RE: Peter Obi, Ghost of the Past and Reality of Today

By Valentine Obienyem With great disappointment and distaste, I read the above-titled piece supposedly written by one Abdullahi Haruna. It was indeed like a tour of a lunatic asylum. What are his contentions? It was clearly sponsored by those who are dismayed that the Vice-Presidential candidate of the PDP, Mr. Peter Obi has no common fault that are observed among many Nigerian politicians and in desperation concoct tales, which defy all logic. The unidentifiable Haruna submitted falsely that as Governor of Anambra State, Obi “bundled some northerners” back to their…

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Averting The Impending Labour Strike

By Adewale Kupoluyi The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) have threatened to resume strike action on November 6, if the Federal Government fails to heed the demands of Nigerian workers for increase in minimum wage. According to the trio of NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; the TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama; and ULC President, Joe Ajaero, the unions decried the Federal Government’s decision to implement a ‘no work, no pay’ policy. The organised labour had insisted that the Federal Government should rather…

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All Eyes on Osun Election Tribunal

By Dr Tonnie O. Iredia The convention since the return of Democracy to Nigeria in1999 has been that once an election result has been declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, it can only be looked into by the relevant election tribunal. The power is expressly conferred by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended. According to Section 285 of the said constitution, election tribunals are empowered to hear and determine petitions as to whether a person has been validly elected into non-appointive offices under…

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The Battle of Osogbo 2018

By Dr. Tonnie Iredia Only two weeks ago, I attended an exciting workshop on the inexplicable herder/farmer conflict in Nigeria and thoroughly enjoyed one of the workshop papers which traced the origin of communal conflicts in parts of Nigeria. An interesting aspect of the paper was how it reviewed the famous Battle of Osogbo of 1840 where at that time; the Yorubas successfully halted the Fulani incursion into what became known as the South West of Nigeria. It was a battle which reportedly began with the quest of the empire-building…

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Exorbitant Party Nomination Fees

By Adewale Kupoluyi Few days ago, a friend of mine, who is aspiring for an elective post in the country, raised an alarm that the cost of nomination and expression of interest form in her political party was too exorbitant. According to her, such ridiculous amounts would not only drive away genuine aspirants, it would also limit the chances of many women to be elected into offices under the current political dispensation. This unfortunate situation would not only affect female aspirants but other promising contestants, most especially youths and young…

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Getting Our Women Ready For 2019

By Adewale Kupoluyi As Nigerians gear up for the general elections, many events are unfolding that suggest that next year’s poll is likely to be the most-keenly contested in the annals of the country. As usual, it is the men that dominate the political landscape, as not many women have so far shown interest to vie for elective posts in this important exercise that is less than a year to go. This should not be so. Many challenges are facing Nigerian women and by extension, African women that tend to…

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Defection: Waiting For Minister Alhassan

By Comfort Obi I will start with a story. A cousin of mine,  too nervous to be on the wheels  of her car,  has a rather funny and weird driver. He is good looking. Deceptively shy. Full of surprises.  Sometimes, erratic, at other times, as cool as cucumber, and when he feels like, he plays deaf.  But he is serviceable when he wishes to. He feels free with his boss. So ever so often, he crosses the red line. Once, he whatsapped his photograph, dressed to the hilt to his boss.…

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On The Gale of Defections

By Adewale Kupoluyi Anytime I get to read about how our politician cross-carpet from one party to another, I feel greatly troubled and unhappy for two reasons. First, it shows the level of indiscipline in the polity. Secondly, it gives one the impression that our journey into the enthronement of good governance and sustainable development is becoming a mirage. Perhaps, more than ever before in the annals of the country, the last few weeks have witnessed a litany of defections from one party to another that makes it difficult for…

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2018 World Cup: Can Super Eagles Soar Higher?

With the 2018 World Cup just three days away from kick-off, Nigerian fans are somewhat less confident on the chances of the Super Eagles making a resounding impact at the Coupe de Mundial; after some lacklustre performances in the recent tune-up matches they played. Following the back-to-back defeat suffered at the hands of the Three Lions of England and the Narodak of the Czech Republic, and the 1-1 draw with the Simbas of the DR of Congo; many fans have come to the sudden realisation that the team is not…

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OBJ: Nigeria’s Letter-Writing specialist

By Gwiyi Solomon Even though he may not have been overtly antagonistic against the present government of Muhamadu Buhari on customary basis like the former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose; yet, he is no less Nigeria’s pen-specialist. He is clearly, not known to be a writer; more so it is pointless comparing his scribbling skills with that of Prof. Wole Soyinka and the late Chinua Achebe, world notable writers with five-star-decorations from this part of the world. Yet, his letter-writing…

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