2023: More PDP governors, others to join APC soon — Yahaya Bello

April 15, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Kogi state governor and Chairman of the Contact and Mobilization Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has revealed that in the coming weeks, more governors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other known political heavyweights will be decamping to the ruling party. The decamping of the opposition gladiators to the APC is part of Read More

AESID to Police, DSS: Mop up illegal arms in circulation in Ebonyi

April 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called on all the security agencies to urgently mop up all the illegal arms and ammunition in the hands of unauthorised persons, especially political thugs in the state. The association revealed that it has gotten information on how some top politicians have shared illegal weapons for some political thugs to Read More

2023: Media organisations mull interparty soccer tournament in A/Ibom

April 8, 2021 Uko Etim 0

As 2023 general election gathers tempo, Media organisations led by the Cradle TV an affiliate station to Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Akwa Ibom state and other media outlets have proposed an Interparty soccer competition. The competition is tagged: “Inter Political Party Peace Football Competition (IPPPFC).” In a consultative visit to the acting state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Read More

No one can bring down Buhari’s administration – Presidency

March 26, 2021 Editorial III 0

The Presidency has lamented alleged exploitation of the security crisis of the country by opposition elements to ‘blackmail’ the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, saying the government would not be distracted. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, speaking Friday on the Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, suggested that opposition elements were using insecurity to Read More

Can Nigeria survive the storm

March 24, 2021 Blueprint 0

On October 1, 2021, Nigeria will be 61 years old as an independent nation; the journey has been very tough. Nigeria transformed from a centralized and regionally structured country to a 36-state and the Federal Capital Territory nation with advances in politics, economic, social coexistence and all other sectors. Nigeria’s current population is estimated at 210 million that is diverse, Read More

Anambra gov poll: De-registered parties won’t participate – INEC

March 19, 2021 Samson Benjamin 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that the 74 de-registered political parties “will not participate in the Anambra state governorship election” slated for November 6. According to the Commission, it will continue to recognise and deal with only the 18 registered political parties pending the final resolution and determination of the various appeals filed and pending before the Read More

Religion as a political tool

March 18, 2021 Blueprint 0

The growing importance of religion as a marker of identity and a tool of political mobilization is reshaping the political landscape in an unprecedented manner in Nigeria. Some politicians are using religion as a weapon for political gain. They are using the media, especially the social media, to brainwash the public through the usage of different faiths in order to Read More

NDI advocates law reforms for women to participate in politics

March 17, 2021 Adeola Tukuru 0

The National Democratic Institute (NDI) Lead, SAGE programme, Annabel Ugwoke, has called on the need to address barriers for women’s political participation by advocating for reforms of Nigeria’s laws and political parties procedures and policies. She made the call at a news conference in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), with support from U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) Read More

Our current challenges predate Buhari administration – Utomi

March 12, 2021 Blueprint 0

Political economist and All Progressives Congress (APC) member, Prof. Pat Utomi, says Nigeria’s electoral process is fatally flawed and can at best only produce ‘criminals’ as leaders. Utomi, who was featured on AIT’s live interview, monitored by PATRICK ANDREW on Tuesday, also thinks the country is fast sliding into anarchy. Excerpts…. What would be your initial assessment of the state Read More

2023: EVM ‘ll require voter presence at polling unit – INEC

March 11, 2021 Oyibo Salihu 0

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the build up to off-season and 2023 general elections would include the introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) which must require voters’ presence at the polling units. According to the commission, in the new arrangement, “All polling units will have a lower threshold of 750 voters and an upper threshold of 1000.” Read More

Implications of China high-quality development for global prosperity

March 10, 2021 Charles Onunaiju 0

China’s most important annual political event, the convocation of the National Committee of Chinese People’s political consultative conference (CPPCC) and the National People’s Congress, (NPC) otherwise known as the “Two sessions” would wrap up in Beijing this week. The CPPCC is a top advisory body with a broad representation of all social strata, including ethnic nationalities, democratic political parties, and Read More

2023: Opposition parties, stakeholders inaugurate merger c’mtt against APC

March 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, opposition political groups and some other stakeholders have regrouped under the aegis of National Consultative Front (NCF) purposely to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The group has, however inaugurated a merger committee to negotiate a possible merger with an existing political parties across the country. The group said it will mobilise massive Read More

True federalism and labour issues, by Salihu Moh. Lukman

March 7, 2021 Salihu Moh. Lukman 0

After its March 2, 2021 National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced that ‘should the need arise, it has empowered the National Administrative Council (NAC) to declare and enforce a national strike action especially if the legislators continue on ruinous path of moving the National Minimum wage from the Exclusive to the Concurrent Legislative List.’ In addition, Read More

2023: It’s time for Igbo to lead Nigeria – Alex Otti

March 6, 2021 Editor 0

Dr. Alex Otti is an accomplished entrepreneur, philanthropist and economic guru. In this interview, Dr. Otti who was twice the governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia state, speaks on 2023 presidential moves, his political interest, among other issues. Excerpts: What’s your reaction to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ’s order to banks and other financial institutions Read More

Igbo ‘ve nothing against Buhari – Okoloagu

February 18, 2021 Chuks Nweze 0

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), and Board of Trustee (BoT) member, General Jude O. Okoloagu (rtd) has said the people of South-east have nothing against President Muhammudu Buhari and the ruling party. Okoloagu, who stated this Wednesday when he revalidated his membership of the party in his country home, Ukehe, Igbo-Etiti local government area of Enugu state, said Read More

LGs election: ‘N250,000, N100,000 nomination forms unconstitutional’

February 18, 2021 Bayo Agboola 0

Oyo state chapter of the Socialist Party of Nigeria, (SPN) Wednesday warned against the fixing payment for nomination fees by the Oyo state Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) for all candidates contesting the May 15 local government election in the state. SPN, in a statement issued by its Oyo state Secretary, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun quoted OYSIEC as asking every prospective candidate Read More

Buhari won’t approve Fani-Kayode’s membership of APC, PGF boss warns

February 9, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Salihu Moh. Lukman, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will not approve the possibility of a former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode joining the ruling party. Lukman cautioned that such consideration will be stretching the trust of party members beyond acceptable limits. Fani-Kayode was Read More

South-east deserves to produce president in 2023 – Group

February 8, 2021 Okechukwu Onuegbu 0

The National Forum for South East Presidency (NFSEP), a coalition advocating for emergence of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023, has urged other geo-political zones to support the project in order to help the region erase the memory of civil war and feeling of marginalisation. NFSEP, while also appealing to all political parties to field Southeasterners as candidates Read More

Registration: APC to dominate Nigeria’s political space with 100 million members – Lawan

February 6, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is targeted at making over one hundred million Nigerians members of the ruling party.  He said the exercise was conceived to further democratise the party ahead of the 2023 general elections and also reposition the APC to dominate the country’s Read More

2023: No plan to field Jonathan for presidency- APC

February 3, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has ruled out rumoured plans to field former President Goodluck Jonathan as its candidate in the 2023 presidential election. There were reports last week that some Northern governors were working hard to ensure that the former president gets the APC ticket. The party clarified that such story was not on its table but just the Read More

APC mourns Prince Tony Momoh

February 1, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The All Progressives Congress (APC) sad its deeply saddened by the death of the former National Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the legacy political parties that metamorphosed into the governing APC. The party described late Momoh as a distinguished journalist, lawyer, the Yerima of Auchi, politician, publicist, author, the former Minister of Information and Culture, Read More

Kwara 2023: Gladiators square up as governor faces hurdles

January 22, 2021 Blueprint 0

Despite land mark victory over the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections the Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Party (APC) have failed to capitalise on the gains of the Otooge movement as key players are set against one another. In this report, KEHINDE OSASONA examines the intrigues, conspiracy, and battles ahead of APC and Read More

2023: Ex-CPC state chairmen back power shift to south

January 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Ahead of 2023 general elections, former state chairmen of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) have met in Abuja and floated another political movement known as New Nigeria Movement (NNM), even as they support a shift of power to the South. CPC was among three major political parties that merged to form the APC in 2013. The new group Read More