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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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Voters queuing to cast their votes at ward 102, Adereti, Olode village, during the Osun State Governorship Re-run Election on Thursday (27/9/18). 05168/27/9/18/Timothy Adeogodiran/ICE/NAN

UPDATED: It’s Official: Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina lead in PVCs collected for election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday released the final breakdown of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) collected before Saturday's presidential election. A total of 72.8 million PVCs have been collected across the country as at February 11, with Lagos and Kano leading. The INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this…

Permanent Voter Cards

72.8 million PVCs collected, eligible to vote in Saturday’s elections – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the total number of collected Permanent Voters Card (PVCs) across Nigeria is 72,775,585. This implies that the total number of votes across the country for the presidential election cannot be more than 72,775,585 as only persons with PVCs can be allowed to…

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.

We have completed configuration of smart card readers – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it has completed the configuration of smart card readers. The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, said this at the commission's third press briefing after the postponement of the elections. On Tuesday at its second briefing, the commission said the configuring of the…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

The law will take its course on ballot box snatchers – INEC boss

The Independent National Elector Commission (INEC) has said all electoral offenders will be punished according to the provisions of the electoral act. The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu made this known on Tuesday, reacting to the president's comment on ballot box snatchers. “The position of the commission is that…

FILE: From left: INEC National Commissioner, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine; INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu; and another INEC National Commissioner, Mr Festus Okoye, during the INEC Chairman’s meeting with Electoral Commissioners at the INEC headquarters in Abuja on Thursday (6/9/18).

Why we set up a separate logistics committee for 2019 elections — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has explained why it set up a separate ad-hoc committee for logistics. Mr Yakubu set up the advisory committee three months to the polls. Okechukwu Ibeanu, who heads the commission’s operations and logistics department, was not part of the 15-member advisory committee. The committee…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

SSS backs down, cancels summon of top INEC officials

The State Security Service (SSS) has backed down from its summon of top officials of the electoral commission, INEC. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the SSS summoned the head of INEC's operations and logistics department, Okechukwu Ibeanu, and four other officials of the agency. The others asked to appear before the SSS…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

INEC approves continuation of election campaigns

The electoral commission, INEC, has approved that campaigns continue ahead of Saturday's presidential and National Assembly elections. The elections were rescheduled early last Saturday hours before they were to commence. The presidential and National Assembly elections were shifted to February 23 while the state elections were shifted to March 9.…

President Muhammadu Buhari today at the APC National Caucus meeting at the Party’s Headquarters in Abuja

Election Postponement: APC Caucus meets, insists on campaigns

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has resolved to resume campaigns for the presidential and National Assembly elections, in defiance of the closure of campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The ruling party announced the resolution on Monday at the end of at its expanded national caucus meeting in…

APC Chieftain, Chief Bola Tinubu briefing State House Correspondents

Tinubu speaks on Buhari’s death threat against ballot box snatchers

A leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said President Muhammadu Buhari was 'misinterpreted' over his comment that thugs that snatch ballot boxes in the upcoming polls, will do so "at the expense" of their lives. The president at the party's caucus meeting on Monday, Mr Buhari…

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Election Postponement: Buhari pledges to demand explanation from “incompetent” INEC

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission to explain why it postponed elections on Saturday just about five hours before polling opened. Mr Buhari said INEC had shown "incompetence" and "inefficiency", and must explain to the nation what happened. He said this on Monday at…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: Oriental Times

Elections: Oshiomhole wants INEC reshuffled

The National Chairman of the APC on Monday requested that INEC reshuffle some of its senior officials. Adams Oshiomhole stated this at a caucus meeting of the APC in Abuja. The meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, 11 APC governors, and other party leaders. Mr…

The APC Caucus meeting [Photo: Novo Isioro]

Election Postponement: Buhari, Osinbajo attend APC caucus meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and 11 governors are currently attending the national caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress(APC). A national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, is also at the meeting. The party is meeting following Saturday's postponement of the general elections. The chairman of the…

Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha speaking with reporters after a meeting of APC governors with President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House Presidential Villa

Election Postponement: Okorocha counters Buhari campaign, PDP

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has countered claims by President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign council and the Peoples Democratic Party on who is to blame for the postponement of Saturday's presidential elections. The presidential and National Assembly elections were early last Saturday postponed from February 16 to 23 while state…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

Campaigns remain closed – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said campaigns for the presidential and national assembly elections remain closed. The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said this at a press briefing with major stakeholders on Saturday, explaining the reasons for the postponement. The commission postponed the election from February 16 to February…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu at the stakeholders meeting

INEC lists five steps to addressing challenges before new election date

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has outlined six steps to resolve its logistics issues before the new date of the presidential and national assembly elections. The election, initially scheduled to hold February 16, was moved by INEC some hours to the election, citing logistics issues as the cause. According…

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu at the Press briefing

Why we postponed 2019 elections — INEC Chairman

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, has given details of the "logistics and operational problems" he earlier said prompted the rescheduling of the 2019 general elections billed to start Saturday. The commission announced the shocking decision just hours before the opening of polls after repeatedly assuring…

Elections: Prominent Nigerian families divided by politics

As the 2019 general election approaches, a trend where family members support different candidates appears to be increasing. Those who in 2015 supported a particular candidate are on the opposing side for one reason or the other. Below are some prominent Nigerians whose family members support different candidates publicly. Bukola…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

INEC to postpone tomorrow’s elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is considering postponing Saturday's presidential and national assembly elections, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt. Multiple sources close to the electoral commission said the postponement being considered is due to some logistics challenges being faced by the commission in many states. The electoral body is facing…

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Elections: 18 political parties not fielding presidential candidates

Eighteen parties will not be fielding presidential candidates in Saturday's elections. These parties are: Congress of Patriots (COP) Alternative Party of Nigeria (APN) Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN) Modern Democratic Party (MDP) Movement for The Restoration and Defence of Democracy (MRDD) New Generation Party (NGP) New Progressives Movement (NPM) Alliance…

Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari

Election: APC accuses PDP of plotting to induce major actors

he All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of inducing major actors ahead of the Saturday election with money. The APC, in a statement by Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party’s national publicity secretary, said this is because the opposition party feels it will lose. "The opposition party…

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

Elections: APC accuses INEC of working for PDP

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is working for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Oshiomhole made the allegation at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday. He was reacting to allegations by the PDP…

INEC Card readers sues to illustrate the story.

Over 4,000 card readers destroyed by fire in Anambra — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says 4,695 smart card readers were destroyed by fire that razed its facility in Anambra State on Tuesday. The commission's National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement. "Initial assessment, however, confirms that a total of…

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

APC vows to punish Amosun over presidential rally fracas

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to sanction Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, over the violence that marred its presidential rally in Abeokuta on Monday. The party blamed Mr Amosun for the fracas and vowed to punish the sponsors after the general elections. PREMIUM TIMES reported how aggrieved party…

INEC inaugurates team

Election: INEC inaugurates team to track campaign finance

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has inaugurated an inter-agency campaign finance monitoring group ahead of the general election. The group will partner with the commission's election and party finance monitoring department. A national commissioner, Antonia Okosi-Simbine, inaugurated the committee on behalf of the chairman of the commission. Members of…

Plateau State INEC office in flames

Elections: INEC raises alarm about fire incidents in its offices

The electoral commission, INEC, has expressed concern about fire incidents at two of its local government offices. PREMIUM TIMES reported the fire at the INEC office in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government office in Abia State. Another fire incident occurred late on Saturday at the  Qua’an Pan Local Government Area of Plateau State. "Some…