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Cletus Ukpong is PREMIUM TIMES' assistant editor in charge of Nigeria's South-South region. He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Twitter: @CletusUkpong

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

INEC planning to use N-power personnel for elections in Rivers – Wike

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against using N-power personnel as ad-hoc staff for the conduct of the forthcoming general elections. But INEC says they are not planning to use N-power personnel for the elections. The N-power is an intervention job-creation…

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Akwa Ibom, other South-south states will fall for APC — Akpabio

Godswill Akpabio, a senator from Akwa Ibom, has insisted that the state and other People's Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled states in the South-south will be won by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom, spoke in Uyo on Monday at a rally to flag off…

Udom Emmanuel

Help PDP win elections, Akwa Ibom governor tells youth corps members

The Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, has urged members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on election duty to help the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) win the forthcoming general elections in the state. The presidential election, including national assembly elections, holds on February 16, while the governorship and…

Mr Paul Ekpo, Chairman of PDP, Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom PDP alleges plan to frame its members

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state is planning to frame its members. The PDP chairman in Akwa Ibom, Paul Ekpo, while briefing journalists on Sunday in Uyo, said the intent of the alleged plan is to arrest…

Chris Ekpenyong, PDP candidate for Senate, Akwa Ibom North-West, receiving his party flag on Saturday

Governor Emmanuel solicits votes for Akpabio’s opponent in senatorial election

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, said he was hopeful his estranged benefactor and predecessor, Godswill Akpabio, would be defeated in the February 16 senatorial election. Mr Emmanuel’s campaign trail was at Ikot Ekpene and Obot Akara – two key local government areas in Akwa Ibom North-West District –…

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Tonye Cole takes Buhari campaign title after court barred Rivers APC candidates

Tonye Cole no longer addresses himself as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Rivers State apparently in obedience to a recent court judgment which nullified the primary he 'won'. The court also barred his opponent, Magnus Abe, from parading himself as a governorship candidate of the All Progressives…

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

Justice Onnoghen’s travails: Amaechi responds to Wike’s allegation

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has responded to the allegations by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, that he is behind the travails of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. The federal government on January 10 filed corruption charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal against Mr Onnoghen…

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter page of Rotimi Amaechi]

Gov. Wike blames Amaechi for Justice Onnoghen’s travails

The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has accused Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, of being responsible for the travails of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen. The federal government on January 10 filed corruption charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal against Mr Onnoghen for allegedly…

President Buhari campaigning in Delta State. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of President Buhari]

Opposition raises concern over Buhari’s fitness as president again misspeaks at rally

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday made some embarrassing blunders in his remarks in Warri, Delta State when he presented his party's flag to Great Ogboru, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state. Mr Buhari was in Delta State to campaign for re-election. Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman…

Buhari campaigning

Buhari campaigns in Delta, insists on going after corrupt Nigerians

The campaign trail of President Muhammadu Buhari was in Warri, Delta State, on Thursday as the president continues to solicit for votes for his reelection bid. Mr Buhari at a campaign rally in the city told a crowd of supporters he was not ready to back down on his anti-corruption…

Governor Udom Emmanuel during the launch of his campaign manifesto on Wednesday in Uyo

Why I won’t complete projects initiated by Akpabio – Gov Emmanuel

The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, launched his campaign manifesto on Wednesday in Uyo before a crowd of supporters at the city’s township stadium. The event which had in attendance the governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, was televised live on the Africa Independent Television (AIT). It was also streamed…

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Facebook announces measures to check fake news in Nigeria’s elections

In order to curb the spread of fake news during the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria, Facebook has said only advertisers located in Nigeria would be allowed to run political advertisements on the social media site, says a news report published by Reuters. It has become an unwholesome practice, globally,…

Governor Udom Emmanuel laying wreath in honour of fallen Nigerian soldiers during 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day

Gov Emmanuel asks Nigerians to reach out to families of fallen soldiers

The governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has urged Nigerians to show compassion and love to the families of soldiers who lost their lives while fighting for the nation. Mr Emmanuel spoke Tuesday in Uyo during the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration. “We must reach out to these families…

Oil spill caused by damaged riser

Cleanup Project: Ogoni people threaten to protest against federal government

More than two years after the federal government flagged off the clean-up of the heavily polluted Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta region, leaders from the area have criticised the project implementation as “flawed”. The project, before now, had suffered several delays in its implementation. The clean-up was recommended by the…

Senator Godswill Akpabio and Governor Udom Emmanuel holding hands during a rare encounter at Catholic Church, Uyo

VIDEO: Governor Emmanuel, Akpabio hug in church

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, and his estranged benefactor and predecessor, Godswill Akpabio, on Sunday, put aside political differences and embraced each other in the church, to the admiration of those who witnessed it. Messrs Akpabio and Emmanuel met at the Cardinal Ekanem Seminary, Uyo, during the closing ceremony of…

Akwa Ibom assembly Photo Credit: www.nairaland.com

Police arrest Akwa Ibom assembly clerk, cashier

The police in Akwa Ibom have arrested the clerk and the cashier of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The clerk is Mandu Umoren, while the cashier is Monday Akpan. The two, according to an official of the state assembly, have been detained at the…

2019: We will re-elect Buhari for Nigeria’s sake – Tinubu

Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said President Muhammadu Buhari will be re-elected for a second term in 2019, for the sake of Nigeria. Mr Tinubu, who was speaking, Friday, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, during the flag-off of the APC presidential campaign, said Mr…

Only foolish people ask religious leaders to stay off politics – Former CAN leader

A prominent pentecostal pastor in Akwa Ibom has rejected the idea that the state must be separated from religion. Cletus Bassey, an archbishop, and founder of Destiny International Mission Inc, Uyo, said it was wrong for people to want to separate the state from religion. “It is only happening in…

President Muhammadu Buhari at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Friday, to flag off his re-election campaign

You’ll not regret trusting me, Buhari tells Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday flagged off his campaign for re-election in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, with a promise not to fail Nigerians. “I assure you that you will not regret trusting us,” Mr Buhari said from the stage, where he stood with other leaders of the All Progressives Congress…

Minister of Transportation, Mr Chibuike Amaechi briefing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (2/1/18)

Why Nigerians are hungry – Amaechi

The “hunger” by Nigerians today is caused by the havoc wreaked on the nation’s economy by the previous administrations of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said. “They said you are hungry,” Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, said on Friday in Uyo, Akwa…

Godswill Akpabio during an APC rally

Akpabio is uncommon defector – APC chairman

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom state, Ini Okopido, has described Godswill Akpabio, a senator and former governor of the state, as an “uncommon defector”. Mr Okopido, in his welcome address on Friday at the flag-off of the APC election campaign in Uyo, Akwa Ibom,…

Udom Emmanuel

Gov Emmanuel to receive Buhari at Akwa Ibom airport

The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, is billed to receive President Muhammadu Buhari at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr Buhari is visiting Akwa Ibom today, Friday, to flag off his re-election campaign. The Commissioner for Information in the state, Charles Udoh, confirmed to PREMIUM…

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom govt warns police against setting up anti-terrorism unit in state

The Akwa Ibom state government has rejected the "plan" by the police to establish an anti-terrorism unit in the state. The government in a statement on Thursday by the Commissioner for Information in the state, Charles Udoh, said there was suspicion that the police wanted to use use the unit…

Nigerian Police officers used to illustrate the story

Air Force officer shot dead by police sergeant in Calabar

An Air Force personnel was on Wednesday shot dead by a police sergeant in Calabar, Cross River state. PREMIUM TIMES could not ascertain the identity of the police sergeant and the victim as at the time of filing this report. Police spokesperson in Cross River, Irene Ugbo, told PREMIUM TIMES…

I’ve been insulted, but not intimidated – Governor Emmanuel

The Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel, said he has taken “insults” from the opposition in the state in the course of doing his job as governor but will not be intimidated. Mr Emmanuel, in his Christmas Day broadcast to the state, said “I have been insulted, called all manner of…