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How ready is PDP for 2019?

Th e former behemoth Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held a non-elective congress last weekend. Although it was geared toward authenticating Ahmed Makarfi ’s leadership for another four months before the main convention, and perhaps for mend-fencing, the opportunity was squandered ...

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Options for electricity tariff hike

Nigeria’s eternal darkness has returned with the full fury and might of a wounded lion. Darkness is everywhere. Small and micro businesses are tottering on the brink while big establishments are groaning under the crushing weight of exorbitant cost of ...

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Kaduna’s inclement climate for politicking

Kaduna State is progressively becoming a hot spot for opposing politicians and practicing journalists since the latent political violence that had permeated everywhere was raised a notch higher recently with the vicious attack on the local chapter of the Secretariat ...

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Isner wins fourth ATP Atlanta title

John Isner claimed his fourth ATP Atlanta title, saving a set-point in both sets en route to a 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7) win over Ryan Harrison. Second-seeded American Isner notched his second ATP title in as many weeks afer lifting ...

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The nth constitutional amendments

By Dan Agbese Th e National Assembly is taking on once more the task of amending our constitution to possibly iron out the creases and make it a document worth waving in the face of incipient democratic tyranny. I have ...

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A tale of Nigeria’s corruption war

By Gerry Uwah Nigeria’s war on corruption is faltering. Corruption has staged a devastating and demoralising counteroff ensive against prosecutors of the war. In the last two years since the war started, not one high net worth politician or civil ...

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Spieth targets Grand Slam

Jordan Spieth has set his sights on a career Grand Slam after notching his third major success in Th e Open at Royal Birkdale. Th e 23-year-old American added Th e Open title to his 2015 Masters and US Open ...

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The burden of victory

By Dan Agbese Sweet victory, right? Yes. You cannot blame the PDP leaders of the Ahmed Makarfi faction for being so euphoric since the Supreme Court handed it the fi nal legal victory last week. It had been a long, ...

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Malabu Oil: A scam that became a deal

By Majeed Dahiru Saturday, the 14th day of July, the peace and serenity of the government reserved area of Okene town in Kogi state, was disturbed when a combined team of security agencies raided the country home of Mohammed Bello ...

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US Open to top $50m in prize money

US Open will become the fi rst tennis tournament to top $50 million in prize money following a nine percent increase in the total purse, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) has said Winners of the men’s and women’s singles ...

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Not yet Uhuru for PDP

Th e Supreme Court judgment which put to rest the issue of the authentic chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) must have buoyed the confi dence of the party but it is not enough to return the highly fractured ...

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Frankie Fredericks suspended from athletics

Former Namibian sprinter and IAAF Council member Frankie Fredericks has been provisionally suspended from athletics pending an investigation into a potential ethics violation, the sport’s governing body said on Monday. Fredericks is being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit over ...

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Yellow card for el-Rufa’i (3)

A political party is an important organ of government, completely independent and replete with its own mechanism and internal arrangements for the running of its day-today aff airs. It is mainly driven by the decisions and policies arising from the ...

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The travails of David Attah

By Clem Oluwole I did not know about the serious health challenge facing Chief David Attah until I read Adagbo Onoja’s piece in his column last Tuesday on page 18 of this paper. Adagbo painted a very disturbing picture of ...

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Mayweather, McGregor face of

Conor McGregor predicted he will knock Floyd Mayweather out in the fourth round of their mega fi ght next month as the pair squared off for the fi rst time. Th e 28-year-old UFC star danced in front of Mayweather ...

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Over-sighting defence expenditure

So, if we all admit that defence budget is not transparent, extremely diffi cult to verify, accountability for improper expenditure is absent and all the fi ne details are neglected, reforms in the sector is inevitable and it requires the ...

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Yellow card for el-Rufa’i (2)

Th e role assigned to a state governor requires hard work and continuous physical eff ort. It is extremely demanding, very diffi cult to fulfi ll, endure or overcome. It is also laborious, requiring a lot of time, attention, energy ...

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Man Utd agree £75m fee for Lukaku

Manchester United have agreed a fee of around £75m with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku, senior club sources have told the BBC. The 24-year-old Belgium international scored 25 Premier League goals last season. United, who have been chasing Lukaku for ...

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Restructuring by forward integration

By Majeed Dahiru Nigerians across diverse backgrounds appear to be united on the new slogan of ‘’restructuring’’. Th is term is not new to the political lexicon of Nigeria but is now increasingly used as a once and for all ...

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Kyrgios retires from Wimbledon

Ni c k Ky r g i o s i s o u t o f Wimbledon after retiring from his first round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert with a hip injury. The 22-year-old Australian was visibly struggling throughout and pulled ...

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Why power tariff hike eludes DisCos

DisCos contend that no one has factored the alarming increase in the cost of imported power distribution equipment like transformers into electricity tariff Jerry Uwah Some weeks ago, this column called for the sacking of the 11 electricity distribution companies ...

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