Guest Columns

Understanding Nigeria’s Historic Elections, By Zainab Usman

It is common to hear policy makers, development experts and pundits talk about the need to “build strong institutions” in Africa as the solution to governance challenges without quite understanding what processes building or modifying these “institutions” entail. Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in their 2012 tour de force, Why…
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Guest Columns

IGP Suleiman Abba and the Tradition of Unconstitutionality, By Nelson Ekujumi

A distinguishing feature of democracy which differentiates it from other systems of government is its strict emphasis on the observance of due process and the rule of law in the conduct of affairs, both in private and public life, for a peaceful and orderly society. Adherence to this principle is…
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Opinion

Interim observation report on field testing of INEC’s card readers, By YIAGA

Introduction The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) conducted a field testing of the Smart Card Readers (SRCs) on March 7, 2015 in one ward in twelve states across the federation. The locations include; Oromenike Ward 1, Port Harcourt City (Rivers), Izzi Unuhu ward, Abakaliki (Ebonyi), Dalimore ward,  Ado Ekiti (Ekiti),…
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Columns

Scuttling the Elections: Plan C, D and….? By Jibrin Ibrahim   

What is clear to all serious analysts is that certain powers within the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party circles are very frightened about the likely outcome of the presidential elections. That fear has been expressed in the enormous pressure brought to bear upon INEC to postpone the elections. It has also…
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Columns

Nigeria, history and the clear and present danger, By Chido Onumah

These are perturbing times. On the eve of what promises to be Nigeria’s fiercest election, one that has set the country on edge, it is important that we sound alarm bells. Even though we have seen it all before – whether we are talking about the 1964/65 elections (postponed for…
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Columns

Is Jega now a Civil Servant for the Purpose of forced or subtle Removal? By Jiti Ogunye  

Of late, some proxy waters testers, engaged obviously to run a deleterious proposition by the Nigerian public before any move to actualize the proposition, have started a campaign that Attahiru Jega could be eased out of office by President Goodluck Jonathan, even before the holding of the rescheduled general election…
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Okey Ndibe

Nigeria Has “Nakeded” Itself, By Okey Ndibe

Last week, representatives of Nigeria’s political parties and its electoral commission met in Abuja. At the end of a marathon meeting, Attahiru Jega of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that the country’s general elections would be postponed by six weeks. Trust Nigerians: reactions to the development fell along…
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