Opinion

2019 Elections: Glad I Stood Up To Be Counted For Nigeria, By Kingsley Moghalu

...the elections have left me wondering if Nigeria is truly a democracy. Or do we merely have a four-yearly ritual in which political cabals renew their hold on power by using a form but not the substance of democracy? As the character Archie said in the British playwright Tom Stoppard’s…
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Opinion

Kano, March 23: The Election That Never Was, By Abba Gumel

...it was remarkably surprising that, despite this horrific action of the thugs and mercenaries, coupled with the clear fact that there was never an election, as we know it (where voters cast their ballots freely without any form of intimidation, coercion, suppression or violence), INEC decided to "collate" the results…
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Opinion

Kano Re-run Election: A Morbid Threat To Representative Democracy, By Ali Sabo

What happened in Kano on March 23 was a daylight robbery of the people’s mandate, intimidation, inducement and the use of state security to unleash terror upon the people who came out to exercise their constitutional civic right. The people of Kano witnessed an unprecedented level of voter inducement. Politics…
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Columns

Kano Politics and the Decline of Values, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The value that emerged from rigging and cynical “development” can only push the people further away from democratic politics. If the peoples' votes do not count, then the values that would triumph in future would be violence and thuggery. Nonetheless, we cannot give up on the core value of accountability.…
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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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