In Nigeria, godfatherism is ‘nothing new’ and traces of godfatherism can be found going back as early as the independence era. Today, the large sums of money godfathers bring into politics perpetuates their existence, but how did these figures become so influential over Nigeria’s politics?
Since his swift rise to governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has shown more interest in promoting APC’s mythical Lagos Master Plan than in establishing his own path, a situation that has made him politically unexciting.
In 2013, five PDP governors defected to APC, giving APC an upper hand at the polls. Can the power play between the PDP and River’s state governor, Nyesom Wike, swing undecided voters in Nigeria’s fourth most populous city?
All four manifestos have common policies and varying differences, reflective of recommendations made to strengthen deliveries on the expectations for the health sector. After the elections conclude and a winner is declared, one of these manifestos will be the blueprint for the health sector for the next four or eight years.
States have taken on a more important role in the constitutional amendment process that began in 2020 and accepted bills might play a significant role in the next administration. This is why it is necessary to look at the nature of this governing structure and whether it plays a part in proving unity in diversity or displaying the stark divisions that Nigeria has.
The presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party bolstered his already stellar reputation with an electric outing at Chatham House, but did he tell us anything about himself and his policies we did not already know?
Where children stand in policy is reflective of a government’s priorities even to the adult citizens who legitimize their power. Introducing civic education was the right step towards creating political awareness among children, has it accomplished its goal?
Central Bank governor Godwin Emefiele has been in the news, facing challenges occasioned by his partisanship and involvement in politics. The overlying challenge moving forward is not only finding a less political replacement, but also salvaging the independence of the central bank in an overtly political landscape.
An increasing appreciation for the challenge of ‘fake news’ has led to more investment in fact-checking. But, in a very contentious election, this could be the difference between a peaceful transfer of power or violent post-election scenario.