Today’s Daily Brief: IBB’s son joins Niger gov race, Presidential taskforce chairman joins Rivers gov race, PDP govs meeting with Mu’azu ends in deadlock, and more

We deliver your news brief for Friday, October 17, 2014.


Mohammed Babangida, son of former military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, may have joined the  Niger State governorship race  to contest the 2015 governorship poll in the state.

This  is contrary to speculation that the son of the former military ruler had backed down on his earlier touted ambition to govern the state, according to a competent source who spoke with our correspondent in Kaduna on Friday.

Eleven aspirants were said to have  indicated interest to seek nomination of their political parties to run for the governorship seat of Niger State in 2015.



The Chairman, Presidential Taskforce on Power, Mr. Beks Dagogo-Jack on Friday announced his resignation and intention to contest for the office of the governor of Rivers State come 2015.

He said he would contest for the position under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Dagogo-Jack, who has been a member of the PTFP since inception in 2010, said he decided to join the governorship race after “wide consultation” with his principals and relations.



Gov. Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State on Friday appointed eight new permanent secretaries in the state.

Swearing-in the new officers, Yero tasked them to ensure that they kept to the oath of office, as well as ensure excellent service delivery.

He said the appointment was strictly based on merit and not on any political consideration.



Strong indications emerged yesterday that the meeting between Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu ended in deadlock, following the inability of both sides to reach an acceptable consensus.

The meeting which took place Wednesday night at the Asokoro residence of Mu’azu, was called primarily by the governors to express their displeasure over the stoppage of consensus endorsement of their candidates ahead of 2015 general elections and their own candidature by the National Working Committee, NWC.



A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday fixed Nov. 7 to rule on a fundamental rights enforcement suit seeking the reinstatement of impeached Governor of Adamawa State, Malam Murtala Nyako.

Justice Okon Abang reserved his ruling after hearing arguments by counsel of parties in the suit.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, had filed the suit in August challenging the legality of Nyako’s impeachment on July, 15.



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