APC, Ekiti 2018 governorship election

  Political gladiators in Ekiti State are waiting anxiously for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce the timetable for 2018 Governorship Election in the state. The 2014 Election was held in June of that year. One can therefore safely say that the 2018 election is about one year away. Since the return of democratic rule in 1999, electoral contest in the state has been between two major political parties – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) at different times under the banner of Alliance for…

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The Velvet Revolution of Czechoslovakia

The defunct Republic of Czechoslovakia was an artificial creation. It was the outcome of the dissolution of Austria-Hungary at the end of World War 1 (1914-1918). Bohemia, a German region of the Czech Republic, had for long agitated for a greater autonomy and had demanded for an independent status. In 1917, the Pittsburgh meeting to resolve the matter took place in the United States. The core agenda was to discuss the Bohemian question. Present at the Pittsburgh meeting were Tomas Masaryk, representatives of the Czechs and Slovaks. At the end…

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Bayelsa: Dickson shifts education paradigm

CONTINUED FROM YESTERDAY You’re children of the world. “The report we want to hear is that in the next 20 to 50 years, you have attained and conquered your field of endeavour. The reason we have made this investment as in other schools in the state is because we want to groom a new generation of leaders who will stand up and do what’s right and fair and have the courage to say no when no is the right answer. “In the last five years, we’ve embarked on a quiet…

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Ticking time-bomb for APC

BOLA BOLAWOLE TREASURES

After over one year in the wilderness, the dethroned ruling party, PDP, is picking up the bits and pieces of its political life and is re-building again. It has picked a date for its non-elective special national convention as well as constituted a committee and sub-committees for this and other important businesses of the party. It is hoped they have learnt useful lessons from events of the recent past; especially having to do with its misadventure with Ali Modu Sheriff. Whether or not this is so we shall know as…

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Bayelsa: Dickson shifts education paradigm

Given the historical narrative of education backwardness in Bayelsa State and the attendant clog in the wheels of overall development, spirited efforts by the administration of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson to break from the past represent nothing less than a paradigm shift. Thus beginning from February 14, 2012 when Dickson assumed office and declared a state of emergency in this critical sector and till date, the story has been an adroit dedication to a total transformation of education as the lynchpin for social and economic development in the state. From…

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How Nigerian electors ‘raped’ democracy

Democracy is simply a rule or leadership that involves the majority. In a wider description, it is a system of government in which the citizens exercise power directly or elect representatives among themselves to form a governing body such as a parliament. Another school of thought, particularly Political Science, describes it as ‘a government of the people, by the people and for the people’. The above definitions indicate that democracy is characterized by the people. It’s equally worth noting that election is peculiar to democracy. In other words, any democratic…

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Missed opportunity on devolution of powers

  The National Assembly was at the cusp of making history the upper week when members were gathered in plenary to vote on scores of bills listed for amendment (Fourth Alteration) to the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The voting was coming at a very challenging moment in Nigeria’s existence as an “indivisible and indissoluble” entity brought about by the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates in 1914 by the British colonial masters. The country has had ups and downs, including a 30-month civil war (1967-1970), to bring back into…

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Wrong narrative for national discourse

  The recent potential threat on national unity posed by hate speeches emanating from various parts of the country has created anxiety and doubts on whether or not Nigeria will still remain a sovereign entity. An undiscerning mind can easily draw the conclusion that these threats posed real and potential danger, especially when viewed against the backdrop that those who expected to speak against such threats in order to douse the tension it generated are either keeping quiet or reacting a bit too late. Such situation gives an incline and…

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Ambodeism: A lesson in leadership

Dr. AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef I seek the indulgence of readers in my coinage of the word Ambodeism, but one cannot completely explain the phenomenon called Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, until one examines him as a central theme or perspective, projected as strong feeling, combining a mix of economic, political, social, moral and spiritual principles. The concept brings inspiration to the public who, having received adequate communication of its values and empowered to participate effectively in governance, readily subscribed to the possibility of SMART City destiny…

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Govts should exploit resources to tame unemployment

Jare Ajayi As is the case in many other parts of Nigeria, underdevelopment and unemployment are among serious challenges confronting the people of Oke Ogun in the northern part of Oyo State, Nigeria. It was understandable therefore, that they devoted the theme of this year’s Oke Ogun National Day to the issue of ‘Harnessing Human and Material Resources to Tame the Unemployment Saga in Oke Ogun’. The bi-ennial event, which held at Kisi, headquarters of Irepo Local Government Area of Oyo State last month, was attended by people from various…

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