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Gov. Oshiomhole

Edo 2016 and the war of succession

THE Statesman-Columnist bears a heavy burden. Quite often, he is torn between two worlds: even where he constantly has an opportunity to privately advise on critical issues – and that’s the extent to which the political class expects him to go – his audiences still want to know his stand, if only as a pointer to the direction they should be looking at.

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Buhari presents N6.08trn 2016 budget to NASS

The Budget: ‘We Heard This Before’

WE remember Alexander Pope (1688-1744), “For forms of government, let fools contest. That which is best administered is best”. This is mainly true of budgeting systems. Nigerian governments have experimented with virtually every form of budgeting ever known to man but like Hamlet’s opinion of drinking, budgets have been honoured more in the breach than in the observance.

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The National Assembly

As the Press now gags the Legislature

WE have maintained that if all a man has is the hammer, everything he sees will look like a nail. For too long, the press has been gagged by various governments.

That explains the mutual suspicion existing between the press and the government, to the extent that any move by the legislature is quickly seen as another attempt to gag the press.

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BAYELSA POLLS RESULT

Like California, Like Southern Ijaw

THE impression has been created in many quarters that INEC may have changed its name to the Inconclusive National Electoral Commission. Of course, if it is by coincidence that the two gubernatorial elections so far conducted under the new INEC leadership ended up being inconclusive, it must be a serious coincidence.

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minis

Senate confirmation, business unusual

THE Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria requires that the President’s nominees for appointment into the top echelon of government – Ministers, Judges, Ambassadors, Chairmen and Members of Federal Executive Bodies – must be subjected to a screening process in what has become known as the Advice and Consent of the Senate.

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