queenesther

QueenEsther Iroanusi covers the National Assembly for PREMIUM TIMES. She is a 2018 Female Reporters Leadership Programme fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. She has a degree in French. She can be reached on Twitter @QueenExtha

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Saraki queries 14 Senate ad-hoc committees over delay in submission of reports

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, gave 14 ad-hoc committees one week to submit their reports. These are committees constituted to investigate matters of urgent national importance and most of them were set up in 2017. While stating that there are some that have been collated and laid but…

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Senate to investigate Akwa Ibom Assembly crisis

The Senate on Wednesday resolved to investigate the crisis at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. The resolution followed a point of order raised by Albert Bassey (PDP, Akwa Ibom North-East). Angry youth, who are supporters of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, stormed the assembly…

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

Senate summons Amaechi over alleged neglect of Eastern railway

The Senate on Wednesday summoned the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to explain the alleged halt in railway development in the eastern part of the country. The summon was sequel to a point of order raised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who reminded his colleagues that he raised…

Supreme Court of Nigeria

Buhari appoints new Supreme Court Justice, rejects one bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Musa Abaji as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He made this announcement via a letter he sent to the Senate on Tuesday. In the letter which was read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, he said the appointment was according to the…

The Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka

Soyinka, southern, eastern leaders back restructuring

Wole Soyinka, the leader of the Ohaneze Ndigbo, John Nwodo, and the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, have called for the immediate restructuring the nation. They said this at a programme titled 'Handshake Across Nigeria' in Abuja, The Nation newspaper reports. Mr Soyinka, in his keynote address, explained that as leaders…

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Campaigns won’t stop National Assembly from passing crucial bills – Saraki

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has assured Nigerians that the passage of bills and other legislative duties in the National Assembly will not be deterred by the commencement of the 2019 electioneering campaigns. Campaigns for the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections commenced on Sunday – according to the timetable…

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

Oshiomhole’s altercation with Saraki, ex-governors’ jail terms reduction, others top politics last week

The last week has witnessed a series of interesting happenings in the political arena. The allegations against the national chairman of the ruling party, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, continued with Senate President Bukola Saraki getting into the fray. Also, two state governors who were convicted for stealing state funds got their…

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How we’ll conduct 2019 general elections – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed the process it will adopt for voting in the 2019 general elections. A national commissioner of the commission, Festus Okoye, made the disclosure on Wednesday while speaking to journalists at a two-day election workshop at the U.S embassy in Abuja. Mr Okoye,…

Pic.19. President Muhammadu Buhari signing executive order number 6 at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday (5/7/18). 03616/5/7/2018/Sumaila Ejiga/JAU/NAN

Details of five new bills Buhari signed into law

President Muhammadu recently assented to five bills, after months of legislative action. The bills include the Extradition (Amendment) Act 2018, Federal Capital Territory Appropriation Act, 2018 and Nigerian Centre For Disease Control And Prevention (Establishment) Act, 2018. Others are the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (Establishment) (Amendment) Act…

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Insecurity: We’re making progress to check village, farm invaders – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration is making progress in addressing the challenge of terrorism, including by armed groups who invade villages and small farming communities and commit terrible acts including killing women and children. He said this at the 73rd session of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) in Abuja…

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Senate to investigate crises in NHIS, NPHCDA

The Senate has directed its joint committee on primary healthcare and communicable diseases and the health committee to wade into the crisis of confidence and corruption in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and that of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). The directive comes weeks after the suspension…

ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi

Senate backs ASUU, asks Nigerian govt to resolve issues

The Senate has called on the Nigerian government to address the demands of the Academic Staff Union on Universities (ASUU) to end the strike by members of the union. ASUU on Sunday commenced the industrial action over poor funding of Nigerian universities and alleged plan by the federal government to increase students fees…

Bauchi State on the map

Bauchi APC Scandal: Another aspirant cries foul

Another aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial primary which held on October 3 has accused a co-aspirant, Usman Tuggar, of lying about the election results. Abdulkadir Isawa, who is one of the five aspirants who sought to represent the ruling party in the Senate from Bauchi North, spoke…

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Senate queries FG for non-payment of approved petrol subsidy

The Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) has criticised the federal government for not paying the subsidy claims by petroleum product marketers despite approval by the National Assembly since July. Members of the committee, at a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, accused the government agencies in charge, of slowing down the…

Bukar Ibrahim

2019: APC senator reverses self, pledges support for Buhari

A senator, Bukar Abba Ibrahim (APC, Yobe), has predicted President Muhammadu Buhari will win next year’s election in the North-east and that nothing will stop him from returning for second term. Mr Abba Ibrahim had earlier warned that the president may lose in the region and may not be reelected because…

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APC senator wants governor expelled from party

A senator, Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara), has asked the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to expel Abdul'aziz Yari, governor of Zamfara State. The lawmaker also enumerated 10 reasons why Mr Yari should be expelled from the party. Mr Marafa, who is also a governorship aspirant in the state,…

Tony Anenih

Saraki, Atiku, others mourn Anenih

The senate president, Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with the Anenih family and the government and people of Edo State, over the death of the former chairman, Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tony Anenih. Mr Anenih died Sunday afternoon at Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja. He was 85 years…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Pix: Daily Post Nigeria]

Buhari may not win 2019 election even with massive rigging — Yobe APC Senator

A Nigerian senator and member of the ruling All Progressives Congress has strongly condemned President Muhammadu Buhari's performance in the last three years, saying his failures are waiting to catch up with him at the general elections next February. Bukar Abba Ibrahim, a former governor who represents Yobe East Senatorial…

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Bauchi Fraud: How APC headquarters cheated candidate who won party’s primaries

Despite winning the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial primaries in six of the seven local government areas of Bauchi North, the winner's name was substituted without any reason, PREMIUM TIMES findings show. Usman Tuggar was one of the five aspirants who sought to represent the ruling party in the Senate…

The senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani

‘Stay where you are’, Shehu Sani cautions Ekweremadu against joining APC

A senator, Shehu Sani, has warned the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, against leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The senator, who recently resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the statement while reacting to speculations that Mr Ekweremadu was considering defecting to the ruling party. "Bro Ike,stay where…

APC Senator, Kabiru Marafa (Photo Credit: Daily Trust)

Protesters against Oshiomhole in Zamfara were hired – Senator

A senator, Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara) has condemned Thursday's protest in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, calling for the sack of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole. According to Daily Trust Newspaper, the local government APC chairmen and hundreds of loyalists of the party in…

Boss Mustapha

PDP did not achieve one-tenth of APC’s achievement – SGF

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said the People's Democratic Party (PDP), in its 16 years of power, did not achieve up to one-tenth what the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has achieved in three years. He said this on Wednesday at the Presidential…

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Senator raises alarm over gully erosion in Abia

A senator, Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia North), Wednesday cried out over a recent gully erosion in Oguduasaa and Uturu communities of lsukwuato Local Government Area (LGA) of his state. The lawmaker who raised the issue via a motion he sponsored, lamented that many communities in the five LGAs of Abia…

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18 months after, Senate confirms Lanre Gbajabiamila as DG-Lottery Commission

The Senate has confirmed Lanre Gbajabiamila as the Director-General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, 18 months after he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari. His appointment was first announced in a statement by the then Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,…

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Senate passes Electoral Amendment Bill; sets campaign finance limit

The Senate on Tuesday read the Independent National Electoral (INEC) Amendment Act Bill for the third time and subsequently passed it. The bill was passed after the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Suleiman Nazif, presented the report a review. The bill was read for the second time on…