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THE 2012 gubernatorial election in Edo State re-echoed and actualised a yearning of many Nigerians: free and fair elections to reflect the choice of the people. The outcome of the election was a memorandum on who should represent people's interest in managing the affairs of Nigeria, including its resources.

The conduct of the election was a far cry from previous elections except, perhaps, the 1993 presidential election that was won by the late Chief MKO Abiola. The Edo 2012 Election did not give any room for any of the defeated parties to cry havoc  or begin to look to the judiciary for justice. The winner stood out from the crowd even like a lode star. The Edo 2012 was a classic example of the peoples' mandate, testifying to the fact that, after all, Nigeria is capable of organising credible elections. 

NIGERIA and Ghana, two West African countries with historical ties that dated back to the slavery days, have been involved in healthy rivalry. Such rivalry are to be noticed in sports especially football and education. But none of these compare with the unfolding cold war between the two West African nations in recent months.

DURING every rainy season in Nigeria, from May to late October, every year, we experience the predictable cases of heavy floods  and destruction of lives and property across the country. Extreme climatic events, such as heavy torrential downpours, fierce windstorms, thunderstorms, disastrous floods and the concomitant collapse of buildings and other property stare Nigerians hard in the face. The floods in Nigeria are predictable, in contradistinction to other parts of the world, where floods from highly accelerated snowmelt, severe winds over water, unusual high tides, tsunamis, or failure of dams, levees, retention ponds, or other structures that retain water, descend on the people unannounced. 

THE 2012 gubernatorial election in Edo State re-echoed and actualised a yearning of many Nigerians: free and fair elections to reflect the choice of the people. The outcome of the election was a memorandum on who should represent people's interest in managing the affairs of Nigeria, including its resources.

THE steps taken by the Nigerian Government for a joint venture on the establishment of six new oil refineries between the Vulcan Petroleum Resources Limited and the Petroleum Refining and Strategic Reserve Limited, is a welcome development for the country. The six modular refineries are expected to refine a total of 180,000 barrels of crude oil per day and will cost of $4.5bn (N697.5bn). Surely, this will enhance the country's economic growth in several respects. 

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