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

Reps suspend plenary over 2019 budget

Members of the House of Representatives have suspended plenary for two weeks to enable committees to interact with various ministries, departments and agencies. Making the announcement on Tuesday during plenary, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Yusuff Lasun, said plenary would resume on April 2. The lawmakers had shortly before…

PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus

PDP to Buhari: Your comments on supplementary elections confirm you rigged presidential poll

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s posturing that he will not manipulate the March 23 governorship supplementary elections is a direct confession that the Presidency used its influence to rig the February 23 presidential election. It said it was also a subterfuge to divert public attention…

GEORGE AKUME

Benue Supplementary Election: PDP alleges plot by Akume to undermine polls

The Benue State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has raised concerns over what it describes as “acts and utterances of Senator George Akume targeted at undermining free, fair and peaceful conduct of the supplementary elections in the state” The party made this known on Monday in a press…

PDP Head Quarters [Photo: George Ogala]

PDP alleges plot by INEC to cancel more votes in Bauchi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded plans to cancel declared results from 14 local governments in Bauchi State. The party, through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this on Friday at a press briefing at the party's secretariat in Abuja. INEC…

Members of the House of Reps

Inconclusive Elections: Reps urge INEC not to subvert will of Nigerians

The House of Representatives has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to subvert the will of Nigerians by declaring elections inconclusive. The house made this call while adopting a motion of urgent national Importance brought before it by Sunday Karimi (PDP Kogi) at the plenary on Wednesday. While…

House of Reps

APC, PDP, seven other parties to constitute 9th House of Reps

Going by the official list of members-elect for the 9th House of Representatives assembly, a total of nine political parties will have representatives in the chamber. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday released a list of members of the National Assembly elected for the ninth assembly. While the…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

INEC declares Benue governorship election inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Benue State governorship election inconclusive. INEC said its decision was based on statistics it gave that 121,011 electorates were either not able to vote or election did not hold in their areas. Making the declaration, the state returning officer, Sebastian Maimako,…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

Benue: Ortom leads as INEC announces results for 19 LGs

Governor Samuel Ortom may be coasting home to victory as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced results for 19 out of the 23 Local governments in the state. In the results, Mr Ortom is winning his closest rival, Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC), with a…

Benue Governorship: PDP loses in David Mark’s local govt

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State has been defeated by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the governorship election in former Senate President David Mark’s local government, Otukpo. The APC candidate, Emmanuel Jime, polled 21,530 votes to defeat Governor Samuel Ortom who polled only 12,902 votes.…

Benue on map

INEC postpones elections in parts of four Benue LGs

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rescheduled governorship and House of Assembly elections in four local governments of Benue State. The resident electoral commissioner, Nentawe Yiltwada, who made this known to journalists in Makurdi on Saturday said the postponement was as a result of electoral violence. PREMIUM TIMES had…

Samuel Ortom, Benue State Governor

Flawless victory for Ortom at own polling unit

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has defeated his closest rival, Emmanuel Jime, at his polling unit in Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area. Mr Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 732 votes to beat Mr Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who polled zero votes. The governor…

APC governorship candidate caught with bags of cash

How we seized bags of cash from Benue APC governorship candidate — EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Saturday said its personnel on a patrol against vote buying recovered heavy bags of cash belonging to the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Emmanuel Jime. The anti-graft office said its detectives were violently confronted during the recovery process, with their…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

Gov. Ortom wins Benue government house polling unit

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has defeated his closest rival, Emmanuel Jime, at the Government House Makurdi polling unit. Mr Ortom of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 124 votes to defeat Mr Jime of the All Progressive Congress who polled 108 votes. The governor’s win at the polling unit…

APC governorship candidate caught with bags of cash

VIDEO: APC governorship candidate caught with bags of cash

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Emmanuel Jime, has been caught with a bag full of cash on election day. Mr Jime was intercepted by operatives of the anti-graft agency, EFCC, for alleged vote-buying. The incident occurred around a polling unit in North Bank…

APC governorship candidate caught with bags of cash

APC governorship candidate caught with bags of cash

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Emmanuel Jime, has been caught with a bag full of cash on election day. Mr Jime was intercepted by operatives of the anti-graft agency, EFCC, for alleged vote-buying. The incident occurred around a polling unit in North Bank…

Samuel Ortom, Benue State Governor

Governor Ortom alleges sponsored attacks by APC

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was sponsoring attacks against communities in his local government. The governor stated this after casting his vote at polling unit 003, Nzorov Ward, Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area. Mr Ortom defected from the APC to the…

NYSC Corps members

How INEC prepared for Saturday’s elections, treated ad-hoc staff

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced final distribution of sensitive and non-sensitive voting materials on Friday. As of Friday night, almost all registration area centres (RACs) had received or were about to receive voting materials, PREMIUM TIMES and Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) found in separate observations from…

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

Elections: Yahaya Bello assures of tighter security for Saturday’s elections

The Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has assured citizens of his state of maximum security for the upcoming elections. The governor, who stated this on Friday in a state broadcast, said efforts have been doubled to ensure the Saturday polls is more peaceful than the presidential and National Assembly election…

PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus

PDP writes INEC, accuses it of rigging polls for APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), accusing it of colluding with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections. The party stated this in a letter signed by its National Chairman, Uche Secondus, which was…

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official twitter page of Rotimi Amaechi]

Amaechi speaks on Rivers election violence

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has denied involvement in the recent election violence that erupted in some parts of Rivers State. The Army had announced that a lieutenant in the Nigerian Army was killed in the violence that ensued in Rivers State during the last presidential and National Assembly…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

ANALYSIS: How Ortom, Jime will fare in Benue governorship election

All eyes will be on Benue State, ahead of the governorship election that will determine who pilots the affairs of the state for the next four year. The race will be a straight fight between two major political parties; the ruling party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the opposition All…

UPDATED: PDP to petition UN over alleged militarisation of February 23 elections

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to petition the United Nations (UN) and other global democratic institutions over the role the military played during the last presidential and legislative polls which it said led to killings in some parts of the country. The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan,…

Atiku Abubakar

PDP holds emergency caucus meeting

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has scheduled an emergency expanded caucus meeting on Monday. The meeting, scheduled for 12 noon, was yet to commence by 1p.m. The meeting is expected to be centered on the party’s decision to seek redress in court over the outcome of the presidential election. The…

Voters on voting line

ANALYSIS: Delayed voting, malpractices, other lapses observed in February 23 elections

The 2019 presidential election has ended with the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. Polls for federal parliamentary seats have also seen the emergence of a new crop of lawmakers, including about 15 outgoing state governors. Although the election has been commended by many local and international observers, it was characterised…

George Akume

APC Senator, George Akume, loses re-election bid

Former Benue State governor and incumbent senator representing Benue North-West Senatorial district, George Akume, has lost his bid to return to the Senate for the fourth time. Mr. Akume of the All Progressives Congress was defeated by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Orker Jev, a member of the…