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ICPC Chairman, Ekpo Nta

INTERVIEW: Why we can’t investigate corruption cases against former governors – ICPC Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Nta Ekpo recently spoke to PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Idris Ibrahim, on the activities of the commission. He explains what the commission is doing with about 32 petitions against former state governors, what it will do…

FILE PHOTO: Former Army chief General Ishaya Bamaiyi (C) is led out of the courtroom after regaining his freedom of attempted murder charge at the Ikeja High Court in Lagos on April 3, 2008. A Lagos high court has discharged and acquitted General Bamaiyi, former Army Chief during the dictatorial regime of General Sani Abacha, who has been standing trial on four counts of attempted murder since 1999.  AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

How Obasanjo’s govt plotted to kill me, ex-army chief Bamaiyi says

A former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, has narrated how the Nigerian government under former President Olusegun Obasanjo allegedly plotted to kill him while he was in detention for over eight years. Mr. Bamaiyi, a retired lieutenant general, was detained in October 1999 and charged for the attempted murder…

FILE PHOTO: Former Army chief General Ishaya Bamaiyi (C) is led out of the courtroom after regaining his freedom of attempted murder charge at the Ikeja High Court in Lagos on April 3, 2008. A Lagos high court has discharged and acquitted General Bamaiyi, former Army Chief during the dictatorial regime of General Sani Abacha, who has been standing trial on four counts of attempted murder since 1999.  AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

How the battle to succeed Abacha took place in Aso Rock – Ex-Army Chief Bamaiyi

A former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, has given a vivid account of how the then senior officers engaged in the battle to succeed former military head of state, Sani Abacha, who died in the early hours of June 8, 1998. Mr. Bamaiyi, a retired lieutenant general, gave the…

Apostle Johnson Suleman

Why I will not speak on Stephanie Otobo’s allegation now – Apostle Suleman

Johnson Suleman, the clergyman accused by a Canada-based Nigerian woman of having amorous relationship with her, on Sunday, declined to speak on the allegation, saying he would only “open up” at the appropriate time. PREMIUM TIMES met Mr. Suleman, the founder of Omega Fire Ministry, OFM, in his Auchi, Edo…

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ANALYSIS: How leadership, funding challenges leave Nigeria’s opposition parties inactive (Part Two)

Many of Nigeria’s opposition parties have been inactive since the 2015 general elections due to leadership, financial, accommodation and sundry challenges even as INEC processes the applications from 86 associations seeking registration as political parties. In this second part of the series, Festus Owete reviews the status of more opposition…

Bukky, Stephanie Otobo’s mother

INTERVIEW: Why I begged Apostle Suleman – Stephanie Otobo’s mother

PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Idris Ibrahim travelled to Sapele, Delta State, to speak with the mother of Canadian-based Nigerian woman, Stephanie Otobo, who accused the pastor of the Omega Fire Ministry, Auchi, Johnson Suleman, popularly called Apostle Suleman, of having amorous relationship with her. For two days, attempts by our…

PDP Crisis: Ali Modu Sheriff vs. Ahmed Makarfi

ANALYSIS: Four times crisis-ridden PDP survived major turmoil that nearly consumed it

In the last 10 months, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Nigeria’s main opposition party, has grappled with a lingering leadership crisis that has defied solutions. The party on May 21, 2016 split into two factions at its national convention in Port Harcourt, following the sack of the National Working Committee…

President Muhammadu Buhari during the  Campaign prior to the 2015 Presidential election

INTERVIEW: How Buhari will win 2019 presidential election – DG Voice of Nigeria

Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, recently visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES. During the visit, Mr. Okechukwu answered questions from Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Ebuka Onyeji. Excerpts: PT: It is close to eight months since you were appointed the DG of Voice of…

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…

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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…

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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…

APGA

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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) .
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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…