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As the political silly season kicks off

Again, we are in the political silly season. Not that it just kicked off. No, Nigeria is a country in a permanent state of politicking. In reality, there is never time for governance. The end of one election circle jumpstarts another and the actions of incumbents are informed not by the desire to deliver on good governance but the need to win the next election.

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Breaking: Dokpesi, others float new political party APDA to oust APC in 2019

Chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), ‎High Chief Raymond Dokpesi alongside a former Chairman of the Labour Party, LP, Mr. Dan Nwanyawu, have floated a new party, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) in Abuja to oust the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, party in the coming 2019 general elections.

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‘We need to subject political office holders to mental illness test’

Fred Odemwingie Okhomina is among the first generation of psychiatric doctors in Nigeria. Okhomina went into psychiatry after his mentor, Dr Adeoye Lambo, advised him to go into it. In this interview, Okhomina, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, speaks on why he was influenced by his mentor to study that branch of medicine, corruption in Nigeria and the need to subject political office holders to psychiatric test.

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Nigeria: Political challenges, and the Canadian example

THE generally peaceful conduct of the March 28, 2015 Nigerian presidential election and the gracious acceptance of defeat by the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) strongly signaled that Nigeria may have turned a new page, politically. Other indicators of a new turn for Africa’s largest democratic country and economy are the following firsts in the country’s annals: the widespread innovative use of technology for the process—the use of card readers; the overthrow of the ruling PDP by the General Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) through the ballot box after 16 years of dominance; the election of four none indigenes of a state (Lagos State) as members of the Federal House of Representatives; and the above-average performance of the National Electoral Commission in ways that suggest considerable independence of the electoral umpire.

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