceremonies from between October 31 and November 2.
A release signed by NMMAâ€™s general administrator, Mr Olusoga Busola and made available to the Nigerian Tribune, on Tuesday, said the award presentation would hold between November 7 and 9, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The release explained that the shift, done in agreement with the Imo State government, which is hosting the event,
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has approved the creation of a new office of Deputy Group Managing Director of the corporation.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in Abuja on Tuesday, said it was in furtherance of ongoing efforts to transform the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into a commercially-driven entity.
It added that Jonathan has also approved the appointment of Mr Bernard Otti, the NNPCâ€™s current Group Executive
A high powered special team put together to unravel the mystery behind alleged involvement of President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ayo Oritsejafor and Alhaji Mujahideen Asari-Dokubo in the botched $9.3 million arms deal in South Africa has cleared both men of any complicity in the matter.
A private aircraft, belonging to Oritsejafor, last month conveyed some unnamed persons and the cash to South Africa ostensibly to purchase arms from the black market to help bolster Nigeriaâ€™s
A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, adjourned till November 11 the trial of Femi Fani-Kayode on charges of money laundering.
Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, is standing trial on amended 40-count charges.
He is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The suit, which was earlier fixed for hearing of addresses of counsel, was on Tuesday further adjourned by the court till November 11.
No reason was given for the adjournment.
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FORMER Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, has assured all aspirants on the platform of the party in Oyo State of a level-playing field in the primaries.
In a statement issued on Tuesday in Ibadan, Adeojo said: â€œI want to assure all aspirants that the party leadership will ensure that free and fair primaries are conducted for all categories of elective positions in the state.
â€œIt is important to clarify this because of all sorts of misinformation
THE Ekiti State government has lamented the inauguration of Oba Adjugbe Hospital in Ado Ekiti that is yet to be completed, by former vice president Atiku Abubakar on the invitation of former governor Fayemi.
The hospital was inaugurated by Alhaji Abubakar on October 6 as part of activities to celebrate Fayemiâ€™s fourth anniversary in office and winding down activities.
But the state government under Governor Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday, lamented in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti
THE All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State chapter, on Tuesday, warned their counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against spreading falsehood, capable of causing anarchy through unfounded information about the election petition tribunal.
It maintained that the PDP in the state was â€œgravitating towards creating anarchy in the community through a wickedly relentless propagation of lies, capable of destabilising the state.â€
In a statement endorsed by the APCâ€™s director of publicity,
THE Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnic, Ibadan Chapter, has elected new officers that will spearhead the affairs of the body for the next two years.
The election, which was described as the freest and fairest took place at the assembly halls of the North and South campuses of the institution.
At the end of the election process, Kelani Ajadi of Urban and Regional Planning Department emerged as Chairman, Adunola Najeemdeen from Mass Communication Department as General Secretary, Olagoke Olawale
LAGOS State government has ordered chairmen of local government areas and local council development areas to hand over to council managers in their respective councils.
This was as the three-year statutory tenure of all local government chairmen and councillors in the state expired on Tuesday.
In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lateef Ibirogba, all affected officials, including supervisors, council secretaries and other political appointees, are legally required
FORMER Minister of Transport and a governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2011 elections in Rivers State, Dr Abiye Sekibo, has allayed fears over his purported death.
The former minister, debunking the rumour, early on Tuesday morning, that he was dead, said he â€œI am alive, hale and hearty.â€
An online media, 247ureports.com, quoting a close family associate, had, in a very short message, reported that Sekibo died on Monday morning, on his way out of the