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One of the most contentious issues that Nigeria’s political arena has always recorded has been the political succession agenda. The staccato of voices ringing across the political showground at this period is, therefore, not strange; and should be expected given the culture of political awareness of political leaders and sophistication of the political class, that are however being compounded by increasing levels of awareness of the citizenry. From the north to the south; and east to the west of Nigeria, what we are currently witnessing could be likened to what was christened as the ”rumble in the jungle” when famed boxer, Muhammed Ali fought George Foreman, in a boxing encounter that took place on October 30, 1974, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Former World Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali was then a  32-year-old, ex-prisoner; loved by the multitude, but was not given high chances of winning the encounter against highly muscled George Foreman; a rampaging pugilist.  Political battles are not being visibly fought by politicians. However, the same measure of skills and calculations are being employed by the political class, in an intense and furious manner, most probably vicious than those deadly blows of pugilists in action. Politicians too employ all manner of tricks to record technical knock-outs, and all manner of both acceptable and crude tactics to emerge victorious. Very intensely and fiercely fought,  political chess games in our clime are slightly different from what obtains in the First World. What we have in our country is a fight-to-finish approach with the contestants battling to ensure that opponents don’t survive onslaughts; if possible. Nobody wants or plans to be the loser, especially where ego is involved. You may not easily come across a Senator McCain who would concede defeat, even when the counting of votes was still on. It is no less distressing that Nigerian voters may be paid or rather bribed, to vote. And so, some of the strongest influences and considerations as the struggle for the emergence of the winners becomes frenzy are money and influence. Who cares about the emergence of the best candidate? Not even the electorate who stand the chance of being shortchanged for four years, and even, thereafter. As it is on the political scene, so it could be in the corporate world. Leadership succession must be of concern to everyone who wants the best for his or her society.  It is fought in…

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