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Why Rochas is running scared of the election tribunal

Hearing in the Imo State governorship elections case between the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Governorship Rochas Okorocha, and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent, Emeka Ihedioha, began last week at the Election Petitions Tribunal in Owerri, the state capital. A source close to the Ihedioha camp has revealed that they have a witness and video evidence of how the …

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Governor Nye-some more money Wike

Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike has gone on a borrowing spree since winning the (s)election in April. He has borrowed 30bn naira (about $151.2m) in a month. The state receives approximately 13bn naira monthly from the federal government as a share of oil revenues. A spokesman from the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) questioned why Wike, of the Peoples Democratic …

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It’s about to kick off in Imo State

We have received information that the Nigerian Labour Congress in Imo State and market traders associations have been meeting in Owerri, the state capital, to plan “mass action” against the governor Rochas Okorocha. State employees and pensioners have not been paid for months. The plans, which are at an advanced stage, involve bringing the state to a “standstill” because “most …

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Let’s get ready to rumble in Imo State

The battle for the Imo State governorship is about to shift to the courts. Incumbent Rochas Okorocha of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner of the (s)election in April and the result is being challenged by his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) opponent Emeka Ihedioha, the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives. The word in Owerri …

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No belt-tightening in Enugu State

At a time of dwindling revenues as a result of the drop in the oil price, the new Enugu State governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has submitted 24 names to the state’s House of Assembly for approval as commissioners. The list signed by the rotund governor, known to his supporters as “Gburugburu” was leaked to us and includes all manner of political …

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Why electricity privatisation is unlikely to succeed in Nigeria

The privatisation of power supply in Nigeria, which was essentially about breaking up the previous state-owned monopoly into generation, transmission and distribution companies, and then selling them off to the private sector, is not providing the expected benefits, and very unlikely to do so. A major player in the industry, Joshua Mukan, the CEO of William Duncan Hydro-Electric Power Limited, …

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If you can’t beat them, negotiate with them

It is high time Nigerians faced up to the reality about Boko Haram. We just do not have the capacity to defeat the insurgents militarily. Many Nigerians deceived themselves into believing that Goodluck Jonathan’s failure in crushing the insurgency was because he was “weak”. This line of thought led to the belief that a “strongman” like a former general would …

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Tinubu declares war on Dino

A source has informed us that Bobo Chicago Bola Tinubu has “sworn to get rid of” Senator Dino Melaye the All Progressives Congress (APC) senator representing Kogi West. The flamboyant Melaye has been vociferously behind the election of Bukola Saraki as senate president against the wishes of the APC leadership and Tinubu. Melay is one of Saraki’s closest confidantes and …

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