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Ajimobi And Story Of Last-minute Heists At Oyo Govt House, By Festus Adedayo

Rumpus, said the report from a well-respected online medium, had erupted at the Oyo State Government House. An aide to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State’s wife, Florence, had reportedly stolen part of an over N1billion being siphoned out of the Government House. This was May 25, 2019. Two days later, specifically on May 27, Ajimobi was subject of the ...

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Kwara, Kano, Benue, Et al: When ‘O to ge’ Won’t Be Enough, By Lasisi Olagunju

‘O to ge’ means ‘enough is enough’. When should enough really be enough in a nation where bad governments are replaced with despicable ones and where state-supported thugs instal governors?  ‘O to ge’ is a repudiation of what is for a new order. However, when a bird flies off the earth only to land on an anthill, would that bird ...

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Ajimobi, Okorocha, Ganduje: An Unfolding Story, By Azu Ishiekwene

”The wind that swept away Ajimobi in the South-West and claimed Governor Okorocha’s senatorial ambition in the South-East, has just arrived in Kano. It’s hard to see how Ganduje will survive it”. It’s incredible how eight years have ended as a two-word parable: constituted authority. That’s what Governor Abiola Isiaka Ajimobi would be mostly remembered for – the epigram from ...

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The Rise And Fall Of Saraki Dynasty, By Bayonle Abdulkadir

The leader of Kwara’s crumbling dynasty has reportedly conceded defeat even as he urged his party to fight to the finish, apparently hoping for a political miracle in the gubernatorial and state assembly elections this Saturday. The margins of defeat from the February 23 elections are indisputable just like the resolve of the electorate to break away from the past; ...

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Time To Wave The ‘O To Ge’ Card In Alao-Akala’s Face, By Festus Adedayo

Former governor of Oyo State and O yato exponent, Adebayo Alao-Akala, has been in the news in the last few days. He had been in the news earlier when opinion polls indicated that he would again vie for the governorship seat of the state, after his ouster in 2011. Many people were amazed that the Ogbomoso-born politician was putting his ...

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Drum Beating, Dancers Ready: Why Did Yakubu Stop The Beat? By Festus Adedayo

It is no news that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the presidential and National Assembly elections that were to hold yesterday. It is also no news that angers, frustration and condemnation of this decision have jammed the Nigerian electoral space. A number of contesting theories have sprung up across divides against the propriety of this decision. While ...

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UCH Ibadan: As Prof. Alonge Bows Out As CMD, By Folu Olamiti

Professor Temitope Oluwagbenga Alonge, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, is due to bow out of office soon on completion of his second term on 28 February, 2019. The world renowned Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon had been at the helm of affairs of the UCH, Nigeria’s first tertiary hospital, since March 2011 when he ...

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Atiku And El-Rufai’s Body Bag Nationalism, By Festus Adedayo

What could have prompted Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai to make such very volatile comment attributed to him on a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) interview programme last week? Could it be due to a boldness acquired over the years in the uncharted field of Nigerian politics? Could the governor, famous for his brutal deployment of words and blood-soaked imageries, be ...

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2019 And Restructuring Polemic, By Gbade Ojo

Undoubtedly, the much awaited 2019 general elections are around the corners. Expectedly, the dominant issue in the forthcoming electioneering campaign is restructuring. Such issues are used to hoodwink, or at best cajole the electorate. Perhaps the best candidate in this game of deception is Atiku Abubakar. He has been promising to turn stone into bread vis-à-vis restructuring polemic. The game ...

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Soyinka, Atiku And Fruits Of The Poisonous Tree, By Festus Adedayo

In the democracy that Nigeria enjoys today, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka’s contribution is huge and unambiguously massive. If weight of contribution were coterminous with reward, Soyinka should be awarded the presidency of Nigeria, post-military regime, like Nelson Mandela of South Africa. In physical participation in attempts to rout the military and mental contributions to same, history has reserved a ...

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