lois

Lois Ugbede is a junior politics reporter at PREMIUM TIMES. She currently covers some of the nation's big political parties and the Independent National Electoral Commission. Twitter: @ugbedelois

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Why Buhari didn’t campaign for APC after his re-election – Aide

The Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has said the president did not campaign for his party, the APC after his re-election because "he wanted to leave the people to express their will". He also said the president also did not want the victories of…

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Kano Supplementary Poll: Again, Kwankwaso loses in own LGA to Ganduje

A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, lost in his local government area to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Saturday’s supplementary governorship election. The incumbent governor and candidate of APC, Abdullahi Ganduje, who is seeking re-election, defeated the PDP in Madobi…

INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

INEC announces dates for presentation of governors-elect certificates of return

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said governors-elect in states where elections have been concluded will get their certificates of return from Wednesday 27 March to Friday 29 March. INEC’s national commissioner and chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, said this on Thursday in Abuja at a…

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 postpones supplementary governorship election in Adamawa

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has postponed the supplementary governorship election in Adamawa State it earlier scheduled for Saturday. The decision is in compliance with the order of a state high court. Instead, INEC said it will only hold supplementary elections in two State House of Assembly constituencies in…

Adamawa on map

INEC obeys court, postpones Adamawa supplementary governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will obey a court order suspending the Adamawa supplementary governorship election. INEC stated this on Thursday afternoon during a briefing by its spokesperson, Festus Okoye. PREMIUM TIMES reported how a High Court in Adamawa on Thursday ordered the indefinite postponement of…

From left: Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu; INEC National Commissioners, Mr Mustapha Leki; Mr Abubakar Nahuche; and Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, during the INEC’s Consultative Meeting with Security Agencies, at the INEC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday (9/1/19). 00233/9/1/2019/Hogan Bassey/NAN

UPDATED: INEC announces dates for collation of results in Rivers governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has outlined activities and timeline to resolve the electoral log jam in Rivers State. An INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, disclosed this at a press briefing at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja. "The commission has outlined activities and timelines of resumption and conclusion of the…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu (2nd, L) and some National Commissioners, at a news conference to announce the shift of Saturday’s (today) presidential and National Assembly elections to Feb. 23. The governorship and house of assembly, FCT area council elections have also been shifted from March 2 to March 9.

UPDATED: INEC to proceed with Supplementary election in Bauchi – Official

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will proceed with supplementary elections in Bauchi State on Saturday. The commission says a court order barring it from collating and announcing results only applied to Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in Bauchi. "It should, however, be noted that the litigation and…

Bauchi State on the map

INEC to proceed with supplementary election in Bauchi – Official

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will proceed with supplementary elections in Bauchi State on Saturday. The commission says a court order barring it from collating and announcing results only applied to Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area in Bauchi. The result of Tafawa Balewa local government was not…

Rivers state on map

INEC announces dates for collation of results in Rivers governorship election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has outlined activities and timeline to resolve the electoral logjam in Rivers State. An INEC spokesperson, Festus Okoye, disclosed this at a press briefing at the commission's headquarters in Abuja. According to him, the activities began on the March 19 when the commission had…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: DailyPost

PDP, Atiku having post-election depression, hallucination – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is suffering from post-election depression over the opposition party's claim that it won the last presidential election. The ruling party said this in a statement by its publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Wednesday while reacting to the claim by…

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, addressing the press.

Supplementary Governorship Elections: APC alleges fraud in all states except Plateau

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged fraud in the governorship elections in five of the six states where supplementary elections have been scheduled. The electoral commission, INEC, has fixed March 23 for supplementary elections in six states (Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto) where elections were declared inconclusive.…

Mahmood Yakubu

INEC reviews Bauchi decision, to announce result of Tafawa Balewa LG

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the resumption and conclusion of collation of results in Bauchi State. The commission said the collation and announcement of results from Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area for the governorship election will be completed as the duplicate and original Registration Area results are…

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Okorocha absent as INEC presents certificate to senators-elect.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday presented certificates of return to senators-elect. Conspicuously absent at the ceremony was the outgoing Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, whose election as a senator is being reviewed by INEC. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Okorocha was declared the winner of the Imo…

FILE PHOTO: Pius Adesanmi delivering a TedEx speech. Image courtesy: Adesanmi Facebook Page

Buhari condoles loss of two Nigerians in Ethiopian Airlines crash

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled the death of two Nigerians, Abiodun Bashua and Pius Adesanmi, in the Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed with 149 passengers and eight crew members on board on Sunday. Mr Bashua was a Nigerian diplomat while Mr Adesanmi was a professor at Carleton University in Canada.…

How man was shot dead in my house during elections – Senator

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ayogu Eze, says the man who was killed in his residence was a party supporter and not an election observer. The media aide to Mr Eze, Clinton Umeh, said this in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES. He said the…

Temitope Olatoye

What we’ll do about Oyo lawmaker’s murder – Police

The Oyo State Police Command has said it is working with other security agencies to arrest the killers of the deceased Oyo lawmaker and senatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Temitope Olatoye. The commissioner of police, Shina Olukolu, in a statement on Saturday, said the police received reports…

7:20 Uyo LGA Ward 6, Unit 12 Materials have arrived. Voters and officials are ready, waiting for 8AM.

#NigeriaDecides2019: Official House of Assembly Results (LIVE UPDATES)

Hours after millions of Nigerians voted across the country, the results for the state house of assembly are now coming in after collation in the wards and local government collation centers. Millions of Nigerians on Saturday trooped out to elect their state governors and state legislators who would lead them…

At 1:43pm ward 8 Unit 2, Sekona Ede South, mostly women are seen patiently waiting to cast their vote. The need to authenticate voters card and finger prints is delaying the voting process.

Police, INEC wrong for arresting agent found with voters’ register — Investigation

On Saturday morning, the police arrested an agent of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for being in possession of a Voters’ Register at a polling unit in Manchok Registration Area Centre (RAC), Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. The police arrested Samuel Semion after the INEC Supervisor for…

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 to present new senators, reps certificates of return Thursday

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will present certificates of return to the newly-elected members of the National Assembly next Thursday. The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this at a meeting of INEC with the Inter-Agency Consultative on Election Security (ICCES). The meeting held at the conference hall…

PDP leaders march to INEC office, protest presidential election

Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) marched to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday to protest the outcome of the presidential election. According to a tweet by INEC, Uche Secondus, the PDP national chairman, led many of his party's supporters to the commission’s…

Governor Abubakar Bello

Familiar rivals face off again in Niger State governorship race

As voters in Niger join those in 28 other states on Saturday to elect the next class of governors, the race in this north-central state will be between two familiar rivals. Seven states are not participating in the exercise as their governorship elections have fallen outside the main electoral season…

Osita Okechukwu

Osita Okechukwu mocks Oshiomhole, says APC not campaigning in Enugu

The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) and a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu, has said no 'serious' campaign is going on by the party in Enugu State. He said this while answering questions in Enugu from journalists about his suspension by the APC.…

From left: Govs. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; Rochas Okorocha of Imo; Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun; Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger; and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, arriving for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja on Thursday (4/10/18). 5369/4/10/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

APC’s working committee suspends Amosun, Okorocha; recommends expulsion

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha of Ogun and Imo States from the party. The decision was confirmed by the party's spokesperson, Lanre Isa-Onilu, Friday evening. The NWC also recommended the expulsion of the governors from the…

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, addressing the press.

Atiku not destined to be Nigeria’s president- Oshiomhole

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has said former vice president, Atiku Abubakar was never destined to rule Nigeria. He said this at a press conference while reacting to the Peoples Democratic Party candidate's rejection of the election result. "It borders on arrogance that our…

Voters on voting line

Five parties that came tops at presidential polls

The just-concluded presidential election which gave the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, a second term mandate sprung surprises especially with the scores polled by some smaller parties. The five parties which garnered the highest votes are: the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Coalition Party (PCP), All…