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ANALYSIS: Buhari’s ministers’ scorecard after two years (Concluding Part)

November 2017 marked two years since most ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet assumed office. PREMIUM TIMES, in 2016 reviewed the performances of the ministers after their first year in office with many of them getting average scores. Two years down the line, this newspaper, again, in three earlier reports assessed the…

George Weah confident of victory as electoral commission fixes date for announcement of result

As Liberia’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) fixes Thursday for the commencement of announcement of the result of the presidential run-off, the candidate of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), George Weah, has expressed confidence he would win the election. “The Liberian people clearly made their choice yesterday and altogether…

EXCLUSIVE: Buhari, Osinbajo violate Nigerian laws in new board appointments

President Muhammadu Buhari and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, breached the provisions of the constitution in the recent reconstitution of the Board of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), PREMIUM TIMES can report. The duo also showed disregard for court processes by ignoring the pending suits on the dissolution of the former…

Despite FEC order, fuel scarcity bites harder across Nigeria

Despite last Wednesday’s directive by the Federal Executive Council, FEC mandating the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, to bring an end to the fuel crisis across the country before last weekend, latest PREMIUM TIMES update shows the situation is far from abating. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed,…

PDP Convention: Profile of candidates seeking key positions

Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will elect new members of its National Working Committee (NWC) at a convention in Abuja. The NWC, according to Part V111, Section 29 (1) of the party's Constitution, consists of the national chairman, deputy national chairman (north and south), national secretary,…

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SGF: Ohanaeze Ndigbo flays Buhari for refusing to appoint an Igbo

The Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for not appointing a South- easterner as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF. Mr. Buhari had on Monday named Boss Mustapha the new SGF to replace Babachir Lawal, who was sacked for corruption allegations. Mr. Mustapha…

The eight Africans that participated in the Visitors Programme

TRAVELOGUE: Savouring amazing Germany and its election for eight memorable days

Premium Times’ General Editor, Festus Owete, was one of the eight Africans that recently participated in the 2017 Visitors Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany. He narrates his experience during the programme. I was filled with excitement that Monday morning. It was in August and my Editor-in-Chief/Chief Operations Officer, Musikilu…

ANALYSIS: Will Fayose’s presidential ambition tear PDP apart?

A fresh crisis capable of rupturing the current peace in Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is unfolding. Against the party’s zoning arrangement, one of its prominent members and governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, on Thursday, formally declared his intention to run for president in 2019…

Why I’m backing Fayose for presidency – Fani-Kayode

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has explained why he is backing the presidential bid of the governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose. Mr. Fayose had on Thursday in Abuja formally declared his intention to run for president in 2019 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.…

UPDATED: Angela Merkel elected German Chancellor for fourth term

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s party, Christian Democratic Union, CDU, has won Sunday’s election into the country’s Bundestag (federal parliament) for the fourth straight time though it could not pull through the required outright majority to form government alone. It was an election that saw the relatively new comer, Alternative…

Election promises of Germany’s two major parties at a glance

Christian Democratic Union of Germany (Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands, CDU). Largely sourced from INTELLINEWS. 1. Lowering national unemployment to below three per cent by 2025, which would mean nearly half the current rate of 5.5 per cent, or 2.5 million people. Opposition parties have persistently argued that these figures hide…

ANALYSIS: As Germans vote today, will Angela Merkel return as Chancellor?

Germans are heading to the polls today (Sunday) to elect their new leaders. Although, Germany operates a plural multi-party system with about 30 parties, the election will mainly be between the country’s two major parties, - the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (Sozialdemokratische Partei…

World leaders, UN, participants from 120 countries to discuss global peace in South Korea in September

Amid global tension, world leaders, United Nations officials and participants from about 120 countries will in September converge on Seoul, the South Korean capital, to discuss cooperation for global peace building under the auspices of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit. The event,…

INTERVIEW (PART 2): APGA no longer relevant in Igboland – ex-Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka

In the second part of this interview, Osita Chidoka speaks on ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s ‘third term’ bid. He also speaks on his aspiration to govern Anambra and other political matters. Read the first part of the interviewhere. Excerpts: PT: Was that the reason why you didn’t consider APC when you…

INTERVIEW: How we convinced Jonathan to concede defeat to Buhari – Osita Chidoka

Osita Chidoka is a former Minister of Aviation, Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and currently a governorship aspirant in Anambra State. He recently spoke with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz and Idris Ibrahim on his years in the Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations as well…

How we aborted plot to set up medical panel on Buhari’s health – Rep

A member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Baba, has explained how the alleged plot by some members of the House to get a medical panel to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom, was aborted. Mr. Buhari has been on medical leave in London, UK, since May 7.…

PROFILE: Bolaji Owasanoye: The new man to lead Nigeria’s second major anti-graft agency

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday nominated Bolaji Owasanoye, a professor of law, as the new Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC. Mr. Owasanoye will steer the affairs of the anti-graft agency for next five years with 13 other members whose tenure is…

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ANALYSIS: How Nigerian military repeatedly claimed it killed Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

After several claims that it had killed the leader of the extremist Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, or that he may have died, the Nigerian military recently ordered its men to capture him within 40 days. A statement by the spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said the Chief…

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Reps block Senate’s move to cut Nigerian president’s powers

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted against a clause that would have weakened the powers of the president in the process of the alteration of the Constitution, the foundation of the nation's legal system. Both chambers, Senate and House of Representatives, concluded voting on the alteration of the 1999…

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‎ANALYSIS: Constitutional Amendment: Next steps after Senate, House approvals

The Senate and the House of Representatives have concluded voting on the amendment to aspects of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. Altogether, the two chambers of the National Assembly considered 33 sections of the document slated for amendment in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Bill, 2017.…

ANALYSIS: PDP Crisis: The Tasks Before Makarfi

Wednesday’s judgement of the Supreme Court affirming Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has finally laid to rest the leadership squabble that had engulfed the party in the last 15 months. The court, in the judgement read by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, said the national convention…

Tribute: Danbaba Suntai: The exit of a pilot-politician

After about four and a half years of battling injuries he sustained in an air crash, former governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, finally died on Wednesday, two days to his 56th birthday. Mr. Suntai died in Houston, Texas in the United States where he was recuperating. He had sustained…

ANALYSIS: The travails of sacked Nigerian senator, Abubakar Danladi

The sack by the Supreme Court of Abubakar Danladi, the senator representing Taraba North, from the upper legislative chamber, on Friday was not only shocking but also enthralling. The nation’s highest court which in 2014 saved Mr. Danladi’s political career has now thrown him into a fresh political turbulence. In…

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria Open University operated for months without website – VC

Abdallah Uba Adamu, a professor, is the vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, Ashafa Murnai and Ebuka Onyeji, he speaks on the institution’s activities and challenges. Excerpts: PT: You have been in the academic system for a long time, what…

INTERVIEW: Outcome of Biafra agitation will depend on Nigerian govt’s reaction – Ohaneze leader, Nwodo

John Nwodo, the leader of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Ebuka Onyeji, speaks on the renewed agitation for Biafra, marginalisation of the Igbo race, 2019 presidential election and other sundry issues. Excerpts: PT: You are about five months old as president-general of…