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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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Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila. [Photo credit: Concise News]

Gbajabiamila set to officially declare House speakership bid

The majority leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, will on Sunday officially declare his intention to run for office of the speaker in the ninth assembly. According to Mr. Gbajabiamila’s office, the event will start by 2pm at the Lagos/Osun hall of Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja. The Lagos…

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state.

It’s Official: PDP’s Samuel Ortom wins re-election as Benue governor

The Benue State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared winner of the just concluded supplementary governorship election in the state. Mr Ortom, who recently defected to the PDP, defeated his closest rival, Emmanuel Jime of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 31 other contestants.…

Samuel Ortom, Benue State Governor

Governor Ortom set to win Benue supplementary election

The Benue State Governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Samuel Ortom, is expected to be declared the winner of the governorship election in the state. From the results of the supplementary governorship election collated from 21 out of the 22 Local governments affected so far, the PDP…

Counting of votes at a polling unit where there was a rerun

Benue Governorship: Final results of supplementary election (LIVE UPDATES)

The final collation of the supplementary election results in Benue State has started. The collation is holding at the INEC state headquarters in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. Before the supplementary election, Governor Samuel Ortom of the PDP, who scored 410,576 votes, had a lead of 81,554 votes over Emmanuel…

Benue on map

INEC collation officer shot in Benue

The local government collation officer for Gboko Local Government Area, Comfort Dooshima, has been shot by unknown gunmen in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. Ms Doshima, a professor and lecturer at the University of Agriculture was on her way to the INEC headquarters, Makurdi, to present results from the local…

Benue on map

Supplementary Polls: Vehicles transporting election materials attacked in Benue

Some vehicles transporting election materials to one of the polling units in Benue State have been attacked. The attack, which was carried out by yet to be identified persons along Zaki Biam in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, left some of the escorts injured. The materials were being…

APC, PDP battle in supplementary governorship elections in five states (LIVE UPDATES)

After the March 9 governorship elections across the country, the polls in six states – Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto – were declared inconclusive. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) explained that the decision to declare the elections inconclusive was derived from Clause 34 (e) of its Regulation…

PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus

Supplementary Elections: PDP fumes as INEC holds crucial security meeting with agencies

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there was a clandestine security meeting by the presidency with certain top officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to hijack the upcoming supplementary elections. The party made this known in a press conference by its National Publicity Secretary,…

PDP National chairman, Uche Secondus.

Bauchi Rerun: PDP writes INEC, says no basis for supplementary elections

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has written to the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, expressing its displeasure over its decision to conduct supplementary governorship election in Bauchi State. According to a letter dated March 21, 2018 and signed by its National Chairman, Uche Secondus, the PDP…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki to APC: Your victory will be short-lived

Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said that the victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) at the just concluded polls will be short-lived. The Senate president stated this on Wednesday at an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja. Mr Saraki…

PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus

PDP drags judge who halted Bauchi guber collation to NJC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has petitioned the National Judicial Council over what it described as violation of the Constitution and Electoral Act by Ekwo Inyang of the Federal High Court, Abuja. The party made this known in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Wednesday…

House of Reps

APC North-Central Reps want Speaker’s position

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the North-Central zone in the House of Representatives have called on the ruling party to zone the position of the speaker to their zone. The lawmakers made the demand at a press conference after the plenary on Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of…

APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole Photo: DailyPost

Bauchi Governorship: APC arm-twisting judiciary, PDP says

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vehemently rejected what it termed as the arm-twisting of the judiciary and the court by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to unconstitutionally halt the conclusion of collation of already declared results in the Bauchi State governorship election. The party made this known in a…

Members of the House of Reps

Kaduna Killings: Reps urge security agencies to stem attacks

The House of Representatives has called on security agencies to intensify their efforts in stemming the tide of attacks and killings in Kaduna State. The lawmakers made this call on Tuesday while adopting a motion brought under matters of urgent national importance by Yakubu Barde (Kaduna, PDP). Adopting the motion,…

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…