Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 14:57
The merriment seems to have been over for People’s Democratic Party in Nigeria after a period of unbroken 16 years rule. The evidence of this is the on-going furore over its defeat in the March 28 and April 11 presidential and governorship elections and clamour for the party’s national chairman-Adamu Mu’azu’s led NWC to resign. After initial hard stance, the embattled chairman supposedly embarked on a medical trip abroad from where he has been making overtures to assuage aggrieved members to sheathe their swords having allegedly destroyed the African largest party. - By Jude Orji
The sudden crash of the ruling People’s Democratic Party-PDP 16
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:58
The continental and global outrage that greeted violence in South Africa against fellow black African immigrants in the past weeks is seen as a long knife deep into the bond that holds the continent together. Many observers see the ugly development as the return of ‘Apartheid’ policy in that region of the African continent. The inability of President Zuma to take decisive action to end the attacks, anchored on his dilemma of getting re-elected in next year’s general elections, has been roundly condemned too by observers of African politics. Critics also say it is a departure from the country’s national anthem ‘God bless Africa’. For Nigeria, it is another slap on her face for her timeless ‘big-brother’ sacrifices in Africa, particularly in South Africa. - By Jude Orji
AN ORGY IN EVERY RAMIFICATION
No doubt, the entire continent of Africa especially Nigeria was taken aback penultimate Thursday by brutality and violence attacks South Africans meted out to other African immigrants over allegation that the foreigners have virtually taken over their jobs in their own country by taking lower wages. This was blamed on the alleged call by Kwa Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini that foreigners should ‘’go back to their countries’’. Though, this Zulu king has denied that he was misquoted.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:49
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State narrowly escaped being impeached by the state house of assemblythree weeks to the end of his eight-year rule for allegedly obtaining N11 billion loan on his way out without house’s approval. It would have been a tragic end of his administration but time was not on the side of the lawmakers. Respite came his way through the governor-elect, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who brokered a-two week cease fire between the two factions created by the face-off in the legislature to enable a smooth transition in the state. Jude Orji reports the intrigues that played out.
The impeachment notice served Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State by 15 members of the 24 State House of Assembly penultimate Monday barley three weeks to the exit date of the embattled governor is a reminder to the once two allies that power is transient. Indeed, things might have fallen apart between the former two arms of government who critics accused of mortgaging the future of the state with too many loans. The Group of 15 led by the Speaker Hon. Eugine Odo, had accused Chime of forgery, inflation of funds for state projects and unlawful acquisition of public landed property.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 04/20/2015 - 18:12
High hopes and expectations are the two most appropriate words that aptly describe the thunderous ovation that greeted emergence of retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, as winner of last presidential election held on March 28, 2015 throughout Nigeria. But as they say, “after the storm comes the calm”. Now that the reality of dealing with the Nigerian Project is rife, the President-Elect has become the central focus of national debate and the summary of it all is whether or not he can truly fix Nigeria, 30 years after his first stint as the country’s Head of State... - By Dapo Olaosebikan
AS THE WATCHER BECOMES THE WATCHED…
In the annals of Nigerian history, peoples’ response to change of leadership at the central has only elicited wild jubilation across the land comparably on two occasions. The first was after the announcement of the abrupt demise of Nigeria’s maximum military ruler, General Sani Abacha in 1997, while the second was the announcement by Professor Attahiru Jega of the victory of retired General Muhammadu Buhari at the March 28 presidential election in the country.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:12
The sacrifice of President Goodluck Jonathan in conceding defeat to keep the country one is legendary. The antithesis to this was the threat and call for genocide against South-easterners by the Oba of Lagos-Rilwanu Akiolu, on the last gubernatorial election in Lagos. There is palpable fear that Nigeria may be on the verge of perdition if Nigerians fail to learn from mistakes of the 2015 general elections. ...By Jude Orji
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 13:29
The dislodged terrorists in the northeastern Nigeria are in disarray as the nation’s military fire power hits them hard continuously courtesy the collaborations of neighbouring Chadian, Niger and Camerounian forces. Interestingly Chadian President Idris Deby has confessed that he knows where Abubakar Shekau is hiding. Will Deby smoke out Shekau to end the terrorists’ occupation of the Lake Chad Basin? - By Dapo Olaosebikan And Jude Orji
NEW OFFENSIVE AGAINST BOKO HARAM
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:11
The controversies trailing the lopsided distribution and disappearances of INECs Permanent Voting Cards-PVC at the twilight of the general elections after four years of preparation poses the question-Will INEC ever get it right? Furthermore, a Rights group wants an Abuja High Court to restrain INEC from using the PVC to conduct the rescheduled general elections. How far will INEC go in the midst of these challenges? JUDE ORJI reports.
On Saturday February 7, the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC rescheduled the 2015 general elections by six weeks due to intractable logistics problems that has to do with non readiness of some electoral materials the core of which is the Permanent Voter Cards-PVC coupled with the increased terrorists’ attacks in the northeastern part of the country. The presidential and National Assembly election will now take place on March 28 and the governorship and state assembly to hold on April 11. The chairman of the Commission, Prof.
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 02/23/2015 - 14:04
Thirteen day to the end of his tenure, precisely on May 16, 13 Obasanjo announced to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, the award of contracts worth N756 billion. - By Dapo Olaosebikm
N850billion Farewell Booty
Thirteen day to the end of his tenure, precisely on May 16, 13 Obasanjo announced to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, the award of contracts worth N756 billion. Frank Nweke, then Minister of Information, explained, N70 billion of this would be for the resuscitation of textile industries in Nigeria; N58.6 billion for the second Niger Bridge; its maintenance was to gulp N42 billion. However, the names of the companies to execute the projects were never mentioned
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:33
The antics of former president Olusegun Obasanjo is likened to that of King Louis XIV of France who allegedly equated himself with the state as the longest Monarch in European history. ‘L’état, c’est moi – I am The State’, King Louis XIV arrogantly proclaimed. Obasanjo, the most favoured leader Nigeria has ever produced, brooks no competition or criticism. Nigeria starts and ends with him. Yet, even in his long and almost elongated rule as Nigerian president, he did aptly demonstrated that he is not the country’s awaited Messiah. JUDE ORJI in this report unveils the un-canonized ‘Saint’ and his slide from pinnacle of power to rock-bottom of political inanity.
LITANY OF CONDEMNATIONS TO A POLITICAL HARAKIRI
Submitted by James Uzondu on Mon, 02/09/2015 - 11:35
As Nigerians go to the polls amidst uncertainties, the pertinent question is; who wins the presidential election? And, will the elections be flawed again due to INEC failings? Navigate with Jude Orji to the anchor.
This Saturday February 14, Nigerians would be voting for their new president and members of the national assembly for another four –year term that would take effect on May 29 this year. The two leading contenders are incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, PDP’s candidate and General Muhammadu Buhari [rtd] of the All Progressives Congress [APC]. Opinion polls on the chances of the two show a ‘neck and neck’ possible outcome. But there are indications that the incumbent would likely be re-elected despite all odds.