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Nasir Ayitogo is a National Assembly correspondent at PREMIUM TIMES. He is a graduate of Theatre and Media Arts from Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where he also obtained an Masters's degree in Public Relations and Advertising. Twitter: @nastogo

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Amina Zakari

PDP rejects appointment of Buhari’s ‘niece’ as INEC chief collation officer

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the appointment of Amina Zakari as the chairperson of INEC Advisory Committee and Presidential election Collation Center Committee. The party said it took the position because Mrs Zakari is President Buhari's niece. The PDP presidential campaign organisation made this known by its director,…

House of Reps

Seven key events that shaped Nigeria’s House of Representatives in 2018

Recalling events in 2018 at the House of Representatives will not be complete without some controversial yet memorable ones. The 8th assembly led by Speaker Yakubu Dogara witnessed a lot of events that ranged from the famous NEMA committee report, faulty microphones and others. Below are some of the events…

Aisha Buhari

FOR THE RECORD: Full list of Aisha Buhari’s ‘Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team’

The media aide to Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhamamdu Buhari, has released a list of the 'Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team.' The list was sent to PREMIUM TIMES by Suleiman Haruna, the media aide to Mrs Buhari. The campaign team is separate from the Presidential Campaign Council announced…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

APC won’t hand over to you, Obasanjo tells Igbo leaders

Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has advised the Igbos to be weary of the promise of the APC government to hand over power to them in 2023, noting that it was dangerous to take the APC government seriously, the Vanguard reported. The newspaper reported that Mr Obasanjo stated this during…

Buhari and Atiku (Photo Credit: Pulse)

2019: Buhari, Atiku attack each other over corruption allegations

The campaign organisations of the two main candidates in next year's presidential election on Sunday accused each other's candidate of corruption. The campaign organisation of President Muhammadu Buhari accused Atiku Abubakar of the PDP of not just being corrupt but also being so recognised internationally. Festus Keyamo, the Director, Strategic…

Shehu Shagari[Photo Credit:Nigerian News]

Buhari, Jonathan, Saraki, Dogara, others pay tribute to Shehu Shagari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the demise of a former President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari. Mr Shagari, 93, died Friday evening at the National Hospital Abuja after a brief illness. The death of the elder statesman was announced by his grandson, Bello Shagari, via his Twitter handle. In…

President Muhammadu Buhari

Atiku, Buhari campaign teams intensify attacks over alleged Etisalat ties

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) presidential campaign organization has declared that Nigeria’s president and candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, no longer has the moral standing to seek re-election until he directly responds to corruption allegations by its candidate, Atiku Abubakar. The PDP presidential candidate had…

President Muhammadu Buhari presents 2019 budget to the National Assembly (Photo Credit: @brytedude on Twitter)

Budget Presentation: Why we booed Buhari – Lawmaker

President Muhammadu Buhari was interrupted and booed intermittently by some lawmakers while addressing the joint session of the National Assembly on Wednesday. The actions of the lawmakers threw the parliament into a rowdy session while the president presented the 2019 Appropriation Bill before the National Assembly. Lawmakers from different political…

Some aides of the president arriving at the National Assembly

Buhari’s 2019 budget presentation delayed over move by lawmakers to protest

The anticipated presentation of the 2019 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly was on Wednesday delayed for over 30 minutes due protest by some lawmakers. The lawmakers, mostly from the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) also carried placards with different inscriptions into the chamber. The budget presentation…

President Muhammadu Buhari at the 2019 budget presentation to the National Assembly

Buhari presents 2019 budget to National Assembly (LIVE UPDATE)

All stage is set for President Muhammadu Buhari to present the 2019 budget to a joint session of the National Assembly. According to a letter addressed to the Senate and House of Representatives, Mr Buhari is expected to lay the budget, expected to be a little below the 2018 budget…

Members of the House of Reps

Reps hold plenary, ready to receive 2019 budget

Amidst controversies that led to the blockade of the entrance of the National Assembly by the police, members of the House of Representatives have moved to admit the president, Muhammadu Buhari, and his entourage on Wednesday to present the 2019 budget. On Tuesday during plenary, the House Majority Leader, Femi…

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

GandujeGate: Civic group asks Nigeria’s Chief Justice to investigate bribery allegations against Kano governor

A civic group has asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, to invoke Section 52 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) Act to investigate the allegations of bribery against Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State. Mr Ganduje was accused of receiving millions of dollars…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Rep members not returning to House in 2019 (LIST)

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, at least 50 per cent of the 360 House of Representatives members of the eighth assembly will not return to the ninth assembly next year. A review by PREMIUM TIMES shows that many of these lawmakers either lost the primary elections that were recently…

National Assembly Complex

71 Nigerian lawmakers demand return to parliamentary system of govt

A bill to amend the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria to reintroduce a parliamentary system of government has passed first reading in the House of Representatives. The bill sponsored by 71 members seeks to change the system of government from presidential to parliamentary where the government will be run by the…

Members of the House of Reps

Reps threaten to boycott budget presentation over minister’s comments

Members of the House of Representatives have threatened to boycott the presentation of 2019 budget estimates by the president, Muhammadu Buhari, over an alleged comment by the minister of budget and national planning, Udo Udoma. The president had on Thursday, in an executive communique, announced that he will present the…

Buhari in NASS

Buhari to present 2019 budget next week

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Wednesday present the 2019 budget proposal before the two houses of the National Assembly. The president announced this in a letter read on the floor of the House on Thursday by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara. "May I crave the kind indulgence of the House of…

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

Amaechi’s APC faction in Rivers loses at Appeal Court

A Special Appeal Panel set up by the President of the Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa, to handle the protracted legal tussle in the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has struck out an appeal by the factional chairman of the party, Flag-Amachree Ojukaiye. The panel, headed…

House of Reps

Reps condemn sale of birth certificates, orders population commission to make refunds

The House of Representatives has declared as illegal, payment of money to the National Population Commission (NPC) to obtain birth certificates for newborn babies. The House made the declaration when it passed a resolution on Wednesday during plenary after adopting a motion brought under matters of urgent national importance by…

Femi Gbajabiamila

Electoral Act: APC Reps will stop override of Buhari’s veto – Gbajabiamila

The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the House would scuttle any plan to override President Muhammadu Buhari's veto of the 2018 Electoral (Amendment) Bill. Speaking with journalists on Wednesday at the National Assembly, Mr Gbajabiamila said the…

The House of Representative in Chamber ... members are notorious for budget mutilation

Reps committee threatens to block aviation agencies’ 2019 budgets

The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has warned it may block the budgets of agencies under it over the failure of their heads to turn up for a budget defence meeting with the committee. The committee Chairman, Nkiru Onyejeocha (Abia, APC), at a scheduled meeting of the committee with…

Buhari, APC lose as Katsina Rep dumps party

A member of the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Murtala, representing Musawa/Matazu federal constituency of Katsina State, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People's Democratic Party (PDP). The lawmaker made this known in a letter read on the floor of the House by the speaker, Yakubu Dogara,…

Speaker Yakubu Dogara

TraderMoni: Dogara accuses Buhari administration of vote buying

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has condemned the distribution of cash to Nigerians by the federal government very close to the general elections. Mr Dogara stated this on Monday during a public hearing organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on INEC and Political Parties Matters…

Ghali Na'Abba

Former Reps Speaker, Ghali Na’abba, dumps APC

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na'abba, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Mr Na'abba, from Kano State, was speaker between 1999 and 2003. He announced his resignation in a letter addressed to the APC Chairman of his Sharada Ward of Kano Municipal…

Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibrin [Photo Credit: VOA Hausa]

Nigeria’s environment minister emerges as Nasarawa emir

The Minister of State for Environment, Usman Jibrin, has emerged as the 13th Emir of Nasarawa Town, Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State. Mr Jibrin who has been overseeing the ministry since the exit of the former minister, Amina Mohammed, emerged as emir in a keen contest. His emergence…

Reps to probe Army’s Rivers ‘militia’ claim

The House of Representatives has asked its committee on Army to urgently investigate the claims by the Nigerian Army that the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency, popularly known as the Neighbourhood Watch, is a militia group. The House made the resolution after adopting a motion brought under matters of…