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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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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…

Asokoro district hospital

Controversy trails death of health advocate in Nigerian hospital

Kayafat Abdulazeez woke up February 14 with plans to enjoy the lovers' day with her fiance. The 25-year-old, who lived at Mpape area of Abuja, dressed up for work in a black jean trouser and a T-shirt. But she decided to first go for a medical check-up at Asokoro Hospital.…

Ballot boxes used to illustrate the story.

Elections: Presidential candidate withdraws, supports Atiku

Eunice Atuejide, the presidential candidate of the National Interest Party (NIP), has withdrawn from the now postponed presidential election, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. In a statement she released early on Wednesday morning, Mrs Atuejide said she stepped down from the election because her race for the presidency was programmed to…

From left: Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi, Willie Obiano of Anambra and Okezie Ipkeazu of Abia addressing newsmen after South-East Governors Forum in Enugu State on Sunday (2/7/17). 03269 /2/7/2017/Mike Agada/OTU/NAN

ANALYSIS: Will split in Atiku, Buhari endorsements affect South-east voters?

Nigerians woke up on Saturday morning to the news that the sixth general election in its two-decade-old democracy of the fourth republic had been shifted by a week, just a few hours to its commencement. Many are still in shock, condemning the move and counting their losses. Meanwhile, leaders in…

Ruins of one of the burnt houses in Ebonyi

Victims narrate ordeal after Ebonyi political violence

More victims of a recent attack in some communities in Ebonyi State have narrated their ordeal. At least 30 houses were reportedly razed after suspected political thugs on Friday night attacked several communities in Izzi Local Government Area of the State, residents and victims have said. The police, however, confirmed…

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu (Photo credit: thewillnigeria.com)

Elections: Abia govt, opposition trade accusations over fake result sheets

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has accused a governorship candidate as the 'brain' behind the recent development where a man was reportedly caught with sensitive election materials. Hours to the postponed Saturday’s general elections, a man identified as Felix Obisike was reportedly caught with already-written presidential and senatorial results…

FILE PHOTO: Sensitive and insensitive materials for elections 01431/16/2/2019/Jones Bamidele/NAN

Election Postponement: CDD raises concern about already distributed materials

A civil society group has described the postponement of Saturday's presidential elections as “cryptic and late, raising concern over sensitive materials already deployed in many parts of the country." PREMIUM TIMES reported how the electoral commission, INEC, in Enugu admitted that it had deployed sesnsitive materials for the election but…

Nnamdi Kanu

IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu ‘calls-off’ election boycott

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has suspended his call that Igbo's boycott the general elections. Mr Kanu stated this on his Twitter handle Thursday evening. The tweet was also shared by IPOB on the Radio Biafra Facebook page. “Having confirmed this evening that all…

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

ANALYSIS: Imo West: Okorocha faces tough senatorial race

Words have been exchanged, war songs chanted and battle drums beaten but what is yet to be seen in the unending theatrics of power tussle in Imo state is who laughs last. With the presidential and National Assembly elections only on Saturday, Imo West Senatorial Zone appears to be the…

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili in Premium Times office.

ANALYSIS: How Ezekwesili’s withdrawal affects Nigeria’s chance of a female president

The withdrawal of Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili, a former Nigerian minister from the presidential race, has pushed farther any quest for a female Nigerian president. Mrs Ezekwesili withdrew from the presidential race last month shocking her teeming supporters. For the record, no woman has emerged president, vice president or even an…

Eunice Atuejide

INTERVIEW: I will sue Buhari if he wins – Opposition Presidential Candidate

Eunice Atuejide is the presidential candidate of the National Interest Party (NIP). With the withdrawal of a former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, and Rabia Cengiz of the National Action Council (NAC), Mrs Atuejide, 39, remains one of the very few women still in the presidential race. In this interview…

Stores importing GMO food without permits will be shut – Agency

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has warned stores across the country to desist from importing genetically modified foods without permits. The agency said it would not hesitate to shut down such stores. NBMA Director, Rufus Ebegba, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES gave the warning while explaining safety…

The two women arrested for allegedly stealing four-year-old boy in Enugu

Two women arrested for allegedly stealing four-year-old boy in Enugu

Two women have been arrested for allegedly stealing and selling a four-year-old schoolboy, in Enugu State. The women are suspected to be members of a child trafficking syndicate. The Enugu State Police command said it intercepted and arrested the women while they were trying to abduct another “little child”. The…

Eunice Atuejide

Elections: Buhari not mentally, physically fit to contest – Opposition presidential candidate

The founder and presidential candidate of the National Interest Party (NIP), Eunice Atuejide, has declared President Muhammadu Buhari mentally and physically unfit to continue in office, saying she has commenced legal action to “stop” him. Mrs Atuejide, 39, said even if Mr Buhari wins at the polls on February 16,…

Nnamdi Kanu

Fact-Check: How true is Nnamdi Kanu’s claim Atiku is from Cameroon?

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Saturday, stirred controversy when he alleged that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is not “originally” a Nigerian. “Do you know that Atiku Abubakar is from Cameroon? His area of Adamawa was in…

Oseremen Aisuodionoe-Shadrach, health expert on prostate cancer.

World Cancer Day: What men should know about prostate cancer — Professor

Today is World Cancer Day; an international event marked on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. Cancer is when abnormal cells divide uncontrollably. Also called malignancy, it is an abnormal growth of cells and may eventually spread into other tissues. Some…

Nnamdi Kanu

Why I ‘ran away’ from Nigeria – Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has explained why he ran away and remained in exile since September 2017 when the army raided his residence in Abia State. “I ran away because Jubril (President Muhammdu Buhari) sent the military to my house to come and kill me…

Nnamdi Kanu

Atiku not Nigerian, caused Ekwueme’s presidential loss in 1999 – Nnamdi Kanu

The self-exiled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has stirred another controversy from his hideout, alleging that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not a citizen of Nigeria but a Cameroonian “indigene”. “Do you know that Atiku Abubakar is from Cameroon? His…