How political interference keeps hurting Africa’s universities

September 21, 2022 Blueprint 0

Political interference in Africa’s universities is not new. Universities’ governance was seen as ‘captured’ for narrow political rather than academic ends during the 1980s and 1990s. Politics shaped everything: patterns of student access, curriculum content and teaching methods. Vice-chancellors’ political affiliations mattered far more than their academic standing or vision. The continent’s universities started changing from the middle of the Read More

On the London meetings

August 30, 2022 Blueprint 0

As the 2023 general elections draw closer, Nigerian politicians have turned London as their strategic venue or destination where they meet and reconcile their political feud or perfect their plans. Last week, at the instance of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, who fell apart with his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) top political gladiators including former President Olusegun Read More

The unhealthy variables in Benue politics

July 31, 2022 Blueprint 0

Participatory democracy in Nigeria produces universally acknowledged outcomes. It gets people into elective public offices such as the presidency, governorship, senate, House of Representatives, houses of assembly, chairmanship and counselorship. The methodology for achieving those outcomes, however, has a distinctive Nigerian flavour. For instance, while in advanced democracies the pursuit of political power is anchored on a contestant’s antecedents and Read More

The task before party delegates

May 24, 2022 Blueprint 0

Nigerians are now just sitting and holding their cheeks as the major two political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democrasti Party, PDP, hold their various primary election this weekend to elect their flags bearers in next year’s general elections. The issue is one that has left many people in doubt as to the ability of Read More

IPAC’s demand for shift in 2023 election timetable retrogressive, CTA backs INEC

May 16, 2022 Bode Olagoke 0

The Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has expressed surprise over the request to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a shift in the 2023 election timetable by the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), describing the move as retrogressive. While expressing support for INEC, the election monitoring body, however, called on the political parties to heed to the guidelines under Read More

2023: Play the game according to rules, INEC tells parties

April 7, 2022 Bayo Agboola 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has tasked registered political parties in Nigeria on playing the game according to the rules of engagement. The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo state, Barrister Mutiu Agboke said this when he led top INEC team to the Alarere residence of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun on a courtesy visit. Barrister Read More

Kwara agency assures political parties of fairness

February 4, 2022 Umar Bayo Abdulwahab 0

The Kwara State Signage and Advertisement Agency (KWASAA) Friday gave the assurance that it would be fair to politicians and political parties during the 2023 electioneering process in the state. Its director-general, Olorunshola Omotayo, gave the assurance while featuring on Oyato, a vernacular radio discussion programme monitored in Ilorin. Reacting to an allegation by a caller, Omotayo said the governor, Read More

Anambra: All set for stakeholders, peace accord parleys – INEC

November 2, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has stated that all is set for Wednesday’s stakeholders meeting and signing of peace accord Thursday by all the candidates of the 18 political parties standing for the Anambra state governorship election. Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, who stated this Tuesday in a statement noted that Bishop Hassan Kukah, one Read More

ADP ‘ll rescue Anambra from APGA’s bondage -Yabagi Sani

November 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

National chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) Engr Yabagi Yusuf Sani, has said his party has prepared a blueprint that will rescue Anambra state from what he described as bondage of the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and other political parties. Sani also expressed confidence that his party will emerged victorious in the forthcoming governorship election. Speaking at Read More

ADP ‘ll rescue Anambra from APGA’s bondage – Yabagi Sani

November 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

National chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) Engr. Yabagi Yusuf Sani, has said his party has prepared a blueprint that will rescue Anambra state from what he described as ‘bondage imposed by the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and other political parties. Sani also expressed confidence that his party will emerged victorious in the forthcoming governorship election. Speaking Read More

$4m bribe: CUPP urges parties to focus on campaign, leave INEC alone

October 22, 2021 Lekan Shehinde 0

Following allegation of $4 million bribe against officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Coalition of Political Parties (CUPP) has called on political to focus on campaigns and leave frivolous allegations against the commission. Urging security agencies to be on top of their game, the CUPP said that it has concluded after thorough investigation that the allegations are false and Read More

Govs swearing in LGC chairs unconstitutional – Ex-minister

October 22, 2021 Muhammad Tanko 0

A former Minister of Information and Communications, Dasuki Salihu Nakande, has said that governors are swearing in elected local government councils’ chairmen “is unconstitutional.” According to him, the local governments as an independent tie of the government are not supposed to be under the control of a governor. Nakande stated this while featuring on a Unity FM Jos local radio Read More

Tussle, Tussle, everywhere

October 21, 2021 Victoria Ngozi Ikeano 0

Nigerians are no strangers to tussles as we witness big and small tussles of various kinds every day. They range from family squabbles to community/ state tussles to even national fights. Nigerians themselves do not seem to agree on anything as we argue over virtually everything. Legislators at state assemblies and the national assembly itself sometimes engage in shouting matches. Read More

2023: 12 presidential aspirants to join ADC – National chairman

October 20, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The national chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Hon. Ralph Nwosu, has revealed that about twelve presidential candidates of different political parties have agreed to join his party, adding that Nigerian youth have agreed to adopt the party come 2023 general elections. Speaking at the national secretariat of ADC Wednesday in Abuja, when he officially received former Presidential candidate Read More

Internal democracy: PGF boss calls for new orientation in management of political parties

October 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, has called for a new orientation in the management of political parties to address issues of membership recruitment and management, party funding and administration. Lukman, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said unless these issues are addressed Nigerians will continue to experience all the familiar Read More

Supreme Court didn’t nullify my chairmanship – Jude Okeke

October 14, 2021 Lekan Shehinde 0

The Jude Okeke-led All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Thursday reacted to the Supreme Court judgment, which declared that Charles Soludo is the candidate of the party for Anambra state governorship election. Okeke said the Supreme Court didn’t nullify his chairmanship. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Ikechukwu Chukwunyere, Okeke boasted that he’s still APGA National Chairman. The Read More

Adopt e-transmition of results in Anambra election, ADP urges INEC

October 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The national leadership of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state. The opposition party also expressed support for the Senate on the direct primaries decision by all the political parties. Speaking Thursday at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, during Read More

2023: APC backs Senate’s decision on direct primaries

October 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed support for Senate amendments to the Electoral Act which mandates political parties to elect their candidates through direct primaries mode. In a statement signed Wednesday in Abuja, by the APC’s acti g national secretary John James Akpanudoedehe, asked Nigerians to ignore the the soundbites from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which vehemently Read More

Rotational presidency: Here comes another merry-go round

October 6, 2021 Zainab Suleiman Okino 0

In 2007 and 2011, Nigeria was practically on the edge of the precipice, due to intense wrangling over zoning of the presidency. While that of 2007 was swiftly nipped in the bud, when then President Olusegun Obasanjo hand-picked late President Umaru Yar’adua as a successor, that of 2011 lingered on and caused some frictions in the then ruling Peoples Democratic Read More

2023 presidency: SaMBA kicks against northern govs’ position

September 30, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

The Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance (SaMBA), has kicked against the position taken by the northern governors on 2023 presidency, saying retaining power in the north, would engender the unity of the country . Northern governors had after their meeting in Kaduna on Monday, kicked against their Southern counterpart over power shift to the South in 2023. The governors in a Read More

APC Convention: PGF boss sets agenda for incoming National Working Committee

September 29, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a chieftain of the party and the Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PFG) Salihu Moh Lukman, has emphasized the importance of electronic membership registration by the incoming National Working Committee (NWC). Lukman also explained other measures he thinks should be implemented to make the APC function Read More

2023: Engaging men for gender-sensitive constitutional reform

September 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

The advocacy for a gender-sensitive constitution is at its peak with the ongoing amendment of the 1999 constitution, even as activists continue to engage male allies to influence gender-sensitive constitution alterations. ENE OSHABA writes. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) is considered in many quarters as unfavourable to women as it suggest a male dominated Read More

South-south presidency best for Nigeria – Group

September 17, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

An advocacy group, South South Presidency 2023 (SSP23), has said the country would fare better if the presidency was returned to the South-south. In a communiqué made available to our reporter in Calabar, after a brainstorming meeting of delegates which held in Asaba, Delta state, SSP23 re-affirmed its stand on the emergence of a president of South-south extraction. It warned Read More