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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Abuja ban on minibuses takes effect Monday

Mini buses marked green-white-green are to be restricted to satellite towns. Despite protests, from Monday, only 350 high capacity buses will convey passengers from various interchange points in the satellite towns of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to the city centre as the territory’s administration begins the implementation of the…

Aminu Tambuwal

Tambuwal denies presidential bid, as APC leader says party’ll never give Speaker its ticket

The Speaker’s presidential ambition may have run into a hitch as APC considers his candidacy a risk. (more…)

APC Logo

APC may formally apply for INEC registration next week

The parties into APC are expected to submit nominees into interim exco before next Tuesday. (more…)

Scorecard: Three years after, Jonathan yet to fulfil promises in power, oil and gas sectors

Nigerians now pay more for electricity and fuel despite reforms. (more…)

Update: We don’t care about Nigerians opinions on Amaechi’s suspension – PDP

Nigeria’s ruling party stated this at a press conference. (more…)

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

PDP names 11-man committee to investigate Amaechi

The committee is headed by a senior lawyer. (more…)

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi

Amaechi, Shema battle for soul of Nigeria Governors’ Forum

PDP may settle for Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, as consensus candidate. (more…)

Nigeria has 1,497 illegal borders- Interior Minister

The minister said Nigeria needs at least N38 billion to secure the borders. (more…)

Bamanga tukur

PDP Governors have performed best in Nigeria- Tukur

PDP boss wants its governors to give credit to the party, continues their assessment. (more…)

Ekwueme, Ciroma, Soyinka, others to feature at national summit on security

Session to work out political consensus on nation’s security challenges in Uyo. (more…)

ACN, CPC, ANPP, others convene crucial plenary session

Composition of interim executive committee, constitution of association top agenda. (more…)

Embattled PDP officials get respite as Abuja Court hears suit in June

Party officials desert offices before court’s ruling. (more…)

Missing CPC certificate, acronym dispute threaten APC’s registration

The missing certificate of registration of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and the pending court suit instituted by a rival political association, African Peoples Congress, APC, challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for refusing to register it, are threatening to derail the registration All Progressives Congress. This is…

Bamanga tukur

PDP chairman, Bamanga Tukur, admits own party involved in “underhand deals”

The PDP chair praises Adamawa PDP members for shunning moneybags in the state. The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, at the weekend said the recently held bye-election in his home state, Adamawa, which was won by the ruling party, was marred by “underhand deals”. Mr.…

APGA faults INEC’s decision on its crisis

APGA says commission’s action is preemptive and prejudicial. The faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, led by Maxi Okwu has faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for recognising Victor Umeh as the authentic national chairman of the party despite the subsisting cases before several courts. In a…

Nigerian sports hindered by inadequate funding, non-professionals, others- Sports Minister

80 per cent of those running Nigerian Sports are non-professionals. (more…)

PDP, LP back Jonathan on State of Emergency

LP wants governors to account for security votes. (more…)

PDP Chairman, Tukur, names new aides

The chairman has only named three aides to replace the sacked one. (more…)

Mixed reactions trail declaration of State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa

President hailed for not disbanding democratic structures. (more…)

Tukur to CPC, ACN: You’re ignorant for asking Jonathan to resign

PDP chairman says party does not pretend it is the only one existing in the country. (more…)

Sunset at the National assembly

Ex-Cross River Governor opposes six-year single tenure for president, others

Former governor wants incumbent president, governors to vacate office six months before new elections. The Chairman of the defunct Presidential Technical Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Clement Ebri, has objected to a six-year single tenure proposal for the office of the President, Vice President, governors and their…

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

Fashola, Amosun warn FG, INEC over APC registration

Both ACN governors say it is dangerous not to register the fledgling political association. (more…)

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari

Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda has destroyed Nigeria- Buhari

The former Head of State vows that opposition will no longer tolerate rigging by PDP. (more…)

CPC dissolves into merger APC

The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, have formally been dissolved, and incorporated into the merger All Progressives Congress. The party was dissolved in a motion by Tunde Bakare and seconded by Malami Abubakar, the party's national legal adviser. The subsequent motion to incorporate CPC into APC was moved by Yahaya…

Suspected petrol subsidy thief, Ifeanyi Ubah, announces plan to contest Anambra guber race

Accuses governor of instigating his probe over oil subsidy scam. (more…)