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Election observers, CSOs react to rescheduling

Following the shocking announcement on the postponement of the 16th of February to February 23, 2019, and Governorship/State Assembly elections from Saturday, 2, March 2019 to March 9, 2019, domestic election observers have expressed disappointment in the development. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), few hours before the start of…

From left: National Commissioner of INEC, Prof. Anthonia Simbine; Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; and another National Commissioner, Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, during the INEC quarterly consultative meeting with political parties, in Abuja on Wednesday (4/6/18). 03572/4/6/2018/Hogan Bassey/NAN

Political parties react to INEC’s decision to postpone polls

Some political parties have reacted to the postponement of the general election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The INEC’s chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, on Saturday announced the postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections few hours to the commencement of the February 16 polls. The commission cited logistics…

Voting exercise in Osun State.

Election: CODE launches technology to track security challenges

A non-governmental organisation, Connected Development [CODE], has launched a technology that would enable it observe and report security challenges during the nation's upcoming presidential and gubernatorial elections. The technology tagged, Uzabe, is an Open Situation Awareness Room (OSAR) initiative. In a statement signed by the communications officer for CODE, Kevwe…

Voting commence in Oshogbo. Aged people allowed to vote first.

FOR THE RECORD: Nigeria’s 73 presidential candidates (FULL LIST)

The 2019 presidential election will feature the highest number of candidates in Nigeria's history. Seventy-three out of the 91 registered political parties have presented candidates for the election holding on Saturday, February 16. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on January 17 released its final list of presidential candidates. Two…

Crucial numbers Nigerians, observers should know for general elections

As Nigerians prepare for Saturday's elections, there are some figures essential to take note of. Millions of Nigerians will go to their voting points tomorrow to vote for their preferred presidential candidates as well as senators and members of the House of representatives. A total of 73 presidential and vice…

British high commissioner Cartriona Laing board members of YAIGA Africa, American Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington

U.S., UK call for peaceful Nigerian elections

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has said the UK and other foreign missions are in Nigeria because they want the election to be successful. Ms Laing said this on Thursday ahead of Nigeria’s elections on Saturday. She also said the United Kingdom (UK), United States, (US), European…

Map showing registered voters across geopolitical zones. [CREDIT: George Kaduna]

The key figures that matter in Nigeria’s 2019 general elections

Nigerians will go to the polls on Saturday, February 16, to elect a new president and members of the National Assembly for another term of four years. Governors and members of state Houses of Assembly are to be elected later on March 2. As the elections hold, Nigeria, Africa's most…

Wadata-plaza PDP Headquarters

Elections: PDP sues INEC, opposes postponement of elections in any polling units

The main opposition party, PDP, has sued the electoral commission, INEC, over the use of card readers and postponement of elections. The party argues that INEC lacks the power to postpone elections in any voting units due to malfunctioning card readers. The PDP in the suit filed at the Federal…

Former Governor of Cross River, Donald Duke

SDP ‘expels Gana, suspends Duke’ as party insists on Buhari’s endorsement

The leadership of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, has expelled former minister, Jerry Gana, and suspended its presidential candidate, Donald Duke, for alleged anti-party activities. Another chieftain of the party, Dipo Sonibare, was also suspended for similar allegations. The party also restated its support and endorsement of the presidential candidate…

W. Stuart Symington

Election: U.S. not taking sides, ambassador replies Buhari campaign team

The American ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has dismissed claims by the Buhari 2019 Presidential Campaign Council that his country was subtly supporting the opposition as the general elections approach. The director, strategic communications of the team, Festus Keyamo, on Monday, lampooned Mr Symington and other Western diplomats saying their…

ICPC Head Office

Court convicts ex-AGIS officials over N7 million fraud

A court in Abuja on Monday convicted a former staffer of the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS), Mark Egwuma, and a businessman, Emmanuel Madubueze, for fraud. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), according to a statement signed by its spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said the duo were…

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Presidency confirms eight deaths in Buhari’s Taraba rally

At least eight people have been confirmed dead from a presidential rally held on Thursday in Taraba. PREMIUM TIMES reported the stampede at the rally due to what the presidency called overcrowding at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in the state capital, Jalingo. Three people were initially thought to have died from the…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Corruption threatens Nigeria’s elections – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said he believes corruption threatens the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for next Saturday. The president said this in an opinion piece sent by his office to PREMIUM TIMES. "It (corruption) even threatens to undermine February’s poll and – by extension – our democracy," the president…

Social Democratic Party, SDP, logo

Election: SDP faction suspends official for ‘anti-party activities’

A faction of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has suspended the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alfa Mohammed, for alleged anti-party activities. A Daily Trust report indicates the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party made the announcement through a statement signed by the party's Director of Media…

Independent Democrats (ID) Presidential candidate, Edozie Madu

INTERVIEW: I’m proud I supported Abacha – Presidential Candidate

Edozie Madu is the presidential candidate and national chairman of the Independent Democrats (ID). In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Kunle Sanni, the businessman turned politician proudly recalled how he supported the futile bid by Sani Abacha to transmute to a civilian president in 1998. Mr Madu also spoke on…

SDP Visits PREMIUM TIMES

Election: SDP faction adopts Buhari as “consensus candidate”

A faction of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate for the 2019 election. The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party made the surprise announcement on Thursday in Abuja, just nine days before the presidential election on February 16. Mr Buhari is seeking…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki mocks APC over change of Kwara police commissioner

Nigeria’s Senate president, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday mocked the ruling All Progressives Congress over what he described as the incessant replacement of police commissioners in Kwara State. While addressing a crowd of supporters during a rally at Balogun Fulani ward in Ilorin South local government area of the state, Mr…

Nasir El-Rufai on NTA

FOR THE RECORD: What El-Rufai actually said about Nigerian elections and foreign intervention

Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, appeared on an NTA late-night programme on Tuesday. Responding to a question from the host, Cyril Stober, the governor spoke about foreign intervention in Nigerian affairs. Mr El-Rufai said the country was ready to confront any foreign invader who tries to militarily intervene in the country,…

Nigerian police force

Massive redeployment in Nigerian Police, over 50 senior officers affected

A massive redeployment of senior police officers has been announced by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu. The deployment affects over 50 senior officers including assistant inspector-generals and commissioners of police. The deployment sees new commissioners of police in states like Lagos, Oyo, Kwara and Anambra. The announcement…

Representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bea Reaud, the United Kingdom Agency for International Development (UKAID) Seyi Tetteh, and the Statistician General of the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria, (NBS) Yemi kale who was represented by the technical adviser NBS, Lola Talabi-Oni.

Elections: 1,515 young Nigerians to contest for Senate, Reps – YIAGA

The YIAGA Africa and the Not Too Young To Run Movement say 1,515 young candidates will run for seats in the National Assembly in the Nigerian general elections holding February 16. The groups on Wednesday at a media briefing in Abuja released a report on the level of participation by…

El-Rufai

El-Rufai clarifies stance on foreign intervention in Nigerian elections

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday clarified a controversial statement he made about killing foreign forces who interfere in Nigeria's elections. PREMIUM TIMES reported the comments by the governor while appearing on a television programme. “Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we…

W. Stuart Symington

U.S Ambassador calls for credible Nigerian elections

As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections, the American ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has called for free and fair polls. In his goodwill message, Mr Symington said the coming elections is expected to be a remarkable experience for Nigerian citizens to express their will. He also said his…

Former U.S. President, Bill Clinton

Nigerian Elections: Bill Clinton to meet Buhari, Atiku

A former President of the United States of America, Bill Clinton, is reportedly planning to visit Nigeria ahead of the February 16 presidential election. Mr Clinton is expected to arrive in Nigeria a day before the presidential elections. According to a report by the PUNCH, Mr Clinton will meet with…

Ready To Run programme banner. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter handle of Not To Young To Run]

Ready To Run: Young candidates unveil leadership plans after elections

As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 general elections, the ‘Not Too Young To Run’, movement on Sunday continued its television programme aimed at supporting youth candidates seeking elective offices. The TV show, tagged ‘Ready To Run’ aired on Channels Television and was hosted by Samson Itodo. The weekly programme is…

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Opposition parties criticise Buhari over Onnoghen’s suspension

Three opposition parties have criticised the illegal suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen by President Muhammadu Buhari, calling it an abuse of power. KOWA party, the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) and the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) in seperate statements condemned the action which has also…