Lack of internal democracy, bane of Nigeria’s democracy – Popoola

Joel Popoola, a British citizen of Nigerian descent, is the Founder of a digital democracy project – Rate Your Leader. In this interview with WALE ELEGBEDE, he speaks on the need for accountability by public office holders, Nigeria’s democracy and fake news, among other issues      What do you think is responsible for the no motion movement in the country’s democracy since 1999? There are a series of challenges that are responsible for this; the major one has to do with the electoral process. There is lack of internal…

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Govt can’t fight corruption without enforceable laws – Erubami

Comrade Mashood Erubami is the president of Nigeria Voters Assembly (VOTAS) and Executive Director Centre for Human Rights and Ethics in Development (CHRED). In this interview with TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE, he speaks on anti-corruption war in Nigeria and the way forward   Nigeria recently joined the world to celebrate the International Anti-corruption Day in commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the United Nations convention against corruption. What are your thoughts on the event? Since year 2003, when the United Nation Convention against corruption became an international document to be celebrated every…

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Nigerians’re great people despite challenges – Egberongbe

A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe, has described Nigeria as a very fortunate country peopled with a population that believes in perseverance. Egberongbe, who represents Apapa Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said this level of perseverance has kept Nigeria united in spite of security threats and other challenges that had run for many years. The lawmaker made this position known in a message to Nigerians in commemoration of this year’s Christmas celebration. “We all agree, irrespective of individual and national challenges,…

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Single tenure: The bill that failed to fly

How Reps shut down six-year single tenure bill   The House of Representatives last week kicked against a bill seeking to make provision for a six-year single term for presidents, governors and members of the national and states Assembly. PHILIP NYAM reviews the debate       R eminiscent of Daniel Kanu’s infamous Youth Earnestly Ask for Abacha (YEAA) and former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s alleged third term agenda, a bill seeking to provide for a six-year single term for the president, governors and members of the national and states Assembly…

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A Senate that works for Nigeria

T he Ninth Nigerian Senate was inaugurated on June 11, 2019. Six months after, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and his colleagues have a lot to celebrate even if also some things to ponder on the task ahead. The Senate can be proud of its record of achievements in all areas of its responsibilities as a preeminent democratic institution. The pace has been frenetic, as would be seen shortly. But the smoothness of the process and seeming placidness of the legislative environment have made its feats gone almost unnoticed or…

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Ebonyi: One battle too many

UCHENNA INYA reports on the supremacy battle between the council chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Hon. Clement Odah and the member representing Ohaukwu South Constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Chinedu Onah, which has heightened tension in the area     O haukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State is one of the four councils under Ebonyi North Senatorial District. It is also one of the lucky local governments in the state, having produced notable leaders at the local, state and national levels.  …

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Ogun: Fresh crisis looms as Akinlade, APM members return to APC

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta The Allied People’s Movement (APM) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, has announced his return to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Akinlade made the dramatic return to his former party barely five days after he lost his petition at the Supreme Court, challenging the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun in the March 9 governorship election. He had also lost his case at the governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on September 14 and, subsequently, his appeal at the Court of Appeal, Ibadan on November 11. New Telegraph…

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Danjuma: A general’s damning verdict

Will Danjuma make good his threat?     Former Chief of Army Staff and Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma is known for speaking truth to power, but his interventions have not been without controversies. FELIX NWANERI reports on his recent declaration that Nigerians will no longer go to sleep if he discloses what is happening in the country   F ormer Chief of Army Staff, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) remains one of Nigeria’s unsung heroes. A soldier to the core, Danjuma’s self-effacing attributes as a leader endeared him to…

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It’ll be impossible for North to hold on to power beyond 2023 – Adefuye

Senator Anthony Adefuye is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Secretary-General of Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF). In this interview with Temitope Ogunbanke, he speaks on the state of the nation and South-West’s quest for the 2023 presidency, among other issues   There is a concern in the South-West about removal public office holders from the zone and their replacement with northerners. Yoruba people are beginning to insinuate that the President’s decision is an attempt to reduce the influence of the South-West in his government as well part…

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Plateau PDP and unending crises

Following the recent resignation of the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Hon. Damishi Sango, as result of alleged misappropriation of funds, a succession crisis is brewing over the disregard for the party’s constitution, writes MUSA PAM   The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Plateau State started in April 2019 when 16 members of the State Working Committee of the party suspended the then Chairman, Hon. Damishi Sango and Deputy Chairman Hon. Amos Gombi Goyol, over an alleged diversion of 2019 election campaign funds…

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