Breaking: Yahaya Bello is Kogi governor, Appeal Court affirms

July 4, 2020 Editor 0

The Appeal Court in Abuja has affirmed the election of Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello. Unanimously, the five-man panel led by Justice Adamu Jauro, in separate judgments on Saturday, dismissed four appeals filled by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and three other political parties for lacking in merit. Details loading…

INEC has power to de-register parties, court again rules

June 5, 2020 Kehinde Osasona 0

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had the power to de-register political parties. In a judgement on Friday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo said INEC was empowered under the Constitution to de-register political parties that failed to meet provisions of Section 225(a) of the Constitution. The judgement was response to suit by Hope Read More

PDP sweeps Benue LG polls

May 31, 2020 John Shiaondo 0

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won all the electoral positions contested in the local government council polls held on May 30 in Benue. The elections were conducted in 23 local government councils across 276 council wards of the state. The elections, which were adjudged by a team of election observers led by Ibrahim Sheka from Kano, was remarkable in Read More

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Borno LG polls hold June 13

March 9, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIEC) has announced Saturday, June 13, 2020 for election of chairmen and ward councillors across the 27 local government areas of the state. The Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, said in a statement released Monday, that the state government was committed to release all necessary funds to the BOSIEC Read More

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ANP chairman tasks Nigerians on nation building

March 5, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Alliance National Party (ANP) national chairman, Asiwaju Mashood Shittu, has called on the Nigerian populace who devote time and energy to listen to radio and Tv enlightenment and educative Programmes to use such avenues to positively contribute to nation building. The chairman said they should take advantage of the sensitisation programmes on security, infrastructural development, healthcare delivery, women empowerment Read More

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5 de-registered parties set to join SDP

March 2, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Prof Tunde Adeniran led Social Democratic Party (SDP) has disclosed that five among the 74 de-registered political parties  has approached to join the party to continue in their quest to participate in the nation’s democratic process. Chief of Staff to the National Chairman, Ambassador Rufus Aiyenigba in a statement on Sunday said the affected parties have already commenced talks Read More

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5 de-registered parties in talks with SDP

March 1, 2020 Editorial IV 0

  The Professor Tunde Adeniran-led Social Democratic Party (SDP) has said five among the 74 de-registered political parties had approached it to join and continue their quest to participate in the nation’s democratic process. Chief of staff to the national chairman, Ambassador Rufus Aiyenigba, in a statement Sunday said the affected parties had already commenced talks with the party in the expression of their willingness to collapse Read More

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Adamawa r-PDP begins membership registration today

February 27, 2020 Editorial III 0

The Reformed Peoples Democratic Party, (r-PDP) will today commence registration of new members, barely days following its emergence. This was disclosed Wednesday by its interim chairman, Alhaji Jauro Gerie, who said the registration would further boost its membership strength and ensure it takes total control of the party structure in the state. Gerie added that 90 percent of aggrieved PDP Read More

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IPAC gets interim committee…lead

February 26, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has constituted an Interim Management Committee to run its affairs. The interim committee is sequel to the deregistration of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This was disclosed Wednesday by the Interim Committee chairman, Leonard Nzenwa, in Abuja. According to him, the committee became imperative because it cannot afford to be Read More

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Coalition urges de-registered parties to re-strategise

February 21, 2020 Editorial III 0

A coalition of 18 political parties under the auspices of Coalition of Progressive Political Parties (COP3) have urged recently deregistered political parties not to waste time on litigation against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) but to come together and strategize on how to strengthen the nation’s democracy and politics. The coalition in a communique issued at the end of Read More

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Party deregistration: FCT IPAC commends judiciary for restraining INEC

February 20, 2020 Editorial III 0

The state secretary, Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), and FCT chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP), Abe Fisayo Makanjuola, has commended the ruling of the Federal High Court, Abuja restraining the Independence Electoral Commission (INEC) from deregistering 31 political parties. Fisayo Makanjuola said  members were excited that the court sitting in Abuja ordered INEC, led by its national chairman, Mamhood Read More

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INEC party deregistration and ANP’s standard

February 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The United States of America whose concept, style and pattern of democracy we are practising never had incessant deregistration of political parties, how come Nigeria’s case is different? This is the question Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, class and religion, are asking the apex electoral body in the country over its recent deregistration of 74 political parties. In reality, majority of the Read More

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Injunction barring INEC on de-registration, triumph of freedom of association – IPAC

February 18, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The president of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), High Chief Peter Ameh, has described Monday’s Federal High Court interlocutory injunction granted to the 31 political parties as triumph of citizens’ rights to freedom of association. The 31parties had last May challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the Federal High Court Abuja, praying the court to stop INEC from de-registering the Read More

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Okorie flays INEC, says it’s out to destroy democracy

February 17, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The United Progressive Party (UPP) national chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, has flayed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for deregiatration of 74 political parties in Nigeria, saying that INEC misfired by deregistering 74 political parties and retaining 18 others. According to Chief Okorie the action of INEC could derail democracy and thus turn back the hand of the clock. “I Read More

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Breaking: Court stops INEC from deregistering 31 political parties

February 17, 2020 Editor 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been barred by the Federal High Court from deregistering 31 political parties. Justice Anwuli Chikere, in her ruling, said having failed to counter the application by the applicants, the affected political parties had the legal right which must be protected. In an interlocutory motion with suit number: FHC//ABJ/ CS/444/19 between Advanced Congress of Read More

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INEC’s hammer on political parties and matters arising

February 15, 2020 Editorial III 0

The chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, recently announced the de-registration of 74 out of the 91 parties in the country. The development triggered debates and even legal challenge against the Commission. KEHINDE OSASONA takes a look at the issues at stake. Throwback Before now, Nigeria had a total of 92 political parties registered under INEC. The Read More

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APC chieftain urges INEC to deregister more political parties

February 10, 2020 Editorial IV 0

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress Mr Nwachukwu Eze has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to de-register more political parties in order to sanitise Nigeria’s electoral system. Mr Eze, who is the chairman of Ebonyi chapter of the party, said Monday in Abakaliki, that the de-registration process should continue until the country has a maximum of six political parties to 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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Nigeria must not drift towards one-party state- Wike

January 29, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Rivers state governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said  Nigeria should nor drift towards a one-party state and  being members of different political parties should not deny the country the much needed development.  He said all political parties need to exist for the people to explore all alternatives.  He spoke  Tuesday during a courtesy visit by the new leadership of Read More

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IPAC tasks political parties on capacity building

January 24, 2020 Editorial III 0

Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC), FCT chapter has advised political parties to organise capacity building for the six  area councils across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. The newly elected FCT state chairman of IPAC, Honourable Waziri Sambo, stated this while speaking to Blueprint in Abuja on the outcome of IPAC election held Wednesday  22, January 2020, in Read More

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Anambra: APC talks tough as Uzodinma gets Certificate of Return

January 15, 2020 Editorial IV 0

The Anambra State Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has congratulated Sen. Hope Uzodimma, the party’s candidate on March 9, 2019 governorship election in Imo state, for emerging victorious at the Supreme Court.The congratulatory message came same day Uzodinma received Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC). The state chairman of the party, Chief Basil Ejidike, Read More

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SDP’s Dogara is Plateau state IPAC chairman

December 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

The new elected chairman of the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Platrau state, Hon Abubakar Dogara, has assured members of credible leadership. Dogara, who is also the state chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), said in press statement, Thursday, that the state chapter of IPAC, would soon implement programmes that would make it be “best among equals,” in Read More

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Kogi: Concerns over political conflicts in ‘confluence state’

November 12, 2019 Editorial IV 0

Despite the peace accord signed in Lokoja by the political parties in the upcoming governor ship election in Kogi state this weekend, peace appears far from reality. OYIBO SALIHU in this report writes on the concerted effort put in place by a non governmental organisations and stakeholders for a free poll. Despite concerted  efforts made by non governmental organisations, religious Read More

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Lawmakers’ move to prune down political parties divides Nigerian lawyers

October 28, 2019 Editorial III 0

If the recommendation of the Senator Kabiru Gaya-led Committee sails through, then about 85 alleged ‘failed parties’ out of the 92 political parties in the country will be de-registered by NASS before 2023. This survey however finds that lawyers are not agreed on the on-going plans to deregister political parties in Nigeria, KEHINDE OSASONA writes. NASS moves unconstitutional, breach of Read More