Why the PDP must not fail

Why the PDP must not fail

Africa’s so-called ‘largest’ party is in turmoil again.  From Sokoto to Adamawa, Delta to Rivers and the entire South-West, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is having a hard time huddling together as one under the red, white and green umbrella.   In the past, the contenders were always clear-cut – ‘Abuja politicians’ vs. ‘home-based’ politicians … Continue reading

It’s all politics

It’s all politics

It’s all politics.  The Boko Haram insurgency, sectarian war threats, the declaration of a State of Emergency, the NGF brouhaha and, in fact, this whole administration.  It’s all politics.  It’s an insatiable thirst for power and a malicious inclination to let this nation burn if the whims of one man are not thoroughly satisfied.   … Continue reading

On Jonathan’s unpardonable pardon

On Jonathan’s unpardonable pardon

And so it came to pass that on a faithful Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, in full exercise of his Presidential powers, granted unconditional pardon to a former Bayelsa State governor, Chief D.S.P Alamieyeseigha.  It was a move that sparked outrage all over Nigeria.  Even members of his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), condemned … Continue reading

APC adopts logo, slogan, and motto

APC adopts logo, slogan, and motto

Coalition partners in the All Progressives Congress, APC, took a bold step towards registration as a new party early Wednesday in Abuja when nine of the 11 governors in the group finally adopted a logo, a slogan, and a motto for the proposed party. The adopted logo is the green-white-blue background with a broom on the white … Continue reading

Of harmattan and Igbo presidency

Of harmattan and Igbo presidency

Ndi Igbo say that Onye hapu onu ya, uguru arachaa ya (If one fails to lick his lips, the harmattan will do it).  In other words, if you leave things to chance, chances are you won’t like what you’ll get.  For a people deep in the frenzy of producing a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction, … Continue reading

APC, PDP and the quest for an opposition party.

APC, PDP and the quest for an opposition party.

If we are to believe their many press statement, in no distant time, the All Progressives Congress (APC), will be a political party duly registered with INEC, having no less than 11 governors and numerous legislators on is platform.  If we are also to believe said statements, then come 2015, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) … Continue reading

Happy New Year! (or the Mayans were wrong)

Happy New Year! (or the Mayans were wrong)

Despite the predictions of the Mayans and their controversial calendar, we made it to the year 2013. For those who believe that fate writes one’s destiny with indelible ink, perhaps the fact that the clock kept on ticking well after the 21st of December 2012 should give them a good reason to rethink their stance. … Continue reading

Here lies the revolution

Here lies the revolution

A lot has been said about the ‘Nigerian revolution’.  While some believe it is inevitable, others insist the sparks that will birth its flame are already flying about.  Some others however, perhaps out of deep scepticism or maybe unfortunate experience, have dismissed any hope of a revolution either now or in the future. What do … Continue reading

Perhaps it’s time for a benevolent dictator

Perhaps it’s time for a benevolent dictator

The argument has been put forth by many people that Nigeria attained independence too early and at a far too little cost.  Had the colonial masters stayed for a bit longer, the proponents of this thinking say, perhaps we would have thoroughly imbibed the spirit of good governance and infrastructural maintenance culture, or perhaps, we … Continue reading

Guest writer: Victor Ehikhamenor

Guest writer: Victor Ehikhamenor

Victor is an award winning visual artist, writer and photographer who lives in Nigeria and the US. He draws influences from traditional African motifs and religious cosmology. His short story, ‘The Supreme Command’, won a the Association of Commonwealth Broadcasters Award. He has held numerous solo art exhibitions. His poetry collection, Sordid Rituals [Lagos, Oracle Books],was published in 2002. … Continue reading