Opinion

As the Supreme Court Reviews Its Decision On Imo Governorship Election, By Chidi Odinkalu

Nigeria’s experiment in elective governance can hardly survive by choosing to replace INEC’s arbitrariness with judicial imponderability. This is why the sitting of the Court on Tuesday matters. In 2008, the Supreme Court scorned the notion of deciding election disputes based on principles as “vague, nebulous and large.” On 18…
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Opinion

Nkwo Orodo: A Growing National Epidemic, By Ugoji Egbujo

...there is an Nkwo Orodo in almost every rural local government area now. Neglected and being deserted. Stampeding the youth into a frenzied rural-urban drift. And ultimately to Abuja and Lagos. Or perhaps even further, into the cold belly of the Mediterranean. Instances as Nkwo Orodo may account for the…
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Opinion

Governance: Between the Akeredolu Template and Ihedioha Tendency, By Adegbenro Adebanjo

The tragedy of it all is that four years from now, we are likely to witness another manifestation of the Ihedioha template, while the Akeredolu tendency may have completely disappeared. Even before they fully internalise the import of their oaths of office, the new big men in the corridors of…
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Columns

Karma and the Parable of ‘Filadefia’, By Louis Odion

...nonetheless, it is impossible to deny the shadow of Karma now engulfing Okorocha. Some eight years ago, he too barely waited for then Governor Ikedi Ohakim to write his hand-over notes before bombarding banks with letters from the “Office of the Governor-Elect” to dishonour cheques presented by the Government House…
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Opinion

Nigeria 2019: Of Voided Votes and Inconclusive State Polls, By Rafiq Raji

"...In Rivers, until further notice the elections due to violence in polling units and collation centres, staff being taken hostage and election materials, including results sheets, seized or destroyed by unauthorised persons. There is no doubt that the electoral process there was severely compromised.” If this conclusion is also made…
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Guest Columns

Imo State and the Misfortune of Leadership, By Charles Anyiam

Talking of jokers, I was not in the least amused with Okorocha's cheeky use of his handshake photo opportunity with President Barack Obama during Buhari's visit to the White House on posters across the state. That act was low life at its lowliest ebb. My question is: what purpose does…
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Columns

National Assembly Elections and the Trouble Within, By Steve Ayorinde

A lot would still have to unravel on why President Muhammadu Buhari, who had earlier publicised his indifference to whoever emerges as the National Assembly leaders, all of a sudden and fresh from the G-7 meeting in Germany, would be said to have convened a meeting with all the APC…
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