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Tony Nwoye Defects To PDP



  • To contest party’s 2021 guber ticket
  • Gives condition of free and fair primaries


Igboeli Arinze, FCT- News reaching the yesterday has it that two time guber candidate in the 2013 and 2017 Anambra Guber Elections , Honorable Tony Nwoye is set to defect to the People’s Democratic Party with his supporters. 

Nwoye, who was the anchorman for youths under the auspices of the Buhari/ Osinbajo Campaign Organization for the 2019 elections was alleged to have announced his defection yesterday to a number of his supporters in a closed door meeting in Nsugbe yesterday.

Giving reasons for his defection, Nwoye stated that the party(APC) had much been unfair to him given his dedication and commitment to the party. He accused a number of leaders of the party at the state and national levels of bad faith, describing them as people who wanted to pull him down at all times and remain as tin gods.

“ I came into the APC with my resources and my determination to turn the party around, I won the guber ticket and proceeded to make the party the number one state in Anambra but for certain leaders at the state and national levels who decided to sabotage our efforts in 2017, we would have won the elections.

Even after the betrayal, I stayed put, I participated in the congresses and the general elections and I was still not appreciated”

According to , it was gathered that Nwoye’s defection had begun three months ago after he narrowly missed the ministerial slot to Chris Ngige. 

There were alleged rumors of his numerous political trysts with renown PDP leaders such as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi and the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus. 

Nwoye, in these meetings had alleged that all he wanted from the party was a level playing field in the course of the primaries for the forthcoming guber elections.

With this development Nwoye will have to square it off with the likes of Uche Ekwunife, Chris Azubogu, Godwin Maduka, Godwin Ezeemo, Oseloka Obaze and a host of other top party faithfuls who are angling to fly the party’s flag. 

For the APC the coast is now clear for the troika of Engineer Johnbosco Onunkwo, George Moghalu and Senator Nnamdi Uba to vie for the ticket without worrying about Nwoye, at least for the primaries.


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Government of Nigeria Working To Curb Cyber Fraud- Garba Shehu


Kunle  Ajobiewe, Lagos– Reeling  from the recent spate of arrest of Nigerians by the FBI for fraud related activities, the Presidency said on Sunday that it would work out a set of  executive orders as well as work with  the National Assembly to pass new laws  in order to curb online fraud involving Nigerians.


Recently, over 77 Nigerians living in the United States of America had been indicted by the Federal Bureau for Investigation, FBI of the United States of America. These arrests were preceded by the arrest of Obiwanne Okeke, aka Invictus Obi for allegedly stealing 11 million dollars via fraud.


This was made known to Nigerians by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu. Shehu disclosed this while appearing on Politics Today, a live television programme.


Shehu described the situation as a double damage on every citizen of Nigeria but however stated that this did not mean that every Nigerian was a fraudster.


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Zamfara State Adopts Ruga in 17 Councils


The Zamfara State Government has mapped out 20,000 hectres of land in each of the 17 emirate councils for the immediate construction of 7000 housing units for Rural Grazing Areas in the state.

This was made in a statement signed by the Press Secretary to Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Idris Salisu, which stated that the 500 housing units will be made up of one and two-bedroomed flats.

The bedroom flats will also come along with a number of other facilities such as grazing reserves for cattle, a dam, schools for both western and Islamic education, nomadic education, mosque, cattle market as well as milk processing factory, all for the herdsmen-settlers.

The statement also stated that the implementation of the Ruga settlement in these councils will be done by a committee, led by the Special Adviser to Governor Matawalle on Security, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran, it also stated that it had drawn surveyors, engineers, agric experts and other experts from its ministries.



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Of Cabinet Appointments and Disappointments


I received the ministerial list with mixed feelings, I however refused to comment until one was sure of which portfolios would be assigned to which minister. Wednesday, the 21st of August however ended that wait as finally Nigerians all over the world got to know which minister designate was assigned to what ministry. Let us note that much as I was impressed with the ministerial list as against the cacophonous cries by a number of poor potty trained characters that the list did not parade technocrats, as if the likes of Fashola, Onyema, Clement Agba ( The man who did wonders in the urban renewal plan of Edo State) amongst other were roadside mechanics and akpuo-obi’s. Watching the ministerial screening exercise alone wowed me, particularly for the candidates that were not allowed to take a bow and go, sadly these minister designates were not asked specific questions but were asked a broad range of questions based on where they had initially worked or based on what hints the members of the Senate had at that point. This is rather unfortunate and I think it is about time that we fix the situation that allows the President to assign ministerial portfolios as soon as the appointments are announced.

If I was impressed with the ministerial list and the screening exercise that followed, I must say that I am not impressed with the assigning of ministerial portfolios. For example, I did not expect to see a Chris Ngige return to the Ministry of Labour, a ministry where he was at logger heads with the leadership of the NIgerian Labour Congress, NLC over his refusal to appoint Chief Frank Kokori as the Chairman of the NSITF. Nigerians followed the back and forth arguments that greeted the refusal of Ngige to inaugurate the NSITF board; the standoff was so unhealthy that Labour had to picket the minister in his home at Asokoro. One would have expected that with the reappointment of Ngige to the cabinet, he should have been handed another ministry and a new face assigned to the Labour ministry in order to allow for whatever tensions that raged then simmer down.

Again, I must fault what looks much like a mismatch of appointments. What is an Uche Ogah, a major player in the Oil and Gas sector doing in mines and steel, what is a Keyamo doing in the Niger Delta Ministry when he has enough experience as a lawyer to pursue reforms in the judiciary and bring the body to speed with present global standard practices when it comes to dispensing with justice. Ogah too would have fared well in the oil and gas sector.

What is Sunday Dare doing in Youths and Sports, he would have fared better in the Ministry for information or communication, or why is Ambassador Miriam Kategu not in the Education Ministry replacing the dour and underperforming Adamu Adamu and giving our educational sector an area in which she has served as a career civil servant the much required filip? Is President Buhari choosing politics above policy in these appointments?

The answer would surely be no as a number of other appointments suggest otherwise, for example, I am happy with the stripping of power from Babatunde Fashola from his Super Minister status of Power, Works and Steel, this is not because he Fashola failed to perform, far from it, I think he did quite well, however these ministries under him were quite critical to the nation’s wellbeing thus warranting a split. I am also thrilled by Dr. Pantami’s appointment as the Minister for Communications, same with the return of Rotimi Amaechi to the Ministry of transport, same for Hadi Sirika. A Clement Agba is also wonderful music to the the cabinet as. Minister for Budget and National planning!

One character that would be much missed from the cabinet would be Chief Audu Ogbeh, the former Minister for Agriculture. Truth be told, Nigeria’s agricultural sector rose to towering heights from the dismal state the sector had found itself in the past. Credit for the much improved progress in the sector should be given to Ogbeh who became the face of the agricultural revolution, was he dropped owing to age or was he a victim of the evils of the political horse tradings that sometimes claims even the good in our political firmament, one may never really know.

Can this cabinet meet the challenges of the Nigerian people? Can this cabinet deliver the goods? Despite the numerous wins of this administration, Nigerians still seem to be yearning for more and one cannot blame them, President Buhari and his cabinet must be prepared to do more, and write their names in posterity’s good books. Their time starts now!

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President Buhari Swears In SGF, 43 Cabinet Ministers , Assigns Ministries.


Amaechi ,Onyema, Ngige,Adamu, Sirika, Bello, Ahmed , Malami , Mohammed and Onu retain Ministries.

Fashola retains Works and Housing, but loses Power Ministry.

Kemi Daisi, FCT – President Muhammadu Buhari today inaugurated his cabinet today, swearing in 43 ministers to oversee a couple of ministries in his second tenure as President. 


The inaguration saw ten ministers, Rotimi Amaechi, Geoffrey Onyema, Chris Ngige, Adamu Adamu, Hadi Sirika, Mohammed Bello, Zainab Ahmed , Abubakar Malami , Lai Mohammed and Ogbonnaya Onu retain their former ministries while Fashola lost his Super Minister status as former Minister for Power , Works and Housing to just being a Minister for Works and Housing. 

Key changes to the cabinet did include the appointment of Sunday Dare (Youths and Sports) Dr. Pantami (Communications) Sharon Ikeazor (Environment, State) Rauf Aregbeshola( Interior)and Timipriye Sylva (Petroleum, State)

Others include,  Sabo Nanono (Agriculture), Major Bashir Magashi(Defence) ,  Ramatu Tijani Aliyu , FCT (State),  Gbemisola Saraki (Transportation State) Mamora( Health) Godswill Akpabio(Niger Delta Affairs) and Festus Keyamo( Niger Delta, State).


The ministerial cabinet had earlier been announced in July with the ministers undergoing security checks and a screening excercise by the Senate. 


Below is a list of the Ministers and their assigned ministries.

1. Uchechukwu Samson Ogah (Abia) – Minister of state for mines and steel development

2. Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa) – Minister of FCT

3. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom) – Minister of Niger Delta

4. Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra ) – Minister of labour and productivity

5. Sharon Ikeazor ( Anambra) – Minister of State for Environment 

6. Adamu Adamu (Bauchi) – Minister of education

7. Ambassador Mariam Kategu (Bauchi) – Minister of state for industry, trade and investment

8. Timipre Sylvia (Bayelsa) – Minister of state for petroleum

9. George Akume (Benue) – Minister of special duties

10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno) – Minister of state for agriculture

11. Godwin Jeddi Agba (Cross River) – Minister of state for power

12. Festus Keyamo – (Delta) – Minister of state for Niger Delta

13. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi) – Minister of science and technology

14. Osagie Ehanire (Edo) – Minister for health

15. Clement Agba (Edo) – Minister of state for budget and national planning

16. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti) – Minister of industry, trade and investment

17. Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu) – Minster of foreign affairs

18. Isa Ibrahim Pantami (Gombe) – Minister of communication

19. Emeka Nwajuba (Imo) – Minister of state for education

20. Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna) – Minister of finance

21. Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa) – Minister of water resources

22. Mohammad Mahmoud (Kaduna) – Minister of environment

23. Sabo Nanono (Kano) – Minister of agriculture

24. Major Bashir Magashi (Kano) – Minister of defence

25. Hadi Sirika (Katsina) – Minister of aviation

26. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi) – AGF and minister of justice

27. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu (Kogi) – Minister of state for FCT

28. Olorunimbe Mamora (Lagos) – Minister of state for health

29. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara) – Minister of state for transportation

30. Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) – Minister of works and housing

31. Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Kwara) – Minister for Information and Culture

32. Mohammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa) – Minister of state for science & technology

33. Zubairu Dada (Niger) – Minister of state for foreign affairs

34. Olamilekun Adegbite (Ogun) – Minister of mines and steel development

35. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo) – Minister of state for labour

36. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) – Minister of interior

37. Sunday Dare (Oyo) – Minister of youth and sports

38. Paulen Tallen (Plateau) – Minister of women affairs

39. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) – Minister of transport

40. Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi (Sokoto) – Minister of police affairs

41. Saleh Mamman (Taraba) – Minister of power

42. Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe) – Minister of state for works and housing

43. Sadiya Umar Farouk (Zamfara) – Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social 













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Presidential Elections Petition Tribunal Reserves Judgement


Kemi Daisi, FCT Presidential Elections Petitions  Tribunal this morning reserved judgment in the suit filed by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party challenging the election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The five-man panel of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal headed by Justice Mohammed Garba reserved judgment to a date to be communicated to all the parties involved in the petition.

Dr Levi Uzoukwu(SAN) who led the petitioners’ legal team did insist in his final written address that the claim by President Buhari that he submitted his certificates to the Military Board had been refuted by the Secretary to the Military Board.

However, lawyers  to INEC, President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, urged the Tribunal to dismiss the petition with substantial cost for lacking in merit and substance, arguing that the nation’s law only requires a candidate to be educated up to secondary school level or its equivalent.

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Uche Nwosu’s Candidature Voided By Federal High Court, Abuja


Kemi Daisi, FCT-  The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, today, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to expunge the name of Uche Nwosu as the guber candidate of Action Alliance, AA in the last election held in Imo State.


In his judgement, Justice Inyang Ekwo voided Nwosu’s candidature on the grounds that he had obtained a double nomination of two political parties, the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Action Alliance , AA which he ruled violated section 37 of the Electoral Act.


Nwosu who was the guber candidate of the AA in the last guber elections in Imo State is presently in the Election Petition Tribunal seeking to upturn the decision declaring Emeka Ihedioha as the winner of the March 11, gubernatorial elections in Imo State.


The matter as regards Uche Nwosu’s double candidature had been brought to the High Court by the Action People’s Party , APP and the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Uche Nnadi, pleading that the candidature of Nwosu in the March 11th guber polls be made null and void on the grounds of multiplicity of nominations as a candidate of both the APC and the AA.


Ekwo, did rule that the nomination of Nwosu as the AA guber candidate was invalid, null and void, having been made at the pendency of similar nomination of the 2nd defendant (Nwosu) by the All Progressives Congress for the same position.


He similarly declared that owing to the fact that Mr. Nwosu has affirmed to be the APC’s governorship candidate in his statement on oath sworn before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, it was thus obvious that Nwosu “ has not been validly nominated by the 3rd defendant(AA) as it’s governorship candidate for the state governorship election having been made at the pendency of Justice Valentine Ashi  of the Abuja High Court recognizing the 2nd defendant (Nwosu) as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the Imo 2019 governorship election”.


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Ohanaeze NdiIgbo Condemns Attack On Ike Ekweremadu


Nicholas Debe, Enugu

The Pan Igbo group, Ohanaeze NdiIgbo has lent its voice to the condemnation of the attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Germany.

Ekweremadu was attacked by members of IPOB at a new yam celebration event in Nuremberg as seen in an amateur video that went viral.


In a press statement put forward by the group, its President, John Nwodo, said that Ohanaeze as a group is disappointed in the attack on a prominent Igbo leader of Ekweremadu’a stature.

The statement described the attack as disappointing, grotesque and dangerous for Igbo solidarity

“This violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of IPOB or IPOB instigated miscreants is damaging to our cause. It strengthens the case of those who describe them as terrorists and weaken our case against the infringement of our fundamental human rights”.

” Ekweremadu negotiated the sureties and securities for Nnamdi Kanu’s release on bail. He does not deserve this picketing and disgrace . A disgrace to him is a disgrace to Igbo race

”Whilst I condemn the attack on our revered so and leader, I call on law enforcement agencies in Germany to bring to book the perpetrators of this despicable act,it is un-Igbo. It is disgraceful.”




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National Assembly Ready To Pass 2020 Budget- Ahmad Lawan


Kemi Daisi, FCT – All things being equal or near equal the National Assembly will pass the 2020 budget before Christmas, this year.

This disclosure was made by the Senate President, Alhaji  Ahmad Lawan (Yobe North, APC ) in Kastina State after paying a courtesy call to Governor Aminu Bello Masari at government house, Kastina.

Lawan explained that the joint arms of the National Assembly was expecting the budget in September and it was his hope that the budget would be deliberated upon and passed by the National Assembly in a space of two months. With this, he stated that the country would return to the tradition of having her budgets ready by January.

Likewise,  Lawan also promised Nigerians that the much delayed Petroleum Industry Bill for the oil and gas sector would be passed into law.

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