Indian Film Star Rajinikanth Ends Political Bid Over Health Fears


Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth on Tuesday cancelled his plans to enter politics, saying a health scare had been “a warning from god”.

The announcement came a day after the 70-year-old Tamil action hero left the hospital where he was treated for high blood pressure.

Rajinikanth, one of Asia’s best-paid actors, set off celebrations by his fans when he announced early in December that he would be launching a political party in a bid to bring “corruption-free” government to his home state of Tamil Nadu.

But the bus conductor-turned-actor said he could not go ahead in a long letter released on his Twitter account.

Rajinikanth, who has had several health scares, said his recent worries had been a “warning from god”.

“I am sorry to let you know that I am not going to launch a political party.

“I will serve the people in whatever ways I can, without entering electoral politics,” he wrote in the Tamil-language letter.

A fan of Indian actor Rajinikanth gestures outside his residence after he cancelled his plans to enter politics in Chennai on December 29, 2020. PHOTO: Arun SANKAR / AFP


Rajinikanth said he did not want to start such a major campaign and then leave it half-finished.

Rajinikanth said in 2017 that he wanted to enter politics but then left his fans waiting until this month when he said his party would bring “honest, transparent” politics to Tamil Nadu.

The actor proved his political muscle in 1996 when he called on fans to oppose the Tamil Nadu government, which was then voted out of power.

Rajinikanth has carried on with his film career despite his health concerns and had been shooting his latest movie in Hyderabad when he was taken ill last week.


Gunmen Abduct Political Party Leaders In Kogi

Residents Cry Out Over Insecurity In Calabar

Three local government leaders of Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA) in Kogi state were on Friday, October 13, kidnapped by yet to be identified gunmen in Kogi State.

The abducted party chieftains are Ademu Kadir from Idah Local Government Area, Alilu Omo and Ocholi from Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Area.

READ ALSO: South-West APC Leaders Meet In Oyo

Confirming the abduction, the Kogi State Chairman of APDA, Abdulmumini Ibrahim, said the officers were on their way to Idah after attending the inaugural meeting of the state working committee of the party in Lokoja on Friday.

He explained that the bus conveying the party leaders was waylaid by the gunmen along Idah road. Passengers were robbed while the trio were taken to an unknown destination by the kidnappers.

Abdulmumini said the Commissioner for Police in Kogi State command, Ali Janga have been contacted. He said he was assured by the police which promised do their best to secure their release.

Senate Continues Amendment Of Electoral Act

Senate Continues Amendment Of Electoral ActThe Nigerian Senate has moved to correct the lacuna in the Electoral Act which came to the fore in the Kogi governorship election on November 2015 where the governorship candidate Abubakar Audu died after the election but before the result was announced.

To address this controversy, the upper chamber is recommending that in the event a governorship or presidential candidate dies after an election but before the result is announced, the party shall conduct a fresh primary within 14 days to get a new candidate.

The Senate approved the recommendation as part of its amended electoral bill which also provides that INEC shall suspend the conduct of a new election for 21 days when the death of a candidate is recorded after the commencement of an election and before the announcement of result.

The Senate is also amending clause 10 of the bill, which seeks to amend the Electoral Act on the use of card readers.

The amendment insists on the use of card readers but makes allowances for likely failure of card readers.

The Senate is also amending the Electoral Act prescribing a five-year jail sentence for any presiding officer who intentionally tampers with election records.

Fayose lifts Curfew, Urges Peaceful Easter celebration

fayoseThe Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, as a result of the forthcoming Easter celebration, has ordered that the 7:30pm to 6am curfew imposed on the State, be lifted.

Governor Fayose, who urged Christians in the State to celebrate Easter peacefully, assuring them that all security agencies in the state have been placed on alert, to respond swiftly to any security breach during and after the Easter celebration.

According to a statement issued on Thursday by the Governor’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, the governor described Easter as the most important event of the Christian faith.

The Will Of God

The statement read: “Easter, being the most important event of the Christian faith, must be celebrated in an atmosphere of freedom, peace and joy”.

“It is on this note that the 7:30pm to 6am curfew declared on Tuesday is lifted so as to allow Christians in the State the celebration of Easter without any hindrance.

“It is my expectation that in this season of renewal, we will all rejoice in Christ’s rising, draw strength and inspiration from His example, and remember that in the end, even death itself will be defeated,” the Governor said.

Governor Fayose had earlier stated that the curfew imposed on Tuesday, was to prevent violence that might arise after the declaration of the final results. He said that the election result was the will of God, which, he said, must not been seen as a victory or loss for any political party.

SDP Campaigns In Edo North

sdpWith about 11 days to the 2015 general elections, the Social Democratic Party, SDP in Edo State is intensifying its campaigns across different Local Government Areas of Edo North Senatorial District.

At a rally in Aviele, Etsako West Local Government, as well as Owan West Local Government Area, leader of the party, Abubakar Momoh, ask residents in communities to support the SDP, as it is the party that would give them a new lease of life.

Rivers APC In State-Wide Rally To Woo Voters

APC_Rally_in_LagosThe Camps of the All Progressives Congress have been busy, with Leaders and Supporters of the Party staging rallies across the Country.

In Rivers State, the party and its governorship candidate moves from one Local Government Area to another to woo voters to vote for the party in the governorship election slated for the 28th of February, 2015.

The Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi alongside the Governorship candidate of the APC in the state, Mr Dakuku Peterside visited Emohua Local Government Area where they promised to execute more projects if the party is voted into office.

Former Speaker Dimeji Bankole Preaches Unity In Ogun PDP

download (1)Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Dimeji Bankole, has challenged members of the Ogun State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to be steadfast, remain focused and resolute towards redeeming its fortunes in the 2015 general elections.

The former Speaker, at a unity meeting of the party held in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government area of Ogun State, said that without peace no meaningful development could be made by the party.

While calling for unity of purpose among party members, Mr Dimeji also asked members to go spiritual and pray fervently for unity and progress of the umbrella party in the state.

Party leaders and groups agreed to work together to once again bring it into limelight and ensure a resounding victory for the party in the coming elections.

The party has also begun restructuring and reconciliation of various groups and aggrieved individuals in the build up to the general elections.

ACN Saddened By Vice Chairman’s Death

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said it is deeply saddened by the death of its national vice chairman and former deputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chuddy Nwike in the hands of those who kidnapped him last month.

In a statement issued in Ibadan on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the killing after a ransom had been paid to secure his release, is the height of cruelty and represents a debasement of our collective humanity.

It prayed that God will comfort the family of the departed and strengthen them to bear this unquantifiable loss and appealed to the Federal Government to take a decisive action to end the worsening insecurity in the country.

”Dr. Nwike is the latest victim of this mindless act of kidnapping for ransom, which is fast deteriorating with the killing of innocent victims even after their families would have paid a huge ransom to secure their release.

”This senseless act has not spared anyone, high or low, male or female, rich or poor. The fact that it has continued unabated is a sad commentary on the state of security in our nation. It is high time the authorities acted to stamp out this heinous crime,” ACN said.

The former deputy governor who has been in the hands of his abductors for about three weeks.

Confirming the killing, the ACN says the kidnappers had contacted the late Mr Nwike’s brother Bufo, demanding a ransom of 30 million dollars.

However, a sum of 5 million naira was negotiated and delivered to a location in delta state through a courier.

The party’s statement says “rather than release the ex-deputy governor, the kidnappers seized the money and the courier on April the 5th, cutting off all communication until the body was found.”

The ACN has asked the police to track down the abductors and killers of the politician and ensure they are brought to justice.

African Peoples Congress Seeks Court Order To Bar INEC From Registering APC

The African Peoples Congress (APC) has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to a federal High Court in Abuja challenging the failure of the commission to register the association as a political party.

The party in the suit also prayed the court for an order to prohibit the electoral body from registering any other association with the acronym; APC as a political party pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

The merger of a number of opposition parties into the planned All Progressives Congress (APC) is locked in a bitter battle with the African Peoples Congress (APC) over the acronym being used by both parties.

In the suit filed on Tuesday by the acting chairman of the African Peoples Congress and 29 others, the party is seeking a declaration that INEC lacks the discretionary power to refuse registering an association as a political party having met the conditions for registration.

The suit is also seeking a declaration that the plaintiffs being the principal members and promoters of the association known as the African Peoples Congress have met all conditions of eligibility for registration of APC as a political party.

They also prayed the court for an order directing INEC to register the association known as and called the African Peoples Congress as a political party.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

Super Eagles’ Victory Shows Nigeria’s Endless Possibilities – ACN

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has congratulated the Super Eagles for winning the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 19 years, saying the victory shows what Nigeria can achieve when it allows talent, rather than mediocrity, to lead the way.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the Party said the Eagles’ victory, coming just a little over a year after Stephen Keshi took charge of the team and started a rebuilding process, shows that transformation does not necessarily have to be an endless Quest.

”The Super Eagles who failed to qualify for the last edition of the Nations Cup in 2012  rose to win the cup in 2013.

Keshi’s transformation agenda has produced positive Results, even when not everyone believes in him. This is how it should be,”.

The ACN noted that while Nigerians were not too happy at the players’ Performance in the group stage, they quickly rallied around them, the moment they stepped up their game in the knockout stage, an indication that Nigerians do not need endless prodding to support a winning team, whether in sports or politics.

”The Super Eagles, who were not among the pre-tournament favourites, won because the coach assembled his team based on talent rather than any extraneous considerations, and also because the team and its technical crew believes that when there is determination and self-belief, no mountain can be high enough.

”If Nigeria will always field its best eleven in all human endeavours, be it sports, economy or politics, and also allows a visionary rather than a waffling dreamer to lead the team, the country will always be a world beater. That is the lesson from the Super Eagles’ class of 2013,” the party said.

Meanwhile, ACN has criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for opting to jet to London for the launch of Obasanjo Foundation Instead of travelling to South Africa to witness the final match.

”Again, the President missed a chance to be seen to personally inspire his compatriots when it matters most. With Millions around the world watching on television, there can be no better opportunity for a leader to showcase his nation and its talents. That explains why a world leader like President Barack Obama flew to London to watch the US basketball Team play against Brazil at the 2012 London Olympics.

”The trip by President Jonathan to London for whatever reason, while Nigeria is playing in the final of Africa’s top football Competition for the first time in 13 years, and with the possibility of a first win in 19 years, reminds one of the folk tale of a Man carrying an elephant on his head, but surprisingly opting to Search for a cricket,” it said.

Court Dismisses Umeh As APGA National Chairman

A High Court sitting in Enugu today asked Chief Victor Umeh to stop parading himself as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Allinace (APGA).

Presiding Judge, Justice Innocent Umezulike said “his tenure actively ended on December 2, 2010.”

The judgment followed a case filed by a former Udi local council chairman of the party, Jude Okuli, praying the court to determine among other issues whether by virtue of the proper interpretation of section 18: 2, 3, 4 and 5 of APGA constitution, the defendant, Umeh, should remain the national chairman after four years in office without re-election.

Coming by way of originating summons, the petitioner invited the court to declare that the continued stay in office by Umeh as the national chairman after four years without a valid convention announced by the national executive committee of the party is illegal, void and ultra vires.

Delivering the  judgment which was temporarily remanded due to Umeh’s interlocutory appeal, Justice Umezulike rebuffed the objections of the defendant’s counsel, Mr. Patrick Ikwueto (SAN) that the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter and that the petitioner, Jude Okuli, lacked locus standi to institute the matter having been expelled from the party for violence and anti-party activities.

The court also rejected the defendant’s argument that the non-joinder of APGA renders the suit defective as well as the claim that having earlier instituted a similar action in court, “the instant case amounts to an abuse of judicial processes.”

Justice Umezulike, sparing ample time to dissect the issues formulated for determination, held that the court should not retreat in terror at the mere mention of domestic business of a political party.

He said, “Unless a political party conducts its business in strict observance of the rule of law, the court can be invited to interpret the law which is its exclusive business as in the instant case.”

He, therefore, ruled that the defendant’s occupation of the office of national chairman of APGA is contravention of the party’s constitution, insisting that the question as to whether he ought to resign at least two months prior to the national convention for a re-election becomes academic.

Neither Umeh nor his counsel was present in court, but reacting to the judgment, the plaintiff, Jude Okuli said the judgment was a sound one explaining that it was a victory for APGA since according to him, “the party would begin to experience new lease of freedom and reorganisation.”

Also the Special Adviser to Governor Peter Obi on Markets and Parks, Elder Sylvester Nwobu-Alor, said the judgment has opened the door effectively for the restructuring of APGA.

Nwobu-Alor added, “It would amount to “tomfoolery” for any party to appeal the verdict.”