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The 2019 Polls – One Gone; A prayer for peace

Finally, the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections are now behind us. The electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which had shifted the date of the elections from February 16 to 23, declared President Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the winner, with over 15million votes. He defeated […]

The crowded field for Douglas House

The number of governorship candidates in Imo State is about the highest in the country – more than 50 of them! Why is it so? Is the office of the governor of the state so lucrative that everyone wants a piece of the pie? It is indeed sad that Imo State with an enviable quantum […]

Python Dance and Crime Control

The decision by the security authorities to bolster the fight against crime across the country with the military exercise quaintly called “Python Dance” has elicited not a little controversy. While some people consider it timely and desirable, others decry it, saying it is a subterfuge with political undertones, especially coming so close to the general […]

Owerri roads: Well done Gov Rochas, but…

We wish to note with joy the frenetic zeal with which repair work has resumed in the Imo State capital, Owerri. The mere sight of the workmen and their equipment as they embark on the long awaited fixing of the roads and streets in Owerri Municipality these couple of days has restored smile on the […]

Welcome our Lord Bishop

With the consecration of The Rt. Rev. Chukwuma C. Oparah, Ph.D, J P, in Abuja on Friday, he has joined the distinguished panoply of prelates that have been privileged to shepherd the Diocese of Owerri, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion. The Diocese of Owerri is the oldest, and indeed the mother-Diocese of the other Dioceses […]

INEC should intensify voter education now!

If the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) keeps to its earlier announced time table for the commencement of the 2019 general elections, it means we have about four months left to get ready. With the political parties virtually completing their primaries, the next crucial assignment for both the political parties and INEC is to intensify […]

Beyond party primaries

Now that many of the political parties have concluded their primaries and gearing up for election campaigns, we would wish to call on all concerned to refocus their attention and quickly adjust to the realities. Obviously, in every competition there are bound to be winners and losers. Indeed the decision to take part in a […]

Nigerians and 2019 polls

The  din and clatter of politics and politicking in recent months have so overwhelmed the polity that  the ordinary citizen appears to be peripheral and out of reckoning. And yet “we the people…” are the raisons d’etre of all affairs of the state and activities aimed at gaining political power. How ready and prepared are […]

Governance on hold for election 2019?

Governance appears to have been consigned to the back burner as politics – raw politics – is elevated to the highest level of the administration of our dear nation. From the Presidency at the centre to the office of the local council chairman at the grassroots, it has been a monotonous chorus of defections to, […]

Women in Imo politics

The involvement of women in Imo politics is nothing to write home about. In a situation where it seems the male governors are the problems rather than the solutions every now and then, a female governor for Imo state could be an option to provide the answer this time around. It is worth trying. But […]

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