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

Posts by Festus:

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…)

Ex-Senators, Reps lose to CPC

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by A.F.A Ademola has dismissed a suit instituted by some former Senators and House of Representatives members from Katsina State against the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, seeking to nullify the national convention of the Party held in Eagle Square, Abuja…

APGA begs Okorocha to rescind his decision to join APC

The Party says Imo Governor is taking a risk that may make him a political orphan. The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, led by Maxi Okwu has appealed to the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to re-think his decision to dump the party to join the unregistered All Progressives Congress,…

INEC to re-arrange constituencies based on 2006 Census figures

Stakeholders want polling units reviewed and sanitized. (more…)

Exclusive: Why PDP Chairman, Tukur, sacked all his aides

The PDP national chairman was reportedly embarrassed by the action of his aides who is becoming uncontrollable. (more…)

INEC yet to commence audit of parties’ accounts for 2012

Parties grumble over abolishment of grants. (more…)

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

APC adopts non-renewable tenure for Board of Trustees Chairman

Members may be more powerful than their PDP counterparts. (more…)

Governor Sullivan Chime

Governor Chime of Enugu is not dead, lawmaker, others say

The Governor is currently in Abuja. (more…)

PDP Chairman, Tukur, has not resigned- aide

Aide denies rumour of the ruling party’s chairman currently on national assignment in Canada. (more…)

Bamanga tukur

PDP Chairman, Tukur, fires political aides

PDP boss says he wants to re-organise his office for service deliver. (more…)

Desmond Tutu leads international community to Achebe’s burial

President Jonathan will lead a Nigerian delegation to the burial ceremony of the late acclaimed author, which begins on May 19. (more…)

Amaechi in surprise appearance at PDP Governors’ meeting

At last, Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, showed up at the meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, PDPGF, held on Wednesday night, giving indications that he has accepted the leadership of the Forum, allegedly contrived to whittle down his influence as chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, NGF.…

Amaechi in surprise appearance at PDP Governors meeting

Governors adopt security report, set to present it to Jonathan. (more…)

Nigeria may not meet Vision 20:2020 target- Minister

The minister said Nigeria is not benefitting from several bilateral agreements with other countries. (more…)

APC’ll inherit suits involving CPC, ACN, ANPP – Lawyers

Some of the merging parties are currently involved in several election petitions at various tribunals around the country. (more…)

Akpabio mobilizes PDP Governors for crucial meeting in Abuja

Governors may discuss the election of next NGF chairman. (more…)

Rivers lawmakers, PDP elders urge Amaechi to accept new political realities

Elders ask governor to accept the new development in the state chapter of PDP. Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers in the Rivers State House of Assembly, have debunked claims that the state legislature is plotting to impeach the governor, Chibuike Amaechi. An Abuja High Court had, on Tuesday, sacked the…

New Rivers PDP Exco to investigate Amaechi, others

Says those found culpable will be handed over to relevant anti-graft agencies. (more…)