Ben Ezeamalu

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President Jonathan at PDP Rally in Ibadan

We are not party to President Jonathan’s endorsement – Afenifere group

The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, has condemned the use of its insignia to support President Goodluck Jonathan's re-election bid, adding that it is not a party to the endorsement. In a statement in Lagos Wednesday, the group said that the use of 'Afenifere' to promote Mr.…

FILE PHOTO: Bode George being interviewed at recent PDP convention .... Photo Credit: Chima Onwe

Lagos will never become Bode George, Ogunlewe’s ‘feeding bottle’ – Lagos APC

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the state would never fall into the hands of the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, and it's gubernatorial candidate, Jimi Agbaje. In a statement, Tuesday, the Lagos APC said that the "shallow rooted" dream of Mr. Agbaje and…

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Live Blog: Political Campaigns and the Looming Tsunami of Poverty – A Symposium

As the 2015 general elections draw nearer, the Academics Stand Against Poverty, ASAP, an association of academics across the globe, is holding a symposium to address the issues of campaign funding in political parties and its link with corruption. The inaugural discourse, themed 'Political Campaigns and the Looming Tsunami of…

Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

Nigerians criticize their nation even when unnecessary – Aviation Minister

Nigeria’s Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka, has described Nigerians as fastidious people with a tendency to criticize their nation even when unnecessary. Speaking at the 44th Convocation Lecture of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, over the weekend, Mr. Chidoka said that such attitude, though seemingly wrong had, however, helped spur the…

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ASAP, PREMIUM TIMES to hold symposium on political campaign funding, poverty

As the 2015 general elections draw nearer, the Academics Stand Against Poverty, ASAP, an association of academics across the globe is organizing a symposium to address issues of campaign funding in political parties and its link with corruption. The inaugural symposium themed 'Political Campaigns and the Looming Tsunami of Poverty'…

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Afenifere group wants Buhari to restructure polity

The Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, a Yoruba sociopolitical group, has demanded a public commitment to restructuring of Nigeria’s governance structure from the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari. The demand was made Thursday at a public lecture organized by the group in Abeokuta. In his brief…

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APC accuses NCC, telecom companies of blocking campaign funding initiative

An initiative by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to raise campaign funds using SMS, ringtones, and scratch cards is being scuttled by the National Communications Commission, NCC, the party alleged Wednesday. At a press conference organized by the party, the APC said that the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP-led federal government…

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APC accuses NCC, telecom companies of blocking campaign funding initiative

An initiative by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to raise campaign funds using SMS, ringtones, and scratch cards is being scuttled by the National Communications Commission, NCC, the party alleged Wednesday.  At a press conference organized by the party, the APC said that the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP-led federal government…

Festus Keyamo

Silverbird TV cites ‘hitches’ after programme criticizing Jonathan ends abruptly

A Lagos based Television station, Silverbird TV, has attributed Wednesday's abrupt end of their breakfast programme, Today on STV, on "technical hitches." A lawyer, Festus Keyamo, appearing on the programme was taking a swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan's administration when the programme went off midway. Mr. Keyamo, who was speaking…

Goodluck Jonathan campaign for his reelection in Katsina

Security agents fire tear gas as thugs stone President Jonathan’s convoy in Katsina

Security agents attached to President Goodluck Jonathan had a frantic time dispersing a surging crowd of political thugs attempting to attack President Goodluck Jonathan's convoy Tuesday in Katsina. The broom-wielding thugs pelted Mr. Jonathan's convoy with stones and chanted 'Sai Buhari' as they struggled to get within touching distance of…

President Goodluck Jonathan at a Presidential rally

Security agents fire tear gas as thugs stone President Jonathan’s convoy in Katsina

Security agents attached to President Goodluck Jonathan had a frantic time dispersing a surging crowd of political thugs attempting to attack President Goodluck Jonathan's convoy Tuesday in Katsina. The broom-wielding thugs pelted Mr. Jonathan's convoy with stones and chanted 'Sai Buhari' as they struggled to get within touching distance of…

Prof Wole Soyinka

Soyinka denies endorsing any presidential candidate; hails Abuja peace accord

Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has commended the peace undertaking signed by major political parties and their candidates ahead of next month's general elections. He however denied endorsing any presidential or governorship candidate for the February elections. In a statement Thursday, Mr. Soyinka described the move, in which parties agreed to…

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Lagos APC, PDP disagree over scrapping of LASTMA, KAI, LAWMA

A Jimi Agbaje-led Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State would embark on mass retrenchment of civil servants in the state, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state has said. In a statement issued in Lagos, Sunday, the APC said that a lot of civil servants in the state…

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Lagos councils’ caretaker committees unconstitutional, group says

The swearing in of Executive Secretaries to head local governments in Lagos has been described as an attempt to undermine democracy and governance in the state. The Lagos Democratic Movement, LDM, in a statement Friday condemned that replacing constitutionally-recognised and democratically-elected council chairmen violates the Nigerian Constitution. The state governor,…

Godswill Akpabio

Governors asked Jonathan to share Nigeria’s foreign reserves — Akpabio

The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, Thursday attempted to weigh in on the circumstances surrounding Nigeria's depleted $55 billion foreign reserves. Mr. Akpabio, who spoke at the official flag off of the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, presidential campaign in Lagos, said state governors prevailed on President Goodluck Jonathan…

President Goodluck Jonathan speaking at the flag-off of his 2015 campaign in Lagos... on January 8, 2015. Photo Credit: State House

Despite widespread corruption, Jonathan insists his govt is winning war against graft

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday said despite claims to the contrary, his administration is succeeding in its effort to combat corruption. Speaking at the flag-off of his presidential campaign in Lagos, Mr. Jonathan explained that his strategy towards combating corruption involves the strengthening of public institutions instead of arresting criminals…

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari

I will not fight corruption by dumping people in Kirikiri – President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his strategy for combating corruption is not by indiscriminate arrest and jailing of people. Speaking to party supporters at the flag-off of the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos on Thursday, Mr. Jonathan said the best way to tackle corruption was to strengthen public…

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UPDATED: Jonathan kicks off presidential campaign in Lagos, as PDP mocks APC

Thousands of people crammed into the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Thursday, to attend the official kick-off of the presidential campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The party also presented flags to all its 36 gubernatorial candidates, as dozens of support groups danced under the late morning sun to beats…

Bonga oil spill

Shell’s N15 billion settlement to Ogoni community ​”​inadequate​”​

Oil giant Shell's agreement to pay £55 million (about N16 billion) to 15,600 fishermen in Bodo community in Ogoniland is not commensurate with the disaster it had visited on the area, an environmental advocacy group has said. The Health of Mother Earth Foundation, HOMEF, said in a statement Wednesday that…

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Police, Lagos agency clash over political posters

Officials of the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency, LASAA, and the Nigerian Police Force are embroiled in a war of words over political parties' posters and billboards in Lagos State. LASAA, the Lagos State agency statutorily saddled with regulating and controlling signage and outdoor advertisements, had continually frowned at…

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​Boko Haram: Group wants de-radicalization programmes ​for schools in northern Nigeria

The Nigeria Diaspora Security Forum, NDSF, has urged the federal government to embed de-radicalization programmes in ​schools in ​northern Nigeria​ ​as a strategy towards curbing the Boko Haram insurgency. In a statement, Tuesday, the group said the suggestion was part of a report it compiled following a closed door meeting…

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Lagos 2015: Ambode releases manifesto, promises free education, N25billion Lagos Employment Trust Fund

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC} in Lagos State has promised, if elected, to set up a four-year N25 billion trust fund to cater for unemployed people in the state. Akinwunmi Ambode said in his manifesto released Sunday that the Lagos Employment Trust Fund (LETF) would provide…

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NOI Poll says President Jonathan’s approval at 55%

About five out of every 10 Nigerians surveyed in December approved of President Goodluck Jonathan's job performance, a five point decline from the previous month, according to the latest governance poll released by NOIPolls. The poll said the president's rating fell from 60% to 55%. The decline was highest in…

Fr. Mbaka received wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, few months ago, but said the Holy Spirit spoke to him that day saying something was not right.

#Nigeria2015: Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka, attacks Jonathan; wants President out, Buhari in

Outspoken Catholic priest, Ejike Mbaka, has told Nigerians to use the forthcoming general election to vote out President Goodluck Jonathan. Speaking to thousands of parishioners as his Adoration Prayer Ground in Enugu, Thursday, Mr. Mbaka said President Jonathan had failed to stem the tide of insecurity and corruption in the…

Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, Ayo Afolabi, ARG's Gen. Secretary, Olawale Oshun, National Chairman, Kunle Famoriyo, Publicity Secretary, and Gen Odunsi (rtd)

2015 general elections looking ‘more like a mirage,’ Afenifere group warns

As the 2015 general elections approach, the Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, a Yoruba socio-political body, has warned about the looming political instability likely to mar the process. At a public presentation of their annual report, 'Nigeria Democratic Governance Report: Curbing Political Instability and Extravagance,' the ARG said that major indicators…