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Cletus Ukpong, an assistant editor, covers the South-South region of Nigeria for Premium Times. He is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He can be reached through @CletusUkpong (Twitter); www.facebook.com/cukpong; and www.linkedin.com/in/cletus-ukpong-9309a036.

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Flooding: Osinbajo visits Rivers, Bayelsa

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is on a visit to Rivers and Bayelsa on Friday to assess the damage caused by flood in the two states. Mr Osinbajo’s visit is coming a day after the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, complained that the federal government was yet to offer assistance to…

Senator Akpabio addressing reporters at the Akwa Ibom International Airport, Uyo

Akwa Ibom: Court strikes out suits seeking to stop speaker from declaring members’ seat vacant

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday struck out two suits seeking to prevent the Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Onofiok Luke, from declaring vacant, two seats belonging to lawmakers who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The court was…

Photo of Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa on Thursday

Billboard Controversy: Buhari didn’t summon me to Abuja – Governor Emmanuel

The squabble over campaign billboards in Akwa Ibom state is getting messier by the day, as the two main political parties in the state – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) – engage each other in a battle of wits ahead of the 2019 general…

Leah Sharibu

Boko Haram: ActionAid calls for release of Leah Sharibu, others

After Monday’s gruesome killing of Hauwa Liman, an aid worker in Nigeria, by Boko Haram, ActionAid Nigeria has appealed to the federal government to consider, as a priority, the release of Alice Loksha, Leah Sharibu, and other abducted civilians. The slain aid worker, Ms Liman, was kidnapped alongside others in…

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Ibori goes to EU court after losing appeal against UK conviction

After losing an appeal on Wednesday against his conviction in the UK court for money laundering and stealing of public funds, former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, wants to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights. Mr Ibori had pleaded guilty in a London court in…

Dr Iniobong Essien, Commissioner for Environment, Akwa Ibom State

Akwa Ibom commissioner arrested over Buhari, Atiku billboards

The Commissioner for Environment in Akwa Ibom, Iniobong Essien, has reportedly been arrested for preventing President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign billboard to be hoisted at a location within the state capital. The spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Ini Ememobong, said in a press statement that the…

Udom Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom governor’s media aide resigns

Governor Udom Emmanuel’s media aide has resigned his appointment with the Akwa Ibom State Government. The aide, Joe Iniodu, until his resignation about two weeks ago, was a special assistant on media to Mr Emmanuel. Mr Iniodu, like several other aides, was first appointed into the position during the administration…

NUJ condemns police’s arrest of newspaper publisher in Akwa Ibom

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Akwa Ibom State Council, has condemned the recent arrest of a newspaper publisher, Emmanuel Sam, by the police in the state. Mr Sam, publisher of the Guide, a local newspaper in the state, was invited to the police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, on Thursday,…

Governor Nyesom Wike shaking hands with Atiku Abubakar

2019: I’ll support Atiku to defeat Buhari – Wike

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said he will support the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to ensure he defeats the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019. Mr Wike, who acknowledged supporting the Sokoto State governor, Aminu…

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Man jailed 14 years for raping, impregnating own 13-year-old daughter

A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour in Edo State, South-south Nigeria, for raping and impregnating his 13-year-old daughter. The convict, identified as Friday Moses, is a commercial motorcyclist from Cross River State but has been living in Edo with his family, according…

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Gunmen attack Akwa Ibom governor’s former aide

A former aide to Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Mfon Udeme, was attacked around 1 a.m. on Thursday at his residence in Itiam, Itu Local Government Area of the state by unknown gunmen. He is said to have sustained a gunshot wound and is being treated at a…

Mr Nsima Ekere, the Managing Director, NDDC, at the Eket rally on Tuesday

2019: Akwa Ibom APC governorship candidate picks running mate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State, Nsima Ekere, has picked a former state chairman of the APC, Amadu Atai, as his running mate. Mr Ekere announced his pick on Thursday via Twitter. “I am delighted to announce that I have chosen a hardworking, dedicated party…

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ActionAid trains Nigerian journalists on fight against social injustice, poverty

Twenty-nine Nigerian journalists have been trained by ActionAid Nigeria on how to help in the fight against corruption, social injustice, and poverty in the country. The journalists, drawn from different media organisations across Nigeria, converged in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for the two-day training, which ended on Wednesday. ActionAid and…

SPECIAL REPORT: Amidst inadequate funding, Buhari’s road construction projects across Nigeria continue (1)

As the sun slowly baked his skin, Saliu Babamale navigated his way slowly through Akerebiata road, a few kilometres away from Shao garage, on his way to the Ilorin-Jebba-Mokwa-Birni Gwari expressway. Mr Babamale, 42, is a commercial driver plying the Ilorin-Jebba commercial route. The time was 12.40 a.m. and he…

Atiku Abubakar. [PHOTO CREDIT: The Sun Nigeria]

2019: Atiku’s challengers react to his emergence as PDP presidential candidate

Presidential aspirants who lost to Atiku Abubakar in the Peoples Democratic Party primary have pledged to support him. Mr Abubakar defeated 11 other aspirants at the opposition party's convention held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Saturday and Sunday. The former vice president scored 1,532 votes, more than double that…

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

PDP Convention: In victory speech, Atiku pays tribute to Obasanjo, Wike, others

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has given a victory speech and accepted to be the party's flag bearer in the 2019 presidential election. Mr Abubakar polled 1,532 votes to defeat 11 other contestants in the primary which ended on Sunday afternoon in Port Harcourt, Rivers…

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PDP Convention: Saraki’s core supporters speak on Atiku’s victory

The election of Atiku Abubakar as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019 was fair and transparent exercise which no aspirants would challenge, two PDP senators said. Dino Melaye and Isa Misau, from Kogi and Bauchi respectively, both supported Senate President Bukola Saraki in the primary. They said…

Atiku Abubakar [Photo: THISDAYLIVE]

2019: Atiku emerges PDP presidential candidate; to challenge Buhari

Atiku Abubakar, a retired Customs officer and Nigeria's vice president between 1999 and 2007, has been elected the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). At a PDP national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, held Saturday and Sunday, Mr Abubakar defeated 11 other aspirants to clinch the hotly-contested…

PDP Convention: Votes polled by each presidential aspirant (LIVE UPDATES)

Sorting of ballots has now been concluded in the Peoples Democratic Party national convention and presidential primaries opened by the party's national chairman, Uche Secondus, yesterday. Results are set to be announced by party electoral officers, who placed the total number of accredited delegates from the 36 states and FCT…

PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus

APC’s victory in 2015 a blessing to PDP — Uche Secondus

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says its defeat in the 2015 presidential election has become a blessing somehow to the party. The then incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP, was trounced in the historic election by a former military head of state, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress…

Aokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, venue of the PDP convention.

PDP Convention (LIVE UPDATES): Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal, others in final showdown for presidential ticket

Presidential aspirants, delegates, party officials, independent observers, journalists and other accredited participants have gathered in Port Harcourt for the Peoples Democratic Party 2018 National Convention. The event, officially scheduled for 6-7 October in the major commercial hub, would end in the emergence of a presidential candidate for Nigeria's main opposition…

Udom Emmanuel

Ex-governorship aspirants angry with Akwa Ibom governor over PDP Senate primary

A group of former governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, known as G-8, is angry with Governor Udom Emmanuel over the outcome of the PDP Senate primary for the Akwa Ibom South District. PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. The G-8 is made up of aspirants…

Dino Melaye and Ben Murray Bruce during the PDP protest.

#OsunDecides: “I came with words and they answered with bullets” – Ben Bruce

A senator from Bayelsa State, Ben Murray-Bruce, has said the Nigerian police ill-treated members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who gathered at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Abuja on Friday to protest the outcome of last month's governorship election in Osun State. Gboyega Oyetola, the…

Wadata-plaza PDP Headquarters

ANALYSIS: Political implication of hosting PDP national convention in Port Harcourt

After the initial disagreement among its leaders, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) finally settled for Port Harcourt, Rivers State, for its forthcoming National Convention. The convention, scheduled for this weekend, is expected to produce the party’s presidential candidate for the 2019 election. The PDP was apologised to by the Rivers…

APC FLag used to illustrate the story.

APC disqualifies all aspirants contesting against Akwa Ibom senator

Apart from a serving senator, Nelson Effiong, no other aspirant has been cleared by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the party's primary for the Akwa Ibom South District. Mr Effiong, who was first elected senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before his defection to…