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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…

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…

Voters queuing to cast their votes at ward 102, Adereti, Olode village, during the Osun State Governorship Re-run Election on Thursday (27/9/18). 05168/27/9/18/Timothy Adeogodiran/ICE/NAN

Osun Rerun: Voting process raises concerns about 2019 elections, group says

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has questioned the accuracy of the election results earlier announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The Situation Room, which comprises more than 60 civic groups, is a broad platform of civil society organisations that proposes change and reforms in response to key…

From Left: Sunday Salako, 1st deputy president TUC, Musa Lawal, Secretary General TUC, Ayuba Wabba, NLC

NLC records partial success in first day of nationwide strike

The first day of the nationwide strike action called by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the lingering national minimum wage issue recorded partial success in parts of the country. The warning strike commenced midnight on Wednesday over the federal government’s failure to reconvene the tripartite committee constituted November last…

Ballot boxes used to illustrate the story.

#OsunRerun (LIVE UPDATES): Official results from polling units

As voting ends in the polling units across the four local governments in Osun State, results from such polling units have started coming in. The results from these polling units will determine whether PDP’s Ademola Adeleke or APC’s Oyetola Gboyega will emerge as the governor of the state. Rerun elections…

Photo Collage of #OsunDecides2018 APC and PDP candidates

Atiku, Saraki, CDD react to Osun governorship election results

A former vice president and opposition Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, and Senate President Bukola Saraki have extended support to the party's Osun State governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke. Mr Abubakar in a statement Sunday urged the people of the state not to be cowed, following the declaration of…

Senator Ademola Adeleke [Photo: TheCable]

#OsunDecides2018: PDP rejects inconclusive result, wants Adeleke declared winner

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has opposed the decision of the electoral commission (INEC) declaring Saturday's Osun governorship election inconclusive. INEC declared the election inconclusive despite the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke, winning a slight majority of the votes cast. Mr Adeleke scored 254,698 votes to defeat his closest rival, Gboyega…

Aregbesola votes, expresses satisfaction with election conduct

#OsunDecides2018: APC wins Aregbesola’s local govt

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has won the Osun governorship election in the local government of the incumbent state governor, Rauf Aregbesola. PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how Mr Aregbesola voted at his Ward 8, Unit 1, Ifofin polling booth in Ilesa East Local Government Area of the state. The governor’s…

PU 03 st Matthew pry school ward 03 ijebu ijesha oriade lga voting still on at 3:35pm

#OsunDecides2018: Mob attacks PREMIUM TIMES’ observer

A mob attacked one of PREMIUM TIMES' election observers at CAC, Ward 3 polling unit at Isokan Local Government Area of Osun State. Oladipo Abiodun, who was monitoring the collation of results was harassed by some persons because they suspected he was taking pictures. Mr Abiodun's jacket was torn and…

Ilesha West pu; 009 ward: 09 ereja .. Voting yet to commence as card for readers are inactive as at 9;00am. EC8A form reported not available in this center as voters are left stranded

OsunDecides: INEC’s ban of smartphones at polling centres reduces vote buying – PTCIJ, CDD

The ban of the use of mobile phones and other recording devices in voting cubicles by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) largely reduced vote buying in the Osun governorship election, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) reports. CDD monitored the poll in partnership with the Premium Times Centre…

Senator Ben Murray Bruce

NYSC Scandal: Senator under fire for criticising Minister Shittu

Some Nigerians on social media have verbally attacked a senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, for criticising the minister of communications and the Buhari-led administration over the NYSC scandal that has dogged the administration. PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported how Mr Shittu skipped the mandatory service, an offence that may see him lose his…

Sunday taking money from his bag to be given to electorates who had already voted...

#OsunDecides2018: Police arrest, release vote buyer

A vote buyer was arrested and later released by police officers in Osun State. The buyer, identified as Sunday, was arrested at Polling Unit 03, Ward 06 of Ifedayo Local Governnment Area on Saturday. At about 10:46am, the man was seen standing some distance away from the polling unit as…

Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. [PHOTO CREDIT: Pulse.ng]

I can beat Buhari, and I’m lucky to be from Kano — Kwankwaso

Former Kano State governor and presidential aspirant, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said he has the capacity to defeat incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. He also said he would ensure there is peace, security and infrastructure if voted in as president in the 2019 general election. He said this on Friday, during an…

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

ANALYSIS: Nigerian Senate as retirement home for state governors

Presidents and governors naturally seek the maximum two terms allowed them by the Nigerian Constitution. While most in the Fourth Republic have succeeded, some like Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, as well as Ayo Fayose and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti failed to secure consecutive terms but kept trying until they returned…

Benue senator, Barnabas Gemade,

Gemade dumps PDP eight weeks after joining party

Benue senator, Barnabas Gemade, has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Mr Gemade, a former national chairman of the PDP, was among the 14 senators who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in July. His defection comes barely eight weeks after he joined…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

Saraki condemns killing of Red Cross staff, demands rescue of Leah Sharibu

The senate president, Bukola Saraki, has condemned the killing of Saifura Khorsa, a health worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), by Boko Haram terrorists. Saifura was kidnapped about six months ago at the Rann camp for internally displaced persons by the terrorists. The murder of the…

2019: David Mark lobbies ex-Nigerian leader, Abdusalam Abubakar

A former senate president and now presidential aspirant, David Mark, on Monday visited Nigeria's former head of state, Abdulsalam Abubakar at his Abuja residence where they held a private meeting. According to a statement by Mr Mark's media assistant, Paul Mumeh, the meeting lasted for about two hours. He is…

Bukola Saraki, Senate President

I will not step down as Senate president, Saraki tells APC

The senate president, Bukola Saraki, has said he will not step down from the senate presidency until he runs his term out. He also said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not remove him as senate president as it does not possess the number to force him out of office,…

Ambode

Lagos 2019: New party endorses Ambode for second term

A new political party, the People's Trust (PT) has offered its 2019 governorship ticket to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.  According to a statement by PT's Lagos State Publicity Secretary, Segun Obe, his party and 30 others made the decision at the end of the election of its new state executives. Mr…

Senator Kabiru Marafa Photo: Daily Trust

Senator dares Gov. Yari to back resignation claims with action

A federal lawmaker, Kabiru Marafa, has called on the Zamfara State Governor, Abdul'aziz Yari, to tender his resignation. He made the call while speaking to journalists at the State House on Friday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr Marafa was at the Villa to brief the president about the…

New SSS DG Yusuf Bichi

SSS: Nigerians react to new DG’s appointment

Some Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the appointment of Yusuf Bichi as the new Director-General of the State Security Service (SSS). Mr Bichi was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday. According to a statement by Mr Buhari's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Mr Bichi replaces Matthew Seiyefa, who has been…

Round table dialogue on China-Africa bilateral relations

No political strings attached to China’s assistance to Africa – Official

The Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese embassy in Nigeria, Lin Jing, has said that the bilateral relation between Nigeria and China has no political strings attached to it. He said this at a round-table dialogue organised by the Centre for China Studies (CCS) in Abuja on Thursday. Mr Ling explained…

2019: Card reader excluded from electoral bill sent to Buhari by NASS – Ita Enang

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, has said issues about use of card reader was completely excluded from the Electoral Amendment Bill transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent on August 3. He made this known in a statement in Abuja on…

Senator David Mark

2019: NDA alumni association endorses David Mark for Nigerian president

The Alumni Association of 3rd Regular Course of Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has endorsed presidential aspirant, David Mark, for Nigerian president, his spokesperson said. According to a statement by Mr Mark's media assistant, Paul Mumeh, members of the association declared that he is the stimulus needed to address the security,…