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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…

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…

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…

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…

U.S. offers to assist Nigeria to investigate DANA plane crash in Lagos

The U.S. has said that they are prepared to assist the Federal  Government in its investigation of the plane crash that killed 160 people in Lagos on Sunday. The U.S. in a statement by its Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, made available to the North America Correspondent of the News Agency of…

House plans separate investigation on Dana crash

A legislative inquiry into Sunday's Dana airplane crash that killed more than 200 people in Lagos is underway, and will be held separately from government's planned investigations, the House of Representatives said on Monday. The chairman House committee on media, Zakari Mohammed, said an ad hoc committee will be named to investigate the cause…

UNILAG students sue President Jonathan

Students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), have filed a suit against President Goodluck Jonathan over the renaming of their school to Moshood Abiola University, Lagos, in honour of the late businessman and acclaimed winner of the June 12 elections.   In the suit filed in a Federal High Court in Lagos, before Justice Mohammed…

How ACN, CPC will merge – El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai, former minister of the Federal Capital territory and a top ranking member of the opposition Congress for Political Change has divulged plans for his party to merge with another opposition party, Action Congress of Nigeria. The move, if successful, will have the CPC, a northern grass root party,…