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Perusing implications of Atiku’s resignation from APC

November 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar seems to have a penchant for jumping from one political party to the other. Last Friday, he formally disengaged from the APC and as a beautiful bride does not lack suitors. PATRICK ANDREW and ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU examine the implications for both the APC and his destination, the PDP. Journey so far In 2002 following alleged Read More

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Pacify aggrieved members – CPC tells Buhari

November 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja The Legacy Forum of the defunct state chairmen of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take immediate and proactive measures to pacify aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop them from leaving the party en mass ahead of the 2019 general election. In a communique at Read More

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Aisha Alhassan meets Buhari, keeps mum on Atiku

November 29, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met with the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Jummai Alhassan, and other cabinet ministers at the launch of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The minister, a loyalist of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who resigned from Read More

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Otti hopes to replicate Obiano’s victory in Abia

November 28, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Sam Obinna Ibe Umuahia Abia state chapter of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has promised to replicate the victory of its Anambra governorship candidate, Dr Willie Obiano come 2019 in Abia. The party’s 2015 governorship candidate, Chief Alex Otti, stated this at a victory party in Umuahia and the defection of over 300 persons from Obingwa LGA, where Read More

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2019 polls discussions unhelpful – Tambuwal

November 24, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Sidi A. Umar Sokoto Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has said the increasing discussions about the next elections in 2019 were both distractive and unhelpful to all office holders. Speaking at a meeting with journalists in Sokoto, Tambuwal said “what should be paramount now are discussions about governance and how the mandates given in 2015 should be executed.” “I Read More

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ADP accuses APC of stealing mandates, wants INEC to conduct LG polls

November 23, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has demanded that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) take over the conduct of local government elections, alleging “electoral fraud by state governors.” Also, the party has faulted the Senate President, Bukola Saraku, Governor Abdulfatai Hammed, and Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, among other APC leaders, for their failure to prevail Read More

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ADP faults Saraki, Gov Ahmed over Kwara LG election, seeks INEC’s takeover

November 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

Action Democratic Party (ADP) has demanded that henceforth the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should take over the conduct of Local Government election, alleging “electoral fraud by the state governors.”  The party also faulted the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed and Minister of Information Lai Mohammed among other APC leaders for their failure to prevail over their supporters. Read More

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Buhari congratulates Obiano, says electoral reform working

November 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the people of Anambra state, the governorship candidates, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), election observers as well as security agencies and other stakeholders, on the peaceful conduct of the November 18 gubernatorial election in the state. While congratulating Governor Willie Obiano on his re-election, the President urged him to rededicate himself to building on Read More

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Anambra poll: APC congratulates Obiano

November 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated the candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the incumbent governor of Anambra state over his victory at the last Saturday’s election. In a statement signed yesterday in Abuja by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, also congratulated its candidate Tony Nwoye, for his performance at the Read More

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Electoral reforms: INEC urges NASS to expedite action

November 6, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Emeka Nze Abuja The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, has called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the relevant legislation guiding the conduct of elections in the country to give the Commission ample time to prepare for the 2019 general elections. Yakubu noted that the next general election was only Read More

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Anambra Guber: APGA uncovers FG’s planned use of force

November 2, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Muhammad Aliyu Dutse The ruling All Progressives Garand Alliance (APGA) said it has uncovered plots by the All Progressives Congress-led federal government to use force to manipulate the forthcoming governorship election on November 18. This was revealed yesterday by the party’s national vice chairman, North west, Alhaji Sardauna Yaro ‘Yanleman, in Dutse, Jigawa state. The chairman and some other Read More

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2019: Nasarawa voters return home for Voter-Cards Transfer

November 2, 2017 Editorial IV 0

  Prospective voters of Nasarawa state indigene especially of Alago ethnic group leaving across the country are returning home in their numbers to transfer their voting points to the state from their respective areas of residence. The returnees, who also include those seeking fresh registration, have returned home to have their voters card transferred ahead of the 2019 general elections Read More

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Buhari alone competent to lead Nigeria come 2019 – APC governors

October 31, 2017 Blueprint 0

The governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have declared that the issue of automatic ticket for President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election is not in contention, adding that no other contestant is credible enough to fly the party’s ticket.  The governors believe that President Buhari’s integrity, coupled with his performance since 2015 remain unbeatable. Speaking separately with newsmen Read More

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Group warns on breaching INEC guidelines

October 26, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Ahmad Ahmad Gombe The solidarity group of Senator Haruna Garba, People Democratic Party, has warned its members against breaching the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines for the forthcoming general elections. The group in a release yesterday advised its members to adhere to the INEC guidelines stressing that the electoral body had warned political parties and aspirants against violating Read More

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Osun adopts parliamentary system for LG election 

October 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

After ten years, Osun state government has concluded arrangement to conduct election into the 30 local government and 34 Local Council Development Areas in the state. The Osun Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, has therefore adopted parliamentary system of government for the conduct of the election. The chairman, OSIEC, Mr. Segun Oladitan, disclosed this during a stakeholder meeting with Representatives of political Read More

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ECOWAS electoral group visits Cote d’Ivoire on NEEDS assessment

October 16, 2017 Blueprint 0

A delegation of the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC), has met with the management team of the Commission Electorale Independante of Cote d’Ivoire (CEI)) in Abidjan. A statement Monday by Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi stated that ECONEC President and Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu led the team. The Needs Assessment meeting took place at Read More

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Ekiti, Osun guber elections to hold July, September 2018 respectively

October 5, 2017 Blueprint 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has scheduled July 14, 2018 for the conduct of Ekiti State governorship election. Similarly, the commission has slated the Osun state governorship election for 22nd of September, 2018.. The dates for the two elections were contained in a separate timetable and schedule of activities released Thursday in Abuja by the commission and signed by Read More

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21 parties to field candidates for Kwara LG poll

August 21, 2017 Blueprint 0

At least 21 political parties have indicated their interest to participate in the forthcoming local government elections in Kwara state, scheduled to hold November 18, 2017. Kwara state Independent Electoral Commission (KWSIEC) had earlier fi xed it for November 4, 2017, but the Commission’s Chairman, Dr. Uthman Ajidagba, on Friday, last week, announced that the poll would now hold on Read More

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Kebbi APC sweeps council polls

July 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Kabiru Dogon Daji Birnin kebbi Th e Kebbi State Independent Electoral Commission (KESIEC) has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the Chairmanship election in all the 21 local government councils in the last Saturday election. In a Press release issued in Birnin Kebbi and signed by the KESIEC Chairman, Ahaji Aliyu Mera, which indicates that the Read More