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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John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

Nigeria will not break up, APC chairman Odigie-Oyegun says

Against the backdrop of recent agitations for dismemberment of the country, the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun said Nigeria will not breakup. Mr. Odigie-Oyegun stated this at a ceremony to celebrate his 78th birthday. It was organised by the Inner Circle of Friends, University of…

Anambra 2017: PDP Upholds Obaze’s Election

The National Caretaker Committee, NCC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has upheld the primary election that produced Oseloka Obaze as the party’s candidate for the November 18 Anambra governorship election. This was contained in a statement by the Head of Publicity Division of the party, Chinwe Nnorom, on Saturday.…

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige

NLC, TUC, others denounce ULC; NAMA insists Nigeria airspace remains open

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has dismissed the proposed strike threat issued by the United Labour Congress, ULC. NAMA, after an emergency meeting with some aviation unions, said that the Nigeria airspace will remain open in spite of the ULC planned strike. The meeting was attended by representatives of…

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IPOB: Abia govt extends Aba curfew, postpones resumption of schools

The Abia State Government has extended the curfew imposed on Aba, the commercial centre of the state till Sunday. The dusk to dawn curfew was earlier scheduled to end on Friday. The curfew was imposed following violence between members of the pro-Biafra separatist group, IPOB, and soldiers in the state.…

2019: APC grills Mama Taraba over pro-Atiku comments

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, on Thursday met with the National Working Committee, NWC, of the All Progressive Congress, APC in a bid to clarify her recent controversial statement concerning who she would support in the 2019 presidential election. The minister caused a stir recently when she said…

Raymond Dokpesi

APDA leadership floors Dokpesi in court 

A Federal Capital Territory high court has dismissed a suit filed by Raymond Dokpesi seeking to remove the national leaders of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA.    Mr. Dokpesi, the founder of African Independent Television, AIT, had on August 17 approached the court with claims that he founded the…

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IPOB: PDP calls for restraint, dialogue over South-east clashes

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for caution and restraint in handling the conflict that has erupted in Abia State between the military and members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB. In a press statement on Wednesday, the PDP national chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, said while the party is…

Raymond Dokpesi

Dokpesi, APDA Trade Claims Over New Party 

The Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, says Raymond Dokpesi is not its founder but merely its media partner.  The party stated this on Wednesday in reaction to claims by the founder of African Independent Television, AIT, that he founded APDA as "Plan B" for opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.   Mr. Dokpesi had…

Anambra 2017: Nwoye’s Fate Uncertain As APC Appeal Panel Sits

The fate of the All Progressives Congress, APC ticket winner for November 18 Anambra governorship election, Tony Nwoye, is uncertain following the setting up of a panel by the party to probe the election result. The panel was set up after a petition written by Andy Uba, one of the…

John Odigie-Oyegun, Former APC Chairman

APC to submit recommendations on restructuring to Nigerian government

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has received the recommendations of its committee on restructuring and has promised to forward same to the federal government for implementation. The party had previously set up a nine-member committee headed by Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, to review the demands by many Nigerians for…

John Odigie-Oyegun, Former APC Chairman

APC chieftain warns Atiku, urges ‘Mama Taraba’ to resign

A leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to statements by Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, that she would not support any re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 but would rather support a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, who she referred to as her…

PDP leaders visit Benue flood victims, make donations

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP, has paid a sympathy visit to flood victims in Makurdi, Benue State. The party's official twitter handle gave out this information on Friday. The delegation, which was led by the party's National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the National Legal Adviser of…

Ex-PDP governor blames party for destroying Nigerian economy

A former governor elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party has blamed the party for the current economic woes of Nigeria. Segun Oni, who dumped the PDP for the now ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2014, said this on Thursday. Mr. Oni, who is now the Deputy…

AD’s leadership crisis deepens

The leadership crisis in the Alliance for Democracy, AD, has heightened as some members of the party's National Executive Committee, NEC, met in Abuja on Wednesday and announced the suspension of the National Chairman of the party, Joseph Avazi. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Morafat Olayinka, while reading the…

Buhari and Atiku will contest for the presidential flag of the All Progressives Congress.

Atiku cries out: Buhari, APC side-lined me after I helped win 2015 elections

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday said he had been side-lined by President Muhammadu Buhari’s government which he said he helped into power in 2015. Mr. Abubakar’s accusations at the government came same day one of Mr. Buhari’s ministers, Aisha Alhassan, said she would support the former vice…

John Odigie-Oyegun, Former APC Chairman

Buhari has fulfilled his promise on economic recovery – APC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has lauded the federal government for the nation's recent exit from economic recession as announced by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS. The party expressed this in a press statement on Wednesday signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi. "APC also commends the National…

Tomorrow’s FEC meeting cancelled – Lai Mohammed

The weekly Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting will not hold tomorrow, Wednesday, and official has said. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the meeting will not hold because the Eid-el-Kabir holiday deprived the ministers adequate time to prepare the documents for the meeting. In a statement issued…

Anambra guber: Yul Edochie emerges as DPC candidate

Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, has emerged the Anambra governorship candidate for the Democratic Peoples Congress, DPC. Mr. Edochie emerged unopposed at the party’s primary yesterday in Awka, Anambra State. Mr. Edochie is the son of veteran movie star, Pete Edochie. Mr. Edochie, who has been campaigning on social media with…

Senate President Bukola Saraki

Saraki travels for Hajj, ‘to pray for Buhari’

The Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday night travelled to Saudi Arabia to join millions of Muslim faithful gathered in the Holy Land for this year's Hajj. A statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said Mr. Saraki would also use the opportunity to pray for the…

‎Nnamdi Kanu dares Nigerian govt: No one can arrest me again

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Sunday boasted that nobody could re-arrest him. Mr. Kanu is currently enjoying bail after spending about 16 months in detention for alleged treason. The federal government on Friday announced its decision to ask the court to revoke Mr. Kanu's bail…

Nigerian bikers to ride for unity October 1

A group of bikers will be organising a commemorative ride tagged, "The one Nigeria Ride" slated for October 1, Nigeria's independence day to advocate for the country's unity. Abubakar Abdullahi, speaking on behalf of the group to journalists on Saturday at the Unity Fountain, said it was 'their own way…

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PDP criticises Buhari’s #PresidentialBroadcast

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said President Muhammadu Buhari on his return missed a golden opportunity to reconnect with the people by not addressing issues that directly affect them. This was made known in a statement on Monday signed by the party's head of publicity, Chinwe Nnorom. The president who…

Bolaji Abdullahi

PDP’s Understanding Of Restructuring Nigeria Shallow — APC

The ruling All Progressives Congress has described the opposition Peoples Democratic Party's definition and understanding of the restructuring of Nigeria as shallow and far from what Nigerians are asking for. The two main parties had since the end of last week been engaged in a debate on an issue that…

Buhari’s welcome speech failed to address ‘critical’ national issues – SDP

The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has said despite its joy that President Muhammadu Buhari is back from his medical vacation, it is displeased that his first speech after return did not address critical national issues. Mr Buhari addressed Nigerians early Monday after he returned from a protracted medical leave. In…

Restructuring: APC, PDP trade tackles

Nigeria's two main parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress and opposition Peoples Democratic Party, on Sunday traded tackles over their positions on the agitation for the restructuring of Nigeria. The agitation became more strident across the country after the APC-led National Assembly blocked some proposals on restructuring in its votes…