Why Oyetola is challenging poll result, by aide

Ismail Omipidan is the Chief Press Secretary to Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola. In this interview, he speaks about the recent governorship poll, insisting that the governor did not lose the election, but he only lost the ‘vote counts’     How has it been in the last three and a half years?   Governor Adegboyega Oyetola came into office in November 2018. He came in at a time when nobody really gave him a chance. There were few issues that heralded his election, especially issues of salary payment, reclassification…

How botched plan to kill me was revealed – Igini

Mike Igini retires from INEC as the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State. He speaks on his best and low moments as an election official.   What do you think is the biggest challenge of INEC in Nigeria?   IGINI: The greatest challenge to organising credible elections in Nigeria is corruption. It is the greatest challenge in every facet of our nation’s life. My colleagues in the bar are not immune from the malaise either, and it makes things difficult. You see, as REC, I am responsible for supervising…

How to end vote-buying, tribunals in Nigerian elections – Mike Igini

Mike Igini discusses how Nigeria can overcome vote buying, improve the conduct of elections and reduce the intervention of the courts in the electoral process.   The Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa-Ibom State, Mike Igini, in an interview, on Tuesday on the Sunrise programme of Channels Television, discussed how Nigeria can overcome vote buying, improve the conduct of elections and reduce the intervention of the courts in the electoral process. Below are excerpts from the interview.   Q: What is INEC’s assessment of the recently concluded Osun State governorship election?…

Politics: Service to the People  – Deacon Osaigbovo 

Deacon Festus Osagie Osaigbovo is the Director General, Edo State Liaison Office, Abuja. Osaigbovo, having served the last four successive governments in Edo State has risen to become a political leader representing the good people of Abiokunla Ward 2 in Orhionmwon Local Government. In this interview which he granted in his country home in Oza , The Leader, as he is popularly called by his people, spoke about the monetization of politics, voter’s apathy and other sundry issues as he summed up saying that politics should be service to the…

To survive Online challenge, media should embrace plural journalism, says Adedayo

Dr. Festus Adedayo is a political communication scholar, author and lawyer. He was a media adviser to two executive governors. In this interview with ROTIMI AGBOLUAJE of The Guardian Newspapers, he spoke on the challenges facing media in Nigeria today.   How can the media industry produce quality hands for this generation?   IT’S distressing when you look at the media industry. At the time we got into journalism, our predecessors told us that we didn’t meet the industry at its prime. Even the one we met was such that…

Those who attack me do so out of ignorance, mischief, malice – Femi Adesina

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, became a household name at the then Weekend Concord long before 2002 when he was invited to be part of the formidable team that formed The Sun Newspapers, of which he was pioneer editor. He rose to become the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of the company as well as President, Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE). In 2015, he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity. In a chat with Chioma Okezie-Okeh of Saturday Sun, he shares his experience as the presidential…

YOU & LITERATURE TODAY: Philosophy, history and poetry made me get in touch with my reality, with my essence as a person – Edward K. Boateng, a Liberian Poet.   By Munyal Markus Manunyi Email: talk2munyal@gmail.com

Recently, We Write Liberia (WWL) represented Liberia in Sierra Leone to host a creative arts evening in the Capital’s City Council Hall. The event which was tagged Upholding the African Culture had attracted more than 500 persons including 15 schools, theatre companies, other poetry organisations and lots more. We Write Liberia is an NGO of young Liberian creative artists which has been in existence for 4 years now, and known for its output in the aspect of Creative Arts in Liberia. Let’s hear from Edward, one of the forerunners of…

APC Chairmanship: I’m not intimidated by other Contestants, it’s time for Generational Shift – Etsu

Mohammed Saidu Etsu is one of the aspirants seeking to clinch the national chairmanship position of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In this interview with MOSES ORJIME, he reveals what drives his ambition to become the next national chairman of the APC, including the need for the vibrancy and urgency of youth to steer the governing party and the nation to the next political dispensation. What inspired you to contest for the national chairmanship position of the APC? First and foremost I want to appreciate Nigerians for being supportive of…

2023: I foresee danger — Buba Galadima

Alhaji Buba Galadima is a renowned political figure in the North. In this interview culled from Sunday Sun, he barred his mind on the knotty issuer of banditry, politics behind government’s response to it, as well as other sundry issues.    A lot of issues are now being raised about the rising level of banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminalities especially in the Northwest.  What are your thoughts about these? My thought is what you know already. You see people being killed every day and security forces are unable to do…

Why I will not Dump PDP – Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi

Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi was a governorship aspirant in the 2019 poll in Kaduna State. He was also a representative of Kaduna North Senatorial District in the National Assembly (2015 – 2019) where he served as a Chairman Senate Committee on National Population and Identity as well as Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs. He spoke to Obute James on different issues including the reasons he dumped the ruling party, All Progressive Congress, APC and why he will remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP despite…