If mention was to be made of a formidable opposition political party in Taraba state before the last few days, All Progressives Congress, APC would certainly come to mind. Even as the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP has continued to form government of the state since the return of democracy in 1999. Most of those who parade themselves in APC, if carefully traced, could be known to have been members of the PDP who felt aggrieved for one thing or the other and decided to dump the party for APC.
The agitation for the recall of non- Abia indigenes sacked by Abia State government from its public service in 2011 resurrected last week as the disengaged workers took to the streets of Aba to press home demands for their recall.
It will be recalled that Governor Orji had in September 2014 during the visit of the Association of All States Residents in Umuahia to his office promised to reinstate the workers numbering over 3000 in order to alleviate their sufferings.
Many towns and villages in Osun State have intensified their agitations for new councils, following the announcement by Governor Rauf Aregbesola recently that additional Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) may be created to expand the scope of grassroots democracy. Osun State has the highest number of urban towns in the country. Thus, in the Southwest, it also has the highest number of local governments listed in the 1999 Constitution.
David Edebiri is one of the many Chiefs of the Oba’s Palace in Benin City holding the title of Esogban. A politician who does not hide his support for his party, he is not new to controversy. He claims every time he speaks, to be the mouthpiece of Benin people. Yet he has never called a forum where Benin people’s opinions were sought before he concludes on their thoughts.
In the year 2000, President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Dr. Abel Guobadia, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and by 2005, he retired making history as the first, and so far, only Chairman of the Electoral Commission since Nigeria’s independence in 1960, to complete his tenure.
One thing currently in contention in Bauchi is the probability of the ruling party, PDP, to win elections in the state with the serious rift between two giant chieftains of the party as a result of clash of interest, which many people believe that may definitely consume the party and deny it the chance to maintain its leadership role in the state.
For many, starting a business is the professional dream of a lifetime. While thousands of businesses are launched every day, history shows a pretty high failure rate. Yet, despite the odds, the vast majority of business owners would rather risk potential failure than never take the leap, based on what I heard on my virtual small business listening “tour” across the country.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, stated late last year that Nigerians should henceforth view the country as a non-oil producing nation and explore other sources of revenue. She made this statement as a result of the global decline in the price of oil. Between June and December 2014 oil prices plummeted 60% from $115 per barrel to $48 per barrel. At the meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries held on November 27, OPEC failed to reach agreement on production curbs.
In Nigeria, youths make up about 60% of the entire population thus, are required to contribute immensely in selecting credible candidates to fill the various political positions in the country. This calls for proper education of the electioneering process and the ability to tell which candidate is right. There have been calls by various religious leaders, organisations and elderly people, for proper sensitisation of the youths against participating in election violence.
In the on-going political calculus, Aba is Abia State and Abia State is Aba. In effect, anything that touches on Aba touches the heart of Abia State. The economic significance of the town cannot be overemphasised and politicians are acutely aware of his fact. That Aba is now a campaign issue for the various parties gubernatorial candidate who are jostling to wrestle power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP is no surprise.