Senate to OAGF: Recover N665.8bn loans to agencies in 60 days

July 29, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The 2015 Audit report presented to the Senate Committee on Public Accounts by the Office of Auditor General of the Federation alleged diversion of N665.8 billion by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation from Solid Minerals Development and Stabilisation Funds to some government agencies between 2013 and 2015. It therefore ordered the OAGF to recover all the Read More

Buhari speaks on Akeredolu’s guber victory at Supreme Court

July 28, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

 President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday joined members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in felicitating with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state over the Supreme Court judgement, which upheld his re-election in the October 10, 2020 polls.The President urged the governor and all elected leaders of the APC to always place the people first in their consideration of development programmes and Read More

Taraba APC ward congress: Members kick against imposition

July 28, 2021 Andrew Ojih 0

As the All Progressive Congress (APC) prepares for its ward congresses this Saturday, members of the Taraba state chapter of the party Wednesday warned against imposition by big wings. Some card carrying members of the party who spoke to Blueprint in Jalingo said the leadership of the party must give room for a transparent process. A member of APC in Read More

EFCC didn’t freeze Oyo Assembly account – Olayanju

July 28, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Oyo State House of Assembly on Wednesday declared that its accounts were not frozen by the Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC). The House of Assembly in a statement signed by Chairman House Committee on Information Hon. Kazeem Olayanju, said neither the House of Assembly account nor that of any Director was frozen by the EFCC as alleged by some Read More

ALGON tackles DSS over detained officials

July 28, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Interim Management Committee (IMC) has urged the Department of State Services (DSS) to release five of its staff allegedly detained by the body. A statement signed by its national publicity secretary and chairman Ifelodun Local Government Area (Kwara state) Prince Jide Ashonibare, in Abuja, gave DSS 24 hours ultimatum to release the Read More

Electoral Act: INEC hasn’t capacity for e-transmission of results – SDP

July 28, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam has stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has no capacity to operate electronic transmission of results from the polling units to collation centres. The party also warned politicians to desist from making statements capable of plugging the country into electoral crisis. National Secretary SDP Malam Shehu Gabam who said Read More

APC: Consensus ‘ll abridge political space, cause imposition – Ex-gov

July 28, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

Former governor of Cross River state and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Clement Ebri has faulted the recent consensus arrangements being mulled by the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee in the election of its candidates. According to the ex-governor, the arrangement is would abridge the political space, just as it would cause imposition of candidates. Ebri said this Wednesday Read More

Ondo: At last, Jegede congratulates Akeredolu

July 28, 2021 Barnabas Olabisi 0

The flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the October 10, 2020 governorship election in ondo state Eyitayo Jegede has said it is time to give glory to God and move forward. A statement he personally signed said, “Now that we have explored the grievance procedure permitted by the constitution and the law, it is time to give glory Read More

Oyo APC congresses: Folarin tasks members on peaceful conduct

July 28, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Chairman Senate Committee on Local Content, Senator Teslim Folarin, has tasked the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state to tolerate, accommodate and conduct themselves peacefully during and after the party congresses kicking off this Saturday, July 31st, 2021. Senator Folarin stated this during a meeting with APC leaders and stakeholders in Ibarapa East and Ibarapa Central Local Government Areas Read More

Anambra primaries, Matawalle’s defection threaten APC congresses

July 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

  Ahead of Saturday’s congresses of the All Progressives Congresses (APC) across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), there are indications that the exercise may not hold in Zamfara and Anambra states.  A source close to the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), told Blueprint Tuesday in Abuja that the defection of Governor Mohammed Bello Matawalle Read More

Anambra guber: Ozigbo, PDP won’t dump party to another–Ex-scribe

July 27, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The immediate past Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Chief Nnamdi Nwangwu, has debunked rumour making round in some section of media that some party chieftains including Mr Valentine Ozigbo would adopt another party ahead of November 6 governorship poll. According to the rumour, Ozigbo’s name would be used to replace the unnamed party candidate Read More

Imo APC crisis: Okorocha, Araraume lose bid to control party structure

July 27, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

Ahead of the July 31 All Progressives Congress (APC) congresses, Imo state former governor Rochas Okorocha and his group may have lost out in their bid to control the structure of the party in the state. Okorocha had in a recent meeting with the APC Caretaker and Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), asked the party leadership to recognise the Read More

CVR: Online registrants hit 1m in 4 weeks – INEC

July 27, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said four weeks into the online pre-registration of voters, over one million Nigerians have registered as of Monday July 26, 2021. According to INEC, the number of new registrants has now risen to 1,006,661. National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement. Okoye said Read More

Senate c’ttee urges FG to concession Eleme-Onne road

July 27, 2021 Segun Odunewu 0

The Senate Committee on Trade and Investment has called on the Federal Government to give out the Eleme-Onne road in Rivers state to a private investor for reconstruction and management, describing the washed-out road as a key transport artery for the nation’s economy. Speaking at the Oil and Gas Free Zone in Onne during an oversight visit, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, Read More

Updated: Buhari signs N982bn 2021 supplementary budget

July 27, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja signed a supplementary budget of N982.7bn for 2021 to address urgent security and COVID-19 needs of the nation. The president signed the Supplementary Appropriation Act, 2021 in his office at the State House in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Prof. Read More

PDP governors insist on electronic results transmission

July 27, 2021 Abdulrahman Zakariyau 0

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted on electronic transmission of results and kicked against moves to foist direct primaries on all political parties as the only method of selecting their candidates in future elections. The Governors’ Forum in a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting in Bauchi, Monday noted that, the Read More

PIB: Bayelsa senators and unsettled dust over 3 per cent

July 26, 2021 Editorial IV 0

The dust raised by the 3% Host Communities Fund approved by both chambers of the National Assembly (NASS), in the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), remains unsettled. TAIYE ODEWALE reports. Meaning and purpose of PIB The Petroleum Industry Bill, which has been a recurring decimal as far as legislative proposals are concerned since the 5th NASS, basically seeks for Read More

Outcome of LG elections in Nigeria predictable – CUPP scribe

July 25, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

National Secretary of the Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) High Chief Peter Ameh has again described Local Government elections in the country as “the greatest electoral fraud foisted on Nigeria’s electoral democracy.” Ameh, who is also the former President Inter Party Advisory Council, stated this in a press statement on Sunday also said that the country’s multiparty democracy would Read More

APGA to boycott LG polls in Nasarawa

July 25, 2021 Moses John 0

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has disclosed that the party would not participate in the forthcoming Local Government elections in Nasarawa state. The state Public Relations Officer (PRO) Chief Ezekiel Ayuba Kuje made this known at the end of the State  Executives and Local Government Chairmen of APGA in Lafia. In a communique, the party alleged that scheduled elections by Nasarawa State Read More

3 APC members in Benue face suspension as SWC meets

July 25, 2021 John Shiaondo 0

Three members of the All Progressive Congress in Benue state have been recommended for suspension by the Kwande local government area chapter of the party over alleged involvement in anti-party activities. They are former House of Representatives member for Kwande/ Ushongo federal constituency, Barr. Benjamin Wayo, APC senatorial candidate in the 2019 election for Benue North East, Mimi Orubibi and Read More

Oyo PDP crisis: One party, two state secretariats

July 25, 2021 Editorial IV 0

BAYO AGBOOLA in Ibadan writes that the intractable crisis in the Oyo state Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) might be a recipe for kissing goodbye to Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration, come 2023 With the opening of a parallel secretariat, it is a case of a house divided against itself in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Oyo state chapter. But Governor Seyi Read More

How ex-Kaduna deputy governor died, wife opens up

July 25, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

As late ex-Deputy Governor of Kaduna state, Barnabas Bala Bantex was laid to rest at his country home, Randiyam, in Kaura Local Government on Saturday, his wife Mrs Ladi Bala has explained that her husband died fulfilled.Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala Bantex, who was the Deputy to Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai during his first term in office between May 2015 and Read More

In Ogun, Gov. Abiodun casts vote as low turn out greets LG poll

The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun, has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the local government elections held across the state, describing the exercise as “peaceful and transparent”. Abiodun, who stated this Saturday, while speaking with newsmen, shortly after casting his vote at Ward 3, Iperu1, Unit 002, Ita Osanyin, Iperu-Remo, Ikenne Local Government Area of the state, said reports Read More

PIB: 3% Host Communities’ equity recipe for Niger Delta crisis – Dickson

July 23, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The dust raised by the 3% Host Communities Trust Fund approved by both chambers of the National Assembly in the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill ( PIB) remained unsettled, with  Senator Seriake Dickson ( PDP Bayelsa West) raising the fear the  proposal may lead to unrest in the Niger Delta  region. The lawmaker also  justified the backlash being faced by the Senate from Read More