STRATEGISTS of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have proffered reasons they believe President Goodluck Jonathan is in a pole position ahead of his opponents in the forthcoming general election.
A strategic document prepared by the party ahead of the presidentâ€™s declaration today indicated that the Jonathan was not only the man to beat, but also way ahead of his would-be contenders at the February 2015 election.
The document read in part: â€œApart from being an incumbent, who would not have to
The Tony Obuh Campaign Organisation has dismissed claims by Kenneth Gbagi, a governorship aspirant that he is not a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it is sad that people who should know are distorting the truth to fester their selfish interests.
Reacting to a statement by an aspirant, Gbagi, who claimed all aspirants have ganged up against Sir Tony Obuh, Director-General of Obuhâ€™s campaign organisation, Chief Fred Majemite, dismissed claims of gang-up, explaining
A military helicopter with five people on board, on Monday, crashlanded in Riverside area of Damare of Girei Local Government Area, some few miles away from Yola, at about 9.30 a.m.
The helicopter was said to have only white people, four men and one woman on board, but only two sustained various degrees of injuries.
Effort to reach authorities concerned failed as the entire area was surrounded by military men, stopping anybody to go close to the scene.
One of the military men told journalists
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will not extend the November 14 deadline for the submission of expression of interest and nomination forms by aspirants into the various elected positions under the party.
A statement issued by the national publicity secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in Abuja, on Monday, said the clarification became necessary, in view of the numerous enquiries from party members.
â€œFollowing series of enquires by aspirants and party members, the National Working
TWO chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State, Honourable Isha Shaba Ibrahim and Honourable Aliyu Ibrahim, have dragged the national secretariat of the party to an Abuja High Court, seeking the nullification of the ward congress held in Lokoja/Koto federal constituency on November 1.
The party chieftains, according to the affidavit they filed before the court, were insisting that the ward congresses did not take place in accordance with the guidelines of the party,
ALL is now set for todayâ€™s formal declaration at the Eagle Square, Abuja, of President Goodluck Jonathan, to contest next yearâ€™s presidential election.
The Presidential Campaign Committee (PDC) was involved in last minute activities to ensure a seamless ceremony, where the president hopes to begin the process of renewing his mandate for another four years.
The Eagle Square is now wearing a new look, with workmen busy as of Monday afternoon, completing the installation of necessary devices
The National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Mohammed Dasuki (retired) has declared that, it will be difficult to have problem free elections until political parties are ready and committed to the principle of peaceful elections.
Dasuki made the declaration at a seminar for Eminent and Experts Group with the theme: â€œElections and Security In Nigeria: Towards an Effective National Strategy,â€ organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Plateau State.
He added that
FOLLOWING a suit filed by a lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, seeking to halt the ongoing coroner inquest into the collapse of a six-storey building within the premises of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), the Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday, fixed November 17, for judgment in the matter.
Trial judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, gave the judgment date after entertaining arguments from the applicant and the respondents.
It will be recalled that the sad incident occurred on September
THE no case submission instituted by former aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, will on November 17, be decided upon by Justice Rita Ofilli-Ajumogobia of a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
This position was made known on Monday by the judge, after counsel to the former minister, Ifedayo Adedipe, notified the court of an application for a no case submission filed on behalf of Fani-Kayode, against the money laundering charge made against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it is committed to ensuring that every properly registered voter gets his/her Permanent Voter Card (PVC) for the 2015 General Elections.
It also described as â€œcompletely falseâ€ the allegation that INEC had removed the records of 1.4 million persons from the Register of Voters compiled in 2011 in Lagos state.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Chairman, Kayode R. Idowu, the Commission said
FRESH crisis appeared to have hit the Cross Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the failure of the party to conduct local government congresses for the emergence of national delegates ahead of the national convention in December.
Some leaders of the party in the state had accused the state executive committee of locking out the election committee members sent from the national headquarters to monitor the local government congress on Saturday.
Sources in the party
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, in Lokoja, Kogi State, disclosed that safe and secure maritime domain are crucial to the countryâ€™s aspiration to be one of the first 20 economies of the world.
Speaking at the 2014 Chief of Naval Staff Annual Conference, in Lokoja, President Jonathan explained that apart from â€œour porous borders, the Nigerian maritime environment present another avenue for terrorists in the execution of their action which may affect the aspirations.â€
The Federal Government, on Monday, unfolded plans to begin clinical trials on some possible Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) vaccines by candidates of the treatment research groups.
This is just as it launched about 30 Ebola containment vehicles as part of its efforts to sustain the countryâ€™s victory over the disease.
Supervising Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, who spoke in Abuja, at the launch of the containment vehicles, said this came in through efforts of the treatment research groups
Lagos State chapter of Labour Party (LP) has said that it has what it takes to turn Nigeria around through full implementation of its manifesto.
Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Tony Okorocha, said this in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune, recalling that the governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, was able to achieve the feat in the state before he defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through implementation of the LPâ€™s manifesto and his own determination.
Okorocha, who noted
Crisis is now brewing in the ancient town of Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State over who becomes the traditional ruler of the town, after the demise of the former traditional ruler, Igwe Francis Chukwujindu.
Professor Osita Izukanne from Atani, who spoke to newsmen on Monday, said that an American based relation of the late traditional ruler, Chief Azuka Ngoddy, is claiming to be the right person to ascend the throne, which the elders and the youths of the town rejected.
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday remanded a Lagos businessman, Olisaemeka Osefor in prison over illegal importation, distribution and sales of fake and counterfeit drugs and cosmetics products.
Osefor, who was arraigned before Justice James Tsoho by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on a four-count charge bordering on counterfeit drug deal.
After the charge were read to him by the court registrar, the accused pleaded not guilty.
THE absence of Justice Evoh Chukwu of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday stalled the hearing of the suit the Federal Government filed against the chief executives of the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited and Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited for allegedly violating the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Act.
The chief executives could not be arraigned last Tuesday as planned because they were not served with court processes.
When the matter came up on Monday for hearing of the preliminary objection
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Alex Badeh, has said that he never sent any helicopter to his hometown in Adamawa State to evacuate members of his family hours before the fall of the town to Boko Haram insurgents.
In the same vein, he urged mass media practitioners to desist from lifting unsubstantiated items from social media and bloggers, who often did not know the difference between beer parlour gossip and news.
A statement posted on the blog of Nigerian Defence Headquarters (http://defenceinfo.mil.ng/)