Bámidélé Upfront

Nigeria 2019: When Words Become Dangerous Portents, By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú

Clearly, the fear of loss, despite the denial, caused the president to misdirect his shoot at sight order will likely aid voter suppression on Saturday. Out of the fear of possible violence, most voters, especially in the South where the military are good at baring their fangs, are likely to…
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Columns

Nigeria 2019: Views of Foreign Investors Ahead of Polls, By Rafiq Raji

Charles Robertson, global chief economist and head of macro strategy at Renaissance Capital, an investment bank focused on emerging markets, and what investors have been telling him. “They are relaxed about the election,” says Robertson. His feedback is corroborated by Malte Liewerscheidt, vice president at Teneo, a global risk consultancy.…
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Columns

Nigeria 2019: Engaging the Exigencies of Polling In a Digital Age, By Jibrin Ibrahim

It is important for Nigerians to take on board the fact that there has been considerable investment by INEC in technology solutions and administrative systems that have, to a significant extent, irrevocable improved the integrity of Nigerian elections. It is impossible to slide back to the Maurice Iwu days when…
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Columns

2019 Election: Nigerians – Torn Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, By ‘Fisayo Soyombo

Buhari’s ‘Next Level’ project offers little to revel in, Atiku’s presidential ambition doesn’t tickle; yet the electorate seem content with either the devil or the deep blue sea. This means Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election has been lost before it has even kicked off. There is something baffling about the fascination…
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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

Atiku’s Presidential Dream: An Obituary, By SKC Ogbonnia

The imminent defeat should not be attributed to other needless underhand tactics of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), such as the heedless removal of the chief justice of the federation or the artless death threats to foreign election observers by a sitting ruling party governor. The problem is simply…
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Opinion

Five Preemptive Takeaways On Saturday’s Election, By Moses E. Ochonu

Continuing and deepening the message sent in 2015 about the electoral consequence of performance in office, this election cycle's most persistent and far-reaching narrative is competence/incompetence. In this regard, the incumbent's incompetence has become the main issue in the election, which is a referendum on his ability to lead and…
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Columns

2019 Presidential Election: The Choice Before Nigerians, By Zainab Suleiman Okino

...all the card-carrying members of the leading parties, if any, are insignificant and not enough to give victory to the candidates in comparison to the electorate. It is therefore imperative for the electorate to own the process, devoid of sentiments, and vote for a candidate they prefer in a fair…
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