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Chairman, PDP Caretaker Committee, Sen Ahmed Makarfi, speaking to party faithful, at the PDP Secretariat after the supreme court upheld his position as the authentic leader of the party in Abuja on Wednesday (12/7/17). With him are Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State (L) and former Special Adviser to the President on Inter-party Affairs, Sen Ben Obi 
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ANALYSIS: PDP Crisis: The Tasks Before Makarfi

Wednesday’s judgement of the Supreme Court affirming Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has finally laid to rest the leadership squabble that had engulfed the party in the last 15 months. The court, in the judgement read by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, said the national convention…

Danbaba Suntai

Tribute: Danbaba Suntai: The exit of a pilot-politician

After about four and a half years of battling injuries he sustained in an air crash, former governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, finally died on Wednesday, two days to his 56th birthday. Mr. Suntai died in Houston, Texas in the United States where he was recuperating. He had sustained…

Abubakar Danladi

ANALYSIS: The travails of sacked Nigerian senator, Abubakar Danladi

The sack by the Supreme Court of Abubakar Danladi, the senator representing Taraba North, from the upper legislative chamber, on Friday was not only shocking but also enthralling. The nation’s highest court which in 2014 saved Mr. Danladi’s political career has now thrown him into a fresh political turbulence. In…

NOUN VC, Abdallah Adamu

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria Open University operated for months without website – VC

Abdallah Uba Adamu, a professor, is the vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, Ashafa Murnai and Ebuka Onyeji, he speaks on the institution’s activities and challenges. Excerpts: PT: You have been in the academic system for a long time, what…

Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo

INTERVIEW: Outcome of Biafra agitation will depend on Nigerian govt’s reaction – Ohaneze leader, Nwodo

John Nwodo, the leader of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Ebuka Onyeji, speaks on the renewed agitation for Biafra, marginalisation of the Igbo race, 2019 presidential election and other sundry issues. Excerpts: PT: You are about five months old as president-general of…

FROM LEFT: Member, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance Party (APDA), Mr Dan Nwanyanwu; Interim, National Chairman, Malam Shitu Mohammed-Cabiru; and Interim Deputy National Chairman (South), Mr Fijabi Adebo, unveiling the party’s flag in Abuja on Monday (4/6/17).
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Dokpesi, Nwanyanwu float ‘new party’

Newly-formed political association, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, which was unveiled on Monday, has denied any link with the crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whose members attended the ceremony held in Abuja. The group said it would soon apply to the Independent National Electoral Commission to be formally registered as a…

Former Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswan in court over corruption charges

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Benue Governor, Gabriel Suswam, in fresh ‘N5 billion fraud scandal’

A former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, is in fresh trouble. Authorities in his state are accusing him of mismanaging a hefty N4.95 billion raised through a bond placement few months before the end of his tenure. The former governor is alleged to have misled corporate organisations and regulators…

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari’s health has improved significantly – Embassy Source

President Muhammadu Buhari’s health has improved significantly, although only his physicians can determine when he will return to Nigeria and to work, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. “Oh yes; we thank God,” a source in the Nigeria High Commission in London, United Kingdom, told this newspaper when asked if the president’s…

Sola Akinrinade, Provost, ICPC [Photo Credit: icpc.gov.ng]

INTERVIEW: ‘It takes political will to implement what we teach about corruption’ – Provost, ICPC Anti-Corruption Academy

Sola Akinrinade, a professor, and former Vice-chancellor of Osun State University, is the provost of the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, ACAN, the research and training arm of ICPC. In this interview with Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Idris Ibrahim, the provost speaks on the activities of the institution and its…

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…

APGA

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…

FILE PHOTO: 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…

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…