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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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…)

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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…)

Tukur bows to pressure, set to convene NEC meeting

Parley to ratify amended party’s constitution, and set up committees to help President Jonathan achieve his transformation agenda. (more…)

APC Manifesto: Jonathan, Obasanjo to face probe; immunity for president, governors to go

After weeks of intense debates, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, have finally adopted a manifesto, in which they enunciated plans to tackle corruption in Nigeria. The parties…

EFCC grills Osita Okechukwu over petition against Enugu Government

Mr. Okechukwu alleged that the contract for the construction of new Enugu State Secretariat was illegal. (more…)

Nobody will leave PDP for opposition, says Tukur

Bamanga Tukur lauds Akpabio’s developmental strides The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, said on Tuesday night that no right thinking Nigerian would abandon the party to pitch his tent with the opposition parties. He stated this while felicitating with the governor of Akwa Ibom State,…

CPC Executive ratifies May 11 national convention date

CPC’s NEC also approved the presentations of the constitution of the fledgling All Progressives Congress, APC. At an expanded National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting, on Tuesday, the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, approved the proposal by the National Working Committee, NWC, to convene a mid-term National Convention on May 11.…

Jonathan should ban importation of military boots, Science Minister advises PDP

The Minister of Science and Technology presented his scorecard to the PDP. (more…)

Bamanga tukur

Update: Presidency intensifies attack on Amaechi as PDP hands over Rivers chapter to opposition

Amaechi's group kicks against the court’s judgment. (more…)

Presidency intensifies attack on Amaechi as PDP hands over Rivers chapter to opposition

Mr. Amaechi is gradually losing grip of the PDP in Rivers. (more…)