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An open letter to Ndigbo

An open letter to Ndigbo

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye I’m not unmindful of the outrageous things being majorly noised about the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Party (APC), Muhammadu Buhari in the southeast geopolitical zone.…

Governor Seriake Dickson’s horn of dilemma

Governor Seriake Dickson’s horn of dilemma

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye He is huge and voluble but the reason why many call him the godfather of Bayelsa state politics is neither on account of his height nor expanded…

2015 presidential elections: Reality or mirage?

2015 presidential elections: Reality or mirage?

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye Let’s face it, the PDP that contested the general elections of 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 isn’t the same PDP that’s contesting that of 2015. It has…

Election postponement: Matters arising

Election postponement: Matters arising

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye The way the anti-poll forces – speared by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Presidency – went about the whole issue underscored the fact that they…

2015 Presidential Election: Curiouser & curiouser…

2015 Presidential Election: Curiouser & curiouser…

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye With less than two weeks to the presidential elections billed for this month, it has become crystal-clear that powerful alignments are starting firefights on various fronts…

Buhari-gate: Much ado about nothing?

Buhari-gate: Much ado about nothing?

 BY  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye   From the perspective of the All Progressives Congress and most observers, the ruling party appears to have chosen to focus less on President Goodluck Jonathan’s…

2015: On Febuhari I stand!

2015: On Febuhari I stand!

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye ‘Febuhari,’a word punned from the month in which the 2015 presidential election would be held and Buhari, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC),…

2015: Beware the ides of February!

2015: Beware the ides of February!

    Tiko Emmanuel Okoye The highly decorated and popular, but overly ambitious, Roman general and consul, Julius Caesar, had been warned by a soothsayer to Beware the ides of March.…

Revisiting GEJ’s N21bn campaign donation

Revisiting GEJ’s N21bn campaign donation

    Tiko Emmanuel Okoye In just a matter of minutes, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), private companies, federal government agencies and several individuals ‘donated’ a whopping sum of N21billion…

Open letter to Femi Fani-Kayode

Open letter to Femi Fani-Kayode

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye When the whistle was blown for the commencement of political activities in 1998, you pitched your tent with the All Peoples Party (APP). This was quite in…

Choosing APC presidential candidate: The event

Choosing APC presidential candidate: The event

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye Goodluck Jonathan’s emergence as the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a fait accompli. Meanwhile, the congresses and election of candidates for the various…

War on terror: Matters arising

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye Right now, there’s a raging debate over the necessity or otherwise of extending the recently expired state of emergency in the three most affected North-East states of…

Highway 2015: Clear and present danger ahead

Highway 2015: Clear and present danger ahead

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye The prediction by a right-wing American political think-tank some years back that Nigeria would become a failed state by 2015 predictably sparked off a raging debate in…

Open letter to Ekiti State Gov. Fayose

Open letter to Ekiti State Gov. Fayose

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye Your Excellency, please accept my belated congratulations for overcoming supposedly overwhelming odds to win the last Ekiti State Governorship Election. Your Cinderella performance expectedly took many people…

PDP: Choosing the 2015 presidential candidate

PDP: Choosing the 2015 presidential candidate

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye Following my two-part essay on the presidential ticket permutations open to the All Progressives Congress (APC), not a few readers wrote to accuse me of unduly supporting…

Jonathan, Peter, Segun & Aminu: Parallax rhapsodies

Jonathan, Peter, Segun & Aminu: Parallax rhapsodies

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye President Goodluck Jonathan, former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi, Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko and outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal have something…

2015 Presidential ticket: Game plan for APC

2015 Presidential ticket: Game plan for APC

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye The most important decision a presidential candidate makes either during the run-up to the party’s convention or as soon as he secures his party’s presidential nomination is…

US$15million arms-gate: Matters arising

US$15million arms-gate: Matters arising

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye It is now a very familiar story. First, on September 5, two Nigerians and an Israeli were arrested in South Africa as they allegedly attempted to smuggle…

Wild, Wild Ekiti: Madness in retrospection

Wild, Wild Ekiti: Madness in retrospection

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye There was a day in the mid-80s when I didn’t realize early enough that only a few persons in the Operations Department of my bank were still…

Nigeria @54: Somnambulism all the way!

Nigeria @54: Somnambulism all the way!

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines a somnambulist as “someone who walks while they are sleeping.” A somnambulist is someone who sleepwalks! The imagery is a…

Segun Odegbami: Softly-softly, Mr Mathematical!

Segun Odegbami: Softly-softly, Mr Mathematical!

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye ichietiko@yahoo.com  0805-410-3468  (sms  only) Columnists are not usually given to react to personal opinions expressed by individuals who are not public officials, unless there is an over-riding…

Boko Haram: Time for decisive action

Boko Haram: Time for decisive action

The greatest challenge to Nigeria’s corporate existence is not ongoing intrigues and subterfuge attendant with the impending 2015 presidential poll; on the contrary it is the Boko Haram insurgency. There’s…

James Onanefe Ibori: A birthday tribute

James Onanefe Ibori: A birthday tribute

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye ichietiko@yahoo.com  0805-410-3468  (sms  only) About three weeks ago (exactly August 4), I rushed down to the village to spend quality time with my ailing sweet mother. I…

NFF’S revolving door of treacherous back-biting

NFF’S revolving door of treacherous back-biting

There are several aspects of the melodramatic impeachment movie scripted, produced and directed by a caucus of government officials and mutinous members of the executive committee of the Nigeria Football…

Ekiti 2014: Perils of ‘Physiological Discounting’

Ekiti 2014: Perils of ‘Physiological Discounting’

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye ichietiko@yahoo.com  0805-410-3468  (sms  only) Africa has been largely castigated – by critics both within and without – for the debilitating sit-tight syndrome ravaging the continent’s political leadership.…

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