President Yar’Adua’s call for the rule of law could have unexpected
It has been a good week for the many Nigerians who like reversals of fortunes. On 30 October, the free-spending Speaker of the House of Representatives, Patricia Etteh, had to resign after losing a vote in the National Assembly. A few days earlier, the election tribunals had overturned the victories of two governing party state governors, Saidu Dakingari in Kebbi State and Ibrahim Idris
in Kogi. Before the election tribunals, Namadi Sambo
, the People’s Democratic Party Governor of Kaduna, faces a strong challenge from the opposition All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) candidate. In Ekiti State, the PDP Governor, Segun Oni, is challenged by Kayode Fayemi
of the Action Congress (AC). Fayemi’s case is strong enough to push Oni to desperate lengths: he claims bizarrely that outgoing British High Commissioner Richard Grozney had personally endorsed his election. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office flatly contradicted this account.In Rivers State, the tribunal ruled that new Governor Celestine Omehia
should hand over to PDP rival Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi
because his party’s primary election was flawed. The Rivers judge had not thought such irregularities required a fresh poll.
President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua talks about the rule of law while his own party remains populated by politicians and godfathers widely suspected of corruption, electoral fraud and vi...
While Khartoum’s delegates attend the peace talks, its armed
forces move in on Darfur’s displaced peoples’ camps
As Khartoum’s delegation sat in Libya slamming ‘holdout rebels’ who had boycotted the Darfur talks, its armed forces were capturing displaced people in a camp nea...