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Dawn of a new Nigeria

Dawn of a new Nigeria

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye There have been three unmistakable landmark moments in the annals of national elections, when the electorate almost unanimously opted for presidential candidates they deemed ‘game changers.’ The…

The Church & Politics: An introspection

The Church & Politics: An introspection

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye The message preached last Sunday at the Lagos-based National Headquarters of the Foursquare Church by an associate pastor, Dr. Okey Onuzo, gave me the conceptual framework for…

State elections: Letting wisdom triumph in Lagos

State elections: Letting wisdom triumph in Lagos

  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye Many correspondents dubbed it the height of monarchical rascality. I am speaking of the widely advertised threats allegedly made by the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu. He…

2015 elections: Present continuous… (1)

2015 elections: Present continuous… (1)

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye Predicting or guesstimating the outcome of an electoral contest can either be a piece of cake or a Herculean task, depending on the prevailing significant independent variables…

The Round table predicts…

The Round table predicts…

 Tiko Emmanuel Okoye   This piece is predicated on three key assumptions: firstly, that the presidential and national assembly elections rescheduled for March 28 remains sacrosanct; secondly, that the orchestrated…

President Jonathan, history earnestly beckons

President Jonathan, history earnestly beckons

By  Tiko Emmanuel Okoye   Majority of Nigerians, including a plethora of political pundits and buffs, derisively dismissed the prediction by an American conservative policy think-tank that the nation would…

PVCs & Card Reader Machines: Matters arising

PVCs & Card Reader Machines: Matters arising

Tiko Emmanuel Okoye News reports have it that the mock election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 12 states last Saturday, using Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and…

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

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…

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