How Wada emerged Kogi PDP governorship candidate

Musa Wada has emerged the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi State. The Chairman of the governorship primary election committee, Ahmadu Fintiri, told newsmen on Wednesday in Lokoja that Wada emerged by polling 748 votes to beat 12 other aspirants. Fintiri, who is the Governor of Adamawa, also disclosed that another aspirant, Abubakar Ibrahim, polled 710 votes to come second, while former Gov. Idris Wada came third with 345. Other aspirants and their scores as announced by Fintiri were Sen. Dino Melaye,…

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How Kano has become den of kidnappers

By Abbas Yusha’u Yusuf For the past four years Nigerians are awash with news of kidnappings of high and low profile personalities. Citizens whose loved ones are frequent travelers on Nigerian highways are not that tranquil unless until they relations return safely from their journeys. A number of deviant Nigerians are exploiting the opportunity to make money from kidnapping; some are obscure while others are prominent. The horrors with which kidnappers are visiting Nigerians have made them to lose hope as if the crime is getting out of government’s hands.…

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As Kaduna Goes, So Goes Nigeria

Kaduna has remained that quintessential time piece that reflects the Nigeria future. Beyond the state demarcated and the ancient city named after the crocodile “Kaduna” looms large as a concept that captures the collective essence of Northern Nigeria. Looking into the archives our records reveal that Bishop Tugwell and his expedition team left Lagos on the 21st of January 1900 and reached the great walled city of Zaria on the 6th of April. It was the first capital city of an emirate that the team would visit and they were…

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PMB, THE PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS

Twice on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari displayed an uncommon generosity of spirit. We had set forth at dawn, shortly before 5 a.m, to visit the presidential campaign office in Central Area of Abuja. The purpose was for the President to read his victory speech, having been pronounced winner of the February 23 election by Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This portion resonated loudly in the speech, and was widely applauded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts in attendance: “I will like to make…

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Is INEC Ready for Tomorrow’s Elections?

Jibrin Ibrahim In this column last week, I asserted confidently that INEC was ready to conduct the elections. They were not and they should have been. It was particularly unfortunate that they covered up their unpreparedness and deceived Nigerians and indeed the world that they were ready when they were not. They also angered all stakeholders by refusing to postpone until just five hours before the elections. I am aware of the realities of conducting such an extensive national deployment of people and materials. Within a period of 16 months,…

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The System Or The Jinx?

I do not know what a jinxed country looks like but I am willing to accept that a country that finds itself pulled back from the threshold of greatness each time it is one step away, could not be a bad case of a jinxed country. I found myself thinking about this elusive thing called jinx again and what, if it is to blame, it has done to our country all these years, forcing us, the citizens, in the words of former President Ibrahim Babangida, to witness its rise to…

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Nigeria Preparing for War?

In a warning message to Nigerian “bigmen” titled, ‘Intervene now, clouds of war gathering over Nigeria’, credited to Bashir Othman Tofa, a former National Republican Convention (NRC) candidate in the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the Kano-born politician said that Nigeria was “fast ascending to the very path that Freetown took; the path that ruined Congo and Libya; the expressway to Rwanda.” According to Tofa, “…It’s either history is unfair to us or our leaders are blind to it. Indeed, the death meant to kill a dog does not allow…

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Dr Ifeanyi Uba and the Seats

[Law Mefor] Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, the Chairman of Capital Oil, wants to go to the Senate and how seriously he would be needed there! The reason is: the Nigerian federation is now so rickety. The crookedness has to be straightened only through a series of constitutional amendments and negotiations that can be made possible by men and women with zeal, reach and capacity. The 6 regions (or zones if you like) have divergent needs and views of what Nigeria ought to be and nearly half of the skewed country does…

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A Vote for APC ISN’T a Vote for Buhari

Prof. Farooq Kperogi A vote for APC in the coming presidential election won’t be a vote for Buhari; it would be a vote for an evil, greedy, corrupt, provincial, and reactionary cabal made up of Mamman Daura, Abba Kyari, Isa Funtua and their minions who are currently perpetrating a stratospheric theft of the nation’s resources in ways that would make an angel of Abacha. President Buhari is an insentient human vegetable who is barely aware of his own existence. As much I disdain Vice President Osinbajo’s predilection for barefaced lying…

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