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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ANALYSIS: Amid crisis, Nigeria’s newest political parties in heightened preparations for first polls

In June, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) registered five more political parties, bringing the number of registered parties in Nigeria to 45. The new parties are Young Progressive Party (YPP), Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), New Generation Party of Nigeria (NGP), All Democratic Peoples Movement (ADPM) and Action Democratic…

INEC swears in nine resident electoral commissioners

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmoud Yakubu, on Wednesday swore in nine Resident Electoral Commissioners at the INEC headquarters Abuja. A few weeks ago, Mr. Mahmoud swore in 14 RECs. Wednesday’s exercise increases the number of commissioners to 23. Five out of the newly appointed commissioners…

John Odigie-Oyegun, Former APC Chairman

‎APC receives report of reconciliation committee

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, on Tuesday received the report of the party’s six-member fact-finding and reconciliation committee on Bauchi State at the National Secretariat in Abuja. The report was submitted by the committee chairman, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige. He was…

Andy Uba

Anambra governorship: APC clears Andy Uba, 11 others for primary

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has cleared all the 12 aspirants seeking to become its candidate for the November governorship election in Anambra. The cleared aspirants include a serving senator and former presidential aide, Andy Uba. The Chairman of the APC screening panel, Agboola Ajayi, on Saturday declared all 12…

Gov Okowa

PDP to receive ‘high profile’ defectors within next three weeks — Okowa

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it is expecting to receive “high-profile" defectors in the next three weeks. The chairman of the party’s Non-Elective National Convention, Ifeanyi Okowa, who is also the governor of Delta State, said this on Thursday while addressing journalists in Abuja. Mr. Okowa said the party…

APC inaugurates El-Rufai-led 23-member committee on “true federalism”

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, on Thursday inaugurated the party’s 23-member committee on “true federalism." The officials were inaugurated at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja. The members of the committee are: Nasiru El-Rufai - Chairman, Olubunmi Adetunbi - Secretary, Rauf Aregbesola - Member,…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

APC Chairman Oyegun condemns hate speeches, blames losing politicians

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, has described perpetrators of hate-speeches, images and songs as worse than Boko Haram. He said "disgruntled elements out to destroy democracy" in Nigeria over the outcome of the last general elections were responsible for the development and called…

Newly-registered party, APDA, erupts in crisis; suspends Dokpesi, Nwanyanwu

A leadership crisis has erupted in the newly-registered Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) with the suspension on Tuesday of three of its key leaders. Those suspended are the proprietor of the African Independent Television, AIT, Raymond Dokpesi, Dan Nwayanwu and Mainassara Ilo. Mr. Nwanyanwu is a former national chairman of…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari, CAN, APC, PDP, others condemn Anambra church attack

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the Ozubulu Church attack in Anambra State by a yet to be identified gunman, describing the incident as "an appalling crime against humanity and unspeakable sacrilege." The police have confirmed that the death toll in the attack has risen to 11 with over a dozen injured.…

Kano State House of Assembly [Photo credit: Channels Television]

Obey Supreme Court, swear in our member, PDP tells Kano Assembly Speaker

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the swearing in of its member, Abdullahi Mohammed, who was confirmed elected as a member of the Kano State House of Assembly by the Supreme Court. The PDP, in a statement released Sunday, said the disobedience of the apex court's judgement by…

Ladoja, Alao-Akala may defect to PDP

Two former governors of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala, appear to have begun moves to return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Messrs. Ladoja and Alao-Akala were elected on the platform of the PDP as governor and deputy governor in 2003. Mr. Alao-Akala was later elected governor on…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

INEC warns politicians, political parties against frivolous litigation

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has urged politicians and their parties to embrace alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and avoid frivolous litigations. The advice which was offered by the commission at a workshop on Wednesday in Abuja also said the commission frowns at the increasing disrespect for superior court judgments…

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

APC, PDP, other Nigerian political parties lack internal democracy – Atiku

A former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has accused Nigerian political parties, including the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, of lacking internal democracy. Mr. Atiku, who is a member of the APC, made the criticism on Tuesday at the second annual conference of the Inter-Party Advisory…

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Court grants bail to two Nigerian journalists arraigned for cyber stalking

The Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday granted bail to two journalists arraigned by the police for alleged cyber stalking. Salisu Abdullai, who is the publisher of The Post-Nigeria, and Amako Nneji, a reporter of the newspaper were arraigned before the court on a criminal charge by the Inspector-General…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

APC constitution review committee submits report, proposes 85 amendments

The All Progressives Congress, APC, constitution review committee set up in January has submitted its report to the chairman of the party, John Oyegun, on Thursday in Abuja. The report was submitted by the chairman of the committee and APC National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire, at the party’s national secretariat.…

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

APC overrules suspension of legal adviser, Muiz Banire

The All Progressive Congress, APC, has quashed the suspension of its legal adviser, Muiz Banire, by the party's executive committee of his local government area. The executive committee of the APC in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State had on Thursday announced that Mr. Banire had been suspended for…

PDP dissolves factional executives in Anambra State

The Peoples Democratic Party’s National Caretaker Committee on Thursday dissolved all the existing factional executive committees of the party in Anambra State. The meeting was convened with leaders and members of the party in the state to resolve all lingering issues. "The NCC in the exercise of its powers under…

Anambra 2017: ID picks governorship candidate August 31

The Independent Democrats, ID, has fixed August 31 for the election of its candidate in the governorship election in Anambra State. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will conduct the governorship election on November 18. According to the timetable released on Thursday by the National Secretary of ID, Tobi Adeniyi,…

Makarfi proposes BOT takeover during PDP leadership crisis

The National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has proposed that its Board of Trustees, BOT, should assume the leadership of the party anytime the party has leadership crisis. This is one of the proposals for constitutional amendment submitted to members of the party by the chairman of the…

Kogi State Map

We want Okura State, not regionalism — Igala leaders

The Igala people of Kogi East district have called for for the creation of Okura State from the current Kogi State and said they do not want Nigeria to restructure or return to regionalism. The people stated this at a press conference they held on Wednesday in Abuja to articulate…

PDP to hold Anambra governorship primaries August 19

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has released the timetable for the Anambra 2017 gubernatorial election coming up on November 18, 2017. In a tweet on its official Twitter handle, Tuesday, the party said the process will start officially from July 21 and end on November 18 and also stated the…

“PDP is a non-issue” – Okorocha

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was not a threat to his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC. Mr. Okorocha, who is also APC Governors Forum Chairman, spoke on Thursday after he led his colleagues to a meeting with Acting President Yemi…

El-Rufai chairs APC committee on restructuring

The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday, constituted a nine-member committee headed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State to address the increasing agitations for the restructuring of the country’s polity. A statement by its spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, said the party set up the committee during its fifth joint regular…

After major meetings, PDP opts for non-elective convention

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has shelved its plan to hold its national convention to elect new leaders on August 16. Instead, it will hold a non-elective special convention on August 12. The decision was taken on Tuesday at the party’s 74th National Executive Council meeting held at the party's…

Large gathering as PDP holds National Caucus, BOT, NEC meetings

The major organs of Nigeria’s largest opposition party are currently meeting at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja. The National Caucus of the party was holding its meeting as at the time of this report. That meeting is to be followed by that of the party’s Board of…