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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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2019: Anybody can challenge Buhari for APC ticket – Bisi Akande

A former acting chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bisi Akande, on Thursday in Ibadan said President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to inform South-west leaders of the party that he would recontest in 2019. Mr. Akande also said that Mr. Buhari, a member of the ruling party, will have…

Raymond Dokpesi

Despite corruption allegations, I will be PDP chairman – Dokpesi

‎The founder of DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, has said that his trial in court over alleged corruption will have no effect on his chances of becoming chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The chieftain of the PDP said his desire to clinch the slot remained strong and unshaken as…

Governor of Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai

Restructuring: It’s injustice for all zones to have same number of states, El-Rufai says

The chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC,  committee on restructuring, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, has said demanding equal states for all the geo-political zones is injustice as it will amount to trying to make “the unequal equal”. The governor said this on Wednesday while speaking at an interactive session with…

Abdulkadir-Abdulsalam

Labour Party crisis: New faction announces sack of national chairman

The crisis rocking the Labour Party has taken a new dimension as a faction headed by Mike Omotosho announced the sack of Abdulkadir Abdulsalam as the party’s national chairman. The national publicity secretary of the party, Ebere Ifendu, announced this at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday. Mrs. Ifendu…

Fayose

Your declaration has no value, Northern PDP leaders tell Fayose

Some laders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the 19 northern states have condemned the presidential ambition of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State saying it is of no political consequence. The meeting which held on Tuesday in Abuja was called by the leaders of the party in the…

APC, Mark mourn ex-Army chief Victor Malu

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has mourned the death of former Chief of Army Staff, Victor Malu, who died on Monday. The party made this known in a press statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi. President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier confirmed his death in a condolence message…

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

PDP reassigns national officers to new portfolios

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reassigned a former National Legal Adviser, Dave Iorhemba, to the position of Deputy National Secretary. This was made known in a statement by the party's national publicity secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, on Sunday. His re-assignment was backdated to September 28. The chairman of the party,…

President-Muhammadu-Buhari speaking

NNPC Scandal: Buhari should quit as petroleum minister – Falana

A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to quit as petroleum minister. Mr. Buhari has held on to the position of petroleum minister but named Ibe Kachikwu as the Minster of State for Petroleum. Mr. Falana’s call is coming after Mr. Kachikwu accused the Group Managing…

Ibe Kachikwu

Kachikwu’s letter: PDP calls for the immediate suspension of NNPC GMD Baru

The Peoples Democratic Party has expressed outrage at "the loud silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on the humongous corruption scandal" rocking the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and called for the immediate suspension of its Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru. The party said the scandal involving "two of the president's henchmen",…

President Buhari

Why APC should be deregistered – Ex-Buhari associate

A former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Buba Galadima, has said that Nigeria's ruling Party,  APC, does not deserve to be a registered party due to its penchant for disregarding laid down rules. He said if he had the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission, he would have delisted the…

Dino Melaye

INEC awaiting Court’s directive on Melaye’s recall — INEC Chairman

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday said it was awaiting the court to determine the next step in the bid to recall Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye. The commission's chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, said this during INEC's quarterly consultative meeting with the media in Abuja. Mr. Melaye has been battling…

What PDP must do before 2019 elections – Jonathan

As the 2019 general election draws near, former President Goodluck Jonathan has offered what seems to be winning strategies to his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Mr. Jonathan was the former president of Nigeria and served under the umbrella of the party from 2010 to 2015. He earlier served…

Anambra Governorship: PDP crisis deepens, former chairman suspended

Less than two months to the November 16 governorship election in Anambra, the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state has deepened. The national disciplinary committee of the party on Thursday suspended the former Anambra State chairman of the party, Ken Emeakayi for four years over “indiscipline.” Mr. Emeakayi was sanctioned…

Anambra Governorship: Seven governors, Ngige, Amaechi, Onu lead APC campaign

Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress on Thursday inaugurated its Anambra Governorship Campaign Council ahead of the governorship election in the state on November 18. The council is headed by the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar. The APC seeks to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Anambra, South-east…

Why I want to be Nigeria’s president despite PDP zoning – Ayo Fayose

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Thursday formally declared his intention to run for president in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The public declaration which was done with fanfare at the Chelsea Hotel, Abuja, is in spite of the PDP’s position to zone the…

JUST IN: Fayose ignores PDP, formally declares presidential ambition

The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, has officially declared his intention to contest the 2019 presidential election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Mr. Fayose formally declared his interest at the Chelsea Hotel, Abuja on Thursday. He made the declaration despite the PDP making it clear that it had…

PDP’s return in 2019 will be difficult – Former Ministers

Two former ministers, who served under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have declared that it will not be easy for their party to return to power in 2019. The PDP in 2015 lost the presidential election to the All Progressive Congress, APC, the first such loss by a ruling party…

Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye’s recall: INEC to return to court on Thursday

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has said it will go back to court to seek directives after a senator, Dino Melaye, avoided being served official papers on his recall process. Mr. Melaye, representing Kogi West Senatorial District, is battling a recall process instituted by some of his constituents who…

IPOB Protesters

60 IPOB members docked, remanded in prison

A court on Monday remanded 60 members of the separatist group, IPOB, in prison. The Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Afara Federal Prisons in Aba, the Nation Newspaper reports. The IPOB members were among those arrested in the clashes…

APC’s “abysmal failure” will help PDP win in 2019 – Spokesperson

Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has criticised the All Progressive Congress, APC for making ‘frivolous’ claims of achievements. The party said it is amazed at some claims credited to ''certain leaders of the ruling party'' who said the ''party (APC) has cleared PDP's mess.''…

APDA lauds proposed establishment of special courts for corruption, financial crime cases

One of the newly registered parties, the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, has praised the Nigerian Judiciary for its plan to establish special courts to handle cases involving corruption and financial crimes. The Chief Justice of Nigeria,Walter Onnonghen, announced the plan while declaring the new legal year open on Monday.…

Ifeanyi Ubah

PDP suspends Ubah, to appear alongside Kashamu before disciplinary panel

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has suspended the Anambra State gubernatorial aspirant, Ifeanyi Ubah, for one month due to his criticism of party leaders over their handling of the party's primaries in the state. The party has also referred his matter to a disciplinary committee. Equally, a PDP senator, Buruji…

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

IPOB: Blame games won’t work, address the problem, PDP tells APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has criticised Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, for saying that some persons were fanning the embers of disunity in Nigeria. The minister also accused disgruntled politicians'of sponsoring the separatist group IPOB. The opposition party said that excuses and blame game would not excuse…

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

INEC issues fresh timetable for Dino Melaye’s recall

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Monday issued an amended timetable and schedule of activities regarding the recall of Dino Melaye, an All Progressives Congress senator representing Kogi West at the National Assembly. The commission disclosed this in a statement by its secretary, Augusta Ogakwu. The INEC had released…

Governor Kashim Shettima

Anambra Guber: Ignore Andy Uba,  APC primaries was free, fair – Gov. Shettima

The Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, on Sunday said that none of the 12 aspirants questioned the procedures of the Anambra primaries which led to the emergence of Tony Nwoye as the candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC. The fate of Mr. Nwoye had been uncertain following the…