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PMB as father of Nigeria’s contemporary democracy

June 14, 2019 Editorial III 0

There is no doubting the fact that June 12 is a watershed in Nigeria’s political history.  June 12, 1993, was the day Late Chief MKO Abiola contested Nigeria’s presidential election under the banner of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, against his only opponent Bashir Othman Tofa of the National Republican Convention, NRC. Till today, MKO Abiola remains the acclaimed winner Read More

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KIFA congratulates FG on democracy day

June 13, 2019 Editor 0

Kanu International Football Academy (KIFA), has congratulated the Federal Government on the declaration and celebration of June 12 as the official democracy day. In a statement signed and released by its National Coordinator, Prince Dapo Ajibade, KIFA said the celebration of the day, evoked fond memories of the country’s struggles and strides towards a lasting democracy. “Today’s celebration is indeed, Read More

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Updated: Buhari renames Abuja National Stadium after MKO Abiola …read full speech

June 12, 2019 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday renamed Abuja National Stadium after late Moshood K. Abiola, acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election. The president made the announcement in an address during the maiden celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Wednesday. The president, who frowned at the injustice melted against winners of Read More

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#Live – Democracy day: Again, Obasanjo, Jonathan, other ex-Presidents stay away from ‘vital’ National event… Buhari arrives Eagles square

June 12, 2019 Editor 0

Former Presidents including Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, Yakubu Gown are absent at the Eagles Square venue of the 2019 Democracy Day celebration when the event started. Former presidents and Heads of state were scheduled to arrive the venue by 9.35am. Most of them were also absent during the second term inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari at the same venue. Already, Read More

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FG declares Wednesday as public holiday, 4th of its kind in 14 days

June 10, 2019 Editor 0

The Federal Government on Monday declared Wednesday, June 12, as a public holiday, to commemorate the nation’s National Democracy Day. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement signed by Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press & Public Relations, of the ministry, on Monday in Abuja. The Federal Read More

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June 12 Democracy Day: What’s the fate of May 29?

June 8, 2019 Editor 0

This year makes it exactly 26 years that the June 12 presidential election, which was adjudged the most credible poll in Nigeria, was annulled by former military president Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd.). In this report, TOPE SUNDAY and ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU take a look at the honour bestowed on the acclaimed winner of the election, the late Chief MKO Abiola, Read More

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Pictures: Jonathan storms South Africa, set for election duty

May 1, 2019 Editor 0

Former President Goodluck Jonathan a while ago on Wednesday arrived South Africa, where he is expected to join other foreign observers to monitor election. Jonathan who disclosed this via his twitter handle said: “I arrived Johannesburg early this morning to lead the Election Observation Mission of the @EISAfrica to South Africa’s national and provincial elections. While illuminating on democratic gains Read More

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20 years of democratic experiment: Which way Nigeria?

March 9, 2019 Editorial III 0

On May 29, 1999, Nigeria returned to democratic governance after thirty-three years of military rule. Since then, the country has had five cycles of elections to determine who govern it both at federal and states level. SAMSON BENJAMIN in this report examines the good, the bad and the ugly sides of the nation’s democratic journey so far. Nigeria’s current democratic Read More

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Bribe video: Court bars Kano Assembly from probing Ganduje

December 6, 2018 Editor 0

Kano State House of Assembly has been barred by a Kano State high court, presided over by Justice Ahmad Badamasi from further investigating the $5 million bribery allegation against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. Delivering the judgement on Thursday, the judge said collecting bribe from contractors is a criminal offence in section 115 and 116 of penal code, and the House has Read More

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2019: EU, US, UK, others advocate peace pact to stem violence

November 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Campaign for the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections officially kick-started yesterday and the European Union delegation to Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom and 22 other countries having diplomatic missions in Nigeria have urged stakeholders in the Nigerian electoral system to refrain from using hate speech and eschew violence. The countries also said it would welcome new efforts towards the 2015 type of Read More

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Kano LG elections and the garbage from outside

February 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

One wonders why the recent local government election in Kano state kindles unnecessary furore from outside the state. For one, I know in most of the southern states, there have been reports of gunmen coming out at the day time, firing at people who are/were to cast their votes to elect the people of their choice. These gunmen, who are Read More