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

The South Is a Threat To Nigeria’s Democracy, By SKC Ogbonnia

The recent Hand Shake Across the Niger is a bold step forward, no doubt, but its strategy is tangentially myopic. Such strategy has already given rise to the emerging nickname, “The Igbo/Yoruba Summit”, which is enough to create peppering mistrust among the minorities in the South. It can be misconstrued…
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Columns

The 2019 Elections and the Nigerian Party System, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The problem with the parties remain that they do not really have members and they show little regard to democratic rules in their internal affairs. As the chairman of INEC explained, the key role these parties will play in the coming elections is to clog the ballot. The greatest challenge…
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Opinion

Political Parties Need Restructuring Too, By Ayisha Osori

...in the long run, with innovative strategies, the right party values; transparent processes; competent candidates; and consistent communication, parties that are ready to do things differently will start winning but we must all contribute to the salvation of our politics by enlisting and supporting them. If it is true that…
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Columns

The Poor Health of Our Political Parties, By Jibrin Ibrahim

..Nigerian parties do not have members. Party bosses and barons share member’s cards among Structures in the Nigerian political lexicon refers to patron-client relations in which the barons retain clients who they pay for to come to conventions and vote in particular ways that they have been directed to do.…
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Columns

The Feasibility of Nigerian Parties Becoming Democratic, By Jibrin Ibrahim

The practice in Nigeria is that political barons and godfathers take decisions on behalf of party members who have no say in the running of party affairs. It is actually an aberration to talk of party members in Nigeria. Membership cards are given to barons and godfathers who keep them…
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