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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 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and ...

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Between ambition and pragmatism

Compaore

By Habib Aruna “Not even all the armies in the world can stop an idea whose time has come”-Victor Hugo The deposed maximum ruler of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, would by now be licking his wounds at the sea resort in Cote d’Ivoire, where he is currently on forced exile. Compaore resigned on Friday after protests over his attempts to ...

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Joining the Muslim/Muslim ticket debate

By Habib Aruna As more focus shifts to next year’s general elections, one issue that has continued to dominate the political space has been the likely presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Party (APC), since the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders have reserved the only form they printed for President Goodluck Jonathan. And given the body language of ...

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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 the affairs of this country. ...

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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 hoodlums assaulted opposition leaders at ...

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As Fayose takes over in Ekiti

By Habib Aruna I covered the swearing in ceremony of both the late Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Agagu and Mr. Ayo Fayose in 2003. While Agagu demonstrated a lot of maturity during the event and even the one that preceded it, handing over ceremony, the one in Ekiti was a different thing altogether. Apart from the fact that the ...

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Can Atiku overcome the APC landmines?

Habib Aruna

By Habib Aruna   “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 on Thursday while expressing his readiness to contest the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary with General Muhammadu Buhari. For sure, Atiku had always wanted to ...

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Still on that collapsed Synagogue church building

By Habib Aruna The collapse of a guest house owned by the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos some weeks ago has again brought to fore the urgent need for those in authority to address the problem of building collapse in the country. At the last count, an estimated 115 lives have been reported lost, while well over 140 ...

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Dimgba Igwe and the way we are

By Habib Aruna As expected, veteran journalist and one of the finest editors the country has produced, Mike Awoyinfa, wrote a moving tribute on the death of his friend, associate and confidant, Dimgba Igwe, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while jogging on his street at Okota, Lagos, last weekend. Of course, many would agree that the best thing ...

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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 help work on a story. ...

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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, the same week that the ...

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2015: Jonathan should not be stampeded

By Habib Aruna Let me say right away that I am not a fan of President Goodluck Jonathan. This is partly because of the way he wasted the political capital that accrued from the outcome of the 2011 election, which he won squarely. A president in a modern world with such a massive electoral victory should have seen the hands ...

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Lest we forget our Chibok girls

By Habib Aruna It’s been more than 117 days now that more than 200 girls were abducted from their secondary school in Chibok, one of the towns worst hit by the terror war currently going on in Borno and other North East states. Even though the Federal Government told us that they know their where about, many Nigerians are still ...

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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 is the evident determination of ...

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Aturu: Befitting day of tributes

By Habib Aruna Like all great mortals, the death of Bamidele Francis Aturu, who we all fondly called BF, came to us as a huge surprise, giving his larger than life stature and his consistent intervention in the body polity. Since his passage barely two weeks ago, not a few Nigerians have come out to express grief and sadness at ...

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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 his second term ambition? It ...

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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, would be elected by an ...

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Between ambition and desperation

By Habib Aruna A week to the Ekiti State governorship election, I had argued on this page that what we would be witnessing at the poll will be a throwback to the 2003 general elections when the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo did all it could to ensure victory in the South West. In what I ...

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Acting the same old script in Ekiti

Fayose

You only need to be a casual observer of the nation’s unenviable political terrain not to have envisaged what is currently playing out in Ekiti barely a week to the well celebrated governorship election. The All Progressive Congress (APC) members, in line with their tradition had gone out on Sunday, a day after the Presidential rally held for the Peoples ...

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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 the APC lawmakers to its ...

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Wanted: Vibrant legislature

By Habib Aruna Fifteen years down the line, we will only be deceiving ourselves to think the democratic train is on track to a desired destination. Yes, the train may have left the station, but the wobbly nature of the journey and the non-committal attitude of both driver and the passengers make it doubtful if the train is really on ...

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Outcome of India’s election and lessons for Nigeria

By Habib Aruna It was a historic day for the people of India penultimate Friday when the global media focused its attention on the outcome of an election that took more than five weeks to be concluded. It was more symbolic and gracious, because, not only did the opposition party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won as expected, the ruling Congress ...

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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 change in the politics of ...

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The week global focus shifted to Nigeria

By Habib Aruna I argued on this page last week that the abduction of the more than 200 secondary school girls in Chibuk, Borno State, may well lead to the ultimate end of the Islamic insurgents, Boko Haram, and the unquantifiable harm they have done to the Nigerian state. I have indeed, been vindicated by events of the past few ...

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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 nature of the state politics, ...

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