Category Archives: Politics

APC, PDP and Nigeria’s Election Process


 

A lively debate in Washington DC in the USA between members of the APC and PDP about the electoral process in Nigeria ahead of the 2015 federal elections. There were some innovative suggestions by the panelists such as allowing Nigerians in Diaspora to vote, and filming the counting of votes at all polling stations as a way of preventing election rigging and fraud.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_qmLPc38Pk

Doyin Okupe was in combative mood!

 

The participants were:

Victor Ndoma-Egba (invited)
Senate Leader, Cross River State, People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Dr. Doyin Okupe
Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs, Government of Nigeria, PDP

Babafemi Ojudu
Senator, Ekiti State, All Progressives Congress (APC)

Sanya Awosan
Senior Special Assistant to the President

Fred Majemite
Political Adviserto Governor Uduaghan

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary, APC

Nigeria’s political leaders, candidates, and party supporters in laying the foundations for peaceful, credible elections in 2015. We hear from the leaders of the two main parties about their plans for the primary contests, and their strategies for enforcing good conduct among candidates, promoting issue-based rather than personality-driven campaigning, ensuring a tone of moderation in the debates, and encouraging respect for the election outcome. This conference is part of an ongoing series, supported by the Ford Foundation, bringing Nigerian officials, civil society activists, and opinion leaders to Washington, D.C. to engage with U.S. policymakers and Africa experts on how best to ensure that Nigeria’s 2015 elections are free, fair, and peaceful.

 

Nigerian Troops Flood into Northern Cities after State of Emergency


After President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, army troop reinforcements have begun arriving in northern cities such as Maiduguri and Yola.

It is a long overdue move and I am surprised it took the President this long to declare a state of emergency. The state of emergency means that the army can take greater responsibility for security in those three states. Troops can occupy city centers, take over buildings, and arrest and detain suspects without trial. Two incidents seemed to have tipped the balance in favour of the state of emergency:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/us-nigeria-emergency-idUSBRE94E0JC20130515?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

1) Boko Haram nonchalantly dismissed the President’s offer of an amnesty. By doing so, Boko Haram seemed to declare its intention to settle its scores with the government on the battlefield, rather than via dialogue. It seems that President dialogue is now ready to meet them on a battlefield rather than in a conference room.

2) The recent Baga attacks which left hundreds of people dead marked a new deadly escalation in the conflict with Boko Haram.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/nigeria-emergency-trucks-idINL6N0DW2T120130515

Although Boko Haram has launched attacks across the north and as far south as the capital in Abuja, the three north-eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in the Kanuri heartland, represent Boko Haram’s support base. It has taken over at least one-third of the local government areas in Borno state. Losing control of its own territory to a terrorist organisation seems to have been the last straw for the government. President Jonathan accused Boko Haram of declaring war against Nigeria.

Excerpts from the President’s national broadcast announcing the state of emergency:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GglRw0urlw

Innocent civilians are likely to be caught in the inevitable shoot-outs between the army and Boko Haram. There are reports that Boko Haram has been forcefully conscripting new members, and threatening them with death if they do not kill in the group’s name within weeks of joining.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/15/nigeria-boko-haram-attacks-military-reprisals

Nonetheless the state of emergency will be popular among the general Nigerian population. Many have accused the President of being weak and of treating Boko Haram with kid gloves. This state of emergency will boost his security credentials and demonstrate a willingness to forcefully confront Boko Haram.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/05/2013514192543867669.html

http://www.economist.com/blogs/baobab/2013/05/nigerian-terror

Even if the troop surge proves successful, it would offer only temporary respite. Boko Haram can easily slip across the border into neighbouring countries, regroup, and return. Only a long term political and economic solution can permanently end Boko Haram’s violent insurgency.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqMw00fcV04

http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/05/15/nigeria-emergency-trucks-idINL6N0DW2T120130515

President Obama’s Victory Speech and U.S. Election Results


 

MITT ROMNEY’s CONCESSION SPEECH

 

 

 

INTERACTIVE MAP OF ELECTION RESULTS:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/11/us-election-2012-0

 

 

 

 

 

Video Replay of the Obama – Romney Presidential Debate: 2012


 

Full replay of the 2012 presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

South Sudan – One Year After Independence


 

South Sudan is celebrating its first anniversary as Africa’s newest state. However a year after euphoric independence celebrations – is it a familiar story of dashed hopes?  It is still in conflict with its northern neighbour Sudan.  It is engaged in an economic conflict over oil with Sudan.

Its government is accused of corruption, its people are poor and its leader Salva Kiir commited a diplomatic faux pas by keeping U.S. President Barack Obama waiting for over half an hour for their first meeting.

Meanwhile Sudan has its own problems. It lost 75% of its oil revenue when South Sudan seceded, and its leader Omar Al-Bashir is wanted for war crimes.

KEY FACTS ABOUT THE TWO SUDANS:

  • South Sudan broke away from Sudan and became a new independent country in July 2011 after a referendum.
  • Before then the mainly Christian south of Sudan had been at war for several years with the mainly Muslim north of Sudan. More than 2 million people died in this war.
  • Despite independence, military tensions between the two Sudans remain high.
  • Oil provides South Sudan with 98% of its revenue; yet it remains one of the poorest countries of the world.
  • In April 2012, South Sudan decided to halt oil production in the disputed border area.
  • Without the income from oil production, South Sudan has no money to improve the lives of its people.
  • One-fifth of the people in South Sudan are suffering from chronic hunger.

 

Graphic on South Sudan (from Africa Confidential):

 

 

 

 

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/07/09/the_failed_state_lobby

 

 

 

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2012/07/201271072536205955.html?utm_content=rssautomatic&utm_campaign=twitter&utm_source=SocialFlow&utm_term=june&utm_medium=tweet

MKO Abiola Dies – the Struggle for Democracy: 1998


 

Very easy to forget what a precipice Nigeria was on a little over 10 years ago. Do not take democracy for granted.

Nigeria’s First Elections – The Road to Independence


 

These videos are classics and chronicle Nigeria’s first elections – hotly contested by the Northern People’s Congress, National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons, the Action Group and Northern Elements Progressive Union.  There is some wonderful archive footage here and interviews with the Sardauna of Sokoto Ahmadu Bello, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Obafemi Awolowo, Maitama Sule and a young Aminu Kano.

 

 

 

 

Even though 50+years old, the issues it highlights (cultural and religious differences between north and south) are still relevant today. The things that struck me most:

 

*The Sardauna’s complete disinterest in federal politics and focus on preserving the customs and integrity of the north. When asked whether he would become Nigeria’s Prime Minister or Governor-General, the Sardauna replied: “I would rather live here amongst my people and carry my traditional title than an imported one.” 

 

*Azikiwe’s lack of partisan political ambition – saying it did not matter which of he, Balewa and Awolowo became Prime Minister.*The Sardauna’s irritation with Awolowo’s brash campaigning and desecration of northern traditions by hovering over/dropping leaflets on the Emir’s palace.

 

 

 

This is a must view. Enjoy!

 

Anniversary of the June 12, 1993 Election Annulment


Today is the 18th anniversary of the June 12 1993 election won by MKO Abiola which was annulled by the military government led by General Ibrahim Babangida. Brief video update above. Also, a great highlight from the archives below of the presidential debate between Abiola of the SDP and Bashir Tofa of the NRC. This was the first televised presidential election debate in Nigeria’s history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPiFHzSi5X4&feature=related

PART 2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey8e_KToAxQ

PART 3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1OrAJRluEY

The Yom Kippur War (1973) – Egypt Strikes Back Against Israel


Nigerian State Governors – All 36 States


Another round of elections and swearing in has been completed. Nigeria (as always) managed to survive intact. Here are the new State Governors across all 36 states of the federation…

Key:

ACN: Action Congress of Nigeria

ANPP: All Nigeria Peoples Party

APGA: All Progressives Grand Alliance

CPC: Congress for Progressive Change

LP: Labour Party

PDP: Peoples Democratic Party

NAME

STATE

PARTY

Theodore Orji

Abia

PDP

Murtala Nyako

Adamawa State

PDP

Godswill Akpabio

Akwa Ibom

PDP

Peter Obi

Anambra State

APGA

Isa Yuguda

Bauchi State

ANPP

Timipre Sylva

Bayelsa State

PDP

Gabriel Suswam

Benue State

PDP

Kashim Shettima

Borno State

PDP

Liyel Imoke

Cross River

PDP

Emmanuel Ewetan Uduaghan

Delta State

PDP

Martin Elechi

Ebonyi State

PDP

Adams Oshiomhole

Edo State

ACN

Kayode Fayemi

Ekiti State

ACN

Sullivan Chime

Enugu State

PDP

Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo

Gombe

PDP

Owelle Rochas Okorocha

Imo

APGA

Sule Lamido

Jigawa

PDP

Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa

Kaduna

PDP

Mohammed Rabiu Kwankwaso

Kano

PDP

Ibrahim Shema

Katsina

PDP

Usman Saidu Nasamu Dakingari

Kebbi

PDP

Ibrahim Idris

Kogi

PDP

Abdulfatah Ahmed

Kwara

PDP

Babatunde Fashola

Lagos

ACN

Umaru Tanko Al-Makura

Nasarawa

CPC

Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu

Niger

PDP

Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun

Ogun

ACN

Olusegun Mimiko

Ondo

LP

Rauf Aregbesola

Osun

ACN

Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo

ACN

Jonah David Jang

Plateau

PDP

Rotimi Amaechi

Rivers State

PDP

Aliyu Wamakko

Sokoto

PDP

Danbaba Suntai

Taraba

PDP

Ibrahim Geidam

Yobe State

ANPP

Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar

Zamfara

ANPP

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