Aspirants jostle for Al-Makura’s seat

2019: Nasarawa politicians in race for guber tickets: Aspirants jostle for Al-Makura’s seat

2019: Nasarawa politicians in race for guber tickets   CHEKE EMMANUEL writes on the array of aspirants from the various political parties scheming to succeed Governor Umaru al-Makura in Nasarawa State on May 29, 2019   As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, Nasarawa State is witnessing a beehive of political activities given the number of governorship aspirants aiming to succeed Governor Tanko Al-Makura increases.   At the moment, the number of governorship aspirants in Nasarawa State is over 19 with the ruling party, All Progressive Congress (APC) having the…

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Monarch to politicians: Stop coming to us for support

A former Chairman of Ondo State Council of Traditional rulers and Olubaka of Oka-Akoko in Akoko South-West Local Government area of the state, Oba Adebori Adeleye has taken swipe at some indigenes of Akoko land who only come to their communities when seeking elective offices.   Specifically, Olubaka frowned at a situation where some office seekers would limit their participation in development activities to political period, saying this must stop.   Speaking at a reception organized for the Bobagunwa of Oka Akoko, Dr Olusegun Ategbole, who returned to the community…

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When a federal minister overreaches

People who do not know me erroneously think that it’s possible for any hirelings or whosoever to stop me by any means – whether through abuse or attack or howsoever – from talking or writing about my state and community of birth. No, it’s not possible. The more they abuse and attack me, the more I know that I’m making a valid point. Today, I’ll talk about an arrogant and despotic brother, his Hobbesian disposition, unlawful trespass to land, and illegal arrests and detention of innocent youths from our town…

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Fawehinmi: Why Senate can’t compel FG to sack Magu

Mohammed Fawehinmi, scion of the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi law dynasty in this interview with AKEEM NAFIU, speaks on the Senate, Presidency’s face-off, rejection of the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, former Adamawa state’s governor, Bala Ngilari’s post-conviction bail, democratization of SAN award and sundry issues     There seems to be a crack in the Senate, Presidency relationship over the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu’s rejection as the agency’s czar by the Senate. What does this portend…

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A dance macabre

Nothing seems interesting anymore about politics and governance in our nation. The political landscape has been unstable. Politicians, who once held sway in the supercilious Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have begun their palongo (scattered legs) dance by taking shameless refuge in the tentative All Progressives Congress (APC), either for protection from the searchlight of the anti-graft agencies or for opportunities to seek elective and appointive offices. Governance, on the other hand, has been largely uninspiring and this is accentuated by the fact that a vast majority of Nigerians find it…

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Chibok girls, the mirror in our faces

As we remember the girls captured in Chibok three years ago, we must remember that they constitute only a fraction of the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency. I would urge Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), while you keep this issue of Chibok on the table, to broaden your message to cover all girls and boys abducted by Boko Haram, and also draw attention to the condition of girls and women in our society in general. To give you an idea of the extent of this problem, as at today,…

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Turks in key vote on presidential powers

  Voting is under way in Turkey in a landmark referendum that will determine whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be granted sweeping new powers. Erdogan is seeking to replace Turkey’s parliamentary system with an executive presidency. Supporters say the move would streamline and modernise the country, but opponents fear it could lead to greater authoritarianism. A “yes” vote could also see Erdogan remain in office until 2029. On Saturday, Turkish politicians made their final appeals to voters preparing to cast their ballots on one of the most sweeping programmes…

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Just let Godwin Obaseki be

Edo people escaped the invading and importuning clutches of severe misrule and diabolic maladministration by the whiskers when the spirits of the ancestors and the provisions of the law booted out the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to usher in good governance under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. PDP had been in power for 10 excruciating years and had bled the soul of the heartbeat state dry, looted the exchequer, and done enough damage to undo the exemplary works of the late Dr Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia. Again, the desire for good governance and…

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Corruption: Brazil probe to investigate World Cup stadiums

  Testimony released by the Brazilian Supreme Court alleges that builders and politicians illegally profited from the construction of stadiums used in the 2014 football World Cup. The plea bargain testimony was given by executives working for Odebrecht – the continent’s biggest construction firm. They claim there were irregularities in the bidding process for six stadiums including the Maracana in Rio. The latest corruption probe apparently involved almost all political parties. In the case of the Maracana, the cost of renovation was to have been 700 million reais ($225 million)…

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