Editorial

EDITORIAL: Halt Harassing Electoral Officials

PREMIUM TIMES observes with increasing alarm the bullish behaviour and lack of restraint of the Nigerian state, as well as the blatant disregard for the requisite separation between the state and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The recent dastardly action of the State Security Service (SSS), summoning senior officials…
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Opinion

Postponement of Elections as a Culture, by Eric Teniola

Annulment of elections, violence before, during and after elections, banning of candidates and postponement of elections are gradually becoming part of the Nigeria culture. There is just one word to describe the situation, sad. Last Saturday’s postponement was not the first that would be experienced by both General Muhammadu Buhari,…
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Opinion

What Nigerians must know about Rivers, Akwa Ibom rulings, By Chinedu Ekeke

At last, one Election Petitions Tribunal last Saturday rose to the defence of Nigeria’s democracy. The tribunal empanelled to determine the issues and complaints that trailed the Rivers state governorship election, headed by the Honourable Justice Suleiman Ambrosa, took a clear departure from the onslaught his colleagues in so many…
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Columns

Can Amina Bala-Zakari be appointed as INEC’s Acting or Substantive Chairman? By Jiti Ogunye

Following the expiration of the tenure of Professor Atahiru Jega as INEC's Chairman, on 29th June, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari swiftly appointed Mrs Amina Bala-Zakari as the Acting Chairman of INEC, thus displacing Ambassador Muhammed Wali, to whom Professor Atahiru Jega, relying on INEC's " internal and independent arrangement", had…
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Opinion

Abia Governorship Election: Is Jega Ashamed Of His INEC Yet?, By Chinedu Ekeke

Nigeria has an electoral body that is inherently partisan, watches political contestants subvert the electoral process without raising a finger and then commands complainants to come up with ‘evidence’ of irregularities. A man in suit cheerfully displaying his certificate of return for ‘winning’ a seat in Nigeria’s Federal House of…
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Opinion

Abia Governorship Election: Is Jega Ashamed Of His INEC Yet? By Chinedu Ekeke

Nigeria has an electoral body that is inherently partisan, watches political contestants subvert the electoral process without raising a finger and then commands complainants to come up with “evidence” of irregularities. One man who cheerfully displayed his certificate of return this week after “winning” a seat in Nigeria’s Federal House…
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Guest Columns

Judicial Activism as Final Arbiter, By Soji Apampa

The activism of Prof. Attahiru Jega, Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) earned him the appellation, “Man of the Moment”. The recently concluded 2015 elections have generally been characterised by increased activism of stakeholders, especially Nigerian citizens who deserve special commendation for doing all they could to express…
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Guest Columns

Now That You’ve Won: An Open Letter to the New Governing Party, By ‘Gbénga Sèsan

I sat on the floor of my son's room, in tears. It was supposed to be a good day because I had invested resources in an election that meant a lot to me, and the numbers coming in meant change - electoral defeat of the incumbent President - was certain.…
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