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Cattle feeding from a dump site along Karu/Jikwoyi road

Herders feed cattle on refuse, dung in Abuja

Isa Salisu has been rearing cattle since childhood – from a year he could not remember. The trade which he inherited from his father subjects him to a monotonous lifestyle; graze his cattle on nearby field in the latter part of the year, and move further to the upper Niger…

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu clarifies statement about ‘being in Senate forever’

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has explained a statement he made earlier saying he could remain in the Senate forever if he so desires. Mr Ekweremadu made his earlier statement at an event on Thursday in Abuja. The dialogue was organised by the #NotTooYoungToRun movement, a youth group that…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki declaring his intention to run for president of the federal rebublic of Nigeria. [PHOTO CREDIT: Saraki Media Office]

2019 Declaration: Saraki replies #NotTooYoungToRun

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has responded to a statement issued by the #NotTooYoungToRun movement. The movement on Thursday condemned Mr Saraki's action of making his presidential declaration at an event organised by the group. The group had long maintained a non-partisan posture in its advocacy. It expressed strong reservations…

National Assembly

2019: National Assembly Committee cuts INEC’s budget by N200m

The National Assembly Joint Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reduced the earlier approved budget for the commission by over N200 million. The committee had on Monday adopted a budget of N143 billion (N143,512,529,455) for the elections - as against the initial demand of N189 billion by…

The Joint closed-door plenary of the House of Representatives and Senate

2019: NASS committee sets up sub-panel to review INEC’s ‘new budget’

The National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set up a six-member sub-committee to review INEC's new budget. The Chairman of the Committee, Suleiman Nazif, disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing journalists after a closed-door meeting which lasted for over two and half hours. The panel…

St. David Primary School, where Mr Fayose is expected to vote

2019: National Assembly committee approves INEC’s N143 billion budget

The National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved N143 billion for INEC for the 2019 general election as requested by President Muhammadu Buhari in July. The committee reached this resolution after over a week of deliberation on the matter. Mr Buhari, in his letter to…

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu

Supporters of Ekweremadu, Okechukwu squabble over Enugu-West Senatorial seat

There have been war of words between supporters of the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, and the director general of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, over the Enugu West Senatorial seat. Both parties, the APC Youth Circle (APCYC) Enugu West Senatorial District and the Enugu West Peoples Assembly have not…

Chieftain for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), Akin Osuntokun

Presidency attacks Osuntokun over claim of Sallah Day bombing

The presidency has lashed out at a chieftain for the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM), Akin Osuntokun, for allegedly claiming that there was a bomb blast in Maiduguri on Sallah day which killed about 88 people. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a…

Itse Sagay, Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption

Buhari can override National Assembly on 2019 election budget — Sagay

The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption (PACAC), Itse Sagay, has said the federal government can fund the 2019 general election by invoking the "doctrine of necessity" should the National Assembly fail to pass the budget. The doctrine of necessity is the basis on which extra-legal actions by…

Aminu Tambuwal

Tambuwal replies Tinubu, says he can run against Buhari

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has said he has what it takes to compete against president Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. Mr Tambuwal, who dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the People's Democratic Party (PDP), was reacting to a statement by the APC leader, Bola Tinubu.…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Saraki blames Presidency’s ‘lack of foresight’ for 2019 election budget delay

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has said the late submission of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC's 2019 election budget by the presidency was due to a lack of foresight. He said this while reacting to allegations by Buhari's Media Organisation (BMO) that the senate president was slowing down the…

Secondus

APC using EFCC, ICPC against opposition – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of compromising the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in a bid to work against it (PDP). The opposition party said the "open directive" by the APC…

President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki

Saraki, not Buhari responsible for late presentation of INEC budget – Presidency

The presidency on Sunday said President Muhammadu Buhari was not to blame for the seemingly late presentation of the budget of the electoral commission, INEC, for the 2019 election. Rather, the presidency said, in a statement by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, Senate President Bukola Saraki was to blame. Mr Shehu’s…

PIC.19. INEC PRESENTS CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION TO FIVE NEW POLITICAL PARTIES IN ABUJA

2019: Again, National Assembly committee fails to resolve INEC budget

The National Assembly Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has for the third time, failed to reach a resolution on the proposed Election Budget of N189.2 billion presented by INEC. The Senate Committee on INEC had on Wednesday invited the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, to present and explain the election…

Gov. Abdulazizi-Yari

Why governors fail to provide social amenities — Gov. Yari

The governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has said lack of funds has hindered state governors from carrying out their responsibilities in other sectors such as health, electricity, education, roads, among others. This, he said, was because state governors have been limited to the payment of salaries alone in their…

Samuel Ogundipe

#FreeSamuelOgundipe: Why we’re detaining Premium Times journalist – Nigeria Police

The Nigeria Police on Thursday publicly admitted they were detaining PREMIUM TIMES' journalist, Samuel Ogundipe over documents he used for a published story. The police did not say the story or documents use for it was false, but said they were determined to know how Mr Ogundipe had access to…

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…

PIC.19. INEC PRESENTS CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION TO FIVE NEW POLITICAL PARTIES IN ABUJA

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…

PIC.19. INEC PRESENTS CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION TO FIVE NEW POLITICAL PARTIES IN ABUJA

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…

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:…