The Tambuwal challenge

By Habib Aruna One politician that has added colour and animate the current political dispensation is Mallam Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Tambuwal has demonstrated over time that he has what he takes to take his opponents by surprise and have his way. Just ask the leadership of the ruling […]

Can Atiku overcome the APC landmines?

“I look forward to meeting him (Buhari) in an open, free and fair contest for the ticket.” –Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar The above statement was made by Atiku Abubakar recently while expressing his readiness to contest the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary with General Muhammadu Buhari. Atiku had always wanted to preside over […]

Lawlessness in Edo!

By Habib Aruna The frightening level of impunity in the country reached a disturbing peak last week when armed thugs invaded the legislative quarters in Edo State. The attack that resulted in the loss of more than two dozen cars and properties worth more than millions of Naira, happened just a day after the same […]

Note from Baltimore

By Habib Aruna Most journalists like my humble self are too engrossed with looking for news and rushing to meet deadline than thinking about going on vacation. Even when they decide to go on leave, they would still be hanging around in case a developing story needs their attention or the editor wants them to […]

Between Ribadu and Jeffords

By Habib Aruna Is it an irony that Jim Jeffords, the famous former senator from Vermont in the United States, who single-handedly redrew the country’s national political map in 2001 when, after a quarter-century as a moderate Republican lawmaker, he declared himself an independent, shifting control of the Senate to the Democrats, died on Monday, […]

Votes must count in Osun

By Habib Aruna There are many reasons why Nigerians are looking forward to next Saturday governorship election in Osun State, just few weeks after the unexpected turn of events in Ekiti State. One of the main reasons would be if the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would replicate what they did in Ekiti. Yet, another reason […]

Use of presidential powers

By Habib Aruna Was it a mere coincidence that the day two governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) were on the verge of being impeached was the day Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the House of Representatives moved a vote of confidence on President Goodluck Jonathan and followed it with an endorsement of […]

The Edo Assembly crisis

By Habib Aruna It is becoming a tradition in the United States, the world most enviable democracy, that different political parties control the executive and the legislature at every point in time. Anytime the Democrats take over the White House, you can be sure that the Grand Old party, now popularly known as Republican Party, […]

And now, this…

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State during the week alleged that some members of the State House of Assembly who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) got N50 million each to sell out. The governor was only confirming what is already known, that the opposition is courting […]

Oshiomhole and Edo APC crisis

By Habib Aruna When Comrade Adams Oshiomhole declared his ambition to succeed ex-governor Lucky Igbinedion of Edo State at that sunny afternoon late 2006 at Urokpota Hall, Benin City, he was unmistakably and characteristically articulate and many of his supporters who stood on the hot sun to listen to him knew it was time for […]

Tinubu on a familiar road!

By Habib Aruna It came as a surprise that many of the aggrieved governorship aspirants in Lagos State now crying wolf over spilled milk thought the party would ever allow a level playing field in the conduct of the primaries to pick Governor Babatunde Fashola’s successor. Most of them indeed, knew that given the peculiar […]