Festus

Posts by Festus:

In Kaduna, for a secure north: Governors Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Atiku Bagudu ( Kebbi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Kassim Shettima (Borno) and Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina) at a joint meeting of the Northern State Governors' Forum and the Chairmen of the Council of Chiefs of the northern states on Monday, 23rd January 2017

ANALYSIS: 10 states where Nigeria’s ruling APC is fighting itself

Nigeria’s ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, is enmeshed in deep internal wrangling in no fewer than 10 states of the federation. The crises, many of which involve state governors and federal lawmakers, erupted few months after the 2015 general elections. The crises are caused by allegations of financial misconduct, anti-party…

Ken Nnamani

ANALYSIS: Igbo defections to APC; 2019 and corruption

A realignment of political forces has begun in the South-east geo-political zone ahead of the 2019 general elections. In the last few months, some prominent politicians in the zone have quit the Peoples Democratic Party to join the All Progressives Congress. Among the defectors are a former Senate President, Ken…

James Ibori

ANALYSIS: Ibori’s return, SSS and Niger Delta question

The return of James Ibori, former governor of Delta State, from the United Kingdom, has raised concerns about his post-prison and political life. The former governor, who last December left a London prison where he spent five and half years, flew into Nigeria last Saturday morning. He was driven straight…

Babatunde Fashola

N166Billion Contract Mess: 10 Questions For Minister Fashola

On Wednesday, we ran a story on the query the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) sent the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola,  over the award of 10 road and bridge contracts worth N166 billion. The BPP said the minister and his ministry violated the laws guiding contract awards in…

Babatunde Fashola

SPECIAL REPORT: Works Minister, Fashola, in N166 billion contract mess

The Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) has queried the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola over the award of 10 road and bridge contracts worth N166 billion. The BPP said the minister and his ministry violated the laws guiding contract awards in Nigeria in the manner they selected contractors for…

PDP SEC

Despite raising over N27 billion, PDP abandons N16 billion secretariat project

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has abandoned the construction of its 12-storey new secretariat due to paucity of funds. BNL Construction and Engineering Company handling the construction of the edifice has since moved out of site following the inability of the party to provide more funds…

adeboye

Why Adeboye stepped down as head of Nigeria’s Redeemed Church

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye, stepped down as head of the church in Nigeria in line with a proposed Corporate Governance Code in Nigeria, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr. Adeboye referred to the governance code as he announced his decision to give up…

20161215_144832

ANALYSIS: How bickering, funding crisis, leaves Nigeria’s 40 opposition parties inactive

The desire of 60 new political associations to register as political parties has renewed concerns about the role of opposition parties in the nation’s political space. Rotimi Oyekanmi, the media aide to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had disclosed recently at a forum in Abuja that…

Ifeanyi Okowa, governor, Delta state.

In Delta, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s 10 achievements, failures

When Ifeanyi Okowa was inaugurated in May last year as the governor of oil-rich Delta State, he was saddled with the responsibility of effectively utilising the states resources. Delta achieved notoriety when its former governor, James Ibori, was convicted in the UK for laundering millions of dollars of funds stolen…

atiku-2

Aisha Buhari, Obasanjo lead in 2016 top 10 ‘blasts’ by prominent Nigerians

The outgoing year, 2016, was defined by many notable events and outbursts. There were sour clashes featuring prominent Nigerians. Here are the 10 most memorable with the first couple taking the lead. Buhari Vs Aisha I won’t support you for second term if ……..Aisha Buhari In October, President Muhammadu Buhari’s…

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

Fayose predicts formation of new mega party to wrestle power from Buhari

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, has predicted the birth of a new mega party in 2017 to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressive Congress in 2019. He also predicted that a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, would quit the APC because of its deepening crisis and declare intention…

nana-addo

20 times African opposition leaders shockingly defeated incumbents

Ghana's Electoral Commission on Saturday announced the result of the December 8 presidential election in that country, confirming the projected defeat of incumbent President John Mahama by Nana Akufo-Addo. It is a season of populist revival no doubt, and a growing number of incumbents are being booted. From Italy to…

APC-NATIONAL-LEADERS-AKANDE-BUHARI-ATIKU-ONU-TINUBU-ETC

ANALYSIS: Nigeria’s ruling APC, its ‘unsolvable’ problems and the battle for 2019

The raging feud between a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, and the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, has yet exposed expanding cracks in the ruling All Progressives Congress and deep-seated suspicion among its leaders. In a recent interview with Zero Tolerance, an in-house magazine of the Economic and Financial…

A cross-section of Ministers at the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa

ANALYSIS: How Buhari’s ministers performed in first year (Final Part)

In this final part of the series, Festus Owete and Tunde Eludini review the performance of the heads of seven ministries after one year in office. Their promises were compared with their achievements and their failures highlighted. 18) Ministry: Sports Minister: Solomon Dalung [caption id="attachment_208313" align="alignleft" width="276"] Solomon Dalung, Sports…

pic-8-federal-executive-council-meeting-in-abuja

ANALYSIS: How Buhari’s ministers performed in first year (Part 3)

In this third part of the series, PREMIUM TIMES' Festus Owete reviews the performance of men and women supervising seven ministries in relation to their promises and achievements. Read our first part here and second part here. In this third part of the series, PREMIUM TIMES' Festus Owete reviews the…

A cross-section of Ministers at the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Presidential Villa

ANALYSIS: Performance of Buhari’s ministers after one year in office (Part 2)

In this second part, Festus Owete continues the review of the performance of Nigeria's ministers, a year after they were appointed. The first part reviewed the performance of handlers of five ministries. The ministers were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 11, 2015. 6) Ministry: Transportation Minister: Chibuike Amaechi…

Pic.12. A crosuncil Meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (2/11/16) .
8157/2/11/2016/Callistus Ewelike/BJO/NAN57/2/11/2016/Callistus Ewelike/BJO/NAN

ANALYSIS: How Buhari’s ministers fare after one year in office (Part 1)

On November 11, 2015, President Muhammdu Buhari inaugurated 36 ministers to man 24 federal ministries. While one year may not be enough to judge the performance of the ministers, PREMIUM TIMES' Festus Owete presents a scorecard of some of the ministers based on their promises, achievements and expectation of Nigerians…

img_20161023_213413

Ife prince, Aisha Buhari’s ally, others: Profile of Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees

Last week, President Muhammadu Buhari submitted 46 names to the Senate for confirmation as ambassadors. Festus Owete presents the profiles of some of nominees. Olurunimbe Mamora (Lagos): Mamora, 63, is a trained medical doctor and graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University. He was the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly…

PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi

INTERVIEW: PDP Crisis: Why Sheriff, Makarfi factions agreed to reconcile – factional deputy national chairman

Cairo Ojougboh was a member of the House of Representatives and later national vice chairman of the PDP, South-South zone, until the crisis in the party broke out last May. He teamed up with the Ali Modu Sheriff faction where he is the deputy national chairman. Mr. Ojougboh, a medical…

Okoi Ofem Obla, Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution

INTERVIEW: Nigeria: How NJC is protecting corrupt judges – Buhari’s adviser

The Special Assistant to the President on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, a lawyer, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Hassan Adebayo, speaks on how the judiciary has frustrated the corruption war of the Buhari administration and steps being taken to purge it. PT: Nigerians have expressed different views…

Maitama Sule
PHOTO: dailypost.ng

Maitama Sule canvasses ‘revolution’ for Nigeria’s progress

An elder statesman and Nigeria’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maitama Sule, has canvassed revolution in the country in order to return it to the path of development. He spoke on Tuesday when Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, visited him in Kano. Mr. Sule,…

Osita Okechukwu

Biafra is dead – DG of Voice of Nigeria, Okechukwu

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has said the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra is no longer feasible. He therefore requested ethnic Igbos to call the agitators to order, do a rethink and support President Muhammadu Buhari “in constructing a prosperous and progressive Nigeria”. According…

Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu’s trial to continue after judges’ withdrawal

The treason trial of the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, will still go on despite the withdrawal of another judge from the case, lawyers have said. Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court had on Monday stepped down from the case following…

Governor Yahaya Bello

Supreme Court to decide fate of Kogi Governor, Yahaya Bello, today

The Supreme Court will, Tuesday, deliver judgement on various appeals challenging the election of the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello. Two of the appeals were filed by a former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada and the former deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, James Faleke.…

Dogara Femii-Recovered

ANALYSIS: How House of Reps may resolve budget scandal

Festus Owete in this analysis examines how the House of Representatives may approach the allegation of budget padding upon resumption on Tuesday. One issue that is certain to feature prominently as the House of Representatives reconvenes from its three-month recess, Tuesday, is the controversial allegation of budget padding against its…