Guest Columns

Election Shift: When Logic is Illogical, By Egghead Odewale

Preparations for the coming General Elections have now reached fever-pitch levels, as Nigerians are only days away from the epochal dates. One would easily surmise that the interesting days were nigh when President Goodluck Jonathan threw caution to the winds at the commencement of his party’s presidential rallies in Lagos…
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Guest Columns

Election Analysis: Why a Buhari Victory is Probable, By Eronmonsele Elens-Eigbokhan and Tobi Oluwatola

In elections, as in poker, there is a lot of uncertainty. But there is a reason why the same five guys make it to the World Series of Poker final table year in & year out – it’s not all about luck.  A few months ago we calculated some probabilities…
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Columns

Council of State Has No Power To Postpone Elections, By Femi Falana

The Council of State is one of the Federal executive bodies established by Section 153(1) of the Constitution. The Council is constituted by the President as the Chairman, Vice President as the Deputy Chairman, all former Presidents and all former Heads of the Government of the Federation, all former Chief…
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Columns

Before We Crucify Dasuki on February Elections, By Labaran Saleh  

Here comes a time in our nation's chequered political history when well-meaning Nigerians with brilliant ideas on contentious issues are afraid of voicing their opinion for fear of being mischievously and wickedly misconstrued. Our local media is daily awash with plethora of stories that are deliberately packaged to malign and…
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Columns

I Stand On My Statements On Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, By Charles Soludo

My attention has been drawn to statements credited to the Hon. Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, in response to my latest article and call for a structured debate on the issues. According to the report, she no longer wants to join issues with…
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Columns

Disarming Nuhu Ribadu’s Partisan Critics, By Gimba Kakanda  

The biggest fraud we may witness in the forthcoming elections may be the foreseen exploitation of General Muhammadu Buhari’s coattail effect, already being espoused to hoodwink overexcited electorate by disadvantaged members of his party. We’ve built a dangerous political culture, with a thing as cheap as political education scarce, where…
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Columns

The Yero Factor in the Kaduna Violence, By Mohammed Sani Saleh    

Regarding the recent outbreak of violence in parts of Kaduna, we make bold to say that responsibility for the mayhem, injuries and the loss of lives and property rest squarely with Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and his PDP government. It is a well known fact that since the launch of his…
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Opinion

INEC and the mechanisms for secure and violence-free elections, By Adebayo Hassan

In developing countries, a major challenge of democracy which election management bodies, EMBs, have to confront is the conduct of secure and violence-free elections. The factors accounting for this include: One, the wider insecurity which may have implications for the electoral process and the tendency of the causal social forces…
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