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Kashamu heads 42-man Atiku campaign c’ttee in Ogun

November 29, 2018 Blueprint 0

Senator Buruji Kashamu, representing Ogun East, has been appointed the chairman of the 42-man Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.   He is to be deputised by Bayo Dayo, the chairman of the party in the state, while Semiu Sodipo will serve as the secretary of the committee.   Kashamu-led PDP has Read More

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Senate minority leader writes INEC on campaigns, underage voters

November 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi, Has Urged The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) To Tackle The Menace Of Underage Voters To Ensure The Credibility Of The 2019 General Elections. The senator, who also urged that the commission to work assiduously to stop those that may want to truncate the electoral process next year, stated this in a letter dated Read More

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Kwara PDP rejects rep bye -election results

November 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state yesterday rejected the results of the bye-election conducted in Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency where the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Raheem Tunji Olawuyi, was declared winner. The party described the outcome of the election as a daylight robbery and did not reflect the will of the people as its members were Read More

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Bye-Election: Presidency smuggling INEC’s sensitive materials to Kwara APC, PDP alleges

November 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ahead of Saturday’s House of Representatives bye-election in Irepodun-Isin-Oke-Ero-Ekiti Federal Constituency of Kwara State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the Presidency has smuggled the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) sensitive materials to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate. PDP in statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, recently claimed that “agents of the Presidency Read More

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I’ll stop Uzodinma, Araraume, Ihedioha from becoming gov- Nwosu

November 15, 2018 Blueprint 0

Factional gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo state, Hon. Uche Nwosu has assured his supporters that he will not leave the party for another party despite insinuations from different quarters that he has secretly pitched his tent with another party. He gave the assurance on Tuesday in Owerri on his arrival from Abuja where he had been fighting to Read More

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Imo: Okorocha’s inlaw in shock as INEC confirms Uzodinma ‘authentic’ APC Guber candidate

November 10, 2018 Editor 0

Uche Nwosu, much talked about Son-in-law to Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha is currently counting the cost of sticking with his God-father after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) confirmed that Senator Hope Uzodinma is the preferred governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2019 elections. Spokesperson of INEC, Emmanuela Ben Okpara who spoke from Owerri confirmed Uzodinma’s Read More

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Atiku, Gusau and the auction in Port Harcourt

November 9, 2018 Blueprint 0

Sokoto governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, was poised to give former Vice President Atiku Abubakar a run for his money in the recently concluded convention for the presidential ticket of the PDP. The build-up to the event was in so many ways, a show of force by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors. But they were in for a surprise as Read More

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APC members seek to restrain INEC from accepting Katsina list

November 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

Two aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State have asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission from accepting list of candidates submitted by their party for the next general elections. The duo, Garba Dankani and Muhammad Mainasara, aspired for the governorship and senatorial tickets respectively. Praying the court to Read More

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Era of vote allocation over –Buhari

October 30, 2018 Editorial III 0

Nigeria has left that era in which democratic norms were brazenly subverted, with votes awarded to those favoured by the authorities, and the deprived told to go to court if they were not happy, President Muhammadu Buhari, has declared. President Buhari made the declaration yesterday while receiving members of the Joint United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS Good Offices Mission Read More

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CAN as election observers: The need for caution

October 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

A disturbing development is currently brewing into the polity that may constitute high security risks to 2019 general election. The Christian Associations of Nigeria has said that they will form an election observer group to monitor2019 general elections. This has raise serious questions on the motive such move owing to the fact that Nigeria In its reaction, The Muslim Right Read More

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Tension as APC withhold primary election result after four days

October 11, 2018 Blueprint 0

The All Progressives Congress, APC, is yet to announce result of its primaries into the House of Representatives and State House of Assembly in Badagry, Lagos State after four days. This development has generated tension in the area as residents await the result. News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that people were seen in groups discussing the primaries which were Read More

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Zamfara: PDP Cautions INEC over moves to bend rules for APC

October 9, 2018 Editorial III 0

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to contemplate bending the rules to smuggle in candidates from the Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). PDP in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan noted that, “Whereas legally, all congresses and related processes for election of candidates for various offices for Read More

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You lied, election took place – Balogun-crossfire

October 5, 2018 Blueprint 0

The chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Lagos State chapter, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, dismisses the party’s NWC panel declaration that there was no election stating instead that indeed the contest did hold across the over 200 wards of the state. Patrick Andrew highlights the controversy. The state party chairman took it upon himself to declared Babajide Sanwo-Olu the winner Read More

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@ 58, we’ve come a long way – Buhari

October 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

Being the national broadcast by H.E MUHAMMADU BUHARI President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 58TH Independence Anniversary, 1ST October, 2018 Fellow Nigerians, Today is a day of celebration and solemn reflection. It is the anniversary of the day Nigerians realised one of the most cherished of human desires – the desire for freedom. We, therefore, give thanks Read More

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Osun rerun: It’s a charade, bad omen for 2019

September 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People Democratic Party, (PDP) has called for the outright cancellation of the Osun State governorship supplementary election held in the state yesterday. Describing the rerun as “a charade, mockery of democracy and bad omen for the 2019 general elections”, the party urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rise above the board Read More

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Group sues Saraki, Melaye, Akpabio, others over defection

September 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), has dragged Senate President, Bukola Saraki and other lawmakers to court seeking a declaration that they are no longer members of the National Assembly. In a suit filed before an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, the group joined Godswill Akpabio, the former senate minority leader, Dino Melaye and Rabiu Kwankwaso as defendants. Read More

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Vote buying ongoing in councils – TMG-crossfire

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) says the resolve of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to curb the ugly trends of voter inducement (votebuying) in Saturday’s governorship election in Osun State and beyond by restricting use of smart phone is a mirage, noting it is inim The TMG Chairperson, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, stated yesterday in a statement that the organisation Read More

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Osun polls: INEC bans use of smart phones to curb vote-buying-crossfire

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says its answer to the rampaging vote-buying, the new syndrome in the Nigerian political scene is ban on the use of smart phones at polling units beginning from Saturday’s governorship elections in Osun and subsequently in the 2019 general elections. Chairman of the electoral umpire, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, made this known at a recent Read More

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INEC registers 1.9m voters in Enugu

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

A total of 1,961586 persons have been registered with the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) in Enugu state towards effective participation in the 2019 general elections. Of this number, about1, 454, 974 persons have so far collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in charge of the state, Emeka Ononamadu disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen on Read More

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We‘re repackaging Electoral Bill for Buhari’s assent – NASS

September 18, 2018 Blueprint 0

After failing in three different attempts made in the year to get the Electoral Bill signed into law (as 2018 Electoral Act) for the conduct of the 2019 general elections, the National Assembly has set machinery in motion for repackaging of a new one. Announcing the move at a joint sitting of the National Assembly Committees on the Independent National Read More

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Rights activist sues APC, PDP, others over nomination fees

September 10, 2018 Blueprint 0

Eleojo Idachaba Abuja Rights activist and presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Christmas Akpodiete, has dragged the party, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other registered political parties before the Federal High Court in Abuja over nomination fees being charged by the parties. Read More

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‘Election won’t affect 2019 UTME’

September 7, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has said that the 2019 general election would not affect the 2019/2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation examinations (UTME). Oloyede stated this while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after delivering the 2018 Annual Sobo Sowemimo Lecture at the Abeokuta Club in the Ogun state capital. He said that since Read More

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NASS rejects virement from N578bn constituency projects fund

August 31, 2018 Blueprint 0

The stage appears set for another round of face-off between the National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari, over the N143billion budget the legislature approved for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the conduct of 2019 general elections. The lawmakers are recommending the virement of the N143billion from the N943.573billion service wide votes provisions in the 2018 Budget, as against Read More

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We ‘ll demystify Saraki – Lai

August 15, 2018 Blueprint 0

-Justifies impeachment plot -No date yet to consider INEC budget – Saraki, Dogara -APC alleges planned mob attack on own senators by PDP Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, yesterday hinted that the people of Kwara state are ready to demystify Senate President Bukola Saraki in the 2019 general elections. Until his defection a few weeks ago Read More

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2019: Don wants INEC to address vote-buying

July 23, 2018 Blueprint 0

A University of Benin lecturer, Dr Ehiyamen Osezua, has said it was high time the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) put adequate mechanisms in place to stop vote buying and other electoral malpractices before the 2019 general elections. Osezua, an Associate Professor of Public Administration, University of Ilorin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday that unduly influencing voters’ Read More