Politicians who’ll shape 2020

All eyes will be on some notable political actors in the country in the new year 2020, WALE ELEGBEDE and TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE report       In the dynamic world of politics, there is no lull. Given its scenery as the art of the possible, the uninitiated tags it as a murky and dirty game; but the players exemplify it as a zero-sum game where time and calculation determine where the pendulum swings. Regardless of the impression, two things aptly define politics as an art; people and policies. The potential…

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Ondo: APC gladiators in guber race tussle

TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE writes on the battle for Ondo State governorship poll among gladiators in the All Progressives Congress (APC)     F or the people of Ondo State, 2020 is going to be an interesting year as the people of the state prepare to march to the poll for another governorship poll. The incumbent governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) will be celebrating his third year in office on February, 2020, a timing that indicates that the next governorship poll in the state is already at the door.      It…

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Gains of Buhari’s historic visit to South Africa

    Oche Echeija Egwa     A s the curtain falls on 2019, one significant journey will for long be remembered by Nigerians, South Africans and entire African continent: President Muhammadu Buhari’s historic three-day visit to South Africa on October 3 to 5, 2019. Before the visit, fear and anxiety had engulfed the continent, and cries of xenophobic attacks ruled the airwaves. Daily figures of casualties, both real and imagined, flared tempers, and reprisals were already taking a toll on South African business interests abroad.     Headlines, local…

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Strong institutions, leadership’ll birth a new Nigeria – Bakare

  Pastor Tunde Bakare is the Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly. He speaks in this State of the Nation Address on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the birthing of a new Nigeria, the need for strong institutions, among others. WALE ELEGBEDE reports     It’s a new year and new decade. What should be the priority of government in birthing a new Nigeria?     This is the decade of the New Nigeria. In this decade, we have an opportunity to turn the tide of our nation…

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Why I want to govern Lagos – Gbadamosi

Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, a businessman, was the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Lagos State at the last election in the state. He speaks on his aspiration in 2023, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, among others, WALE ELEGBEDE reports    What is your aspiration ahead of 2023?     My hope is that we can get a Lagos State that will actually work and a Lagos State that will be better than that of Alhaji Lateef Jakande, which is the best Lagos State we ever had.…

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Asking for Buhari’s succession plan’ll destabilise democracy, Okurounmu counters Bakare

Kunle Olayeni, Abeokuta Afenifere chieftain, Senator Femi Okurounmu, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against heeding any advice to determine his successor in 2023.   Okurounmu, who spoke while reacting to the ‘State of the Nation’ broadcast by Pastor Tunde Bakare over the weekend, said it is the duty of Nigerians, and not the incumbent president, to determine Buhari’s successor.   He declared that succession plan remains one of the issues that often destabilize the nation’s democracy, urging the president to “pack his load” at the end of his tenure and…

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Defining issues that ‘ll shape 2020

Similar to other years before it, 2020 is expected to produce its own political mixed grill of the good, the bad and the ugly. In the political compass, myriad of issues would dominate the space and some frontline political actors are also expected to hit the headlines for the right and wrong reasons, WALE ELEGBEDE and TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE report   Edo, Ondo polls, graft war, others top political outlook   T he beginning of a new year typically brings hope and expectation as people are eager for something different to…

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Senators, Reps disagree on N37bn N’Assembly renovation

  The approval of N37 billion for the renovation of the National Assembly has drawn the ire of not a few Nigerians. PHILIP NYAM takes a look at the controversy trailing the impending renovation   O n Tuesday, December 17, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2020 appropriation bill into law. The National Assembly had passed the N10.59 trillion budget on December 5, after increasing it from N10.33 trillion to N10.594billion. While N560.47 billion of the total budget is for statutory transfers, N2.7 trillion is for debt service, N4,842,974,600,640 is…

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Rebranding PDP: How far has Secondus gone?

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National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus promised to reform and rebrand the party when he was elected on December 11, 2017. ONYEKACHI EZE reviews two years of Secondus’ in office     F or Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it is time for stocking taking. He was two years in office on December 11, 2019, which he believed was remarkable given the proverbial banana peel that usually dog previous occupants within such period.   And for his Special Adviser…

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‘Why Ganduje won APC performing governor award thrice’

MUHAMMAD KABIR   Mallam Abba Anwar is the Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. In this interview with MUHAMMAD KABIR, he explains that the fact that Governor Ganduje has won the APC Governor of the Month Award for third consecutive times is an indication of performance       How would you describe the introduction of the Governor of the Month Award by the Progressives Governors’ Forum?   You know as part of the strategy to further deepen good governance among All Progressives Congress…

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