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Over 30 companies ready to invest in Nigeria’s refineries – Govt

The federal government said on Thursday that about 37 companies had already expressed interest in investing in the nation’s refineries following the recent liberalisation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry. It also listed several other benefits accruing from the decision to include the creation of about 200,000 jobs…

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

INTERVIEW: APC Chairman, Oyegun, “incompetent, destroying party” – Spokesperson

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Samuel Ogundipe, speaks on the crisis in the ruling party, the corruption trial of the senate president, Bukola Saraki, the Buhari administration and other issues. Excerpts: PT: Why are you troubling your party?…

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Anenih is not dead – Aide

Contrary to reports, a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Anthony Anenih, is alive, his aide, Sufuyan Ojeifo, has said. Mr. Anenih, 82, was reported to have slumped on Sunday while having breakfast at his Durham Broadway private London home after he was discharged…

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Tension in Nigeria pharmaceutical institute over alleged diversion of World Bank grant, staff salaries

Tension is building up at the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development in Abuja over allegations that its Director General, Kamiyus Gamaniel, embezzled a World Bank grant to the Institute as well as funds meant for staff salary. Mr. Gamaniel, a professor, was accused of cornering about $514,000.36 (N77.10m)…

Bukola Saraki

Saraki rejects Omolori as Clerk to the National Assembly

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has requested the National Assembly Service Commission to reverse the appointment of Mohammed Sani-Omolori, as the Clerk to the Assembly, to allow further consultations. Mr. Sani-Omolori was named the acting Clerk to the National Assembly on Wednesday in a letter by the Executive…

FILE PHOTO: APC CONSULTATIVE MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA

PIC.34.  FROM LEFT: DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF IMO, PRINCE EZE MADUMERE; APC LEADER 

ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU, AND FORMER ACTING CHAIRMAN OF APC, CHIEF BISI AKANDE, 

AFTER APC CONSULTATIVE MEETING AT THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON 

WEDNESDAY (24/2/16).
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ANALYSIS: Nigeria’s ruling party at war with itself

In less than one year of its ascension to power, the ruling All Progressives Congress is bedevilled with internal crises. Unless these crises are contained early enough, the party’s chances of returning to power in 2019 might be limited. The APC was formed in 2013 following the successful merger talks…

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

INTERVIEW: Why Saraki’s Corruption Trial Must Continue – APC Chairman Oyegun

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, in this brief chat with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Hassan Adebayo, speaks on the state of the party, the corruption trial of the senate president and other issues. Excerpt: PT: Almost one year after your party came to…

Idris Wada, Former Kogi State Governor

INTERVIEW: My regrets as Kogi governor and why I remain governor-in-waiting — Idris Wada

The immediate past governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Hassan Adebayo, speaks on his life after office, his case at the election tribunal, achievements, regrets, and other issues. Excerpts: PT: Sir, it's nice to see you. How has life…

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INTERVIEW: Why no probe can nail Jonathan in Dasukigate – Former aide, Ahmed Gulak

Ahmed Gulak is a former political adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Sani Tukur, Mr. Gulak speaks on why he was sacked by the former president, his attempt to impose himself as PDP national chairman earlier in the year, the future of the party,…

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BRAITHWAITE: The exit of a dogged fighter, exceptional lawyer, principled politician

Tunji Braithwaite was not just an accomplished lawyer but a prominent rights and political activist. Until he breathed his last Monday morning at the age of 82, Mr. Braithwaite was unrelenting in the struggles against injustice and protection of democracy in his country and even beyond. He was born in…

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Buhari promises 10,000 megawatts of electricity

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday said his administration has set a target of delivering 10,000 megawatts of electricity generation in the next three years. The president, who stated this while addressing the National Economic Council retreat held at the State House, Abuja, said this year alone the administration would add…

The Nigerian Senate

EXCLUSIVE: Inside National Assembly’s N115 billion budget for 2016; House of Reps gets biggest share

The House of Representatives is to receive the highest allocation in National Assembly’s N115 billion budget for 2016, details of the proposal exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES ahead of an official release, shows. The public release of specific allocations to the various arms of the assembly will be the first…

John Odigie Oyegun, APC National Chairman

Why APC is slow in fulfilling electoral promises – Party chairman, Oyegun

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said the scale of corruption in Nigeria and the near collapse of the oil price have severely restricted the party from immediate delivery of electoral promises. He said this had also affected fixing quick wins like evacuating generated electricity…

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INTERVIEW: Why we’re organizing global nine million man march for Buhari – Group

Ibrahim Wala is the Director of Media and Publicity of #IStandWithBuhari. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, he speaks on the group’s plan to organize a nine million man march for President Muhammadu Buhari across the world as well as other issues. Excerpts: PT: Your organisation, I Stand…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

EXCLUSIVE: Saraki replies Obasanjo, promises to cut waste, fight corruption in National Assembly

The President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, has formally replied a letter ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote to the National Assembly on January 13, accusing the country's federal lawmakers of corruption, greed, lawlessness and impunity. In his reply, dated January 29, and exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES Mr. Saraki responded…

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Stranded Nigerian students abroad write minister, demand payment of allowances

Over 300 Nigerians on Federal Government Bilateral Agreement Education Scholarship Scheme abroad have petitioned the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, demanding the full payment of their 2015 stipends, including their allowances and return tickets for graduating students. The students, under the aegis of “Ph.D and Senior Postgraduate Students on BEA…

Ali Modu Sheriff

We’ll replace Buhari in 2019; nothing will stop us, PDP Chairman, Sheriff, vows

Newly-appointed national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, on Wednesday vowed to lead the party to regain control of the federal government in 2019. Mr. Sheriff said nothing would stop his party, which lost power in 2015, from ousting the current All Progressives Congress’ administration. Mr. Sheriff…

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#Dasukigate: Another newspaper, Blueprint, returns N9m

The Board of Directors of the Blueprint Newspaper has returned the N9million it received as compensation from the administration of Goodluck Jonathan in 2014 for the seizure of its publications by security agents. The newspaper announced this in a statement by its Executive Director, Operations, Salisu Umar, on Tuesday. The…

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Dasukigate: Leadership Newspaper returns its share of N9 million

The management of Leadership Holdings Limited, publishers of Leadership newspapers, has returned the N9 million it received from the Presidency through the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria as compensation for the seizure of its publications in 2014. In a letter dated January 29 and addressed to the General Secretary of…

Adesola Amosu

EFCC detains ex-Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosu, over N29billion arms deal

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested and detained the immediate past Chief of Air Force, Adesola Amosu. Mr. Amosu, an air vice marshal, who was retired last year, alongside other military chiefs, is allegedly being detained over allegation of corruption in arms procurement during his tenure. An official…

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EXCLUSIVE: Obasanjo writes Saraki, Dogara, accuses National Assembly of corruption, greed, lawlessness, impunity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has written the National Assembly accusing the lawmakers of corruption, impunity, greed and of repeatedly breaking the nation's laws. In a letter dated January 13 and addressed to the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, the…

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SPECIAL REPORT: How National Assembly’s public account committees engage in massive money laundering

Members of the Public Accounts Committees in the 7th Senate and House of Representatives, statutorily responsible for ensuring probity and accountability in the nation’s financial system, compromised the Money Laundering Act during their tenure, documents in the possession of PREMIUM TIMES have shown. Members of the committee as well as…

Uche Ekwunife

APC panel disqualifies “fair-weather” Ekwunife from contesting Senate rerun on party’s platform

A five-member screening committee set up by the All Progressive Congress has disqualified a former member of the House of Representatives, Uche Ekwunife, from contesting election into the vacant seat of the Anambra Central Senatorial District. The party selected Sharon Ikeazor, a former interim woman leader of the party, as…

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300 Nigerian students face expulsion from Romanian University over unpaid fees

Over 300 Nigerians currently studying in Constanta Maritime University, Romania, on the scholarship of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, are facing threat of expulsion from the institution over the alleged refusal of the agency to pay their school fees and other sundry allowances. Investigation by PREMIUM TIMES showed…

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Senators suspect presidency behind ‘missing’ 2016 budget documents

Some Nigerian senators said Wednesday they are suspicious the Nigerian presidency is behind the sudden disappearance of the 2016 budget submitted to the National Assembly. The lawmakers said the intelligence they had so far gathered suggested that the presidency discreetly withdrew the documents to enable it to make some adjustments…