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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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…

Senate President Bukola Saraki

After quitting APC, Saraki plots to remain senate president

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, is plotting to remain in office despite defecting from the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Mr Saraki had on Tuesday renounced his membership of the party after weeks of speculation that he would do so. “I wish to inform…

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Atiku’s declaration, Saraki’s indecision, other top political stories last week

Defection: Saraki, Ortom, Tambuwal, Ahmed in closed-door meeting with PDP leaders In what seemed to be a move towards a major realignment of forces ahead of the 2019 general elections, some senior members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some high ranking members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party…

Buba Galadima

INTERVIEW: We brought Buhari into politics but he betrayed us – Buba Galadima

  Buba Galadima, a former political ally of President Muhammadu Buhari and leader of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Nasir Ayitogo, speaks on the future of the new group, his relationship with the president and other sundry issues; Excerpts: PT:…

APC leaders

APC National Convention: The Candidates; Their Chances

Today, some 6,800 delegates of the governing APC will elect the party’s national officers at its convention in Abuja. About 42 positions are up for grab. About 20 of the aspirants will however be elected unopposed. Adams Oshiomhole is already set to become the national chairman of the ruling party,…

APC National Secretariat in Abuja

ANALYSIS: Five top APC leaders who will not return to office

No fewer than five members of the current National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will bid farewell to the positions after Saturday’s national convention of the ruling party. Although, the National Convention Committee headed by Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State has yet to make public the names of…

General Editor, Premium Times, Festus Owete, Lois Ugbede, Reporter with Nancy Lindborg, Oge Onubogu and Chris Kwaja

INTERVIEW: How Nigeria can resolve its internal conflicts – President, U.S. Institute of Peace

Nancy Lindborg, president of the United States Institute of Peace visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja while on a working tour of Nigeria. During the visit, Ms. Lindborg and members of her entourage – Chris Kwaja and Oge Onubogu - fielded questions from Bisi Abidoye, Festus Owete and Lois…

Chuba Okadigbo

How Senate mace theft differs from Okadigbo incident

The theft of the Senate mace by suspected thugs on Wednesday makes it the second time the upper legislative chamber of Nigeria’s National Assembly would lose its symbol of authority temporarily in controversial circumstances since the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in 1999. The thugs invaded the chamber and made…

Senator-Joseph-Kennedy-Waku

INTERVIEW: Theft of Senate mace is attempted coup – Ex-Senator Waku

Joseph Waku was the senator representing Benue North West District between 1999 and 2003. In this telephone interview with Premium Times’ Festus Owete, Mr Waku narrated how the Senate mace was taken away to an undisclosed location by a former Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo, at the peak of a crisis…

Ken Nnamani

Ex-Senate President Nnamani speaks on Senate mace theft

A former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has called for a high-level investigation into the invasion of the Senate chamber and taking away of its mace by suspected thugs. The plenary session of the Senate was disrupted on Wednesday whenthe thugs invaded the chamber and took the mace away. The incident…

INTERVIEW: We overrated Buhari in 2015 – President’s ally

Recently, Femi Olufumilade, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES in Abuja. During the visit the professor of International Relations and strategic studies and Dean of College of Arts and Social Sciences at the Igbinedion University, Okada, fielded…

Atiku Abubakar

2019: Atiku declares intention to run for president

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday formally declared his intention to run for president at the 2019 general elections. He made the declaration in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, a report monitored on Channels Television said. Mr. Abubakar was vice president between 1999 and 2007 on the platform of…

Buhari

2019: 22 other Nigerians eyeing Buhari’s job

On February 6, PREMIUM TIMES ran a story on some Nigerians who may run for president on the platform of the country’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 and their chances. The aspirants are: former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo; former Jigawa State…

Pic 19. FEC MEETING

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…

President Muhammdu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the FEC meeting on the 22nd of March 2017 [Photo Credit: Novo Isioro]

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…

FILE PHOTO: Fuel queue in Abuja

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,…

John Nwodo

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.…

Germany Chancellor, Angela Merkel

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…

Germany map

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…

Germany Chancellor, Angela Merkel

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…