• Ado Bayero: His Reign And Travails

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    The first time I saw the late Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Bayero, the 13th Fulani Emir of Kano, was as a child in 1961. My family house was just a stone’s throw from Kwalli Police Station, then the headquarters of the Native Authority (NA) Police, where he was the Wakilin Doka, or Chief of Police. As…

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  • Confab: Scrap State Electoral Commissions

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    I have never liked the idea of states having their own so-called State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) for the purpose of conducting local government elections. I always have a frightening feeling about it, the kind one gets about the advocacy for state police forces. There are things like these that we shouldn’t be embarking upon…

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  • Shekarau, Bafarawa: PDP As Lesser Evil

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    This is the third time I am writing on the problem ex-governors Ibrahim Shekarau and Attahiru Bafarawa had with the All Progressives Congress (APC), which led to their defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This time, it was prompted by the comments of two gentlemen; one, my senior colleague and icon of journalism, Malam…

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  • APC, Equity And Defections

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    Although they were among the prime movers for the successful merger of three major opposition parties and factions of two others to form the All Progressives Congress (APC), Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, recently shocked many Nigerians when they defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). As former governors of Kano and…

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  • Shekarau, Bafarawa And Enemies Within

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    Kano state governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, recently alluded to the likelihood that those who cross-carpeted from the beleaguered Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) would ultimately take over the party. He was making it abundantly clear that the inexorable process of ‘PDP-nizing’ the APC had begun, whether supporters of the legacy…

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