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A vote against interference

The ongoing drama surrounding the speakership of the House of Representatives has kept me entertained since Monday.

First, we were told, shortly after the April polls, that the PDP leadership, including President Jonathan, had decreed that the new Speaker must be from the South-West while the Deputy Speaker must be from the North-East.

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Positive people

THIS column frequently criticises Nigerians who pollute our society, do their jobs lousily and are nasty pieces of work. Today, I am in a cheerful mood (for a change!) and am going to concentrate on Nigerians who are getting it right professionally or politically or within the contexts of their personal lives.

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Murky suspicions

MANY people have told me that they had no idea, until the last minute, that local council elections were taking place last weekend. Some even say that they didn’t know about these elections until after they had happened. And quite a few are suspecting newspapers of deliberately keeping the general public in the dark.

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Murder most foul

WHY do so many Nigerians take suspicions of murder so lightly? People will tell you, very matter-of-factly, that X or Y politician is a psycho who sends thugs after his opponents. If you say that X or Y seems too civilized or sane to indulge in such maniacal savagery, his accusers will assure you that you are being naive.

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Let sleeping dog lie!

NIGERIAN politicians never cease to flabbergast me. Apparently, General Muhammadu Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) intends to vigorously contest the presidential poll results in 11 states – Abia, Imo, Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Edo and Bayelsa.

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Communication problems

MTN’S service has never been ideal and has been even worse than normal recently, so I finally lost my temper and called Funmi Omogbenigun, MTN’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, to rant about the problems I was having, to bitterly accuse MTN of ripping Nigerians off by charging high prices without performing well in return and to ask her why MTN can’t do better.

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Quit bellyaching!

YOU might recall that the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF), the PDP faction that is led by Mallam Adamu Ciroma, presented Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the “Northern Consensus Candidate” at the party’s primary in January. You might also be aware that when Atiku failed to secure the PDP nomination, President Jonathan did not behave like an arrogant victor.

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Man of timber and calibre

ADOKE BELLO, SAN, has really impressed me. He was appointed to the lofty post of Attorney-General by a PDP President and is a leading light of this PDP administration. But instead of allowing his membership of an elite ruling group, and the privileges that go with it, to blind him (as so many others in his position would have), he has courageously insisted on challenging five of his senior “colleagues” – PDP Governors (of Adamawa, Kogi, Cross River, Bayelsa and Sokoto), who are trying to achieve tenure elongation through the back door.

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LIVEN UP, GUYS!

Sorry for my 4-week absence from the pages of this newspaper. I had to take a break because of var ious pressures, i n c l u d i n g a v e r y unpleasant bout of typhoid. You will no doubt notice that this Sweet And Sour space has been r e d e s i g n e d a n d effectively re-launched. Please let us know whether you like the new look.

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