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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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…)

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…)