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By Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt/ THE NATION

Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has attacked his Ebonyi counterpart, Dave Umahi again for defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Wike advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to scrutinise its aspirants for 2023 election to avert the mistake of handing its tickets to persons who would later join another party.

The presidential aspirant urged PDP delegates to vote for him during the party’s convention because he lacks the propensity to defect with the party’s mandate to another party.

The Rivers Governor spoke while wooing PDP leaders and delegates in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi State on Friday, according to a statement by his Special Asssitant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri.

Wike expressed optimism that a day of reckoning awaited Umahi and those who defected from the PDP to the APC.

He said the PDP would continue to fight against injustice meted on it by the defectors to strengthen the country’s democracy.

He said: “My colleague David Umahi, wherever you are, wherever you may be, hear me very well. PDP had sleepless night, PDP won election, and you took the mandate of our people and go to another party.

“If you know you are a man and you are very strong, and any day they fix election you will win, I challenge you to resign as governor and contest election whether you will win again.”

On why he deserved the ticket, he said: “I have never left this party one day. When PDP was in problem, I stood firm and I said PDP will not die.

“Don’t give (presidential) ticket to the person who will run from the party tomorrow . I am the only person Nigerians know will not run from the party.”

The Governor urged Ebonyi delegates to support his presidential ambition because he was the only aspirant with the capacity to defeat the APC in the 2023 presidential election.

Wike reiterated that PDP could not afford another defeat in the 2023 general election and advised delegates to shun ethnoreligious sentiment and vote for him to pull Nigeria out from the brinks.

“What PDP wants now is who can win election. It is not about where you come from. What the party wants today is who can win election for PDP. Give me this ticket let me go and win APC for you”, he said.

Wike lamented the spate of killings across the country, declaring that if he emerged as the next president, he would decisively tackle insurgency, banditry and grow the national economy.

He assured as President, he would encourage women and youths active participation in politics.

“If I am the President of this country, I will not have less than seven women as minister. I will not have less than seven youths as ministers”, he said.

Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi commended PDP faithful for remaining steadfast despite the recent defection of some members of the party to the APC.

Former Gombe Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, told the delegates that Wike has the requisite experience to provide good governance.

He said: “Governor Nyesom Wike, is the person that is prepared for the job in terms of his training, in terms of his character, his courage, his commitment to the party and above all, his determination to work with all of you after he becomes the President of this country. He is strong, he has super energy.

“I have worked with a lot of people including presidents but I want to assure today, Governor Wike is one of the real very active and strong people I have worked with in recent times. He is very strong, he is very committed and he is very determined.”

Posted On Friday, 22 April 2022 23:34 Written by

By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja On Apr 12, 2022/ THE NATION

NWC gears up for primaries guidelines

Osinbajo unfolds plan

The bid for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket got into an upward swing yesterday when leading aspirant Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with the party’s governors to seek their support.

Also yesterday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made a declaration for the ticket via his social media handles after rounding off his consultations with a meeting with some of the governors on Sunday night.

On Saturday, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi threw his hat in the ring at a thanksgiving event in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu has consulted with President Muhammadu Buhari on the guidelines for the party’s primaries expected to hold next month, it was learnt.

Tinubu, the national leader of the APC, met with the governors at the Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.

Governors at yesterday’s parley include Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq (Kwara), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe) and Gboyega Oyetola (Osun).

Others are Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa).

Also at the meeting were Senators Kasim Imam from Borno State, Senator Magnus Abe from Rivers and Chief Pius Akinyelure, a member of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Limited Board from Ondo State.

The former Lagos State Governor spoke about his credentials as a private sector player, democracy activist, democrat and progressive.

He recalled his role in bringing about the restoration of democracy, the formation of the APC and the party’s victories in the 2015 and 2019 elections.

Tinubu assured the APC governors of inclusion and accommodation in the presidential project.

Addressing reporters after yesterday’s meeting with APC governors, Tinubu said he was seeking the governors’ support for his ambition.

He added: “My mission here is to seek collaboration, support and encouragement of my party, the APC, for my ambition to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.”

When asked for his views on the presidential declaration of Vice President Osinbajo, described by the reporter as ‘his son’, Tinubu said: “I don’t have any son grown up enough to make such declaration.”

Kebbi State Governor and Chairman, Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Bagudu, said Tinubu discussed his ambition with the forum.

He said: “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, this morning (yesterday), met members of the Progressives Governors’ Forum where he stated what he had made public already, his intention to seek for the office of the President come 2023. He briefed us on his reasons, his thinking and his message.

“All the governors in attendance graciously came to listen to him. He acknowledged the role of the governors in the last convention of our party, where, according to him, they steadied the party by helping in the evolution of the leadership that is accepted and widely acknowledged as that which we wish for our party.

“We appreciated him, and his message and we will discuss the message at one of our forum meetings.”

The PGF chairman faulted the insinuation that the ambition of Tinubu and Osinbajo may be putting the governors in a tight corner. Rather, he said their aspirations have further thrown up the party as a choice party parading competent aspirants.

Bagudu stressed: “On the contrary, we appreciate our party because it has become a party that has endeared itself to Nigerians. We have many brilliant people in our party, some serving and some not serving. The fact that we have people in our party that express a desire to lead the party into the highest office in electoral contests shows how much our party has resonated with Nigerians and our members.

“For us, it is a hallmark of success that people are showing interest. But, at the end of the day and because they are leaders of the party, they will always put the party’s interest at heart.”

On the possibility of the party adopting a consensus candidate as its presidential standard-bearer, the PGF Chairman said the party would adopt the best option, insisting that the APC would always go for the best.

“Don’t forget that in the 2015 presidential election primary, President Buhari contested against several others and it was a beautiful contest. There is nothing wrong. Members of the party always want to see consensus if it is possible. But, we are a democratic party.

“In our last convention, we had consensus in some of the offices and election in some others. There is always misrepresentation of consensus as if people are being snowballed into positions they would rather not take.”

The former Lagos State governor, who had informed President Muhammadu Buhari about his intention, also embarked on extensive consultations with party stakeholders nationwide.

Apart from meeting traditional rulers and opinion leaders in the Southwest, he has met members of the APC National Assembly caucus, Northern monarchs and religious leaders.

Posted On Tuesday, 12 April 2022 01:00 Written by

By Toba Adedeji, Osogbo/ THE NATION

Amid separation controversy between the wife of Ooni, Prophetess Naomi Silekunola and Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ile-Ife palace has said the monarch still loves his queen.

The palace noted that separation is a two-way affairs and marriage is a private affair.

Prophetess Naomi had on Thursday morning announced on her verified Instagram handle; @queen_silekunolanaomi_ogunwusi that she should no longer be addressed as the Queen of Ile-Ife, but as the Queen of the people.

She said: “I bless the Lord Almighty for His faithfulness in the last three years of my marriage. In life’s journey, it isn’t how far.

“Still, how well, indeed though Satan should buffet if trials should come, I have this blessed assurance controlling all situations and saying to me it is well with my soul.

“Certainly, it is well. I made my journey into the ancient throne of Ife with faith in my heart and love for the keeper of it.

“Few impressions I would love to correct. If anyone knows otherwise, they are free to come up with facts.

“Let it be known that this decision to move on did not come because his majesty is married to another queen.

“As many would love to assume, throughout our life as a couple, I was the only married wife to him. There were side attractions, but it was never an issue.

“I never approached him with any revelation of any sort, as many believed he contacted me first and made his proposal known several months later.

“The marriage was not an arranged one, as many have misconstrued. I never knew the prophetess said to have introduced me to him.

“Instead, he introduced her to me after I agreed to marry him. I was only being polite out of respect for him.

“I have never been pregnant all my life before Tadenikawo; my son is my first ever pregnancy with medical reports to back it up.

“The girl who is said to be my daughter is my niece. I did my best to endure and make it work; many times, I smiled through the struggle, but I have finally realised I had just one assignment, my son, and when God is done, He is done.

“He chose Saul to be king, and when He was done, He told prophet Samuel I have moved on.

“Religion was never an issue between us; please refer to my interview on News Central TV.

“Instead, His Majesty has a picture he would love the world to see and perceive him as, and another one which is his true self.

“Today I announce the beginning of a new dawn and the close of a chapter. Today, I am a mother to God’s unique gift. I am no longer a slave to my thoughts of perfection.

“I, at this moment, announce that I shall no longer be referred to as wife to the Ooni of Ife or as Queen of Ile-Ife, but as the Queen of the people and mother of my adorable Prince.

“He is God’s way of saying I know about it all. In situations like this, there will be aggrieved persons.

“I, at this moment, appeal to all parties involved to allow the peace of God with the consciousness that there is a lovely little boy between us. I thank all of my prayer partners and loved ones.

“I remain committed to all of my projects, charity work and ministry. In this new season, I shall be focusing on God only.”

The Directorate of Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Chief Moses Olafare, speaking with our correspondent on the phone yesterday, said the palace is not aware of the post of Queen Naomi.

He said: “Separation is a two-way affair; it is not something that is announced by one party. The announcement of separation is subject to agreement by both parties, so, to that extent, the palace is not aware of such separation because we all went to bed last night, having the king and queen being together.

“So, if by this morning, the queen went to her social media to write that she is no longer in marriage with Ooni, we will look into it to see whether or not the Instagram page truly belongs to her, and to know the reason behind it. But as of today, this moment, the palace is not aware of the separation. Marriage is a private affair, no matter how prominent the personalities involved, it is a private affair. We will dig deeper and know what happened. But as I said, all of us just woke up to read about the separation on social media.

“Even by this time yesterday, (Wednesday) kabiyesi was still packaging a special gift for her. If you want to separate with someone, you cannot be packaging a gift for her. I was aware that Kabiyesi was putting special gifts for her for Christmas. If he is not in love with her, he cannot be doing that, only to wake up the following morning to hear from the public that she is no longer in the relationship. The Christmas gift has been delivered to her already.”

Posted On Sunday, 26 December 2021 23:20 Written by

RISING Nigerian Afropop teen act, Phatiah, has returned with a new song after a brief hiatus.

After the release of her first two singles, ‘Itesiwaju Eko’ and ‘Education,’ Phatiah has returned to the scene with a new single, ‘Jeje.’

The young singer takes her music in a new direction to show a capacity for alchemical world-building. Phatiah made the new single in tandem with the popular street-hop act, Destiny Boy and had 2T Boyz as producer.

Posted On Sunday, 14 November 2021 17:57 Written by


Whitemoney has emerged as the winner of the 2021 BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season with a #90 Million grand prize which includes a ₦30 Million cash prize.

The finale kicked off with Made Kuti performing to a large crowd who were ready to see which of their favourites will emerge as the winner. Right after Kuti’s thrilling performance, Big Brother gave the finalists a heartwarming speech.

Emmanuel who was the veto power holder became the first finalist to be evicted. After Emmanuel, Angel left in 5th place. The 21-year-old won fans over for her free-spirited nature. She says she believes she will make the #90 Million outside the house, and also has plans to venture into real estate, salon business, mental health, and spa business.

After an awesome performance from ex-BBN housemate Avala, Ebuka announced the eviction of another fan-favourite housemate Cross. Cross hoped to be the 2nd or 3rd evicted housemate, sadly, he ended up in the 4th place.

The second runner-up of the season turned out to be Pere, who is popularly called the General. The 36-year-old had an intriguing run on the show from joining as a wild card to his spot in the finals getting nearly lost to Angel. Interestingly, he declared his love for Maria.

While the fans were anticipating who the winner would be between Liquorose and Whitemoney, the winner of the last season, Laycon gave an outstanding performance. Laycon’s performance preceded performances from Lojay, Ajebo Hustlers, and the biggest announcement of the night confirming Whitemoney as the winner of the ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season.

Whitemoney won the season in a landslide victory scooping 47% of viewers’ votes. Liquorose came second place with 22.99% of viewers’ votes.

Liquorose says she never expected to get this far and the excitement from Whitemoney can be seen.

This marks the end of BBNaija ‘Shine ya eyes’ season, till it is time for the reunion where issues during and after the house would be thrashed before another season starts.

Posted On Monday, 04 October 2021 00:45 Written by

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja/ GUARDIAN.NG

Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), has enjoined members of the National Assembly not to support to move to legalise cannabis, cautioning that members who vote for it might not be able to return to their constituencies.

Marwa made the submission yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

The former military administrator of Lagos said the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed the dangers of cannabis to the brain, disclosing that Nigeria was the highest consumer of the substance globally.

Vowing that Nigeria would not submit to the push for its legalisation, Marwa said: “Now, the WHO itself has declared that cannabis affects the brain, alters brain function. It destabilises and affects behaviour. It also affects body organs, and at some point, it can lead to death.

“So, while we appreciate those who want to legalise it for financial gains, we have to be careful to reconcile it with life. So, it’s money versus life. And up to this point, science has not developed up to the point where it can remove the THC in cannabis to zero.

“Therefore, cannabis is harmful to our health; it is a danger to society. We must never allow its legalisation. What’s more, Nigeria has 10.6 million cannabis users; this is the highest in the world. Isn’t it sad?

“We should be the highest in science, technology, mathematics, physics and not highest in cannabis. That is something we need.

“We can never support legalisation and I don’t see how the National Assembly would pass the bill because I know 90 per cent or more of the honourable and distinguished members of the National Assembly know the implications of this legalisation. They dare not go back to their constituencies if anyone signs legalisation because we are seeing the implication on the ground. The youth, the families are being destroyed because of cannabis and drugs. It wouldn’t be legalised by the grace of God.”

Marwa, who revealed that he has received constant death threats from criminals in the course of his assignment, said he was not concerned even though he takes precautions.

Specifically, on the threats, he quipped: “Severally! It’s almost a daily occurrence because my phone number is open. Equally, messages come through family, through colleagues, and sometimes people at random whom we don’t know but I live in the territory. That said, we also take precautions.”

The NDLEA boss said he was at that presidential villa to brief President Buhari on the recent activities of the agency, especially the move to construct barracks for personnel of the agency, saying he received a positive response from the president on the initiative.

He added: “We have, as you know, personnel in the 36 states of the federation and FCT. Therefore, we expect barracks in all the locations. The budgetary provision is something that I will not comment on at this point.

“Well, the President told us well done. And that well done does not go to Gen. Marwa but the NDLEA officers and men. And if there’s a secret behind it, we thank the Almighty God for the successes recorded so far, and also to the gallant and professional officers and men of the NDLEA who have remained upstanding.”

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 16:09 Written by

BY Alao Abiodun / THE NATION

Olajide Sowore, the younger brother of Sahara Reporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore, has been killed.

Sowore, in a terse post, said his brother was killed by suspected herdsmen/kidnappers in Edo state.

According to him: “My immediate younger brother, Olajide Sowore was today shot and killed near Okada in Edo state by reportedly herdsmen /kidnappers on his way from Igbinedion University in Edo sate where he is studying Pharmacy.

“They snuffed out the life yet another real human being! Rest In Power, “Dr. Mamiye!”

“This act in itself will not delay their day of justice.”

Playing tributes to the deceased, he said: “I traveled widely with you and our father as a little kid. You were the most loved robust kid I ever first knew. You, Mr. magnet had no enemy!

“You, Mr. Sunshine Foundation who made everyone happy.

“You, the boy who snuck out his older ones to parties, taking all the blames when our disciplinarian father found out.

“You, the guy who was an out-of-the-box thinker who decided school wasn’t for you and created you own genre of music and then turned around to go to school after you almost turned 50!

“You lived your life so that everyone could be alright but now assassinated by everything that’s not alright! Saddest day yet!”

Police authorities are however yet to confirm or deny the incident.

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 15:58 Written by

BY Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

In March 2021, pop star Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tubaba or Tuface Idibia, and his wife, Annie, celebrated eight years of marital bliss.

In 2012, 2face had proposed to Annie on Valentine’s Day, a move that stirred her to tears when it happened as she wasn’t expecting it.

Going forward, the couple got married on March 23, 2013 in a star-studded wedding ceremony in Dubai.

They have two beautiful daughters, Isabella and Olivia.

But all does not seem to be well, following Annie’s recent outburst on Instagram, over 2face relationship with one of his baby mamas, Pero Adeniyi.

Annie had called out Tuface, for defying their marital vows.

She alleged: “Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sorts of rubbish.”

She also inferred that Tuface spent days with Pero, who has three children for the superstar, during a trip to the US.

Checks by The Nation shows 2face and Annie started dating when she was 15. Their relationship has, however, faced turbulent times.

2face during his relationship with Annie, had different affairs with other women. He is a father of seven; five from his previous relationships with other women and two with his wife, Annie.

His video African Queen, which saw Annie make appearances is the first video to be aired on MTV Base Africa.

2face Idibia once opened up on why he married his wife, Annie despite having kids from several other women.

He said: “When I used to repeat just 3 sets of clothes, she would always hold my head, look me in the eyes and tell me things will be fine one day.

“When I wasn’t handsome, she would call me her prince charming. When I wasn’t celebrated, she called me her king and said she is my number one fan and to this day, she still is.”

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 01:19 Written by

BY Gbenga Bada / THE NATION

All isn’t well in the Idibia household as the cracks in Innocent Tuface Idibia and Annie Idibia’s marriage became the subject of public discourse on Friday.

Annie had on Thursday taken to her Instagram page to allege that her husband was cheating on her with one of his baby mamas, Pero Adeniyi, with whom he has three children.

The allegations were not allowed to go unanswered as friends, family and associates reacted.

From TuFace’s brother to Annie Idibia’s colleagues and associates, everyone seem to have an opinion on their eight-year-old union.

A number of friends who shared their opinions on the allegation chided the singer’s wife for washing their dirty linen in public.

Her elder brother, Uduak Macaulay, had criticised his sister saying he has cut ties with her.

“This is for mutual friends and family, I just want to announce the entity and actress known as Annie Idibia has ceased to be friend, family, sister,” he wrote.

“Don’t hit me up, don’t DM me about her I have nothing connected with Annie or that brand whatsoever.”

Charles Idibia, the youngest of the Idibias in the public eye took a swipe at his sister-in-law saying he would continue to speak out against her if it will help Tuface’s life.

“Your juju and drugs are finally catching up with you. These things never end well. Even your family has disowned you, that’s how terrible you are. All the public sympathy and lies won’t save you. Your mum who didn’t last one year in your dad’s house can live in your matrimonial home since you got married to be doing juju, but juju never ends well. The truth never expires,” Charles wrote, in a now deleted Instagram post.

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 01:14 Written by


Nigerian music icon 2Face Idibia’s wife, Annie Idibia has called him out over his relationship with one of his baby mamas, Pero Adeniyi.

Pero is 2Face’s first baby mama and she gave birth to three kids for the music star.

Annie took to her Instagram on Thursday night to call him out over the relationship between 2face and Pero. She wrote:

I am a patient woman. I am not a fool innocent. Your family never loved me from the beginning. No matter how hard I tried. I was never worthy to them. I have made so many sacrifices for you and all your children. God knows I have I tried. Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sort of rubbish. I try to stay gracious. You are not the first man on the planet to have kids by different women. You can do better. Everything I do is to show the good human that you are. But today, this move done by you, Efe, Frankie and your family is unacceptable. What kind of man takes his kids to Disney and spend nights in the same apartment with his kids and their mother? How many times have you gone to see your kids with Pero? and she stay with you and the kids under the same roof?

She deleted the post some minutes after. However, 2Face’s brother replied to Annie on his own Instagram page. He accused her of using charm on 2Face among other things. He wrote:

You got married into a family of peace lovers …so peaceful that it’s actually an idibia family flaw as I have come to realise. Perhaps this has made you think that we must be fools, but trust me, we are not. You are bringing up a Disney trip that happen pre-covid19 simply because you somehow cannot totally have your way today like you are used to? Trying to paint your husband bad publicly( because he is a very private person). Is your threat tool and means of gaining control? …and I thought you were smart, abi dey dealer gave you the wrong dose today? Asking your mum who lives in one of the bedrooms to add more fire to the Juju pot is would have been a smarter move, but as God will have it, you choose today to expose yourself. You better finish what you started this Night, because maybe, just maybe the public might just help us all. Inno is dying slowly, never seen a man so unhappy in real life, but we must all maintain ‘peace’ that has never existed from day one …fuck that shit! done. The idibia family never gave you peace you say, please bring out all the wrong we did to you and post on your page pls, because I have a lot to say, and am going to say it regardless.

Annie Idibia and Pero’s rift can be traced back to 2015 and 2016 when they both called each other out on social media.

Their relationship took a left turn when photos of 2Face Idibia reportedly kissing Pero at the singer’s nightclub back in 2015 broke the Internet.

2Face is yet to say anything about the issue.

Posted On Saturday, 04 September 2021 00:55 Written by
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