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A Presidential Panel: Meeting GEJ

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A Presidential Panel: Meeting GEJ

I know I'm not the only one weary of almost everything Elections-related, especially as here in Nigeria, the big events were postponed another 6 weeks, bringing about another storm of mistrust, anger, and of course, frustration.

For me, it was partly a blessing in disguise, because it meant I was able to interview the President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, and find out a bit more about what he plans to do in the now 3-4 weeks left, if this was just a ploy to somehow extend his current term, talk about his achievements as well as discussing previous promises many don't believe have been fulfilled.

So, last week, off I went to Abuja with a group of colleagues for a panel discussion with the President at his home. It was my second time there, but my first in the less official area. We got to see the gardens, complete with a mini-zoo, walked through the villa and ended up in a small banquet hall, which he uses to entertain fellow presidents/heads of states/leaders. It's definitely a very impressive place, as I'm sure most Presidential Residences are.

We asked him questions ranging from the perceived mismanagement of the economy, to the potential of an interim government, to his favorite dish and what he values most in his personal life. We got some very surprising answers (and another less serious invitation), which will air soon on EbonyLife TV. Of course, I'll keep you posted on air dates, and share any clips once they've been uploaded.

Now, personal politics aside, I'm proud of the fact that I've interviewed a sitting president, a presidential candidate, and a governorship candidate in my state, all in the space of a few months. Ticked off a few things on my "Hey, I'm a Journalist" bucket list!

What are your thoughts? Are you over the whole Election thing? Will you tune in, or is your mind already made up?

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The trouble with voting...

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The trouble with voting...

I've got my Permanent Voters Card. So I can vote. I was the last in line at 4pm on a Monday afternoon, and I left behind people who were frustrated because their cards had not been found, as the INEC staff vented their frustrations about not having materials, not having time, and not being paid.

At the end of the day, I got my Voters Card. That doesn't sound so difficult, right? Unfortunately, millions of people are confused, uninformed, misinformed, or exasperated about/with the process. From workers not being equipped properly to electoral staff/ad-hoc workers not showing up at all, to delays in disbursing the voters cards, there are real, valid fears that millions will be disenfranchised, and come February 2015, a major chunk of eligible voters won't be able to vote.

In a system causing more frustration and confusion than anything else, many can't help but wonder what's going to happen when the time comes to vote in another set (or the same set) of people to lead a country rife with problems too complicated to delve into.

Read more here: http://businessdayonline.com/2014/11/inec-pvcs-the-missing-millions-in-lagos-kano-kaduna-rivers/

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