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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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PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus.

Deregistration: PDP replies Lai Mohammed

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has responded to a statement by the information minister saying the opposition party deserves to be deregistered. While addressing journalists in Lagos on Sunday, Lai Mohammed criticised the PDP’s reaction to the kidnap and release of the Dapchi schoolgirls. The opposition party had expressed skepticism…

Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West. [Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers]

Recall: Dino Melaye to know fate April 29

The electoral commission, INEC, has fixed a timetable for the recall of a senator, Dino Melaye. Thousands of consistutents of the senator in Kogi State last year signed a petition to commence the recall. However, court cases instituted by the lawmaker meant INEC had to suspend the recall process. The…

INEC committee probing underage voting submits report

An eight-man committee set up by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to investigate cases of alleged underage voting has submitted its report to the commission four weeks after its inauguration. This was made known in a statement signed by, Rotimi Oyekanmi, press secretary to the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu.…

Like PDP, SDP doubts kidnap of #DapchiGirls

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) says although it celebrates the return of the abducted Dapchi girls, it is questioning the circumstances of their abduction and subsequent return. The party urged the government to address grey areas surrounding the abduction of the students and their subsequent return. It said it doubted…

Dino Melaye, Senator representing Kogi West. [Photo Credit: Punch Newspapers]

INEC to resume Dino Melaye’s recall

Following an appeal court ruling, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Kogi State has announced the recommencement of the recall process of Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi West. According to a report by Punch, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, James Apam, made this announcement on Wednesday at…

PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus.

#DapchiGirls abduction, release ‘staged’ by Buhari, APC — PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some officials in the Presidency staged the abduction of the schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State, for political purposes. The party made the allegation on Wednesday at a press conference in Abuja addressed by its national publicity secretary,…

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka

2019: Soyinka, Agbakoba, Utomi harmonise plans to displace APC, PDP

Prominent Nigerians including Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka; Patrick Utomi and Olisa Agbakoba are revving up their plans for 2019. They are working on the emergence of a third force in the Nigerian polity to displace the rulling All Progressives Congress and major opposition Peoples Democratic Party at the general elections.…

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Alleged N400 million scandal: Metuh accuses APC of ‘undue interference’

A former spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisah Metuh, has reacted to the publication alleging that a medical report submitted by his clients at an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court was fake. In a statement issued on Tuesday by Mr. Metuh’s lawyer, Benchuks Nwosu, the former PDP…

PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus.

#DapchiGirls: Amnesty International report vindicates our position – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday said a recent report issued by Amnesty International (AI) report has vindicated its stance that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) must be held responsible for the abduction that took place in Dapchi. Over 100 school girls were…

Senator Ali Wakili. [Photo credit: TOS TV NETWORK]

APC mourns Ali Wakili

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed condolence over the death of Ali Wakili, its senator representing Bauchi south district who died on Saturday in Abuja at the age of 58. Mr. Wakili was buried at a Gudu District Cemetery in Abuja after Islamic rites were performed on his remains…

Nigeria’s economy has made considerable progress – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria's economy has made "considerable progress" on its journey out of recession. The president said this on Thursday while commissioning a sugarcane farm in Mokwa, Niger State. The farm, owned by Sunti Golden Sugar Estates (SGSE) Limited, a subsidiary of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, plans…

PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus.

Buhari’s ‘politicising’ Dapchi schoolgirls’ abduction – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of attempting to score cheap political points with the abduction of school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State last month. The party described as iniquitous the statement by the president in which he compared the response of his government to the…

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2019 Election Sequence: PDP criticises Buhari for withholding assent

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for withholding his assent to a proposed legislation by the National Assembly to change the sequence of general elections in the country. The party in a statement on Tuesday signed by Kola Ologbodiyan, its national publicity secretary, said it believes…

Labour Party says it’s not in crisis

The Labour Party has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of misleading Nigerians by claiming it is in crisis. It urged the electoral body to recognise Mike Omotosho as its chairman, in place of Abdulkadir Abdusalam. The forum of state chairmen of the party stated this at a press…

Trump fires Rex Tillerson as US Secretary of State

Less than a day after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Rex Tillerson has been fired as the U.S. Secretary of State. President Donald Trump fired Mr. Tillerson on Tuesday. “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” the U.S. President announced on Twitter. He will do a…

Process of kicking out APC has started — Secondus

The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Uche Secondus, has said the process of ejecting the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from Aso Rock Villa and other states in the federation has begun in earnest. According to a statement on Monday by Ike Abonyi, special adviser on media…

Social Democratic Party, SDP, logo

2019: SDP sets agenda, says it’s ready to rule Nigeria from 2019

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has set its agenda for the upcoming general elections. The party made this known on Sunday in a statement by Adakole Ijogi, its national spokesperson. The party which earlier on Thursday announced its Interim Nation Working Committee (NWC) at a press conference in Abuja, said…

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture

PDP demands Audu Ogbeh’s resignation over Thailand comment

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, to apologise to Nigerians and resign making false claims on Thailand closing down its rice mills on account of reduced importation from Nigeria. The party in a statement on Friday by its national publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan, said…

Olu Falae

Olu Falae, others named in SDP’s National Working Committee

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has constituted an Interim National Working Committee (NWC) as the party steps up preparations for the coming rounds of elections in Nigeria. According to a statement on Friday by the party's spokesperson, Adakole Ijogi, the party announced the committee at a press conference on Thursday…

Ike Ekweremadu

APDA ‘shocked’ by Ekweremadu’s statement on military takeover

The Advanced People's Democratic Alliance(APDA) has described as shocking the comment by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on the possibility of military take over of power in Nigeria. The party made this known in a statement on Friday by its publicity secretary, Tosin Adeyanju. At a senate plenary on Wednesday,…

APC greets Vice President Osinbajo @61

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulated Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on the occasion of his 61st birthday coming up on Thursday, March 8. In a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, the ruling party described the vice president as an erudite lawyer. The party…

Wadata-plaza PDP Headquarters

PDP begs international community to intervene over alleged persecution of its members by Nigerian government

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the intervention of the international community over alleged harassment and detention of its members by agents and officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) - controlled federal government. According to the opposition party's spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the APC government has failed and…

FILE PHOTO: Voting and accreditation in progress

INEC discovers ineligible voters in register 

The Taraba State Chapter of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it found some ineligible persons who were registered in the ongoing continuous voters registration (CVR). The state chapter of the commission made this known in a statement on Wednesday by Fabian Yame Vwamhi, Head of Department, Voter Education…

EXCLUSIVE: Nigerian ambassador goes into hiding; NIA launches manhunt

The Nigerian Ambassador to Chad, Mohammed Dauda, has gone underground, triggering a massive manhunt for him. Sources familiar with the matter said the diplomat slipped into hiding after claiming his life was in danger following the testimony he gave a House of Representatives committee last month. The government had sometime…

PDP criticises Buhari over Taraba visit, remarks on killings

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said a recent statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari during a visit to Taraba state, where he compared the number of deaths through killings in affected states, was not only morbid but ill-thought. It also said the president's planned visits to states affected by…