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APC ward congresses: Disruptions, violence and bumpy road to 2019

May 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The carry-overs of protracted internal wrangling plaguing the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in virtually all the states of the federation, resonated last week during the party’s ward congresses held across the nation. KEHINDE OSASONA and TAYE ODEWALE x-ray the exercise Apart from the fact that elections remained inconclusive in many states, it was characterized by violence, killings, Read More

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Botched Ekiti APC primary : Your integrity at stake, Oni tells Oyegun

May 7, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni yesterday called on the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John OdigieOyegun and the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party to investigate the errors that led to the inconclusive governorship primary in the state. Oni, former APC National Deputy Chairman (South) and governorship aspirant of the party, said the Read More

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2019 presidency: John Dara declares for SDP

December 8, 2017 Blueprint 0

A former presidential aspirant under platform of the National Transformation Party (NTP) in the 2011 election and prominent chieftain of the Middle Belt Forum in Nigeria, Mr. John Dara, has declared declare his intention to join the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and seek its presidential ticket to contest the forthcoming president election. Dara has however, visited the national secretariat of Read More

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‘UK foreign aid money diverted to extremists in Syria’

December 5, 2017 Editorial IV 0

The government has suspended a foreign aid project after a BBC Panorama investigation found taxpayers’ cash was being diverted to extremists in Syria. Officers from a UK-backed police force in Syria have also been working with courts carrying out brutal sentences. A UK government spokesman said it takes allegations of co-operation with terrorist groups “extremely seriously”. Adam Smith International, the Read More

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2019: Buhari gives nod for second term

October 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagboke, Chizoba for second term or second term Ogbeche, Emeka Eze, Tope Sunday President Muhammadu Buhari’s second time bid is gathering momentum as two support groups gave it a boost yesterday in Abuja. While the National Committee of the Buhari Support Group (NCBSG), led by Senator Abu Ibrahim stormed the presidential villa, the Buhari Support Organisation(BSO) commissioned its Read More

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Stop intimidating Nigerians with military, Falae, Gana, Clark, others tell Buhari

October 6, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Bode Olagoke Abuja A forum of the Southern, Middle-Belt Leaders Forum (SMLF), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop intimidating Nigerians with the military invasion of some parts of the country, just as it asked the President to urgently put machinery in place for restructuring. After an extensive meeting yesterday in Abuja, the forum, which comprises delegates from the Read More

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Abubakar emerges Best Gov on urban renewal

July 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Binta Shama Abuja Th e Abuja Housing Show, yesterday named Governor Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi state as the best governor on urban renewal, organised by FESADEB Communications. According to the organisers of the annual event, which held in Abuja, a documentary by AIT on the Bauchi government’s eff ort to improve the infrastructure of the three major urban Read More

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Easter: Cleric urges Christians to ‘resurrect for truth’

April 18, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Baba Yusuf The Senior Pastor of God’s Grace Revival Gospel Mission Inc, Nyanya-Gwandara, Karu local government area of neighbouring Nasarawa state, Johnpraise Ben, has called on Christians to “resurrect and be focused like Jesus Christ.” Pastor Ben made the call yesterday during his Easter Monday service in his church. He said “Christians should wake up from resurrection for their Read More

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Belgore, Sulaiman never stole N450m campaign fund – Kwara PDP

February 22, 2017 Blueprint 1

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin The two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kwara state, have joined forces to condemn the probe of  former Minister of National Planning, Prof. Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman and another party chieftain, Mohammed Dele Belgore,  over   the N450million campaign fund  during the 2015 general elections. Both chairmen, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo and Sunday Fagbemi, who spoke Read More

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Ondo: Beyond Tinubu’s boycott

November 22, 2016 Blueprint 0

Conspicuous absence of the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at the party’s governorship rally in Ondo at the weekend is seemingly sending signals ahead 2019 general elections. BODE OLAGOKE in this piece looks at the Tinubu factor that may shape the political future of a mega party The dust raised by the controversial September Read More

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Kwara youth council elects new officers

April 4, 2016 Blueprint 0

By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kwara state chapter, has elected new executive members that will steer the ship of the association for the next three years. The new executives are: Comrade Kazeem Adekeye who was re-elected as the Chairman, Alli Nasiru Yusuf (Vice Chairman), Sheu Ndanusa Usman (Secretary), Garuba Saka (Vice Chairman central), Bello Read More

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Nigerians now trust Govt – Buhari

November 12, 2015 Blueprint 0

 Inaugurates cabinet  Names self Petroleum Minister By Abdullahi M. Gulloma, Abuja After about five and a half months into his four-year tenure, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday inaugurated his 36-member cabinet with a charge to the ministers  to work towards a prosperous nation respected for the right reasons. The president who, at the occasion formally  pronounced himself the substantive minister in Read More

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Humorous Amaechi dazzles Senate

October 23, 2015 Blueprint 0

PDP senators stage walk-out  By Ezrel Tabiowo Abuja After three failed attempts, occasioned by petitions against his choice as ministerial nominee, former River state governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, passed through the confirmation process yesterday amidst  stiff protest from senators belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). Amaechi, who arrived the National Assembly complex at about 10:30am, alongside some other ministerial nominees, Read More

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Senate confirms Fayemi, Ogbeh

October 14, 2015 Blueprint 0

 Lai, Onu, 6 others too By Abdulrahman Abdulrauf and Ezrel Tabiowo, Abuja Contrary to expectations of a rowdy session by some Nigerians, the Senate yesterday  confirmed 10 of the first batch of the 21-man list of ministerial nominees forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari, even as Senate President Bukola Saraki unveiled the second batch of  the  nominees numbering 16. At the Read More

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Ado-Ekiti residents jubilate over Fayose’s victory

February 18, 2015 Blueprint 0

By Rotimi Ojomoyela Ado-Ekiti Residents of Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital on Monday evening trooped out in droves to celebrate the victory of Governor Ayo Fayose at the Court of Appeal, Abuja. The court had affirmed the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal, declaring Ayo Fayose as the duly elected Governor of Ekiti state in the June 21, governorship election, Read More

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Whatever Bukola Saraki represents in Kwara is over – Dara

January 7, 2015 Blueprint 0

John Dara, a prominent politician and gubernatorial aspirant in Kwara state, has been in disagreement with the old order now symbolized by the former governor and heir to the Oloye Saraki hegemony, Senator Bukola Saraki. Now that the Oloye is no more, Dara tells EMEKA NZE that Bukola has squandered the leadership he inherited from the father and is therefore Read More

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Kwara guber primary: Ajibola’s fate hangs in balance

December 17, 2014 Blueprint 0

UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB retraces the outcome of the primaries that has now made Ajibola’s fate confounding to political pundits Following fresh controversies trailing the emergence of senator representing kwara south senatorial district,Simon Sule Ajibola as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) in the state,the faith of the law makers seems to be hanging in the balance, Blueprint reports. Read More

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Issues and personalities of the national conference

August 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

As we return to our lives after the intensely lived months of the National Conference, 2014, many thoughts have crossed my mind about those truly crowded days and months of our lives. With hindsight, the fact that the National Conference was called in the first place represented a significant development for the country and the heated debates; angst and threats Read More

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Fear grips Nyanya-Gwandara community over Boko Haram

May 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

Fear has enveloped residents of Nyanya-Gwandara community in Karu local government area of Nasarawa state over possible attacks on the people by suspected Boko Haram members. The town, which is situated in neighbouring Nasarawa state, had been thrown into fear since the first and May Day bomb blasts in Nyanya, which claimed many lives. Blueprint gathered that about 8am yesterday, Read More

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Kwara PDP: Any unity after disputed congresses?

April 23, 2014 Blueprint 0

UMAR BAYO ABDULWAHAB writes on the political maneuvering  that characterised the just concluded congresses of the PDP in Kwara state, asking what become of the unity after the exercise Pre-congress move After weeks of political maneuvering  and tussle for leadership, the Kwara State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday last week elected 29 new state executive committee members Read More

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Military accused of running detention camps

April 11, 2014 Blueprint 0

Khalifa Hassan Yusuf, a delegate at the ongoing national conference yesterday accused the federal government and most especially the military deployed to the north east of operating secret detention camps in Yobe state. The delegate also picked holes in the inaugural speech of President Goodluck Jonathan, arguing that it failed to address issues of insecurity or the over one year Read More

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Delegate accuses military of running detention camps

April 11, 2014 Blueprint 0

Khalifa Hassan Yusuf, a delegate at the ongoing national conference yesterday accused the federal government and most especially the military deployed to the north east of operating secret detention camps in Yobe state. The delegate also picked holes in the inaugural speech of President Goodluck Jonathan, arguing that it failed to address issues of insecurity or the over one year Read More

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Giving succour to Kwara PDP

March 14, 2014 Blueprint 0

The PDP recently  held a political rally in Ilorin, Kwara state to welcome defectors and returnees into the party by President Goodluck Jonathan. SAMUEL OGIDAN reports With out doubt, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) is facing a dwindling fortune in Kwara state, as it was one of those states the once upon Africa’s largest party lost to the crisis which engulfed Read More