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Who says American and Nigerian elections are not the same?

The blind and the deaf are probably aware that Nigerian elections cannot be exactly same as those of the USA and other developed nations. The main reason is that our politicians are determined to keep Nigeria an analogue country particularly in election matters. As a result, whereas people vote seamlessly elsewhere, our own elections are just a step away from those of the Stone Age.

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Welcome to the proposed strike by our Senate

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 is obviously a day when our current Senate ought to be remembered for making a great point during its tenure. On that day, our Senators resolved to go on strike if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fails to conduct all pending re-run elections into legislative positions in Rivers State. Following the threat, a few Nigerians berated the Senate for behaving like an over-grown labour union.

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Benin: A New Era And Its Prospects

In 1861, when the British sought to annex Lagos, they sought the consent of the Oba of Benin who used the territory as Eko meaning camp for his many expeditions to conquer towns and villages which made the Benin Empire exceedingly large. The empire reportedly stretched from Onitsha in the east, through Owo, Akure and some Yoruba settlements in the southwest and into present-day Ghana.

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Where is ex-finance minister Remi Babalola?

Voting in the recent Edo governorship election has ended with a winner declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Many of my friends and readers are earnestly feel I should comment on the event. Well, this column mirrors the entire nation and not anyone state. Ample attention was given to Edo just before the election as it was the matter of the moment.

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Jibrin’s suspension: what next?

The House of Representatives last Wednesday suspended its former Appropriations Committee Chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin for 180 legislative days. He was also barred from holding any position of responsibility in the House for the rest of the eighth National Assembly in addition to being directed to tender a written apology to the House.

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Governorship elections: Edo must not burn

With only three days to go, it can be said with some level of confidence that at last, the Edo governorship election is here as all roads lead to the voting centres on Wednesday September 28, 2016. Perhaps our people still need to pray for security agencies to give clearance for the event to hold. Of course no one should be in a hurry to forget that the previous date was shelved because of what was said to be weighty security challenges.

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Change begins with me: Have people heard?

The invitation by President Muhammadu Buhari to every Nigerian to introspect and engage in value re-orientation cannot be dismissed as many critics have attempted to do. This is because whatever pains the nation is going through today cannot be distanced from the contributory negligence of the people. As it was at the dawn independence, so it still is now that Nigerians are making no effort to reject our convoluted democracy.

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INEC almost surprised me

When the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that governorship elections would hold in Edo and Ondo States on September 10 and November 28, 2016 respectively, i had cause to suspect that the dates would not be kept and that if the elections managed to hold as scheduled, they would not be free or fair.

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Tonnie Iredia & the verdict of history

From colonial times till date, it is difficult to rate any Nigerian election as successful. An overview of Nigerian elections would confirm this. What can be called the first national election to form a government of an independent Nigeria was held on December 12, 1959. The outcome was tragic as acid and other corrosive substances were poured into ballot boxes to distort the results of the election.

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