Episode 107 Blog – 10th June 2022 IDEAs issues in the just-concluded Primaries season

Before delving into the issues for discussion today, Ayo corrected the wrong information conveyed by her interview with Honourable Patrick Ikhariale in Episode 106, where they had wrongly discussed the APC primaries as if there was to be only one delegate per LG, whereas it was in fact 3 delegates per LG. She then turned…

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Episode 106 Blog – 27th May 2022 Hon Patrick Ikhariale on IDEAs issues as Delegates pick Political Party Flag-bearers

With all the drama surrounding the issue of political party delegates, this week IDEAs had a big interview with Honourable Patrick Ikhariale, a former member of the House of Representatives on the issue.

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Episode 105 Blog – 13th April 2022 Ebun Adegboruwa SAN on the IDEAs issues in remaining in office as an aspirant

Episode 105 Blog – 13th April 2022 Ebun Adegboruwa SAN on the IDEAs issues in remaining in office as an aspirant With the President directing “all ministers, Heads and Members of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Agencies, Parastatals of Government, Ambassadors as well as political appointees who desire to contest for elective offices” to resign before Monday 16th…

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Episode 104 Blog – 29 April 2022 Jide Ojo speaks on Nomination Forms and Delegates

As election season gets into full swing with the sale of nomination forms by some parties, and the emergence of delegates who will chose their party’s flagbearers, leading political columnist and analyst Jide Ojo was our guest on today’s programme to examine some of the IDEAs issues raised.

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Episode 103 Blog – 1st April 2022 Ochendo Simon Okeke on the role of the Police in Accountability for our security.

With the 28th March 2022 attack by terrorist bandits on a train travelling from Abuja to Kaduna with loss of life, injury and apparent abduction of some passengers, as well as a mounting toll from not just terrorist and bandit attacks, but also criminal kidnapping across the country, our guest on IDEAs Radio today is Ochendo Simon Okeke, who was Chair of the Police Service Commission from 2001-2006.

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Episode 102 Blog – 18th March 2022 Waziri Adio on the ‘Perfect Storm’ as fuel shortages & high diesel costs

Episode 102 Blog – 18th March 2022 Waziri Adio on the ‘Perfect Storm’  as fuel shortages & high diesel costs jam system collapse! With a ‘system collapse’ of the National electricity grid during the last week, Nigerians seem to have entered a ‘perfect storm’ where problems relating to energy are hitting Nigerians from all sides:…

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Episode 101 Blog – 4th March 2022 Auwal Musa Rafsanjani on what impact the amended Electoral Act will have on the Integrity of elections in Nigeria’s Democracy

Auwal Musa Rafsanjani on what impact the amended Electoral Act will have on the Integrity of elections in Nigeria’s Democracy Episode 101 Blog – 4th March 2022Auwal Musa Rafsanjani on what impact the amended Electoral Act will have on the Integrity of elections in Nigeria’s DemocracyIn addition to being the Executive Director of the Civil…

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IDEAs Episode 98 Blog – 21st January 2022 Iniobong Usen of BudgIT on duplication and padding in the 2022 Budget.

During the week BudgIT released its analysis of the 2022 Budget of the Federal Government and its Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Iniobong Usen came on IDEAs Radio to discuss the issues raised with Ayo.

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Episode 96 Blog December 2021 Clement Nwankwo on the President’s veto of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill

On Monday 20th December President Buhari wrote to the National Assembly that he was withholding his assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.  In a letter dated 13th December that was read to the Senate and the House of Representatives on the 21st of December, the President focused on the clause that imposed direct primaries…

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Episode 95 Jide Ojo on Asset Recovery and Disposal

Episode 95 Blog – 10th December 2021 Jide Ojo on Asset Recovery and Disposal by the Anti-Corruption Agencies December 9th was World Anti-Corruption Day, and Jide Ojo, a public affairs analyst, columnist and television host joined Ayo Obe to discuss issues connected with Accountability in the recovery of assets that were the proceeds of fraud,…

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IDEAs Episode 92 issues in the Anambra Gubernatorial Election: interview with Cynthia Mbamalu

With just over a week to go before the Anambra State off-cycle governorship election, Ayo Obe interviewed Cynthia Mbamalu, Director of Programs at YIAGA Africa who is leading the organisation’s ‘Watching the Vote’ project in Anambra State. Such an election clearly answers to Democracy, the ‘D’ in IDEAs, but what was Cynthia’s assessment of the Integrity of the electoral process: was the Independent National Electoral Commission prepared for the poll? She referred to YIAGA’s Pre-Election Observation Report which raised certain concerns, including the failure of INEC to commence the collection of Permanent Voter Cards for the over 70,000 newly-registered Anambra State voters.

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IDEAs Radio Show Episode 91 issues raised by the Pandora Papers: interview with Nicholas Ibekwe

Nigerians have reacted to the scandal of the Pandora Papers, but what IDEAs issues do they raise?  In today’s episode, Ayo Obe spoke with Nicholas Ibekwe – the award-winning journalist who leads the investigative journalism section of Premium Times, one of Nigeria’s leading online media outlets.  Premium Times is part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists which spent a year examining the 11.9 records known as the Pandora Papers.

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IDEAs Radio Show Episode 90 IDEAs issues in President Buhari’s Independence Day Speech

President Muhammadu Buhari gave a long and wide-ranging speech to mark Nigeria’s 61. Independence anniversary; But what issues relating to Integrity, Democracy, Ethics and Accountability did his speech raise? In this week’s programme Ayo Obe was in conversation with Aghogho Oboh to examine this question.

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IDEAs Episode 108: Ike Akaraiwe SAN on Problems in the Financing of the Judiciary

Our guest on the programme today is Ike Akaraiwe Esq., SAN. A former 1st Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, the convenor of the Rule of Law discussion group – we call ourselves ‘RoLites’ – and practices law in Enugu. Ayo said that Nigerians had been shocked when a letter was leaked to the…

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Episode 100 Blog – 18th February 2022 Atedo Peterside on the 2022 Committee, National Consensus and Accountability

Ayo introduced Atedo Peterside as the founder of StanbicIBTC Bank which makes waves in financial circles, and the Chairman of the ANAP Foundation which is doing what it can to make Nigeria better in many ways.  Most listeners would be familiar with its efforts to persuade Nigerians to get involved in the political process. She…

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