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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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INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

INEC warns parties on new deadline for submitting names of poll agents

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned registered parties to submit the names and appropriate details of their poll agents for the governorship election within the given time limit. This was contained in a statement signed by Festus Okoye, the national commissioner and chairman, information and voter education. This…

Permanent Voter Cards

INEC extends PVC collection deadline

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has extended the deadline for the collection of permanent voters cards (PVC) by three days. The collection of PVCs was scheduled to end on Friday, February 8. The agency has now extended it to Monday, February 11. The chairman of INEC, Mahmoud Yakubu, said…

INEC office signpost

INEC says may extend PVC collection deadline

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it might extend Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) collection deadline in some states. This, it said, is as a result of uncollected PVCs and complaints received. The commission said it does not want anyone disenfranchised. The commission said it will meet to review…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

2019: Our position on APC participation in Rivers yet to be reviewed – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said its decision on the participation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State election still stands. This, the commission said, is because both sensitive and non-sensitive material for the elections have already been dispatched to states in readiness for the polls.…

Kwara State map

Election: APC denies influencing police commissioner for Kwara

Ten days to the presidential election, the two main parties again on Wednesday traded allegations of attempts to compromise the poll. The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) fired the first salvo when it accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of influencing the choice of a police commissioner for…

Oby Ezekwesili

2019: Ezekwesili replies former party, denies corruption allegations

A former presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili, has denied the allegation that her presidential race was aimed at getting a ministerial appointment or enriching her pocket. She made this known while addressing the press on Monday in Abuja. She was reacting to allegations…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

APC thugs disrupting my campaign, ADC candidate alleges

A senatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Victor Adoji, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC-led Kogi State Government is hampering his campaign. Mr Adoji is a senatorial candidate for Kogi East Senatorial District, in the forthcoming general election. In a press statement made available to journalists…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

PDP demands Buhari’s disqualification from February 16 presidential election.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from the February 16 presidential election. The National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, made the call on Friday evening while speaking at the presidential campaign rally of his party in Enugu,…

Voting commence in Oshogbo. Aged people allowed to vote first.

APC out in Rivers, Zamfara as INEC lists 2019 governorship, state assembly candidates (FULL LIST)

The electoral commission, INEC, has released the full list of candidates cleared to contest the state assembly and governorship elections. The governorship and state assembly elections are scheduled to hold on March 2 across Nigeria. In the list sent to PREMIUM TIMES by the commission, no candidates of Nigeria's ruling…

Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen

Onnoghen: Appeal Court ruling vindicates Buhari — APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the ruling of the Court of Appeal has vindicated President Muhammadu Buhari in his suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen. The president suspended Mr Onnoghen last week citing an order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), and swore in Tanko…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

APC, CUPP clash over Buhari’s health

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the concern raised by the Coalition for United Political Parties (CUPP) over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari. The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday said CUPP does not exist and is…

Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu showing a specimen ballot paper for Ekiti governorship election during the INEC quarterly consultative meeting with political parties, in Abuja on Wednesday (4/6/18). 03573/4/6/2018/Hogan Bassey/NAN

INEC omits APC from governorship, state assembly elections in Zamfara

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has omitted candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the final list of candidates for governorship and State Assembly elections in Zamfara State. This was contained in a statement by the INEC national commissioner in charge of information and voter education, Festus Okoye,…

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, (APC), Adams Oshiomhole (m), addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari at the State House Abuja on Monday (23/7/18). With him are Spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 Campaign, Festus Keyamo (L) and former member of the House of Representatives from Birnin-Kudu in Jigawa State. Hon. Farouk Aliyu Adamu. 03946/23/7/18/Ismaila Ibrahim/NAN

Onnoghen: Mind your business, Oshiomhole tells U.S., UK, EU

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said Nigeria is no longer a colony and will not accept unsolicited advice from foreign countries. Mr Oshiomhole made this known Monday night while addressing state house correspondents. He was reacting to concerns raised by the United States,…

Acting CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad

Judiciary’s independence is non-negotiable – Acting CJN

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko, on Monday said the independence of the judiciary should be guarded jealously even as the general polls approach. Mr Tanko, whose controversial appointment is still raising dust in the polity, said the judiciary must also be allowed to function unhindered. Mr…

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili in Premium Times office.

Real reason I quit 2019 presidential race, dump ACPN — Ezekwesili

A former Vice President of the World Bank, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has just released the statement below explaining the real reason she withdrew from the 2019 presidential race. In the statement posted to her Facebook Page, Mrs Ezekwesili, who is currently travelling in Mexico, said she had to exit her party…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: Oriental Times

APC nullifies expulsion of Imo governorship candidate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the purported expulsion of its Imo State governorship candidate, Hope Uzodinma, from the party is null and void. This was revealed in a statement by the party's national publicity secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Thursday night. The party said only the caretaker committee it…

Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu

Elections: Police IG Adamu assures of adequate security arrangement

The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has assured the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of adequate security arrangements for the 2019 general elections. According to a statement by the spokesperson of the INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, Mr Adamu gave the assurance while briefing the commission's members at the Inter-Agency…

Prof Jerry Gana

SDP speaks on sack of Jerry Gana as presidential candidate

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) says it is yet to take a decision on the Court of Appeal judgment on Thursday which reinstated former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke, as the party's presidential candidate. The court reversed the judgment of a federal high court which removed Mr Duke and…

Oby Ezekwesili

Ezekwesili can’t withdraw from presidential race now — INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is impossible for any candidate at this stage to withdraw from the presidential election. The election is coming up on February 16. The spokesperson of INEC chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this in reaction to the statement earlier on Thursday by the candidate…

R-L: National secretary Paul Isamade and National Chairman and running mate of Mrs Ezekwesili, Gani Galadima declaring support for President Buhari

Ezekwesili’s party abandons her, backs Buhari

The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has withdrawn its support for its presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili. The party declared its support for President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). "The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) is withdrawing support for her presidentia| aspiration and endorsing the second…

TY Danjuma

TY Danjuma alleges plot to rig elections

A former minister of defence, Theophilus Danjuma, has raised an alarm over an alleged plot to rig next month’s general elections. Describing the democracy of the nation as primitive, he said there was a plan to cause unrest in order to manipulate the elections. According to The PUNCH, Mr Danjuma…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

INTERVIEW: Why Nigerians should not give Buhari second term — Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki over a week ago in an exclusive interview with Channels TV questioned the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari. He said the president was running a corrupt administration that lacked the moral high ground to check fraud elsewhere. Mr Saraki, who spoke in his capacity as the…

Jerry Gana

SDP youth wing gives party 24 hours to present Jerry Gana as presidential candidate

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) youth have given the leadership of the party 24 hours to send the name of Jerry Gana to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party's presidential candidate. The national youth leader, Nwanka Stanley, made this known at a press conference in Abuja on…

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu (3rd, R); Chief Observer, EU Election Observation Mission Nigeria 2019, Maria Arena (3rd, L); INEC Commissioners and other members of the Mission, during their visit to INEC headquarters in Abuja on Monday (21/1/19). 00706/21/1/2019/Hogan Bassey/BJO/NAN

INEC raises alarm over new vote buying technique

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised alarm over a new method of vote buying. The chairman of the commission, Mahmood Yakubu, said the plan is to use food vendors around polling units as collection points of cash for votes. Mr Mahmood made this known on Monday at the…

Amina Zakari

Elections: Obasanjo doubts INEC’s neutrality, asks Amina Zakari to step aside

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Sunday expressed doubt over the neutrality of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the forthcoming general elections. Mr Obasanjo, who helped President Muhammadu Buhari to defeat the then incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, parted ways with Mr Buhari whom he has repeatedly attacked…