Nigerian Election Diary – A Historic Moment

by Emmanuel Akinwotu General Muhammadu Buhari has won the Nigerian Presidential Elections, in a truly historic moment. For the first time since the end of military rule, an opposition party has won an election in a country where power never changes hands. President Goodluck Jonathan, in swiftly calling General Buhari to congratulate him, adds a final… Read More

Nigeria Elections Diary – Defining, Regardless of the Outcome #NigeriaDecides

by Emmanuel Akinwotu Nigeria’s elections are now only 5 days away. That the wait has been markedly anxious is an understatement. When they were postponed just a week before they were initially scheduled, the narrative offered by the government seemed farfetched. President Goodluck Jonathan’s PDP party, under its first credible electoral threat since multi-party politics… Read More

Nigerian Elections Diary — Buhari’s Pitch for Power in Chatham House

by Emmanuel Akinwotu There was a striking significance to what General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC opposition presidential candidate, did not say in his speech in Chatham House yesterday morning. Not once did Buhari mention the current president Goodluck Jonathan by name. He did not mention the PDP, whose 16-year grip on power is for the… Read More

Nigerian Elections Diary – An Anxious Wait

by Emmanuel Akinwotu It is inherently speculative, but also entirely true, to say that there are few places in the world where people’s expectations of their politicians are as utterly diminished as in Nigeria. Outrage in relatively prosperous countries can ensue from frivolous things. In Britain, the Labour party has recently been criticised for the… Read More

Nigerian Elections Diary – ‘When or If?’

by Emmanuel Akinwotu  Nigerian politics, a pseudo, modern  equivalent of Thomas Hobbes’ imagined state of nature, is a sometimes sand-like entity where everything built can capsize at will. The presidential elections, previously planned to be held on Valentine’s day, were dramatically re-scheduled to March the 28th, and the Governorship elections to follow on April 11th. Or so we are… Read More

Nigerian Elections: A Caustic Diary

by Emmanuel Akinwotu Elections, for all their gravitas and potential political ramifications, are, at least on planet Nigeria, a box-set series of ceaselessly unravelling drama. Here from London, in February, the most difficult month of the year to scroll through twitter on an iPhone without gloves, it has been gripping at every stage. None of… Read More