Thursday October 23rd, 2014
Thursday October 23rd, 2014
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Court orders PDP, INEC to delete Oyinlola’s name as party’s National Secretary

  /   in News, Political Metabolism, Politics 12:33 am   /   Comments

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Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, yesterday, ordered the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to delete the name of former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola from their records as the National Secretary of the PDP.

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Al-Bashir: Remembering Abacha

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:16 am   /   Comments

Late Sani Abacha and Omar-Al-Bashir

Imagine Gen. Sanni Abacha ruling Nigeria for 24 straight years. Then consider the lot of the politically benighted people of Sudan in the hands of Gen. Omar Al-Bashir.

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The Buhari phenomenon

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:15 am   /   Comments

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His brief grasp of government between 1984 and 1985 was relatively unimpressive. He did not salvage Nigeria as promised. His government’s trade policy hinged on counter trade was largely crude. Even the issue of discipline where he is today largely celebrated was punctured with the exposure of the contradictory action of his number two who breached the regime’s order barring under-aged from going for hajj.

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The Visa Bond and our Driver’s Licence bondage

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:14 am   /   Comments

The vociferous outburst in Nigeria to the proposal for successful applicants of the Britain visa to deposit a £3,000 bond is remarkable. Nearly all strata of the society were united in condemning the British proposal which was remarkably conceived to protect the British citizenry.

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Our diminished governors

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:20 am   /   Comments

The respect many had for Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State, a two time military governor, two time civilian governor and a Gentleman Officer may have reduced after he claimed victory in the Nigerian Governors Forum chairmanship election of penultimate Friday.

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Nexus of self-service between FCT ministers and First Ladies

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:19 am   /   Comments

Riveting media reports of last Thursday’s court judgment on the celebrated land dispute between Dame Patience Jonathan and Hajiya Turai Yar‘Adua was a sweet piece of cake for many. It was especially so for those who abhor the aggrandisement that has in recent times been associated with the spouses of the country’s leaders at national and state levels.

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Jonathan’s gift to Nigerian women

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:11 am   /   Comments

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The beauties that have become the cynosure of cameramen covering the weekly meetings of the Federal Executive Council, FEC is one indication of the increasing prominence of the female gender in the polity.

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The coming of Senator Akpabio

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:12 am   /   Comments

When hopefully on June 2nd, 2015 the eight senate is inaugurated, Senator Godswill Akpabio would be the cynosure of many eyes. Three days before his inauguration, that is on May 29, 2015, Senator Akpabio would have handed over the governorship to his chosen successor and relocated to Abuja, having drawn the curtain on his eight years of uncommon transformation of Akwa Ibom State.

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Anenih’s ways!

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:15 am   /   Comments

Chief Anthony Anenih, the Iyase of Esanland in Edo State, is a man any politician looking towards the future would neglect to his peril. Many who have done so have either regretted or remained sullen in quiet lamentation of the political wizardry marshaled by the man against them.

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Alams resurrects!

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:07 am   /   Comments

One very close associate of Dipereye Alamieyeseigha was in jubilant mood last Thursday as the news of the presidential pardon of the former governor convicted of corruption distilled on Nigerians.

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Now, what of Kalu’s WASC result?

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:09 am   /   Comments

The news that the Abia State University, ABSU withdrew the university degree awarded the immediate past governor of the state, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu was not surprising to many. For some folks, it was a logical step in the continuing mutual war of attrition between the incumbent governor, Chief Theodore Orji and Kalu.

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What of Wabara?

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:14 am   /   Comments

Almost everyone but the men accused had forgotten the salacious and sordid story of the N55 million naira bribe for budget scandal that rocked the National Assembly in 2005.

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Still on Mrs. Jonathan’s resurrection

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:17 am   /   Comments

Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus were obviously not in the mould of the aides of Mrs. Patience Jonathan, the nation’s first lady who by fate or fortune also happens to be a permanent secretary in the Bayelsa State civil service.

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Keshi’s path of honour

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:18 am   /   Comments

The consternation that greeted news of the resignation of Stephen Keshi as the national football manager was unprecedented. From the point of adulation as a national hero Keshi turned into a villain for many who believed he had overreached himself.

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Obasanjo’s deadly lunch outings

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:24 am   /   Comments

President Jonathan and former President Obasanjo

Given that President Olusegun Obasanjo became a Man of God in the course of his very difficult times during the Sani Abacha regime, it is not surprising that he often goes out to make peace with his enemies. What sensible man wouldn’t after escaping the hangman’s noose by the whiskers?

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Drawing the line: Comrade Maku’s assault on Ezekwesili

  /   in Political Metabolism 8:28 pm   /   Comments

How Labran Maku would rank in a performance appraisal of Nigeria’s Information Ministers remains a fiercely debatable issue. Given the disrepute that trailed some of his more controversial predecessors, judgment on what Mr. Maku makes of his time in office understandably would unlikely be delivered until his exit.

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Now who can stop King Kwankwanso?

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:01 am   /   Comments

There are obviously no indications that Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso or his proxies were involved in last week’s assault on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero. However, the governor’s dangerous assault on the collective psyche of the nation could suggest, if not otherwise, a desperate aspiration for kingship.

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An Iron and Fisty Lady

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:12 am   /   Comments

Even in this era when many public office holders have profaned public office, a recent development in Katsina State would have shocked many.

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When legislators go on blackmail

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:11 am   /   Comments

Given the fact that petitions in this country have often been used as a form of blackmail by disenchanted folks, many of such petitions that come to the public domain are often dismissed.

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The minister’s award

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:14 am   /   Comments

Works Minister, Mike Onolememen

It was shocking that the Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolememen who was named as Minister of the Year by a construction industry journal showed up for the award. Basking in the euphoria of the award given him, Onlemenmen was all smiles as he showed off his trophy to dignitaries. As is the custom, the dignitaries at the award ceremony were largely friends of the minister, contractors and such who came to felicitate with him on what he and his associates would have considered a well deserved award.

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No condition is permanent

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:10 am   /   Comments

The loneliness of a man out of political power was conveyed to your correspondent some three years or so years ago at the sight of His Excellency, Victor Attah, the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State carrying a plate to serve himself in one of the restaurants of the Hilton Hotel in Abuja . Without the hangers on that just two or so years ago looked up to him like a god, His Excellency, was his cool self, natural and jovial as he exchanged banters with a few who recognised him.

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Why we must clean our House

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:00 am   /   Comments

It would have been tempting for some Nigerians who tuned in to the live telecast of last Thursday’s session of the House of Representatives to be enraged by the poor attendance that day.

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Private Plane: Oshiomhole’s Choices

  /   in Political Metabolism 1:34 am   /   Comments

I cannot forget the memorable lesson on public policy and service I took away from a meeting with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole earlier this month.

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Our pastors, politics and poverty

  /   in Political Metabolism 2:33 am   /   Comments

Many years ago there lived a man of God named John Zachariah. Living at the same time was a debauched governor named Herod.

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Yes, fight Jonathan fight

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:58 am   /   Comments

Just ten months ago, four of the five members of the House of Representatives and all three senators from Bayelsa State were pitched in battle against one of their colleagues from the state.

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The two old PDP men in Adamawa

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:11 am   /   Comments

Had it been a battle of principle or ideas, it would have been very welcome. But the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has never been known to project a platform for transparent policy discourse.

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ACN’s vacillation on Ondo guber poll

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:03 am   /   Comments

The vacillation of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN to come to grips with its third place finishing in the Ondo State gubernatorial election is bewildering.

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Who ‘ll probe Nigeria’s failed 2016 Olympic outing?

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:25 am   /   Comments

WINNER ... Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce crosses the finish line first ahead of others in the women's 100m final  on august 4 in london. AFP PHOTO

IT was not surprising that the Federal Government expressed outrage on the performance of the country’s delegation to the 2012 Olympics that recently ended in London.

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So who cares?

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:16 am   /   Comments

The settlement perched on the Northwest of the Federal Capital Territory was an attraction to me mainly because of the melodious intonation of the name of the town. It was especially captivating hearing those bus drivers in Abuja hailing passengers and shouting Mpape, Mpape, Mpape.

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The re-emergence of the maverick politician

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:04 am   /   Comments

Senator Arthur Nzeribe

SENATOR Arthur Nzeribe it appears has not lost his amazing instinct to stand out for good or for bad. It is no surprise that he earned for himself the epithet of ‘the maverick’ one in the nation’s political landscape.

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ACN and PDP: Is it a pot calling kettle black?

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:21 am   /   Comments

Alhaji Lai Mohammed of ACN and Chief Olisa Metuh of PDP

Sunday’s press statement by the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN demanding the resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur from his position as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was characteristic of the caustic press releases from the party targeted at the PDP.

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Mukhtar’s celebratory cake: Victual or hemlock?

  /   in Political Metabolism 12:07 am   /   Comments

CELEBRATING 13th CJN —The first Female Chief Justice of Nigeria,  Aloma Mukhtar, GCON,(2r) flanked by female ministers as they cut a cake shortly after she took the oath of office at the State House, Abuja.

The eye-catching picture of a bevy of lovely women flocking around the new Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Aloma Mukhtar published on the cover of this newspaper yesterday was of great concern.

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