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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António Guterres

World leaders, UN, participants from 120 countries to discuss global peace in South Korea in September

Amid global tension, world leaders, United Nations officials and participants from about 120 countries will in September converge on Seoul, the South Korean capital, to discuss cooperation for global peace building under the auspices of the 3rd Annual Commemoration of the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Summit. The event,…

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

INTERVIEW (PART 2): APGA no longer relevant in Igboland – ex-Aviation Minister Osita Chidoka

In the second part of this interview, Osita Chidoka speaks on ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s ‘third term’ bid. He also speaks on his aspiration to govern Anambra and other political matters. Read the first part of the interviewhere. Excerpts: PT: Was that the reason why you didn’t consider APC when you…

Former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka

INTERVIEW: How we convinced Jonathan to concede defeat to Buhari – Osita Chidoka

Osita Chidoka is a former Minister of Aviation, Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and currently a governorship aspirant in Anambra State. He recently spoke with PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz and Idris Ibrahim on his years in the Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan administrations as well…

How we aborted plot to set up medical panel on Buhari’s health – Rep

A member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Baba, has explained how the alleged plot by some members of the House to get a medical panel to visit President Muhammadu Buhari in the United Kingdom, was aborted. Mr. Buhari has been on medical leave in London, UK, since May 7.…

Bolaji Owasanoye

PROFILE: Bolaji Owasanoye: The new man to lead Nigeria’s second major anti-graft agency

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday nominated Bolaji Owasanoye, a professor of law, as the new Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC. Mr. Owasanoye will steer the affairs of the anti-graft agency for next five years with 13 other members whose tenure is…

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ANALYSIS: How Nigerian military repeatedly claimed it killed Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

After several claims that it had killed the leader of the extremist Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, or that he may have died, the Nigerian military recently ordered its men to capture him within 40 days. A statement by the spokesperson for the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said the Chief…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Reps block Senate’s move to cut Nigerian president’s powers

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted against a clause that would have weakened the powers of the president in the process of the alteration of the Constitution, the foundation of the nation's legal system. Both chambers, Senate and House of Representatives, concluded voting on the alteration of the 1999…

Nigerian Senate

‎ANALYSIS: Constitutional Amendment: Next steps after Senate, House approvals

The Senate and the House of Representatives have concluded voting on the amendment to aspects of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution. Altogether, the two chambers of the National Assembly considered 33 sections of the document slated for amendment in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Fourth Alteration) Bill, 2017.…

ANALYSIS: PDP Crisis: The Tasks Before Makarfi

Wednesday’s judgement of the Supreme Court affirming Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has finally laid to rest the leadership squabble that had engulfed the party in the last 15 months. The court, in the judgement read by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, said the national convention…

Tribute: Danbaba Suntai: The exit of a pilot-politician

After about four and a half years of battling injuries he sustained in an air crash, former governor of Taraba State, Danbaba Suntai, finally died on Wednesday, two days to his 56th birthday. Mr. Suntai died in Houston, Texas in the United States where he was recuperating. He had sustained…

ANALYSIS: The travails of sacked Nigerian senator, Abubakar Danladi

The sack by the Supreme Court of Abubakar Danladi, the senator representing Taraba North, from the upper legislative chamber, on Friday was not only shocking but also enthralling. The nation’s highest court which in 2014 saved Mr. Danladi’s political career has now thrown him into a fresh political turbulence. In…

INTERVIEW: Why Nigeria Open University operated for months without website – VC

Abdallah Uba Adamu, a professor, is the vice chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete, Ashafa Murnai and Ebuka Onyeji, he speaks on the institution’s activities and challenges. Excerpts: PT: You have been in the academic system for a long time, what…

Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo

INTERVIEW: Outcome of Biafra agitation will depend on Nigerian govt’s reaction – Ohaneze leader, Nwodo

John Nwodo, the leader of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Ebuka Onyeji, speaks on the renewed agitation for Biafra, marginalisation of the Igbo race, 2019 presidential election and other sundry issues. Excerpts: PT: You are about five months old as president-general of…

Dokpesi, Nwanyanwu float ‘new party’

Newly-formed political association, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, which was unveiled on Monday, has denied any link with the crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, whose members attended the ceremony held in Abuja. The group said it would soon apply to the Independent National Electoral Commission to be formally registered as a…

Former Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswan in court over corruption charges

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Benue Governor, Gabriel Suswam, in fresh ‘N5 billion fraud scandal’

A former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, is in fresh trouble. Authorities in his state are accusing him of mismanaging a hefty N4.95 billion raised through a bond placement few months before the end of his tenure. The former governor is alleged to have misled corporate organisations and regulators…

President Buhari

Buhari’s health has improved significantly – Embassy Source

President Muhammadu Buhari’s health has improved significantly, although only his physicians can determine when he will return to Nigeria and to work, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. “Oh yes; we thank God,” a source in the Nigeria High Commission in London, United Kingdom, told this newspaper when asked if the president’s…

INTERVIEW: ‘It takes political will to implement what we teach about corruption’ – Provost, ICPC Anti-Corruption Academy

Sola Akinrinade, a professor, and former Vice-chancellor of Osun State University, is the provost of the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, ACAN, the research and training arm of ICPC. In this interview with Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Idris Ibrahim, the provost speaks on the activities of the institution and its…

INTERVIEW: Why we can’t investigate corruption cases against former governors – ICPC Chairman

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Nta Ekpo recently spoke to PREMIUM TIMES’ Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Idris Ibrahim, on the activities of the commission. He explains what the commission is doing with about 32 petitions against former state governors, what it will do…

FILE PHOTO: Former Army chief General Ishaya Bamaiyi (C) is led out of the courtroom after regaining his freedom of attempted murder charge at the Ikeja High Court in Lagos on April 3, 2008. A Lagos high court has discharged and acquitted General Bamaiyi, former Army Chief during the dictatorial regime of General Sani Abacha, who has been standing trial on four counts of attempted murder since 1999. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

How Obasanjo’s govt plotted to kill me, ex-army chief Bamaiyi says

A former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, has narrated how the Nigerian government under former President Olusegun Obasanjo allegedly plotted to kill him while he was in detention for over eight years. Mr. Bamaiyi, a retired lieutenant general, was detained in October 1999 and charged for the attempted murder…

FILE PHOTO: Former Army chief General Ishaya Bamaiyi (C) is led out of the courtroom after regaining his freedom of attempted murder charge at the Ikeja High Court in Lagos on April 3, 2008. A Lagos high court has discharged and acquitted General Bamaiyi, former Army Chief during the dictatorial regime of General Sani Abacha, who has been standing trial on four counts of attempted murder since 1999. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

How the battle to succeed Abacha took place in Aso Rock – Ex-Army Chief Bamaiyi

A former Chief of Army Staff, Ishaya Bamaiyi, has given a vivid account of how the then senior officers engaged in the battle to succeed former military head of state, Sani Abacha, who died in the early hours of June 8, 1998. Mr. Bamaiyi, a retired lieutenant general, gave the…

Why I will not speak on Stephanie Otobo’s allegation now – Apostle Suleman

Johnson Suleman, the clergyman accused by a Canada-based Nigerian woman of having amorous relationship with her, on Sunday, declined to speak on the allegation, saying he would only “open up” at the appropriate time. PREMIUM TIMES met Mr. Suleman, the founder of Omega Fire Ministry, OFM, in his Auchi, Edo…

APGA

ANALYSIS: How leadership, funding challenges leave Nigeria’s opposition parties inactive (Part Two)

Many of Nigeria’s opposition parties have been inactive since the 2015 general elections due to leadership, financial, accommodation and sundry challenges even as INEC processes the applications from 86 associations seeking registration as political parties. In this second part of the series, Festus Owete reviews the status of more opposition…

INTERVIEW: Why I begged Apostle Suleman – Stephanie Otobo’s mother

PREMIUM TIMES’ Festus Owete and Idris Ibrahim travelled to Sapele, Delta State, to speak with the mother of Canadian-based Nigerian woman, Stephanie Otobo, who accused the pastor of the Omega Fire Ministry, Auchi, Johnson Suleman, popularly called Apostle Suleman, of having amorous relationship with her. For two days, attempts by our…

ANALYSIS: Four times crisis-ridden PDP survived major turmoil that nearly consumed it

In the last 10 months, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Nigeria’s main opposition party, has grappled with a lingering leadership crisis that has defied solutions. The party on May 21, 2016 split into two factions at its national convention in Port Harcourt, following the sack of the National Working Committee…

INTERVIEW: How Buhari will win 2019 presidential election – DG Voice of Nigeria

Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, recently visited the corporate headquarters of PREMIUM TIMES. During the visit, Mr. Okechukwu answered questions from Musikilu Mojeed, Festus Owete and Ebuka Onyeji. Excerpts: PT: It is close to eight months since you were appointed the DG of Voice of…