Buhari, constitutional term limit and democracy

September 23, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, this week, in faraway New York, for the umpteenth time, vowed to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians can elect leaders of their choice. “I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would like to leave is to entrench a process of free, fair and transparent Read More

When not to celebrate democracy

June 12, 2022 Blueprint 0

Every year, Nigeria’s federal government declares June 12 as holiday to celebrate the nation’s democracy. It used to be the May 29, the date democracy returned to our shores in 1999 after many years of military dictatorship. But in order to acknowledge and immortalide the democratic struggles of late MKO Abiola, the date was changed by President Muhammadu Buhari virtually Read More

Nigeria’s democracy for the rich?

May 1, 2022 Blueprint 0

Political parties in the country, in preparation for the 2023 general elections pegged the price of expression of interest and nomination forms beyond the reach of ordinary and competent Nigerians who aspire to contest the forthcoming elections. The outrageous cost of forms has become the topic of discussion in a country where high income inequality is taking a toll on Read More

I’ll bring democracy dividend to my constituents if… – Sani Mohammed

April 27, 2022 Blueprint 0

In this interview, a business mogul and astute politician, Alhaji Sani Ahmed Mohammed, a chieftain of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, spoke on the ideology of his party, his aspiration to contest for the House of Representatives, representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro federal constituency and many more topical issues. Chamba Simeh brings excerpts. What is your pedigree that qualifies you to contest Read More

Democratic tenets, good governance: IPAC hails EU EOM

March 5, 2022 Adeola Tukuru, Abuja 0

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has called on European Union Election Observer Mission (EU EOM) Follow-up Mission, not to relent in their selfless efforts and commitment to the building of democracy, good governance, peace and security in Nigeria. The National Chairman of the Council, Engr Yabaji Yusuf Sani, during a courtesy visits by the EU EOU under the leadership of Ms. Marie Read More

FCT: Kwali chairmanship polls rape on democracy – Haruna

March 3, 2022 Donald Iorchir 0

A candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 12, 2022 FCT Chairmanship polls, Alhaji Haruna Pai Mohammed, has described the election conducted in Kwali Area Council as a rape on democracy. He also appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the results saying that high scale irregularities marred the process. Mohammed also called for Read More

Let this democracy prosper!

February 3, 2022 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu said, and the nation prays, that come next year, he will hand over a better country, agriculture-led, diversified economy, stable democracy and revamped armed and security forces, to the next administration. Speaking at a dinner in honour of the 2022 Committee of Business, Political, Media and Civil Society Leaders, the President said he was looking forward to completing Read More

China is Reaping the Harvest of Democracy

December 8, 2021 Blueprint 0

This opinion is coming on the heels of the United States’ preparation to host more than 100 participants in the initial “Summit for Democracy” from 9-10 December 2021. World leaders, along with civil society and private-sector representatives will meet virtually in “renewing democracy in the United States and around the world”. According to James M. Goldgeier and Bruce W. Jentleson Read More

Osun 2022: Oyetola urges transport unions to eschew violence

November 3, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has appraled to the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and other transport unions to sustain the peace that has existed in the state and eschew violence before, during and after the 2022 governorship election. Oyetola who spoke at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, during the endorsement rally organised for him by the Read More

You can’t win Anambra with propaganda, group tells Soludo

November 1, 2021 Editorial II 0

A political pressure group Coalition for True Democracy (CTD) has told the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Professor Chukwuma Soludo to reach out to the people with issues of governance instead of spreading empty propaganda against his opponents. The group coordinator, Mr. Samuel Okolo stated this while reacting to a statement credited to Soludo, where he accused Read More

APC congresses: Why reconciliation may fail ahead national convention – Concerned stakeholders

October 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Concerned Stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have described as embarrassing, the wave of crisis trailing Saturday’s conduct of state congresses of the party, asking the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to ensure there is rectitude in party administration before any reconciliation of aggrieved forces. They said despite feeble attempts at troubleshooting by the Sen. Abdullahi Adamu-led Read More

Internal democracy: PGF boss calls for new orientation in management of political parties

October 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, has called for a new orientation in the management of political parties to address issues of membership recruitment and management, party funding and administration. Lukman, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said unless these issues are addressed Nigerians will continue to experience all the familiar Read More

Ebonyi indigenes demand release of detained Journalist over Facebook post

October 13, 2021 Editorial II 0

The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has faulted the state government of Engr David Umahi, for implementing Cybercrime Prohibition Law in the state without a public hearing. The group however, demanded immediate release of a Radio presenter, Godfrey Chikwere, arrested and detained over a Facebook post on the order of the state government. In a statement Read More

2023: APC backs Senate’s decision on direct primaries

October 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed support for Senate amendments to the Electoral Act which mandates political parties to elect their candidates through direct primaries mode. In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja, by the APC’s acti g national secretary John James Akpanudoedehe, asked Nigerians to ignore the the soundbites from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which vehemently Read More

EWIP demands 50% involvement of women in politics

October 4, 2021 Donald Iorchir 0

Evolving Women In Progress (EWIP) Abuja branch, a non-governmental organisation has called for 50 per cent involvement of women in politics for the development of democracy in the country. The coordinator of the group, Hajia Hadiza Kolo, made the call in an interview with the newsmen in Abuja, shortly after the first ‘Meet and Greet’ for Abuja Municipal Area Council Read More

Pictures: AGF, Malami, receives two commendation, awards in one day

September 29, 2021 Kehinde Osasona Abuja 0

The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Tuesday, received two commendation and awards from two groups in one day. While the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umaru Jibrilu Gwandu, received the one of Karnati Global Resource, the Special Assistant to the President on Financial Crime and Compliance, office of the AGF, Barr. Read More

2023: Group to mobilise 3m voters against Northern presidential candidate

September 28, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a group, Grassroot Alliance For Good Governance (GAFGG) has called on the two leading political parties in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pick their presidential candidates from the South. The group which said it is beating the drums of unification and togetherness to the hearing of Read More

LG election: APC will sweep all council areas in Plateau, Lalong boosts

September 25, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu, Jos 0

Plateau state Governor, Simon Lalong, has boosted that his All Progressives Congress (APC), will sweep all the chairmenship and councilourship seats in the forthcoming October, 9, 2021 Local Government Council (LGC) elections. Lalong said the APC has done a lot for the development of the state and attained greater acceptance which will guarantee its total victory during the elections. The Read More

Banditry: Gumi’s position self serving, threat to national security- PGF boss

September 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman, has faulted the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, for calling on the authorities to grant amnesty to bandits in the country. The APC chieftain said Gumi’s position was not only self serving but clearly a threat to national security. Lukman also applauded the role played by Chief Executive Read More

2022: Prepare your handover note, PDP tells Oyetola

September 7, 2021 Lateef Ibrahim 0

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2018 election in Osun state, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Tuesday arrived Osogbo, the state capital, to prepare for the 2022 governorship election in the state. Receiving members of the party in Osogbo, Adeleke advised Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to begin writing his handover note and prepare to leave the government house Read More

LG congress: Let’s conduct peaceful exercise, Buni charges APC members

September 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Yobe state governor and Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has urged members of the party to conduct themselves peacefully during the local government congress of the party holding Saturday across the country. Buni, through a statement signed by his spokesman Mamman Mohammed, Friday in Abuja, described the exercise as a family affair that should Read More

Leaving office a failure is not an option, Mr President!

August 27, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

In the confines of the Presidential Villa, during a recent meeting of the National Council on Security, one of the many security meetings called at his instance, President Muhammadu Buhari told heads of security agencies that they must address the alarming insecurity situation in the country because he is not prepared to exit office as a failure. To underscore his Read More

Bauchi 2023: Why not Sidique Abubakar?

August 13, 2021 Editor 0

From all indications, Bauchi state will be the state to watch for “revolution” in the politics of transition climaxing in 2023 with the emergence of a new governor. The incumbent, Kauran Bauchi, Bala Mohammed has his head in the clouds of presidential ambition, repeatedly claiming to have the “nod”   of the PDP national caucus and throwing ill-advised controversial brick bats across Read More

2023: APC group intensifies lobby for Osinbajo to succeed Buhari

August 12, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

A group of stakeholders within the All Progressives Congress (APC) has intensified lobbying highly-placed party members to join its efforts towards mobilizing support for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.  Acknowledged copies of a three-page letter from the Progressives Consolidation Group (PCG) to the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan and other top party leaders indicates that several Read More