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:

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…)

Group warns Nigerian lawmakers against manipulating constitution amendment process

The Alliance for Credible Election demands accountability from Nigeria’s government. (more…)

The approved APC logo, released early Wednesday morning

APC adopts logo, slogan, and motto, says “we are close to INEC registration”

Coalition partners in the All Progressives Congress, APC, took a bold step towards registration as a new party early Wednesday in Abuja when nine of the 11 governors in the group finally adopted a logo, a slogan, and a motto for the proposed party. The adopted logo is the green-white-blue…

APC Governors

APC may adopt ACN “broom” symbol

The APC is expected to be Nigeria’s main opposition party. [caption id="attachment_123041" align="alignright" width="388"] Proposed APC Logo[/caption] Barring any last minute changes, the new coalition of four opposition parties, All Progressives Congress, APC, will, on Wednesday, adopt a green-white-blue background logo. It may also adopt “Justice, Peace and Prosperity” as…

APGA warns Umeh, Shinkafi to stop parading themselves as party leaders

Internal strife rocks APG. (more…)

CPC accuses Jonathan, PDP, police of insincerity in electoral reform

The Nigerian opposition party also asked for implementation of the Lemu report. (more…)

CPC accuses Jonathan, PDP, police of insincerity in electoral reform

The Nigerian opposition party also asked for implementation of the Lemu report. (more…)

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu

ANPP tackles Jonathan administration on power supply

The opposition party said the PDP-led government is not sincere in its promise to Nigerians. (more…)

APC Governors

Nigeria Civil Society Organisations seek support for APC

CSOs say they want to push their agenda to the newly formed APC’s programme. In a move to shore up support for the All Progressive Congress, APC, and ensure smooth future elections, some Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, in Nigeria have initiated a meeting with the leadership of the new party.…

Jonathan can contest in 2015, PDP Chairman, Tukur, says

The chairman of Nigeria’s ruling party said this in Abuja on Wednesday. (more…)

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu

2015 presidential contest between PDP, APC, says Onu

The ANPP is one of the four Nigerian parties that merged to form the APC. (more…)

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu

PDP is darkness, APC is light, says ANPP chair, Onu

National Chairman of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), Ogbonnaya Onu, on Tuesday, said the 2015 presidential election would be a titanic contest between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC). Describing the PDP as a “conservative” outfit and APC as “progressive”, Mr Onu carpeted…

Gov. Amaechi weakened, Jonathan can now sleep well, says PDP

With the creation of a splinter group within the Nigeria Governors' Forum and the purported clipping of  Governor Rotimi Amaechi's wing, President Goodluck Jonathan can now sleep with two eyes closed, National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur, has said. Mr. Jonathan and the PDP had on Sunday…

APGA state chairmen dissociate themselves from APC

A faction of APGA lsays it is not in any agreement with new Nigerian party. State chairmen of a faction of the All Grand Progressive Alliance, APGA, led by Maxi Okwu on Tuesday dissociated themselves from the recent merger of four political parties, insisting that they are not bound by…

Former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari alleges plot by PDP to retain power at all cost

Muhammadu Buhari PDP is in an illegitimate merger with INEC, police and others. A former presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of plotting to hold on to power at the centre at all cost, despite its poor…

Update: Respite for Gov Amaechi as Governors’ Forum defers election of new chairman till May

A temporary respite came the way of Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday evening as state governors agreed that he should continue as chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum till May when a new head of the Forum is elected. There had been reports that the Forum would conduct…

Bola Tinubu and Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari, Tinubu’s ambitions not threatening APC – Osita Okechukwu

The merger, members of the new alliance say, is to protect Nigeria’s democracy. The personal ambitions of a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, and former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, will not threaten the ongoing merger talks between their parties and two others. A member of the merger committee,…