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What life for the lame ducks?

WE started our series on the lame ducks last week. Today, we are back with some points of order in the same region. We are, however, reminded that under normal parliamentary procedure, the appropriate time to raise a point of order is when the member who has the floor is still speaking, not after he is done with his presentation.

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On the lame ducks

TODAY’S piece begins with a matter of urgent public importance. Strange enough, the National Assembly is not sufficiently proactive (or it is outright lazy) even on matters relating to its own processes. How else does anyone explain a situation in which at the inception of every new National Assembly members are embroiled in the debate on the issue of their ranking order but it never gets settled?

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The people have spoken

WE do not want to fall prey of the very faults that have held this nation hostage in the past. We are not going to spend the next four years eulogizing the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for organising a good election. After all, INEC has merely done what it is paid to do. If we were to spend the next four years praising INEC to the high heavens; praising the electorate for voting wisely; and praising the governors for governing well, then, 2015 would still meet us standing still, oblivious perhaps that he who stands still is certainly moving backwards.

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How to come second

HISTORY is not in a hurry to forget Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965), one American who was a most eloquent and witty candidate of the Democratic Party, but who remained unsuccessful in his bids for the number one position in the land. In 1952, Stevenson got drafted into the presidential race by the Democratic Convention in Chicago.

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Who wants a weeping President?

EVEN the greatest copycat cannot perfectly imitate the Lord, Jesus. By the time Jesus arrived Bethany, Lazarus was already dead for four days. As soon as he arrived, everyone started to weep profusely. And as if to put a sense of guilt in Jesus, Martha was insinuating that if he had been around, her brother would not have died. When Jesus saw the weeping and the wailing, he too wept openly.

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Politics with(out) bitterness

IT is instructive that towards the end, the campaigns became quite intriguing. We therefore have no problem in picking our personalities of the week. They are the Comrade Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole (ACN); the Member representing Etsako Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Abbass Braimah (PDP); and those courageous youths of Etsako Federal Constituency who decamped from the PDP to the ACN on the roadside, without waiting for all the niceties of a stadium declaration.

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Electioneering: Now and then

SOMETIMES, we are tempted to ask, who needs elections, particularly in the face of all the accompanying aggravations – assassinations, kidnaps, mudslinging, criminality and all that? We are also quickly reminded that what was once regarded as the serious business of governance has, in this trimester, gone awol.

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Still on govt at war…

IN local parlance, they say, “Monkey no fine, him mama like am”. I get along with my Director of Transportation; the one other people call their driver. This is a man who refused to go beyond Primary Three of his days. He is full of wisdom, though. When we are alone, particularly on a long journey, I ignore his grammar and accept his perfect sense. We discuss everything, from politics to religion; and, indeed, from agriculture to zoning.

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A govt at war with self

SOMETIMES, people want to engage in a war, which they cannot win. It is perhaps the case of sighting an antelope in the bush. You would want to pursue that fast-running animal for, you never can tell whether it has a bad leg. That is what the House of Representatives may be doing with a post-nomination President Jonathan.

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