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PLateau state governor, SImon Bako Lalong. [Photo credit: Pulse.ng]

UPDATED: Simon Lalong Re-Elected As Plateau State Governor

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressive Congress (APC) the winner of the 2019 governorship election in Plateau State. Richard Kimbir, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi, made the declaration on Sunday at the state INEC headquarters after concluding…

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Simon Lalong re-elected as Plateau state governor

The governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong has been declared the winner of Saturday's governorship election in the state. The governor, who contested under the All Progressive Congress (APC), secured a second term mandate by defeating his opponent Jeremiah Useni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The state's Returning Officer…

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state

Plateau Supplementary Governorship Election: APC’s Lalong leads after six of nine LGs

The governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has maintained his lead in the state's supplementary governorship election. The electoral commission, INEC, had two weeks ago declared the state’s governorship election inconclusive as the margin of victory was less than the cancelled votes. Before the declaration of the…

APC, PDP battle in supplementary governorship elections in five states (LIVE UPDATES)

After the March 9 governorship elections across the country, the polls in six states – Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto – were declared inconclusive. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) explained that the decision to declare the elections inconclusive was derived from Clause 34 (e) of its Regulation…

PU 012, Ward 02 Somolu Local Government Lagos East Senatorial District. Voting ends with an unsealed ballot box.

Nigerian Elections: U.S. decries vote buying, voter intimidation

The United States government says it is disappointed by the scale of irregularities in the Nigerian 2019 general elections. The U.S. government said from the reports it garnered from observers groups; voter intimidation, vote buying, interference by security forces, and violence marred the electoral process in parts of the country.…

Atiku Abubakar (Photo Credit: Channels TV)

Four states Atiku claims were ‘stolen’ from him during 2019 polls

An opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, claims he won in four of the states that the electoral commission, INEC, declared were won by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Abubakar stated this in his “state to state computation” contained in his electoral petition filed earlier this week. The states Mr Abubakar is…

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Why Nigeria doesn’t have ‘official’ records of civil war — Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has explained why Nigeria has no official records of what transpired during the nation's civil war. Mr Obasanjo also said writing the history of the civil war, ''has been overtaken by events''. The civil war that occurred between 1967 and 1970 was fought between the Nigerian…

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Why I won’t speak on 2019 presidential election result — Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has given reasons why he would not comment on the outcome of the February 23 presidential election. Mr Obasanjo backed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, in the election that was won by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).…

Sympathisers at the candlelight procession for Late Pius Adesanmi

PHOTO STORY: Nigerians gather to mourn Pius Adesanmi

Friends and admirers gathered at the Unity Fountain in Abuja on Wednesday to mourn the passage of the Nigerian-Canadian intellectual, Pius Adesanmi. Mr Adesanmi died in the Boeing 737 Max 8 Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday morning, The professor and PREMIUM TIMES columnist was among the 157 passengers and…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Again, Buhari replaces his chief security officer

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the redeployment of his Chief Security Officer (CSO) and accepted a replacement. Bashir Abubakar was Mr Buhari's CSO until this week when he was ordered to proceed on an immediate "strategic course" at a university in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was promptly replaced by Idris…

INEC: File photo of voters at the elections

Local observers decry “do-or-die” attitude of politicians, electoral violence

Two domestic election observers have identified areas of concerns with the Nigerian electoral process in their reports on the March 9 governorship and state assembly elections. The YIAGA Africa Watching The Vote (WTV) and Connected Development (CODE) were two of the observer groups accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission…

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Supplementary Elections: Osinbajo meets Bauchi, Adamawa governors

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday held separate private meetings with governors Mohammadu Abubakar of Bauchi State and Jibrila Bindow of Adamawa. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the March 9 governorship election in both states inconclusive. Both governors declined to speak with State House correspondents after emerging…

President Muhammadu Buhari, receiving the sample of the New Enhanced Security e-Passport during the official launch of the passport at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday (15/01/2019).

Nigeria’s Identity Management Commission, Immigration to Commence Enforcement of NIN on New e-Passports

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) have both agreed to commence enforcement of the National Identification Number (NIN) on the new 10-year validity e-passport. Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, had on January 15, 2019, while unveiling the newly enhanced e-passport with a 10-year validity, directed…

Dino Melaye at Late Pius Adesanmi candlelight tribute

CSOs, friends, citizens gather to mourn Pius Adesanmi

Hundreds of Nigerians, on Wednesday, gathered at the Unity Fountain in Abuja to hold a night of tributes and candlelight procession in honour of the late Pius Adesanmi. The late Mr Adesanmi, a professor, was a public intellectual who maintained a highly followed column in the PREMIUM TIMES. He was…

Orji Uzor Kalu

INEC to issue Orji Kalu return certificate despite ‘inconclusive’ senatorial election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is set to issue a certificate of return to Orji Kalu, a former governor of Abia State, who was controversially declared winner of a senatorial election in the state last month. The commission listed Mr Kalu as one of the 100 senators-elect from the…

The INEC Collation centre in Plateau

Plateau State election declared inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Plateau State governorship election inconclusive. The state returning electoral officer who is the Vice Chancellor of Benue State University of Agriculture, Richard Kimbir, made the declaration at exactly 3:31 a.m. He explained that the margin between the two major parties must…

Plateau State on map used to illustrate the story

After 11 LGs, PDP leads Plateau governorship poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Plateau State, Jeremiah Useni, has taken an early lead in the state's governorship election. Official results of 11 of the state's 17 local governments have been announced at the INEC collation centre in Jos, the state capital. Of the 11 local governments, the…

NYSC Corps members

How INEC prepared for Saturday’s elections, treated ad-hoc staff

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced final distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive voting materials on Friday. As of Friday night, almost all registration area centres (RACs) had received or were about to receive voting materials, PREMIUM TIMES and Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) found in separate observations from…

Voters on voting line

Election: Underage voters will be dealt with in Plateau – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned underage voters not to come near polling units in Plateau State ahead of Saturday's governorship and state assembly elections. This was disclosed in an interview PREMIUM TIMES held on Friday with the Head of Department for Voter Education and Publicity, INEC Plateau…

Bayero Nafada [pix: AIT]

Gombe PDP governorship candidate alleges plans to use police against supporters

A few days to the conduct of the governorship and state assembly elections, the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Gombe State, Usman Nafada, has alleged that the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) plans to use the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) against his party. Mr Nafada issued the…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu speaking during the formal opening of the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections Result Collation Centre, in Abuja on Sunday (24/2/19). 01726/24/2/2019/BJO/NAN

INEC under fire for declaring APC’s Orji Kalu winner of ‘inconclusive’ Abia North senatorial election

The Independent National Electoral Commission has come under fire after declaring Orji Kalu winner of a senatorial election in apparent disregard of its own guidelines. Mr Kalu, a former governor of Abia State and candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared the winner of Abia North Senatorial District…

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba

Election: NIM accuses INEC of allocating some parties zero votes to undermine ‘Third Force’

The Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of concocting votes for the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) at the February 23 elections to undermine the prospects of the "Third Force" political group. A group of parties last year proposed to team up as the…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu speaking during the formal opening of the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections Result Collation Centre, in Abuja on Sunday (24/2/19). 01726/24/2/2019/BJO/NAN

INEC chairman under pressure to redeploy RECs in Akwa Ibom, four other states

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) may redeploy the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, before the forthcoming governorship and house of assembly elections across the country, top sources in the commission have told PREMIUM TIMES. An official in the commission told PREMIUM TIMES on Monday…

Ibrahim Babangida, Former Nigerian dictator

Ibrahim Babangida congratulates Buhari on election victory

Former military leader, Ibrahim Babangida, has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his reelection. Mr Babangida also urged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, to work with the winner in the interest of the country. Mr Babaginda said this on Saturday via a statement. The Independent National…

Election Observers used to illustrate the story

Local observers speak on Nigeria’s presidential election

Following the just-concluded presidential and National Assembly election which saw the incumbent president, Muhamadu Buhari, get a second term mandate, two domestic election observers have released their findings. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday morning declared Mr Buhari the winner of the rescheduled election. Mr Buhari polled 15,191,847…