Festus

Festus Owete is PREMIUM TIMES' general editor. He also coordinates the newspaper's politics desk, a beat he has covered for decades. He holds degrees from the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos. Twitter: @FOwete

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President Muhammadu Buhari and Chairman, APC Caretaker Committee, Governor of Yobe State, Mala Buni, today at the State House, Abuja. [PHOTO CREDIT: @BashirAhmaad]

Buhari sets record, holds party meeting in State House Council Chambers

President Muhammadu Buhari has set a record as the first Nigerian leader to host the meeting of an organ of a political party in the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja. Mr Buhari conducted the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC)…

President Mohammadu Buhari (right) and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (left) at APC NEC Meeting at the State House. Photo Credit: State House Photos

In appointing governors into Caretaker Committee, Buhari, NEC breached APC constitution

The National Executive Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) violated the party’s constitution in the appointment of three state governors as members of the party’s National Caretaker Committee, PREMIUM TIMES can report. NEC had on Thursday dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Adams Oshiomhole and appointed…

NEC Meeting

Meet members of the APC National Caretaker Committee

On Thursday, at its virtual meeting, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) appointed a 13-member National Caretaker Committee to run the party. This followed the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Adams Oshiomhole. Below are the profiles of some of the…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Ogun tops Buhari’s 190 political appointees, South-east least represented (FULL DETAILS)

Ogun State in South-west Nigeria has the highest number of political appointments made by President Muhammadu Buhari since his re-election in 2019 holding 17 out of a total 190 appointments, a document exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES has revealed. It is followed closely by Adamawa State with 14, and Kano,…

Slain chairman of the association in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi.

CAN, Dunamis Church pledge to cater for family of pastor killed by Boko Haram

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (DIGC), have pledged to take over the welfare of the family of the slain chairman of the association in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi. CAN Vice President, Caleb Ahima, disclosed this at a joint…

Minister Festus Keyamo accuses lawmakers of trying to hijack job slots (Picture: National Assembly {NASS}

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside National Assembly’s two decades of lawmaking, scandals and looting

Of the three arms of government, the Legislature is presumed the most critical in any democratic nation. Apart from producing the largest number of elected officials, the National Assembly aggregates the views of the people (constituents) and makes laws for the good of the nation. However, the Legislature in Nigeria…

Suspended Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Moddibo Kawu

EXCLUSIVE: Corruption: ICPC demands suspension of NBC boss, Modibbo Kawu; 32 others

The ICPC has urged the federal government to suspend the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, and 32 other public officers/civil servants currently undergoing corruption trial. The Commission, which is prosecuting the officials, said they should be suspended from office pending the conclusion of the cases.…

Mohammed Adoke

Real reasons Jonathan pardoned Alamieyeseigha – Ex-AGF Adoke

A former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, has given 'real reasons' why the late governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who was convicted for corruption, was granted a pardon by the federal government six years ago. Mr Adoke also provided details of his role in the exercise which…

INEC office signpost

We’ll shock vote buyers on Election Day – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has adopted fresh strategies to check vote buying during the forthcoming general elections. The commission also insists that it would not collate and transmit the results of the elections electronically, saying it does not have a place in the nation’s electoral law.…

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

Elections: Northern Elders Forum, Middle Belt Forum, PANDEF, other endorse Atiku

Some socio-political organisations in the country on Sunday endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 16 election, Atiku Abubakar. The five organisations are the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Middle Belt Forum (MBF), Ohaneze Ndigbo and a faction of Afenifere. They…

The helicopter of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo involved in a crash

Osinbajo’s helicopter crash, INEC candidates’ list, others top political stories last week

With only two weeks to the presidential election, political parties intensified their campaigns across the country last week. Sunday APC Removes Governor Okorocha As Imo Campaign Coordinator The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) removed Governor Rochas Okorocha as Imo State All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign coordinator, few days…

Former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha’s party rejects Buhari, adopts Atiku as presidential candidate

The Action Alliance (AA), a party formed by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State 14 years ago, has adopted Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party as its presidential candidate in the February 16 election. The national chairman of the party, Kenneth Udeze, disclosed this at a press conference in…

From left: Umar Gesto of Young Progressives Party (YPP); Peter Obi of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Yemi Osinbajo of All Progressives Congress (APC); Khadija Abdullahi of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN); and Ganiyu Galadima of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), during the 2018 Vice Presidential Debate organise by Nigeria Election Debates Group in Abuja on Friday (14/12/18) 06665/14/12/2018/Hogan Bassey/BJO/NAN

Vice Presidential debate, Donald Duke’s sack, others top political news last week

Vice presidential debate, endorsement of peace pact by presidential candidates and the sack of Donald Duke as Social Democratic Party presidential candidate are some of the key issues that dominated political discourse last week. Others include 71 federal lawmakers’ demand for a return to a parliamentary system of government, the…

Shehu Gabam, National Secretary, SDP

INTERVIEW: We believe INEC isn’t prepared for 2019 elections – SDP National Secretary

The National Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Shehu Gabam, recently led some members of the party’s national working committee on a visit to the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja. During the visit, Mr Gabam fielded questions from the newspaper editors. Excerpts: PT: Looking at the whole…

Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim

INTERVIEW: How I’ll defeat Buhari, Atiku, others – Peoples Trust presidential candidate

Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim is the presidential candidate of the Peoples Trust in the upcoming 2019 election. He discusses his chances at the poll, why the Buhari administration has failed, Kwara politics and why he left the PDP where he was the deputy national publicity secretary, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu…

ANRP Chairman, Tope Fasua

INTERVIEW: How I’ll make Nigeria prosper if elected president – Tope Fasua

Tope Kolade Fasua is the presidential candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP). He spoke with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Azeezat Adedigba on his chances at the 2019 polls. He also spoke on what he would do to restore Nigeria to the path of progress and prosperity, if…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Pix: Daily Post Nigeria]

Buhari’s certificate saga, plot against Oshiomhole, others top political news last week

The controversy surrounding President Mubammadu Buhari’s school certificate and the alleged plot to remove APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, dominated political discourse last week. Other major stories include the bail granted ex-Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, and the defection of Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani. PREMIUM TIMES brings you a round…

Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. [PHOTO CREDIT: Pulse.ng]

INTERVIEW: 2019: Why I should be PDP presidential candidate against Buhari – Kwankwaso

In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed and Festus Owete, PDP presidential aspirant and senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, speaks on his ambition, Kano politics and other issues. Excerpts: PT: You are one of the 12 aspirants of the PDP. Why do you think the…

Ima Niboro

INTERVIEW: Why I want to run for House of Representatives – Ima Niboro

Ima Niboro, a journalist, was the special adviser on media and publicity to former President Goodluck Jonathan. He was later appointed the managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Kunle Sanni, Mr Niboro speaks on his plan to contest for…

President Buhari at the APC NEC Meeting

Buhari’s refusal to sign election bill, APC primaries, Shekarau’s defection, others top politics last week

Buhari’s refusal assent to the Electoral Bill, Release of timetable for APC primary elections/nomination fees, adoption of indirect primaries by APC in the states, Shekarau’s defection, others dominate political scene The refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the 2018 electoral bill, adoption of mode of primary elections by…

Former Vice President of Nigeria and frontline presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar acknowledging cheers from crowd of supporters who thronged the PDP national secretariat when Atiku submitted his Nomination and Expression of Interest forms in Abuja on Thursday.

ANALYSIS: 2019: PDP presidential aspirants whose ambitions are dogged by corruption allegations

At the last count, no fewer than 14 members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have indicated their intention to seek the presidential ticket of the party. The aspirants are a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar; the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; his predecessor, David Mark; Governor of Sokoto State,…

Atiku Abubakar

ANALYSIS: 2019: PDP presidential aspirants and the trouble within

Except it is carefully handled, the selection or election of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 elections may set the party on the path of fresh crisis and ultimately dash its hope of returning to power. Since its ouster from power at the centre…

VON boss bids for Senate, likely to challenge Ekweremadu

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has declared his intention to contest election for the Senate in 2019. Mr Okechukwu, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday, said he would run on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to represent the…

Femi Gbajabiamila

INTERVIEW: Why Saraki must quit as Senate president — Gbajabiamila

The leader of the House of Representatives and chairman of the APC Caucus, Femi Gbajabiamila, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Nasir Ayitogo, speaks on the defections in the House, his relationship with Speaker Yakubu Dogara, the demand by the APC for the resignation of the Senate president, Bukola…

Katsina State on map

Two brothers battle for Buhari’s Senate constituency in Katsina

Two brothers – Kabir Babba-Kaita and Ahmad Babba-Kaita – will fly the flags of Nigeria’s two major political parties in Saturday’s election to fill the vacant seat of Katsina North Senatorial District. While Ahmad is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Kabir is the flag bearer of…