Opinion

The Rape of Our Democracy, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

So much has been written about President Goodluck Jonathan's rape of our democracy since his assault on the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday. From that well contrived and coordinated attack on INEC, many of us have gained knowledge and are humbled because the world does not appear as simple…
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Election Postponement and Grave Diggers of Democracy, By Jiti Ogunye  

On Saturday, 6th February,2014, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) eventually bowed to the pressure of "the Presidency" to postpone the February 14th and 28th 2014 General Elections for six weeks to enable the Federal Government of Nigeria concentrate on the war against terrorism in the North-East. The new dates for…
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Columns

Scenario Building on the Postponement of the Elections, By Jibrin Ibrahim

On Saturday, I was part of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room that met with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his 12 National Commissioners. We were informed about the receipt of a letter from the security services advising that INEC postpones the general elections on the…
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Opinion

INEC and the mechanisms for secure and violence-free elections, By Adebayo Hassan

In developing countries, a major challenge of democracy which election management bodies, EMBs, have to confront is the conduct of secure and violence-free elections. The factors accounting for this include: One, the wider insecurity which may have implications for the electoral process and the tendency of the causal social forces…
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Columns

How to Lose the Presidential Election Four Times (4), By Femi Aribisala

Muhammadu Buhari can conduct a coup and declare himself Nigeria’s head of state. But under no circumstance should Nigerians elect him as president. Nigeria is fighting a Boko Haram insurgency whose mantra is that western education is a sin. These people have kidnapped innocent young girls who dared to go…
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INEC’s new membership in #Bring back our Northern domination, By Femi Aribisala

In my article on the recent election in Osun State, provocatively titled “How APC Lost the Osun Election;” I was lavish in praising the INEC. I said: “Attahiru Jega is by far Nigeria’s best public-servant. He is yet again, the real winner of the Osun election; and he is doing…
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The Osun Governorship Election And The Strong Message Of Death, By Jide Jegede

In order to keep its people awake to lessons embedded in happenings around them, the Yoruba have a number of sayings that inspire wisdom in caution and action. One of such is: “Iku to n pa ojugba eni, owe nla lo n pa”. Literarily, it means: “when death strikes your…
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Columns

Segun Ayobolu Struts and Wobbles On Ekiti Elections, By Olayinka Oyebode

Reading Segun Ayobolu’s “researched piece” on Ekiti June 21 election, which is essentially a diatribe against Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi titled : “Further Thoughts on Ekiti Polls” in his back page column in The Nation Newspapers last Saturday, one must extend deep sympathies to Ayobolu as he toiled…
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Opinion

What Does Goodluck Jonathan want for the Southwest? By Pius Adesanmi

As we approach 2015, Goodluck Jonathan’s only problem does not lie with the gang of born-to-rule northern elders who are deploying every dirty trick in the book – blackmail,  intimidation, making Nigeria ungovernable through violence – to get him out of Aso Rock Villa. More than the threat posed by…
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