Columns

Nigeria 2019: The Other Elections That Really Matter, By Rafiq Raji

The big states, like Lagos, Kano, and Rivers, get some attention, though. And deservedly so. But because state politics tend to be in the firm grip of so-called ‘godfathers’, most people do not even bother to make the effort. I reiterate the need for conducting the presidential, parliamentary and gubernatorial…
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Columns

Nigeria Decides 2019: A Post-election Note (2), By Rafiq Raji

Since it is highly unlikely Mr. Abubakar would prevail in court, his primary object in taking legal action should be the improvement of our democracy. It could be hoped that the process would reveal certain irregularities and mis-steps that could, in the aftermath of his legal action, be corrected by…
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Columns

Party Primaries, Direct and Indirect Dismissal of Popular Mandates, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...what is clear is that this season of primaries has shown the fragility of our democracy. Once again, it has become clear to all that Nigerian democracy has a great weakness because of the lack of respect for internal party democracy and the consequent recurrent disrespect for party rules, particularly…
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Columns

IG’s ‘Transmission’ and the Other Treacherous Tale, By Louis Odion

...after all mispronounced and done, the IGP also partly has himself to blame. Well, maybe his consolation should be that, at least, there is now an epithet to define his reign as super cop. As it is customary, today, we shall be making a detour from the usual to dissect…
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Columns

From Imo to Zamfara: Monarchy Trumps Democracy, By Louis Odion

Taken together, it is a sad commentary on Buhari’s political guardianship that democracy is being given a bad name in Imo. But who knows, maybe loquacious Okorocha will soon tell us he is only following PMB’s example by only appointing “trusted” In the North, Okorocha’s alter ego will be Abdulaziz…
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Opinion

Governor Okorocha: Of Tyranny and Discontent, By Chido Onumah

For Mr. Okorocha, democracy simply means government of the Okorochas by the Okorochas and for the Okorochas. Last month, he announced his younger sister, Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha)—deputy chief of staff for internal and domestic affairs—as commissioner for “happiness and couples' fulfillment,” and later, “purpose fulfilment.” He has no compunction…
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