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A mammoth crowd has turned out in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, to welcome former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is returning to the state for the first time following his nomination as the presidential flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party for a second straight time. The arrival of the ex-VP was preceded by his
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When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer of the State Command, Mr. Bright Edafe confirmed the incident saying, “she was stabbed on the stomach and strangled”.
He however said investigation is ongoing though, no arrest has been made yet.
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A group, under the auspices of the Niger Delta Network, on Monday, slammed individuals and organisations allegedly preventing the proposed personnel audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission, saying that the annexation and the audit process were directives from the presidency. It was gathered that some groups had sponsored media reports against the Minister of
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, on Sunday, described the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, as responsible for an enduring peace in the state, in compliance with his oath of office as its Chief Security Officer. “To date, amidst the turbulence in some states of the federation, Kano remains among
Osun State Independent Electoral Commission has said local government election in the state will hold on October 15, 2022. Announcing the date in Osogbo during a press briefing on Monday, the OSSIEC chairman, Mr. Segun Oladitan, said it would be a direct election. Speaking further, Oladitan said unlike the last LG poll held, which was
The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, has commended the Federal Government for resettling over 80,000 persons displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency back to their ancestral homes following the restoration of peace to some troubled communities in the state through the Victims Support Fund. This was revealed in a statement issued on Saturday. The
The former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, has congratulated the former Governor of Rivers State, Peter Odili, who turns 74 years today, describing him as an uncommon leader for emulation. In a special birthday wish on Monday, Secondus and his family praised Odili’s humility and calmness even in the face
Nigerian Taiwo Awoniyi began repaying the £17.5 million ($21m, 20.7m euros) he cost Nottingham Forest with the goal that beat West Ham 1-0 in the Premier League at the weekend. Joe Aribo was another Nigerian international to score in the most watched domestic league in the world, with his goal sparking a comeback that earned
Following a purported dissolution of African Democratic Congress’ Abia elected state executive and subsequent inauguration of an interim state executive by the party’s National Chairman, Chief Ralphs Nwosu, the party’s elected chairman in Abia, Obinna Norman, says the action cannot stand. The National Working Committee of the ADC had, by a special resolution dated August
The rising increase in the pump price of diesel from N187 to N820 per litre between August 2020 and June 2022 is said to be having adverse effect in the optimal operation of tipper drivers across the state.
In an interview with the Chairman of Old Anwai Road Tipper Garage, Asaba, Mr David Nonso, he attributed the current increase in the price of diesel to the rise in the price of crude oil in the international market.
He said that truck owners could no longer make projections, blaming it on the increases in the pump price of diesel.
According to the chairman, the price of diesel kept increasing and nothing was being done about it, adding that with the high inflation rate in the country, it meant that people had less money to buy goods.
Another tipper driver, Mr Chubike Okafor said that many tipper drivers were enduring and working just to put food on their table, adding that the hike in diesel price and spare parts had made their work unbearable.
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The tipper drivers pleaded with their clients to show understanding, saying that it was not their intention to increase the prices of sand but a matter of survival for them to remain in business.
“It is because of the suffering, explaining that the owners of the truck are collecting back their trucks because they do not get any profit while spares for the truck are expensive,” he said.
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The Ondo State Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Akure, the state capital, has ordered the remand of seven men over alleged kidnapping, murder and armed robbery. The defendants are Moha¬mmed Umaru, Sulieman Aliu, Abubakar Ibrahim, Abudu Barzor, Muhammed Tukur, Aota Bello, and Cindu Yahu PUNCH Metro gathered that the defendants were arrested by the state security
No fewer than 23 ghost workers have been uncovered in the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in Abuja, The PUNCH has learnt. The Federal Civil Service Commission discovered the civil servants whose employment letters were discovered to be fake. It has therefore ordered that the affected persons be disengaged from service. The PUNCH reports
Chimaroke Nnamani’s unwarranted chastisement of Peter Obi’s army of social media supporters has finally led him into an avoidable error. It has led him into a wild goose chase. That is what his recent essay on Bola Tinubu amounts to.
I had thought that Nnamani, as an elder, would manage his temper. But I was utterly wrong. The man does not have a tame temperament. That was why he flew off the handle over an issue he should have shrugged off. The impression the former governor has left many with is that he has, before now, been battling with ingrained prejudices over Peter Obi. Were it not so, the choices and preferences of some young folks would not have given him such goose pimples. Recently, Nnamani, for whatever reason, lashed out at the social media movement of Peter Obi, describing its promoters as dictators with no home training. Nnamani also derided the Peter Obi presidential bid as a bandwagon, and vowed that he would ensure that it does not take place in Enugu State.
By his pronouncements, Nnamani had fished in troubled waters. And he got a raw deal from Obi’s social media goons. They were as acerbic as Nnamani. They paid him back in the language of the street, which he deployed in his criticism. Many have expressed disappointment with Nnamani over this. The overriding feeling is that his altercation with the Obidients was below him. He descended to the level of guttersnipe with young men and women that he ought not to have joined issues with in the first place. By so doing, Nnamani degraded himself, to the disappointment of his admirers.
But it does appear that Nnamani is still smarting from the mental bruises inflicted on him by the Obidient movement. He is not satisfied that he showed no respect for Obi by being childishly resentful of his presidential bid, regardless of his misgivings with the style and approach of Obi’s teeming supporters. He finally betrayed his private conviction when he set out to write an essay on Bola Tinubu. It would not have mattered if the essay was well tailored. But this one had neither rhyme nor rhythm. It was staccato in every material particular. In fact, if you put aside Nnamani’s pedantic narrative on sick but successful United States Presidents and its possible applicability to Nigeria, you can hardly see any other purpose that his laborious essay on Tinubu serves.
So, why did Nnamani choose to write an essay on Tinubu, his co-governor, some 15 years after they left office? Nnamani was not clear on this. He left his intent in the realm of speculation. This makes the piece read like an apologia or a piece of hagiography designed to serve a political purpose.
I have said elsewhere that Nnamani’s intent in that article is shrouded in suspicion. I had wondered why he had to wait until this time to eulogize Tinubu. My contention was that Nnamani was working hard to establish a fertile ground for an anti-Obi campaign by pretending to hold Tinubu, one of Obi’s rivals in the 2023 presidential election, in high esteem. It is a well oiled sleight of hand aimed at leading the unwary by the nose.
But Nnamani made a poor job of his outing. He promoted issues that ought not to come up in the essay at all. The padding was too banal not to be noticed. Here, we saw an Nnamani delve into Southern Governors Conference of 2000 and 2001. Whereas Tinubu hosted the first in Lagos in October 2000, Nnamani played host to the second in January, 2001. But what purpose did the conferences serve? Nothing. Tinubu initiated the conference at the time he did as a protective weapon against the Olusegun Obasanjo presidency. Obasanjo and Tinubu were yet to part ways at that time. It must be noted that the idea of the conference ended up as mere talk shop because it was not properly conceived. That was was why it came to an abrupt end after the second meeting. It was a stillborn child; a red flag that flew over southern Nigeria without a sense of direction. It is surprising that Nnamani saw this as worthy of mention.
Perhaps to tell the Obidients that he is as qualified, if not more qualified than their principal, to seek the office of President, Nnamani began to enumerate Enugu’s firsts and innovations in governance under his administration. In the frenzy to sing his own praises, he held that he and Tinubu pioneered the establishment of development areas in Nigeria. Did Nnamani mean this? No, he couldn’t be serious. Anybody who has a scant knowledge of the early stories of this Fourth Republic will know that the first state to create development areas was Ebonyi State, under the leadership of Dr. Sam Egwu. Lagos was to join after states like Bayelsa tried their hands at it. It will be recalled that the Obasanjo presidency rejected the development areas because they were made to assume the status of local government areas. It was after this was modified that the monthly revenue allocation to Ebonyi State, which Obasanjo ordered to be withheld on account of this, was released. That of Lagos lasted for several months before it was resolved because Tinubu was not initially disposed to any form of compromise. Enugu State under Nnamani was not in the picture in all this.
After all the rigmarole, Nnamani ended up holding Tinubu as the most successful governor in modern Nigeria. He also described Tinubu as the hardest-working politico of our generation. By painting Tinubu in these brilliant colours, Nnamani was putting him ahead among the top three contenders for the presidential seat. Nnamani’s intent was to spite Obi and his teeming supporters. But his effort fell flat on the face. I doubt if he has, through this claim, converted anyone to his side.
But Nnamani missed it most when Atiku Abubakar is brought into the picture. How can Nnamani present Tinubu as his poster boy and at the same time be pledging loyalty to Atiku? This is a contradiction in terms. Nnamani is simply being clever by half. He wants to lead Nigerians, particularly his PDP political family, by the nose. But I doubt if anybody is taken in by his antics. The fact is that Nnamani has made his choice in Tinubu. His pledge of loyalty and allegiance to Atiku and PDP is merely pretentious. The PDP needs to watch this Tinubu maniac closely.