AGF’s Desperation for Disqualified APC Candidates

  By Oji Odu Following the upholding of the decision to bar the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in Zamfara state from the 2019 general election by the Court of Appeal, Sokoto, after a Federal High Court in Abuja had overruled the decision of the State High Court sitting in Zamfara, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and justice minister, Abubakar Malami (SAN) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the election to field candidates in the exercise in Zamfara state. The High Court had earlier nullified INEC’s…

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2019: Puncturing Violent Election

By Oji Odu Former President Goodluck Jonathan will always be remembered by posterity for making the 2015 general election violent free, even when under pressure not to do so. With 2019 election just days away, calls and pleas have re-echoed for violence free polls. Will there be violence free elections when the gladiators have continued to tear each other with hate speeches, unguided provocative languages and words? Will it be violence free when such words are echoed by both religious and traditional rulers? Will it be free polls when there…

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Last Minute Scramble for PVCs

By Oji Odu Monday, February 11, 2019, the last of the three days  grace to those who have not collected their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) still with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do so, many eligible voters have like in the last two days thronged  Commission’s offices throughout the nation to do so. Yet, six days to the Presidential poll many are still unable to get them. Have they been disenfranchised? Will the electoral body still do something quickly to allow them exercise their constitutional right to vote?…

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Onnoghen: Pressure Mounts As CCT Adjourns

By Oji Odu Unfolding events on the travails of suspended Chief Justice of the Nation (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, have made not a few Nigerians ask: What about him? Why has the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration seemed to have lost sleep in recent times unless the man’s case is quickly nipped in the bud, less than 10 days to the 2019 general election? What kind of man is Onnoghen? Is he a ‘political’ jurist, a member of the opposition political party, or a Nigerian that wants free…

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Onnoghe At Risk

By Oji Odu As anxiety mounts over threat to issue a bench warrant on the suspended Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Walter Onnoghe who has, again, boycotted the court at the resumption of his trial, who can stop him from being arrested by the police that had earlier locked up his office? Who can stop the CJN from being brought for trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), maybe in chains if his prosecutors liked? What can wipe off the disgrace suffered by not only the Onnoghe, the…

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Obasanjo, Again, Rejects Buhari

By Oji Odu Why do Some Nigerians rage and imagine and say so many things, sometimes vain, against former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whenever he says his mind on national issues or criticizes the government in power? Does he, like every other Nigerian not have the right to speech and constructive criticisms? Why is the government in power always jittery whenever Obasanjo speaks? Does that mean that the former President is not really a spent selfish force as some claim? Are his words prophetic, such that quake the wits out of…

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Labour Rejects Minimum Wage of Disparity

By Oji Odu Organised labour comprising three prominent workers’ bodies- Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC), has spontaneously rejected the N27,000 minimum wage and the N30,000 for Federal Government workers following the figures approval by the National Council of States (NCS). They said the figures are unacceptable, questionable and smack of deceit by government. While rejecting the disparity, many question the reason why the NCS should be brought into the scene, bearing in mind that all interested stakeholders, including President Muhammadu Buhari…

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“On January 23 We Stand”- Organised Labour

By Oji Odu It is seven days to “Armagedon,” 168 hours to the industrial strike of all strikes. Organised labour has vowed to implement its threat to shutdown the country from January 23, 2019, if the Federal Government refuses to send the proposed N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly for deliberations and approval. This in effect will truncate the democratic process and the 2019 general elections which are days ahead. The body comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC,  Trade Union Congress, TUC, and the United Labour Congress, ULC, have…

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Why Should God Not Punish Obasanjo?

By Oji Odu For repenting from having an unforgiving spirit, why should God not punish former President Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo? For forgiving former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of his wrong doing, why should God not punish Obasanjo? For coming to his senses and realising that no man holds the other’s destiny and letting go all grievances, why should God not punish Obasanjo? Why are people so eager for the God of Obasanjo to punish him for repenting from his ignoramus disposition? Why are they not happy that the prodigal…

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Petroleum Marketers Threaten to Ground Nigeria

By Oji Odu Tension is mounting to a fearful level in the country. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is still on strike with several meetings with Federal Government to resolve the issue of poor funding of the nations universities deadlocked. The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has threatened to down tools if federal government hesitates to resolve their problem. The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is still battle ready to ground the nation if government continues to waste time in kick-starting the new N30,000 minimum wage regime. Now,…

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