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AC, AD reunited by common enemy

Last Saturday Ibeju-Lekki Federal Constituency bye-election in which People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won has further amplified the arch rivalry between Action Congress AC and PDP in Lagos. AC did not participate in the poll following its candidate’s disqualification by the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos over certificate scam. With AC candidate who was until the court judgment member of the House of Representatives, out of contest, it was a straight battle between PDP and Alliance for Democracy, AD.

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2011: Will Ohakim yield to PDP pull?

Chief Ikedi Ohakim is one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State. It is equally not contestable that Ohakim declared his intention to run for the gubernatorial seat on the platform of the party. Until November 2006, Ohakim and some of his political bedfellows found confidence and real comfort In the PDP big family.

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Charge electoral offenders with crime against democracy —Justice Ayoola, ICPC boss

AT the inception of this administration President Musa Yar’ Adua vowed to frontally fight corruption in the polity. Two years down the line, it appears not much is being done in this regard. Some critics have even accused the administration of insincerity in its battle against graft. One of the anti- corruption agencies which Yar’ Adua inherited is the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC headed by Justice Emmanuel Ayoola.

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OGONI NINE: ‘Shell’s compensation can cause friction in future’

FIRST son of late Albert Badey, one of the four prominent Ogoni chiefs that were killed in Giokoo, Gokana local government area on May 21st, 1994, Mr. Swaga Alex Badey, in this interview with Vanguard described the recent decision by Shell to pay compensation to families of late Ken Saro Wiwa and the other eight that were hung as sad and divisive. Instead of compensation, he said, Shell should have shown sincere resolve to address the devastation and degradation caused by its operations in Ogoni land.

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Exclusion from oil states: We’ll lose N1b monthly — Gov Imoke

QUITE unexpectedly, Cross Rivers State has suddenly found itself out of the club of oil producing states in the country. Obviously this will have telling effects on the state revenue and by implication, affect governance. In this interview with journalists, Gov Liyel Imoke spoke on efforts to reverse the development and how the state is presently coping. He also spoke on power sector and South-South states. Excerpts:

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Why Governor Aliyu and Kure can’t reconcile — Senator Kuta

With a radical disposition forged in the lecture theatre of the famous Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of the Ahmadu Bello University in the early seventies, Kuta yet carries on as a comrade with vituperations against the bourgeoisie class. Despite signs of comfort here and there like the air-conditioning in his office which he said is for his visitors, Comrade Senator Kuta nevertheless remained one of the voices of the masses in the Senate.

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Stop war, negotiate with militants — Mbu

FORMER Chairman of South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA) Ambassador Matthew Tawo Mbu, the Otu Agrinya of Boki land in Cross River State is not only an elder statesman but also a lawyer and diplomat who could be described as one of the few nationalists of the first republic. Although he has a string of honorary doctorate degrees, he likes to remind you that he only treasures the one he sweated for; a doctorate in law.

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How politicians endanger democracy —Ken Nnamani

*‘Next constitution should be small and smart’ BY GBENGA OKE Former Senate president, Ken Nnamani, says the responsibility for the failure of democracy to consolidate in Nigeria is majorly that of politicians.  He also speaks in this interview on how to make the nation’s constitution work, the Yar’Adua government, the failed third term bid, among
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JUNE 12: A nation that never learns

When Nigerians trooped out in their millions sixteen years ago to vote for a president of their choice, little did they know that their patriotic action was going to spark off a crisis that would make the nation lose decades in terms of political development. On that day, under the exciting Option A4 method of voting devised by the Professor Humphrey Nwosu-led National Electoral Commission (NEC), voters lined behind the two candidates, Chief Moshood Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP and Alhaji Othman Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC)

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The Lamentations of June 12

PRO-DEMOCRACY activists in different parts of the country have already lined up various activities to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the June 12 1993 presidential election which was annulled by the military regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida. Among groups that would celebrate the day are Centre for Constitutional Governance ( CCG) which will organise a symposium in Lagos to mark the day.

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