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Inconclusive Vote: Buhari’s Disclaimer

I DON’T know why a few  state governors are running around, dragging President Muhammadu Buhari by the hem of his agbada to save them from the misery of inconclusive election in their states. Their conduct reminds me of the days when lazy neighbourhood kids used to run home to Big Daddy to save them from the street bully.
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Ajimobi, Okorocha, Ganduje: An unfolding story

IT’s incredible how eight years have ended as a two-word parable: constituted authority. That’s what Governor Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi would be most remembered for – the epigram from his encounter with students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH. That episode was perhaps one of the most catastrophic PR disasters of Ajimobi’s eight-year tenure.
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Mahmood Yakubu’s second chance

LAST week, when I described the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, as one of the most frequently executed men on social media, I had no idea what was coming. About 48 hours later – and after weeks, if not months of repeatedly assuring the public that the commission was ready – he unexpectedly announced a one-week postponement of the elections. He set himself up not just for a fresh round of execution but also to have his remains burnt at the electoral stake.
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Buhari vs Atiku: The inconvinient truth

IF you walk by sight you cannot help approaching Saturday’s presidential election with a heavy heart. The candidates of the two major parties, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have been presented in the worst light possible.
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Odinga – US hypocrisy as bitter medicine

These days Nigeria is treated as either the continent’s worst joke or the world’s laggard for democracy. From Nairobi to Brussels and from London to Washington, we’re getting lengthy lectures on how not to run a country. And we’re laughing them off and forwarding the messages. 
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Leave the wolves, Atiku

By Azu Ishiekwene
With less than two months to go, concerns by the opposition that next year’s general elections would not be free and fair, appear to be getting louder by the day. The voice of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has, so far, dominated the complaints.
At the belated signing of the Peace Accord, for example, PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, was quite vocal on his fear that the election would be rigged.
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Ndigbo and the search for a surrogate mother

BREAKING: 2018 World Cup draw ceremony begins in Moscow

By Azu Ishiekwene
One of the pictures that went viral last week of Ohaneze Ndigbo leader, Professor Ben Nwabueze, hugging former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, was mischievously exaggerated.
One version made Nwabueze look like a frightened, forlorn child embracing its mother. Of course, it wasn’t meant to be anything of the sort.
But even from the more respectable versions, it is difficult not to come away with the impression that the photograph is symbolic of the growing feeling in the south east that after a long, harrowing spell in the wilderness, Ndigbo might well be on the verge of finding rest in the bosom of the PDP.
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Dagger in Shehu Sani’s back

Rivers, Lagos, FCT police most smelly in extortion, assault

AS the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, failed to get the re-nomination ticket of the All Progressives Congress last week, not a few looked for blood in the hands of Governor Nasir El-Rufai. His pitchfork is never far from him.
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