INEC declares position on party merger, defection

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Mutiu Agboke, has said that defection by politicians is in order within the ambit of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines. Agboke said this yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan. He said that the commission also had no restriction against two or more political parties Read More

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600 ex-Reps endorse Nwogu as APC National Organising Scribe

June 20, 2018 Bode Olagoke .Abuja 0

Ahead of the Saturdays national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), no fewer than 600 former members of the House of Representatives caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have endorsed their colleague, Hon. Chidi Nwogu, for the position of the National Organising Secretary of the party. Spokesperson of the group, Hon. Nze Chidi Duru, told newsmen Read More

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APC only party that appreciates youths

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has declared that the All Progressives Congress(APC) is the only party that appreciates the youth in the country. Bello, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti yesterday at the mega rally in support of Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s governorship aspiration, used himself as an under-40 governor as an example and therefore urged Ekiti State to vote for the APC Read More

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Why I didn’t perform under Obasanjo – Atiku

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has explained why he performed below expectation the last time he was in government as a Vice President. Atiku also said that anyone with evidence that he stole or built his investment on public funds should come forth with such.Why I didn’t perform under Obasanjo – Atiku The former Vice President said that Nigerian constitution Read More

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Kwara 2019: PDP can’t win elections with divided house, says Ajia

A gubernatorial hopeful under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, Muhammed Ajia ,yesterday charged members of the party to close ranks and forged a common front for the party ahead of 2019 general elections. He lamented that the ‘rancour ‘and internal wrangling within the PDP in the state, would not do the party any good Read More

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REC laments 73,109 unclaimed PVCs in Edo

INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State, Dr. Emmanuel Alex Hart, yesterday decried what he termed high number of Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) by residents in Edo State. Hart said: “out of the 78, 398 PVCs sent to Edo State for collection, only 5,289 have been collected as at June 11, 2018. The REC who disclosed this when he paid Read More

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Party to sue INEC over disqualification of candidate

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

One of the political parties jostling for the governorship of Ekiti state in the July 14, Providence Peoples Congress (PPC) has threatened a legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for disqualifying its candidate. The party handed the threat when it addressed newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Monday, accusing INEC of disqualifying and expunging the Read More

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Ekiti 2018: Tinubu, others urge residents to vote out PDP

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

A national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, yesterday charged voters in Ekiti State to collect their permanent voter cards and vote out the Ayo Fayose-led Peoples Democratic Party. The Asiwaju spoke at the mega rally of the APC candidate for the governorship election, Kayode Fayemi, held in Ado Ekiti, he led other national leaders including Vice Read More

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Insurgency, Nigerian Army and a June diary, by Prince Ugo

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

The decision to pen this article came to me impromptu. I stumbled on a news item on an online medium, The Sun (UK), published February 18, 2018, which flashed a blistering news caption. It boldly read; “Terror, Exchange Programme: ISIS Commanders Sneaking Jihadis Into Nigeria From Syria to Train Them for Possible Attacks on Britain,” written by David Willetts, the Read More

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As the nation celebrates, by Jerome-Mario Utomi

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

It is a time-honored saying that ‘the interest subjects take in their leader does not lie in the leader’s physical and intellectual abilities, but, lies rather in what he can add to their lot in life’. Standing as a telling proof to the above assertion is the heartening celebration that recently resonated across our nation’s political wavelength following some human-faced Read More

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Windstorm: Buhari sends delegation to Bauchi

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to lead a federal government delegation immediately to Bauchi state in the aftermath of the windstorm which destroyed an estimated 1, 505 houses mainly in the state capital. Eight persons have been confirmed dead while 120 others have various degrees of injury. Azare, another major town was struck Read More

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CJN swears in Abdul Kafarati as Auta bows out as CJ

June 20, 2018 Kehinde Osasona . Abuja 0

Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, yesterday officially swore in Justice Abdul Kafarati as the new chief judge of Federal High Court. This came nine months after he was first sworn in as acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati, it would be recalled was sworn in as the substantive Chief Judge of the Read More

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FG commended on TSA, Ease of Doing Business

June 20, 2018 Chuks Nweze .Enugu 0

The federal government has been lauded for coming up with the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) initiative. A university lecturer, Prof. Aja Akpuru Aja, who gave the thumbs up, said the initiatives have been achieving the desired results since APC government came up with the initiatives. Akpuru-Aja, a formal Directing Staff in the National Read More

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Pilgrims who overstay umrah risk 6 month imprisonment – Official

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has advised Umrah pilgrims to ensure that they do not overstay their visa expiry date or risk imprisonment. The Commission also calls on “its clients with complaints to contact its officials on these phone numbers: +234803 733 4415or +234806 760 0401. Or contact this team at NAHCON Head Office in Umm Jood District, Read More

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Hadaya: Ja’iz Bank remains our official agent – NAHCON

June 20, 2018 BluePrint Newspapers 0

Ahead of the 2018 hajj exercise, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has reiterated that Ja’iz Bank of Nigeria (JBN) remains an official bank for collection of Hadaya fees from the Nigerian pilgrims. Recall that the Commission on 2nd May, 2018, met with representatives of Ja’iz Bank of Nigeria (JBN) to sign an agreement for collection of Hadaya fees Read More

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Kano varsity VC tasks youths on education

June 20, 2018 Bashir Mohammed. Kano 0

Vice Chancellor, Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Professor Shehu Alhaji Musa, has called on youths to strive for the best in the pursuit of education for them to stand on their feet in their respective careers. Speaking at a reception organised by people of Fagge community in hounour of Dr. Abdu Muhammad Yaro, who was conferred with the Read More

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Polio: Ganduje gets development partners’ clean bill

June 20, 2018 Bashir Mohammed. Kano 0

A cluster of development partners supporting Kano state government in the eradication of polio, resulting in making Kano a polio free enclave in the last three years, has commended Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for achieving the feat. The commendation was contained in a speech delivered by the representative of Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Dr Suleiman Adamu, who spoke on Read More

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Nasarawa pharmacists offer police free medical services

June 20, 2018 Mohammed Yangida. Lafia 0

The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) Nasarawa state chapter, has offered free medical services to the state Police Command in continuation of their 2018 medical outreach. The gesture took place at the Nasarawa state Police command headquarters yesterday in Lafia. Chairman of ACPN in the state, Pharm Ikechukwu Okafor, said the effort was aimed at giving back to Read More

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Muslim community urges FG to support ranching

June 20, 2018 Daniel Agbo .Makurdi 0

The Muslim community in Benue has called on the federal government to deepen its support for ranching of livestock, especially cattle as earlier endorsed by the National Economic Council (NEC). The Islamic body made the call yesterday at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el Fitr homage on Governor Samuel Ortom. Leader of the delegation Read More

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Bail application: Shi’ites know fate July 19

Justice Nafisa Lawal of the Plateau state High Court II has said it will rule on the bail application pending before it by two detained members of the Shi’ites Islamic group in Jos for July 19. The duo of Idris Muhammad and Auwal Husaini were arrested on the 31st of March, 2018 by men of the Operations Safe Haven (OPSH) Read More

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Presidential aspirant to Buhari: Step down for me

June 20, 2018 Eleojo Idachaba .Abuja 0

A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Christmas Akpodiete, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to step down for him to be the sole candidate of the party in the 2019 presidential polls. Akpodiete, who made the appeal in Abuja yesterday while officially declaring his intention to run for the office, commended Buhari and Read More

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Trader remanded for ‘stealing’ goat

June 20, 2018 Najib Sani. Bauchi 0

The Doma Area Court in Gombe yesterday remanded a 20-year-old trader in prison custody for allegedly stealing a goat. The accused identified as Abubakar Adamu of London Maidorawa quarters, Gombe, allegedly stole a brown goat worth N15, 000 belonging to Umar Abubakar of Kasuwar Mata quarters, also in Gombe. The accused however, pleaded guilty to the charge. Reading the First Read More

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3 breast-feeding women, others jailed for stealing fowls

June 20, 2018 Lateef Dada .Osogbo 0

An Osun Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo yesterday sentenced three breast-feeding mothers and two men to six months imprisonment for stealing fowls worth N3.2 million. The convicts, Regina Philip, 40, Cecilia Ochili, 25, and Ankara Elisabeth, 30 were convicted along with Odebiyi Yinka, 20, and Ayoola Samson, 20 respectively. The prosecutor, Mr. Adegoke Taiwo, told the court that the convicts Read More

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Only restructuring can rescue Nigeria – Atiku

June 20, 2018 Joy Emmanuel .Yenagoa 0

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has insisted that Nigeria must restructure if the country would achieve the desired unity and development being craved by the citizenry. Speaking in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital during a consultation visit to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson, the Waziri of Adamawa said, “You all know, I have been an advocate of restructuring,” while calling on Read More

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Troops arrest killer of Ortom’s security aide

June 20, 2018 Daniel Agbo .Makurdi 0

Gang member of a notorious criminal in Benue, Mr. Terwase Akwaza responsible for the killing of Senior Special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom on Special Security, Mr. Denen Igbana, has been arrested by troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS). Force Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, Maj.- Gen Adeyemi Yekini, who briefed newsmen at Tactical Air Command, Makurdi, after clearance operation Read More

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