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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Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

APC senators drop plan to remove Saraki as senate president

The senators representing Nigeria's ruling party, APC, have dropped plans to remove Bukola Saraki as president of the Senate. Mr Saraki defected to the opposition PDP whose presidential ticket he sought but lost. Many other senators and members of the House of Representatives also defected from the APC. Since Mr…

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

Zamfara Crisis: APC Senator backs INEC, warns party against illegality

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State, Kabiru Marafa, has declared his support for the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the APC does not have candidates in the state for the 2019 general election. PREMIUM TIMES reported how INEC declared the…

Rev Matthew Kukah, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi during the meeting at Obasanjo's residence in Abeokuta

2019: Influential Nigerians who aided Atiku, Obasanjo’s reconciliation

A former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, met with former president Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday in Abeokuta after which they announced they had reconciled their differences. Mr Obasanjo had in August said he would not support the presidential ambition of Mr Abubakar.…

FILE: A flooded neighborhood used to illustrate the story Valentine Franco/BJO/NAN

Flooding: Senate urges water ministry to rehabilitate dams, dredge waterways

The Senate has called on the Ministry of Water Resources to rehabilitate Nigerian dams and dredge waterways to be able to take in flood waters. The call was sequel to a motion on the recent flooding across the country, sponsored by Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano South) and 107 other senators.…

Nigerian Senate

Senate confirms 22 NPC commissioners, rejects one

The Senate has confirmed 23 commissioners for the National Population Commission (NPC). The commissioners confirmed on Thursday by the lawmakers are Nwanne Nwabusi (Abia), Clifford Zirra (Adamawa), Chidi Ezeoke (Anambra), Isa Buratai (Borno), Charles Ogwa (Cross River), Richard Odibo (Delta), Darlington Onuabuchi (Ebonyi), Olusegun Aiyejina (Edo), Ejike Ezeh (Enugu), Abubakar…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

UPDATED: 2019: Senate approves N234.5 billion for INEC, to consider security budget later

The Senate has approved N234.5 billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the 2019 general election. The Senate, however, did not approve the budget for security agencies as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday. It added N45.5 billion to the the initial N189 billion approved by…

Senator Ahmed Lawan

Senator congratulates ‘new Minority Leader’

The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan (APC, Yobe) on Wednesday congratulated the new Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti). Mrs Olujimi assumed her new position as the Senate resumed on Tuesday. She became the new Minority Leader of the upper chamber as soon as Godswill Akpabio, who formerly occupied the position,…

President Muhammadu Buhari speaking

2019 Election Budget: Buhari writes Senate again, wants all N242bn taken from 2018 budget

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the National Assembly to approve N242 billion (242,445,322,600) as requested by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies for the 2019 elections. Mr Buhari’s request came in a letter dated September 19, and read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at plenary on…

National Assembly Complex

Electoral amendment bill passes second reading as senators review, consider Buhari’s concerns

The revised amendment to the Electoral Amendment Bill on Wednesday passed a second reading at the Senate. While deliberating on the bill, the lawmakers put into consideration reasons President Muhammdu Buhari gave for rejecting the Bill. Mr Buhari rejected the bill for the third time on September 3 due to…

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

Senate confirms CBN Deputy Governor, AMCON Chairman Banire

The Senate has confirmed the appointment of Folashodun Shonubi as the Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Muiz Banire as the Chairman of the governing board of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). President Muhammadu Buhari had on July 3, written to Senate to seek…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Senate urges security agencies to find missing army General, others

The senate on Wednesday called on security agencies to intensify efforts to find the army general, Muhammed Alkali, and other Nigerians who have been missing. It also urged the federal government to set up an investigative panel of enquiry to examine and determine the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the…

Saraki swears in two new senators

Senate President Bukola Saraki has administered the oath of office on Lawal Gumau (APC, Bauchi South) and Ahmed Babba-Kaita (APC, Katsina North), the newest senators in the country. The swearing-in took place at the Senate on Wednesday. Mr Gumau emerged winner of the Bauchi South senatorial election held on August…

FILE PHOTO: President Muhammadu Buhari presenting the Budget to the National Assembly

Buhari gives reasons for rejecting Bills passed by National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the Senate to explain why he declined assent to 14 bills. His explanation was contained in letters read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday. The president also introduced Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Bill, 2018 to the upper chamber; he…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki

Buhari writes Saraki, declines assent to 15 bills

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to Senate President Bukola Saraki to express his decision to decline assent to 15 bills. Following he president's letter, the Senate on Tuesday resolved to set up a Technical Committee to review the bills that were rejected by Mr Buhari. The Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan…

Senate president, Bukola Saraki

Saraki replies APC, says statement irresponsible

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has described a statement attacking him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as irresponsible. The APC in a statement on Tuesday by its publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said Mr Saraki’s loss shows PDP delegates “were fed up with his political style.” Mr Nabena said the…

National Assembly

Senate, Reps adjourn plenary to honour late colleague Funke Adedoyin

The Nigerian Senate has suspended its sitting over the death of a member of the House of Representatives, Funke Adedoyin. Funke Adedoyin, a representative from Kwara State, died on Friday afternoon in Abuja. Her profile on the Nigerian National Assembly website put her age at 56. A fellow lawmaker from…

Some legislative aides protesting

Aides to Nigerian senators, Reps protest unpaid allowances

Some legislative aides to federal lawmakers on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest to demand unpaid allowances. The aides were positioned in the complex, at the lobby between both chambers of the National Assembly, as they sang solidarity songs and held up placards with inscriptions, "we are aides, not slaves." Both…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

After 10 weeks recess, Senate resumes with closed-door session

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday resumed plenary after recess its recess which lasted over two months. It had suspended plenary on July 24 and was scheduled to resume on September 25 but the Clerk to the National Assembly in a letter, announced the postponement of resumption to October 9. Upon…

Nigerian Senate

ANALYSIS: As Senate resumes, plot to remove Saraki, INEC budget, others take centre stage

What seems like the longest annual recess of the National Assembly is expected to be over Tuesday. Federal lawmakers are expected to resume plenary on October 9 if the recess is not postponed again. The recess is ideally a few weeks break lawmakers embark on every year. It gives them…

Abba Moro

Ex-minister who supervised 2014 fatal, corrupt immigration recruitment emerges senatorial candidate

The former minister who supervised the deadly immigration recruitment exercise that led to the death of at least 15 young Nigerians is now a senatorial candidate. Mr Moro, an ally of ex-Senate President David Mark, was the interior minister in 2014 when a poorly planned March 15 recruitment exercise by…

Atiku Abubakar [Photo: The Guardian Nigeria]

2019: Jonathan, other Nigerians react to Atiku’s emergence as PDP candidate

A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has congratulated former vice president Atiku Abubakar who on Sunday morning won the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mr Jonathan described Mr Abubakar as a man who has the capacity to take the country to greater heights. “I congratulate His Excellency, Atiku…

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

Zamfara APC Crisis: Senator supports postponement of governorship primary

A senator and governorship aspirant in Zamfara State, Kabiru Marafa, has declared his support for the cancellation of Wednesday's governorship primary in the state by the All Progressives Congress (APC). The acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, had in a statement announced the cancellation of the primaries…

I will revamp Nigeria’s economy in two years – David Mark

A former senate president and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), David Mark, has said he will revamp Nigeria’s economy within two years and also halt the intractable security challenge, if voted into office. He said this to members of the party when he visited Otukpo, Benue State…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, Yakubu Dogara. [Photo credit: Newmail-ng.com]

Independence Day: Jonathan, Saraki, Dogara congratulate Nigerians

A former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has called on Nigerians to maintain unity, faith and hope preached by Nigeria's founding fathers as the country celebrates its 58th anniversary. In his independence message, he noted that even though Nigeria recently became the world headquarters for extreme poverty, he hoped the people will…

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike addressing journalists on Sunday

Osun governorship election, Wike’s threat to PDP, others top political discourse last week

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, politicians and Nigerians in general had a taste of what the elections could be like in the outgoing week. The Osun State governorship election topped political discourse with its twists and the shenanigans that played out during the voting process. Political parties were not…