Orji Kalu: Most suitable for Senate President

March 31, 2023 Musa Wada 0

He is unassuming, urbane and highly productive. His mien anywhere he goes is writ-paste as it bears his traditional sartorial elegance.Yet, he is characteristically unobstrusive. His gait and speech mannerism combine to paint a composite picture of a rare politician who aggregates the benefits of the social contract between the government and the governed. He has consistently proved that public Read More

Senate presidency: The Jibrin Barau challenge

March 24, 2023 TAIYE ODEWALE 0

Three days ago, the race for the Presidency of the 10th Senate got hotter with the declaration of Senator Barau Jibrin (APC, Kano North) for the plum job. TAIYE ODEWALE in this piece examines his aspiration against those of the other contenders. The 10th Senate As periodically provided for by the relevant provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the Read More

Breaking: Senate postpones plenary resumption 

March 13, 2023 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

Ahead of Gubernatorial and State Houses of Assembly elections, rescheduled for Saturday March 18 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Senate has postponed resumption of its plenary earlier scheduled for Tuesday March 14, 2023 to Tuesday March 21, 2023. The elections were earlier scheduled for Saturday March 11, 2023 by INEC but postponed by one week due to Read More

[Breaking] APC Yobe North: Machina floors Senate President Lawan at Appeal Court 

November 28, 2022 Kehinde Osasona 0

The Court of Appeal Abuja Division, Monday, affirmed Bashir Machina as the authentic All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Yobe North. The verdict was delivered by a 3-man panel presided over by President, Court of  Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem. In the appeal, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, challenged the decision of Justice Fadimatu Aminu of the Federal High Court Read More

Breaking: Lawan bows, accepts Machina as APC Yobe North senatorial candidate

September 29, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

Ahead of 2023 general election, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, has accepted the judgment of a Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State. The court on Wednesday, affirmed Bashir Machina as the authentic candidate of the All progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe North Senatorial District. Machina had approached the Federal High Court seeking an order to compel the Independent Read More

Breaking: Court affirms Machina as APC’s Yobe North senatorial candidate

September 28, 2022 Yusuf A Yusuf, Damaturu 0

The Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe state capital on Wednesday declared Bashir Sheriff Machina as the All Progressives Congress (APC) authentic senatorial candidate for Yobe North in the coming 2023 National Assembly elections. Following the judgement, the court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept and publish his name accordingly. The declaration was made by presiding Read More

2023: Senate President’s rival debunks withdrawal from senatorial race

September 5, 2022 Rosemary Moribirin 0

The Yobe state Senatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Bashir Machina, has debunked notice of withdrawal from the senatorial race. A letter obtained by Blueprint, allegedly written by Machina and addressed to the APC National Chairman reads in part, “I write to notify you of my resignation from the All Progressive Congress and my withdrawal from the Yobe North Read More

Senator washes hands off impeachment plots against Buhari, Lawan

July 30, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Chairman Senate Committee on information and National Orientation, Senator Danladi Sankara (APC Jigawa North West), has dissociated himself from alleged plot by some senators to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari and possibly the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan. In a statement in Abuja Saturday Senator Sankara refuted an online news linking him to the alleged plots, saying “at no Read More

Breaking: Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, receives N100m form, joins presidential race

May 9, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The widely rumoured Presidential aspiration of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, turned to reality Monday when he received the All Progressives Congress ( APC) N100million nomination form from the National Stability Project at the Senate Guest House, Maitama. The group led by Chief Sam Nkire said they bought the form for the Senate President being a stabiliser Nigeria needed at Read More

Breaking: Pandemonium as explosion rocks Senate President’s home town, 1 dead, 6 injured

April 25, 2022 Yusuf .A. Yusuf, Damaturu 0

Resisdents of Gashua in Bade local government area of Yobe state are now living in fear after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) triggered explosion hit the community Sunday night. Already, one person has been confirmed dead while six others in a specialist hospital are injured. The incident according to Blueprint findings occurred at a popular area known as Abasha Gidan Read More

David Mark greets Ortom @ 61

April 23, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has congratulated Benue state Governor Dr Samuel Ortom on his 61st birthday. Senator Mark in his goodwill message to the governor on Saturday, urged him to sustain the peace and unity of the people of the state. He praised Ortom’s indomitable spirit in defense of the state so far and told him Read More

Senate President bags Magayaki chieftaincy title in Kwara

March 19, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Kaiama Emirate Council in Kwara State will on Sunday honour the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan with a chieftaincy title. In a statement released in Abuja, Saturday, Lawan will be turbaned as Magayaki of Kaiama Emirate, which means the lead warrior that ensures the Emirate is protected, survives and progresses. The title as explained in the statement by Read More

[Breaking] Electoral Act: Senate ignores court order, proceeds on amendment

March 8, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Senate Tuesday ignored ruling of a federal high court in Abuja , purportedly stopping it from amending the 2022 Electoral Act as requested for, by President Muhammadu Buhari . President Buhari had penultimate Friday before signing the 2022 Electoral Bill into law , urged the National Assembly to expunge section 84(12) of the Act which requires appointive political office Read More

2023: Anyim can be entrusted with higher responsibilities – Buhari, Jonathan

February 19, 2022 Abdulrahman Zakariyau, Abuja 0

The ambition of a Presidential aspirant and former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) received a boost as President Muhammadu Buhari and immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, said he can be entrusted with higher responsibilities. In their separate remarks Saturday at an event in Abuja to honour Anyim on the occasion Read More

Breaking: FG bows, shelves planned fuel subsidy removal

January 24, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The federal government Monday halted its proposed plan of subsidy removal from pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly known as fuel in July 2022. Postponement of the plan as declared by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed and President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, at an emergency stakeholders’ meeting held at the National Read More

Breaking: Senate bows, approves direct, indirect primaries for political parties, passes amended Electoral bill

January 19, 2022 Taiye Odewale, Abuja 0

The Senate Wednesday concurred to observations raised by President Muhammadu Buhari on why he refused assent to the 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021, by rescinding mandatory direct primaries imposed on political parties for nomination of candidates. The upper legislative chamber had in collaboration with the House of Representatives in November 2021 as contained in clause 87(2), made direct primaries Read More

Nguru market: Senate President sympathises with victims of fire incident, demands probe

January 8, 2022 Taiye Odewale 0

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commiserated with the victims of the fire outbreak at the Central Market in Nguru, Yobe state. Lawan sympathised with those whose shops, stalls and warehouses got burnt or lost materials in the unfortunate incident which occurred on Saturday morning. “I commiserate with the people of Nguru and in particular those who are Read More

Kano APC: CSO passes vote of confidence on Senator Jibrin

December 18, 2021 Ahmid Lawal 0

 A coalition of non-for-profit organisation, Civil Society Groups for Transparency and Accountability (CSGTA), has expressed confidence in the chairman of the Senate committee on appropriation, Senator Barau Jibrin, for his exemplary leadership for Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  Expressing solidarity and support for Jibrin, the group also condemned the politically-motivated campaign of calumny against the Senator Read More

Breaking: Former Senate President, Joseph Wayas, is dead

December 2, 2021 Joseph Obung, Calabar 0

The Second Republic Senate President, Dr Joseph Wayas, has died in a London hospital. The Chief Press Secretary and Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state, Mr Christian Ita, who made this known in a press statement said Dr Wayas died in the early hours of Tuesday. The statement, made available to Blueprint Read More

Lawan, Omo – Agege greet Jonathan @64

November 20, 2021 Taiye Odewale 0

Both the President and Deputy President of the Senate , Senators Ahmad Lawan and Ovie Omo – Agege respectively have felicitated with former President Goodluck Jonathan on his 64 birthday anniversary. The two presiding officers of the Senate expressed their felicitations to the former President through separate statements issued on Saturday and signed by their media minders. Lawan in his Read More

Charting economic path for South-east, the SECCIMA initiative

October 31, 2021 Administrator 0

The South-east needs economic rejuvenation to come out of its present state. CHUKS NWEZE writes on how this can be achieved. Before the recent agitations for self rule took the centre stage, Nigeria had been bedevilled with crisis in the Niger Delta occasioned by outright neglect. Also, insurgents in the North-east have been resisting western-styled education. While Nigeria was trying Read More