Elections are barely three months away. Already there are debates about debates. Should candidates be coerced, begged, persuaded or forced through laws to take part in political debates? And truly, Nigerians are taking sides. In the twenty first century, after 58 long years of independence, Nigerians are debating about the propriety of candidates for elective … Continue reading DO NIGERIAN POLITICIANS HAVE A LIFE?
The Nigerian general elections is billed for February 2019. That is precisely in less than four months. There are 91 registered political parties who might be fielding candidates for the different elective positions. Ninety one is such an unwieldy number of political parties for a country struggling with the development of its democracy and country … Continue reading WHEN POLITICIANS AMBUSH THE ELECTORATE
After the PDP primaries in Rivers State early last month, I asked how a Jonah Jang, a former governor of Plateau state, a current Senator from his senatorial district in a state that has seen more bloodshed, arson, and indigene/Settlers conflicts than any other part of the country (asides the Boko Haram mayhem in the … Continue reading THE AUDACITY OF FORMER GOVERNORS
The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi 11 came into national consciousness in June 2009 when the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua nominated him as the governor of the Nigerian Central bank. Prior to that time, he had been operating at a very high level in the Nigerian banking sector having worked at the United Bank … Continue reading EMIR SANUSI: RIGHT ADVICE, WRONG AUDIENCE
It is with very mixed feelings that one had observed the different party primaries that ended on the 7th of October this year. INEC had set the deadline hoping the political parties would showcase their idea on internal democracy by conducting free and fair primaries. Sadly though, the candidates have emerged from the parties but … Continue reading 2019:WOULD NIGERIA GET THE LEADERSHIP IT DESERVES?
The post of the Vice President in Nigeria was made popular by the meek, cerebral and industrious late Alex Ekwueme, a well educated, admirably patriotic man of blessed memory during the Second Republic. He was chosen as Vice President to Alhaji Shehu Shagari, a teacher who became the President of Nigeria in 1979. Popular … Continue reading NDIGBO AND THE POLITICS OF VICE PRESIDENCY
The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed September 27th for Osun State governorship rerun. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ademola Adeleke, had polled 254,698 votes to defeat that of the All Progressives Congress, Gboyega Oyetola, who polled 254,345 votes. However, due to irregularities which marred the election at some polling units in Ife … Continue reading Osun gov rerun to hold September 27, says INEC