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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APC Governors

Exclusive: How ACN, ANPP, APGA, CPC may share positions in APC

Members canvass two positions for picking national and state officials of APC. With its victory in the acronym “war” almost certain, the All Progressives Congress is set to meet in Abuja on Thursday, April 4, to take a final decision on all the documents that will accompany its application for…

Boko Haram: party wants Nigeria to seek help from friendly nations

The party lamented the low voter turnout in Abuja elections. The newly-registered United Progressive Party, UPP, wants the Federal Government to invite friendly nations with relevant technology to assist it in combating crimes and terrorism in the country. Rising from its second National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting, the party frowned…

APGA insists on national convention despite INEC’s objection

The party said its convention will still hold on April 8. The All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has said it will go ahead with its national convention slated for April 8, despite initial objections raised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The party also asked its members opposed to…

Godswill Akpabio

PDP defends Akpabio over election rigging video

Opposition, civil society and others are denouncing the governor. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has come out in strong defence of one its governor’s, Godswill Akpabio, who confessed to rigging the party’s primary election in the northwestern senatorial district of the state in 2007. However, opposition parties and civil society…

NGF scolds Anambra, Ekiti, 16 others over non-conduct of council polls

Anambra came under fire for not conducting council polls in the last seven years of Peter Obi's administration. (more…)

Respite for ACN, ANPP, APGA, CPC as INEC declines to register rival APC

The Nigerian electoral commission said the controversial APC will not be registered. (more…)

PDP, CPC, ANPP, others violate financial regulations, ignore rules- INEC

The Nigerian political parties were indicted in a report. (more…)

Bamanga tukur

CNPP wants Tukur queried over “PDP war” remark

Group likens PDP chairman’s comments on the 2015 general elections to beating war drum. (more…)

PDP Governors shun ceremony to mark Bamanga Tukur’s one year in office

The Bamanga Tukur-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, marked its one year in office on Sunday at an elaborate ceremony where the National Chairman of the Party, Bamanga Tukur, admitted that a non-performing party could be voted out of power as easily as it was…

Jonathan, Mandela, Atiku, Mark, Ribadu, others mourn Achebe

Chinua Achebe died Thursday in the United States where he was living. President Goodluck Jonathan has lamented the death of Chinua Achebe, which occurred on Thursday, saying his immense patriotism and sincere commitment to a better Nigeria would be greatly missed. Mr. Achebe died in the United States where he…

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

All Patriotic Citizens, APC, yet to commence activities

The agenda of the new political association is still precarious. (more…)

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

INEC, All Progressives Congress meet over APC

INEC and members of the All Progressives Congress will meet on Friday at the INEC headquarters in Abuja. (more…)

2015: INEC set for delimitation of constituencies

INEC intends to delimit boundaries ahead of the 2015 general elections. (more…)

Godswill Akpabio

PDP Governors denounce Akpabio over N230million Otuoke gift

There are indications that profligate Akwa Ibom governor did not consult his colleagues before he made the donation. The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, acted alone when he donated N230 million at the launching of St. Stephens Anglican Deanery and Youth Development Centre, Otuoke, President Goodluck Jonathan’s home town…

Adamawa PDP crisis deepens as Aminu, Zwingina, others reject Sule Lamido committee

The aggrieved party members claim they were ignored by the reconciliation committee. The crisis rocking the Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has taken a new twist with a faction of the party denouncing the reconciliation committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan to resolve it. The…

PDP wins chairmanship seats of five FCT Area Councils

13 political parties fielded candidates for the positions. (more…)

Shaky start in Abuja council elections

Abuja residents are electing council officials. (more…)

Rival APC, African Peoples Congress, unveils logo, secretariat

New political group says it’ll build and safeguard open society. (more…)

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

APC: Merger parties vow to keep acronym

A third association with similar acronym has emerged. (more…)

INEC declines to name sponsors of African Peoples Congress, APC

INEC said it acted lawfully in receiving an application for another APC. (more…)

PDP yet to take stand on pardon for Alamieyeseigha, Diya, others

The leadership of Nigeria's ruling party said it was not consulted before the government's decision. (more…)

INEC staff on duty

269 candidates scramble for 62 seats in Abuja council elections

19 observer groups have been accredited to observe the elections on Saturday. (more…)

Nigerians condemn pardon for Alamieyesegha, Bulama

Nigerians have reacted angrily to the state pardon granted some convicted corrupt public officers yesterday by the National Council of State, NCS. Those who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES in separate telephone interviews said by granting them pardon, the country will never get it right in its fight against corruption. Among…

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

Another APC party emerges, CNPP kicks

The group says the PDP is promoting the African Peoples Congress to frustrate the merger of opposition parties. (more…)

INEC turns down Obi’s request for APGA convention

 The Nigerian electoral body said it acted by the law. (more…)