INEC Contradicts Its Chairman, Denies Diaspora IDP Voting

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has denied any intentions of voting by the Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, not resident in Nigeria, as being widely reported in the media. Reports indicate that the INEC Chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, has stated that special arrangements have been made for the voting of internally displaced persons in Chad and Niger, with the press speculating that over seven million votes are expected to be garnered by the Diaspora IDP.Social Media reactions insisted that if that is going to happen, Government must allow diaspora voting completely,…

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Senate In Rowdy Session, refuses to Endorse EFCC Nominees

By Uche Mbah Senate today went into a rowdy session as they considered the names that were submitted by the presidency for confirmation of their appointments into the anti graft agency. The uproar was hinged on the flagrant disregard for federal character in the nominations. The nominees are Ndasule Moses, Lawan Mamman, Galadanci Najib and Adeleke Adebayo Rafiu. The letter from the presidency has been with the senate since 2016, but it only came up today for hearing and debate in the upper legislative chamber. It was then refered to…

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FG In Unprecedented Clampdown on Opposition, PDP Kicks

By Uche Mbah Recent events have given credence to the allegation that the Federal Government has perfected plans to cripple the opposition financially so that they will be cash strapped to fund the 2019 elections, according to opinions sampled by this Magazine within the last week. The Source has, in recent past, reported that the initial hiccups in the electioneering campaign was due to the apprehension that the government may use the instrument of coercion to cripple the Activities of the opposition, particularly the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. Recent reports…

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APC Jittery Over PDP Sokoto Rally, Plans counter Strategies

By Uche Mbah Reports of the Political rally, organized by the People’s Democratic Party, PDP,  in Sokoto, appears to have unsettled the All Progressives Congress as reactions began to trail the Rally. Investigations indicate that the rally was devoid of personality attacks but more of issue based campaign. One of the dignitaries that appeared at the rally was former president Goodluck Jonathan from neighboring Chad, with which Sokoto has a boundary-thereby tacitly admitting the ruling party is weak in border control. But Shehu Sanni, the garrulous former APC senator, countered…

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Jubril: Buhari Clears The Air-And Raises More Questions

By Uche Mbah At last, President Muhammadu Buhari appeares to have heeded the call of the masses to respond to the allegation of an imposter occupying the Nigerian seat of Power in Aso Rock. In a video that is going viral, Buhari was seen saying that he is Buhari, thereby giving the lie to speculations that a body double, or Doppelganger, is occupying Aso Rock. Some claim he is a clone, which is unlikely because a clone has to pass through in vitro fertilization and genetic manipulation of a stem…

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Campaigns At Low Key, Sparks Fear of Inconclusive Election

By Uche Mbah By now, it is expected that the polity will be charged with electrifying campaign gatherings  public debates, but unfortunately, there has been lackluster activities in the political scene. True, the President was in Kano for political rally, but this was occasioned by the need to shore up confidence in the presidency after the barrage of criticisms President Buhari has faced due to the recent massacre of Nigerian soldiers by the Boko Haram terrorist group. After a barrage of criticisms, the President was forced to invite Security Chiefs…

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Atiku turbaned in Adamawa without South east Governors

By Uche Mbah Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was earlier this week turbaned as the Wazirin Adamawa, in Yola, Adamawa state. The occasion attracted the Creme de la Creme of the party hierarchy, but surprisingly, no South east governor was in Attendance. Prominent among the attendees were two former Presidents, Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo, a former Vice President, Namadi Sambo; the Party Chairman Uche Secondus and some governors. The absence of South east  governors was not unexpected. Within the same period, the governors,…

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Melete Killings: Buhari under fire for going to campaign in Kano, South African Mercenaries react

By Uche Mbah History has uncannily been repeating itself in the political chessboard of Nigeria as Buhari was in Kano for political campaign forty eight hours after Boko Haram slaughter of the army working under the aegis of Operation Lafia Dole. Recall that in the wake of the abduction of Chibok girls in 2014, President Jonathan did a misstep of going to campaign in Kano immediately after the abduction. This was capitalized on by the opposition party to highlight such as being insensitive. Buhari only feebly tried to react to…

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Tinubu vs the Cabal: Between the Rock and A Hard Place

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By Uche Mbah Recent events in the polity may be indicative of a jugular war between the Aso Rock Cabal- the de-facto Presidency, and a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, A PC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The All Progressives Congress, APC, has been embroiled in controversies majorly involving the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and many of the governors elected under the aegis of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The crisis was not unrelated to the primary elections organized by the party under the Party chairman, which was done under…

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Jonathan’s Book Launch Reignites Calls For Free and Fair Elections, Rattles FG

By Uche Mbah Tuesday launch of former President Jonathan’s account of the dying hours of his regime and the controversial 2019 election results have opened up new controversies on the possibility of the current Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, acting as unbiased umpire during the 2019 presidential elections. Jonathan has launched his own account of what happened at the 2015 presidential elections, of which he was a candidate. The launching coincided with his 61st birthday celebration in Abuja. It was graced by who is who in Nigerian politics, with the…

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