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Re-founding the Nigerian state and Buhari’s next level

DESPITE sustained and uninterrupted civil rule in the nearly past two decades, the Nigerian state is essentially wobbling and even growing hollow. The ideals of the state expressed in its constitutional provisions are considerably constrained by institutions that should ordinarily facilitate its realisation. With the state increasingly rendered hollow, its institutional infrastructure is upended with a consequence of  serious critical deficit in the regular function of processes outlined in the constitutional framework. A hollow state is characterised by institutional weakness and re-configuring its structural framework as agitators for restructuring have vociferously espoused cannot compensate for institutional inertia and dysfunction. In fact, only a strong state, with sufficient institutional integrity and credibility can guarantee the fragmentary structure of a federal framework.

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PDP’s peculiar victory in Oyo State

THE 2019 general elections have shown the growing evolution and sophistication of the Nigerian electorate. Despite obvious lapses and controversies of inconclusiveness in some states, these elections have shown enlightened awareness and voter differentiation between political parties and personalities, ethnic and religious flags against their desire for good governance. The 2019 voters spoke with their votes, sending some opportunistic politicians who turned themselves to demi-gods into the dungeon of social and political insignificance. They replaced their loquacity with reticence.

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Akoko politics: Triumph over allied opposition

It will go down in the history of Akoko politics that Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo fought many battles before he could get elected as a House member to represent Akoko North East/Akoko North West federal constituency. He did fight oppositions from within and outside. There was no way BTO, as he is popularly called, could have won the election in spite of opposition from a sitting governor if not for the enthusiastic support of the people. Tunji-Ojo eventually triumphed over the allied opposition against all odds with 20,988 votes and thereby recorded the second highest victory margin of 8,021 votes in the entire state, after Hon. Adedayo Omolafe.

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Retaining a strong pedigree

The whole essence of corporate organizations is to remain focused on maintaining strong adherence to ethical standards and superior service delivery. Most corporate organizations especially the ones in the insurance sector need to remain vibrant and dynamic to instil public confidence. This is the view of the apathy that trails insurance practice in Nigeria.

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Senate presidency and north-central zone’s mystique

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the majority seats in the Nigerian Senate – at least 62 so far of 109. It is therefore set to produce the Senate president when the 9th National Assembly is inaugurated in June. A proclamation by President Muhammadu Buhari, after he must have been sworn in on May 29, will specify the exact date and time of the inauguration.

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