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Some senators from the PDP have announced a new zoning formula, while a court ruling has resulted in the removal of more lawmakers from their positions.



Senators of the main opposition party, PDP, met to replace the Senate minority leader and whip....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

Lagos Reporter reports that the former minority whip, Senator Simon Mwadkwon (PDP, Plateau North) was sacked by the Court of Appeal in October.

A three-member appeal panel ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the Plateau North Senatorial District within 90 days.

In a similar vein, a Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, had sacked the Senate minority chief whip representing Abia Central under the platform of the Labour Party, Darlington Nwokocha, and subsequently declared Augustine Akobundu of the PDP as the authentic winner of the February 25 election in the senatorial district.

At a closed-door session on Wednesday, the PDP lawmakers resolved to zone the office of the minority leader to the North Central geo-political zone.

The PDP lawmakers in the zone include Abba Moro (Benue South), Peter Ndalikali (Niger South) and Mohammed Onawo (Nassarawa South).

The lawmakers who agreed to convey their position to other lawmakers in the other opposition parties in the Senate added that the North Central has been shut out in the power distribution in the country.

In attendance at the meeting were Senators Aminu Tambuwal, Abdul Ningi, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, Abba Morro, Aminu Dankwabbo, Francis Fadahunsi Osita Ngwu, Ned Nwoko, Adamu Aliero, amongst others.

Speaking with journalists after the closed-door meeting, Senator Maidoki explained why the PDP senators settled for North Central.

“Everyone has agreed that the North Central should have that position for equity,” he said.

“Whether you are in PDP or APC, the Senate President is from the South-South, the Deputy Senate President is from North West, the Senate Leader is from South West, the Chief Whip is from North East. So, the only zone where you do not have a leadership position is North Central, after the exit of the last Minority Leader.

“We have all agreed that the North Central should have it for equity. Even though the highest number of PDP senators are from the North West, we are on the same page, we are unanimous, and we have agreed to those who want the same position we have persuaded.

“This was just driven by equity for every zone. In any case, it is only a position of trust, he has only one vote when it comes to voting, and the Senate President has only one vote.”

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According to Atiku, the COP28 delegation has accused Tinubu of turning the climate change conference into an owambe party.




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Atiku questioned the rationale behind converting a climate change conference into what he described as a “jamboree, all-comers, and ‘owambe’ party” with over 1,400 delegates. He characterized the situation as ridiculous and indicative of a governance approach lacking awareness and responsibility.


The statement highlighted the pressing economic hardships faced by Nigeria, emphasizing the need for leaders to align their actions with the available resources. Atiku criticized the use of borrowed funds for what he termed a “street party” held outside the country, calling attention to the disparity between the purpose of COP

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Abia Governor Otti plans to increase minimum wage, acknowledging challenges faced by workers




During a media briefing with journalists on Friday night, Governor Alex Otti of Abia State disclosed plans to increase the salaries of state workers on the economic realities of the state. He revealed that he is working with stakeholders to enhance the minimum wage and will soon announce a comprehensive package to this effect....Click Here To Continue Reading>>


The governor explained that the need to adjust the minimum wage was prompted by recent exchange rate convergence, the removal of fuel subsidies, and the increasing inflation rate, which is currently at about 30%.


“We understand that times are tough for many people,” Otti said. “As such, we are working with stakeholders to find ways to improve the remuneration of civil servants in line with the current economic realities.”


Otti addressed allegations that his government had exaggerated food expenses, calling them unfounded and the work of hatchet men.


“That is not true. It is the work of hatchet men,” said Otti. “The truth is that we are very prudent in how we manage funds.”


On the issue of Modern Ceramics Umuahia, the Governor said that preliminary work did not support bringing the industry back to its current location and that they are considering moving it closer to the source of raw materials.


“We are studying and revalidating them. We do not want any industry to collapse,” he added.


Otti also addressed concerns about the higher number of opposition party members at the state House of Assembly, saying that he does not foresee any problems with them as they are there for oversight and to support the government.


The governor reiterated his commitment to paying pension arrears in the state and ensuring that recently retired permanent secretaries and directors receive their arrears of salaries and gratuities.


“We are already working towards improving remuneration, not just for the minimum wage but also across the board,” Otti said. “We will make an announcement to that effect in due course.”

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Breaking news: Governor Obaseki responds to the recent declaration made by his deputy, Shaibu, and discloses his next course of action.




Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has stated that the millions of supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state will determine the fate of his deputy, Philip Shaibu, who recently declared his intention to run for the governorship seat....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

Obaseki made this known in an interview with journalists after a meeting with Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, at the Ramat House on Thursday.

He said their discussion centered on issues relating to the PDP Governors’ Forum, including the party’s upcoming governorship election in Edo State.

“We also discussed many other issues relating to our party as a whole and the state of the country. And as you know, things are not as we want them to be. We will keep rubbing minds to see how we can support the administration and save this country by reducing the suffering of Nigerians,” he said.

About his relationship with his deputy, Obaseki said, “The relationship as you know, has been cordial. He (Philip) wants to run for the office I currently occupy and he is free to. I think as a Nigerian, he has the constitutional right to run, nobody can or should stop him.

“The party will decide and also members of the party will decide who will be the flag bearer of the party in the forthcoming governorship election.”

Asked if he would support his deputy’s gubernatorial bid, Obaseki said his vote alone would not determine Shaibu’s fate. “I’m only one out of millions of our party members in Edo state,” he said.

The PDP governor also discussed the state of the nation, expressing concern over the rising cost of food items and the suffering of Nigerians.

According to Obaseki, “Things are very difficult as we know at this point in time. Nigerians are suffering, and the suffering is unprecedented.

“But I think, we should stop lamenting and think of what to do as leaders to confront the issues we are facing to reduce the sufferings of our people and put more food on their tables.

“The year is coming to an end and the prices of food items are going up and what can we, as PDP governors do to ameliorate the sufferings of our people. These are some of the things we talked about while preserving the unity of this country.”


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