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Senate goofed on SGF & EFCC chair

The Nigerian Senate is fast becoming more powerful by the day. That seems to be the desire of its members who describe themselves as distinguished. Although it is a law-making body which puts it within the legislature, its posture sometimes makes it look like it also has both executive and judicial powers and that it can in fact control everyone else. Hence, it often dishes out instructions which it expects everybody to obey.

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INEC needs more than men of integrity

As part of the determination of government to ensure hitch-free elections in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari last Wednesday swore in six new Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to strengthen the work of the commission. On the occasion, the President charged the commissioners to be firm and fair in the discharge of their duties adding that his government would rely on them to help consolidate the integrity of the electoral body.

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Our Supreme Court resurrects; leaving behind INEC, etc

All over the world, the continued survival of nations is premised on the viability of societal institutions as every such institution strives to meet the purpose for which it was established. For instance, the Post Office which is largely despised in Nigeria serves elsewhere as a tool for national development. In the United Kingdom, unending improvements in technology notwithstanding, service delivery in postal services has over the years remained superb.

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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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