Monday 7 October 2013
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Nigeria's ruling party
Things fall apart
The ruling party and the country’s president face their greatest-ever challenge
GOODLUCK JONATHAN, Nigeria’s president, was visibly stunned when a former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, and seven state governors recently walked out of a convention of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in open rebellion against his leadership. The party has won every election since it took power after the end of military rule in 1998. But it is bitterly divided over whether Mr Jonathan (pictured above) should run for a second full term in 2015. As a result, there is a chance—most analysts are wary of putting it more firmly—that, whether or not Mr Jonathan stays at its head, the PDP’s mighty cash-laden machine may lose power. And that could turn Nigerian politics upside down.
Mr Abubakar and the rebel governors have broken away to declare a “new PDP”. “We have taken it upon ourselves to rescue the party from its dictatorial leadership,” says Kawu Baraje, the new outfit’s chairman, who has accused Mr Jonathan and the rump party’s chairman, Bamanga Tukur, of allowing “political repression, restrictions of freedom of association and arbitrary suspension of members”.
The breakaway faction has a distinctly northern flavour. Six of the seven rebel governors are from the north or the middle belt, exposing faultlines that have widened under Mr Jonathan, a southerner from the oil-rich Niger Delta. Only one rebel governor, Rotimi Amaechi, from Rivers state, is a southerner. Mr Amaechi, who is said to hanker after the vice-presidency in 2015, has been embroiled in an acrimonious row with Mr Jonathan and his wife.
In May Mr Amaechi was voted in as chairman of the powerful Nigeria Governors’ Forum, beating the president’s favoured candidate, Jonah Jang of Plateau state—an embarrassing defeat for Mr Jonathan. The forum is divided, with 19 governors backing the rebel governor and the other 16 sticking with Mr Jang. “I am concerned for my safety,” says Mr Amaechi, who has apparently taken to driving alone, with non-government number plates.
On September 1st 57 PDP members of the 360-seat House of Representatives, the federal National Assembly’s lower chamber, pledged their loyalty to the rebel PDP; 22 of the 50 sitting PDP members in the 109-strong Senate then followed suit. Several others are said to waver. The rebel caucus, known as the G7, may be able to swing the votes of delegates from their states at the PDP primary election next year, when the party is due to choose its presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The G7 includes the governors of Kano and Rivers states, two of the most populous. Unless Mr Jonathan squelches the party rebellion, he could lose the primary.
In an effort to regain the initiative, the president has sacked nine of his ministers. It is no coincidence that four are from states whose governors have defected, while another two were originally nominated by Olusegun Obasanjo, a still powerful former president (1999-2007), who helped Mr Jonathan into the top job but has more recently been making trouble for him. A PDP insider says there is a growing mood of paranoia in the party as leading figures seek to dodge Mr Jonathan’s axe.
Mr Jonathan may now put close allies in ministerial posts to limit the influence of governors, especially in states such as Kano and Rivers. On September 16th the rump PDP announced that Mohammed Abacha, son of the late General Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s notoriously greedy military dictator (1993-98), had been brought back into the party from the opposition. It is speculated that Mr Abacha, who is himself vastly rich, may run for governor of Kano under the auspices of the old PDP in 2015.
It is also possible that Mr Jonathan will get the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), an agency that is supposed to snuff out corruption, to probe the PDP’s defectors, some of whom have already been targeted by it. A weighty northern senator, Bukola Saraki, had already been questioned by the EFCC before holding meetings for the rebel faction in his grand house in Abuja, the capital. “Jonathan will do anything to win,” says a senior PDP man. “But he will struggle in the north where the mood is very anti-Jonathan and anti-PDP.”
One result of the in-fighting in the ruling party is that the momentum for economic reform, already flagging, has slowed even more. Few people now expect the long-stalled Petroleum Industry bill, which is meant to bring clarity to Nigeria’s oil industry, to pass. Nor will the PDP’s rows help the president to end violence and sabotage in the oil-rich south, where billions of dollars of oil money still fall into the hands of criminals and corrupt politicians, or to win the campaign against terrorists in the north. On September 28th militants from Boko Haram, a jihadist group, killed around 50 students at an agricultural college in the northern state of Yobe.
The PDP’s feuding factions are to meet for talks on October 7th. Mr Jonathan and his PDP rump may have enough oil money to buy their way out of trouble. But for the moment the pendulum has swung in the PDP rebels’ favour. Moreover, the opposition in the shape of the All Progressive Congress, a recently formed coalition of three main parties, has also been getting its act together—and will surely try to lure some of the PDP rebels onto their side. The president, who often seems a hapless (but rarely hatless) figure on the national stage, has a real fight on his hands to keep his job.
On October 1st he handed licence certificates to 14 private companies that have been allowed to buy chunks of Nigeria’s dismally incompetent state-owned electricity behemoth. If a lot more people had reliable electricity by 2015, that might win him some crucial votes.
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A representative for Berry would not share any other details about the boy -- Berry's second child -- including where he was born or his name.
The Oscar-winner has a 5-year-old daughter with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry.
Berry, 47, married Martinez, 47, in a private ceremony in France in July. It is the third marriage for the Berry, who revealed in April that she was expecting a baby with the French actor.
Berry and Martinez began their relationship last year after meeting on the set of the film "Dark Tide."
Martinez was by her side through the last months of her bitter custody battle with Aubry, the Canadian model who fathered daughter Nahla.
They reached "an amicable agreement" over custody in November, a week after a Thanksgiving Day fistfight in Berry's Hollywood driveway between Martinez and Aubry.
Berry was previously married to former pro baseball player David Justice -- from 1993 until 1996 -- and singer Eric Benet -- from 2001 to 2004.
"This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth," Berry told CNN when discussing her pregnancy in April. "I thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it's been a big surprise and the most wonderful."
- Alan Duke CNN
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Electricity consumers in the country should not expect a rapid improvement in power supply any time soon despite the privatisation of the sector, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has said.
The commission made it clear that the distribution of meters to consumers as well as the improvement of technical issues in the power business would not be achieved in the short term.
The Chairman, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, said private investors in the sector would need time to settle down, understand the details of the business and strategise better to service their debts.
According to him, the investors will also need time to work out how to efficiently manage the electricity networks and installations to benefit their customers.
He said, “These issues, of course, cannot be achieved rapidly. So, in the first few months, there will not be so much significant or rapid improvement, and electricity consumers should not expect magic.
“That the Federal Government sold these companies to private investors does not mean that the problems with the power sector will be over overnight.”
Amadi spoke at a workshop organised by the commission to discuss issues pertaining to yearly increase of electricity tariff and the privatisation of the power sector.
The privatisation of the power industry took a step closer to completion last Monday with the handing over of share certificates to 13 investors, who had earlier paid for the 14 electricity generation and distribution companies.
President Goodluck Jonathan had stated that with the scheduled handover of the electricity companies to the private sector operators, things could only get better.
“Going forward, this administration is committed to providing all elements that are necessary for our private sector partners to succeed in providing Nigerians with uninterrupted power supply,” the President had said.
But Amadi told journalists that uninterrupted power supply would not just happen, stressing that the new owners would need to get enough money not only to repay their debts, but to run the companies efficiently.
“This, however, does not mean that there won’t be speedy improvements in some aspects of the business. Customer care can be improved upon in the short term, but improvements in technical issues will be in the long term,” he said.
The NERC boss, however, gave an assurance that the commission would keep the new owners of the electricity firms committed to their respective targets, adding that it would not hesitate to penalise defaulters.
On fears that the Disco Roundtable, an umbrella body for the power distribution companies, would form a cartel that would dictate electricity tariff, Amadi said the Federal Government would dissolve the body once the handover was completed.
“We have made them understand that once they take over the business, we will deal with them individually and not as a group,” he said.
On why metering of electricity consumers was still a huge problem, the NERC chairman said, “The corruption and racketing in metering is inhibiting the process. However, the Discos will meter their customers, but this will take some time for it to go round.”
BY OKECHUKWU NNODIM, ABUJA
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(The Nigerian SWF, which is the brainchild of former Minister of Finance and current Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, was signed into law via the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority Bill on Thursday, May 26, 2011, by President Jonathan. And based on the Santiago Principle, the SWF comprises three investment baskets – the Nigeria Infrastructure Fund; the Future Generations Fund and the Stabilisation Fund. Specifically, the Infrastructure Fund is expected to be used in bridging the nation’s infrastructure gap by investing in the development of critical facilities across the country. Notably, 10 per cent of this fund will be devoted to agriculture and regional government-sponsored development projects that will promote economic development in under-served sectors or regions in Nigeria. Whereas the Future Generations Fund will be used to build an inter-generational savings base by investing in longer term assets that generate returns to accumulate wealth for future generations of Nigerians, the Stabilisation Fund will be used to protect the country’s budget by providing a stable, last-resort source of finance during periods of fiscal deficit. Also, the Stabilisation Fund will ensure the smooth functioning of government and delivery of key services during periods where revenues from petroleum sales are less than the level anticipated and approved by the National Assembly. Explaining his reason for initiating the establishment of the SWF, Aganga had said that, as a fundamental component of Nigeria’s macro-economic management framework, the SWF, which will be managed by the NSIA, would help to reduce Nigeria’s susceptibility to the unintended consequences that might arise from the volatility of crude oil price at the international market.)
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