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Edo election: Limit of blind ambition

THE average politician is an optimist. But an inordinately ambitious politician that has overtime tantalised himself with the prospect of gubernatorial glory and prestige is worse, he is an incurable optimist. To him, everything was posible in politics! While confidence and optimism are positive propellers, blind ambition fired by do-or-die mentality is negative as it ignores political realities that are pointers to victory or defeat. No wonder the axiom that blind ambition is self destruct and recognizes no limit. Indeed, it is a ride on an ill-fated rollercoaster!

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Who will succeed Hon. Udoh in DTHA?

In the wake of the demise of Mrs. Beatrice Omawumi Udoh, member representing Warri South Constituency I in Delta State House of Assembly, DTHA, the political landscape of the constituency has suddenly opened up a mosaic of possibilities as to her likely successor in the House with Godwin Abigor of the SDP (or is it now the APC), and Michael Tidi of the PDP as front contenders.

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E-Governance : The Sokoto example

UNTIL  now, not much was known about Sokoto’s huge investment in the information and communication technology, ICT, sector. But that situation changed when it defeated 35 other states in the country to win the prestigious award of Best State in e-Governance at the 2016 E-Nigeria Expo and Conference. The award, instituted by the National Information
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OBASANJO VS AWUJALE: A delayed showdown

THE book is nearly seven years in print but I didn’t get a hold of it until sometime last year. Someone very close, whom I had told I wanted to interview Kabiyesi Oba Sikiru Adetona, had sent a copy over to me in Abuja. He advised me to read the book before the interview. I have since read the autobiography, Awujale, twice and was not disappointed. We have SaharaReporters to thank for an excerpt that removed the pin from the grenade. Anyone who has read Awujale might agree that it was a bomb waiting to explode. The surprise is why it took so long.

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Analysing Obaseki’s Budget of consolidation

EDO State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki presented a budget proposal of N150,011,831,079 for the 2017 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly for its consideration. While presenting the budget, the governor explained that the administration would maintain a balance of capital to recurrent expenditure (50%: 50%) in line with his administration’s plan to spend its way out of recession.

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The clarion call

IN his Christmas day remarks, Governor Rochas Okorocha peppered his speech with sentiments that were quite repugnant and hence must be repudiated. He argued in his statement that “leaders cannot afford to hand over to the next generation”. As ignominious as his assertions are, we are condemned to being held captive by such antiquarian ideas owing to our collective silence and daming inertia.

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To win Delta, APC must first win back its soul

The All Progressives Congress (APC) participated in the 2015 general elections in Delta State without making impact in the state. It recorded no single electoral victory and failed to win any local government area in the gubernatorial election. Not even the 25 percent mark required in the presidential election was achieved. It was a colossal failure.

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Ekwelie @ 80: A professor Par Excellence

1984 must have been one of the proudest moments in the history of the Mass Communication Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. It was the year Kingsley Osadolor, a product of the department, emerged the best graduating student in the university, with a cumulative score of 3.84 out of a possible 4.0. At the convocation, he had given a valedictory speech said to be the best in the history of the university. Dr. Pat Utomi, another alumnus of the department, had just served as Special Assistant to President Shagari.

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