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8:45am: Governor Yahaya Bello casts his vote at Okene-Eba/Agassa/Ahache Ward, Unit 11, Okene Local Government

#KogiDecides: Yahaya Bello leads with over 200,000 votes

The APC governorship candidate in Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, is in the lead with only two of the state's 21 local governments left to be declared. The governor is leading his PDP opponent, Musa Wada, with over 200,000 votes after votes from 19 of the 21 local areas of the…

Nigeria Police

KogiDecides: Nigerian police blame ‘fake policemen’ for ballot box snatching by armed officials

Armed men who aided the snatching of ballot boxes in Lokoja and its environs during Saturday's governorship election were "fake policemen," an official has said. This was the assertion of the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Busari. His view was shared by the spokesperson of the police headquarters, Frank…

8:22am. Ward 04 (ukwaja), PU 004 (open space, women resource Centre), Idah LG

Police, armed thugs collude, steal ballot boxes in Lokoja

An unhindered snatching of ballot boxes and disruption of the electoral process has taken place in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, with the active connivance of armed police officers. Although the action was not unexpected, residents thought the disruption started too early in the voting process. Accreditation and voting started…

A polling unit in Kogi

KogiDecides (LIVE UPDATES): Results from Polling Units, Wards

Voting has ended in some polling units in Kogi State where a governorship election is holding. PREMIUM TIMES has provided live updates of the election which has witnessed a high number of the late arrival of electoral materials, violence and intimidation of voters. The election was, however, also peaceful and…

9:13am: Ogbeiba 1 Ward, Adanos house 2, 012, Okehi Local Governments, Natasha Akpoti’s polling unit. Agents of the ruling APC are following voters to the voting cubicle to coerce them to thumb print for APC. They have prevented journalists from taking pictures or videos.

KogiDecides: Vote buying rampant in Lokoja

There were brazen acts of vote buying at some polling centres in Lokoja, in Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State, on Saturday. PREMIUM TIMES observed at PU 12, Crowrher Memorial College in Lokoja, that agents of the APC had given tags (tickets) to willing voters who return to collect…

Delayed deployment of materials to PUs in Lokoja

There is a widespread delayed deployment of electoral materials from the various RACs to PU in Lokoja LGA. The issue has been blamed on the reporting of security officials to the RACs behind schedule. At the Crowther Memorial College, in Lokoja, policemen were only deployed to the centre well after…

KogiDecides (LIVE UPDATES): APC, PDP, 22 others in governorship contest

Thousands of Kogi residents will today cast their votes for the candidates of their choice in a keenly contested governorship election. A total of 24 parties are taking part in the election. Although the registered voters in the state are 1,646,350, about 1,485,828 (90.2%) have collected their PVCs and are…

Seyi Makinde (Photo Credit: Inside Oyo)

KogiDecides: Why armed security operatives invaded Governor Makinde’s hotel – Police Commissioner

The police in Kogi State on Friday confirmed that security operatives stormed a hotel in Lokoja where the Governor of Oyo, Seyi Makinde, was lodged. The Commissioner of Police for Kogi State, Hakeem Busari, told PREMIUM TIMES on the phone that the entry by the security operatives was an error.…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

KogiDecides: Bello’s last battle of survival and PDP’s pound of flesh

The GYB phenomenon is undergoing its litmus test. It is the rave of the moment. Everywhere in Lokoja is agog for the governor. The gunshots, the rallies and the monies are attending the tremor of campaigns. They are shaking the heavens and the earth and the people are running to…

INTERVIEW: Kogi Governorship: Regional, ethnic politics, our biggest problem – GDPN candidate

Dele Williams is the governorship candidate of the Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria (GDPN) in Kogi State. In this interview, he speaks about his campaign and his expectation for Saturday's election. Excerpts PT: How are you engaging the people ahead of the election? Williams: Our predominant message for now is…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

Kogi Governorship: DIG overrules police commissioner on deployment of Yahaya Bello’s ex-ADC

The Nigerian police have reversed the deployment of a former Aide de Camp (ADC) to the governor of Kogi State, Usman Shugaba, following an alarm raised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Shugaba, a Chief Superintendent of Police, was deployed by a Commissioner of Police at the Force Headquarters,…

Police officers used to illustrate the story (Photo Credit: Cfr.org)

Kogi Governorship: Security deteriorates as parties round off campaigns

Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kabba, Kogi West Senatorial District, were on Wednesday attacked by armed political thugs, worsening the security situation two days to the governorship election in Kogi State. Prominent among those attacked by the hoodlums was Joseph Dada, whose house was riddled with bullets…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu

Kogi Election: INEC complies with court order, includes SDP, APM on ballot

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has included the candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, and the Allied People's Movement(APM), Yusuf Dantalle, on the ballot for Saturday's governorship election in Kogi State. The inclusion is in compliance with court judgements overruling INEC on the disqualification of the…

People voting in Adamawa

Kogi Governoship: INEC complies with court order, includes SDP, APM on ballot

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has included the candidates of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, and the Allied People's Movement(APM), Yusuf Dantalle, on the ballot for Saturday's governorship election in Kogi State. The inclusion is in compliance with court judgements overruling INEC on the disqualification of the…

Natasha Akpoti (Photo Credit: This Day)

Kogi election: APC accuses SDP candidate of faking attack on her

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has accused the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Natasha Akpoti, of faking the reported attack on her on Tuesday in Lokoja. The spokesperson of the APC, Jibril Abu, told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday there was no evidence that Mrs…

Map of Nigeria showing Ondo State

Workers shut down federal technical school in Ondo, want principal removed

There is chaos at the Federal Science and Technical College, Ikare Akoko in Ondo State, as workers locked out the school’s principal, Muyibat Olodo, and barred her from resuming in her office. The workers last week began a protest over poor welfare and alleged highhandedness of the principal. The conflict…

Dayo Adeyeye

ANALYSIS: Dayo Adeyeye: Saga of political misadventure?

Could this be a political retribution, miscalculation or a mere collision with fate? The dust is yet to settle over the sacking on Wednesday of the spokesman of the Senate, Dayo Adeyeye, by the Appeal Court. The court declared his opponent in the last Ekiti South Senatorial election, Biodun Olujimi,…

Yahaya Bello

Kogi Governorship: PDP calls for removal of police commissioner before election

The Peoples Democratic Party Campaign Council for the Kogi State governorship election has raised the alarm over the influx of armed thugs into the state, alleging that they are in to thwart the November 16 election. It has also called for the removal of the Commissioner of Police in the…

Court of Appeal Headquarters

Ondo, Ekiti PDP laud Appeal Court sack of Senate spokesperson

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti and Ondo states have applauded the decision of the Appeal Court on Wednesday, removing the spokesperson of the Senate, Dayo Adeyeye, who represents Ekiti South. The Appeal Court in Kaduna said Mr Adeyeye's opponent and PDP candidate, Biodun Olujimi, scored the highest number…

The wife of the Ekiti State governor, Bisi Fayemi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Facebook page of the First Lady]

Expelling girls impregnated while in school banned in Ekiti — Governor’s wife

The practice of expelling students who got impregnated while in school has been abolished in Ekiti State. This was emphasised by the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Bisi Fayemi, on Tuesday while on an advocacy and women empowerment tour in the state. She said the “Operation Keep Girls In…

SPECIAL REPORT: After over a billion spent, Ajaokuta-Okene Highway, other roads abandoned

Like a procession, cars and trucks of various sizes lined up in a long stretch, going up and down, left and right to ease a movement that should last about half an hour. It is nothing new when travelling through Okene-Ajaokuta-Itobe Federal Highway. As you move across the Ajaokuta flyover…

Buhari and Atiku

ANALYSIS: Supreme Court’s ruling on Atiku vs Buhari, resonance from Nigeria’s past

All contentions attending the 2019 presidential election was officially brought to an end on Wednesday following the dismissal by the Supreme Court of the appeal by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, further stretching the strain of losses by the opposition parties and their candidates…

Map of Nigeria used to illustrate the story

Nigeria not socially cohesive country – Survey

Nigeria is not a socially cohesive country, as its citizens still grapples with issues of lack of trust, equity and inclusion. This is the conclusion of a Survey embarked upon by African Polling Institute (API) and which was made public on Tuesday. A statement by API’s Executive Director, Bell Ihua,…

dead cows

Ondo govt reacts as meat of cows killed by lightning sells

It was a feeling of disgust among residents of Ikare Akoko in Ondo State when it was discovered that beef from cows struck dead by a thunderstorm was being sold to unsuspecting members of the public. On Tuesday night, a herd of cattle was hit by a thunderstorm, killing eight…

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and ex-Minister of Finance, Olu Falae

INTERVIEW: Why SAP was essential for Nigeria’s economy – Olu Falae

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and ex-Minister of Finance, Olu Falae, is in full retirement after he recently pulled out of partisan politics. Although he is 81 years old, he speaks with passion and fervour in this interview with PREMIUM TIMES, as he relieves his contributions…