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INEC says President Jonathan's election not affected by court ruling

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has discountenanced the ruling of the Federal High Court in…

More trouble for Farouk Lawan as Speaker, House committee chair deny custody of exhibit money

Police investigation into the $3 million bribery scandal engulfing the House of Representatives hit a…

Court nullifies Jonathan's election, threatens Edo polls

A recent ruling by the Federal High Court in Abuja against the Independent National Electoral…

Ondo governorship: ACN shortlists three candidates, drops Agunloye, others

It is an anxious three-way horse race now as party elders of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, are in a tense all-day meeting in Lagos trying to decide the candidate that will bear their gubernatorial flag in the October 20th election against incumbent Olusegun Mimiko, a medical doctor and…

Alleged $620,000 bribe: Tambuwal's pledge helps get Farouk Lawan bail

Federal investigators of the Nigeria Police in Abuja finally gave the embattled lawmaker and chairman of the House of Representatives committee that probed the fuel subsidy, Farouk Lawan, a breather Saturday evening allowing him to go home on an administrative bail after holding him in police cell for 48 hours.…

Inside the Farouk Lawan bribe video: Mr. Integrity concealed bribe dollars in his cap and wore it

Since this scandal broke, PREMIUM TIMES has consistently spoken to people who have seen the video clips of embattled lawmaker, Farouk Lawan, receiving bribes from oil mogul, Femi Otedola. We bring you a brief narrative of what our reporters gleaned from the interviews. For each of the visits, according to…

Ogun PDP factions present two different lists for LG election

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun state has submitted two parallel lists of chairmanship and councillorship candidates for the forthcoming local government election to the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC). The PDP in Ogun State has been battling with internal crisis that has torn the party into two factions,…

Alleged $3million bribery scam: Police detain Farouk Lawan overnight

Police investigators questioned Farouk Lawan, chairman, House of Representatives adhoc committee on fuel subsidy management for hours into late night Thursday, over allegation he altered the committee’s report after receiving $600,000 bribe from oil marketer, Femi Otedola. Mr. Lawan has accepted receiving the money which was videotaped by law enforcement agents in  sting operation, but…

Jonathan denies masterminding House bribery scandal

President Goodluck Jonathan has denied instigating the $3 million bribery that has rocked the House of Representatives, denouncing media reports that have accused the presidency of staging the scandal as a cover to oust an apparently unfriendly House leadership. The president said on Thursday, the allegations were “lame and diversionary”…

Ogun police lay siege at ACN secretariat

  Ogun State Police Command on Wednesday took over the headquarters of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), following protests by party members alleging that the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun ,was imposing candidates on them ahead of the July local government elections.  The protesters had planned to stage another protest at the ACN secretariat…

Reps to hold emergency session over $3million bribery scandal

The House of Representatives is suspending a two-week recess for an emergency plenary on Friday over the USD 620,000 bribery scandal involving its member, Farouk Lawan, and oil tycoon, Femi Otedola. An extraordinary general assembly will hold on June 15, 2012, the Clerk of the House, Mohammed Sani-Omolori, announced in…

How PDP scrambled to cover up $620,000 bribery scandal

An intervention by the top echelon of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) halted a planned inquiry into the USD620,000 bribery scam involving oil billionaire, Femi Otedola, and chairman, House of Representatives ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy management, Farouk Lawan, lawmakers familiar with the matter said Tuesday. It also…

Declare Abiola president, family demands

  The only way the Federal Government can truly honour Moshood Abiola, the winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election, considered the freest and fairest presidential election in Nigerian history, is to declare the late businessman and philanthropist, a former President, his family has said. The election was annulled by former military ruler…

Wreath laying on Abiola's grave should be national- John Nwodo

The laying of wreath ceremony on the grave of the late acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Moshood Abiola, on Tuesday angered former Information Minister John Nwodo as he thought it should have been a more national gathering. Segun Aka-Bashorun, a chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria; Abdulmuminu Abiola, the…

Jonathan appoints Ojo Madueke, Ojukwu's wife, 91 others as ambassadors

Controversial former National Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who served as Minister under different governments,Ojo Maduekwe, was among the 93 newly appointed ambassadors who were given credence letters by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja; with the President charging them to shun ethnicity, and promote Nigerian unity…

Lagos PDP lauds MKO Abiola

The Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday praised the late Moshood Abiola and described him as a politician that united the nation. The party spoke ahead of the anniversary of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential elections which the late Mr. Abiola was widely acclaimed…

PDP accuses ACN of orchestrating violence in Akwa Ibom

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the violence that erupted during last weekend's local government elections in Akwa Ibom should be blamed on the activities of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). The ruling party, which won all the local government seats, claims the elections were characterised by "ballot box…

Farouk Lawan evades inquiries on $600,000 bribery allegation

Farouk Lawan, the beleaguered chairman of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on fuel subsidy management, named in a N96 million bribery allegation, has opted for silence on the matter, turning down media requests for his comments. PREMIUM TIMES has reached the lawmaker, who led investigations that turned up…

Ogun journalists hold annual lecture

  The Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists {NUJ}, Ogun State, will on Monday hold its maiden Annual Lecture series with the topic "The Media and the Quest for Good Governance in the Midst of Insecurity". A statement by the chapel secretary, Abiodun Taiwo, and made available to…

2015: ACN, CPC begin merger talks as Tinubu leads delegation to Buhari

In continuation of the merger talks among the major opposition parties in the country ahead of the 2015 election, the leader of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu Thursday led a strong delegation of the party's stalwart to meet with the leader of the Congress for Progressive Change,…

DANA AIR CRASH: Presidential probe panel tainted by questionable characters, activists say

Civil society groups have slammed the presidency and the minister of aviation over the constitution of the presidential panel set up to audit  the aviation sector following last Sunday's Dana Air crash that killed more than 160 persons. The activists say the panel has been tainted by persons 'with questionable characters', accusing President…

Fayemi bans second term campaigners

Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, has barred all elected and appointed officials in the state from campaigning for his second term in office. Mr. Fayemi gave the order in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday at the special sitting of the state House of Assembly while reacting to the vote of confidence…

EXCLUSIVE: Northern elders reject Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan’s patchy relationship with key northern political groups took a plunge at last week’s hyped visit of the region’s elders to the president, with the team’s last minute rejection of a N20 million presidential gift, those familiar with the matter have told PREMIUM TIMES. The visit by the…

Dana Crash: Don't rush to judgment, Jonathan cautions Nigerians

  President Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned Nigerians not to "rush to judgment" over the cause of the Dana air craft crash that killed over 160 people on Sunday. Mr. Jonathan made the statement at a "special session of the (weekly) Federal Executive Council" meeting held in honour of victims of the Dana crash. "In…

Jonathan's govt plans to arrest me, says El-Rufai

A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory and a leading member of the opposition  Congress for Progressive Change, Nasir El-Rufai,  has alleged the government plans to arrests him when he returns to Nigeria from London on Thursday. Mr El-Rufai said via his Twitter handle that two reliable sources in…