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

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…

A court used to illustrate the story

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…

PDP announces dates for NEC, BOT meetings

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has released dates of meetings of its critical organs such as the Expanded National Caucus, Board of Trustees, BOT, and National Executive Committee, NEC. In a press statement Saturday, the party also informed all members of the state organs of the party that the meeting…

PDP pledges to grant amnesty to Sheriff faction

The Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said on Thursday in Abuja that the party’s leadership tussle was a “hard battle.” The committee’s spokesperson also announced that ‘amnesty’ would be granted to the Sheriff faction of the party. Mr. Makarfi spoke when he received…

FRSC

FRSC summons officials caught on video assaulting driver

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, says it is investigating two of its officials caught on video physically assaulting a driver. A video showing the incident has gone viral on the internet. The FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, told PREMIUM TIMES over the phone on Thursday that the agency was aware…

PDP: Fayose, Wike, Umahi, Mark, others laud Supreme Court judgement

The Governors of Ekiti, Delta and Ebonyi states, Ayodele Fayose Ifeanyi Okowa, and David Umahi have described the Supreme Court judgment affirming Ahmed Makarfi as the authentic chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as victory for democracy and Nigeria. The Supreme Court in its Wednesday ruling also sacked Ali…

Senator Dino Melaye

We will maintain ‘status quo’ on Melaye’s recall — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC today said it would maintain the status quo concerning the recall of Kogi state senator, Dino Melaye. Speaking with PREMIUM TIMES on the phone, INEC’s director of publicity, Mr Oluwole Osaze-uzzi said they would abide by all the stipulations outlined by the court. When…

Senator Dino Melaye

Dino Melaye’s recall: INEC receives, studying court order

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, says it has been served with the ruling of a Federal High Court on the process to recall the senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye. The INEC spokesperson, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said the commission received the court papers on Monday but was yet to study…