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Can Adams Oshiomole tame Bukola Saraki?

THE ongoing struggle for the control of the National Assembly and by extension Nigeria’s political space by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is not about ending even when the 2019 elections are still many months away. At present, the battle between the two leading parties is playing out mostly among the country’s legislators in the national and state assemblies. Things took a dramatic turn last week when operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, took over entrance to the National Assembly in a move the PDP and especially, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has interpreted as an attempt to unseat him as the leader of the Nigerian senate.

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Times that test Buhari’s integrity

PRESIDENT  Muhammadu Buhari has by now spent about a week of his ten-day medical leave in the United Kingdom. As we move closer to next year’s election and the possibility of the president winning his re-election bid (even as that looks increasingly precarious), Nigerians should look forward to the president spending more time outside the country.

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Desperate measures for desperate times

LAST week’s copy of this column that centred on the probability of members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party where most of them had originally defected from to join the APC- that copy was hardly dispatched for publication when the nation was gripped by news of the defection of the law makers who had for a while now been disgruntled with the leadership of their party. They had by Tuesday last week made good their threatened defection as the National Assembly led by leaders of the estranged faction of the APC summarily proceeded on recess. Since then the cat and mouse game between members of the R-APC and the leaders of the APC has escalated.

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APC’s make or mar week

THESE are desperate times for leaders of the All Progressives Congress party that is struggling to hold together the house of cards that they clobbered together four years ago. Members of a rebel faction of the party led by leaders of the APC-controlled legislature, Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogarra, are threatening to leave the party en masse by the end of this week. The crisis that may now be the undoing of the party has been long in coming.

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