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Nigeria Will Not Survive the 2019 Presidential Election, By Femi Aribisala

What we witnessed in the recently concluded election was the death knell of democracy in Nigeria. For those of us who had hoped against hope, the 2019 presidential election has proved to be the last straw. We are now convinced that Nigeria is a hopeless case. This country is not…
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Columns

Buhari V. Atiku: The Inconvenient Truth, By Azu Ishiekwene

Atiku would lose marginally, not because voters are overdosed on Buhari love, but because when trust is at stake – man-to-man – Buhari is the lesser of two evils. This is the inconvenient truth. If you walk by sight, you cannot help approaching Saturday’s presidential election with a heavy heart.…
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Opinion

Whither the New Asiwajus? – Nigerian Politics Post-2019 Elections, By Abimbola Agboluaje

It isn’t certain that any of the alternative politicians who commit to building a viable third party would one day emerge president. What is certain is that by slowly transforming Nigerian politics, forcing Nigerian traditional political parties to compete on ideas and policy, even stealing some of their proposals, they…
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Columns

The Stranded Squirrels In Ezekwesili’s Party, By Azu Ishiekwene

Beneath the self-indicting for money was the real motive for the shameful way the ACPN leadership treated its presidential candidate. With less than three weeks to election and Ezekwesili still adamant that she would neither be the party’s moneymaking machine nor its shakedown artist, the fellows couldn’t wait to dump…
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Columns

Ezekwesili’s And Galadima’s ACPN As A Metaphor For APC And PDP, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The ACPN’s implosion teaches us that the quality of our leadership cannot exceed the strength of the values that drive our individual lives. The search for Nigeria’s next crop of leaders will have to focus more on the individual rather than the party — because, as we have now seen,…
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Columns

The Debaters, Buhari’s Middle Finger And Atiku’s Own Goal, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

The presidential candidates of the alternate political be wondering why their performances have assumed lesser significance to the absence of ‘Butiku’, as coined by Ezekwesili. The answer is simple: 2019 is still about PDP and APC. It won’t continue forever, hopefully, but they have a say in how quickly the…
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Columns

2019: The Illusion of Oby and Other Rookies, By Louis Odion

Given the referenced institutional barrier, one therefore shares the view that it would perhaps have been more prudent if folks like Oby had chosen to fish in little political rivers with better prospects of victory, rather than spreading their scant net too thin in the vast ocean without much hope.…
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Columns

Paying For Sirika’s Aborted Flight of Fancy, By Azu Ishiekwene

What is baffling is not that the project failed is baffling is that Sirika, and those who could have called him to order, deliberately ignored all the warning signs of a clear and present danger and just kept spending money and making commitments in a way that they might never…
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Columns

Politicians, Citizens and the Agony of Decision Making, By Jibrin Ibrahim

As the political class accelerates its activities in the coming weeks and months, the Nigerian voter is also clearly in a painful process of decision-making. The Buhari administration has not delivered sufficiently on its promise of improved security, more jobs and a successful war against corruption. It would therefore have…
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