queenesther

QueenEsther Iroanusi covers the National Assembly as a junior reporter for PREMIUM TIMES. She has a degree in French. Twitter: @QueenExtha

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Gov Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State State House Correspondents after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (3/12/2018) 06258/3/12/2018/Sumaila Ibrahim/ICE/NAN

Gov. Yari responsible for election postponement – Zamfara lawmaker

The senator representing Zamfara Central, Kabiru Marafa, has accused his state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, of causing the postponement of the general elections. Mr Marafa, who described the postponement as unfortunate, called on all relevant authorities to hold the governor responsible for it. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the…

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, addressing a stakeholders meeting on 2019 General Elections’ postponement, in Abuja on Saturday (16/2/19). 01462/16/2/2019/Sumaila Ibrahim/BJO/NAN

ANALYSIS: Nine categories of Nigerians most affected by election postponement

In the early hours of Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said it could no longer go ahead with the scheduled presidential and National Assembly elections. The Chairman of the commission, Mahmoud Yakubu, announced the decision hours before the opening of the polls, after repeatedly assuring Nigerians and international…

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Elections: FG orders closure of Nigeria’s borders from 12 noon Friday

The federal government has ordered the shut down of all land borders from noon on Friday to noon on Sunday. This order was contained in a statement by the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, on behalf of the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau. “Further to the presidential…

Permanent Voter Cards

#NigeriaElections: How to vote on Saturday

About 84 million Nigerians are expected to go to the polls on Saturday, February 16, to participate in the first of two sets of general elections to choose the president, governors, national assembly and state legislators. With final preparations being made towards the elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)…

PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus

PDP warns of ploy to use PVCs of dead persons during election

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of planning to use the PVCs of "dead voters" to shore up votes in the coming elections. The party's National Chairman, Uche Secondus made the accusation on Thursday at a World…

Uche-Secondus

Zamfara: PDP speaks on AGF Malami’s letter to INEC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to a letter written by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the Zamfara State debacle. The National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, described the letter as a…

President Muhammadu Buhari at the Eagle Square

In Abuja, different rules exist for Buhari, opposition presidential candidate

Seven months after it denied an opposition presidential aspirant the use of a public space, the Abuja management approved the same venue for President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party. The authorities of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday allowed the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use the Eagle…

FILE: Acting EFCC Chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Magu addressing the press

EFCC inaugurates team to monitor vote buying – Official

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has set up a task force to monitor persons who intend to fund vote buying in the coming elections. This move comes barely 24 hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) inaugurated an inter-agency campaign finance monitoring group to track the source…

A campaign rally used to illustrate the story

ANALYSIS: How Nigerian politicians, supporters use fake news as campaign strategy

With fake news gradually creeping into the Nigerian media, there have been several attempts by the federal government and some international organisations to help curb the spread, especially with the general elections approaching. In November 2018, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), published a report that showed that Nigerians usually fall…

Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom

Akume should be in jail — Gov. Ortom

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, has said his predecessor, George Akume, should be in jail for corruption, Punch Newspaper reports. Mr Ortom, said this to journalists while reacting to an allegation by the former governor at President Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential campaign rally held at Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi, on…

Wole Soyinka Centre honours outstanding female journalists

The Wole Soyinka Centre For Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) on Tuesday honoured female journalists who were part of its Female Reporters Leadership Fellowship Programme. The journalists were officially named fellows of the leadership programme. The best three fellows also received special prizes. The event took place at L’eola hotel, Maryland, Lagos…

Party Supporters cheering as General Muhammadu Buhari arrives venue of the rally

Presidency confirms deaths at Buhari’s campaign rally in Taraba

At least three people are reported dead after a stampede at a campaign rally by President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, APC. The rally held at the Jolly Nyame Stadium in Taraba State. The presidency has already blamed overcrowding for the deaths but did not confirm the casualty figure. A…

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

Senate committees ignore Saraki, fail to submit reports two months after one-week ultimatum

Despite the one-week ultimatum given to 14 ad-hoc committees by Senate President Bukola Saraki to submit their reports, most of them have failed to do so. Mr Saraki had in November 2018, queried 14 ad-hoc committees, most of which were set up in 2017, and asked that their reports be…

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

I don’t give a damn if APC loses in Zamfara – APC Senator

A senator, Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara State), has blamed his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the current crisis rocking it in Zamfara State. Mr Marafa also said he does not give a damn if APC loses elections in Zamfara State. He accused the party of controlling the actions…

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje.

#GandujeGate: Protect Kano whistleblowers, groups urge FG

Some civil society organisations have called on the federal government to protect whistleblowers in Kano State against victimisation. In a statement signed by six groups, they referred to video recordings of the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, receiving wads of dollars from persons said to be contractors. The videos, which were published…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

If I had skeleton in my cupboard, FG would have ‘silenced’ me – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Sunday said the federal government would have "silenced" him and forced him to resign "if he had skeleton in his cupboard". He said this at a reception by residents of Offa, where he led members of his party at a campaign rally in the local…

Voting exercise in Osun State.

PDP accuses Buhari’s of confessing to electoral robbery in Osun

The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says a statement on Saturday by President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed that he took part in an alleged electoral robbery in the state on September 27, 2018. The Guardian newspaper reported the president on Saturday saying the All Progressives Congress (APC)…

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

Senator hails court ruling against own party

A senator, Kabiru Marafa (APC, Zamfara State), has hailed the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abuja which upheld the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC's) rejection of Zamfara All Progressives Congress candidates. INEC had last October said it would not allow the ruling APC to field candidates in Zamfara…

Nigerian Senate

Bill to protect persons with mental health scales second reading in Nigerian Senate

The Senate on Thursday passed for second reading a bill to protect persons with mental health and substance abuse problems. The bill is titled "A Bill for an Act to Protect Persons with Mental Health Needs and Establishment of National Commission for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Effective…

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

Senators oppose N27,000 minimum wage

Some lawmakers have opposed the N27,000 new National Minimum Wage adopted by the National Council of States on Tuesday. During plenary on Thursday, senators read and passed the minimum wage bill for first and second reading. The passage was done hours after the bill was transmitted by President Muhammadu Buhari…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Minimum Wage Bill passes first, second readings hours after Buhari’s submission

The new minimum wage bill passed the first and second readings at the Senate on Thursday just hours after President Muhammadu Buhari transmitted the draft legislation to the lawmakers. The president's letter, read to the lawmakers by the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, urged the amendment of the National Minimum…

Persons with disability used to tell the story. [PHOTO CREDIT: Ventures Africa]

Ten things to know about Nigeria’s new disability law

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday signed into law, the Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act. The bill which has lingered in the National Assembly for 18 years, seeks to criminalise discrimination against persons with disabilities. This bill was passed by the 8th Senate on March 28, 2018. In December,…

Nigerian senate chambers where senators attend plenary

Debts: Senate adopts report on bond issuance to contractors

The Senate on Wednesday adopted the report of the House of Representatives committee on promissory note programme and bond issuance for the payment of local contractors. The adoption was made after the lawmakers considered the report of the conference committee set up to consider the matter. President Muhammadu Buhari had…

Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Senate reviews, approves NTC Bill after Buhari’s rejection

Five weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari rejected the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill, the Senate has reviewed and approved the bill, in compliance with the president's observations. The Senate had in March, passed the National Transport Commission Bill, ten years after it was first sponsored. The commission was expected to…

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Atiku not a Messiah but will do better than Buhari – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reaffirmed his support for presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar. He said his former deputy, though not a messiah, was far better than President Muhammadu Buhari, Punch Newspaper reports. Mr Obasanjo reportedly made this statement during an interview with the BBC Pidgin where he also explained why…