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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President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Pakistan Press Foundation writes Buhari, demands release of Premium Times reporter

The Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has written to President Muhammadu Buhari over the continued detention of Premium Times journalist Samuel Ogundipe. In the letter dated August 16, the PFF, an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression, expressed concern over the detention of Mr Ogundipe who…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

Why we want N189.2 billion for 2019 election — INEC

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, has given reasons to justify the increase in the 2019 election budget. He said this on Wednesday during the budget presentation of the 2019 general election at a meeting the Senate Committee on INEC in Abuja. He listed increase…

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar

Atiku condemns arrest of Premium Times’ journalist

A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned the arrest and detention of PREMIUM TIMES journalist, Samuel Ogundipe. He made the condemnation via his official Twitter handle on Wednesday as he called for press freedom. "The arrest and detention of @PremiumTimesng’s reporter by @PoliceNG for his refusal to…

Samuel Ogundipe

I don’t care if I embarrass Nigeria, Police DCP says

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) at the IGP Monitoring Unit at Force Headquarters in Abuja, Sani Ahmadu, has said he does not care if compelling a journalist to disclose his source embarrasses Nigeria. Mr Ahmadu said this while responding to a question posed to him by the Premium Times…

INEC CHAIRMAN, MAHMOOD YAKUBU

UPDATED: INEC registers 23 new parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has registered 23 new political parties, ahead of the 2019 general election. The commission's National Commissioner and member Voter Education and Publicity Committee, Mohammed Haruna, who disclosed this in a statement, said INEC took this decision at its regular meeting Tuesday. The commission also…

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki calls for independent investigation of SSS siege at NASS

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has called for an independent investigation into the recent invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS). Officials of the SSS on august 7 laid siege to the National Assembly complex preventing lawmakers, journalists and other staff from gaining entrance. The operatives…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Defections: No plan to declare Akpabio’s seat, others vacant – Saraki

There is no plan to declare the seat of a senator, Godswill Akpabio, or that of any other defecting lawmaker vacant, Senate President Bukola Saraki has said. Mr Saraki was reacting to reports there were such plans and a reaction to it by Mr Akpabio who recently joined Nigeria’s ruling…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

We’re not in cahoots with Saraki, EFCC replies Buhari’s adviser

The anti-graft agency, EFCC, has responded to an allegation by an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari that it and other security agencies may have worked for the benefit of the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki. Babafemi Ojodu, Mr Buhari’s adviser on political matters, reportedly made the allegation in an article.…

The siege at the National Assembly by security operatives from the SSS

Daura’s sack, National Assembly siege, others dominate Nigeria’s politics last week

Politics in Nigeria last week was filled with the usual drama; from defection to the dismissal of top government officials and war of words amongst politicians. Most of the happenings revolved around members of the National Assembly and the presidency. Here are some political highlights from the past week: Sunday:…

Buhari must be president for life, APC Senate candidate vows

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the ongoing Bauchi South Senatorial District bye-election, Lawal Gumau, has revealed his intention of making Muhammadu Buhari president for the rest of his life, Punch Newspaper reports. He made the revelation at the closing of his campaign in Bauchi on Thursday, where…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

You can’t remove me as Senate President, Saraki replies Oshiomhole

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has lashed out at the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stating that Mr Oshiomhole's effort to remove him from office will fail. Mr Saraki said this in a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES while reacting to Mr Oshiomhole's call for his…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ekweremadu. [Photo credit: Sabi-Sabi]

NASS Invasion: Presidency planning to implicate us — Saraki, Ekweremadu

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, have accused the presidency of planning to implicate them and other members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over Tuesday's invasions of the National Assembly by officers of the State Security Service (SSS). In a joint statement signed by their media…

Former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu. [Photo credit: THISDAYLIVE]

Tinubu’s claim on Buhari impeachment ’empty’ — Senator

The senator representing Bauchi Central, Isah Misau, has said that senators of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) have no plans of impeaching President Muhammadu Buhari. He said this while responding to claims made by a national leader of the All Progressives Party (APC), Bola Tinubu. Mr Tinubu on Wednesday alleged…

A two-day intensive training on Solution and Investigative journalism for Nigerian journalists.

Foundation trains journalists on investigative journalism

The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) has concluded a two-day intensive training on Solution and Investigative journalism for Nigerian journalists. The training, tagged Capacity Building for Local Empowerment (CAPABLE) Solutions Journalism Training, had over 20 Nigerian journalists in attendance who were sleceted across the country. Several…

Aliyu Wamakko

Defection Tambuwal’s ‘worst decision’ ever — Wamakko

A federal lawmaker, Aliyu Wamakko (APC, Sokoto North), has described Governor Aminu Tambuwal's decision to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People's Democratic Party (PDP), as his life's "worst decision". According to the Nation Newspaper, Mr Wamakko, made the statement during an interview aired on BBC Hausa Service…

Rafiu Ibrahim

Saraki doesn’t need to respond to APC’s query – Senator

A senator representing Kwara South, Rafiu Ibrahim, has said the Senate President, Bukola Saraki does not need to respond to the query issued to him by the All Progressives Party (APC).  The National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC had accused Mr Saraki of breaching Article 21 of the party’s…

DAAR Communications logo used to illustrate the story.

DAAR Communications ‘pays broadcasting commission fine’, accuses NBC of intimidation

DAAR Communications Plc, owners of AIT and RayPower, said they have paid a fine of N1.5 million imposed on it by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The company’s Group Managing Director, Tony Akiotu, disclosed this while addressing journalists on Wednesday in Abuja. The NBC had on July 9 fined the…

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

How Buhari administration should treat APC defectors – Shehu Sani

A federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), has advised the federal government on how defectors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should be treated. The senator took to his Facebook page in the early hours of Wednesday to stress the need for both the ruling party and the…

Bukola Saraki

Lawyers speak on legality of Saraki’s defection

Some Nigerian lawyers have expressed their views on the legality of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s defection from the All Progressives Party (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Although there have been defections by a sitting vice president (Atiku Abubakar) and a speaker of the House of Representatives (Aminu…

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki, Governor Ahmed dump APC

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has formally announced his departure from Nigeria's ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, made a similar announcement at about the same time. Mr Saraki made his announcement on his official social media handles. "I wish to inform Nigerians…

Senator David Mark

David Mark condemns plot to remove Gov. Ortom

An ex-Senate President, David Mark, has condemned the plot by eight lawmakers to impeach the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. Mr Mark, who is from the state, in a statement, described the purported impeachment served on the governor as null and void and an exercise in futility. While stating that the act…

Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu in a recent protest

Boko Haram: Stop ‘secret’ burial of fallen soldiers, BBOG tells Nigerian govt

A pressure group, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), has asked the federal government to stop the secret burial of soldiers killed on the battlefield. In a statement signed by its leaders, Oby Ezekwesili, Aisha Yesufu and Florence Ozor, the group made this call while reacting to photos of mass burial…

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Saraki attacks Abdullahi Adamu, says senator deceptive, manipulative liar

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Monday described his colleague and former governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu, as a deceptive, manipulative and desperate liar. Mr Saraki verbally lashed Mr Adamu while reacting to statements allegedly made by Mr Adamu. Mr Adamu had allegedly accused the Senate President of calling…

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

Saraki, Dogara react to plot to remove Gov. Ortom

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have condemned the plot to impeach the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom. The lawmakers, not more than 10 of the 30-member Assembly, were provided cover by the police to meet at the state’s parliament building…

Not Too Young To Run rally

2019: Group wants affordable party nomination fees for young aspirants

The 'Not Too Young To Run Movement' has asked political parties to make their nomination fees for elective posts affordable. This, the group said, will make purchase of party nomination tickets for various offices, easy for young aspirants. A representative of the movement, Cynthia Mbamalu, made the demands while addressing…