YPM: An idea whose time has come

January 18, 2017 Dotun Oyelade

just as Jos is wont to be, it was another chilly dawn at the Township Stadium as the dry unrelenting cold weather kept blasting and whistling, even with thousands of party faithful huddled together.The year […]

Sheriff in fresh battle for relevance

January 15, 2017 LEON USIGBE

LEON USIGBE writes on the fresh struggle by factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to retain absolute control of the opposition party. BEYOND the energy-sapping battle he has […]

‘How Buhari ’ll run Nigeria in 2017’

January 7, 2017

Emerging from a harsh 2016 which saw the economy plummet into a recession, Nigerians are about to witness a turnaround in their welfare because the result of policies initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari will become […]

NASS and the shape of things to come in 2017

January 1, 2017

The 2017 expectations THE National Assembly had ended the 2016 on a high so to say. The lawmakers, who entered the outgone year amid controversies, ended on a note of camaraderie with the executive, which […]

2016: Year of long knives, backstabbing

December 25, 2016

AS 2016 winds down, KUNLE ODEREMI takes a kaleidoscopic view of events that shaped the political circles and the implications for the incoming year. FROM 1999 till date, it has been with excruciating pains with […]

2016 budget: How far so far?

December 18, 2016 Sanya Adejokun

After months of bickering, President Muhammadu Buhari finally signed the 2016 budget into law in the first week of May. One week after, precisely on May 12, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator […]

Constitution amendment: Senate on the march again

December 18, 2016 Taiwo Adisa

THE Senate Constitution amendment Committee headed by the Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has commenced another journey on a familiar route of constitution amendment. Ekweremadu, whose latest assignment actually started on January 13, 2016, will […]

Ekiti 2018: The plots, dress rehearsals

December 11, 2016

That Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State is in the news is nothing new. However, his rumoured contemplation to check out another platform for the 2018 governorship election contest in the state and his denial […]

INEC: Albatross of an electoral umpire

December 4, 2016

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come under the searchlight for months. There are questions about the commission’s capacity to conduct credible election and operate beyond the influence of a few individuals, following many […]

APC, PDP’s battle of wits over River’s rerun

December 4, 2016

Preparatory to the conclusion of the suspended legislative rerun election in Rivers State, next Saturday, DEPUTY EDITOR, DAPO FALADE X-rays the heightened tension in the camps of the two main political parties in the state, […]

Virement, Ali Ndume and the law

December 4, 2016 Taiwo Adisa

THE Senate on Tuesday approved the request for President Muhammadu Buhari for the virement of the sum of N180 billion in the 2016 budget. It looked like a routine exercise because it has been a […]

Anenih: As political war horse retires…

December 4, 2016

If you call him a super elder statesman, you will be right because he is vastly experienced and highly respected in the political circles in Nigeria.  Should you address him as an old war horse, […]

NIESV moves to rid institution of quacks

November 30, 2016

The management of the Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) has raised the alarm over incursion of many professionals and individuals into the practice of estate agency; a development it says is giving […]

Yakubu’s high neck

November 20, 2016 Dare Adekanmbi

IN modern global society, a high premium is placed on democratic practices of which election is an integral part. Election is so crucial because it serves as a means of recruiting leaders into the various […]

It’s too late for me to be a politician —Gbadamosi

November 19, 2016

Alhaji Gbadamosi Ambaliu Adewoga, an entrepreneur, ex-naval officer and philanthropist in this interview with BAYO ALADE speaks on the nation’s economy, the administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his philanthropic gestures. IN less than a […]

It will be futile to compromise INEC —Ondo REC

November 13, 2016

HOW prepared is INEC for the election in Ondo State? INEC in Ondo State in conjunction with our national headquarters is forging ahead. The time table of various electoral processes is being followed religiously. So […]

Before the Judgement Day

November 13, 2016 David

Two weeks to the governorship election in Ondo State, Hakeem Gbadamosi takes a look at the politics of the state, the strengths of the political parties and the unending crises rocking the parties ahead of […]

Battle for the control of Ondo

November 13, 2016 David

POLITICAL pundits have maintained that crises in the three leading political parties were the manifestations of the battle among godfathers, who want to use the governorship election in the state to test their political influence […]

Still in search of credible elections

November 6, 2016 David

As the debate rages on  the committee headed by former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, to recommend the kind of constitutional and electoral reforms that need to be carried out in the country, KUNLE ODEREMI […]

We’ll get out of recession fast if… —Akanbi

November 6, 2016

The senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District,  Adesoji Akanbi, speaks with MOSES ALAO on the recent worries expressed by the wife of the president, Hajia Aisha Buhari, that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government might have been […]

Odigie-Oyegun’s ‘ruffian billows’

November 6, 2016 Dare Adekanmbi

IN William Shakespeare’s historical play, Henry IV, a soliloquy from the eponymous character, King Henry, says something fundamental, something akin to a foreshadowing of the events in Nigeria’s governing All Progressives Congress, especially as they […]

The cabal: A myth or a reality?

October 30, 2016 Dapo Falade

UNLIKE what obtains now, the term, ‘Kaduna Mafia’, was very popular in the nation’s socio-political circles, some 40 years back. It was said to have been coined by Mvendaga Jibo, the Benue State-born journalist, academic […]

POWER: Return of the Kaduna Mafia?

October 30, 2016

KUNLE ODEREMI and Moses Alao give an insight into the powerful interests that have continued to influence and/or control political events in the country. “Some people that are not politicians or professionals were brought into […]

SENATE: This roforofo over CCT

October 30, 2016 Taiwo Adisa

ON a day the Court of Appeal in Abuja was deciding the fate of the Senate President Bukola Saraki in the appeal against his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the Senate hit the gavel […]

How far can a third force go?

October 23, 2016

MOSES ALAO, in this report, raises the questions about how far the pro-realignment forces can go ahead of the landmark 2019 general election.   As the talks about alignment and realignment of political forces in […]

NASS: How not to violate separation of powers

October 16, 2016

Group Politics Editor, TAIWO ADISA, examines the position of the National Assembly and the resolve to amend the enabling laws of DSS and other security agencies. THE raid on the homes and arrest of some […]

Raids on judges: Experience from other lands

October 16, 2016

KUNLE ODEREMI looks at the situations in other countries and how they have been dealing with allegations of corruption in their judiciaries. THE Nigerian judiciary is not an island. Like the other arms of government, […]

A long quest for restructuring…

October 9, 2016

KUNLE ODEREMI brings some issues underlying the seamless clamour for a restructuring of the Nigerian federation. THE venue was the International conference Centre of the University of Ibadan. Nigerian from all walks of life had […]

APC: Crumbling of a grand coalition?

October 2, 2016

 The cracks appears to be widening within the ranks of the stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), following the bombshell released by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu against the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. […]

Nigeria has come to stay, but … —Alao-Akala

October 2, 2016

   Former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, speaks with WALE AKINSELURE on why he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), offers suggestions to President Muhammadu Buhari’s government on how to steer the […]

National assets: Going, going, going…

September 25, 2016

For three days last week, the Senate debated the current economic recession, with no fewer than 60 Senators offering possible ways out of the economic quagmire. Group Politics Editor, TAIWO ADISA highlights the key components […]

Elections and good governance in Nigeria

September 23, 2016

Since Nigeria returned to democracy on May 29, 1999, majority of the poor citizens are yet to identify a credible democracy dividend as a result of their faith in a democratic regime. Accepted that the […]

Whose third force?

September 23, 2016

As the leading political parties battle with internal crises, KUNLE ODEREMI examines the deft moves by some politicians to forge new alliances. In most political circles in the country today, the dominant issue is about […]

Plateau: The ding dong over probe

September 23, 2016 Isaac Shobayo

Since Governor Simon Lalong assumed office as the Number One citizen of Plateau State, he has not hidden his intention to investigate the activities of his predecessor, Senator Jonah Jang. He has repeatedly reiterated his […]

Edo 2016: As PDP, APC tie loose ends…

September 22, 2016

The postponement of the Edo State governorship election by 18 days has afforded the  parties participating in the election and their anchormen to tie-up some lose ends while perfecting their strategies. BANJI ALUKO writes on […]

Governance and politics in Nigeria

September 22, 2016

The question of good governance has captured the attention of international institutions, including the World Bank and several inter-governmental organisations like the G-8. Both institutions have made this issue a critical prerequisite in their aid […]

‘PDP crisis ’ll persist unless …’

September 21, 2016

Former Nigeria’s ambassador to Canada and onetime peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship contestant in Ekiti State, Ambassador Dare Bejide, in this encounter with ARAMIDE SHANU, speaks on the crisis rocking the PDP, and other issues. […]

Shun corruption, be apolitical, CJN tells judges

September 21, 2016

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has advised judges of the Federal High Court to be apolitical, independent minded and neutral in giving judgments. Mohammed gave the charge at the opening of […]

What Buhari must do to rejig economy—Nwodo

September 20, 2016

Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo (CON), the first civilian governor of old Enugu State, is the pioneer national secretary of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He also held the position of national chairman of the party. […]

What I would do if I were President Buhari —Agbakoba

September 19, 2016

Former president, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Olisa Agbakoba, speaks on wide-ranging economic and political issues  in the present dispensation, in this interview with journalists. BOLA BADMUS brings these excerpts: Nigeria is now in recession, […]

Why APC leaders are against Gov Abubakar —Tagga

September 16, 2016

Honourable Yusuf Tagga, a close ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and governorship candidate of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change in 2011, was among the major Bauchi APC major stakeholders and Leaders of Thought who […]

Edo polls: Between Oshiomhole and his brother governors

September 16, 2016

Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, last week  dragged the governors of neighbouring Rivers and Delta states into the ongoing battle for the Edo  Government House. The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the governors […]

Security intelligence and Nigeria’s democracy

September 15, 2016

The modern society has grown so complex with knowledge acquisition and has acquired systems for continual data collation, such that, over the years, it has amassed a relative level of accuracy in interpreting and predicting […]

My plans for Ondo —Amuda

September 13, 2016

Ola Amuda is the candidate of the Accord Party in the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State. The Ogbagi-Akoko born administrator speaks with ABIODUN AWOLAJA on his blueprint for the state.   Why do […]

A poll shift and the demarketing of Edo

September 13, 2016 Felix Oboagwina

IN the past, Edo State only experienced insignificant incidents of electoral violence. There had been tiffs and toughs, lone hoodlums snatching ballot boxes amidst sporadic shooting, too inconsequential to scar the overall electoral credibility. And […]

PDP: The uneasy calm in Sheriff’s camp

September 12, 2016

LEON USIGBE writes on the seeming silence in the camp of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since the last court order barring him from parading himself as the […]

Edo election: Of INEC and its rigmaroles

September 11, 2016

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) finally bowed to pressure and postponed the governorship election in Edo State late on Thursday. Group Politics Editor, TAIWO ADISA, examines the implications.   THE police and the Department […]

The make or mar battle in Edo

September 9, 2016

Amidst the intense horse-trading ahead of the governorship election in Edo State, BANJI ALUKO, in this report, focuses on the 18 local government areas in the state, the chances of the two dominant parties, namely […]

The FG/Marino spat over arms, human rights

September 9, 2016

The release of a critical communication about Nigeria by US Congressman Tim Marino has sparked some concerns among government circles. Group Politics Editor, Taiwo Adisa, examines the facts and possible fiction tied to the controversial […]

APC, PDP crises, blessing for UPN —Paseda

September 8, 2016

The governorship candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in Ogun State in the 2015 election, Prince Rotimi Paseda, in this interview with journalists in Abeokuta, speaks on national issues and the forthcoming local […]

Why we should build institutions —FCT minister

September 8, 2016

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello, featured at a special congress of the FCT Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), where he spoke on key issues, including the […]

Ondo APC gov primary: The unending intrigues

September 7, 2016

HAKEEM GBADAMOSI writes on some intrigues that played out at the governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State. Last Saturday’s governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the November […]

I’ll create upset in Edo—PPA gov candidate

September 7, 2016

Thomas Sadoh, a journalist, is the governorship candidate of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA) in Saturday’s election in Edo State. He speaks with BANJI ALUKO on his chance, plans for the state, among other issues. […]

Our greatest challenge ahead Ondo election —REC

September 6, 2016

In this Interview with JACOB SEGUN OLATUNJI, the Ondo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Segun Agbaje, bares his mind on the forthcoming governorship election in the state and the commission’s preparations towards a hitch free […]

LCDAs will bring government nearer to people —Onakoya

September 4, 2016

Chief Babatunde Onakoya, an All Progressives Congress chieftain in Ogun State, in this interview with bayo alade, speaks on new local council development areas and why he is supporting Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s government. Excerpts:   […]

Osun at 25: The beat continues

September 4, 2016 Isiaka Adeleke

DIVINE providence, coupled with a very selfless urge to serve the people, primarily informed my incursion, as they would say, into “the murky water” of politics. But at the same time, I must emphasise that […]

Issues in emergency powers

September 2, 2016

Even before the Federal Government unveiled the full details of its contents, the proposed request for emergency economic powers for the president is already generating some fuss in the polity. Group Politics Editor, TAIWO ADISA, […]

Why I am being crucified — Kekemeke

September 1, 2016 David

Honourable Isaacs Kekemeke, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, has been in the eye of the storm as the party prepares for Saturday’s governorship primary election. In this interview with HAKEEM […]

Nigeria: Looking to Japan for economic revival

August 31, 2016 David

President Muhammadu Buhari returned from Nairobi, Kenya last Sunday after attending the sixth meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), hoping he had made a case for more Japanese assistance for […]

APC govs’ search for economic redemption

August 31, 2016

Muhammad Sabiu, who was at the 4th Progressive Governance Lecture Series organised by the Progressives Governors Forum last Thursday, highlights the main issues discussed by members of the forum and their implications for the nation. […]

Oyo new LCDAs: One issue, many voices

August 30, 2016

The announcement by the Oyo State government to create additional 35 Lcal Council Development areas in the state has triggered a debate among stakeholders in the state, writes WALE AKINSELURE.   Last week, Oyo State […]

It’s time to leave PDP for Sheriff —Odeyemi

August 30, 2016

From Diran Odeyemi, who is the spokesman of the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was an aspirant for the position of deputy national publicity secretary before the national convention of the […]

Ondo 2016: The fear, anxiety over APC ticket

August 26, 2016

HAKEEM GBADAMOSI in this piece, highlights the intense power play going on in the All Progressives Congress (APC) over its governorship ticket ahead of the November 10 poll in the state.   That the primary […]

PDP is a victim of judicial politicking —Adebutu

August 26, 2016 David

Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu, representing  Ikenne/ Sagamu/Remo North  Federal Constituency, is the chairman, House committee on  Rural Development. In this interaction with journalists, he sheds light on the wrangling in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), attempt […]

Edo 2016: As things begin to take shape…

August 25, 2016

The political atmosphere in Edo State is charged ahead of governorship election slated for September 10. About 14 days to the election, BANJI ALUKO examines the factors that may work in favour or against the […]

Avengers only trying to amass wealth

August 25, 2016

A Calabar-based legal practitioner and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Chief Utum Eteng, in this interview with ANTHONY UBONG, speaks on militancy in the Niger Delta region, among other […]

Of PDP and conflicting court judgments

August 24, 2016

The apparent conflict in the orders of the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, presided over by Hon. Justice Okon Abang, and that of the Port Harcourt Division of the same Court, presided over by Hon. […]

Govs’ visit to Germany: Waste or gain?

August 22, 2016

LEON USIGBE reviews the recent controversial trip made to Germany by some state governors which they said was for investment drive. RECENTLY, states governors caused quite a stir when it was revealed that many of […]

NASS Clerk: As Omolori enters the fray

August 21, 2016

Group Politics Editor, TAIWO ADISA, who has followed the controversy surrounding the appointment of the Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), highlights the tasks ahead of the new Clerk. The saga thrown up around the […]

Fayose, others working to kill PDP —Babatope

August 21, 2016

Chief Ebenezer Babatope is former Minister of Transport, who served as the Director-General of Campaign Organisation of Chief Olabode George for national chairmanship of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the botched convention of the party. […]

What Buhari can do to succeed —Iornem

August 21, 2016

Senator David Iornem, a member of the National Assembly in the third republic, is a founding father of the defunct Action Congress (AC) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Benue State. The chieftain of […]

PDP’s convention of confusion

August 19, 2016

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) practically passed through the eye of the needle to hold a one-legged convention in Port Harcourt on Wednesday. But, the convention appears to have opened up new chapters, writes Group […]

No NASS member is on Jibrin’s side —Reps

August 19, 2016

In this interview with WALE AKINSELURE, member representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa constituency of Oyo State in the House of Representatives, speaks on the budget padding controversy, why Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin was removed as Chairman, House Committee on […]

Ondo 2016: The looming implosion in APC

August 18, 2016

A purported endorsement of an aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State is causing ripples in the party. HAKEEM GBADAMOSI looks into the uproar.     IT is no longer at ease […]

How I narrowly escaped air crash —IBB

August 17, 2016

Former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida  marks his 75th birthday today. In this interview conducted at his top hill residence in Minna by  journalists, he speaks on some secrets about his  life, how he proposed […]

PDP: A convention like no other

August 17, 2016

Group Politics Editor, Taiwo Adisa, previews the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), painting the scenarios of things to come.   Leaders and followers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are already gathered […]

Why PDP must not miss this opportunity —Adeniran

August 16, 2016

 As delegates converge on Port Harcourt, Rivers State for the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a chairmanship contestant and former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, speaks with KUNLE ODEREMI on his […]

Restructuring and the Yoruba agenda

August 15, 2016

The submission of the former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar GCON on the restructuring of the Nigerian Political system is very instructive. Likewise are the submissions of Pastor Tunde Bakare, Lieutenant  General Alani Ipoola Akinrinade […]

PDP chair: Who does the cap fit?

August 12, 2016

HAKEEM GBADAMOSI, who has been following the political intrigues trailing preparations for next Wednesday’s national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), peeps into the camps of the contestants for the position of national chairman. […]

‘Why zoning is a key issue in Ondo gov election’

August 12, 2016 David

Barrister Sola Ebiseni, the estwhile Commissioner for Environment and governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  in Ondo State, speaks with  HAKEEM GBADAMOSI, on his ambition, zoning and other issues. Excerpts: […]

APC better as opposition —Osun PDP chair

August 12, 2016

Before Honourable Soji Adangunodo emerged as the Osun State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he was a member of the state House of Assembly. In this interview with TUNDE BUSARI, he speaks of […]

The battle of titans in Ondo APC

August 11, 2016

With two weeks to the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, HAKEEM GBADAMOSI, gives an insight into the ongoing permutations in the various caucuses in the party. The preparation […]

Reps and the budget padding blues

August 7, 2016

The House of Representatives is in the eye of the storm in respect of the budget padding allegations ignited by former chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin. Is it all a hoax or […]

APC’s searchlight on new breed in Ondo

August 5, 2016

As political parties prepare to select candidates for the next governorship poll in Ondo State, HAKEEM GBADAMOSI and TUNDE BUSARI give an insight into some critical issues the process has suddenly brought forth.     […]

Unending crisis in Enugu APC

August 2, 2016

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State is locked in internal crisis, even as notable politicians in the state are swelling its ranks. South-East Bureau Chief, JUDE OSSAI, examines the issues at stake. […]

Immunity for NASS leadership is impunity— Ojo

August 2, 2016

Jackson Olalekan Ojo, a security expert and member of the American Society of Industrial Experts (ASIS), is the National Coordinator of the Yoruba Youth Alliance (YYA). The chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in […]

PDP’s two-step chairmanship dance

August 1, 2016 David

As leaders of PDP meet today in Abuja, KUNLE ODEREMI takes a look at the ongoing battle of wits among the gladiators in the quest to reposition the party.   THE two-step, a popular American […]

Why Obaseki will win in Edo —Iriase

July 31, 2016

Hon Pally Iriase is the Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives and member representing Owan Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House. In this interview, he speaks on the chances of the […]

Unending crisis in Enugu APC

July 28, 2016

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State is locked in internal crisis even as notable politicians in the state are swelling its ranks. Southeast Bureau Chief, JUDE OSSAI, examines the issues at stake. […]

Edo 2016: The ripples over Breach of Trust

July 28, 2016

BANJI ALUKO brings details of the storm stirred by the public presentation of a new book Breach of Trust, in Benin City, Edo State.   It appears the ripples created last Sunday by the presentation […]

PDP, a sinking ship in Ondo —Abraham

July 27, 2016

Dr Segun Abraham, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, believes the forthcoming poll in the state is a foregone conclusion. In this interview with BOLA BADMUS, […]

…APC is just making noise —Amuwa

July 27, 2016

Barrister Benson Amuwa, the immediate past representative of Ondo State on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), is a governorship aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He speaks with […]

Ondo 2016: Looming crisis in PDP

July 25, 2016

Exactly a month to the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, leading stakeholders are enmeshed in intrigues over the process that will produce a standard-bearer, reports HAKEEM GBADAMOSI. AS different […]

Abia: Tale of a troubled state

July 24, 2016

South-East Bureau Chief, JUDE OSSAI, examines the historical dimension to the political quagmire in Abia State, particularly as it concerns the Abia Equity Charter, which spells out power rotation among the three blocks in the […]

Will Ekiti return to the dark days?

July 24, 2016

Deputy Editor, Sam Nwaoko, highlights some of the issues dominating the current season of protests and counter-protests in Ekiti State, as the state inches towards 2018 governorship election.     EKITI State has remained active […]

Yari: The tension over impeachment threat

July 22, 2016

MUHAMMADU SABIU brings the undercurrents in the impeachment moves by members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly against Governor Abdulazziz Yari. Two major events that have elicited a lot of public curiousity in the […]

When can the Senate be on trial?

July 22, 2016

The main actors in the 8th Senate have been in and out of courts in recent times, but the decision to put the duo of Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu up […]

The root cause of corruption in Nigeria

July 21, 2016

Corruption has without doubt become systemic in Nigeria. The political-economic system has been so soaked in the blood of graft that even the social and cultural ways of many Nigerians have become corrupted. In other […]

My succession plan—Fayose

July 21, 2016

Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, met with some media men in Ado-Ekiti recently, where he spoke on a range of issues. BOLA BADMUS, presents some excerpts: HOW  do you react to the belief that […]

Sheriff: End of the road to Wadata Plaza?

July 20, 2016

LEON USIGBE writes on what becomes of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff against the backdrop of the Federal High Court Judgment affirming his ouster as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).    JULY […]

Senate and its endless rumbles, drama

July 17, 2016

The Red Chamber of the Nigerian Senate has been a theatre of sort all through the past week. Group Politics Editor, TAIWO ADISA, presents the inside details of endless drama the lawmakers treated Nigerians to. […]

PDP, APC’s battle for the soul of S/East

July 15, 2016

Southeast Bureau Chief, JUDE OSSAI, looks at the battle of wits between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the zone ahead of the 2019 polls.   AT the inception […]

Ondo 2016: The men after PDP’s ticket

July 13, 2016

As the Ondo governorship election is drawing near, HAKEEM GBADAMOSI examines the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) aspirants in picking the party’s ticket for the November election in the state. There are so […]

‘What S/West has benefited since 1999’

July 13, 2016

Dr Rotimi Olulana is a former governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in Lagos State. He speaks with BOLA BADMUS on how the SouthWest has fared in the last 17 years of democratic dispensation. […]

Why Nigeria should be restructured —Adebayo

July 12, 2016

It was a chance meeting with former governor of Kwara State, a prominent leader of the Middle Belt Forum and Afenifere, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, in his Ilorin residence. BIOLA AZEEZ brings excerpts of the interaction. […]

How to rescue the economy —Dogara

July 12, 2016 David

After about 13 months in office as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has opened up on a number of knotty issues that surrounding the present political dispensation, including the relationship between […]

As Reps give hope over confab report…

July 10, 2016

Will Buhari sanction new constitution with confab recommendations? The House of Representatives adhoc committee on constitution amendment adopted the report of 2014 national conference convened by former President Goodluck Jonathan as a working document for […]

Ikpeazu and the legal faux pas

July 8, 2016

IT was a rude shock to all lovers of democracy, especially indigenes and residents of Abia State, when the news broke out that the mandate freely expressed by the electorate under the rage of the […]

Nigeria no longer a federation — Shonibare

July 8, 2016

Chief Supo Shonibare, a core apostle of the sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, is a legal practitioner and leader the pan-Yoruba organisation, Afenifere, in Lagos State. In this interview with KUNLE ODEREMI, he  speaks on the […]

Plateau Assembly: Is APC, PDP romance over?

July 7, 2016

The friendly relationship between members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC)  and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State is now threatened by supremacy politics , ISAAC SHOBAYO writes.   The  cosy  […]

Still on the turmoil in God’s own state

July 7, 2016

South-East Bureau Chief, JUDE OSSAI, probes the dillema in which Abia State has found itself, with two persons laying claim to the position of governor.   until Monday 27, June 2016, there was relative peace […]

PDP convention: The battle for delegates’ slots

July 6, 2016

With the rescheduled national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) less than three weeks, there is increasing power play over the slot for delegates, writes KUNLE ODEREMI. The countdown to the rescheduled PDP national […]

Brexit: My worries for Nigeria —Akinyemi

July 6, 2016 David

Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman, 2014 National Conference, speaks on the exit of Great Britain from the European Union (EU) and its implication for both Britain and Nigeria,  and […]

Edo as Sheriff’s cannon fodder

July 5, 2016

LEON USIGBE writes on the fate of the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming Edo State election against the backdrop of the court order ceding the gubernatorial ticket to the Ali […]

Brexit is bad news for aid recipients —Aduwo

July 5, 2016 David

Olufemi Aduwo, President, Rights Monitoring Group (RMG) and Executive Director/CEO, Centre for Convention on Democratic lntegrity (CCDI), was in London as an observer of the recent referendum through which the UK pulled out of the […]

PDP: From temporary to deeper coma

July 3, 2016

DARE ADEKANMBI, MOSES ALAO and YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE look at the new twist in the leadership palaver in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the light of the Abuja High Court judgment which nullified the amendment […]

Herdsmen: Dilemma of a nomadic lot

July 1, 2016 Kehinde Oyetimi

Herdsmen, let us appreciate, are perhaps humanity’s earliest known tourists. They must be taught however that there is a culture of settlement, and learn to seek accommodation with settled hosts wherever encountered. —Wole Soyinka   […]

Workers’ strike at the threshold of Ondo guber poll

June 30, 2016

Ondo State workers have been on an indefinite strike for four weeks over the non- payment of their six months’ salary by the state government. HAKEEM GBADAMOSI looks at the workers’ struggle and its implication for this year’s governorship […]

Solving the Niger Delta crisis

June 30, 2016 Chinedu Bosah

THE Niger Delta communities are again being militarized and the people are already counting the costs of brutal invasion by the armed forces in search of the so-called Niger Delta Avengers (NDA). Community people suffer […]

Ondo gov: As PDP, APC woo voters

June 23, 2016

The Continuous Voters Registration will commence in Ondo state on Wednesday, June 22, Hakeem Gbadamosi looks into the efforts of various stakeholders in ensuring success of the exercise in the state. The tempo of preparations […]

God will not come down

June 20, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

IT is becoming unarguably irksome and disgusting the way we sit, fold our arms and exclaim ‘God will help us’ over the innumerable ills and adversities that have taken the nation hostage. For decades, submerged […]

What does Sheriff want?

June 20, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

LEON USIGBE reflects on the question on the lips of many Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the ongoing leadership crisis threatens to rip it to shreds. It was plain sailing for Senator Ali Modu Sheriff […]

Edo 2016: Moment of decision in PDP

June 20, 2016 Oluwatoba Olaitan

As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State holds its governorship primaries today, BANJI ALUKO examines some issues that may sway delegates. Preambles While 12 aspirants contested the primary election of the ruling All […]