POLITICAL NOTES: Growing number of political parties

The polity has witnessed an astronomic rise in the number of political parties since 1999, when the country returned civil rule returned after long years of military dictatorship. From three parties then – Alliance for Democracy (AD), All Peoples Party (APP) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the number has kept growing, even as many are still seeking to be registered. Just recently, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the registration of five new political parties, which brings to 45, the total number of political parties in Nigeria. The…

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POLITICAL NOTES: Echoes of state police

One of the most contemporary challenges of present day Nigeria is the agitation for state police, which its proponents strongly believe will ensure better security for citizens’ lives and property given the rising state of insecurity across the country and obvious inability of the Nigeria Police Force that is saddled with responsibility of maintaining law and order to contain the situation. Section 214 of the 1999 Constitution, which deals with the operation, control, discipline and promotion of the Nigerian police as well as Item 45 of the Exclusive Legislative List…

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POLITICAL NOTES: Racing against time

The euphoria that greeted the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration after 16 years of unbroken rule by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is fast eroding given the fact that the government is yet to turn things around as it promised. The ruling party had made several promises, which revolve around three key issues – fight against corruption, insecurity and job creation – during the campaigns for the 2015 general elections. It had then assured addressing the issues will bring positive changes in the lives of Nigerians within two…

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Additional 21 political parties in Nigeria

The registration of additional 21 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has made it a total of 67 political parties in Nigeria. This gross total has beaten the records of all registered political parties in the 50s, preparatory to Nigerian Independence in 1960.   The latest in the series of the registration of political parties by INEC call to question the modality of such a large number of busybody political organisations, which in itself is embarrassing to Nigerians and the comity of nations. It is a colossal…

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POLITICAL NOTES: The succession game

The undue advantage, which power confers on its wielders, especially in developing countries like Nigeria, explains why most leaders do not toy with the issue of succession, which has in turn led to politics of betrayal and backstabbing. While democracy grants the people the liberty to choose their leaders through periodic elections, the concept exists mostly on paper as leaders at the various levels of governance have always had hands in the emergence of their successors. This practice was not prominent in the first and second republics, but it has…

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POLITRICKS: Largesse tears supporters apart

The economic recession in Nigeria is seriously affecting the people and the need for survival has increased begging and praise singing during public events, especially political gatherings. The high level of begging has even turned many people to puppets before public office holders and wealthy personalities in the society. Politriks observed some women ‘fighting’ themselves after one of them was given money by a politician while leaving a recent political event in Lagos. The money, in N200 denomination, was given to some group of women at the entrance of the…

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Togo in political turmoil

The Republic of Togo has experienced fragile peace in the past decades. In the pre-colonial era three ethnic nationalities moved from their abode into Togoland and settled along the coast. They were Ewe from Benin and Mina including the Guinn from Ghana. For about 200 years, Togo’s coastal region was a major trading center for the Europeans. They were in search of slaves, which earned Togo and the immediate region the name “The Slave Coast” In 1884, the German Empire established the protectorate of Togoland, which comprised the present Togoland…

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Nigerians have no regard for political ideology – Ohanugo

Hon. Ikem Ohanugo is the governorship candidate of Better Nigerian Progressive Party (BPP) during the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State. In this interview with OKEGWO KENECHUKWU, he speaks on the election and political reforms in Nigeria The Anambra State governorship election has come and gone; as a new entrant into the gubernatorial race, what was your experience like? I have learnt many lessons.  I came to understand how money politics has destroyed our peoples’ psyche to the extent that without money one has no say in Nigeria politics.…

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Atiku: Service, desperation or political harlotry?

BOLA BOLAWOLE TREASURES

Former vice-president and Turakin Adamawa (or, better still, ex-Customs man) Atiku Abubakar is the rave of the moment. Last week, the debonair politician actualised the long expected move of quitting the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He, however, stopped short of immediately declaring for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The expectation in many political circles is that the declaration will soon follow. Politicians are adroit tacticians – or are expected to be. A bad move or a good move at the wrong time can ruin the game for the…

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Laying strong claim to political participation

Last week, notable Nigerian women gathered in Abuja to deliberate on measures that would enhance women participation and relevance in mainstream politics. That was during the G20 stakeholders’ dialogue on inclusive governance policy. DEBORAH OCHENI reports It was an event organized by Gender Agenda Initiative and Women Situation Room-Nigeria (WSRN). It was aimed at deliberating and making implementable recommendations in the area of programming, policy development, and capacity building for women in politics. It was also a forum for the women to explore opportunities for mentoring, empowerment, advocacy and mainstreaming…

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