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Ebuka Onyeji is a health reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. He also has a penchant for music and art. Ebuka holds a degree in Mass communication from Anambra State University.

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VIDEO: Imo youth celebrate Ihedioha’s victory, destroy Okorocha’s in-law’s posters

Owerri, the Imo State capital has been thrown into a frenzy since Emeka Ihedioha, the candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), was declared winner of the just concluded governorship election in the state. Mr Ihedioha, a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, polled 273,404 ahead of his…

Gov. Rochas Okorocha‏

More trouble for Okorocha as INEC excludes him from senators-elect list

About a week after he was suspended by his party, Rochas Okorocha has not been recognised officially as a senator-elect. The name of Mr Okorocha, the outgoing governor of Imo State, was excluded from the list of senators-elect published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday. The commission in…

A Hospital ward with health workers used to illustrate the story

How ‘contact tracing’ helps curb Lassa fever spread – NCDC

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday listed several measures it has in place for the prevention and control of the Lassa fever outbreak. Among them, NCDC identified ‘contact tracing’ as crucial in curtailing the spread of the deadly disease. An outbreak of Lassa fever was declared in…

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Zidane returns to Real Madrid

Real Madrid have officially confirmed the reappointment of former manager and club legend, Zinedine Zidane. The Spanish club confirmed Zidane’s reappointment Monday evening on their official twitter handle @Realmadrid. Zidane will be replacing Santiago Solari, who took over after the club decided to sack Julen Lopetegui. Madrid have suffered strings…

Ballot boxes used to illustrate the story.

Killings, ballot box snatching among security lapses witnessed in March 9 elections – Report

Many Nigerians were killed in electoral violence during Saturday’s governorship and state house of assembly elections. The process was also fraught with widespread irregularities including ballot snatching, kidnapping and harassment of both voters and electoral officials. These were the main details of a post-election security assessment report carried out by…

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

ANALYSIS: How PDP’s Ihedioha may gain from APC’s ‘civil war’ in Imo

The political atmosphere in Imo State has arguably never been this electrified. The most typical discussion amongst groups in the state today is the question of who wins the governorship race tomorrow. Hope Uzodinma, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would have had it easy. He would have…

Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health of Rwanda speaking at the opening ceremony of the event on Monday. The ministry is a co-host of the event.

#AHAIC2019 (LIVE UPDATES): Nigerian delegation holds session to bridge child, family health funding gaps

To bridge financial gaps of Child and Family Health, the Nigerian delegation at the 2019 Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) is holding a session this afternoon, the second day of the event. PREMIUM TIMES reported that the Development Research and Project Centre (DRPC) in collaboration with the National Institute…

Nigerian delegation holds session to bridge child, family health funding gaps

#AHAIC2019: DRPC, NIPPS lead Nigerian delegation to Rwanda for major health conference

The 2019 Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) is holding in Rwanda. This year’s event is aimed at driving progress for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) on the continent. The three-day event started on Monday at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda. Themed ‘2030 Now: Multi-sectoral Action to Achieve Universal Health…

Imo State Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere. [Photo credit: official Facebook page of Eze Madumere]

It will take Imo 25 years to recover from Okorocha’s misrule – Deputy Governor

The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, has launched a fierce attack on Governor Rochas Okorocha, saying it will take 25 to 30 years for the state to recover from the damage the embattled Imo governor has done to the socio-economic status of the state. According to a statement…

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Global Fund for Health: How seven African countries squandered millions of foreign aid

Africa’s foremost diplomat, Kofi Annan, was one of the biggest human export from the continent. Aside from being the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations for nine years (1997 to 2006), the late Ghanaian was one of the founders of the Global Fund. The funding mechanism is now the world's…

Voters on voting line

ANALYSIS: Delayed voting, malpractices, other lapses observed in February 23 elections

The 2019 presidential election has ended with the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. Polls for federal parliamentary seats have also seen the emergence of a new crop of lawmakers, including about 15 outgoing state governors. Although the election has been commended by many local and international observers, it was characterised…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

INEC declares Imo North senatorial election ‘inconclusive’

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Tuesday “declared inconclusive” the senatorial election in Imo North. The INEC Public Relations Officer in the state, Emmanuella Opara, confirmed the development, according to Punch Newspaper. The newspaper said it was reliably informed by an INEC official that “glaring cases of malpractices made the…

PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and hos vice, Peter Obi during their campaign in Owerri. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of Atiku]

Atiku defeats Buhari in Imo

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has secured a landslide victory in Imo State. Mr Abubakar polled 334, 923 votes to defeat President Muhammadu who ran under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Saturday’s presidential election in Imo State. The election took place in all…

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

How I was forced to announce Okorocha winner of Senate seat – INEC Returning Officer

Sunday night’s melodrama snowballed into a full-blown controversy Monday morning when the returning officer for Imo West Senatorial District, Innocent Ibeabuchi, said he was “detained at the centre for days.” He said this while announcing the results of the senatorial election for the zone. Before reeling out figures at the…

‘Under duress’, INEC official declares Okorocha winner of senatorial election

The returning officer for Imo West Senatorial District, I.I. Ibeabuchi, has declared outgoing governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, winner of the Senate seat. Mr Ibeabuchi, a professor, however, said he was “forced” to declare the results at the Imo West election collation centre in Orlu INEC office. PREMIUM TIMES…

Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha speaking with reporters after a meeting of APC governors with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House Presidential Villa

UPDATE: Okorocha, PDP Candidate Storm Imo West Collation Centre As Returning Officer Refuses to Continue Process

The governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has stormed the Imo West election collation centre in Orlu where the returning officer for the district, I.I Ibeabuchi, had halted the collation process. PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported how Mr Ibeabuchi, a professor, stopped the collation after announcing nine out of the…

PDP presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar. [PHOTO CREDIT: Atiku Twitter handle]

Atiku defeats Buhari in 13 out of 16 LGAs in Imo, so far

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is currently leading in the Saturday’s presidential election in Imo State. The election took place in all the 27 local government areas in the state. Mr Abubakar, in the results of the 16 local government areas so far announced…

Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor

Drama as Returning Officer ‘refuses’ to Announce Complete Results in Okorocha’s Senatorial District

A mild drama is currently ongoing at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State where the senatorial district results are being collated. The drama started when I.I Ibeabuchi, the returning officer for Imo West senatorial district, halted the process, saying he has…

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha wins eight of 12 LGA results announced

Governor Rochas Okorocha is leading in election results announced so far from Imo West Senatorial District election. He has won in eight out of the 12 local governments in the district. The returning officer, I.I. Ibeabuchi started collating the results at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Orlu…

Gov. Rochas Okorocha‏

Buhari wins in Okorocha’s local government area

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has won with wide margin the senatorial elections results in Ideato South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state. Running under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Okorocha who is from Ogboko, a village in the LGA, scored 24, 102 votes to beat his…

@9:31am, Ward 01 PU 011 Shomolu Lga Lagos East. Voting yet to begin, Voters yet to be accredited and ballot boxes yet to be sealed.

Ballot-box Snatching: Buhari’s Warning Paid Off – Okorocha

The outgoing Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, while voting on Saturday confirmed incidents of ballot box snatching in some polling units in the state. The governor, who contested for Imo West Senatorial seat under the All Progressives Congress (APC), however, said the president’s warning to ballot snatchers helped reduce such…

Ward 1, unit 1 at Ogboko Village in Ideato south, Imo state, Election process yet to start.INEC officials are still setting up the Centre, addressing the voters.

Police officer to PREMIUM TIMES journalist: ‘Stay away’ from Okorocha’s polling unit

A PREMIUM TIMES journalist who was harassed and banned from the polling unit of the outgoing governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has been further advised by the police to “stay away from the area”. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the journalist, Ebuka Onyeji, duly accredited to cover the polls, was…

INEC Officials

Trained ad-hoc staff besiege Imo INEC office, protest non-inclusion

Some trained ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) around 11:00 a.m. besieged the commission's head office in Owerri, the state capital, over alleged non-inclusion in the elections duties. The ad-hoc staff, numbering about 300, accused the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of excluding them in the process.…

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Thugs harass journalist at Okorocha’s polling unit

A PREMIUM TIMES reporter was briefly detained and harassed at Ward 1 in Ogboko village, Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo state. The journalist who was duly accredited to cover the elections was banned from the centre by men who appeared to be thugs after they temporarily ceased his…

Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari

ANALYSIS: Presidential Election: How battleground states may be won and lost

While the economy remains a dominant factor for voters across the country, candidates are conscious of subtle peculiarities in battleground states. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has been acting lately like a challenger who feels he has enough momentum to upset President Muhammadu Buhari at…