Columns

Gama, the Darling of Kano State: Voter Inducement and Suppression, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the political tension in the State has arisen to the maximum level and there are fears of political violence, whichever way the results go. On Wednesday, the Kano Peace Committee made a passionate appeal to the political class to keep the peace. Various additional appeals would be made today. My…
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Columns

Inconclusive Vote: Buhari’s Disclaimer, By Azu Ishiekwene

In all the states where the elections were inconclusive, it seems obvious that desperate politicians want to bend the vote, they want an outcome other than what the people want. That’s asking for trouble. Buhari must not yield to blackmail or allow his office to be used for vote trafficking.…
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Opinion

The Trap Against New Political Expression, By ‘Tope Fasua

We have been appealed to, in the interest of peace, to accept the results of an extremely flawed But our quest for peace and progress for our country, is obviously being taken for foolishness. Only one or two new parties will probably qualify for non-deregistration so Corruption has mixed with…
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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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Columns

The Inadequate Understanding of “Inconclusive” Elections, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...the elections were declared inconclusive for a number of reasons. These include the discontinuation of the use of smart card readers midway into the elections or the failure to deploy them, over-voting and widespread disruption in many polling units. The reasons are therefore clearly related to electoral fraud and it…
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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

March 9 Elections: A Public Appeal, By Nigerian Working Group on Peacebuilding and Governance

Dear Esteemed Fellow Nigerians, On Saturday March 9, 2019, we will once again exercise our civic rights and responsibilities as citizens to elect our governors and members of the State Houses of Assembly. Despite some of the hitches experienced during the presidential and National Assembly elections that took place on…
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Opinion

Completing the 2019 Electoral Process, By Jibrin Ibrahim

...successful elections in Nigeria can provide a more solid footing for building political harmony and stability. It is true that the elections have been very divisive due to the extremely negative campaigns that were conducted. Precisely for this reason, organising the final round in a manner that is clearly free,…
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