Judge’s absence stalls Ize-Iyamu’s N700m criminal trial

July 4, 2020 Patrick Ahanor 0

The N700 million fraud case preferred against Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the  candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the September 19, gubernatorial election in Edo state was on Thursday stalled due to the absence of the trial Judge, Justice Umar Garba. Ize-Iyamu is standing trial alongside four others in suit No: FHC/BE21C/ 2016 for allegedly receiving public funds illegally Read More

EFCC storms ex-Abia dep gov son’s premises

June 26, 2020 Editor 1

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday stormed the premises of Engr. Enyinnaya Nwafor, son of late former deputy governor of Abia state, Dr. Chima Nwafor. Nwafor is the founder and chief executive officer of Tunnel End, and Rock Waters Integrated Services Ltd., two construction companies with headquarters in Aba. Some buildings in the company’s premises Read More

Limping towards 2023

June 25, 2020 Dan Agbese 0

I strolled down the boulevard of the ruling party, APC, recently. I wish to report, with a feeling of sadness, that the boulevard constructed in 2014 with shovels and diggers from national politics in deficit of a political ideology, has been turned into a footpath. It is overgrown with thorn bushes and weeds watered from the pool of political intolerance, Read More

The politics of 2023 presidential elections

April 3, 2020 Zayyad I. Muhammad 1

As Nigeria braces for the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, politicians are still doing their thing- Politics- It is a global practice, no harm. The  Adams Oshiomhole’s two weeks bitter power struggle in the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a pointer the 2023 elections in Nigeria which is still three years away, but the political actors have begun scheming how Read More

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2023: NASS reacts as INEC plots more polling units, sacks 74 political parties

February 7, 2020 Editor 0

The debate around the delisting of non-performance of some political parties sailed through as the  Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)  Thursday announced  deregistration of 74 political parties for their inability to fulfil the law establishing them.  INEC Chairman Prof Mahmood Yakubu announced this at a press briefing in Abuja, saying, with the de-registration; only 18 parties are now in existence.  INEC Read More

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Nabena faults EU, NDI, other, says Buhari a bastion of democracy, credible elections

June 19, 2019 Editorial II 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a bastion of democracy and credible elections following the president’s recognition and assent to June 12 as the country’s Democracy Day, adding that the recent move by some international observers to discredit 2019 elections was a wasted efforts. Nabena, who is the APC Deputy Read More

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Why Kaura will get it right in Bauchi

June 17, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Bauchi state electorate have once again shown to the world that they are true democrats and now more civilised politically than they used to be. They showcased their political sophistication during the recent 2019 general election when they voted candidates of their choice base on competence, character and virtues into various elective offices regardless of their political parties. For example, Read More

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APC support groups join calls for Oshiomhole’s resignation

June 5, 2019 Editorial IV 0

  Calls for resignation of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole from office over alleged misfortunes the party suffered in some states in the last general elections heightened Tuesday in Abuja. The latest of such calls came from supports groups within the party under the aegis of Coalition of Support Groups after an emergency Read More

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Breaking: 75 political parties pass confidence vote on INEC chairman

May 6, 2019 Editorial II 0

About 75 political parties on Monday passed a confidence vote on the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, saying the 2019 general elections met the expectation of majority of Nigerians. Chairmen of the parties who spoke at a 2-day Roundtable on the evaluation of the last polls in Abuja, however, asked president Muhammadu Bubari Read More

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Senators nears physical combat, condemns militarisation of 2019 elections, probes INEC

March 20, 2019 Editorial IV 0

In a storming session that almost degenerated to a physical fight,  the Senate on  Wednesday, condemned the alleged militarisation of the 2019 general elections, describing it as dangerous for survival of democracy in Nigeria. This is as it directed its committee on Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), to carry out thorough investigation on all perceived inconsistent application of electoral Read More

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Be bold to tell truth to authorities, pastor urges journalists 

December 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Journalists in Nigeria have been urged to hold political leaders accountable for their actions and be ready to tell truth to powers, as the country prepares for general elections in February. “As we are moving towards 2019 elections, I want you to see yourselves as ambassadors of righteousness,” Samuel Udia, an apostle, said yesterday  at the Apostolic Church, Ifa Atai, Etoi, in Uyo, during Read More

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Youths will determine outcome of 2019 elections – NYCN President

November 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The President, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Ambassador Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo has debunked media reports that portray the youth as divided on 2019 general elections. Sukubo in an exclusive interview with Blueprint noted that the success of a nation depends on the youth and that Nigeria is not an exemption. He said: “First let me remind you that the National Youth Council of Nigeria is Read More

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2019: Igbo group urges fair, credible polls

November 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

A group under the aegis of Onicha-Igboeze Progressive Union of Nigeria, Ekpoma branch, Edo State, has called on Nigerians to rally round President Mohammadu Buhari’s quest for free, fair and credible elections in  2019. The group also urged President Buhari to set the template for other African countries to emulate by ensuring the conduct a transparent exercise in Nigeria. Chairman Read More

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PDP must win with wide margin to stop APC rigging plot – support groups

November 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Coordinator of the Atiku Abubakar Support Group, Dr. Nath Iduma, has charged the PDP to ensure it wins with wide margin in all polling units, to prevent the All Progressives Congress (APC) from rigging the 2019 elections. The Support group, which is mobilizing electorate to vote the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said unless the Read More

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Nasarawa pensioners back APC candidate

November 15, 2018 Blueprint 0

Pensioners in Nasarawa state, have thrown their weights behind the candidature of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Abdullahi A. Sule, in the next year’s general elections. Director General of the Pension Bureau, Abdullahi Sani Oseze, revealed this yesterday in Lafia. He said that pensioners are ready to partner the APC candidate and identity with his agenda due to his wealth of Read More

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SDP, party to beat in Enugu State – Nwobodo

November 13, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) Enugu State chapter, has boasted that it is the party to beat in the state in the forthcoming general elections in 2019. The party made the claim during the weekend when it opened a new party office in Awgu, Awgu Local Government Area of State. According to the party chairman, Barrister John Nwobodo, the SDP would Read More

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We will resist any plot against Gov. Abubakar – Sani

November 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader in Bauchi state, Sani Umar, has said that the youth will resist any plot to undermine the party’s success in the 2019 general elections. Addressing newsmen in Bauchi yesterday the youth leader decried the prevailing politics in the state, alleging that some estranged members of the party are working against the success of Read More

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Atiku can guranttee PDP victory – Group

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Waziri Frontiers Network (WFN) has urged the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic party (PDP) to give the party’s ticket to former Vice President Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, saying he has what it takes to guarantee victory for the party come 2019. The group’s Director General Engr. Dan Ohiomoba in his statement issued in Kaduna after its executive committee zonal Read More

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The human bed bugs and Gov Yahaya Bello

September 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

By meaning, bed bug is a small infectious insect that lives with us in our homes. While in intelligence parlance, to ‘bug’ is a special device or means of information gathering that can be used to undo the source or a target. Therefore, the human bed bugs in our lives are the trusted ones who go behind to spill (reveal) Read More

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APC primaries: Senatorial aspirant tours constituency

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

As party primaries draw near, the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial aspirant for Kaduna Central, Usman Ibrahim, has embarked on a tour of the seven local governments in the zone to meet with delegates and APC and ward excos. The senatorial hopeful, while addressing party delegates and excos who complained of neglect by past and present representatives of the Zone Read More

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2019: EU empowers INEC with £26.5m, insists every vote must count

July 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the European Union delegation to Nigeria yesterday in Abuja admonished the stakeholders to ensure that every vote counts. To this effect, the Union disclosed the release of £26.5 million to the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) towards supporting the entire electoral process for reinforcement of democratic governance in the country. EU’s admonition on the forthcoming Read More

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EFCC, INEC to track parties’ sources of funds

February 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

-Poised to curb vote-buying By Emeka Nze Abuja Preparatory to 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has engaged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to assist it in tracking political parties’ sources of funding. INEC, has in recent times, decried the flagrant breach of the relevant sections of the 2010 Electoral Law (as amended) which bars Read More