Thursday, February 20, 2020

Azu Ishiekwene

    What has the supreme court done?

What has the supreme court done?

Not a few politicians are beginning to have second thoughts about what may be the sure path to electoral success in future. The traditional model, which was godfather plus moneybags, and then crisscrossing the country squawking like fowls with broken beaks, appears to be old school and in rapid decline. After Hope Uzodinma’s unexpected installation as Imo State governor and Douye [...]

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    INEC’s bloody axe and the political remnants

INEC’s bloody axe and the political remnants

On a hot, dusty harmattan day last week, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) loaded its gun, and pulled the trigger, terminating 74 political parties. The grieving remnants were left to bury their dead in what seemed a most unkind Valentine gift. A number of the leaders of the affected parties have refused to be consoled. They have vigorously expressed their [...]

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    Marcus Brutus and his cousins

Marcus Brutus and his cousins

One week after the Supreme Court overturned the election of Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor of Imo State and installed Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC), nine lawmakers in the state house of assembly abandoned their party and joined the “winning team”. Four of them were elected on the platform of the Action Alliance [...]

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    Was it all about Meghan, the witch of Windsor?

Was it all about Meghan, the witch of Windsor?

The boy whose mother was hounded to her death by the paparazzi has come of age. And he is reminding the British establishment of everything it has tried desperately to forget about that tragedy, and more. Harry, still addressed as His Royal Highness and Duke of Sussex at the time, was not supposed to remember. He was just 13, shy and [...]

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    What the Ostrich told Amotekun

What the Ostrich told Amotekun

There’s a reason why we’re the world’s largest ostrich farm. And that reason was given yet again in legalese in the response of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to Amotekun, the regional security network launched by the six South west states last week. In nice words that invite the governors to hell, while still making them look forward [...]

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    The oracle and Ihedioha’s fate

The oracle and Ihedioha’s fate

He brushed it aside, saying that he would not lose sleep over the prophesy. But you could tell, even by a casual look, that it was not the new year present he was expecting. Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo has been trying to be a man since Father Ejike Mbaka prophesied on New Year’s Eve that his days as governor are [...]

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    2020: APC’ll survive Oshiomhole-Obaseki war, but it’s beginning of the end

2020: APC’ll survive Oshiomhole-Obaseki war, but it’s beginning of the end

In an article entitled “2019: How Atiku will lose – and other matters,” published this time last year, I made six predictions: 1) Atiku will lose 2) despite Access Bank having Diamond Bank for supper, there won’t be a rat race for size among banks and liquidity will get tighter 3) Super Eagles will reach the semi-finals of the Nations [...]

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    Story of the vanishing loaf: How to kill a local company

Story of the vanishing loaf: How to kill a local company

I met him three or four years ago. We were introduced by a mutual friend sickened by the story. What struck me about this man who I was meeting for the first time was his calmness, in spite of the story of cheating and betrayals, which he would later share.     Alfred Irabor Okoigun, son of a farmer, was born with the [...]

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    God and the politics of succession in 2023

God and the politics of succession in 2023

Politicians are not leaving anything to chance. Even before the posters for the 2019 elections have been removed, the race for 2023 has started and it’s just as charged at the national level as it is in the states. One state that is offering a spectacularly different approach to the business of the next general election is Ebonyi. Governor David Umahi [...]

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    Buhari cannot look the other way

Buhari cannot look the other way

Since we have eyes but cannot see, the Department of State Security (DSS) invited us to look again at the viral video of the invasion of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu’s courtroom on Friday. Laughable, if it wasn’t a travesty. The previous day, the judge had given the DSS 24 hours to release the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, who was arrested [...]

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    Literature? What literature?

Literature? What literature?

Literature, like other art forms, is a reflection of society. It is from the society that creative writers get their ideas. Society is the subject matter of literary expression. This is one of the reasons why literature is viewed in relation to the era or age it reflects. For instance, we have literature of the various centuries across the world. Here, [...]

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    ‘Zacchaeus’ and the perils of a tax collector 

‘Zacchaeus’ and the perils of a tax collector 

When the tenure of a chief executive is coming to an end, there’s usually a feverish outbreak of schemes to push him over the edge, for good or bad reasons.  Lobbyists are masters of the game. They keep a diary of appointment and termination dates - including possible renewal where the law permits - and also keep a meticulous dossier of [...]

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    Inside the worlds of Melaye, Dickson and co

Inside the worlds of Melaye, Dickson and co

Defeat is an orphan. Nothing illustrates its orphanage status as vividly as the fate of two politicians involved in last week’s elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states: Senator Dino Melaye and Governor Seriake Henry Dickson. As he went down, Melaye, the PDP candidate in the Kogi West senatorial election rerun, deployed his video-making talent to its utmost. Even before the Independent [...]

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    Why Bello is coming back, and Bayelsa may fall

Why Bello is coming back, and Bayelsa may fall

 By last week, the governorship/senatorial election in Kogi State had been reduced to a sex duel, with Senator Dino Melaye inviting his arch rival, Governor Yahaya Bello, to a mojo contest. Kogi’s number one problem in the last two decades has been poverty, not a shortage of testosterone. The state’s monthly allocation is five times smaller than what Dangote gets monthly [...]

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    Magu, still Nigeria’s most dangerous man

Magu, still Nigeria’s most dangerous man

It was framed as a question roughly one year ago. In a piece entitled, “Is Magu still Nigeria’s most dangerous man?”, I wondered why in a country with a shortage of heroes, a public servant would be rewarded with suspense and anxiety for giving of his best to his country. There’s no need to wonder. The question mark is off. [...]

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    An ambassador’s exaggeration and its fallouts

An ambassador’s exaggeration and its fallouts

The letter was dated October 7, 2019; but it would come into effect on Friday, November 1. The recipient was probably expecting it, but it doesn’t matter anymore. She is moving on. Arikana Chihombori-Quao has not been a firebrand for over two decades without scars to show for it. And now, she’s nursing a fresh one. Former Chadian prime minister and [...]

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