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OPINION: Aig-Imoukhuede And The Initiative For Public Governance

By Reuben Abati (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A week ago, I stumbled on an article titled “Africa and the burden of Leadership” (The Guardian, Nov. 7), written by Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, banker, investor and entrepreneur, former Managing Director of Access Bank Nigeria, our compatriot.  The piece was actually excerpted from a speech he delivered at the graduation ceremony of […]

OPINION: Crocodiles Are Not Comedians, They Don’t Smile, By Owei Lakemfa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Nigerian Army on November 1, flagged off   “Operation Crocodile Smile Three 2018”  in  Bayelsa  State while that of Delta  State was  launched the next day. The ‘Operation’ is in the Niger Delta which has experienced decades of repression, abandonment, neglect,  pollution and deepening poverty despite producing oil, the  country’s  mono-culture. The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port […]

On The Dismemberment Of The Defunct Nigeria Airways (And Other Defunct Nigerian Institutions)

By Akintokunbo A Adejumo (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – “SPECIAL REPORT: The men who embezzled Nigerian Airways to death, October 29, 2018 by Nicholas Ibekwe, PREMIUM TIMES” A friend who sent the link to this report was very considerate of my health and mental well-being. He sent it with a caveat that read: “Readers discretion is strongly […]

The “Oshiomhole Must Go” Coalition, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Chief John Odigie Oyegun, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) must be having a good laugh wherever he is. If he is just finishing a meal, he can afford to pick his teeth and belch from the deepest part of his biological system, and even turn up his nose […]

Beyond Fayose: The Future of Ekiti, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – I spent the better part of last Tuesday, October 16, focusing on developments in Ekiti State. It was the day of John Kayode Fayemi’s return to office as Governor of Ekiti State and his inauguration for a second-term, after an interregnum of four years, 2014-2018 during which former Governor Ayo Fayose reigned.  It […]

Inside The Tainted Delta APC Governorship Primary; The Facts

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Deltans looked forward to the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state with so much anxiety because the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, already had an incumbent, Ifeanyi Okowa, seeking reelection, with virtually no challenger within his party. As the primary election drew closer there were permutations and calculations […]

My Take on Atiku’s Choice Of A Running Mate, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – All eyes are on the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, following the successful presidential primary election that produced former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as the party’s standard bearer in the scheduled February 16, 2019 election. The excitement that greeted the victory of Atiku was so sensational that one would think it was […]

2019: Atiku vs. Buhari, By Reuben Abati 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – There has been some clarity about Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential election, with the end of the October 7 deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of party primaries at all levels. On Saturday, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at its convention held in Abuja, ratified the choice […]

PDP Presidential Primary: Foretelling the Outcome

By Omoshola Deji (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nigeria’s main opposition political party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lost power to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, after ruling the nation for 16 years. As the 2019 presidential election race gains speed, the PDP has vowed to regain power in 2019, but two major challenges […]

Before the PDP Elects a Presidential Candidate, By Sufuyan Ojeifo

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – If experience in politics and government were to be the sole determinants of qualification, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, should be looking in the direction of one of three persons as its presidential standard bearer at its election primary holding in Port Harcourt this weekend, to wit: former vice president, Alhaji Atiku […]

Nigeria’s Certificate Scandals, By Reuben Abati 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The number of persons involved in certificate scandals under the Buhari administration may speak to something far deeper in our society, even beyond the administration, but it is to say the least, disgraceful and embarrassing. Ordinarily considered some of the best educated black persons in the world – one US report indicates […]

Osun: Election As Theatre, By Reuben Abati 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – What is going on in Osun state right now is nothing short of political theatre. It is keeping us all entertained, but it has also turned so many observers into emergency lawyers. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the Osun Gubernatorial election of September 22 inconclusive and has ordered a supplementary […]

How Udom Emmanuel Won Workers Affection in Akwa Ibom

Photo:  Governor Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State By Ony Ekpeneru (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Besides massive roads construction/rehabilitation, rehabilitation of hospitals, one other area that have distinguished Governor Emmanuel among most incumbent state governors across the country is his ability to pay regular salaries and monthly pensions despite paucity of funds caused by the recession. This […]

Osun 2018 Governorship Election: Foretelling the Outcome

By Omoshola Deji (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Osun is topping the headlines as the governorship race hits the top gear. The ruling party is striving to retain power, while the opposition is struggling to regain it. The state has been electrified with political campaigns, unfulfillable electoral promises, freebies and rallies. The masses our politicians usually regard […]

Lessons From Adeosungate, By Reuben Abati 

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance (2015-2018), Kemi Adeosun threw in her letter of resignation on Friday, September 14, to bring to a temporary closure, the public outcry and the embarrassment that her possession of a fake National Youth Service Corps Exemption Certificate had generated since July when it was first reported. Her […]

INEC And Political Parties’ Nomination Of Candidates

By Sufuyan Ojeifo (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had, as far back as when Professor Attahiru Jega was in the saddle as national chairman, formulated a body of rules or regulations that would guide and ensure the credibility of the conduct of primary elections by political parties. Titled “Regulation for the […]

OPINION: Akwa Ibom in Sweden

Photo:Akwa Ibom in Sweden By Iman Imar (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – It is one of the ironies of life that the race is not to the swiftest. That fact is now turning into one of the realities that the people of Akwa Ibom State have to grapple with especially in the education sector. In an era […]

2019: A Brief Manual Of Nigerian Politics, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The political primaries are scheduled to hold between this month and the next and definitely by the end of October 2018, the hustling and jostling in Nigeria’s political arena would have begun in full earnest. The elections will be held in February 2019. For the benefit of any outsider who may never […]

Buhari, 2019 Elections And The Law, By Reuben Abati

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly declared in China, last Sunday, that he believes in the idea of free and fair elections, and that he is committed to this pillar of the democratic process. I don’t expect him to say anything otherwise.  On the whole idea of free and fair elections, electoral integrity as it […]

OPINION: Thoughts on a Tambuwal Presidency, By Okey Ikechukwu

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Prince Kasim Afegbu`s intervention on this page last week threw up some interesting aspects of the unfolding drama around the 2019 presidency, especially as it concerns the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. The governor`s yet to be declared ambition is said to be a major headache to the […]

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