‘The fact that no one can really fathom the rationale behind declaring elections to be inconclusive is a major threat to our democracy’
Olusegun Adeniyi writes on Saraki’s fall.
An editorial by Vanguard newspaper on the just concluded 2019 presidential elections.
“Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday to elect their choice leader but the people in power, led by Buhari, used the instrumentality of government to perpetrate the incumbent in power.”
Dr. Ahmad Gumi: Even before the votes are counted, President Muhammadu Buhari is 100% confident he is going to win. From where will that confidence be in a nation hardly thriving from division, disunity and economic woes?
Dynasties rise and fall. It is a natural order.
Almost two decades of profligate monetary policy has destroyed Zimbabwe’s economy and fueled rampant inflation, decimating the savings of its people twice.
Faced with the most serious protests against his 30-year rule, President Omar al-Bashir’s declaration of a state of emergency will not save his bankrupt, unpopular regime. Instead, security forces must halt worsening violence, Bashir should step down and all sides should work on a broadly inclusive transitional government.
Everything about the 2019 presidential election was very hard and troublesome. It includes the monitoring and reportage, especially the challenge of multiple information sources.
It’s a recurring theme across Nigeria, Kenya and many other African countries where elections and the accompanying political uncertainty have usually had adverse effects on big and small businesses—impacting short-term growth.
There is little difference between the country’s ruling party and the opposition.
An editorial from The Guardian Newspaper.
Wealth Dickson Ominabo: He continues to give sermons of peace and love. Even when friends and associates go to him with itching ears, wanting to make remarks that will send a strong signal to his political detractors who have taken upon themselves the iniquity of insulting him at every opportunity and assassinate his character, his utterances are always seasoned with the salt and savour of love.
Premium Times Editorial:’The recent dastardly action of the State Security Service (SSS), summoning senior officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is a culmination of a series of actions taken by the executive arm of government, with alarming erosive consequences on Nigeria’s democratic institutions’.
As the rescheduled Nigerian presidential election is just two days away, experts have warned that effects of the vote delay still linger and it is not clear where the pendulum swings.
Though there are worries, the Nigerian problem could be aided by further privatization of sectors.
“President Buhari sees the world as it is and tries to manage it that way. This is my biggest problem with him and is why I think you should not vote for him”.
Vanguard Editorial: ‘INEC must creditably deliver for Nigerians’.
While Nigeria’s elections are by no means fully electronic, the use of permanent voter cards (PVC) verified by electronic card readers to accredit voters has proven a major leap.
It was not just bad weather and arson that delayed the Nigerian election.
AUDIO: In this episode of The Take, Al Jazeera journalists examine Nigeria’s upcoming general elections, the voters and the top two candidates in the presidential race.
Olusegun Adeniyi: “Anxiety has always been part of the tradition of elections in Nigeria. But the tension arising from the postponement of the presidential and national assembly elections which ought to have held last Saturday is troubling. All of a sudden, those who ordinarily should urge restraint are not only scare-mongering but also sowing seeds of discord and violence”.
The 2019 elections will leave a lot in its wake. These are 5 things likely to happen after all has been said and done. Writes Umar Sa’ad Hassan for The Cable.
There is a vote to cast even before Saturday regardless of the logistical preparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It is a vote for peaceful elections.
This is not the first time a Nigerian poll has been postponed but it is certainly the most dramatic.
A Premium Times analysis on the effect election postponement would have on citizens.
Daily Times: Akpabio continues to display ‘uncommon’ behaviors.
After a web of legal duel fuelled by infighting, the Supreme Court has validated the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in this year’s general elections.
The AU was founded as the Organisation of African Unity, more than five decades ago by post-colonial states who wanted to protect their sovereignty, while building a unified Africa. Now, those very founding principles prevent it from pushing the continent into the 21st century.
Few Nigerians would disagree. The country is prolific at producing leaders with questionable cognitive competence whose warped wisdom compels them to doggedly advance backwards.
As an elder statesman, it is expected that Obasanjo will be playing a major role in cementing our bonds of unity and national cohesion, but regrettably he is toeing an inglorious path of pouring invectives on an incumbent president and discrediting credible national institutions like INEC and the security agencies.