Sonala Olumhense

Election 2015: No Fence To Sit On

Written by Sonala Olumhense

Four years ago, ahead of the 2011 election, I endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari for president of Nigeria in his face-to-face battle with Goodluck Jonathan.

I argued that in all of the years of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP), its mission had been simply to provide for itself, and that Mr.

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Against the spirit of the times

Written by Sonala Olumhense

A whopping N21.27 billion was raised in a single evening on Saturday last week when the ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] organised a fund raising dinner in Abuja. This was more money than had ever been collected for any single event in Nigeria.

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This budget hides something

Written by Sonala Olumhense

Several aspects of the Federal Government’s 2015 budget as submitted to the National Assembly last Wednesday contain a tinge of timidity and or unrealism. For the second year running, President Goodluck Jonathan avoided addressing a joint sitting of the assembly’s two chambers to present the budget and instead sent Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy Dr.

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An Airport to Make You Cry

Written by Sonala Olumhense

In case you missed the story, three of Nigeria’s top airports were this year rated among Africa’s worst 10. Africa’s.

Sleepinginairports, which surveys travelers for its ratings, named Port Harcourt, Abuja, and Lagos alongside airports in Africa’s poorest and troubled areas.

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Presidential Grades and Gaffes

Written by Sonala Olumhense

“Most of the Ministers and Special Assistants/Advisers in that government were mini-tyrants; they saw every criticism of government policy as an act of affront, the more deluded and disoriented ones among them, with their arrogance helped to make more unnecessary enemies for government.

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As Easy As PDP (To Defeat)

Written by Sonala Olumhense

Is there really an electoral contest in Nigeria next February?

Yes, the electoral commission, fulfilling its constitutional duty, has listed an election on its calendar for that month, but it is really a referendum on 15 years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in charge of Nigeria.

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Misfit/Misfit Leadership, Not Muslim/Muslim, Is What Haunts Nigeria

Written by Sonala Olumhense

President Olusegun Obasanjo last week warned Nigerian political parties against “Muslim-Muslim” presidential election slates.

“It will be insensitive to the point of absurdity for any leader, or any political party to be toying with Muslim-muslim or Christian-Christian ticket at this juncture,” the 141-word statement said, detonating such bombs as spectre, fear, proselytization and danger.

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