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Nabena alleges plan to hijack NASS leadership by PDP leaders

March 19, 2019 Editorial II 0

As the political scheming for the leadership of the incoming National Assembly heightens, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Yekini Nabena has alleged a fresh move by the outgoing Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and the minority Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus to decide the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives. The Read More

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Ifeanyi Ubah and his Journey to the 9th Senate

March 15, 2019 Editorial II 0

Senator-elect, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, a tireless campaigner, motivated by the vision to serve his people, after many attempts, finally emerged the winner of the just concluded 2019 Anambra South Senatorial District Election which was a fierce and one of the toughest elections particularly in the State and Nigeria in general. No one believed Dr. Ubah could win with The Read More

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Again, Presidency says Buhari won’t interfere in emergence of NASS leadership

March 15, 2019 Editorial II 0

The Presidency on Friday said President Muhammadu Buhari wouldn’t interfere in the emergence of new leadership of the 9th National Assembly. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate) Ita Enang, disclosed this while addressing parliamentary reporters in Abuja. He said the President believes so much in the rule of law and would allow each arm Read More

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At Senate, hearing on new minimum wage suffers setback, budget debate set to begin, 3 months after

March 12, 2019 Editor 0

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to commence debate on general principles of the N8.83trillion 2019 budget on Wednesday, nearly three months after its presentation to the joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. This is as the Upper legislative chamber postponed final consideration of the N30,000 minimum wage to Tuesday next week on account of absence of Read More

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At budget presentation: Buhari, NASS hostility deepens

December 20, 2018 Editor 0

The simmering face-off between the Executive and the Legislature, again, came to the fore yesterday, during the presentation of the 2019 Budget proposals to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari. The event was characterised by some altercations between the pro-Buhari lawmakers and those against him. Signs that all might not be well became obvious, when the event initially scheduled Read More

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Electoral Law Crisis: Buhari, NASS face off imminent

December 8, 2018 Editor 0

Between February this year and today, four different versions of Amendments to the 2010 Electoral Act were drafted by the National Assembly and forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent, but the president on Friday declined assent to the Bill, about 70 days to the next year’s general elections. TAIYE ODEWALE, ISE-OLUWA IGE, BODE OLAGOKE, ABDULRAHMAN ZAKARIYAU and KEHINDE OSASONA, Read More

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2019: I’ll respect Nigerians’ decisions – Buhari 

December 7, 2018 Editor 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said he understands the yearnings of Nigerians and strongly believes in the collective dream for a greater country, assuring that all would be done to ensure that results of 2019 elections reflect the will of the people. Receiving Letter of Credence from Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Dr Jyrki Juhani Pulkkinen, the president said Nigerians reserved Read More

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I remain in APC, my in-law can go to another party -Okorocha 

November 27, 2018 Editor 0

Governor Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday broke his silence on his next line of action after his son-in-law, Hon Uche Nwosu lost the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket for Imo state to Senator Hope Uzodinma. Addressing newsmen during a  Media Parley, he said he would remain in the party and pursue his senatorial ambition for Orlu Zone where Uzodinma has Read More

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The lessons from Kemi Adeosun’s resignation

September 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

President Muhammadu Buhari, last week, after hours of speculation, accepted the resignation of theBukola Mrs Kemi Adeosun, who until then was the Minister of Finance. The President thanked the ex-minister for her services to the nation and wished her well in her future pursuits. Mrs Adeosun resigned after she discovered that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate she holds Read More

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CISLAC expresses worry over FG’s neglect of economy

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has expressed disappointment that this government has spent its tenure without properly addressing this key important sector of the economy where corruption, inefficiency, community conflict and sabotage have been institutionalized. In a press statement signed by its Executive Director, Auwal Ibrahim Musa said CISLAC considers this refusal to assent as a big failure Read More

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Osun indigenes in 19 northern states endorse Omisore

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

A coalition of Association of Osun State Indigenes in 19 northern states of Nigeria has adopted Senator Iyiola Omisore as governorship candidate for Saturday’s governorship election in the state. The leader of the association, Chief Abdulrasheed Olaide who led a delegate of over 50 members of the association to the National Secretariat of the Social Democratic Party(SDP) yesterday in Abuja Read More

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APC extends sale, submission of nomination forms deadline

September 10, 2018 Blueprint 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended the deadline for the sale and submission of presidential, governorship, National Assembly and House of Assembly forms to Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The previous deadline was Monday, September 10, 2018. In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, read in part: “All aspirants for the Read More

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Budget: Override presidential veto on early presentation – CSJ tells NASS

July 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has called on National Assembly (NASS) to override the presidential veto for the amendment of section 81 and 121 of the Nigerian Constitution that specified the period within which the President or Governor of a state presents the Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly or State House of Assembly and for related matters. President Muhammadu Read More

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Court orders NASS’ impeachment process against Buhari

July 7, 2018 Blueprint 0

A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state yesterday ordered the National Assembly to commence impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari. The order was made based on the suit filed by a human rights lawyer, Kanmi Ajibola, and an activist, Sulaiman Adeniyi. According to a statement received from Ajibola by our correspondent, the duo had urged the court to Read More

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nPDP grouse: In whose interest?

July 7, 2018 Blueprint 0

…We’re not bothered – Oshiomhole …Party threatens legal action The All Progressives Congress (APC) is enmeshed in crisis following the formation of the Reformed APC, by some aggrieved members of the nPDP block within the party over allegations of being sidelined and unjustified persecution of its members. Emergence of nPDP In 2013, the political ally of the Senate President, Alhaji Read More

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Fiscal autonomy to states’ judiciary, legislatures

June 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Nigeria’s democracy got a boost last week when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Fourth Alteration to the 1999 Constitution giving total financial autonomy to states’ Houses of Assembly and the judiciary in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The new law, will no doubt, give effect to the pragmatic operation of the doctrine of Read More

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How Saraki’s intervention ended JOHESU strike

June 1, 2018 Blueprint 0

The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel was reached by Nigerians and all stakeholders of the Health Sector on Thursday as the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) called off it’s six weeks strike action following the well thought out intervention of Senate President, Bukola Saraki after series of meetings with the leadership of the Joint Health Sector Union. Read More

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Elder statesmen warn: Nigeria on the precipice

May 4, 2018 Blueprint 0

Say restructuring only way out Disturbed by the multifaceted problems confronting the country, without solutions over the years, elder statesmen from across four geo-political zones declared yesterday that the “nation is on the edge of precipice, requiring national emergency.” The leaders, who made the declaration while on a courtesy visit to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said a Read More

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The desecration of democracy’s symbol

April 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

The recent snatching of the mace in the Senate was like a scene from the Nollywood. The unfolding drama appeared to be a well-thought-out plot, loaded with intrigues and executed with precision. The lightning speed with which the “theft” was carried out is such that would make any movie producer turn green with envy. Prior to that day, precisely on Read More

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MACE SNATCHING DRAMA: Court stops police, SSS from arresting Omo-Agege

April 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Wednesday’s drama in the National Assembly, leading to the stealing of mace by some hoodlums, has assumed a legal dimension. In the new twist, a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, yesterday, restrained the Nigeria Police, the State Security Service (SSS) and the Attorney-General of the Federation from arresting or threatening the alleged sponsor of the act, Senator Ovie Read More

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How Sergeant-at-Arms facilitated thugs’ entry

April 19, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ekweremadu briefs Osinbajo, says we can’t be intimidated Perpetrators must be brought to justice – Reps, APC, SAN Presidency’s attempts to truncate democracy – PDP Omo-Agege arrested Produce stolen mace in 24hrs – NASS orders IGP Fresh facts have emerged on how hoodlums, yesterday, beat the security network at the National Assembly, carting away the mace of the Senate during Read More