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Atiku and the divided house of PDP

IT’S been a week since former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, emerged the consensus candidate of the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF) led by Adamu Ciroma who has been in the vanguard of the call for a president of Northern extraction to finish what some members of the Northern political establishment say is the unfinished term of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who died earlier in the year.

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The new Commanders-in-Chief

THE news had hardly made the rounds when it was denied. Vice President, Namadi Sambo, had last week announced to an audience in far away Oxford that President Goodluck Jonathan had of his own volition elected to drop the title of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, all because he was sick of the tiring protocol associated with the title whenever he was introduced in public.

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Amos Adamu’s last dance?

AFTER its executive council meeting in Zurich last Wednesday, Nigeria’s Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii of Tahitii were formally suspended from FIFA. Adamu, Nigeria’s sole representative in FIFA has, along with Temarii, a Vice President of FIFA, been at the centre of a cash-for-votes scandal that is threatening to bring FIFA’s house of corruption down on its head.

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Changing rhetoric of the 2011 elections

About three weeks ago, I commented here on the seeming camaraderie between the presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, specifically President Goodluck Jonathan and former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida. Both men had spoken in a language and manner that suggested they could be fast friends even as they individually had their eyes set on the same prize in the forthcoming 2011 elections.

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Demonising Ndigbo

THE American Indian proverb, “Respect your brother’s dream” can be put differently and correctly as “Respect your brother’s success”. However, we oftentimes find ourselves in the opposite situation, scorning and slandering both the dream and success of our brother as the call to be our brother’s keeper is moribund.

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Unviableness of opposition parties in AU member states

THERE is much to be learnt from the Nigeria’s decolonisation politics on the issue of opposition parties in electoral and governance politics in Africa. Once the option of revolutionary opposition to the British colonial regime was precluded by Nigerian frontline anti-colonial parties, and agitation for self-rule was premised on constitutional reform of the colonial governments in the provinces of the British Empire, decolonisation as a process became progressive pressure for inclusion of nationalist parties in the running of the colonial government.

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The race hots up

Check out his visit to the PDP office last week and others like that. Jonathan on the other hand has been and seems determined to remain a very good student of the IBB school, at least with regards to managing his emotions. Looking then at the manner the PDP has handled questions of the presidential contest within the party so far, one would be forgiven to think Nigerian politics has entered a new era of tolerance.

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The blame game goes on

Clearly this was not the case, and so many people had to pay for it with their life. Even at that, the Police are still not taking responsibility for anything. Their spokesperson in Lagos, Frank Mba, has been telling sceptical Nigerians that their investigations have so far shown no police man put up a road block at the point the accident occurred.

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