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June 2022

Muiz Banire > 2022 > June

Registration as voter in Nigeria: Essentials and pitfalls

The significance of registration as a voter in Nigeria cannot be underscored. Beyond the conferment of eligibility to participate in the voting exercise on the day of the election, it is crucial that it is undertaken to forestall unlawful voting by ‘proxy’ associated with the practice of the political class. The more the eligible voters fail to register as voters in the country, the better for the political class who exploit the situation to perpetrate all manner of political fraud. The more gaps in the number of eligible voters who fail to register, the bigger the rigging infrastructure available to...

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Another Look at Political Parties’ Primaries (Part 2)

We must examine where we are coming from and look into our future. The Yoruba say, “Ti omode ba subu a wo iwaju, ti agba subu o maa wo ehin”. When a child stumbles, he looks back to see the stumbling block, while an elder looks ahead to prevent another fall. This is the crux of my engagement in this column.  Except the thoughts expressed by my friend, Dakuku Peterside, I have not stumbled on any retrospective analysis of the political parties’ primaries. Much of what I have read are fulsome praises for the winners and the vilification of the losers and,...

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Another look at political parties’ primaries

In my last edition, I had promised to interrogate the political parties’ primaries in my next one. Notwithstanding that pledge, I have been inundated with several enquiries as per my perspective on all that had transpired within the period of the political parties’ primaries. Prior to delving into the subject, permit me to congratulate all those that have succeeded so far in graduating from aspirants into candidates, particularly the presidential candidates and frontliners, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Mr. Peter Obi, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso and, of course, my comrade, Omoyele Sowore. Recall that, in my previous editions, I considered...

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When terror visited Owo

The ancient but quiet city of Owo is not often in the news. It is a prosperous but peaceful city located in the southwestern part of Nigeria. Save for occasional features in politics and boasting of illustrious sons like Chief Adekunle Ajasin, a nationalist and first civilian governor of Ondo State, Oba Olateru Olagbegi, a most prominent Yoruba Oba known to have fathered more than a hundred prosperous and illustrious children and who contributed immensely to the struggle for independence in Nigeria, and Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, the current governor of Ondo State and many others, the city of Owo...

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When Delegates become delicate

Disturbing trends in the Nigerian electoral process havebeen assuming more worrisome dimensions in recent times. The effect of this is that the most optimistic of Nigerians are becoming more and more disillusioned and less hopeful about the possibility of redemption for the country that is sinking down the drain of life. The most recent of this is what has come to be identified as money politics and its evil effect on the process of nomination of candidates of political parties by party delegates. It must be first stated that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)...

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