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Buhahari: “I am not a miracle worker”

Presiden-elect Buhahari has tried to dampen the expectations of those that voted him into power by claiming they should not expect him to perform miracles when he takes over on 29 May. I doubt if any sensible Nigerian is expecting miracles from Buhahari. On what would such expectations be based? Did Buhahari perform miracles in his 18 months in power …

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What difference did Yemi Osinbajo make in this (s)election?

Several commentators are crediting the vice president-elect Yemi Osinbajo with playing a key role in Buhahari’s victory in the presidential (s)elections. They claim Osinbajo being a pastor was crucial in assuring Christians that Buhahari was not a Muslim fundamentalist. Others claim that the Redeemed Church where Osinbajo is a minister was an important voting bloc. Some claim that Osinbajo coming …

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Was the presidential (s)election about oil blocks?

Our source “on ground” in Abuja claimed that some of the major power brokers behind the scenes in Nigeria decided Goodluck Jonathan would have to go to protect their access to lucrative oil blocks. Oil blocks are awarded to oil drilling and exploration companies by the government and are almost like a licence to print money. Former military junta member …

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Rats planning to leave sinking ship

As soon as the presidential (s)election result was announced declaring Buhahari the winner, several prominent PDP members were already plotting how to join the winning APC. Not belonging to the ruling party means that there may be a shortage of “democrazy dividends” coming your way. About nine PDP governors are reportedly planning to switch to APC, including Benue State governor …

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Rotimi Amaechi celebrates not going into exile

Rivers State governor Rotimi Amaechi of the APC and former minister and APC candidate for Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai were reported to have flown into Port Harcourt from Abuja together following the victory of their man Buhahari in the presidential (s)elections. Amaechi danced away at the airport for a long spell, before driving off in a convoy of cars …

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How free and fair was the Nigerian presidential (s)election?

A poll of readers of Naijiant.com shows today that 67% believe the (s)election was free and fair and 33% don’t agree. I am down with the 33%. Let me first declare an “interest”. My opinion was that Buhahari would have won a free and fair election because Goodluck Jonathan’s period in office was nothing short of a disaster for Nigeria. …

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PDP involvement suspected in death of INEC commissioner and family

The Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Abdullahi Minkaila, his wife and two children have been killed in his home in what has been described as a mysterious fire outbreak early this Friday morning. Minkaila was in charge of polls in Kano State last weekend in which the opposition APC defeated the ruling party PDP by 1,903,999 votes to 215,779. The …

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Wole Soyinka asks Nigerians to forgive Buhahari’s past

Wole Soyinka has said in a Bloomberg interview that “Nigerians must show a Nelson Mandela-like ability to forgive president-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s past as an iron-fisted military ruler”. He claimed: “I criticized him for certain acts during his stint as a military dictator, but I also insist that it’s about time we try our best to be mini-Mandelas, to learn there’s …

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Goodluck can’t wait to escape Abuja

The word “on ground” in Abuja is that Goodluck Jonathan was even willing to hand over power to Buhahari immediately the APC leader’s victory in the presidential (s)election was confirmed. He can’t be bothered to wait for the official handover date of 29 May. Goodluck is tired of sitting on the hot seat and the “wahala” that comes with, and …

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