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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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…)

2015: Amaechi loses control of Rivers PDP as Abuja court sacks loyalists

Court says Godspower Ake is not the authentic chairman of the party in the oil-rich state. (more…)

PDP’ll win in 32 states in 2015, Tukur boasts

Ruling party boss asks members to close ranks in order to deliver presidential mandate of winning more states. (more…)

Provide Nigerians with viable alternatives, group tells APC

The ACE expressed worry over INEC’s poor preparations for 2015 polls. (more…)

Ex-PDP spokesman demands N5bn from ThisDay over alleged libellous publication

Ahmed Alkali was a former spokesperson of Nigeria’s ruling party. (more…)

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu

ANPP expels anti-merger member; constitutes convention committee

The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, on Thursday, resolved that the party would to go ahead with the plan to merge with three other opposition parties despite opposition by some members. NEC accepted the report presented to it by the leader of the ANPP committee…

FG needs N360bn to provide potable water for Nigerians- Minister

The government says water sector will provide 3.4 million jobs before 2015. (more…)

Sunset at the National assembly

Why we can’t recall suspended female lawmaker – Bauchi Assembly

Legislature snubs House of Representative Committee on Women in Parliament over suspended lawmaker. The Bauchi State House of Assembly has said it cannot recall a female lawmaker, Rifkatu Danna, who was suspended nine months ago, because she challenged her suspension in court. This is just as the House of Representatives…

Olu Falae

Why 16 parties are forming alliance against Jonathan, PDP – ACD National Chairman

Opposition party leader said President Jonathan did not keep the promises he made to them in 2011. Sponsors of the proposed alliance of 16 opposition political parties in the country said they are ganging up against President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ahead of the 2015…


IPAC gets new leadership

IPAC is the umbrella body of all the existing 25 political parties in Nigeria. A new leadership of the Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, emerged on Wednesday with the election of Yunusa Tanko as its new chairman. Mr. Tanko is the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party, NCP. He…

APGA national chairman

Why we cannot act on the confusion in APGA – INEC

Commission says it is yet to receive court papers reinstating former national chair. (more…)

APC sets up 14-member committee to resolve contending issues

May adopt final positions on all issues Friday. (more…)

PDP questions INEC’s impartiality over NWC report

Nigeria’s ruling party said it is discussing with elected public officials to resolve the crisis. (more…)

Blame INEC if 2015 general elections fail – ACE

Group says the inability of INEC to update voter register is worrisome. (more…)

APC will not change name, acronym- Lai Mohammed

The party accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party of promoting other rival associations with the same acronym. (more…)

APC leaders disagree over sharing of party positions

Complexities arise in the merger of the four Nigerian opposition parties into the APC. (more…)

Adamawa PDP crisis committee to submit report to Jonathan

The committee says its resolution will not embarrass any of its leading members. (more…)

No death recorded in Kogi, Anambra communities clash, governors say

Governors warn those causing disaffection between the two communities to desist from doing so. (more…)

Sunset at the National assembly

Exclusive: ACN threatens to sanction Senators, Reps over non-payment of party dues

Party wants its lawmakers to fulfill their financial obligations. All senators and members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, have been given up till April 30 to pay up their dues to the party or risk sanctions. A two-paragraphed letter…

We will be in charge of PDP till 2016- Metuh

Nigeria’s ruling party debunks claims that there is a crisis in its ranks. (more…)

Presidency denies issuing directive against Tinubu, APC, others

The presidency said the directive was created to hoodwink Nigerians. (more…)

I’m not PDP chairman for material gains – Tukur

The ruling party boss says he is not serving as chairman at over 70 for material gains. (more…)

Reconsider your stance on state police, group tells Nigerian government

Group says government has not done enough to tackle terrorism. (more…)