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Buhari plans another pre-election broadcast

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday broadcast to the nation at 7 am with a repeat at 9 pm, his office said Thursday night. The broadcast will come a day before presidential elections earlier billed for last Saturday. Mr Buhari made a similar broadcast last Friday in anticipation of the…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Buhari urges historians to document 16 years of PDP’s ‘mismanagement’

There is compelling need for historians and economists to document the 16 years "squander-mania and mismanagement" by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), so that future generations would not repeat the same mistakes, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. The president spoke at State House, Abuja, Thursday, while receiving members of the…

A street in Ikorodu town, Lagos [Photo Credit: The Guardian]

Elections: Nigerian govt declares Friday public holiday, excludes bankers

The federal government has declared Friday, February 22, as public holiday ahead of the presidential and National Assembly elections holding on Saturday, Vanguard reports. This was contained in a statement by the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday. “The Federal Government declares Friday, February 22, 2019 as work-free day. Those providing…

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How Fani-Kayode received N350 million from External Affairs ministry without executing any project – EFCC witness

A prosecution witness in the trial of the former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Wednesday told a federal court in Lagos how the former minister received N350 million from the ministry of external affairs without executing any project or render any service to the ministry. Shehu Shuaibu, an operative of…

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

EDITORIAL: Halt Harassing Electoral Officials

PREMIUM TIMES observes with increasing alarm the bullish behaviour and lack of restraint of the Nigerian state, as well as the blatant disregard for the requisite separation between the state and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The recent dastardly action of the State Security Service (SSS), summoning senior officials…

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Akwa Ibom govt accuses APC of bid to take over state ‘by all means’

The Akwa Ibom state government has raised alarm over alleged “desperation” of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to take over power at all costs. The state commissioner for information, Charles Udoh, raised the alarm in a press statement on Tuesday. He rebuffed allegations by APC national chairman,…

President Muhammadu Buhari at the APC Caucus meeting today

Presidency affirms Buhari’s warning, insists ballot box snatchers face death

The Presidency has reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari's comment that anyone who dares to snatch ballot boxes during next weekend's elections will be doing this for the last time. It said Mr Buhari's comments should be seen as a strong message against the long history of "savagery associated with elections in…

President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd R); Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State (2nd L), and Senator representing Nasarawa West Constituency, Abdullahi Adamu, addressing party supporters, during All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign rally in Minna on Saturday (19/1/19). 00658/19/1/2019/Aminu Garko/NAN

Seven things INEC should do before February 23 – Buhari’s Campaign

The APC Presidential Campaign Council has listed some actions it expects the electoral commission, INEC, to take before Saturday's presidential election. The campaign council criticised the postponement of the election and listed seven things INEC should do before the rescheduled elections. The council's position is contained in a statement by…

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Election Eve: 66 killed in Kaduna

The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the killing of 66 persons in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state. The government condemned the killing and warned all communities against instigating attacks or reprisals. A government statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson of Governor Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday said that…

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

EFCC offers ‘handsome reward’ to Nigerians to report vote-buying

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has urged Nigerians to report vote buying during Saturday's nationwide polls. The commission on Friday released telephone numbers through which cases of electoral fraud could be reported. It promised "prompt response". The numbers to call are as follows: ABUJA HQ------ 08141219896, 09077928772, 09051923475,…

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PROMOTED: Ekweremadu’s transformation of Enugu West constituency

Deputy Senator President, Ike Ekweremadu represents Enugu West in the upper chamber of the National Assembly. A lawyer by training and accomplished politician, Senator Ekweremadu, is a consummate grassroots politician who has earned the trust and confidence of his people for his humility and commitment to the upliftment of their…

Group accuses Bauchi National Assembly candidates of certificate forgery, age falsification

A group, Initiative for Vulnerable Women and Children (SIVWOC), has warned President Muhammadu Buhari of imminent loss of National Assembly seats for the All Progressives Congress (APC) due to alleged imposition of candidates, including some that it said forged their certificates. In a press statement signed by Safiya Bauchi, the…

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Buhari assures of peaceful polls, canvasses votes in national broadcast

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured of a peaceful elections on Saturday, and has said that "any comments or threats of intimidation from any source do not represent the position" of his government. In a nationwide speech on NTA on Thursday, Mr Buhari asked Nigerians to vote for him, in an…

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Buhari, Clinton speak after cancelled Nigeria trip

President Muhammadu Buhari has appreciated former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, for his continuous support for Nigeria and the growth of her democracy. The president, who took a telephone call from President Clinton Wednesday night, described him as a friend of the country and commended him for his…

Onnoghen: Nigeria a country of ‘docile people’ — Professor

The International Institute for Humanitarian Law has described the recent suspension of the chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, as an attack on the Nigerian judiciary. Cyprian Edward-Ekpo, the registrar of the group, spoke during a chat with journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Wednesday. He called on the…

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

Malami, Oshiomhole write INEC, want Zamfara APC candidates recognised

Nigeria’s attorney general and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) asking it to accept candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for various offices in Zamfara State. The letter dated February 13, 2019, was personally signed by Mr Malami. In a separate…

From left: Chairman, National Peace Committee, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar; APC Presidential Candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari; former Vice President/ PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other Presidential Candidates during the 2nd Signing of the 2019 National Peace Accord in Abuja on Wednesday (13/2/2019) 01358/13/2/2019/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

2019 Elections: What Buhari owes Nigerian electorate — Atiku

BEING STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY ATIKU ABUBAKAR, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND VICE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA, 1999-2007 AT THE 2ND SIGNING CEREMONY OF THE PEACE ACCORD IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY, 13TH FEBRUARY 2019 Protocols May I use this opportunity to renew my profound gratitude, firstly to my party,…

President Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar, others sign peace accord

Why Nigeria is more important than any political party — Buhari

REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE FINAL SIGNING OF PEACE ACCORD ON 2019 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2019 PROTOCOLS: Another election is upon us and not unexpectedly, there is anxiety in the air.…

Mr Buhari's presidential rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers. [PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter page of Bashir Ahmad]

Buhari mourns death of supporters at APC Port Harcourt rally

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the tragic death of some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a stampede at the presidential campaign rally in Port Harcourt, Rivers, on Tuesday. Sahara Reporters reported that four people died in the stampede. Many others were injured. The presidency did…

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FOR THE RECORD: 2019 Elections: INEC List of Registered Voters in 36 States, FCT

Below is the list of registered voters in Nigeria's 36 states and Abuja. The figures were sourced from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. [table id=259 /] ================================== BREAKDOWN OF VOTERS BY GEO-POLITICAL ZONES According to INEC, South-South has 12,841,279 registered voters North-Central has 13,366,070 registered voters South-East has 10,057,130…

Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Tijjaniyya Movement asks members to vote for Buhari

The Tijjaniya SUFI Movement of Nigeria has asked its followers nationwide to vote for president Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the coming election. In a statement signed by the chairman of the SUFI movement of the Tijjaniya, Timasaniyu Ahmed-Rufai, the group said it resolved to endorse…

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Police arrest Uber driver’s alleged killers

The police in Lagos have arrested two men who allegedly killed an Uber driver and stole his Hyundai Elantra car. Peter Robert, 33, and Gideon Achibong, 36, were arrested on February 4 at about noon in Aboki Estate, Lekki, while removing the car parts for sale to a scrap metal…

President Muhammadu Buhari (2nd R); Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State (2nd L), and Senator representing Nasarawa West Constituency, Abdullahi Adamu, addressing party supporters, during All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign rally in Minna on Saturday (19/1/19). 00658/19/1/2019/Aminu Garko/NAN

Elections: Buhari’s campaign criticises US ambassador, other Western diplomats

President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign organisation has criticised the United States’ Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, over his repeated calls for free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria. The campaign organisation, in a statement by its spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, said it was "deeply concerned about many of the expressions" of Mr…

The Managing Director of the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET), Marilyn Amobi. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official website of NBET]

How corruption whistleblowers are victimised in Nigerian agency, NBET

The travails of Abdullahi Sambo and Waziri Bintube at Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) began in June 2017 after the former wrote to the Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing challenging his redeployment in the company. Mr Sambo maintains that his redeployment and subsequent predicament at NBET is not…

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Nigeria’s ex-army chief, David Ejoor, is dead

A former Chief of Army Staff, David Ejoor, is dead. Mr Ejoor was army chief between 1971 and 1975 during the Yakubu Gowon military regime. Mr Ejoor was Urhobo from Delta State. Already, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed sadness over the demise of the retired major general. Mr…