Editorial

Editorial

The Editorial is the purest expression of Stears' peculiar editorial stance. It analyses issues, drawing on theory and empirics to outline the competing assumptions for issues; each time drawing conclusions that can be elicited, so as to give a comprehensive yet indefinite picture.

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2018 from the Cynics

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

The Editorial is the purest expression of Stears' peculiar editorial stance. It analyses issues, drawing on theory and empirics to outline the competing assumptions for issues; each time drawing conclusions that can be elicited, so as to give a comprehensive yet indefinite picture.

The year is 2018. Election preparations are exposing frail loyalties. Presidential aspirants are popping up all over the country. No one is sure of what economic policies will be rolled out. And across the country, actions or inactions, are shaping lives, and by extension a generation that is as divided as the one before it.

This is an SB special feature aptly named ‘2018 from the Cynics’. It is an intellectual exercise to identify worst-case scenarios that could test the country’s ability to survive. As with all things, issues that could appear negative could end up being positive.

These are not meant to be forecasts. What we have done is to ask the members of our Writers’ Network what kind of worst-case scenarios they could reasonably analyse going into 2018. We have compiled them into a series of provocative scenarios that we hope will lead to important discussions.

 

Scenario 1: Fayose wins the PDP Presidential Nomination

 

 

Cynic's view: As the APC has already started experiencing, the alliance of 'convenience' that makes a political party in Nigeria makes it vulnerable once members begin to disagree. Fayose’s combative and abrasive style brings an interesting mix to the presidential debates and PDP’s movement. If, and only if, he gets the ticket, President Buhari might not be able to avoid the debates. President Buhari may find it difficult to face a populist South-West candidate, setting the scene for unforeseen results in the presidential elections. We could be looking at more splintering of parties, and hints of a new political party, especially while men like Atiku continue to campaign.  

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