Manipulation of primaries; Plateau state as case study

May 11, 2022 Blueprint 0

It was the late Arthur Nzeribe who asserted that Nigeria is not mature and prepared for democracy. However, that statement was mostly viewed as an ideological personal conjecture by many political gladiators who are in politics for selfish ends. But in truth, looking at the political scenario that is at play in Nigeria, there is nothing to suggest we are Read More

NNPP alleges assassination, demands justice for party member Killed in Bayelsa

May 1, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has condemned the rising spate of killings across Nigeria, describing it as a threat to the country’s democracy. Specifically, the opposition party demanded justice for its member Hon. Sunday Frank Oputu, who was ecently assassinated in Bayelsa state, describing the act as politically motivated. Late Frank Oputu was a former Chairman of the Conference Read More

Breaking: Nigeria at crossroads – Abdulsalami

January 20, 2022 Tope Sunday, Abuja 0

Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), Thursday, said Nigeria is at the cross road He then cautioned politicians to guild thier words and deeds ahead of the 2023 general elections. Abubakar, who spoke in Abuja at the ongoing 19th Daily Trust Dialogue, also cautioned that 2022 is very crucial as the year preceeding the 2023 general elections and Read More

2023: North, South on collision course over zoning

‘…Zoning primitive, normative mindset’ …Let’s jettison it – Arewa Forum ‘…For fairness, unity, South should be next’ …It’ll remain recurring decimal if… – Don …We should think about our future, not zoning – NGO One of the dominant discourses in Nigeria’s political terrain these days is the issue of which region of the country should produce the president in 2023. However, the issue Read More

The quest for credible LG elections in Nigeria

August 6, 2021 Moshood Isah 0

The just concluded local government elections in Lagos and Ogun states is a reaffirmation of the level of apathy and disinterest in subnational governance in Nigeria despite local governments being the tier of government closest to the people. This is not unconnected to existing gaps in administration of elections by State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) and the overbearing influence of Read More

e-transmission of election results and the conspiracy against democracy

August 5, 2021 Sunday Onyemaechi Eze 0

The growing demand for free, fair, credible and transparent elections in Nigeria suffered another set back as the National Assembly shut the door against e-transmission of election results from polling units. The parliamentarians deliberately killed and buried a growing national aspiration with obnoxious technicalities. Surprisingly, the same National Assembly approved the use of any other electronic means during elections as Read More

Credible polls: Unease over Electoral Act amendment

July 23, 2021 ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU 0

… We’ve achieved what we set for ourselves – Lawan ‘…You lack powers to legislate on e-transmission of results’ …Approval for election rigging – PDP …It’s coup against the people – IPAC …For political elite’s interest – Ojo Electoral laws remain extremely important in a democracy; it is the compass that guides the electioneering process. As the National Assembly makes Read More

Yiaga Africa alerts Nigerians on INEC’s Continuous Voters Registration

June 30, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

Yiaga Africa has called on Nigerians and first time voters to register as the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) resumes the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) .The Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise is resuming on Monday, 28th June 2021, with the online pre-registration process.  The Director of Programs, Yiaga Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu in a press statement issued in Abuja commended INEC for improving the Read More

Why APC need Almakura as National Chairman

June 28, 2021 Ukkasha Hamza Rahama 0

The All Progressive Congress (APC) came to be in 2014 after three political parties Congres for Progressive (CPC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) were merged. The ACN was led by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, ANPP was the current Minister of Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu as leader, while the CPC was led by the incumbent Read More

2023: Constitution amendment ‘ll ensure free, fair elections, lawmaker assures

June 6, 2021 Joseph Obung 0

Senator Gershom Bassey representing Cross River south in the Red Chamber Sunday said the proposed constitution amendment would guarantee free and fair elections in Nigeria if it sailed through. In a telephone chat with Blueprint in Calabar, Senator Bassey who is also the chairman of Cross River National Assembly Caucus, said “Nothing has been amended yet but the electoral law Read More

Multi-party system and Nigeria’s development

May 20, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

President Muhammadu Buhari had, in faraway Paris, France, this week, held a meeting with some Nigerians resident there and told them that his administration is committed to free, fair and credible elections. He, rightly so, told the gathering that the bedrock of democracy is the sustenance of multi-party structure, with trust from citizens. Rightly, too, the president said that results Read More

Additional polling units: INEC’s leap, citizens’ confidence

May 14, 2021 Blueprint 0

Polling units (PUs) remain essential in every democratic electoral process. This is largely because it is the last channel via which citizens exercise their constitutional right, vote and be voted for. With limited polling units across the country, ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU and BODE OLAGOKE take a look at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) decision to create additional polling units nationwide. Read More

A case for 2020 Electoral Act

November 6, 2020 Blueprint 0

The last time an amendment was made to the laws governing elections in Nigeria was in the year 2010. That is clearly ten years ago, when the Electoral Act was amended. From that period up until now, several issues and problems arising from the conduct of elections make an amendment of the subsisting law even more imperative. From Imo State Read More

Ondo poll: My victory evidence of our acceptance – Akeredolu

Ondo state Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sunday emerged winner in the just concluded gubernatorial election in the state. His victory came amidst mixed reactions from stakeholders. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the incumbent governor winner having polled 292,830 votes to defeat two other major contenders at the end of the contest. Announcing the result, Chief Retuning Read More

Truthful words that make one proud of our Military

September 15, 2020 Emmanuel Kolawole 0

The role of the Nigerian Military in the preservation of democracy in Nigeria cannot be overemphasized. This much has been stated in numerous forums due to her exploits in fulfilment of its constitutional mandate of preserving the territorial integrity of the country as well as its invaluable interventions in internal security operations across the country. The exploits of the Nigerian Read More

NLC seeks prosecution of perpetrators of electoral violence

August 19, 2020 Moses John 0

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for prosecution of perpetrators of electoral violence in Nigeria. Speaking at a Roundtable on Electoral Reform in Abuja, President of the NLC Comrade Ayuba Wabba said elections in Nigeria is more like theatre of war. Comrade Wabba said the congress is canvassing for reform which includes having persons appointed into INEC  truly independent Read More

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Why North-central always determines Nigerian politics – Wambi

May 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

In this interview with BODE OLAGOKE, All Progressives Congress (APC) national vice chairman North-central Alhaji Ahmad Suleiman Wambai speaks on why the zone always decides of the shape of Nigerian politics of Nigeria. How did APC manage to garner massive votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in North-central? The North-central zone always determines who become the president of this country. The Read More

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Is organising protests now big business?

March 21, 2019 Editorial II 0

You must understand that some things do not happen naturally here. Protests, in particular, are not organic or “an act of God”, at least not now; there is usually a “mighty hand” in the shadows pulling the strings. Unlike in the past, when men of good conscience like Gani Fawehinmi, Wole Soyinka, Chima Ubani, Richard Akinnola II and Femi Falana, Read More

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Breaking: INEC makes u-turn, to declare Bauchi guber election result, cancels supplementary plans

March 16, 2019 Editor 0

Exactly one week after March 9 governorship election was conduct in parts of the country and four days after supplementary election was declared in six states, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reversed its decision in Bauchi and has declared resumption and conclusion of collation of results in the state. The commission said the collation and announcement of results Read More

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INEC reviews 2019 elections, to begin plans on 2023

March 14, 2019 Editor 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said review of just concluded 2019 elections would soon be underway. Also, the commission has revealed plans to start preparations early ahead of 2023 polls. INEC Chairman Professor Mahmoud Yakubu who gave the hint stated: “As a matter of urgency, the commission will begin work on post 2019 elections review and road mark Read More

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Guber poll result: APC leads in Ogun, Lagos, Kaduna, Kwara, Sokoto, Bauchi; PDP reigns in Adamawa, Enugu, Delta, Ebonyi, A’Ibom

March 10, 2019 Editor 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) appears to be heading to victory in the governorship election held in Ogun, Lagos, Kaduna, Kwara, Kebbi, Sokoto and Bauchi States. Victory is being predicted as results began coming in from the various polling booths. However, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was ahead in Adamawa, Enugu, Delta, Ebonyi and Akwa Ibom States. In Ogun, Read More

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Assembly poll: APC sweeps Lagos Island

March 10, 2019 Editor 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Mr Rotimi Olowo of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of Somolu 1, Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly. The Returning Officer for the constituency, Prof. Adebayo Otitoloju, made the declaration at INEC Collation Centre in Somolu, Lagos on Sunday. Otitoloju said that Olowo secured 16, 007 votes to beat Read More

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Rough road for second term-seeking govs as Nigerians go to polls again

March 9, 2019 Editor 0

Today’s governorship and house of assembly elections appear to be a two-horse race between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this report, TOPE SUNDAY, ABDULRAHMANZAKARIYAU, DANIEL AGBO, BASHIR MOHAMMED, NAJIB SANI and ANDREWOJIH x-ray factors that some of the governors seeking re-election have to brush aside to actualise their dream. Today, Nigerians will Read More

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Breaking: EFCC swings into action, harvests ‘corrupt’ Imo, Kwara govt officials on election eve

March 8, 2019 Editor 0

With only few hours to the March 9 governorship and state assembly elections, many top government officials in Imo and Kwara states have been nabbed by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over suspicious withdrawal of over N2 billion for alleged vote-buying to ensure the victory of their preferred candidates. According to Vanguard report, the Acting Accountant General of Imo Read More

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YIAGA Africa deploys 682 observers to monitor polls

March 8, 2019 Editor 0

Ahead of the governorship and State Houses of Assembly polls, YIAGA Africa, a non-governmental Organisations said it has deployed over 682 observers to monitor and provide accurate information at the polling unit and collation centres. Chairman Watching The Vote Working Group Dr Hussaini Abdu told newsmen on Friday in Abuja that a total of 682 observers were deployed to observe Read More