Battle to change political fortune

Ogun West: On a date with history Ogun West and the battle for Amosun’s seat In the 41 years existence of Ogun State, only two out of the three senatorial districts in the state have produced governors between themselves. In this report, WALE ELEGBEDE writes on the renewed vigour and resilience of Ogun West senatorial district to break the jinx in 2019 “In the interest of justice and fairness, Ogun West Senatorial district should be given the slot to produce the next governor of the state. If Ijebu and Egba…

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Rivers: Defections drive APC to the edge

EMMANUEL MASHA reports on the gale of defections among chieftains and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State since after the National Assembly rerun elections in the state in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) emerged victorious   A few months before the legislative rerun elections in Rivers State, the camp of a senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was bubbling as party leaders expressed optimism about the party’s chances in the election. But, when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the result, it…

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Dogara asks INEC to begin delineation ahead of 2019

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to activate the process of delineation of Federal Constituencies in accordance with provisions of the 1999 constitution. Speaking in an interview with NIGERIA NOW magazine, Dogara however, suggested that the exercise would have to wait till 2019 elections to avoid a situation where sitting elected lawmakers may be displaced. The Speaker noted that there have been clamours for more constituencies in view of rising population and other factors, and urged INEC to muster…

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A dance macabre

Nothing seems interesting anymore about politics and governance in our nation. The political landscape has been unstable. Politicians, who once held sway in the supercilious Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have begun their palongo (scattered legs) dance by taking shameless refuge in the tentative All Progressives Congress (APC), either for protection from the searchlight of the anti-graft agencies or for opportunities to seek elective and appointive offices. Governance, on the other hand, has been largely uninspiring and this is accentuated by the fact that a vast majority of Nigerians find it…

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Turks in key vote on presidential powers

  Voting is under way in Turkey in a landmark referendum that will determine whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be granted sweeping new powers. Erdogan is seeking to replace Turkey’s parliamentary system with an executive presidency. Supporters say the move would streamline and modernise the country, but opponents fear it could lead to greater authoritarianism. A “yes” vote could also see Erdogan remain in office until 2029. On Saturday, Turkish politicians made their final appeals to voters preparing to cast their ballots on one of the most sweeping programmes…

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