Monday November 24th, 2014
Monday November 24th, 2014
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Abia and 2015 Election

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The recent adoption of Dr Uche Ogah by the Umu Ada Nkwa Ngwa socio cultural organization as the preferred candidate for the governor of Abia state in 2015 is indeed the right choice by the women of Abia state. Going forward, the women folk in God’s own state have taken the lead in opting for a proven and result- orientated leadership for the state.

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Tambuwal and his macabre dance

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SPEAKER of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, appears jittery that the House of Cards he built with treachery is about to come crashing on him, and has accused the Inspector General of Police, Sulaiman Abba, of perpetrating an illegality by withdrawing the security personnel attached to him. In fact, he said in Osogbo, Osun State, that he would not be intimidated, a clear manifestation of a man under fire and putting up a face.

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Mrs Jonathan resigns

  /   in Viewpoint 11:53 am   /   Comments

Yes, that was how I first saw the headline too late Thursday October 23, 2014. Another headline screamed at me, “Wife of President Jonathan Resigns.” Well, that almost ruined my evening and I had moderate heart palpitations. I mean, of all the news you don’t want to hear, that was right up there. Mrs Patience Jonathan resigned?

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Anambra North: Why merit not sentiment must guide our choice

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AS the clock ticks towards the 2015 general elections, political actors, including godfathers have started strategizing towards clinching elective seats and throwing their weight behind their anointed and favoured aspirants or candidates. Political backbenchers are looking at options available to them, or rather trying to create openings towards having an in road to electable personalities that they can invest on.

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Delta LGA elections: Where Ifowodo got it wrong

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VARRYING assessments have attended the recently conducted Delta local government elections. As to writing off the process as abhorrently compromised, a perfect specimen would be Ogaga Ifowodo’s last two offerings in his Vanguard column. There is a rumour circulating in Delta to the effect that he wants to run for a position in the federal legislature under the All Progressive Congress, APC.

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Fayose, it’s time to work

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File: Ekiti state Governor Elect, Mr Ayodele Fayose.

IN the last few weeks, the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has dissipated too much energy trading words with his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, over how Ekiti State, also known as the Fountain of Knowledge, has been badly run and why things are bound to go from bad to worse. Fayose seems to be preoccupied with petty matters making many people to wonder whether the Governor really have much to offer his people.

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Ex-Governor Obi’s Slip

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When, a few weeks ago, Chief Peter Obi, the immediate past governor of Anambra State and one of the stoutest supporters of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, called the bluff of his once beloved party and announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party, the frailty of man resonated and the slippery components in the making of legends became apparent.

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Now that Jonathan has agreed to run, what next?

  /   in Viewpoint 6:19 pm   /   Comments

At a meeting with the leadership of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan officially informed them of his intention to seek re-election next year. He made good his promise by picking the party’s nomination form as well as the expression of interest form at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on October 30 this year.

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N27.5m forms: Buhari unravels

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ON Thursday, October 16, 2014), the All Progressives Congress, APC, startled decent Nigerians when its national chairman, Mr. John Odigie-Oyegun, announced that the party put the cost of its expression of interest and nomination forms at the cost of N27.5 million in order “to separate the men from the boys.” Another way of saying this is ‘to separate the wheat from the chaff!’

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Food is a defence

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A COUNTRY that cannot feed itself is doomed. In fact, there are two basic requirements for a country to enjoy absolute sovereignty – the ability to feed itself and the ability to defend itself physically from external aggressions – every other factor is secondary.

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The imperial presidency

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OF all the sub-committees of the Constitution Drafting Committee of 1975, none was more important than the subcommittee of the executive and the legislature.

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Towards demythologisation of African history

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IN his magnum opus and literary tour de force entitled Heauton Timoroumentos the philosopher and essayist Publius Terentius Afer said: “Humo sum ; humani nihil ame alienum puto” ( I am a man; and nothing human is foreign to me).

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Uduaghan, politics and journalism

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GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has certain ordinariness about him. He carries himself with simple gait and ordered steps.He lacks the arrogant superiority that goes with powerful men of politics in Nigeria .His arrival to an expectant crowd scarcely evokes awe. An encounter even with a casual bystander easily reveals a man patterned to

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The unraveling of APC in Ekiti

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THE main opposition party in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress, APC, may, in fact, be changing name very soon again. Of course the party has had a history of name-changing – from Action Congress, AC, to Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and to the present All Progressives Congress. Lest we forget, it started out originally as Alliance for Democracy before Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his group broke away with the soul of the party to form Action Congress. All these changes were all in search of true identity for the opposition party. And the identity, which the leadership of the APC is working very hard to sell to Nigerians albeit without much success, is that the party is a “progressive” party built on solid “integrity”.

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Edo people must act now

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EDO ASSEMBLY CRISIS—Police at the Edo State House of Assembly as the crisis in the House continued, yesterday. Photo: Barnabas Uzosike.

The political theater in Edo State is gripped by sanguin activities: An intrusive legislator was alleged to have been beaten to pulp by opponents, the legislators quarters was said to have been invaded and mayhem was let loose, party chieftains allege gun attack and counter attack on their properties and explosive devices are feared to have been introduced as political weapon.

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Tony Obuh’s governorship bid: A divine mission too important to ignore

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For a long time it has been very difficult for me to decipher the direction of the 2015 Delta State governorship election due to the plethora of governorship aspirants that have indicated interest for the seat. Every governorship camp deemed to wield so much political influence that it was hard to concede political superiority to any one aspirant.

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Ugwuanyi and support for the President

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AT times of intense politics and politicking like these, what would you, if you were President Jonathan’s adviser, have the President do? Canvass popular support from all and sundry for his reelection bid, or develop a long memory and seek to avenge his alleged failure to install the leadership of the House of Representatives?

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PDP and capacity to confront incumbency

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THE power of incumbency is a pervading force in Nigeria’s political/electoral system. Its effect is most felt at the executive stratum of government where the President, governor and, at the much lower level, the local government chairman, use their big sticks to achieve their political/electoral ends.

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Are Igbos really foolish? (1)

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Dr Junaid Mohammed,a member of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic and currently coordinates the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen. He treats other zones of Nigeria with little respect, and obviously cannot hide his hatred and disregard for Ndigbo of the South East Nigeria. In the Punch Newspaper of September

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Garland for Ochendo Abia @ 64

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AGE is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. But to friends, relations, and even enemies of Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Ahamuefule Orji, it matters as he clocks 64. Gradually Governor Orji is stepping into the septuagenarian club, healthy, hearty, resolute and focused. As he ages, it is never a dull moment for a man who has spent the greater part of his life to render selfless service to humanity.

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APGA bashing in a season of defections

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IN his book, Principles and Practices of Public Administration in Nigeria, Augustus Adebayo noted that the time for general postings in the civil service was usually the “period for the outbreak of incurable diseases”, requiring that everyone serve at the headquarters and none willing to go to the rural areas.

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Chief Chike Ofodile, SAN, OFR (Onowu): A phenomenon

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Chike Ofodile

THE phenomenon in question is a father, mentor, teacher, benefactor and I dare say (friend) former Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Federal Republic of Nigeria, a legal luminary par excellence and encyclopedia of knowledge. “A highly unusual fact or occurrence, a person or thing that is very successful or impressive” For over 20years now, I have had the privilege of working closely with this great institution and encyclopedia of a man who had taken many of us as his children with all sense of responsibility, legal discipline, care and concern.

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Big Brother Africa: A convergence of African culture

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The latest edition of the Big Brother Africa reality show was launched Sunday, October 5. Tagged Big Brother Hotshots, the show saw DStv subscribers across Africa watching a live screening of the unveiling of this year’s housemates and their stepping into the Big Brother House in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Redefining management of government media profile

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How do you manage the affairs of a chief executive who is the target of vicious criticism, serial litigations challenging his election and is adjudged more on ethnic considerations? No Mass Communications class has such recipe.

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Jega’s ethnic agenda

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Before now, I would have staked my soul to vouch for Prof Attahiru Jega’s professional impeccability when President Goodluck Jonathan appointed him the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission in 2010. I wondered if the President was not committing political hara-kiri. I therefore decided to “siddon look”.

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2015: Delta North; ‘it is our turn’ mantra and the PDP

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As we approach the 2015 general elections in Delta State, a new hymn has been composed, taught and taking pride of place in gatherings in the state. It is entitled: ‘It is our turn’, the hymn whose composer is not readily known but is being sung by aspirants and the electorate in Delta North with so much gusto.

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Uduaghan: Icon of transformation

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It is not every day that governors celebrate birthdays. But it was an occasion for celebration a forth night ago when Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State marked his 60th birthday. And so, friends, relations and political associates came together to celebrate the life of a man they agreed has impacted on them in very different but positive ways.

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Voice of Jacob, hand of Esau!

  /   in Viewpoint 11:26 pm   /   Comments

The attention of members and executives of the Benin Legion has been drawn to a publication in Vanguard aimed at tarnishing the image of the University of Benin Management and the Senate. We believe the said article was authored on the dining table of a former Vice Chancellor who has been doing everything to rubbish the Prof.Osayuki Oshodin – led administration.

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AKWA IBOM 2015: The case for continuity

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October 21, Akwa Ibom State was agog as the erstwhile Secretary to the State Government, Deacon Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, finally heeded what was decidedly a popular call to throw his hat in the gubernatorial ring. The crowd that thronged the Uyo Township Stadium was both mammoth and awe-inspiring by its sheer- number and passion displayed.

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NYSC Online fee and the lynch mob

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PEOPLE will instinctively kick against change. It is understandable. What would be confounding, however, is when opposition to change persists even when empirical evidence and facts have been put forward.

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30,000 polling units: JEGA’s contradictions and defiance

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In his recent contradictory statements in the Guardian newspaper ofTuesday October 23, 2014, Professor Attahiru Jega appears intent upon fomenting conflict with his new polling unit allocations, which he appears besotted with irrespective of informed advice to the contrary from the Senate, security agencies, INEC Commissioners, and the political parties’ chairmen he sought their views at a meeting he convened. This is in addition to his defiance of an on-going matter in court instituted by a political party.

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Buhari and the politics of fear mongering

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FORMER military dictator and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, is continuing his trademark politics of bitterness, blackmail and fear mongering.

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