Opinion

COVID-19 and the “New Normal” of Political Campaigns, By Shamsudeen Adio Yusuf

With the exponential increase in the cases of COVID-19, politicians cannot conduct campaigns through conventional means. They must adapt to the realities of the “new normal” by deploying alternative mechanisms of campaigning, while strengthening the existing ones. Communication is vital in any election. Since COVID-19 emerged, countries have been contending…
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Opinion

Nigeria: the Coming 36 Months, By Ejeviome Eloho Otobo and Oseloka H. Obaze

Most likely, Nigeria might witness a deterioration of her fiscal, foreign exchange and debt situations; growing incidence of poverty; heightened criminality linked to unemployment and impunity; and the probable fiscal insolvency of some states. Other key developments will include moves towards electing a new president; with luck and assertive military…
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Opinion

Electoral Reforms and the Protection of Votes, By Uche Ugboajah

A year after the 2019 general election, one would have thought that Nigerian citizens, the civil society, political parties and even government ought to have been sufficiently angry to have set in motion, measures to reform the electoral process. The main opposition party in the land, the Peoples Democratic Party…
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Opinion

Why INEC – A Carrier of Political Coronavirus – Must Be Scrapped, By ‘Tope Fasua

The politics of Nigeria has always been afflicted with serious cancer but in this season of anomie, guided along by toxic fellows in the marauding, nihilistic ruling party, INEC has introduced some of these incurable viruses to finish the work of damaging democracy in Nigeria, while fast-tracking the demise of…
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Columns

Degi Whatchamacallit, David Lyon and the Fall of APC In Bayelsa, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The cruel manner of Lyon’s loss will force political parties, or at the very least the leading candidates, to pay more attention first to their internal verification mechanisms and next to their internal politics. The lead-up to the 2019 general election was littered with allegations and counter-allegations of certificate forgery.…
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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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Columns

INEC’s Bloody Axe and the Political Remnants, By Azu Ishiekwene

Instead of splitting hairs over INEC’s ban – which will happen over and over again – we must address startling inadequacies in the electoral law which permitted the travesty, in the first place. On a hot, dusty harmattan day last week, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) loaded its gun,…
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Opinion

Buhari and Electoral Reform: The Unspoken Truth, By SKC Ogbonnia

The need to curb illegal money in Nigeria’s election campaign cannot be overstated, especially considering that the problem is central to elitist corruption. Therefore, as a president whose sole claim to power was to fight corruption, Buhari can still seize the moment and go forth to lay a strong foundation…
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