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Pictures: Gloomy moment for Saraki? With just 2 months left before power changes hands at NASS

April 1, 2019 Editor 0

At a dinner organised for incoming Senators at incoming senators of the 9th Assembly at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, outgoing Senate President Bukola Saraki was pictured appearing unhappy with just two months left before he hands over to an incoming Senate henchman. The situation is even more sophisticated for Saraki who couldn’t earn a re-election ticket back home in Kwara, after Read More

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9th NASS: Don’t handpick Senate President, group tells APC, others

March 28, 2019 Editor 0

The Partners for Legislative Agenda for Nigeria (PLAN), a coalition of civil society and youth groups in Nigeria, has called for more search for the Senate president from the North-East geo-political region rather than a hand-picked candidate. The body made the call at a press conference addressed by its chairman, Lord Charles Ibiang, in Abuja on Wednesday. According to PLAN, Read More

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Leadership of 9th NASS: Will Buhari have his way?

March 16, 2019 Editor 0

Recently, some All Progressives Congress lawmakers hinted that President Muhammadu Buhari and the party will play a significant role in the  leadership choice of the 9th National Assembly. TAIYE ODEWALE and JOSHUA EGBODO look at the issue vis-a-vis reactions from some lawmakers across party lines. With the excitement, joy and possibly cries that greeted the outcome of the National Assembly 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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Unveiling the face of 9th Senate

March 5, 2019 Editorial III 0

With about 98 percent of results of the National Assembly election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) already announced and numbers of Senators- elect known, the face of the coming 9th Senate has already been unveiled. Taiye Odewale writes. Awaiting Plateau south, Imo north Though out of the 109 senatorial seats across the country, two, namely Plateau South Read More

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NYCN wants Senate presidency zoned to North-east

March 4, 2019 Editor 0

National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators in the ninth Assembly to give the slot of Senate President to the Northeast. This was contained in a press statement Made available to Blueprint by itsOrganising Secretary Adamu Useni Yunusa on Monday. Yunusa, said North-eastern states of the country have contributed theirquota immensely at Read More

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Saraki’s defeat, end of age-long dynasty?

March 2, 2019 Editorial III 0

After the crushing defeat occasioned by the O to gee mantra at the presidential and national assembly elections last week, the Saraki dynasty bequeathed to the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, by his father, Olusola, appears to have collapsed like the Berlin wall as predicted. KEHINDE OSASONA in this report looks at discontents and other factors that led Read More

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S/east, N/east senators jostle for Senate presidency

February 28, 2019 Editor 0

Ahead of inauguration of the 9th Senate in June, the race for its leadership has begun in earnest among 64 senators  already declared  winners on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Also, as it was in 2015, 40 senators so far declared winners on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are already strategising on block 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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Senate steps down confirmation of EFCC, ICPC Nominees

December 11, 2018 Editor 0

The confirmation of nominees for appointment as members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been steeped down by Senate till further notice . The decision followed a complaint by some lawmakers that the nominees were not spread across the six geopolitical zones – a situation they Read More

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Resist plans to make Kwara colony of Lagos politicians-Saraki

November 29, 2018 Blueprint 0

Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has advised Kwarans to resist plots by some politicians to turn the state to a colony of Lagos politicians.   Further, Saraki cautioned them against local politicians who would readily surrender the state to their paymasters to dominate and control the way they have done in Lagos.   Instead of surrendering the soul of Kwara Read More

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Projects: South-East Govs set for showdown with FG

November 23, 2018 Editor 0

Ebonyi state Governor, David Umahi has commended the Federal government for capturing Southeast in their railway projects but insisted that South-East Governors are working for the project to be pushed to the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Umahi who said that one of the risen southeast governors visited President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday was to talk about the much adorned second Read More

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I’ll do my best to ensure Buhari goes- Atiku

November 15, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) presidential flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has vowed that come what may, President Muhammadu Buhari must go in 2019. Atiku who was addressing elders and leaders of thought in Igboland in Enugu yesterday said whether he eventually becomes president or not, he must fight to see that Buhari does not remain the president of Nigeria. “I’ll fight to the last Read More

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Saraki abandons independence celebration for Kwara PDP crisis

October 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki yesterday abandoned the 58th Independence anniversary celebration for an emergency trouble shooting trip to Ilorin, the capital of Kwara state . Saraki who as number three citizen in the country arrived Abuja on Sunday morning from Ilorin for the ceremony, rushed back to Ilorin twelve hours to the celebration. He left precisely by 9:30pm on Read More

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I’ll boost Nigeria economy if given the mandate, says Mark

September 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

Former Senate President, David Mark, has promised to place the task of running the economy in the hands of experts who truly know how to turn it around if elected as the President of the nation. Mark stated this in Lokoja On Tuesday shortly after he met with Kogi state delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in continuation of Read More

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I feel at home, Saraki tells PDP NEC

August 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has described his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party as a home-coming, saying “it’s good to be back.” Saraki, who stormed the national secretariat of the party along with former Kano state Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom and other top party faithful, said “As I Read More

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Saraki: Group cautions against tactless comments

July 30, 2018 Blueprint 0

A socio-political organization in Kwara state Kwara Agenda- has alerted the people of the state to be wary of those it described as ‘political spent who have been agitating against Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The group was reacting to insinuations in some quarters that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, sponsored recent defections in the National Assembly.. Speaking with journalists Read More

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Has the tsunami hit APC?

July 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

A gale of defections hits the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as some members of the National Assembly dump the party mainly for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Patrick Andrew examines the issues behind the defection. Delayed expectation Tuesday, the 24th of July seems like every other normal day for most Nigerians. Not so the leadership of the National Read More

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Negative outcome of fight against Saraki

July 10, 2018 Blueprint 0

With his emergence as the President of the Senate in June 2018, Senator Bukola Saraki stirred up a hornets’ nest among the political cabal, who saw his emergence as an affront and a challenge to their political dominance and supremacy. Observers had said his emergence betrayed all political logic and permutations of the political cabal, it was an unforeseen masterstroke Read More

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Plateau violence: Troops parade 17 suspected killers

June 28, 2018 Blueprint 0

Seventeen persons suspected to be involved in the recent carnage that occurred in some parts of Plateau state, were yesterday paraded by Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) of the Nigerian Army. Violence broke out in some parts of the state on Saturday, leading to the death of about 100 persons, believed to have been killed by suspected herdsmen. The arrests came Read More

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Saraki, Ahmed to grace book launch on Kwara at 50

April 20, 2018 Blueprint 0

Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Kwara state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, are among eminent Nigerians billed to grace the presentation and launch of a book in commemoration of Kwara’s 50th anniversary next week. According to a statement by the Editor, Dr Abdulwaheed Musa, the book launch will hold on Tuesday, 24 April 24, 2018, in Ilorin. Vice-chancellor of Kwara Read More