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Tenure Elongation: Former Governors Facing Bleak Future, February 13, 2012

Very few people expected the judgement especially as the lower courts had granted the prayers of the former governors and extended their tenure in office. Many people had easily related it to the case of Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State. But penultimate week, the Supreme Court ejected former governors of Adamawa, Bayelsa, Cross River, Kogi and Sokoto States. The judgement has thrown up another battle for the soul of these states except in Kogi, where the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is sure of maintaining its occupation of the Lugard House, at least for now. The landmark judgment, apart from changing the earlier envisaged political calculation in the states, has pitched the former governors against their political enemies even within their own parties. The power of incumbency they had hoped to bank on has eluded them. The next few weeks will decide the fate of some of the former governors. Assistant Editor, Emmanuel Afonne, takes a look at the horse trading going on in the states and how it is going to affect the outcome of the elections. ************************** At last, the much talked about cashless banking has taken off. In the last one month, the policy has been in operation in Lagos State. This is preparatory to the nationwide introduction in June this year. What are the gains and challenges of the policy and how does the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, plan to remedy the situation before the full scale introduction? Assistant Editor, Ibrahim Mohammed, tells us how.

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