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Running the Last Mile Against the Run of Play

Even with all the events prior to the 2015 presidential election, a more studious management of the election’s ‘last mile’ would still have re-elected Jonathan.                       Nigeria’s democracy is really evolving. My egbon, Olusegun Adeniyi’s book, Against the Run of Play, is a prudent inventory […]

One Moment in Time

The recent elections in the National Assembly was a defining moment for the governing party and our country. 14.06.2015 The election of the presiding officers of the 8th National Assembly generated so much heat that it probably increased global warming. It also created a lot of excitement and, very importantly, varying discourses from different sides […]

Jonathan and the margin of 3 million votes

If the 2011 elections were held today, the majority of tossed up votes will go from the president’s corner. 10.12.2014 The stage is now set for the 2015 presidential elections. President Goodluck Jonathan has emerged as the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) while the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has Maj. Gen. […]

The Challenge of Leading PDP

It is time to make our politics safe for democracy. 04.07.2007 The stage is set for a change of guards at the leadership of Nigeria’s Peoples Democratic Party in line with the party’s new zoning formula for their offices. Given the maladies and histrionics of the opposition parties in our politics during the last eight […]

Deconstructing the Third Term Mantra

21.02.2006 By describing it as a “bogey”, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu’s recent satiric approach to the third term mantra has added a rather interesting dimension to it and he came down heavily on his former colleagues of the written word by blaming them for generating an unnecessary and unwarranted hypnosis on a vacuous inanimate creature. I […]

Obasanjo, Atiku and Imperial Presidentialism

27.09.2005 It started with that THISDAY interview. Nigeria’s hitherto taciturn Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has ruffled some feathers with his comments that have been construed to represent an affront on his boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo. When the Vice President granted what I consider a harmless interview to THISDAY newspapers, two issues stood out from it. […]

The Other Side of Atiku’s Talk

08.09.2005 The ongoing gyrations created by recent comments from Nigeria’s Vice President Atiku Abubakar seems to have distracted us from the imperativeness of other aspects of his remarks on our democracy. As we approach the presidential politics of 2007, it will be very important to note and amplify useful contributions to national discourse, even if […]

Bigger Than Obasanjo And Ogbeh

05.01.2005 We are accustomed with spoken and written words warning past and present Nigerian leaders of the declining conditions of our nation. However, the unique thing about the letter that the Peoples Democratic Party’s Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh’s wrote to President Olusegun Obasanjo is that it came from not just a member of the ‘family’ […]

Deconstructing the Obasanjo presidency

04.26.2003 Such joy. It was that day in May 1999 when the evolution of the Nigerian nation-state took a remarkable turn with the inauguration of a civilian government. The day that marked the emancipation of the Nigerian people from the jackboots of military occupation that had suffused our polity since the overthrow of the Second […]

Farewell, Oyi, We’re Going to Miss You

29.10.2003 “Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod.”                                                  — Aristophanes (BC 448 – 380) The first Senate of the 4th Republic of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will be known as the Senate of Okadigbo. By one […]