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PDP Presidential Aspirant, Atiku Abubakar with the leader of Afenifere, Ayo Adebanjo

2019: Afenifere yet to endorse any candidate – Fasoranti

The leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti, has said that the group has not endorsed any presidential aspirant ahead of the 2019 elections. He spoke at his residence in Akure on Tuesday as he received a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar. Mr Abubakar is…

File photo of Atiku Abubakar and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

2019: I am not corrupt – Atiku

Former Nigerian Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was in Ekiti State on Tuesday to consult with Governor Ayo Fayose on his presidential ambition. Mr Abubakar is seeking the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party to contest next year’s presidential election. While speaking in Ado Ekiti during the meeting, Mr Abubakar said…

One of the completed libraries at Idepe High

INVESTIGATION: Communities suffer as abandoned constituency projects litter Ondo

Aponmu Lona, a village under Idanre local government, in Ondo Central Senatorial District, cuts a picture of many neglected communities across Ondo State. The sorry picture begins at the entrance to the village through a detour off the Akure-Ondo expressway. The rocky road is impassable and difficult to drive through.…

IGP Idris Ibrahim

Osun 2018: IGP Idris explains massive police deployment during elections

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday justified the huge deployment of police personnel in Ekiti and other states were elections held, saying it was solely to curtail the activities of political thugs. He also said that adequate security would be provided before, during and after the September…

INTERVIEW: How I will take Osun out of poverty – RPN governorship candidate

Mercy Ayodele is the governorship candidate of Restoration Party of Nigeria (RPN) in Osun State. She is the first female to be nominated by a party for the governorship election of the state, which comes up September 22. She told PREMIUM TIMES in this interview, that as an accountant of…

Protest in Akure

Deadly protest in Akure over killing of Okada rider by NSCDC official

Akure, the capital of Ondo State, erupted in a violent protest on Wednesday following the death of a commercial motorcyclist who was knocked down by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Thousands of Okada riders began a protest in the city bearing the corpse of their…

Kayode Fayemi

Ekiti Election: Fayemi files defence; to call 1,009 witnesses

The Ekiti State governor-elect. Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti, filed his defence before the Election Tribunal against the petition by the e candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Kolapo Olusola challenging his victory at the July 14 polls. Mr Fayemi was declared winner of the election after…

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to President @realDonaldTrump in the Oval Office and Press Conference in the Rose Garden.

Trump’s Comment: Afenifere urges Buhari to retire in 2019

The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, says it believes Nigeria needs a strong and healthier president to run its affairs for the next four years from 2019. Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of the group, stated this on Monday against the backdrop of a statement credited to the U.S. President,…

Former National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

2019: Why I should be PDP’s presidential candidate – Makarfi

A former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, has given reasons why he believes he should be the candidate of the party for next year’s presidential election. Mr Makarfi also said there is an attempt to foist a sick president on Nigeria with the much publicised 800metres…

Fayose

LG Workers Strike: Crack, confusion in Ekiti labour unions

Cracks seem to have appeared among organised labour in Ekiti State, following the declaration of an indefinite strike by council workers, beginning from Thursday. The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), had last week issued a strike notice to the state government over its failure to pay workers’ salaries,…

Court

Court sentences seven to death for robbing, killing US-based Nigerian

An Ondo State High Court in Akure on Thursday sentenced seven men to death for armed robbery and killing of a US-based businessman, Banji Adafin. Mr Adafin was said to be on vacation in Nigerian in July last year when the gunmen gained entrance into his home in Akure and…

Fayose

Ekiti LG workers to embark on indefinite strike

Local government workers in Ekiti are planning to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from Thursday this week, following the non-payment of their salary arrears. The council workers complained that the outgoing governor was not committed to paying the backlogs as his tenure ends in October. The workers under the…

Fayose and Fayemi used to illustrate the story. [Photo credit: NewsTimes Nigeria]

Fayemi raises alarm as Fayose recruits 2000 Ekiti teachers, others

Barely two months to the end of his tenure, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, is set to recruit 1000 teachers and another 1000 workers of different categories into the state’s civil service. The move is currently creating angst within the camp of the governor–elect, Kayode Fayemi, who has rejected…

Alfred Adegoke, a lawyer and human rights activist, is the governorship candidate of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN)

INTERVIEW: How I’ll salvage Osun after Aregbesola, Oyinlola’s failures – SPN governorship candidate

Alfred Adegoke, a lawyer and human rights activist, is the governorship candidate of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) in the upcoming September 22 governorship election in Osun State. He speaks with PREMIUM TIMES’ Oluwole Josiah on his chances at the poll and related issues. PT: You are coming into…

Mike Ozekhome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria

Ozekhome tackles Nigerian govt over detention of PREMIUM TIMES journalist

Constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Mike Ozekhome, has faulted the police’s continued detention of PREMIUM TIMES journalist Samuel Ogundipe, for refusing to name the sources of a story he wrote which was published by the newspaper. In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Thursday, the Senior Advocate…

Akeredolu reverses self, adopts Mimiko’s free health services for pregnant women, children

After seemingly retarding the progress made in the health sector by the last administration in the last two years, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Monday hinted on the revival of the free health care services for expectant mothers and children under the age of five years. The government also took further steps in…

Shot dead ekiti apc chieftain, Bunmi Ojo.

PDP, APC trade blames over murder of ex-governor’s aide

A row between the Peoples Democratic Party led government in Ekiti State and the All Progressives Congress is brewing following the gruesome murder of a commissioner on the board of the Federal Character Commission, Bunmi Ojo, and two others on Friday in Ado Ekiti, by yet to be identified gunmen.…

The Ekiti State Deputy Governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the July 14 Ekiti governorship election, Professor Kolapo Olusola (middle) filing his petition at the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Ado Ekiti on Friday

Ekiti Election: PDP candidate Olusola files petition at tribunal

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded July 14 governorship election, Kolapo Olusola, has filed a petition at the governorship election tribunal against the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, claiming that he was actual winner of the election. While filing the petition on…

Rashidi Ladoja

Oyo PDP crisis: Ladoja ‘quits party’

Former governor of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja, has finally called it quits at the Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State following the failure of serial efforts to resolve the leadership crisis within the party. The party had been embroiled in an internal struggle over who leads it after Mr Ladoja…

Femi Falana

Imo Crisis: Falana wants NBA, others to ensure compliance with court order

Human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, on Tuesday commended the refusal of the Chief Judge of Imo State to swear in the deputy governor-designate, Calistus Ekenze, on account of a court order forbidding him to do so. Mr Ekenze was appointed deputy governor following the purported impeachment of Ezeakonobi…

Senator David Mark

Osun PDP crisis: Mark leads reconciliation committee

A former President of the Senate, David Mark, is leading other members of the Peoples Democratic Party in a bid to resolve the lingering crisis Osun State chapter of the party following its governorship primaries. Although Ademola Adeleke, a serving senator, was declared the winner of the primaries, Akin Ogunbiyi…

Tony Anenih

Anenih cancels 85th birthday celebration over sad state of Nigeria, others

A former minister of works, Tony Anenih, has said he will not be celebrating his 85th birthday with pomp as a result of the poor state of affairs of the nation. Mr Anenih, a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, said in a statement…

Ademola Adeleke [Photo Credit: Gistmania]

Osun 2018: Court refuses to halt Adeleke’s candidature as other PDP aspirants kick

An Osun State High Court in Osogbo has rejected the prayers seeking to restrain the Peoples Democratic Party from presenting the name of its governorship candidate for the Osun governorship election, Ademola Adeleke, to the Independent National Electoral Commission. The applicants, Rasheed Olabayo and Oluwaseun Idowu, had in a suit…

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor

Tension in Ekiti: Police, Speaker disagree on deployment of officers to Assembly complex

There is tension in Ekiti State as armed police officers have taken over the environs of the Ekiti State House of Assembly complex. The police said on Thursday that they were only providing security for lawmakers and staff members of the assembly. But the Speaker of the Assembly, Kolawole Oluwawole,…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

Kogi governor drowns state in debts as workers remain unpaid for months

Despite several bailouts from the Federal Government, the Kogi State government has continued on the path of borrowing from commercial banks to purportedly pay salaries and run other recurrent expenditures, PREMIUM TIMES can report today. According to documents obtained by our reporter, the state has borrowed about N30billion from commercial…