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October 19, 2017 4:35 PM Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy in response to independence threat

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain’s central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. In a move unprecedented since Spain returned to democracy in the late 1970s, Prime Minister Mariano 12

October 19, 2017 2:56 PM PDP Chairmanship: Fayose restates call for single candidate from S’ West

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has reiterated his position that those aspiring to be the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest zone must come together and present a single candidate for the position, maintaining that “it won’t be in the collective interest of the Southwest zone to present six aspirants at the convention 10

October 19, 2017 12:48 PM Evans makes U-turn, changes plea to `not guilty’

Guilt-racked kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a Evans, on Thursday made a U-turn as he entered a plea of `not guilty’ as he was re-arraigned on a two-count amended charge of conspiracy and kidnapping at an Ikeja High Court. Evans had at his arraignment on Aug. 30 plead guilty to the charges, while other alleged accomplices — Uche Amadi 13

October 19, 2017 11:19 AM Spain to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy

Spain’s central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. In a move unprecedented since Spain returned to democracy in the late 1970s, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would hold a special 14

October 19, 2017 11:03 AM Catalonia crisis: A slow, dangerous game of political chess

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected in Brussels on Thursday as planned for a summit of EU leaders but don't be fooled: all is not well at home. Spain is in the midst of a huge constitutional crisis. For the first time ever since the Spanish constitution was written back in 1978, a government is triggering Article 155 which can result in the suspension 13

October 19, 2017 9:00 AM Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Spain is to start suspending Catalonian autonomy on Saturday, as its leader threatened to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region. Catalonia's leader said earlier the region's parliament would vote on independence, backed in a disputed referendum 14

October 19, 2017 8:54 AM SKC Ogbonnia: Biafra: Igbo governors must also go

Nnamdi Kanu of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been declared wanted for not showing up in court. That is normal. But if the truth is told, the main culprit for the Biafran crisis are the politicians—not Kanu. The authorities should be knocking at the doors of the seven Nigerian governors of Igbo extraction, namely: Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (Rivers)

October 19, 2017 6:38 AM INEC closes voters’ registration in Anambra

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu, has announced the closure of voters’ registration in Anambra State ahead of the November 18 governorship elections. Yakubu, who assured Nigerians that the Anambra election will be conducted free of hitches, said that registration would re-open immediately after the gubernatorial 15

October 19, 2017 6:29 AM PDP: Time for a fresh start – Gbenga Daniel

The lead contender in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairmanship position, Gbenga Daniel has today, the 18th October, 2017, formally declared his intention to run for the position. Engr. Daniel who was the former Governor of Ogun state, in his declaration of interest for the party’s position, said that time had come for a fresh start in PDP. Daniel 15

October 19, 2017 6:09 AM PHOTOS: President Buhari Arrives Turkey For D-8 Summit

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday left the country to attend the ninth summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) in Turkey. President Buhari, who was accompanied by his wife and a delegation of ministers, arrived at the Esenboğa International Airport in Ankara at about 6:20 pm (Nigerian time). The Developing-8, also known as D-8 Organisation for Economic 15