Policy & Politics
Jonathan: Challenge of choosing Vice President
The race for Vice President under President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is not new. It's been on. It even became frenzied during and after the making of Acting President. There was however a kind of tow, after President Umaru Yar'Adua who died last Wednesday was brought back home from his medical sojourn in Saudi Arabia.As days…
...N/Assembly to simply concur with President
AS the death of the nation's third democratically elected president sank into most residents in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the weekend the politicians who joined the mourning, were not oblivious of the unfolding power play.The crux of the matter was who from the North, possibly a Muslim, would take over the mantle…
Jonathan owes the nation credible polls in 2011, says Ali
Former Secretary General of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Military Administrator of Kaduna State, retired Colonel Hamid Ali spoke to SAXONE AKHAINE in Kaduna on the challenges before President Goodluck Jonathan following the death of President Musa Umaru Yar'Adua. He harped on the need to conduct a credible election in 2011, the crisis in…
Sudan parliament adopts Abyei referendum law
SUDAN'S parliament yesterday adopted a law that will govern a referendum in the disputed oil-rich region of Abyei, Agence France Presse (AFP) has reported. The referendum, scheduled for January 9, 2011, will let residents of Abyei - situated between north and south Sudan - decide whether they want to remain part of the north or join the south should it become independent. Article 24 of the law gives the right to vote to the Ngok Dinka tribe loyal to the south. It also states a commission comprising four members of the ruling National Congress Party and four of the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) will be set up to decide which "other Sudanese residents of the region" can vote.
Darfur situation remains volatile, says UNAMID chief
THE Commander of United Nations (UN) - African Union peacekeepers in the western Sudanese region, Lieutenant General Patrick Nyamvumba, has declared that Darfur remains volatile despite improvements, with the causes of its six-year conflict still at play. "Of course, the security situation is better than it was two or three years ago, in terms of clashes between factions," Nyamvumba, head of the UNAMID force since September told Agence France Presse (AFP) in an interview on Tuesday. He the absence of armed clashes between the government and a number of groups did not mean there is prevalent security.
National Assembly has been on a learning process, Akogun
The Majority Leader, House of Representatives (Edo State, Akoko-Edo), Tunde Akogun spoke with ALEMMA-OZIORUVA ALIU in Benin on his experience and stewardship in the House. ASSESS the National Assembly in the last two years as the Majority Leader? I will say that the National Assembly keeps learning. Except one is dead that is when one cannot enrich one's knowledge. Basically, the National Assembly has done very well. We keep improving on what we are doing, which is to make good laws for the country. In terms of making laws, do you think that the National Assembly has actually come out with laws that are beneficial to the Nigerian people?
Don advocates a return to regional government
AS the National Assembly goes through the process of amending the 1999 Constitution, a professor of History, and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Olayemi Akinwumi has called for a return to regional groupings. He said that this would curb the cutthroat scramble for political power at the centre and stem election failures, which has become the bane of the nation. Akinwumi suggested that this time around, the regions could be increased to six instead of the three region structure (East North and West) which at independence in 1960. He said each of the regions should be given the constitutional mandate to take over some of the responsibilities of the centre. In an inaugural lecture, "Before we set the house ablaze, let us consult our oracle (History)," Akinwumi stated that if the regional structure is accepted, it would lead to a decentralisation of the power at the centre, which has produced so much vexation within the polity.
'Office seekers should campaign with past record'
Mr. Terngu Tsegba, a member of the House of Representatives from Benue State (Gboko/Tarka Federal constituency) wants to contest the Benue North West senatorial seat in the 2011 election. This ambition seemingly carries political underpinnings as Tsegba is a good friend of the state Governor Gabriel Suswam and he is on line to fight against Suswam's predecessor, the immediate past governor of Benue, Mr. George Akume who presently represents the district in the Senate-issues, which reporters took up with Tsegba in Makurdi, the state capital city. SIMEON NWAKAUDU was there. Excerpts: YOU alleged recently that gunmen attacked you. How did this happen? As you heard, I was actually attacked. I attended the Governor's thanksgiving service in Anyiin and I barely left Logo council when I came under heavy attack. I thank God that I survived it. Describe what happened...
Senators, ministers, civil servants tangle over 2010 budget
A RASH of meetings is going on in the National Assembly over the 2010 budget. On Monday, it was easy to miss an incident, which stirred more than a few eyebrows in the Upper House during presentation of a report by Senator Ganiyu Solomon, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Market. According to Solomon, a Nigerian based in the United Kingdom, Mr. Ahmed Makele, rejected an offer of appointment to him by President Umaru Yar'Adua into the Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
PDP loses members to LP in Ondo, ANPP members defect in Yobe
THE rank of members of the Labour Party (LP) in Ondo State increased yesterday with the defection of several bigwigs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). One of those who joined the ruling party in the state is Mrs. Margaret Akinsuroju, a former cabinet member in the administration of the ousted Dr. Olusegun Agagu. Akinsuroju was Commissioner for Women Affairs in the Agagu government.
Kaduna group tasks N'Assembly on Yar'Adua, others urge prayers
ABOUT 44 groups under the umbrella of Kaduna Coalition of Political Parties (KCPP) have urged the National Assembly to begin a process of replacing Yar'Adua constitutionally. They pointed out that the nation cannot afford to operate without a President. They also noted that there should be constitutional provisions to the time limit the President would be allowed to be hospitalized before he returns to office after recovery.
Only a credible leader can halt political crisis in Anambra, says Nwosu
Chief Ralphs Okey Nwosu, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2010 election in Anambra State spoke with LAWRENCE NJOKU in Enugu on his issues in the Anambra election. WHY do you think there is a lot of tension and anxiety ahead of the 2010 governorship election in Anambra?