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Tussle for Kwara assembly speaker: Who does the cap fit?

May 25, 2019 Editorial III 0

Despite the sudden ban placed on all the aspirants seeking speakership position in Kwara state from engaging in media campaigns, intense lobbying and scrambling for the number three position is yet to wane. KEHINDE OSASONA looks at the intrigues and the permutations. The riot act Just last month, sensing that the desire to become the next speaker of the Kwara Read More

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Kwara’s transition to people’s government

May 12, 2019 Editorial II 0

Since the o to ge movement swept away the PDP government in Kwara there is great expectation. Tajudeen Kareem writes. The new mood The mood is joyous. It is expected, after the very peaceful general elections and the prospects of a new government. The State of Harmony is yearning for a change as the new beacon of hope for millions Read More

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Mob set ‘criminal’ ablaze in Kwara community

March 20, 2019 Editor 0

Irate mob, Wednesday set ablaze a criminal suspect in Oro town, Irepodun local government area of Kwara state over his alleged unrepentant criminal activities. The mob, Blueprint gathered besieged the Oro police station early in the morning, where the suspect, simply identified as Femi Tete, was being detained, demanding his release to them for “proper judgement”. Our Correspondent also learnt Read More

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Ilorin emir, Kwara Gov, Speaker mourn late Etsu Patigi

March 20, 2019 Editor 0

Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara state Traditional Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has expressed deep shock over the death of the Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar. The emir in his condolence message signed by the National Secretary of Shehu Alimi Foundation for Peace and Development, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, described the demise of the highly respected monarch as a colossal Read More

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Shun academic dishonesty, Unilorin VC tells lecturers

March 19, 2019 Editor 0

The vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Professor Sulyman Abdukareem has appealed to Nigerian lecturers to shun “academic dishonesty.’’ Abdulkareem made the appeal Monday in Ilorin at an interactive session on promotion guidelines for academic staff of the university. The vice chancellor condemned  the unnecessary recycling of old works  to produce substandard journals in desperation for career progression. He Read More

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Kwara communities stage protest over 6 months power outage in Ilorin

March 18, 2019 Editor 0

Thirty communities in Ilorin, Kwara state capital Monday staged a peaceful protest over total blackout being experienced in the affected communities over the last six months. They said the last time they saw electricity in the affected communities was on November 20, 2018. As early as 7am, scores of members of the affected communities besieged the Oloje undertaking office of Read More

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Kwara: Abdulrasaks’ long walk to upstaging Saraki dynasty

March 16, 2019 Editor 0

Alhaji AbdulGaniy Folorunsho Abdulrazak (AGF), former Nigerian Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire, holds the enviable record of being the first SAN from the northern region. Against the backdrop of his son’s victory as the governor-elect of Kwara state, TOPE SUNDAY chronicles past efforts by the family to halt the Saraki dynasty’s political dominance in the  state. After over 40 years of Read More

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Offa robbery: You ‘re ignorant, PDP hits back at Kwara governor-elect

March 12, 2019 Editor 0

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state has told the state governor – elect, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on his reported plan to interface with the police on the issue of Offa robbery incident. The party in a statement by its state publicity secretary, Tunde Ashaolu, expressed the belief that Abdulrazaq was ignorant of the issues concerning the Offa robbery Read More

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Breaking: APC’s Abdulrasaq is next Kwara state governor, guber results show

March 10, 2019 Editor 0

The governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) Alhaji Abdulrahahman Abdulrasaq is as good as the winner of Saturday’s governorship elections held across the state. Though the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to officially declare him winner, won with wide mergings in the results of 15 out of the 16 local government in the state so far declared Read More

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Kwara guber: APN rejects result, sues for election cancellation over omission

March 10, 2019 Editor 0

Alternative Party of Nigeria (APN) has called for cancellation of governorship election result in Kwara state over ommission of the party’s name and logo from the ballot paper by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The governorship candidate of the party, Ambassador Muhammed Abubakar, made the call in Ilorin last night during a press conference. He described the commission as 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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You ‘ve 30 days to prove your WAEC certificate, Court tells APC Kwara guber candidate

March 8, 2019 Editor 0

A Kwara State High Court has given the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, 30 days to defend the authenticity of his West African Examination Council ( WAEC) certificate. The court issued the ultimatum following a suit instituted against the APC gubernatorial candidate by one Adekunle Oluwafemi Abraham. The case with suit number KWS/73/2019 Read More

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Saturday’s poll: Police pull out copter, deploy military jet to Kwara

March 8, 2019 Editor 0

Ahead of Saturday’s governorship and state house of assembly elections, Kwara state police command said that it would deploy military jet to ensure effective surveillance of the state. The command had deployed a Nigerian Air force helicopter during last presidential and national assembly elections under an operation code name “safe conduct”. The state commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun disclosed  Read More

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#2019 Presidential election result: Buhari extends lead,wins in Kwara

February 25, 2019 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari has stretched his lead in the last Saturday’s presidential election after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) confimred his victory in Kwara state. See the result as declared by the state collation officer. Kwara presidential election result APC: 308, 984 PDP: 138, 184 Total registered voters: 1,401,895 Accredited voters: 489, 482 Total valid votes: 459, 676 Rejected Read More

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#Nigeria Decides: New political era opens in Kwara as Oloriegbe floors Saraki; Akpabio, Shehu Sani, Olujinmi also lose

February 25, 2019 Editor 0

Shout of O to gee (Enough is Enough), the electioneering slogan of  All Progressives Congress(APC) Sunday filled the air in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital as the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) declared the All Progressives Congress candidate, Dr Ibrahim Oloriegbe winner of the Kwara central senatorial district elections. It was wild jubilation as supporters of APC took to the streets of Ilorin Read More

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Pre-election violence: 7-month-old baby, 17 others killed in Kwara, Imo, Oyo, Delta

February 12, 2019 Editor 0

With just five days to the Presidential and National Assembly Elections, 23 people believed to be supporters of various political parties were killed in political-related violence in Kwara, Imo, Oyo, Delta and Sokoto states, Blueprint’s findings have revealed. Peace accord As a measure towards stemming the tide of  political violence, the Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee caused presidential candidates of All Progressives Read More

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Kwara bye-elections: Is Saraki losing it?

December 3, 2018 Editorial III 0

Although the November 17, 2018, Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Constituency bye-elections held across the four councils in Kwara state have been won and lost, it appears that it is not yet uhuru as gladiators are shining their armours ahead of a bigger political battle. In this piece, KEHINDE OSASONA revisits what transpired and the renewal of hostilities and asks whether or not President Read More

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Yaman accepts Abdulrasaq’s guber candidacy

November 2, 2018 Blueprint 0

One of the aggrieved governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Kwara State, Alhaji Shuaibu Yaman, has accepted the outcome of the party’s primaries that produced Alhaji AbdulRahaman Abdulrasaq as its flag bearer for 2019 election.   He also appealed to his supporters to accept the outcome as the will of God even as he Read More

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Critical lessons on EO6

October 24, 2018 Editorial III 0

It has been over two months since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari issued Executive Order 6 of 2018. The stated purpose of the Executive Order was the “preservation of suspicious assets connected with corruption and other relevant offences.” In furtherance of this, the Order empowers the Attorney-General to apply all available lawful and statutory means to preserve assets connected with corruption Read More

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Kwara APC reconciles warring parties

October 21, 2018 Editorial III 0

In a move that brightens its prospects in the 2019 Kwara State governorship election, the state chapter of the APC has achieved reconciliation between  its candidate AbdulRahman AbdulRazak and Professor Oba AbdulRaheem who had been protesting the outcome of the primaries. The reconciliation which was concluded at the weekend paves the way for all the campaign structures of the professor Read More

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2019: Federal might not an issue in Kwara – Mohammed

September 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, and Kwara state gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party , Hon. Zakari Mohammed has said members of the party in the state will not deterred by federal might in the next governorship election. Zakariyau, who stated this in Abuja yesterday after submitting his governorship nomination form, added that “it Read More

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Saraki succeeds father as Waziri of Ilorin

July 24, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman, Kwara state Council of Traditional Rulers, Alh Ibrahim Sulu – Gambari yesterday elevated the President of the Senate,  Abubakar Bukola Saraki as the Waziri (Prime Minister) of Ilorin emirate. The elevation which came as a surprise package to Saraki was announced at the end of a special prayer organised by the Emir on Bukola’s Read More

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Saraki, Ahmed to grace book launch on Kwara at 50

April 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Kwara state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, are among eminent Nigerians billed to grace the presentation and launch of a book in commemoration of Kwara’s 50th anniversary next week. According to a statement by the Editor, Dr Abdulwaheed Musa, the book launch will hold on Tuesday, 24 April 24, 2018, in Ilorin. Vice-chancellor of Kwara Read More

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Offa Robbery: Gov Ahmed promises to pay medical bills

April 7, 2018 Blueprint 0

Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has promised to pay the medical bills of victims of Thursday’s armed robbery attack in Offa, headquarters of Offa local government area. Ahmed made the promise when he visited the victims at the General Hospital in Ilorin on Friday. Ahmed’s promised came on the heels of President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, call for Read More