Exposed! Forensic Audit: How NASS padded 2019 NDDC budget with over 500 fake projects – Acting MD

May 27, 2020 NAN 0

The acting Managing Director, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Kemebradikumo Pondei, revealed on Tuesday that the commission’s 2019 budget was inflated with over 500 non-existing projects. Mr Pondei made the disclosure on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State while making clarifications on allegations of corruption levelled against the Interim Management Committee (IMC). The acting managing director said that Read More

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As the year runs out

December 10, 2019 Editorial III 0

Last week, a colleague drew my attention to one of my reflections on happenings around us. The parley afforded me an opportunity to revisit a number of issues that I had talked about. I keep wondering when we would get it right in this part of the world. Honestly, it is a harrowing experience living in this land, where there Read More

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Atiku better than Buhari, Obasanjo declares

April 1, 2019 Editorial II 0

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has defended his endorsement of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. He said despite the fact that Atiku lost to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, he remains “far better” than the incumbent. Obasanjo spoke on Sunday evening when the Southwest PDP leaders led by the party’s National Vice Chairman (South Read More

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Saraki: Despite inadequacies in Kwara polls, I wish those who emerged best of luck

February 26, 2019 Editorial II 0

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has stated that in spite of the reported inadequacies that attended last Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections in Kwara State, he is wishing the candidates who emerged from the election the best of luck. Dr. Saraki in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu stated that while the Read More

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2019: CSO expresses dismay over INEC’s logistical lapses

February 23, 2019 Editorial II 0

Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room  has expressed disappointment the impact of INEC’s logistical lapses on the elections across the country. The Executive Director Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre and Convener Clement Nwankwo while addressing news on Saturday said parts of the country report late opening of polls and malfunction of card reader machines. He said the average across other parts Read More

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2019: INEC partners religious leaders in Yobe

January 15, 2019 Editorial III 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has called on religious leaders to sensitize their followers on the importance of non-violence election as the commission has concluded arrangements for a credible election. Ahmad Makama, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Yobe made the plea on Tuesday while having an interactive session with religious leaders in his office in Damaturu. According to him, Read More

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Afikpo youths sensitized against electoral violence

January 4, 2019 Editorial III 0

Youths of Amangballa, a community in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, have been advised against involvement in cultism, drug abuse, among others. They have also been admonished to steer clear of  electoral violence in the 2019 general elections, as well as to avoid other social ills that may pose dangers to the community in particular and society in Read More

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NPFL: Wikki, Katsina, Lobi beef up as Gata, Effiong return home

November 23, 2018 Editor 0

Wikki Tourist have signed Ayo Asekunnowo and Adeshina Gata from Akwa United as well as Ahmed Jimoh( Kwara United ), Franklin Ebuka ( Akwa starlets ) and nine others to beef up their squad ahead of the 2018-19 season. The Giant Elephants missed relegation by the whiskers after it was decided that no team would be relegated last season abruptly Read More

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Critical lessons on EO6

October 24, 2018 Editorial III 0

It has been over two months since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari issued Executive Order 6 of 2018. The stated purpose of the Executive Order was the “preservation of suspicious assets connected with corruption and other relevant offences.” In furtherance of this, the Order empowers the Attorney-General to apply all available lawful and statutory means to preserve assets connected with corruption Read More

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2019: No vacancy in Aso Rock – Kano APC chief

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano state, Alhaji Sharif Usman Baban Lungu yesterday said that those aspiring to be president in 2019 are wasting their time because there is no vacancy in Aso Rock. He said God has a purpose for making Buhari president in 2015, because that was the only issue that is keeping Nigeria Read More

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2019: Buhari planning to arrest me – Obasanjo

June 8, 2018 Blueprint 0

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has raised alarm over an alleged plot by President Muhammadu Buhari to frame him for a crime in a bid to silence his criticism of his administration. The former president made the claim in a press statement signed by his spokesperson, Kehinde Akinyemi on Friday. Part of his statement read, “Since Chief Olusegun Obasanjo declared in Read More

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2019 election ’ll be about candidates, not parties – Abiodun Essiet

June 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

Abiodun Essiet is a gender advocate and the women leader of Nigeria Women Trust Fund (NWTF); foremost support organisation for female politicians. She is also a public health consultant and researcher. In this interview with ENE OSANG she speaks on her passion for politics and why she is running for councillorship in the FCT. What is your background and how Read More

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I will challenge Buhari, others in 2019, Elishama declares for presidency

May 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ahead of 2019 presidential election, a woman, Dr. Elishama Rosemary Ideh, has declared to contest against the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and other presidential aspirants who have made their intentions known. To realise her ambition, the presidential aspirant is therefore seeking nomination as the presidential flag-bearer of the Alliance for a New Nigeria (ANN). While declaring officially on Thursday in Read More

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2019: Nigerian women pressing for progress

May 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

As the 2019 election draws nearer Nigerian women are re-grouping to ensure they have a better outing than they had in 2015. In this report ENE OSANG examines the significance of the recent One Million Women March in Abuja by the Women4Women (W4W) and He4She movement on the theme: Pressing for Progress. The quest for women economic empowerment and increased Read More

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APC: What next after tumultuous state congresses?

May 26, 2018 Blueprint 0

  In this report, SAMSON BENJAMIN looks at how parallel congresses became the main feature of last Saturday’s state congresses of the All Progressives Congress(APC), as well as highlights how all the executives emerged by consensus and affirmation without delegates actually voting. In the beginning, there was just a reported case of parallel election when the All Progressives Congress(APC) held Read More

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State of the nation and 2019 elections

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

  The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently rolled out its timetable for the forthcoming general election scheduled for February 2019 amid ominous signs of a looming national catastrophe. The dark clouds are once again fast gathering momentum occasioned by the unprecedented level of general insecurity which has lately enveloped the country. Never in the history of Nigeria have we Read More

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NNPC restates 2019 fuel importation deadline commitment

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has expressed commitment to actualise the December 2019 target set by the federal government to end importation of petroleum products into the country. Speaking at the Offshore Technology Conference 2018 Nigeria Oil Industry Award Dinner in Houston, Texas, United States, Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, said measures had been taken Read More

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2019: PDP inaugurates contact committee

May 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

  National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus, has inaugurated the party’s contact committee and said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a colossal failure. Secondus who stated this on Friday in Abuja, noted that “it is now abundantly clear to all discerning minds that the conspiracy of 2014 to grab power by all means hatched Read More

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2019: Can PDP reclaim the presidency?

April 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

With barely 10 months to the 2019 elections, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), the leading opposition party, which lost power at the centre in 2015, seems in disarray as a result of its post national convention crisis. Consequently, some of its leading lights defected to other parties. In this report, TOPE SUNDAY AND KEHINDE OSASONA look at the party’s preparadness or Read More

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Presidential aspirants with tall ambitions

April 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

  By Niigerian standard, all of them are young but none is rich enough to run for the presidency. However,  all of them are passionate about how Nigerian should be properly run. In this report, SAMSON BENJAMIN looks at the presidential aspirants with big dreams for post 2019 Nigeria. As the 2019 general election approaches, an increasing number of vibrant Read More

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2019: Politicians should play according to rules

April 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

Politicians in Nigeria should abide by the guiding principles of elections as set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to avoid incessant killings and destruction of lives and property as witnessed in previous elections. The problem of Nigeria started from oil boom where we adopted an expensive presidential system of government and from then other political positions followed suit. Read More

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Sequence of election: Can Oyegun break the impasse?

March 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

  Penultimate Wednesday, the National Chairman of All Progressives Party(APC) went to the National Assembly to lobby senators over the order of election, which has pitched the lawmakers against President Muhammadu Buhari. In this report, SAMSON BENJAMIN, TAIYE ODEWALE, BODE OLAGOKE and ELEJO IDACHABA examine the issues that led to the impasse The threats, battle of wits and the promised Read More

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2019: North-central ADP demand presidency

March 29, 2018 Blueprint 0

The North-central zone of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has demanded that the zone should be allowed to produce the presidential candidate ahead of 2019 general elections. The request was coming even as the party asked the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to leave good a legacy before it vacates office in 2019, saying the current “legacy of killings, hunger Read More

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Why Ali-Modu Sheriff yet to join APC – Ojougboh

March 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, until recently, was the Deputy National Chairman of the Ali-Modu-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He has since joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), where he is seeking the party’s ticket to run for governor in Delta state. In this interview with BODE OLAGOKE, he speaks about his ambition, why APC is better than Read More