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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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Ndudi Elumelu [Photo: Elombah]

NASS Leadership: PDP summons Elumelu, others

Nigeria’s main opposition party, PDP, has summoned its members, named by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila as minority leaders, for a meeting. Mr Gbajabiamila named Ndidi Elumelu as the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives. The announcement caused confusion in the parliament as the PDP, which is the largest minority party…

Ado Doguwa

Gbajabiamila names Doguwa, other principal officers for Reps

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has announced Alhassan Doguwa as the leader of the house. Mr Gbajabiamila made the announcement on Thursday during plenary. Also appointed were Peter Akpatason as Deputy Leader, Tahir Monguno as Chief Whip and Nkeiruka Onyejeocha as Deputy Chief Whip. Mr Doguwa…

Members of the House of Reps

Chinda takes Minority Leader’s seat in Reps chamber

Kingsley Chinda, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) choice for Minority Leader, has taken over that seat at the ongoing plenary of the House. Mr Chinda has been at loggerheads with the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the latter's announcement of Ndudi Elumelu as House Minority Leader. The atmosphere is tensed at…

Kingsley Chinda (PDP), Member Representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Rivers State

Chinda ignores Gbajabiamila, takes Minority Leader’s seat in Reps chamber

Kingsley Chinda, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) choice for the position of Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, on Thursday sat on the seat meant for the Minority Leader. Mr Chinda has been at loggerheads with the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the latter's decision to recognise Ndidi Elumelu as…

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus

NASS Leadership: PDP rejects Elumelu, insists on Chinda

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted on Kingsley Chinda as its Minority Leader. The party made this known in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday contrary to the party’s decision,…

Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila

Why Gbajabiamila ignored PDP, named Elumelu House Minority Leader

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday named Ndudi Elumelu as the House Minority Leader. Mr Elumelu from Delta State was named alongside Toby Okechukwu (Enugu) as Deputy Minority Leader, Gideon Gwani as Minority Whip and Adesegun Adekoya as Deputy Minority Whip. The announcement was vehemently…

The embattled senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district, Elisha Abbo

Nigerian senator Elisha Abbo, who assaulted a woman, apologises, begs for forgiveness

The embattled senator representing Adamawa North senatorial district, Elisha Abbo, has publicly apologised to Nigerians for assaulting a woman. PREMIUM TIMES published an exclusive CCTV footage of the senator assaulting the woman at an adult toy shop in Abuja. The assault, which occurred on May 11, was done in the…

Rowdy session in house of rep

Reps in rowdy session over minority leadership position

The House of Representatives is currently in turmoil over the announcement of minority leadership positions in the House. The controversy started over the decision of the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, to jettison a letter by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nominating Kingsley Chinda as Minority Leader. The speaker went ahead to…

PDP-Logo

PDP summons Elisha Abbo

Nigeria’s main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has summoned its member, Elisha Abbo, a senator, who was caught on camera assaulting a woman in a sex toy shop in Abuja. The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said as a law-abiding and upstanding party,…

Kingsley Chinda (PDP), Member Representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Rivers State

NASS Leadership: PDP announces Chinda as House Minority Leader

Nigeria’s main opposition, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has announced Kingsley Chinda as its leader in the House of Representatives. The party’s decision was contained in a letter dated June 26, 2019, and addressed to the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila. An acknowledged copy of the letter sighted by PREMIUM TIMES was…

Nigerian Senate Chambers

NASS Leadership: Yahaya’s emergence as Senate Leader threatens Doguwa’s ambition

The chances of Alhassan Doguwa emerging as the House Leader for the House of Representatives appeared under threat on Tuesday following the announcement of Abdullahi Yahaya as the Senate Leader. Ahmed Lawan, the senate president, on Tuesday announced Mr Yahaya and seven others as principal officers of the Senate. The All…

Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase

Deputy Speaker appoints spokesperson, other officers

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, has appointed Umar Puma as his Chief Press Secretary. This was contained in a statement by an assistant director in the office of the deputy speaker on Thursday. Until his appointment, Mr Puma of People’s Daily newspaper was the Chairman…

Former Governor Amosun claims there are armouries in most Governor Lodges in Nigeria

Armouries in Government Houses: Governors react over Amosun’s claim

State governments across Nigeria have pushed back against claims by one of their former colleagues that they maintain armouries inside their respective official residences. Ibikunle Amosun, a former governor of Ogun State, made the disturbing allegation on Tuesday night as he struggled to extricate himself from a PREMIUM TIMES story…

Gov. Abdulazizi-Yari

EXCLUSIVE: Documents expose multi-billion Naira contract scam by Ex-Governor Yari of Zamfara

The immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, awarded a contract for the same project twice to the same contractor at bloated cost, documents exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES has revealed. The contract for the construction and drilling of 84 solar-powered boreholes across the 14 Local governments of Zamfara…

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole. [PHOTO CREDIT: ThisdayLIVE]

APC condemns own government, another for holding ’embarassing’ parliamentary elections

Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, has criticised one of the states it governs for conducting an 'embarrassing' parliamentary election. The APC condemned the recent inauguration of the state house of assembly in Edo State. It also condemned a similar inauguration in Bauchi State, governed by Nigeria's largest opposition party, PDP. The…

Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase

Ahmed Wase declared House deputy speaker

Ahmed Wase from Plateau State has been declared the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives. Mr Wase emerged unopposed after he was nominated for the office by Sada Soli from Katsina State. He is the All Progressives Congress' most preferred candidate for the office. He was on a joint…

The ongoing house of reps voting to elect new speaker

Gbajabiamila wins House Speaker seat

Former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has been declared the new speaker of the ninth House of Representatives. Mr Gbajabiamila scored a total of 281 votes to beat his rival, Umar Bago, who scored 76 votes. After a secret ballot voting which lasted for over 3…

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

LIVE UPDATES: Nigeria’s Rep. members elect new Speaker, Deputy

All is now set for members-elect of the 9th House of Representatives to elect presiding officers to pilot their affairs for the next four years. A total of 360 members are expected to cast their votes for their most preferred candidate. The race for the speakership would be a straight…

All APC governors storm National Assembly ahead of inauguration

APC governors storm National Assembly ahead of inauguration

Ahead of the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly, governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have stormed the National Assembly. Led by the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, the governors went straight into the Senate chamber. Notable amongst them are Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje; Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazak;…

PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus

NASS Leadership: PDP tackles APC, endorses Ndume, Bago

Ahead of the National Assembly election slated to hold in a few hours, Nigeria’s main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has formally endorsed Ali Ndume for Senate President and Umar Bago as Speaker of the House of Representatives. This development was contained in a press statement signed by the…

Nkiru Onyejeocha

NASS Leadership: Only woman in race steps down

Barely 24 hours to the election of the speaker of the 9th session of the House of Representatives, the only female candidate in the race, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, has stepped down from the race. Ms Onyejeocha announced her decision in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES on Monday. She declared…

House of Reps 3

Dogara-led House of Reps winds up, presents scorecard

The eight House of Representatives formally ended on Thursday with a valedictory session. The session which lasted for almost seven hours at the house chamber was attended by past speakers, deputy speakers and other principal officers of the house. Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the House Rules and…

Emir Lamido Sanusi [Photo: Sahara Reporters]

Kano govt queries Emir Sanusi for allegedly misappropriating N3.4 billion

The Kano State Government has asked the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, to explain within 48 hours his stance on the alleged misappropriation of N3.4 billion by the emirate. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Kano anti-corruption commission accused the Kano emirate under Mr Sanusi of mismanaging the N3.4 billion. It…

Femi Gbajabiamila

Reps Speakership: We’ve not endorsed any candidate – PDP Caucus

The caucus of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied media reports that it directed its members to support any speakership candidate. In a statement on Wednesday by the house minority leader, Leo Ogor, the lawmaker described it as the handwork of propagandists who are mischievously twisting a…

Reps to hold valedictory session Thursday

The 8th session of the House of Representatives would come to an end on Thursday when the house would hold a valedictory session. The acting clerk of the house, Patrick Giwa, disclosed this in a notice to the lawmakers on Wednesday. “This is to inform all Honourable Members that a…