Columns

Is INEC Ready For Tomorrow’s Elections?, By Jibrin Ibrahim

In this column last week, I asserted confidently that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was ready to conduct the 2019 elections. It was not but should have been. It was particularly unfortunate that the Commission covered up its unpreparedness and deceived Nigerians and indeed the world that it was…
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The Consequences of A Second Buhari Term, By Majeed Dahiru

Going into the rescheduled 2019 presidential election in a few days, Nigerians are presented with clearly contrasting choices in the two frontline candidates. Before investing their democratic capital on either President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),…
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Nigeria’s Disconcerting Electoral Cycles: Here We Go Again!, By Dele Agekameh

The postponement will cost some more than others, but we are all equally stained by the stigma of never getting it right the first time, of unnecessary delays and the domino effect of African time that may have been started by the same political parties now calling foul and demanding…
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Before We Crucify the INEC Chairman Alone, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

Professor Mahmood talked of sabotage as one of the reasons for the shift. This cannot be disputed by any stretch of the imagination; he knows better because he is in the thick of things. Every group tries to court, bring down, blame, drag, and use INEC to its advantage, even…
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Bámidélé Upfront

Nigeria 2019: When Words Become Dangerous Portents, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Clearly, the fear of loss, despite the denial, caused the president to misdirect his shoot at sight order will likely aid voter suppression on Saturday. Out of the fear of possible violence, most voters, especially in the South where the military are good at baring their fangs, are likely to…
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Amosun’s Treasonable Mischief and Other Stories, By Louis Odion

Not until Muntader al-Zaidi’s act of suicidal daring was the world jolted to shoe-throwing as a form of Arab expression of deep social anger. Visiting President George Bush was only beginning to warm into a joint press conference with the Iraqi leader in Baghdad in the winter of 2008 when…
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How Well Did We Do, Last Year?, By Uddin Ifeanyi

Unfortunately, over the years, the federal government’s guidance on the economy’s outlook has diverged from eventual outcomes in ways that have turned the former into an exercise in creative writing. The eventual outcome, as in the numbers for last year’s budget, is not so much stranger than fiction. But undiluted…
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Drum Beating, Dancers Ready: Why Did Yakubu Stop the Beat?, By Festus Adedayo

It is no news that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections that were to hold yesterday. It is also no news that angers, frustration and condemnation of this decision have jammed the Nigerian electoral space. A number of contesting theories have sprung…
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